Friday, November 14, 2008

Rad Reed

Reed's great. Even though he works swings, and doesn't get home until 11:30, and not to bed until after midnight, he will still get up with our early birds (5:45 AM early birds) so his wife can go for a run and feel much better throughout the day...Thanks Reed!

I found Willie playing in his closet the other morning...he was seperating all of his toys according to color...

The boys in their jail-bird outfits

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween Recipes

Here are the recipes for the Halloween treats (all from the Food Network website):

Maple Cinnamon Spider Web Fitters
Vegetable Oil for frying
1 1/2 C flour
1 T sugar
3/4 t baking powder
3/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t salt
3/4 C milk
1 egg
1 T maple syrup, plus 1/4 C for brushing
1/2 C confectioners' sugar

Pour enough oil in a large skillet so it's about 1 inch deep. Heat oil until hot (280 to 300 degrees)
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the milk, egg, and 1 T flour. Whisk until smooth.
Put into a pastry bag with a #3 or 4 tip. Squeeze batter into hot oil in spider web shapes (or whatever-names were fun). Cook until brown, about 2 minutes, turn and cook about 1 more minute. Transfer to paper towels and brush with syrup and dust with confectioners' sugar.

Caramel Pear Mice
4 small ripe pears (I would use apples next time)
wooden skewers for tails (or straws, or whatever you have at your house!)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
3/4 C dark brown scorn yrup
4 T butter
1 C heavy cream, divided
1 t vanilla
1/4 t nutmeg
pinch salt
Black sesame seeds for eyes and candies for nose

Line a pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut pears. Blunt side so they stand up on their own. Put in tails.
Combine sugars, corn syrup, butter, 1/2 C cream, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Slowly add remaining cream while stirring, keeping it at a boil. Cook over medium high heat until it reaches 240 F, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let sit a couple of minutes. Dip pears in caramel and add eyes and nose before the caramel hardens.
If the caramel gets to hard to dip, microwave at 20 second intervals to soften it up.
Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding
1 pkg gelatin
2 C whole milk
1 C sugar
6 egg yolks (resever 2 whites for topping)
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1 can pumpkin puree
2 egg whites
1/3 C sugar
1/2 t cream of tartar
1 pinch salt
Pudding: Put 1 T cold water in a large bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the surface. Do not stir. Set aside until gelatin softens.
Bring a few inches of water to a boil in pan that can hold a bowl above the water. Whisk milk, sugar, yolks, cannamon and salt in a heat-proof bowl. Put above the boiling water and cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon and almost boils, 10-12 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and pour over the gelatin, whisking constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Whisk in pumpkin until combined. Divide mixture into small cups and refrigerate about 4-8 hours.

Topping: Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a mixing bowl above the water. Whisk the two egg whites, sugar, cream of tarter, and salt in the bowl by hand. Set about the boiling water and until mixture is hot to the touch, about 1 to 2 minutes. Bear with a mixer (or the whisk attachment on your mixer) until eggs hold a stiff peak, about 5 minutes. Put topping onto puddings. Decorate with candy eyes and refrigerate.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Catch Up

Just some pictures to show what has been going on in our neck of the woods for the past month!
We went down to St. George and we spent time hiking in Snow Canyon. I was by myself with the kids while Reed was at training, and I tried to get a picture of teh boys...
Sammy LOVES balancing on Reed's hands and will do it with a huge open-mouth smile on his face!

The boys

Smiley Sammy

Willie the Where's Waldo Ghost. He loved trick or treating and thought it was the neatest thing ever!

Here he is with the face paint that lasted just long enough for pictures, then he decided he didn't like it.

Here is our Halloween feast...ok, not really a feast. The best part was probably the spider-web cookie things. Not best for you, since they were fried, but most fun part. The orange thing is pumpkin pudding with a ghost on the top. It was good if you like pumpkin pie-very rich.

Guess who carved this!

Raking up leaves.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


So yesterday, Willie had his first PB&J and it was great! It is nice to know that we can add that to our list of lunches.
(For those of you who don't know, Reed is allergic to nuts, so we have not given Willie any peanut butter or anything until now! Happy Day:)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bare Lake

We wento Bear Lake on Friday since Reed got off early from work and Mamma Letty made me jealous with her posts about their trip. Willie had a great time playing in the water. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time playing.

After Bear Lake we went to th University. They had some booths set up for kids to come make stuff and explore. The best booth was the college of science where they burned gummy bears to show how much energy is in them...or something...they made a big flame! Willie of course liked the cow and the tractor the best. The best part of an agricultural school!

Sammy has a couple new cool tricks...smiling (a lot), sucking his thumb, snd standing on Daddy's hands!

Grandma and Grandpa Tanner came up today. Willie loves seeing his Grandparents! We put Grandpa to work polishing Willie's cowboy boots and church shoes. Willie was eager to learn!

Willie was even lucky enough to try on Grandpa's "Santa" glasses!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Building a Word


Monday, August 18, 2008

Billy the Builder

Here are some of the latest pictures of little Will. He has his own toolbox now, with "Willie Tools." Who knew 2 year-olds could think some old junk tools and an old laundry detergent bucket could be so cool. And the goggles? The coolest thing ever! He wears them all over, but they are swimming goggles to him, not safety goggles. Also, Willie's first fish is included. We went to Mantua in Wellsville canyon. It is hard not to catch a fish there-you just dangle your line in the water with a worm on it, and a fish will bite. It provides for a good half-hour fishing trip for the easily distracted 2-year-olds.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Monday, July 14, 2008

Alter Ego

My two-year-old son has an alter ego. The other night, I was teasing him calling him different names..."Billy, Dilly, Filly, Gilly," etc... He laughed so hard when I called him Billy. He didn't like the others so much. Later that night when he was tired, he was sitting on my lap and he bit my finger. He looked up at me and with an evil sparkle in his eyes, said "I'm Billy" and laughed. He did that several times. The next day we were looking through the scriptures for family home evening and Will saw a page that he had colored on, and he got that same mischevious look on his face and said "I'm Billy." So he has decided whenever he does something bad, that it was Billy who did it...not innocent little Will!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I am Sam

I am Sam
Sam I am
Samuel Mark Tanner
Born June 14th, 2008
8 lbs 9 oz
20 in

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tender Heart...

A two-year old heart breaks so easily. It starts with the bottom lip poking out, and a brave little face trying his hardest not to cry:
"They loved living here. But I can't let them stay.
Thy'll have to find food. And I hope that they may.
Good luck, boys," he cried. And he sent them away.
I, the Once-ler, felt sad
as I watchem them all go.
business is business!
And business must grow
regardless of crummies in tummies, you know."

He made it through the bar-ba-loots, barely...
"And so," said the Lorax,
"-please pardon my cough-
they cannot live here.
So I'm sending them off.
Where will they go?...
I don't hopefully know.
They may have to fly for a month...or a year...
To escape from the somog you've smogged-up around here."

At this point, the brave little face lost it and couldn't hold it in anymore. He just started to cry. He was so sad for the sick birds. Note-at this point, I was just trying to hurry throught the book and look at the pictures, but he could tell from the sick bird faces that they were sick.

"You're glumping the pond where the Humming-Fish hummed!
No more can they hum, for their gills are all gummed.
So I'm sending them off. Oh, their future is dreary.
They'll walk on their fins and get woefully weary
in search of some water that isn't so smeary."

Note to self...The Lorax isn't a good bedtime story!

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Wednesday was Willie's birthday. We had some cake and ice cream with Grandma and Grandpa Tanner on Monday. When you ask Willie how old he is, he says "twenty-six!" with a big smile on his face. Too funny. Here are some pictures of his birthday snake cake. It was pretty good-the cake wasn't real sweet, but it had whipcream and "fresh" strawberries on top. Willie ate all of the strawberries and whipcream.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Lloyd's Barbershop

These pictures reminded me of some of my pictures-I have a little blue jacket on like his and I am just wandering around-enjoying the sun!
So it's been a while...

We went to St George a few weeks ago, and it was so nice! I needed the vacation and it was just right- beautiful weather and nothing I had to do-just what we wanted to do. We went to the park every day and went to Zions and hiked around and just had a good time. I got my haircut at Lloyd's Barbershop. We (Reed and I) went on a Saturday to find somewhere to get my hair cut. Everywhere we found was either closed or booked for the day, so I decided to get out the phone book and call a place instead of driving around. The first place listed was called "A Cut Above" so I called, and a guy answered the phone and said he had time to cut my hair. We drove over to the place, and above the sign it says: Lloyd's Barbershop. Men's Cuts $10.00. Great, I thought. This guy is planning on me coming, so we can't just leave. We could, but then I would feel bad (thanks Mom and Dad- I think that comes from you. He would have never known who I was if I didn't go in-that whole commitment/guilt thing...) We went inside and it was an old guy with a sweet wig. He ended up cutting my hair, and I couldn't keep a straight face the whole time. He kept telling me he wanted to give me bangs and frame my face etc. I told him that it was ok. I just wanted it shoulder length-no fancy stuff (especially from a guy who has maybe never cut a girls hair!) Anyway, old Lloyd did fine, it was quite the experience though. I wanted to go back and get my picture with Lloyd, but what do you say: "Hey, I can't believe I let you cut my hair and this is such a funny story I want to blog about it and it would be so much better if I had a picture of you?" I didn't think that would go so well, so you will just have to imagine-an old guy covered in polyester with a wig of flowing and very styled gray/white hair.
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Tanner for letting us stay at your house! It was so nice to get away!
This was us in Zions. I got to listen to Willie's running commentary for the whole 3 hours. I'm not complaining, just when it was things like, "Mom go fast" and him holding on to my hair like I was a horse. His commentary did slow down after the first two hours, but never did stop!
These were from one of the parks we frequented. Willie must take after his mom-flip flops while dad is in his stocking cap! (Either that, or his mom dressed him :)
Mom- I had to post these pictures because this is what I frequently come home to from work-Willie playing with his little dog and fishy toys. He lines them up in the window or on the rocking chair and gets mad if I move them off the chair to sit down. They are currently his favorite toys. The first picture is Willie saying "Thanks Grandma!"