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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.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

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

Saturday

365 πŸ“±: 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.]

Sunday

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

365 πŸ“·: 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.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 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.

Thursday

365 πŸ“·: 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…

Friday

365 πŸ“·: 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 FlickrΒ 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. πŸ™‚
    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! πŸ™‚

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