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  1. Patriotic Culinary Contest 2011 Results

    August 12, 2011 by sholdren

    I know this is a little late, but I would like to announce the winners of the Annual Patriotic Culinary Contest 2011.

    First place goes to Susanna Holdren for the “Star-Spangled Banner Cupcakes”!

    “Oh Canada Mini Trifles” (by Sandi & Anna Hammermeister) and “American Girl Cotton Candy” (by Stephanie and Esther Fowler) TIED for 2nd place!

    Oh Canada Mini Trifles – tied for 2nd place.

    American Girl Cotton Candy – tied for 2nd place.

    Good job, everyone! I hope we can do this contest again next year!

    – Sue

  2. patriotic culinary contest 2011

    July 7, 2011 by sholdren

    This year we had our annual Patriotic Culinary Contest, celebrating Canada Day and Independence Day! Below are the entries we received. Feel free to leave a comment to vote for your favorite! I’ll add up the votes on July 14th, and announce the winner then, so make sure you get your vote in right away!

    Oh Canada Mini Trifles
    by Sandi & Anna Hammermeister

    Patriotic Banana Cream & Coconut Cream Pies
    by Ruth Hoyer

    American Girl Cotton Candy
    by Stephanie & Esther Fowler

    USA Parfait
    by Elsie McDermott

    Star-Spangled Banner Cupcakes
    by Susanna Holdren

  3. v-day awesomeness

    February 14, 2011 by sholdren

    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

    We didn’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, but we had a fun day.

    The kids opening their Valentine’s Day stuff from Opa & Omsie.

    The ring Brian got me. Love it!

    Silas made this Valentine for Brian and I, in Sunday School. The words were written by one of the Sunday School teachers, and instead of writing Mommy and Daddy, Silas told them to write our real names, and he told them what our full names were.

    The kids helped me make this Valentine’s cake!

    Brian also got me 4 different types of gummies (my favorite junk food), and I got him a “Ronald Reagen at 100” magazine, put out by LIFE.

    That’s it for now! Happy V-day, all you love birds!

  4. silas’ 4th birthday

    January 18, 2011 by sholdren

    We had a little birthday party for Silas yesterday, and we also had a little celebration on his real birthday, a few days ago. Here are some pics and video of it:

    Kids at Silas’ birthday party!

    Silas opening presents.

    Silas cupcakes with the number 4 on them.

    The food!

    The streamers we put up!

    The “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” cake I made for Silas, on his actual birthday.

    We had a great time at Silas’ party yesterday! It is always fun having people over, and I think the kids had a fun time too!

  5. turkey day

    November 26, 2010 by sholdren

    Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends at our house. We also celebrated Brianna’s 2nd birthday!

    We had a wonderful time, and all the food was fantastic! We all made different things from the menu. Every single dish was delicious!

    The Thanksgiving table. The sliced bread is made by my sister-in-law, Kim, using her new bread maker. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pics of the table with all the food.

    Silas with a big bowl of turkey broth I took from the roasting pan, ready to be made into gravy!

    The delicious, delicious turkey!

    My “Zesty Festiva Cheez Whiz Ball”. Everyone loved it.

    Here is us singing Happy Birthday to Brianna, and her singing a song too:

    Brianna’s birthday cupcakes.

    Brianna with her giggling doll from Grandma & Grandpa. She likes it.

    Brianna enjoying her new sandwich maker kit from Uncle Terrill & Tante Stephy, Esther, Heidi & Elliott.

    Brianna with her “girl” sock monkey from Silas. Silas has a regular sock monkey, which he loves too.

    A doll she got from Uncle Sam & Aunt Kimmy & the boys. You fill it with warm water, and it feels more like a real baby.

    The kitchen we got Brianna. Both her and Silas love it, and will spend many hours playing with it, I’m sure.

    The homemade caramel apples we gave out before everyone left. My sister gave me this recipe, and it’s awesome.

    Brianna and Zachary in the car.

    Fun was had by all!

  6. birthday brigade

    October 10, 2010 by sholdren

    Last week was Brian’s birthday! We went out to eat at Brian’s favorite Mexican restaurant, El Campesino, and then came back home for birthday cake and present-opening.

    Brian and Silas after blowing the candles out together. I let Silas pick the frosting color, so I had to make it purple!

    Brianna and I celebrating!

    Silas helping Brian open his presents.

    Brian with some of his presents from my parents. He loves visors, so they searched high and low for an “Alaska” one, while they were there on a cruise, and eventually found one!

    Brianna wearing Brian’s new visor!

    A couple weeks ago, when I asked Silas what he wanted to get Brian for his birthday, he said “a lion toy”. So, that’s exactly what Silas got him! I love Silas’ wide-eyed expression whilst looking at the lion.

    Brian and Silas playing with the party blowers! Silas is about to laugh in this picture. 🙂

    Yay for fun family times!

  7. bacon omelet roll with salsa

    August 21, 2010 by sholdren

    I did another new recipe this month. It was a Bacon Omelet Roll with Salsa. It’s easy to make, and delicious! It would be great for if you’re having company over for breakfast.

    In case you’re wondering, Silas is wearing Brian’s boxing wraps on his hands. 🙂

    My bacon omelet rolls!

  8. vivacious vegetation

    August 18, 2010 by sholdren

    Here is a pic of my three tomato plants. Actually, there’s four, but two of them are planted very close together. The tomatoes pictured here have been eaten days ago, either by me or Silas, who likes to pick them and eat them immediately, before coming back into the house. They are delicious! It’s amazing how much better homegrown tomatoes are than store bought ones.

    I never actually made a nice little garden or landscaped around the plants, but I think I’ll do that next year.

    I also have a raspberry bush, which is yielding many juicy raspberries, which both Silas and Brianna like to pick and eat. It’s a lot of fun, and I think next year I’ll plant a few more raspberry bushes, and hopefully an apple tree. Above is a pic of an unripe cluster of raspberries from our raspberry bush.

  9. mashed potatoes & parsnips

    July 8, 2010 by sholdren

    Here is my latest cooking video!

  10. july 5th

    July 6, 2010 by sholdren

    Since July 4th fell on a Sunday this year, it was observed by some businesses on July 5th, which is today. So, Brian was home with us, and we did a few fun things together!

    The kids in their pool today.

    Brian and Silas at the park, with the fire we built!

    The kids and I at our little picnic area. We were making smores. Brianna liked licking the marshmallows.

    Brianna is walking all the time now!

    Brian and I!

    We were going to see some fireworks in the evening, and we went, and there were quite a few other people there, but the date was wrong on the website we all saw it on, and there were no fireworks!

    We had an awesome day, though! Looking forward to many more fun summer adventures!