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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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Meringues for Mom!

This past weekend was my Mom’s 50th birthday. My brother initiated conversations to throw her a big party and my grandma executed the plans. I live out of town, so I couldn’t do a whole lot from far away, but one thing I COULD do, was make her favorite cookie….a Meringue. I’m a new subscriberContinue Reading

Make something for us, please. Yes, thank you, I will.

My ambitious friends in the band the Razor Blazer’s decided to try to get 500 original covers for their new album, which in turn meant their friends got an assignment: make covers.  Continue Reading

Earl Grey Pistachio Puddin’ Pops

I love popsicles and pudding. So of course – I enjoy pudding pops! After rummaging my cabinets for ingredients, here’s what I came up with. Feel free to try out your own flavores. I would love to hear about your creations.Continue Reading

Knitting can WAIT?

For the past few months, every second I haven’t been at work, I’ve been knitting. It may seem ridiculous to some people…Riding the train: Knitting. Waiting at the doctor: Knitting. Going to bars: Knitting. Driving the car: Just kidding!Continue Reading

I got 99 problems, but a Stitch ain’t one.

Along with the wonderful feelings the Holiday’s bring, they also bring the not so great: Stress, Dealines, Travel, Expenses…. This past month has been very stressful.  So much to the point, I can’t even BELIEVE that Christmas is one week away.  I’m actually in shock.  It’s so much to the point, that I have beenContinue Reading

Thoughts on a Traditional Black Friday

The following are reasons everyone should shop online at CoffeeAndT instead of the Big Name stores during the madness they call Black Friday: 1. No Christmas music.  I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of nonsensical, overplayed, electronic remixes of Little Drummer Boy and Twelve Days of Christmas that make Frank Sinatra and BingContinue Reading

Craft Sabbatical: The Tucking Tails of Enterlac

I obviously love to knit and I like to try new things. I saw a lot of patterns in the past couple of years that looked like a basket weave. I thought, “Holy crap – nope, can’t do that, that’s crazy!” A lot of gals in my knitting group told me about this basket weaveContinue Reading