The Return of Winter

The Return of Winter

  Two days ago I snapped a picture of our front yard. It was hard to believe how spring-like it looked on the 22nd of February. We had so many days of 50-60°F (10-15°C) weather the past couple of weeks that all the snow had melted – except in a few places where it had been
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FO Friday (er, Saturday)

FO Friday (er, Saturday)

Apparently it’s been a while since I’ve shared any of the crafting projects I have been working on.  I found oodles of pictures – some back to Christmas time!  In an earlier post, I talked about the socks my sister received before Christmas.   I love making hats and I find they’re an easy gift
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Join the #LitLoveKAL!

Join the #LitLoveKAL!

  I am so excited about this!! My friend Jennifer (aka DriftlessKnitter on Ravelry) and I have teamed up to bring you a fun KAL.  We’re calling it the Lit Love KAL – because the challenge is to make any fiber-based project that can be tied to literature.  The project can knit, crochet, weaving, spinning,
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January 2017 Homestead update

January 2017 Homestead update

We have been having some crazy weather this month. First it was super-cold, but that’s actually quite normal for January. Then we got dumped on with large amounts of snow.     That was followed by what seemed a week of warmer temps and RAIN – although I think it was actually only a couple
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

  I’ve learned in the past year or so that I am Sugar Addict. Not something I’m proud of. I tried once before to give up sugar and failed, but one of my goals this year was to try again. I want to at least cut down the amount of sugar ingested, because let’s face
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2016 Year in Review and New Year plans

2016 Year in Review and New Year plans

Everywhere I turn I see posts and comments that show people that can’t wait for this year to end and the new one to begin because 2016 was so “awful”.  Personally, I don’t think the year and any more ups or downs than an average year.  It’s more about attitude and how you decide to
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Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

  Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  May your holiday be filled with love, laughter, and peace during this season.

Homemade Twix bars

Homemade Twix bars

  Remember the old adage “What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade!”  Well, that happened this last week.  I started my annual Christmas homemade caramels baking only to have them come out super-soft.  So soft that they were sticking to the parchment paper and difficult to get off.  I just didn’t get it.
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Winter has arrived

Winter has arrived

Officially winter doesn’t start until December 21, but it sure feels and looks like winter around here! Sunday morning we woke to a pile of snow on the ground. I’m not sure what the official measurements were, but it was at least 6″, maybe 9″. December snowfalls are so pretty, especially when you get that
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Christmas Crickets

Christmas Crickets

There probably is a story about Christmas and Crickets (update: The Cricket on the Hearth), but the crickets I’m referring to here are related to the fact that this site has been silent the last couple of weeks.     We celebrated an extended Thanksgiving weekend with family, decorated Christmas trees in 3 locations, attended
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