Monday, November 1, 2010

Our Halloween Weekend

All I really wanted was to see my little nieces and nephews dressed up for Halloween, but I had a really great Halloween weekend nonetheless!

The festivities started on Friday when Jesse and I went to a new restaurant: Gloria's. Here's the thing, we have tried A BAZILLION tex-mex/mexican restaurants in the metroplex because I'm determined to find the best mexican food, but we were in for a treat (and a trick) when we went to Gloria's. The treat was that the chips and salsa was the BEST I've had yet here, and the trick was that it was actually Salvadorian food! Quail was on the menu...eww. All I could think about was those cute little birds scuttling around BYU campus. No thanks on the quail, but the rest of our food was pretty good. 

After dinner we went the Symphony. We had BOX SEATS (donated from some Doctor who works at Jesse's school and donated them to some lucky student--Jesse). They projected Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the DSO played the music along with it. I am ridiculously whimpy when it comes to scary movies, so I had to cover my eyes sometimes. Again, thank you to the box-seat donors. It was incredibly fun though. 
We asked the usher to take a picture.

I wore my pearls. We try to be fancy.
Jesse and I shopped for and assembled our costumes on Saturday after Yoga and a little run on the Katy Trail. I am a yogi. I love it. Anyway, here's what we came up with:

That's right! You guessed it! We are the Fruit of the Loom Grapes! You can't really tell, but we wore Fruit of the Loom whitey-tighties over our sweats. It was pretty sweet! I won Best Girl's Costume at the party, but Jesse didn't even make the top 3 for the boy's costume contest. Hahaha. "I guess everybody just likes me. But I can't help it that I'm popular." --Gretchen, Mean Girls. Not really, though. Seriously though, not popular. I haven't gone to book club once. I need to start attending med school wives' events before I'm cast out forever. Haha. 

We played plenty of fun games at the party, including the one where you eat a doughnut off a string. Jesse was a champ. He won his round, but Jen was a VERY close second. Look how excited he was...
We took the grapes off shortly after we arrived so that we could fit into the house.

Nice try, Jenny. We love you.
It's all about the strategy.
My family has a delicious Halloween tradition -- we eat chili in those adorable little pumpkin bread bowls from Great Harvest. It's not pumpkin bread, just white bread dyed orange like a pumpkin with a little green tiny roll on top. I couldn't find that anywhere in Dallas, but we had Chili in normal bread bowls anyway and it was delicious. We invited Jenny and Mat over. 

Here's the family chili recipe. Sorry if it's a secret, Grandma. It's just too delicious. I can't not share it.

Grandma Coles Chili
1/2 LB Hamburger
1/2 Onion
1 LG can Chili Beans - (2 1/2 Cups, short fat can)
1/2 LG can Tomato Juice (tall can)
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp pepper ( I put in a little less )
1 tsp salt
1/4 C sugar
2 carrots

Brown Hamburger and onion, drain fat and rinse. Add rest of the ingredients and simmer at least 2 hour.




  1. o my gosh... you guys are the cutest!!! i freaking love your costume... i almost was grapes... how did you guys drive??? o i miss you!!

  2. Ahh Amber I didn't know you had a blog! It's so cute!! You're wedding pictures are amazing, I love you dress! we will have to become blogging friends now!