Monday, October 20, 2014

New Friends and the Oklahoma City Zoo

On Thursday we met Lori and her kids at the zoo and then went to their house for lunch.

Moriah, Gretta and George

Caleb being goofy

Upside down Riah


The kids thought this spinny thing was the Best!

Caleb did Really well on the rope structure!

Look at this thing!

We convinced all of them to sit in here except George =)

Keenan at the top of the ropes!

On Friday we went to the Oklahoma City Zoo with Lori and her kids.   We even got in Free with her pass!   Woohoo!

The first thing we saw was probably my favorite of the day... 

A baby rhino!  =)

This is Rupert, he weighed a mere 150 pounds when he was born in June

All the kids on the lion statues

Moriah wanted one of her own

Beautiful lioness

This baby elephant was pretty sweet, too!


Watching the chimps play with some halloween goodies

This one sliding down here was sooo funny! =)

This little guy had only one arm, but it sure didn't slow him down!

Pretty Ocelot

...and of course I had to see the Tiger...

The little boys

Girls on a Gorilla

Boys on a smaller gorilla

I don't know what type of monkey these guys are, but they got a super fun Star Ship Enterprise!

This concludes our visit to the zoo... =)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oklahoma Family!

I have to admit, when we moved to Kansas and found out that we had some family less than three hours away, I was pretty excited!  

Barb and Carol visited us last month, and when Barb found out that we'd be in Oklahoma City for a couple days while Philip was doing a course, she offered for us to stay at their home!   I was especially excited about this visit, because it would mean that I'd get to see a bunch More family that I hadn't seen for anywhere between 9 and 15 or more years!!

We arrived at Barb and Buddy's beautiful new home in the afternoon on Wednesday.   We visited and had a delicious dinner and then Barb offered to watch the kids while Buddy took us to see (Great) Aunt Millie.   Unfortunately, she was in the hospital (low sodium), but was feeling pretty good and was delighted to see us (as we were to see her!)   She and Philip had never met and he thought she was pretty great. =)

We had a Wonderful little visit with her (I don't think she's changed a bit since I last saw her!)

What a sweet lady!   91 and going strong!

The next morning, we met up with Lori and her kids at the park.    Lori is married to Brent, Barb and Buddy's oldest son.  I last saw Brent in 2005, before he was even married.

Most of the kids (minus one) on a fun spinny thing at the park

Thursday evening we all met at a park so I could do some family pictures for them before we went out to dinner.  What a great looking bunch!

I saw Blake, Barb and Buddy's younger son, for the first time in over 20 years (I think) and met his wife, Jenna, for the first time.

Jenna and Blake

Lori and Brent with Millie, Gretta and George

Buddy and Barb

The whole crew!

After pictures... we made it short and sweet for the kids, Barb and Buddy treated us all to pizza at Hideway Pizza.  It was Amazing and the BEST crust I have ever had!

On the way home, we stopped by Uncle Gord and Aunt Millie's apartment to see Uncle Gord!   It was so fun for him to meet Philip and the kids for the first time ever!   He is 92 and he and Aunt Millie have been married for 71 years!   What a great guy!

So special to see him again!

There will be a few more posts and lots more pictures of our visit, but, wow, am I happy to have this little contingent of family so close by!    We will be back to Oklahoma I am Sure! =)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apple and Pumpkin Deliciousness...

 After picking 24 pounds of apples, we've been making a lot of yummy apple dishes... and some pumpkin ones, too!

First up... these Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars are Amazing!!!

Shortbread, spiced apples, streusel topping and salted caramel sauce on top... MMmmm..

I've made these twice - they are my favorite apple thing EVER!

This Salted Caramel Sauce is unbelievably good.... on Everything.

4 ingredients and sooo good

Next I made applesauce!

All ready to go!

The finished product - my kids prefer it less sweet and with no spices, so it's super easy! =)

An oldie but a goody, Myrtle's recipe for Apple Dapple Cake!

We love this for breakfast

On to Pumpkin...

Steph mentioned these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls on facebook, so I had to try them...

I don't know if I did something wrong, because they turned out "good", not amazing.   The recipe for these is not on my food blog (as it wasn't a winner for me), but you can find the recipe here.

Pumpkin Cheesecake dip...

I think the most fun part about this was getting to serve it in a pumpkin!

I made this creamy, sweet dip for our house church on Sunday and it got cleaned Out!   I served pretzel crisps with it, but apples or graham crackers would be good too.

Which lead to these...

I figured if the Salted Caramel Sauce and the Pumpkin Cheesecake dip were both so good, they should be epic when combined with a cupcake for a Thanksgiving Day dessert!

I hollowed out the middle of the cupcakes and piped in the cheesecake dip before frosting...

...and then drizzling them with Salted Caramel Sauce

I recommend chilling these before serving them

I think pumpkin scones are on the way tomorrow...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Canadian Thanksgiving 2014...and stuff

This post really covers the last few days...

On Friday, I told Keenan and Moriah they had free reign of the craft supplies and I wanted them to make something crazy and random and abstract.    This is what they came up with:

They sure fulfilled the assignment! =)

They are proudly displayed in their secret hut now =)

A funny, goofy shot in one of the old teapots on the mantel.  It makes our house look so different!

One of the things I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving.... is our new couch!!!   Finally after living here for three months, we decided on one and bought it and it was delivered on Saturday!  YAY!!

My favorite part is the ottoman.  The blue is a little "bluer" in real life.   I opted to get round instead of square and blue instead of matching the brown because I thought it would be way too much brown... And it perfectly matches the blue in the pillows!

On Saturday night we went to Peter and Erica's for dinner.   They are our great friends just two doors down.   We had a delicious dinner, played yard games and laughed a Lot!   What a blessing they are!

In celebration of a great round of couple's corn hole! =)
(It was big of Erica (an Ohio State fan) to take this picture!)

We had a wonderful time with our house church group last night.   We split up into small groups and did a "prayer walk" through the neighborhood of Planeview.   It was great, just walking and praying as we felt led, and talking to anyone who was outside, and offering to pray with them if they had any requests.   God is working!

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving with our friends, Sarah and Kyle, their two kids, Xavier (5) and Norah (17 months), as well as a Bangladesh student living with them named Norene.   Kyle is a Canadian, from Alberta, so it was nice to have a fellow Canadian to celebrate with =)

I am very disappointed to say that I forgot to take Any pictures, though!  =0/  It was a great evening, though and dessert will be in the next post...