It’s been way to long since I’ve written here. Almost two months! Life gets busier than ever this time of year with the holidays fast approaching. As a stay-at-home mom who homeschools, there is little to no quiet time for me to sit down and write. In fact, I’m only writing now because my son is at a play date and my daughter got busy with drawing.
I thought I’d take the opportunity to check in and let you know what’s been going on in my world lately. With this time of year comes all the wonderful fall flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, egg nog, and pumpkin. Although we’re not big on pumpkin pie, I make a pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap cookie crust every Thanksgiving; and my kids love the pumpkin bread I make from a recipe that originally calls for sweet potato. We do the sweet potato version too when I don’t have pumpkin in the house. But that’s rare, and here’s why…
Isn’t she a BEAUT?! I take a pumpkin that has not been cut into and roast it whole, let it cool, scoop out the seeds, then puree the flesh. This is one of the largest pumpkins I’ve ever roasted.
In addition to some pumpkin eating, we’ve been enjoying the new activities that come with cooler weather and shorter days. I’ve been looking for handicrafts that my kids would enjoy. After giving my daughter some options, she decided on knitting. In order to help her, I started to learn along with her. Let’s just say that two little inexperienced hands on two slippery knitting needles makes for a frustrating moment. I did suggest crocheting which seems to be slightly easier with just one hook. She tried it, but decided to keep trying knitting.
My grandmother taught me a little crocheting about 20 years ago, so I started to get back into it and enjoy it very much. It’s quite therapeutic to sit (which I don’t do often or for long!) and repeat stitches over and over and watch it become something gorgeous…like this cowl neck scarf. I just love the colors in it. Isn’t it cute? (Can you spot my son passing by?)
I prefer cowl neck scarves over regular scarves because they keep your neck and chest area warm without fiddling with the long ends of a scarf. Am I the only one that cannot figure out what to do with those long tails? Tuck them in your coat or leave them out? Wrap it around one more time or let it hang? I much prefer the cowl neck scarf.
I saved the most fun activity for last. My beautiful girl turned 9 years old! During this past year, she has collected over 100 Shopkins, so clearly I had to make her a Shopkins cake. In my opinion, the cup of cocoa was a little too short and the cupcake was a little too tall. She was thrilled with it though, and that’s all that matters.
What have you been up to? How are your holiday plans coming along?
Hope to be with you again soon!