Friday, October 31, 2008

October Fun

We LOVE October!! We love beautiful leaves, having our first fire in the fireplace, pumpkin patches, dressing up, candy, parties, and we are even start looking forward to a little rain.

Reed turned 12 on the 13th. He requested two key lime pies instead of a traditional cake. He was ordained a deacon on October 19th and will pass the sacrament for the first time this Sunday.

Kraig had his last few XC meets. He had a great year and has plans to come back for his Senior year stronger and faster than ever.

Ben visited the pumpkin patch with his pre-school class.

We had a really fun Ward Halloween party where Kris (yet again) didn't win the chili cook-off. Steve finally agreed to wear a Halloween costume, maybe we finally found one that was cool enough for him (all of those years of suggesting he go as a "stick in the mud" didn't work for some reason.) I have to say, he was a pretty hot Indiana Jones.

Mom joined her book club friends for a night of "super" costumes, good food, and singing out loud along with the great ABBA music at a last run showing of Mama Mia.

Abby has decided to be a girl vampire, Reed will join his friends in being Blue Man Group, and Ben will trick-or-treat as either Darth Vader, the Hulk, or a Pirate (the advantage of being the fourth child...many, many choices of costume.)


Saturday, October 4, 2008

XC Kraig on the Run!

This weekend Kraig ran the Harrier Classic. This is his second year on the Cross Country (XC) team and he is having a blast.

I saw a t-shirt once that said something about Cross Country helping skinny kids make friends...SO TRUE! They really are a nice bunch of kids, so supportive of each other. They really give their all too, Steve saw one kid cross the finish line and immediately lean over and hurl (UGH! It's a darned good thing I didn't see that, or it would have been a party!)

The coolest thing I witnessed... probably more than 5 minutes after most of the kids crossed the finish line. The last runner came "down the shute." He was little and not the same body type you see in most of the kids that run. He was totally spent, BUT STILL RUNNING!!! The crowd went wild! You would have thought this kid was in first place, not last. A very heart warming moment.

It was raining and muddy, the kids slid through mud and ran through puddles...what a mess! There was even a pile up at the finish line when a few kids in front of Kraig lost their footing in the slippery mud. Despite this, Kraig had his best personal time for this course.

We are proud of him and the hard work he puts in as part of the team. Wednesday is his next meet; GO WEST ALBANY BULLDOGS!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Corn Chowder

I've promised a few people this recipe, so I thought I would put it on. This is the chowder I brought to the Coast for Retreat. I got the original recipe from my sister in law (Annette,) nearly two decades ago. I, of course, have tweaked it beyond recognition of that original yummy chowder she served us when we visited them in Provo as newlyweds.
I make it a little different every time, I can't help it, that's just me.

Corn Chowder ala Kris (serves 6 to 8)

6 slices of bacon, fried

1 onion, chopped

1 large green pepper, chopped

2-3 TBL flour

3 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 cup dry white wine or sherry (optional)

3 cups corn (I only use the corn we froze from grandpa's garden)

1 large potato, grated (yesterday, I used red potatoes and cut them into large cubes, it was good too.)

1 cup heavy cream or 1/2 and 1/2

In a frying pan, fry bacon until crisp. Set aside. Add onion and pepper to the bacon fat and saute until softened. Transfer to a large stock pot and sprinkle with flour, cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes. In the frying pan, add wine or sherry to deglaze the pan, reduce by half. Add broth to stock pot and let thicken. Introduce potatoes and corn along with the reduced wine (sometimes, I even double the amount of corn, if I want it to be really "corny".) Cook until potatoes are cooked through. Add back the crumbled bacon. The very last thing should be the cream, once it is added, don't boil the chowder, just heat through.