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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Homesteading update – Nov 2016

Homesteading update – Nov 2016

It’s been ages since I’ve posted anything about our homestead. But it seems like not much is happening. The garden was emptied, with carrots being our last produce to be pulled.  We waited until a couple of frosts hit in the hopes they would turn sweeter. This week, Papa planted several rows of garlic. We
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Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Breakfast Sausage

It’s not unusual for our area to see first flurries in the beginning of October.  Certainly by the end of October we’ve had at least one snowfall.  We had been blessed with unseasonably warm weather throughout the last couple of months.  Finley has loved our weather because he likes nothing more than to lay out
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Indie Designer Gift-A-Long (GAL) 2016

Indie Designer Gift-A-Long (GAL) 2016

 The excitement is building: it’s the time of year for the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long! What is the Indie Designer GAL? This is an annual event where independent knit and crochet pattern designers have the opportunity to showcase some of their creations and inspire others to make them.  The Gift-A-Long is essentially two events: The first event
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Pattern release – Heaven and Earth Shawl

Pattern release – Heaven and Earth Shawl

I know I’ve been quiet lately. Work has been insane, life in general has felt chaotic and overwhelming, and to top it off I’ve had to put several recent designs in “time out” because they haven’t been behaving. Fortunately, this was not one of those designs! I’ve been in love ever since conception and it’s
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