Monthly Archives: October 2011

Jack O’lantern Fun

So one of our favorite traditions is our annual pumpkin carving night. The last few years we’ve come up with some good ones:

This year we were a bit stumped on ideas until the night before the big event. A few of us had a little brainstorming session while sitting on our kitchen floor. After settling on our ideas we set out the caramel apples and hot apple cider and got to carving!

Outside the carvers prepared their masterpieces while inside there was an intense game of 'Speed Scrabble' happening!

Some people took the simple approach, while others got a bit crazy:

Top Left: "The Beast" - Top Right: "Kanye" - Bottom Left: "Thriller" - Bottom Right: "Snow White"

 All in all it was our best year yet, and we can’t wait to do it again!  We already have some pretty great ideas for next year!


I Wrestled a Butternut Squash

Yes, it’s true. I, Alyssa, took a risk and bought a butternut squash at the grocery store.

Have I ever cooked with such a vegetable (vegetable, right?)? Nope.

Did I know how to chop this up to make butternut squash soup? Of course not.

Hence the reason why I found myself wrestling with a butternut squash. If you didn’t know already, those things are tough! It’s not your normal cucumber. Working with a sharp knife and having to put some muscle into it (or all of your muscle), you definitely fear and risk chopping off a finger.

Luckily all filanges were in tact once I put all the ingredients in the pot.

Of course I found out later, after reading the comments on the online recipe, you’re supposed to put the butternut squash in the oven first to soften it and the skin peels off all by itself! Seriously!?

After it cooked and got mixed in my blender it had a smooth consistency. It took a while to make, but the result was DELICIOSO!

Here’s the recipe I used from All Recipes.

Soup for the rest of the week with Chico! Fall is here! 🙂

Text Tuesday

Man, last week’s Text Tuesday was outta control… Here’s another fun exchange between me and Chico:

Two things:

1) Chico and I are loving Emojis right now. You know- those little icons that only iPhoners can see in their text messages.

2) These little sarcastic e-card thingamabobs are hilarious as of late.

Here’s a better view:

It’s true. Chico isn’t the biggest fan of the phone. And I do tend to talk a lot about nothing when we chat so who would blame him? Hence the conundrum and why this text explains a lot about us when Chico is on the road .

Also because the people in the picture look exactly like us :).

The Day I Pretended To Be A Gardener

The day we moved into our house I had just landed in Tokyo for a 3 week tour, and Alyssa was left to deal with this in our backyard…

Clearly the previous residents hadn’t even looked back here – so on top of unpacking and setting up our new home Aly also had some weeding to do. I must say she rocked it, and by the time I got back to the states it looked like a completely different yard. We’d been talking about what we wanted to do with this little patch of dirt for a while, and almost four months later the weeds were coming back in full bloom. It was time to do something.

This past weekend I was in town and the weather was perfect so we went to the farmer’s market to get some fresh fruit. While we were there we noticed some raspberry and blackberry plants for sale. I began talking with the elderly gentleman tending to the plants and asked him a few questions about planting and such. Turns out that the fall is the best time to plant – either that or I’m a total sucker and just bought some plants that are about to die when the first frost hits. Anyway we picked up a couple of plants along with some fresh peaches and headed home.

I was pretty stoked to get these things planted, however, after breaking ground I quickly discovered that there were more rocks than dirt below the surface. After a visit to the local hardware store, armed with some fresh soil and mulch, I was ready to wage war on the ground.

I began hacking away with my shovel, filling garbage bags with the old dirt and dragging them around back to dump – it must’ve looked like I was burying bodies mafia style.

After I pulled out all the rocks and replaced the soil it was time for planting and mulching. Then I took the rocks and used them to outline the area.

Before and After

It may not look like much now, but it’s a start. Next spring we’ll plant some flowers and veggies. Hopefully we’ll have some fresh raspberries and blackberries too!

Doing my best "American Gothic"

Craft Night

Hanging out with friends is key when your husband is on the road. Without a community of friends around me, loneliness can creep in… and that’s never fun. I really have to be proactive because let’s face it- doing life alone is nearly impossible!

The good thing is that the other band wives live close by! We try to get together for movie nights and craft nights as much as we can when the boys are gone. Here are some pics from our last craft night together:

T-shirt Necklaces

Decorating plain teacups with stencils & ceramic pens

Wooden Frame & Burlap Jewelry Holder

You can also check out more pics on Dani’s Blog!

I’m so thankful for these girls! (And for Pinterest… this site seriously knows how to keep a girl busy!)

Text Tuesday- Halloween Costumes

So, I’m not gonna lie- I’m kind of into Halloween. Not the evil-spirit-hexing-and-casting-spells kind of Halloween, but the dress-up-and-be-someone-you’re-not-for-a-day-Halloween. Oh- and you can’t forget about the candy! For a girl who is known to eat a Milky Way bar and a bag of Skittles on any given day in the office (gross, I know), the 3-year-old in me can’t resist an entire day of FREE CANDY!

Anyways, 2 years ago I decided I wanted to be Olive Oyle for Halloween… but only if Chico would accompany me as Popeye (of course!). Now I know it’s hard to get a grown man to dress up in some ridiculous costume for a night- let alone in front of all of his friends.

End result (complete with a can of Popeye spinach):

(Photo by Studio Rigby)

We’re pretty stumped on ideas this year. If we even have a chance to dress up. Although, the other day, Chico sent me this “brilliant” text message:

Not in a million light years.

It Was the Best of Times- Our Weekend Together

It’s not very often that Chico and I actually have an entire weekend together. Just us. It feels like life has been on fast forward ever since we got married… it’s the middle of October already! Where has this year gone?

Anyways, here are some photos from our weekend together.

Date night at Maggiano’s. Italian food with my Italian husband. Of course we ate too much, but we were seated on the balcony which actually overlooks the restaurant we went to on our first date! Belisimo!

While we were waiting for a table, I challenged Chico to a game of M*A*S*H* with my handy-dandy iPhone app. Looks like Chico has to marry Paula Abdul, and live in a shack in the bustling country of Djbouti in Africa… all while he’s an actor. Watch out folks- Djbouti may be the next Hollywood.

Homemade breakfast on our porch after a good morning jog complete with berry smoothies, eggs, raisin bran, and of course french press coffee. It reminded me so much of breakfast at our favorite honeymoon joint- Kangaroo Court Cafe!

Here’s to more fun “us” weekends together!