Happy Halloween

Dillon had a very productive night Trick-or-treating. My mom came down for the weekend and with her she brought some very yummy cookies. Our first stop of the night was Jason's mom and dad's house where Dillon loaded up his pumpkin with candy - including a GIANT Hershey bar. Then Jason's sister came by to see our little monkey and she brought him more candy (and a baseball and bat). Next we dropped by Jason's brother's house where Dillon got more candy and some glow sticks. Our last stop of the night was Derek and Susan's house. Ryan, Jason and Derek took Dillon around to a few houses. They stopped at one of Derek's friends houses and he let Dillon take as much candy as he wanted. The kid made out like a bandit (or should I say that mommy and daddy made out like bandits?).


Pumpkin Carving

Tonight we carved pumpkins with Dillon. Dillon got to help design his pumpkin - I asked him what shape eyes he wanted and on a piece of paper I drew five different mouths and had him pick one. He was really excited to be helping. Unfortunately, I didn't get any "action shots" because I was too busy scooping the guts out of both pumpkins.
And the best part of carving pumpkins? The roasted seeds, of course...


Halloween Party

In both of the Mommy and Me classes that I take with Dillon they had little Halloween parties. We all brought some munchies and the kids went trick-or-treating in the office. It was so cute seeing all the little ones dressed up. I was so proud of Dillon when he passed over the candy and opted for a bag of pretzels. Definitely doesn't take after his Mommy.


Halloween Time

We have been wanting to go to Disneyland to see all the Halloween decorations, so we headed over there this afternoon. It was the perfect day to go - the place was practically empty. The lines were so short that we just walked on the rides. In the few hours that we were there, we rode so many rides that Dillon said, "No more rides." He wanted to go in the Tiki Room and then go home. So that's just what we did.

"I want to go on that ride!"

"i have to wash my hands"


Pumpkin Patch Fun

Today we took Dillon to the pumpkin patch. He had so much fun picking up pumpkins, riding the train, running around and posing in the picture cutouts. The kid however would not look at me long enough for me to take a decent picture. Oh well...


Chimichurri Sauce

I am so in love with Chimichurri sauce. I could (and do) eat it on absolutely EVERYTHING! The recipe I have for it was made to put a small amount (like a tablespoon) on top of a steak. One tablespoon is simply not enough of this yummy-ness for me. When I make it I usually double the recipe at the very minimum - usually around one batch per person - sometimes more. Besides smothering topping steak with it, I use it on baked potatoes and baked fries, as a salad dressing, eat it with a spoon, put it on chicken & pork chops... now I am craving it and will have to run to the market to get the ingredients. (It has crushed red pepper in it, but it is not at all spicy)

1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon water

Place all the ingredients except for olive oil and water in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add water and pulse a few times. With processor running add oil through chute and process until well blended.