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TWiP: Stripes

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I used to have a really nifty tradition of baking pumpkin bread in mini loaves to give away as First Day of Fall gifts. I’ve let that tradition slide in recent years, and some seasons I don’t get around to making the bread at all, let alone giving some away. It’s too bad because it is probably the best recipe I have ever come up with.

I did set aside yesterday afternoon for some purely selfish pumpkin bread baking. Technically it was a day late, but it doesn’t need to be the actual first day of fall if they’re just for me and my guys. I made them into muffins, and since we each have our own taste preferences and dietary requirements, I customized them a bit and sprinkled chopped walnuts on some of them and chocolate chips on some others.

The family reviews are in, and they are favorable as usual. (Don’t tell them that I healthified these and that they are made entirely with white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose – it’s surprisingly unnoticeable!)

I’ve just had one of the walnutty variety for my breakfast, and it was just the perfect bite of autumnal goodness. Mmmmmmmm. I could eat these all day, but my waistline might have something to say about that.

Today is my Dad’s birthday and we’re visiting tonight. If I were a nice person, I’d bring some of those muffins with me to share with the rest of the family. I am a nice person, but I haven’t decided yet if I am that selfless 😜

I have a cup of pumpkin puree leftover, by the way. Any suggestions for how I should use it up? Usually I let it sit in the fridge until it grows a nice little pile of mold on top of it, and then I throw it away. I was thinking maybe this year I’d try to put it to somewhat better use…

BTW, this week? All about the stripes. And a little bit about the poisonous front yard fungi, too.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

📷 = taken with my Canon DSLR
📱 = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…



365 📱: 2016 261/366 – I spent about an hour at TMC’s grand opening. Here’s my little section of the store. [Taken at TMC’s Boutique in New Providence, NJ.]



365 📷: 2016 262/366 – Sunday back yard patio knitting. It’s a Good Thing.



365 📷: 2016 263/366 – These fungi on the front lawn were about half this size yesterday!



365 📷: 2016 264/366 – The front lawn fungi continue to mutate. Usually by this time Neil has kicked them over, but we kinda both want to see where they go from here.



365 📷: 2016 265/366 – I finished my shawl. I loooooove these colors! I’m going to write up a pattern, but first I will probably knit another sample in different colors so you can better see the striping design.



365 📷: 2016 266/366 – Only 100 more days left in 2016 – that’s hard to believe! I started this new project, and while it will eventually have five distinct colors in it, right now it looks lind of like a bumble bee…



365 📷: 2016 267/366 – I’ve had this little sewing corner set up for a few months. I keep telling myself I will put it away when I finish the one little project I still wanted to make. And yet, I haven’t touched that one little project. I think I need to pull the plug on that idea and put this stuff away once and for all. I need the space to work on some new polymer clay stuff ☺

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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3 thoughts on “TWiP: Stripes

  1. Your shawls are such pretty colors! You will be cozy this winter. 🙂
    Yum, Pumpkin bread!!! Sounds so good right now. I think there are some recipes for pumpkin spice lattes that call for pumpkin puree if you like them. I think you can make a syrup with it. If I had a recipe, I would share it, but you could probably find one on Pinterest that’s good. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks! I am thinking it’s starting to be too late for the pumpkin. I bought a banana, thinking I’d combine them and make more muffins, but I haven’t done it yet. I wonder how long it keeps?

      1. Hmmm, I’m not really sure…better safe than sorry, though. I have had success with freezing it. Muffins are always yummy! 🙂

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