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Baking, crafting, mama-ing and taking photos of it all. When I remember.


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362: things in my couch

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For some reason I decided to look under the couch cushions this evening and found so! much! stuff! Cinderella’s other glass slipper that I thought I’d vacuumed up! Crochet hooks, knitting needles and stitch markers! Small toys! Only one food item! (A raisin. We’re actually really strict about only eating in the kitchen, preferably at the table.) Not pictured: a small pink plastic toy cell phone with Sleeping Beauty on it that E found at the apple orchard in September 2012 when we went apple picking with my mom and H was a teeny baby. She loved that thing but lost it pretty soon after she found it and she talked about it for ages after. Apparently, it was stuck down in between the chair cushions! For over two years! Good heavens. I do clean my house, I swear…


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361: knitting, with foal

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I fully intended to do little else besides knit today. And I did knit, though I actually did quite a bit of other stuff too. For once I’m going to relax and enjoy my time off, darn it! I knit probably 3-4 inches of this sock today. My goal this week is to finish it, work on a hat, knit two pairs of toddler/kid mittens and maybe start a new shawl with yarn I’ve had stashed since 2008. In addition to the knitting, I also put away two loads of laundry, washed and dried two more, did two loads of dishes, made lunch, dinner and various snacks, made a giant batch of instant chai mix and put chicken in to marinate for dinner tomorrow. Plus, I read numerous books to the kids, played and crafted with them and cuddled. After all that, I even managed to squeeze in a little over an hour of work. Wow!


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358: salted caramel corn

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Today was full. I started off the day with a photo shoot for a lovely friend and her family, followed by some toddler-not-napping and salted caramel corn making. I used this recipe and wow was it tasty! H could barely not keep his hands off it. As evidenced by the photo above…

We went to my dad & step-mom’s in the evening for some great food, fun and a pass-the-phone-around type of chat with my sister in Connecticut. The kids were up way too late and ate way too much sugar (they aren’t the only ones!) but all is quiet now and Santa has made his (or her, as the case may be) appearance. My favorite night of the year!

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357: seekrit

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Not really. I took at least one other photo today but I did it straight through the Instagram app and it didn’t save. And I’m too lazy to go get it. So. You get my lovely flannel sheets and warm comforter. Merry Christmas Eve eve!


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356: handmade for the holidays

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I started wrapping gifts tonight! I don’t usually leave it so late, especially when the gifts have just been sitting there…but we’ve been busy. In hindsight, it’s probably best that we waited or H would have unwrapped them all by now. Anyway, as of this evening there is a wonderfully festive little pile under our tree, carefully wrapped in homemade wrapping paper. The kids helped me stamp plain brown paper (some actually recycled from Amazon packaging) with snowflake stamps and I have to say, I’m really loving it. So rustic! So festive! So adorable!

Here’s an action shot of E getting stampy:

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Many of the gifts are handmade as well. Nearly all of the gifts for family members are handmade, except for the kids’ stuff, though several were not handmade by me. Neat!