Can't get any Easier then this.... Apple Dumplings

I originally got this recipe from the Pioneer women, but I have since been told it belongs to the Barefoot Contessa. So, whoever came up with this recipe I am grateful. I love apple dumplings, but they are so much work to make. This recipe is simple and it tastes great. I did modify it just a little by adding more apples, but that's all I changed.

4 Granny Smith Apples
2 cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon
1 small can Mountain Dew (or about a cup)

The original recipe called for only 2 apples, but I like a lot of apples in mine. It makes me feel like I'm a healthy eater.
Peel Apples. I like to try to see if I can get the peeling off in one cut. You know, like in the show Sleepless in Seattle.
Core and cut apples into 8 slices each

Use 2 cans crescent rolls
Don't forget to clip your Box top.
Place 2 slices of apple on each roll. If you stick with the unhealthy original recipe you only place one slice of apple per roll.

Now roll the apples up. Place into a greased 9X13 baking pan.
Place 2 sticks of butter in a microwave safe bowl.

Melt. MMMMM..... melted butter

Add 1 1/2 cups sugar and stir.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir again.

Pour over apples
My husband doesn't see the practical concept of a small can of Mountain Dew. So a bottle of Mountain Dew is what I have.
Add about a cup of Dew. I've heard you can add orange juice also, but I figure if you are going to make this recipe you might as well go all out.

Sprinkle cinnamon on top. The amount of cinnamon you add is up to you. I kind of like a lot.

Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes. This is great served hot with ice cream and the Dew and sugar make a nice sauce in the bottom of the pan you can spoon over the top.

Annual Halloween Party

We had our Annual Halloween Party last night. It's always a lot of fun. The kids really enjoy it.

This is the menu everyone gets. The names on the right side of the menu is your food and your utensils. No one knows what anything is and those who do have to have someone else fill their menu out. Once you have all four Courses filled out you can go get your food. So sometimes you get a main course without any utensils to eat it with or there has been times when I've gotten all my utensils in one course and nothing to eat. It's really a lot of fun.
As you can see everyone dressed their best for the occasion. Abby was a witch but she took her costume off before we ate.
Halloween Is So Much Fun. BOOOOOO

The Perfect Hair-Do In 5 minutes


I can help you give your kids the perfect hair-do in 5 minutes. No kidding, just look at my kids. Isn't it amazing you would think it took me hours to get their hair like this, but nope only 5 minute give or take a few. Okay, so here is the secret http://www.cheerleaderhairpieces.com/.
Wigs, I love them! I can get my kids hair done in no time at all, and they look great.
This hairpiece on Abby is for doing pigtails. Her head is still pretty small so I have to use the little ones on her.
This one on Sariah is called a Barrel Curl. I think this is one of my favorites.

Rachel has on the Roller Wave. This is one of her favorites.

Stickers O'plenty

Believe it or not she did this to herself. A packet of stickers came in the junk mail so I gave them to Abby to play with. I should have known better.

July Family Reunion



I guess it's really never to late to post about your family reunion, even if it was 3 months ago. Not all of our family reunions have been good, but this one was great. My kids really enjoyed themselves. I really enjoyed myself. We stayed at my aunt Julie and uncle Dawight's house in southern Utah. I think sometimes living in the suburbs you forget how low key and quite the country can be.


Our first item of business there was to meet up with my cousin from Colorado and her kids. My kids where so excited to see thier cousins. It had been over a year since they had seen each other, but you never would have know it. They blended together like they had seen each other last week.

One of my cousin's in-laws let us have our family reunion at thier house (which I'm sure they are still regretting to this day). This place was pretty neat. They had miniature golf (right next to the cow coral only in the country), horse back riding, skeet shooting and you could go and feed chickens and baby cows, and then the dreaded....

FOUR-WHEELING... Holy cow. There has to be some kind of drama that happens at every family reunion and this was it (at least this was my drama for the reunion). Trying to stop my kids from taking out the four-wheelers BY THEMSELVES when all the other kids where doing it was impossible. So I resorted to threatening them with thier lives if they crashed and ruined the four-wheelers. I was really nervous the whole time they where on them that something bad was going to happen. Especially if you look closely at the pictures above you see, no helmets. So you can imagine how relieved I was when it wasn't my kids who crashed. I'm sorry that other family members kids crashed but, I'm glad it was your kids and not mine. Thier kids where okay, a little cut-up, bruised and shaken, but they recovered. All and all that day was a really fun day for the kids.

This is a picture of my Mom, my aunt Peggy (who's kids crashed on the four-wheeler..oops I shouldn't have said that) my aunt Beverly, my aunt Julie (who's house we stayed at and my kids fell in love with my uncle Dawight. In fact Sariah, was so mad at me for not inviting him to her birthday party recently, because he said he would come if we told him when it was. okay enough of my tangent), and my Grandma.
These are my uncles cows that my kids got to go help feed. Abby thought that was so neat. My kids weren't sure what to think when I told them we get to eat them next year..MMMMM
Every time we make our way to southern Utah we visit both my grandfathers graves, it had been along time since I've visited them. I really really miss them.