Monday, November 26, 2007

Eli in Fairyland

Eli and especially Amelia have had quite the imaginations since we watched the show "Bridge to Tarabithia" I would highly recommend it. We had to explain a lot to them about imagination, but after we did they were not scared by it and really enjoyed using their imaginations.

Well, I tried to upload a picture of Eli in Fairyland, but our connection was too slow or something, so use your imagination.

One pan Tamale Dinner

Hey I invented this and it is one of my favorite meals. It is also very easy. I hope someone else enjoys it.

One Pan Tamale Dinner
½ lb ground beef
½ C chopped onions
1 can beans, rinsed and drained
1 pkg Taco seasoning
¼ C water
1 recipe cornbread prepared but not baked

Brown meat and onions in large skillet, drain. Add beans, seasoning, and water. Pour cornbread mixture over meat and beans. Cover and cook on low heat 20 minutes or until center is firm. Top each serving with sour cream and serve with a green salad. (You can cook this in the crockpot on low for an afternoon).

Cornmeal Mix
2 C cornmeal
2 C flour
2 T. baking powder
2/3 C dry milk
¼ C sugar
1 tsp salt
½ C shortening
To make MIX: Combine dry ingredients; cut in shortening until it looks like fine crumbs. Can store for 3 months. Makes 2 recipes of cornbread.
To use MIX: Combine 1 cup water, 2 ½ C MIX, and 1 egg. Bake in greased 8x8 pan for 25 min or until center is firm.

Friday, November 23, 2007

For Heather

Driving By Food On A Long Afternoon

Where the food is I think I know.
We must get off the freeway though;
We will not find it driving here
Yet one more exit we must go.
My little tummy must think it queer
Not to stop with a restaurant near
Zooming on past exit ninety-three
We've missed all the food I fear.
Perhaps this hunger will kill me.
Plenty of restaurants we could see
Now the only sight's the street
My tummy grumbles from my seat.
Still I have consumed no meat,
And miles to go before I eat,
And miles to go before I eat.

Here's Robert Frost's original. And I will take suggestions, there are a couple of awkward lines.

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Thursday, November 22, 2007


We had a nice (small) Thanksgiving dinner today. We were very glad to have Alison, Tobin and Hallie join us. We at in the late afternoon and took a nice hike (aka walk in the woods) in the morning. Here is an album of nice photos that Tobin took for us.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Potato Soup

Some one asked Ashley for the potato soup recipe so here it is. I like to add some bacon and cheese when it is served.

Ashley's Potato Soup
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
2 T butter
4 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
2 cubes chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cut water
8 oz. cream cheese, soft
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk

Saute onion in butter in a stock pot until tender. Add potatoes, bouillon, water and salt. Cover and cook 15 min, or until tender. Blend cream cheese with flour until smooth. Stir into potato mix. Add milk and heat to boiling; stirring frequently. Reduce to simmer for at least one hour.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007


So I have been started to be asked what day is graduation. It is May 3. I think it will be at like 10:30 in the morning and my tassel will be drab. Yes I did type drab there.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Answer and a new question

So I am shocked that no one got what I saw at my conference. There were some close guesses and an unusual one(april). So it is the original storage for google. Each drive is 4GB and there are 10 drives so the most that this could hold was 40GB of data.

So now onto the next question. Please leave your response in the comments and later this week I will give the answer. Today at church I got a calling. Yes I know, how could i ruin my streak without a calling. I was trying to top my last record but I didn't.
Now you get to guess what it is. Good Luck!

Daniel's Turkey

Well you may have heard that we had a pre-thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner with some of our friends from the student ward. There were 11 adults and one baby that Lacy really really wanted to meet but we didn't let her.
Anyways everyone liked the turkey. It was fairly easy to make so I thought I would post the recipe, here. (it is on the family google doc's)

Trip To Monterey

Hey, does anyone have a picture of Jake and/or Dad from the trip to Monterey that we took just before Crystal and Jake got engaged? If so I would really, really appreciate it if you could dig the picture out and scan it and send it to me.

If any regular blog readers have a chance to ask Crystal about it that would be nice. (I'm hoping to call her, but Ian is having a hard time getting to sleep tonight.)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Fall Leaves

We have been enjoying an incredible display of fall color here. Molly and I took some pictures yesterday you can see them in a new photo album.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Wasting too much time.....

You got me started Ryan.....My original plan was to find plates for you, but I got distracted. This is a selection of plates available in NC. Most of them are not eligible for your car, but still funny.....

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Vote for Ryan's personalized plates

Please visit my blog for my students and vote.



Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Guess what this is?

So I'm currently at Super Computing 2007 or SC07. I'm manning the booth right now. We are kind of in the corner so not a whole lot of people come by and those that do come by just want to talk to Dr. Hauser. But it is still good.
There are a lot of contests here so I thought I would continue that I do my own. I saw this while I was wandering the floor. What is it? You need to be precise in your description. Yes it is geeky so that should be a hint.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

And she's sitting

Molly seems to just wake up one morning and do new things. It seems like I remember Ian doing a bit more practicing. So, today she's sitting on her own. Maybe she just needed something interesting to sit for. Ian's drum concert seemed to fit the bill.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bat Dog

Apparnetly we may have had some excitement on Halloween that we didn't plan on. Lacy now takes on the apperance of a bat from time to time. See what you think.

a note to Ian from Amelia

Dear Ian what are you doing this season? Amelia

Monday, November 5, 2007

Following in his footsteps

Ian loves to do whatever Ryan does and last Saturday was his dream day. He followed Ryan around mowing the grass the whole time Ryan was mowing. It was adorable to see him yank the chain on his "mower" and adjust the wheel—in fact that was so much fun that every time he passed the tree where Ryan adjusted his wheel, Ian had to stop and adjust the wheel on his mower. A few more photos to enjoy.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

I figured I should post something....

I haven't posted much. I really don't have much to say, so I'll just post pictures of my kids from the last year or so. They are cuter/more interesting than me anyways.


Here's hoping that you had as much fun for Halloween as we did. Since Ryan taught late, we invited ourselves up to trick-or-treat with our favorite friends from the Raleigh 1st ward. We only wish they lived closer. You can see some pictures that they took here.