Thursday, September 22, 2016

Celebrating Autumn: Hobbits and Muffins

In addition to today being Autumn Equinox, it is also the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins! To celebrate, I participated in the Hobbit Day 5K. September is also World Alzheimer’s Month. As I honor hobbits, part of my race fee goes to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund where 100% of donations goes directly to research towards a cure for Alzheimer’s.

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Next up was King Arthur Flour’s Monthly Bake-along Challenge. The recipe this month is Inside-Out Pumpkin Muffins.

There’s ingredient (boiled cider) that needed to be made ahead of time as it takes a few hours, so I did this step last weekend in preparation for today’s baking effort. Here is a recipe card I made using "The Washington Post’s" recipe.

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I could have skipped the boiled cider ingredient, but if I’m going to the trouble to participate in a challenge of any sort, then I try to do so as authentically as possible. 

The finished results were photographed by looking down the top of the Mason jar where I let it cool before storing in the fridge. The picture reminds me of the mosquito in the amber depicted in the Jurassic Park movie. 

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The rest of the recipe was pretty simple and did not take long at all to make and assemble. Here is how it looked coming out of the oven.

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These yummy muffins are perfect for saying hello, autumn!

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I wish you happy autumnal days full of hobbits and yummy muffins.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Goodbye, Summer!

Today is the last day of summer. It's hard to really see a transition to fall from summer in Florida, but we gave it a go today. I made Key Lime Pies in Mason Jars—here is the recipe link.

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After tucking the treats in the fridge for later, my husband and I wandered over to the beach to say goodbye to summer. Living on the Gulf coast in the Florida panhandle, the water has brilliant days we call Emerald Days. Today’s water was gorgeous.

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While we won't really see any cold weather until around Halloween, we still try to celebrate the seasons in our own beachy-kind of way. Goodbye, Summer!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

National Apple Dumplings Day

The National DayCalendar says today is a bunch of celebratory days, but I’m honoring National Constitution and Citizenship Day as well as National Apple Dumpling Day.

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I made apple dumplings using King Arthur Flour’s recipe. Here they are fresh out of the oven.

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The napkin is one of a set I made years ago to go with a quilt throw for picnics. My homemade vanilla bean ice cream goes perfectly with the dumplings. Here’s to standing up and honoring our citizenship and our Constitution!
 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chalk the Walks 2016

Today was Chalk the Walks which is “all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of sidewalk chalk”.


You can read about this project here I thought this was a great idea, so I prepared by buying my chalk and pondering what bit of positivity I wanted to share when the big day arrived.

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Here is my offering:

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Sharing positive thoughts with others in the world is a good thing. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Filling in the Holes

“Needlepoint: the delicious art of filling in holes with wool.”
Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus

I started this needlepoint eyeglass case project whilst on a cruise and am picking it up again to hopefully finish soon. The front is almost done and then I can work on the back. I like to balance  creative activities like this between knitting projects.

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The needlepoint canvas is from the Elizabeth Turner Collection. The canvas, stitch book, and the needed yarns were purchased from Cabbage Row Shoppe during a trip to Charleston, SC. I always visit this shop when we’re in Charleston.

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My embroidery scissors were purchased directly from Maison Sajou in Versailles, France. Along with the scissors, I got a little scissors case which included a chart for stitching my monogram.

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All of my projects are organized in a bag specific to each project which makes it easier for me to grab and take to either the living room or on a trip. This particular bag (seen in top edge of first photo) is a pouch with two zippered pockets. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Bit of June in July

A little cross stitch kit was unearthed from my stash to entertain me last week—something I meant to do for the month of June a few years back but actually managed to do this July.

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The Lizzie Kate project is called “A Bit of June”. Intended as a month-themed piece, I am laying claim to it for my name.

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Embroidery floss organized, I happily stitched away a few relaxing hours.

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The kit includes 28-count light-mocha Cashel linen, floss by Gentle Art Sampler Threads & Weeks Dye Works, three teeny-weeny red buttons for the sailboat, and the sea-inspired wood frame from East Side Mouldings.

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My completed project is ready for hanging as a semi-nameplate in my craft room. It’s mounted on foam-board within the wood frame. It may be July, but it’s “A Bit of June” every month of the year for me.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Easy Knitted Bath Mitt and Washcloths

After finishing my Cashmere ombre wrap and about to start knitting a lace shawl for my daughter, I really needed something easy and quick as a transition. Purl Bee’s Washcloths and Scrubbing Mitt project served perfectly.
 
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I used Habu Textile’s 100% cotton Cork Chenille, one skein each of the colors Charcoal, Off-White, and Bleached White purchased at Purl SohoNeedles were US #3 double-points.

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When finishing the first two washcloths, I realized there was enough yarn left to make a third cloth.

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So, I knit a 2-inch row of Off-white, then a 4-inch row of Charcoal, and finished with a 2-inch row of Bleached White.

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Despite liberating a bit of the Charcoal for my striped washcloth, there was still plenty of that yarn to make the bath mitt.

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This was a relaxing and easy project to serve as a break between two long knitting missions. The cork chenille yarn is really nice and a great texture (kind of soft and crunchy at the same time) to use in the bath for exfoliation. This would also be nice in a spa gift basket.