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Suzy Homemaker

So, folks, sometimes I get uber domestic and do something really crafty like this:

IMG_0882Now, don’t get all impressed and think I did this all in one day – hell no!  This took about 3 months.  But I’m uber proud of it and will show it off to the world.

And then I also did this:


Those, my dear friends, are pumpkin gingersnap cookies, already for “Thanksgiving” dinner at the farm on Saturday.  Yum!  Now, least you think I am a baking goddess and many praises should be laid at my feet, the recipe for these little delightful balls of bliss actually came from Two Peas and their Pod (the link takes you directly to the recipe).  BTW, the four missing from the far cooling rack probably ended up in my stomach when it was just poor cookie dough – but cookie dough doesn’t have calories, so I’m in the clear, right???

There is something actually kind of enjoyable about sitting there kind of comatose and knitting a bunch of rows or throwing things in a bowl and seeing it become something that you can share and bring enjoyment to other people lives.

I’ve come to realize though, I’m a bit of a stress baker – not that these cookies were the result of a stress baking.  Back in April, one of my college roommate lost a battle with drug addiction and when Candice (who had been her best friend growing up) got home that night, there was food galore in that house – including a recipe for buttermilk pie that wasn’t terrible.  However, I can see stress baking becoming a huge factor in the next couple of months because…

…I’m applying for grad school (you all thought I was going to say Sam and I got engaged, didn’t you?  Natch, not yet kiddos!)  I’m only applying to two programs and I don’t know that they’re particularly difficult to get into.  My biggest concern (at the moment) is the math section of the GRE I’ll have to take to get apply to the program at Pitt.  Send up a prayer for me?


ImageGuys, I have a confession.

I’m a knitting addict.  Opera Lady and I have a huge stash of yarn, half of which I have no idea what to do with.  I honestly haven’t purchased that much of it anyways, but it’s so much.  It came from my great-aunt when we were cleaning out her apartment.  My step-mother ended up with an entire mini-van full of craft materials.  I am not lying when I say a mini-van full.  I know, pictures or it didn’t happen, but guys.  A mini-van.  And then I ended up with all the yarn.  It’s like a disease.  Or the Pied Piper – it just comes to me.

I don’t remember my grandma teaching me (the first time), but I do remember hitting high school and loving it again.  Mostly, right now I’m on a baby blanket spree.  If there’s a baby blanket pattern, you can bet it’s been pinned to my Pinterest board and that I have a plan for it.


This is my first blanket I made – clearly not for my own children because I’m only 25 and there’s still a 5 year wait on when both my mother and step-mother say I’m allowed to have children.  However, my mother thought this one was so cute, she insisted on paying me for it so she could gift it to her one co-worker.  Shocker – you can make money off of this!

However, the problem becomes when you find the adorable yarn store just. blocks. away.  It’s like a constant fight to not go and touch all the pretty yarns.

Ugh, focus.  Use the yarn your mama gave you.  Or in my case, my aunt.

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