September 26, 2011

.productive weekend.

I have a stack of quilts to finish (baste, quilt, and bind) and I’m getting antsy to get them done. I wanted to make some progress on that stack, but I got distracted…as usual.

I found this cute fabric and decided to make a fall table runner…


I like the pattern – and the colors look cute with my Mom’s Fiestaware dishes!



Pattern: Let’s Twist Again
Fabric: Decadence by Riley Blake
Quilted by Marcie

I put the binding on this baby quilt too. It had been sitting on my counter, just waiting to be finished!

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Pattern: Coming Soon by Thimble Blossoms
Fabric: Coquette by Northcutt Fabrics
Quilted by Marcie

September 23, 2011

.taco truck and other highlights of the week.

This week was one of those busy ones without really doing anything super exciting. Mom & I hosted a Longaberger party on Monday night, we went to a benefit dinner for a family that had a house fire on Tuesday, went to a counselor workshop on Wednesday, volleyball game on Thursday, and football game on Friday. Hoping to get some quilting done this weekend!!

On Thursday before the volleyball game, Melissa, Karlye, & I went to the Taco Truck for dinner. I love love love the Taco Truck. I could go every day – not kidding. My new favorite thing there is the chicken nachos, no beans. I could have that for every meal. Not joking!!

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What did we do before the taco truck??!

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Today I got a great surprise at work! My friend Shannah texted and said she was 25 minutes away from Connell and could she stop by the school for a quick hi?! Um, yes please! We haven’t seen each other in about 5 years, so we were long overdue for a visit! (Unfortunately for me, today was one of those bad-headache-and-I-look-like-crap sorta day…go figure.) It was so fun to see her and her momma Jan and to meet her little guy Cale. Made my day!

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I got my hair cut and colored after school – new cut and I think I kinda like it! We’ll see when I have to do it myself!

.go eagles.

Week #4 of the football season – we traveled to Ki-Be to take on the Bears.

Too bad it was 85 degrees and too warm to wear their new fleece jackets!!

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The game was not real exciting…

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but these girls have fun wherever they go!

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They did a great job of cheering the boys onto a win…

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(we like it when they’re ahead by 40+ points because then it’s a running clock until the end!)

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Next week, the game is home against Burbank!

September 21, 2011

.apple dumplings.

The other day I was browsing through Pinterest, like I do a few times a day (!)…I was looking specifically for a dessert to serve at my Longaberger party that night.

And then I saw it….


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Apple Dumplings!

Trust me, they look just as delicious as they actually are.

Here’s the recipe, which may have taken over as my #1 fall dessert!

from The Pioneer Woman

2 sticks butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tubes crescent rolls
2 granny smith apples
12 ounces of Mountain Dew
Vanilla ice cream

Directions:  Peel and slice your apples.  Wrap each slice in a crescent dough triangle and place in sprayed (greased) pan.  In a bowl, melt your butter and stir in sugar and vanilla.  Pour over top of the wrapped apples....or spread on top with a spoon.  Pour the Mt. Dew all around and sprinkle with Cinnamon.  Place in 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.  Serve hot with ice cream!

I dare you to NOT try them.

September 18, 2011

.birthday weekend in Spokane.

The Heider family gathered in Spokane yesterday to celebrate Grandma’s 80th birthday and Mark’s 54th birthday! We had some surprises in store for Grandma, so it made for a fun weekend!

Mom, Dad, Melissa, Grandma, and I got to Spokane on Saturday afternoon and made a few stops at Northtown, Ulta, DSW, and Dress Barn.

We surprised Grandma by pulling up to the Davenport Tower to stay for the night! We got ready for dinner and then went to Mark & Kim’s room for a little pre-dinner fun.



The birthday kids!


We met the rest of the clan at Anthony’s for dinner (another surprise for Grandma!)…

This was her reaction when she heard the music that “she just loves…”

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…and so Amber asked her to dance…

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and then Mark cut in. Grandma loved it!

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We were the usual loud, fun group! :)

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Laughing, joking, hanging spoons from our noses…we know how to have a good time!

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Jackie and Grandma – maybe they’re talking about becoming Great-Grandmas again?! Paige surprised us all with the news that she and David are having a baby in April! (I hope that I’m not spilling the beans – I hate finding out info like that on Facebook!)

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some cute pairs…

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We sung the obligatory happy birthday and they blew out their candle!

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It may haven take 2 tries to get a good picture. :)


On Sunday morning, we all gathered again for brunch at Luna, a restaurant Craig shared with us. It was so cute and delish too!


The grandkids…missing Melissa, Paige, Kevin & Tiffany since they all went home after dinner last night.


Vicky and Grandma


Mom trying Grandma’s birthday dessert with the salt and pepper tiny spoon!


Grandma and her kids


And the birthday kids with one more birthday treat!



After brunch, Dad took us to Nordstrom for a little bit to get our fix while we were in Spokane. What a good dad!

I hope Grandma and Mark had a great birthday weekend! It was fun to celebrate with them!     

.friday football vs. Cashmere.

On Friday we decided to try something new and spelled out “CHS” with styrofoam cups in the fence. We thought it was going to take a long time, so we thought we’d start nice and easy with “CHS” – but it only took us 10 minutes, so maybe next time we can add a few more letters! The girls thought it was pretty cool – and so did I! :)

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Kamryn came over while Kate was at practice. She started to get sleepy and laid down by Samson. So cute!

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Here’s the view from the hill – great placement!


The girls got to wear their new warmups! Love them!


The band tried something new on Friday – they marched out onto the track and then continued to march around the track. The cheerleaders joined them on the track. The whole group stopped halfway around and the band played a song while the cheerleaders danced along to it. Maybe the beginning of a new tradition?!

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The pre-game was definitely more exciting than the actual game. I’m not sure what it is about Cashmere, but our boys can’t seem to beat them! The final score was 14-47 or something like that.

After the first touchdown Cashmere made, I said to Melissa, “why isn’t the band playing the fight son?!” Then she told me it was because Cashmere had scored not us. Oh yeah – I’m not used to that!! We’re so spoiled by our great football team – it’s weird when they’re not winning!

Next week we travel to Ki-Be. Watch out Bears! Here we come!