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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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Birthdays & Ribbon Cuttings

September 6th is my birthday and because Lion Brand (a yarn company since 1878) must have known this, they had the ribbon cutting of their newest store ON MY BIRTHDAY. The Lion Brand Outlet opened its doors yesterday. For a knitter, this is a fantastic birthday present! Oh the joys of rummaging through fibers andContinue Reading

Yarn Balls and Christmas Joys

The bummer thing about living in an apartment is the lack of space for holiday decorations.  No place for a tree or even a place to store any decorations.  Last year, Brian and I hid Christmas presents from each other by putting them on the couch and covering them with a blanket – promising eachContinue Reading

Sunsets? Let’s paint them!

Recently, my friend Lauren asked me to take a “Wine and Painting” class with her at Urban Arts at Monroe in Hoboken, NJ. She’s a very talented painter of sunsets and wanted to broaden her horizons – literally. I am a lover of all things craft and wine related so I said “yes” without aContinue Reading

Boston Cream Birthday Dreams

It was the HB’s birthday and he wanted cake. I love to bake so he gets to request whatever dessert he wants for his birthday. This year, he wanted a Boston Creme Pie. As most of you know, a Boston Creme Pie is a basic yummy yellow cake with a vanilla pudding center and chocolateContinue Reading

Apartment Recording Requires Whiskey

My HB, just like Eve’s, is a wonderful musician. He plays percussion on anything – along with the bouzouki, the mandolin, the piano and the harmonica set my family and I got him for Christmas. It’s one of my favorite things about him. I love creativity and I appreciate it so much in him. ThisContinue Reading

Yep, Another Addiction

If you would have asked me what my favorite animal was when I was a child, it would have been a T-Rex, pterodactyl, or maybe a dog. Today, however, I worship the fleece beasts. I’m not even a “farm-y” kind of person, although I grew up around them and most of my friends were inContinue Reading

Leftover Halloween Candy Ice Cream

My favorite part of Halloween, are the day after candy sales.  It’s the same candy they have all year, but because of the Halloween print on the packaging, they sell it for next to nothing.  This year, Brian did the day after shopping trip.  He got a big bag of butterfingers. This year, instead ofContinue Reading