The PickMeUp

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Sometimes life gets messy and my life currently is: A. Mess.

So, it’s time for me to start cleaning it up. In order to get through the chaos, I have to assign myself “projects” just like I’m back in middle school – where learning was something that is forced upon you because you had no interest in doing it if you were left to your own devices.
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Spring-Cleaning out Jars

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I woke up this weekend like a bear coming out of hibernation. I awoke to the wonderful Spring sunshine pouring in through the curtains and walked into a nice living room full of light. Birds were chirping all around just like Snow White.

Then I walk into the kitchen, my favorite room in the apartment. But all I could see was MESS. Jars stacked onto jars. All of my dry foods sitting around and my cabinets barely closing because they are packed to the gills!
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Honeycomb Hearts

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My grandma’s house is magical. There is a lake and cabin, beautiful gardens, a sugar shack where I had my wedding and barns full of treasures. There is a “happy tree” straight out of a Winnie the Pooh story.

One day, I received a picture text from my mom. The picture was a bag full of honeycomb that she found on the ground under the “happy tree” – this grand old tree is central to many memories that we grew up with. Continue Reading

Banana Coconut Buckwheat Bread

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I’ve been buying a lot of bananas recently because they are the perfect on-the-go snack. However, after a long week of long hours at work, a couple of them were left behind. They turned to that perfect sickeningly sweet – way too brown – banana bread – bananas.

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A Very Crafty Christmas

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A very belated story….

This past Christmas was very different for me. Typically, I make about 70% of my gifts, along with Christmas cards and cookies. This time around, work took up most of my holiday, so I didn’t get to make much of anything handmade.

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Day 2: Junk, Pizza & Bier

By Tara & CourTney CourTney: Day 2 of Tara’s visit. The main adventure that I wanted to tackle on their visit was this random second hand store I past one evening while going to see the HB play in his band, LeafPile, at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. It was a really random shop withContinue Reading

Jello pies from the 1950s

Ever decide last minute you need to make a dessert but don’t have much of anything in the cupboards, let alone cake ingredients? I got this. Recently, my friends Colin and Yeon both had a birthday falling on a craft day my HB decided to host at our apartment. We couldn’t have birthdays without aContinue Reading

Sheep Wool, Mudd and Climbing – Oh My

Last weekend we headed to the “NYS Sheep and Wool Festival” in Rhinebeck NY for a NLKnitting road trip.  With the leaves changing, it was the perfect time to be on the road.Continue Reading

Bar Harbor: Whale Hat Watching

This weekend, we are in Bar Harbor, Maine for our anniversary. It a really beautiful place on the upper coast of Maine. It has cute towns, whale watching, Acadia National Park, camping and Lobster, Lobster, Lobster! We’ve been here, semi-camping in a cabin on the water. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irene is brewing and threatening to takeContinue Reading

Easy Pumpkin Black Bean Chili

If you’ve read any of my food blogs on NonLinear Knitting before, then you know my HB, Brian, is the cook in our family. I love to bake but he took over making dinner about a month into dating. I know “how” to cook, but it always tastes better when he makes it.Continue Reading

Orange you glad…

My husband eats a lot of oranges so I decided to use some of the peels to make orange oil.  Orange oil smells amazing and has a variety of uses including adding flavor to food.  (I put some in one of my favorite recipes of all time, my Grandma’s carrot cake.)   Here’s how youContinue Reading

Search and Rescue

Exciting things are happening!!!! First of all, I FOUND MY NOTIONS BAG!!! The yarn stash ate it.  They await sentencing for Tampering with Owner’s Sanity. Here’s a story: In sixth grade, I was voted “Most Organized” which is….shocking.  (Well, I also won “Shortest” in the class…which is not so shocking.  Or important…)  But I honestlyContinue Reading