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Baking and Making

As in, baking a loaf of cranberry bread.  Mmmm.  I’ve also made a pie crust, with the actual pie to follow tomorrow.  I’ve baked gingerbread, which will be crumbled up into a pumpkin trifle tomorrow, and I whipped up some instant pumpkin pudding with a mix Neil found at the grocery store this afternoon.  It […]

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Toast for Granny

So I made another pair of Toast.  This is the style without the thumbs – they’re just plain, straight tubes of knit stitch, and about as simple as it gets.  In theory anyway. Ever get the idea that some projects are just doomed from the start? First I cast on too few stitches.  Then too […]

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Balls in the air, balls on the ground

There’s just been so much juggling recently.  It’s easy to let a few things fall to the floor.  For the first time in at least twelve years, I dropped the ball on my First Day of Fall tradition. I didn’t make the pumpkin bread and pass it out to friends or teachers.  I didn’t rotate […]

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The ants go marching

Somebody around here is turning 43 tomorrow, and it isn’t me.  No, I’m the birthday boy’s incredibly young wife, who spent yesterday baking a chocolate cake from scratch, and a lemon icing to go with it. My usual birthday routine involves a cake mix and a tub of store-bought frosting, and while I’ve always liked […]

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Birth days

Yesterday the youngest Clarke turned six.  Partying was done, fun was had. And today we have the dishes in the sink to prove it. What a beautiful day it is, today.  We’ve got Spring Break this week, but if the weather report is to be believed, much of it will be chilly, rainy, and gloomy.  […]

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Incoherent ramblings of a caffeinated mind

Neil says in the 14 years we’ve been married, that I’ve gotten weirder.  The term “flickr freak” was bandied about.  As you can see, my finger is on the camera trigger.  I should point out that I wasn’t insulted by that comment, and that Neil is not exactly the most normal person I’ve ever met […]

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Four times

Oooooh, boy, it’s cold out there!  Four times today, I put on my neckwarmer, followed by my hat, a sweater, a jacket, and shoes.  Four times, I trudged outside to wait for a bus or run an errand.  Four times, I came back into the house and shed all of that stuff.  Except this last […]

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Merry merry!

Oh, it is such a good feeling to be done making gifts and done shopping.  It was down to the wire, considering I was still weaving in yarn ends on a pile of fingerless mitts at 10:00 last night, but done is done, no matter how close you cut it, I say!  Today’s agenda includes […]

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Truly embracing handmade?

Hi, friends.  I was taking a breather after scrubbing the kitchen clean a little while ago, and I started thinking about the idea of a Handmade Christmas.  As you probably know, I am giving everyone on my list at least one handmade item this year (even if it’s just as small as an ornament).  What […]

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