Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pay less, get more!

Wednesday December 12th through Sunday December 16th, I'm having a BOGO sale in my Etsy Shop!

That's right kids!
Buy ONE Get ONE Free!

Come one, come all. Buy one item and receive another item (of equal or lesser value) free (limit two freebies per order)!

Any questions? E-mail me at patchink@gmail.com!

I'll even giftwrap your stuff all purty like, on the house.


Etsy
Buy Handmade
patchink

Thursday, December 6, 2007

In Yer Lunchbox!

I know it probably seemed like I approached the entire Obsession du Cupcake with a little bit of sass and sour. For this I am sorry.

To make it up to you, I offer one of the few Cupcake Contraptions that DOES have my heart. These little thingamajiggers are called/by Cupacake. Brilliant! An individual container for all of your cupcakes!

So they say: "This unique container will hold a frosted cupcake in place with protrusions positioned in such a way that the cupcake will not move within the container if jiggled or turned upside down." Well, it's about time!


The only thing that would make these little things better is if my BFF Angela* made the cupcakes for me and moved into my place so she could put a delectable nugget in my lunchbox every morning.

* Angela is obsessed with the cupcakes. She suggested that I write to Wilton about the Crocs wearing silicone cupcake SillyFeet things. Lord.

Festive Holiday Math

Dear Holiday Bakers,

In the mood for a little minty crunch atop your favorite baked goods and candies this holiday season? No doubt you are! I realize that we're all busy, so don't think for a second that I don't have your best interest in mind. Williams & Sonoma has you fooled, though. I mean, I love them just as much as the next cooking supply store, chock full o' pots, pans, knives and bakeware. I also love that they diversify and include baking kits, sauces and salsas too!

But what I don't understand is why they think consumers are stupid. I'll do the math for you.

A Hammer
+
Some Pent Up Aggression (from work, maybe?)
+
A Box of Candy Canes (probably $1 at your local grocery store)
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about $1 (right?)

This little jar of wonderment and joy:EQUALS $10 (not including tax & shipping).

If you want peppermint candy sprinkles this year, call me. I'm offering a one time only deal. A whole jar of broken bits FOR FREE.

Love,
The Disgruntled Gay Housewife

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

My Christmas Wishlist (thus far...and I know it's full of wishes).

Dear Santa,

I've been a pretty decent kid this year. I realize you're a busy guy, and I'm kind of on the older end of the "kid" spectrum, but my Mom told me that it never hurt to ask. So, here's my Christmas Wishlist. It's simple and filled mostly with little things that'll make me happy. If anything, this post will be fun to look back on now and again.

1. To decorate my crafting desk area, I'd really like this print. Not only is it quirky and weird, but the woman who creates these craft uses found items...which is, my dear Santa, my favorite way to craft. This is by seller Artsy on Etsy and is available here for only $14.



2. Next are these earrings from kpglassjewelry1 at Etsy. Her stuff is GAWGEOUS! It's really simple, clean modern stuff that suits my simple, clean, modern earring preference (believe it or not, I don't wear most of the stuff I make!). She inserts the cherry red lampworked glass beads onto the sterling silver posts. And they're squares! I love squares. Available here for $28. She has them in lots of other colors, but I'm most fond of the red (natch).



3. Q Hoops by maryandjane at Etsy. I have her @ earrings and I love them. I figure these would be a suitable addition to the family. They're available here for $16.



4. Any of MissHawklet's yarn on Etsy. I just want all of it, basically.



5. Any of craftpudding on Etsy's handcarved stamps, especially those pictured below.




6. One of uglykitty on Etsy's handmade Address File Boxes! Currently they're available for pre-order, but I don't mind waiting! These things are fab! Available here for $65.



7. A gift card to Paper Source, because I really can't decide what I want!


Thanks Santa. :-)

Love,
Meaghan

Monday, December 3, 2007

Cabinet Space - The Neverending Quest for a Cupcake Transportation Device

When I was a kid, my mom would make big honkin' sheet cakes for just about every occasion. Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, "the bridge" from Brownies to Cadettes in Girl Scouts. You name it, she made a cake for it. I do believe I lead a blessed childhood, as far as cake was concerned.

The big thing these days, though, seems to be cupcakes. I don't know what makes people think cupcakes easier, really. In fact, I don't think it takes a MENSA-grade level of logic to determine that they are more time consuming. Yet people persist with the cupcake obsession! I've even jumped on the bandwagon, having created an elaborate anniversary celebration cake made with 100+ cupcakes for Dyke Night at the DC Eagle. My mother would be so proud.

Nevertheless, there is an ever growing niche market for Cupcake Lovers. Jumping on the bandwagon to design the Next Best Thing, people are acquiring patents and marketing things all over the place (much like the scrapbooking phenomena exploding out of Provo, Utah [ProvoCraft, etc.]). I've noticed a few things on the way that seem interesting:

In the event your cupcakes need to travel somewhere on foot, Wilton's brought us the Silly Feet! line. I'm personally waiting for Silly Feet! adorned in glittery stilettos. Then again, they might teeter a bit (which is an amazing commentary on modern shoe design, no?). Or, even better, CROCS!

Forget the mini cupcakes and indulge in a gigantor version. Again, Wilton has done it with this incredibly unique creation. Bake the Dimensions® Large Cupcake in two halves and then, when cooled, plop them securely together with a bit of your best buttercream. I have to admit that this is the only cupcake creation that blends the ease of the sheet cake with the quirky cuteness of a teensy cupcake. I might forget, however, that this is one large cupcake and insist on not sharing with anyone in my general vicinity. I can get rather territorial when baked goods are around.



Linens 'n Things offers this Ultimate 3-in-1 Cupcake Caddy. My Mom would like this one! Not only can you store and transport cupcakes, but this caddy can help your everyday sheet cake OR 24 mini cupcakes! Lord Almighty. This might actually fit in one of my [limited] kitchen cabinets. I also like anything that's functional and utilitarian. Theoretically, you could keep a pie in there. You could even hide a birthday present or all of your cake decorating supplies. Sure, it only holds 12 cupcakes in its neat little grooves, but the possibilities are endless.



Finally, despite the myriad of other cupcake knick knacks available to the residential baker, I'd like to offer this gem. Brilliant design? Well, yes. Cute colors? Absolutely. Realistic for the average person? Um, only if you have an enormous house and/or cabinetry to spare. Meet the Cupcake Courier. Jennifer Gunn, a mother of two living in SoCal, came up with this little doohickey in an attempt to "solve one of the biggest headaches of [her] life -- transporting cupcakes." With her thoughtful (*cough*) contraption, you can haul 36 (that's three whole dozen!) cupcakes to parties all over the land. I hate to make fun of the average housewife, because I do believe they/we are amazing creatures, but when one of your life's biggest headaches is how to cart around cupcakes, I do believe you've either achieved a noble level of peace and tranquility in your life or you forgot to read the newspaper that morning.

I guess what I'm saying, folks, is that there's no reason to spend a bajillion dollars on a fancy-pants cupcake thingamajig designed by a [bored] SoCal housewife or (and Alton Brown would be proud) on something that only has one use. There are a lot of ingenious ways to make, transport and serve the little pufflets of joy. And remember, in the immortal words of my Momma, "nothing's easier than a quick sheetcake".

Ok, ok. I will say that it's easier to sneak a snack in the creation process when making a cupcake army versus working on a sheet cake. But again, do what my Mom did and make two!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Anyday Recipe - get it while it's hot!

I pick up free recipe cards ALL OVER THE PLACE. If I'm standing in line at Starbucks (or Whole Foods or any store/restaurant that has decided to taunt me with free information) and they have a pastry con coffee recipe card (which they're doing more often, now), I grab it and shove it into my back pocket. If the recipe survives the washing machine, or avoids it all together, I've decided it is worth trying!

Sunday I had a DC Craft Mafia meeting and decided to bake a cake. The recipe I used was from a freebie card I picked up at Whole Foods, wherein they described the wonder and joy of cooking with apples. I love apples. I love cake. I even love Whole Foods. So this plan was fool-proof.

The cake was AM-AZ-ING...almost like an apple upside down cake! The apples were cooked before baking, which helped squeeze out the excess steam/water, so the cake didn't turn all mushy after baking. It also gives the caramelization a head-start, rendering an ooey-gooey delightful top to the sour cream cake base (which is moist and delectable!). The recipe suggested a 9-inch cake pan (which I'm assuming means you could bake it in a 9" Pyrex or something) but I decided to use one of those big tart pans/dishes. I made sure to line the bottom of the oven with foil to catch the syrupy drips.

Here's the recipe! Go forth and enjoy (with a warm cup of Irish Breakfast tea, if you're accepting suggestions)!

Blue Ribbon Apple Cake (Whole Foods/Cook’s Country apple guide)

Apples:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing cake pan
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½ inch slices (about 5 cups)

Cake:
½ cup sour cream
1 large egg plus 1 yolk
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into chunks and at room temperature

Heat oven to 350°.

For the apples: Place butter in large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Once butter has stopped foaming, add sugar and stir to combine. Continue to cook until sugar turns dark brown (it should look like dark brown sugar), about 2 minutes, swirling pan occasionally. Add salt and apples and fold with spatula to combine. Cook, stirring often, until apples have softened slightly and juices are thickened and syrupy, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove pan from heat and spoon apples into prepared cake pan.

For the cake: In small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup sour cream, egg, yokk and vanilla until well combined.

Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Use electric mixer on low speed for 15 seconds to blen. Add butter and remaining ¼ cup sour cream and mix on low speed until dry ingredients are moistened, 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes. Add sour cream/egg mixture and beat on medium-high, scraping down sides of bowl, until batter is homogenous and fluffy, about 1 minute.

Spoon batter over apples and gently spread out to thin layer that covers apples. Bake until cake is dark golden brown, feels set, and cake tester comes out clean when inserted in center, 35-40 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

Place serving plate over top of pan and invert. Let cake sit inverted for about a minute without tapping or shaking pan. Cake will slowly detach itself. Once cake is on platter, gently remove pan. Serve warm (not hot) or at room temperature.

Next on the list: The Starbucks Cocoa Cinnamon Cake (and this time I'll remember pictures!)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bread & Puppet?


Discuss.

DC Craft Mutiny Hosts Holiday Booty Market

Hey folks, not only are the artists and crafters in the DC Craft Mutiny KICK ASS, but they are kind and generous too! And you can help! Check out their site for more details, especially the part that reads:

Make something! We are encouraging shoppers to participate in our ornament drive! Make a holiday ornament, bring it priced and ready to hang on our tree. Money raised from holiday ornament sales will be donated to both a food pantry, and also a DC schools arts project (More info coming soon). Show up early to give your ornament more time to sell. We are encouraging both traditional and slightly odd ornaments. Just make something! If you cannot come to the show, but still want to send ornaments, email Tina Seamonster for information.

My List, Check it Twice - Volume 1

Santa Meaghan's List of Christmas Possibilities

THE GIFTS:

1. I love stationery! So much. These cards are from Making It Lovely's indie-shop Pink Loves Brown. They're called "The Periodic Table of Sentiments" and they are absolutely quirky, beautiful, and expertly designed. Hb = Happy Birthday!? Genius. And frankly, while I don't heart Chemistry, I am kind of proud of myself for remembering that the periodic table is an important instrument in the study and practice of Chemistry. My high school Chemistry teacher, Mr. Frank, would be so proud.



2. I found this photographer yesterday, while strolling around Etsy. Her shop is filled with some of the most whimsical, thoughtful and beautiful photography I've seen in a while. I'm most fond of photography when it involves things I see. That is to say, I enjoy seeing artists make the ordinary extraordinary. In this photo, she's taken an every day place, The Library, and made it so warm and interesting by using vintage-esque tones and taking a reverse shot of the sign. I love it. And all of her other work. Find her at: AliciaBock on Etsy.



3. When I first saw this artist's name, I got excited at the idea of Martha Stewart having an Etsy shop! But alas, not so. Instead, I've found this lovely hand crafted Denim Glass Bird by Matthew Stewart. He hand sculpts these beauties using traditional Italian techniques, and has them available in several colors ("reds, creams, blues, yellows" and any other color you might want). My sweetie's parents have bird nicknames for one another, so I was thinking this might be a sweet addition to the kitchen they're in the process of remodeling. They'll catch the warm sun in the new sitting area and be lovely handcrafted additions to the space.



4. I love dishes, bakeware and anything else that's relevant to a kitchen. Naturally, I was delighted when I stumbled across these. While not necessarily "handmade", they aren't exactly mass produced from what I can tell. I can't really resist them. They're the ingenious creation of Lorena Barrezueta, who has managed to mimic perfectly the old fashioned cheap-o aluminum serving dishes of grocery store fame. The Curiousity Shoppe has a great variety of these quirky porcelain dishes to choose from, and all would be a fantastic addition to your favorite cook's kitchen. They might even inspire a reluctant cook to get out there and create!



THE WRAP:

My Aunt, who spent a long while living in San Francisco and is especially fond of Japanese culture, always says that the presentation is almost more important than the gift. Naturally, given my obsession with stationery and all things paper, I have a strong love for gift wrapping. Here are a few wraps that I've come across so far this season:

5. Hable Holiday Gift Wrap from Garnet Hill is full of whimsy and fun. I especially enjoy the bright reds and blues, as well as the kraft paper designs. The Elf Boots and Peppermints are my particular favorites.



6. IKEA's Isig gift wrap is covered in jolly Scandanavian gnomes! It's a thick role for only $2.99 and, speaking from personal experience, it's a great paper for the price!



7. These Joy letterpressed gift tags are a perfect way to let your friends and family know that you:
1) Love them
2) Have amazing taste in letterpressed gift tags.



8. And if you're feeling a little Scroogey about the Holidays, I suggested you stop by CarolLeeDesigns over at Etsy. She's managed to create some of the most hilarious and curmudgeonly greeting card designs I've ever seen. Misteltoe Schmisteltoe? Hahahaha!



ETA: I forgot to include this link to A Little Hut's first installment of her holiday gift-wrapping series. She's created innovative and lovely gift tags and shares the step-by-step on her blog. Go check it out!

It's the most wonderful time of the year?

I have to admit that, for all intents and purposes, my day job isn't the funnest (I say this with all seriousness, Spelling Police). Being blessed with an ever-bubbling pot of creativity inside helps pass the days that move along at a slow, boring drag. With Thanksgiving in two weeks and stores already filling up with Christmas goodies, it's really hard for me to ignore my undying love for the Holiday Season anymore. Having worked retail for close to 10 years, especially during Christmas rushes, Black Friday and the days after the Baby Jesus' birthday where OMG-I-love-a-great-deal-nasty-shoppers come out to play, you'd think I would hate this time of year with a passion that burns like the fire of a thousands suns.

But, I don't.

In fact, I've been listening to Christmas music for a few weeks now. I realized it makes my job more palatable (and I work faster). I've also been scoping out potential holiday gifts, trying my hardest to stick to the commitment I've made that I will only buy HANDMADE! And also preparing myself for what will surely be a fun and festive season.

All of this because I love Christmas. Ridiculously so.

Over the years I've come to see this season as an opportunity for renewal. I've had some really tumultuous ups and downs with family and friends, and this season dictates (for most folks) that you keep your happy face on whenever possible. There's the expectation that you'll be with friends and family, and therefore you'll be nice. It's given me the chance to mend old wounds, repair broken connections, and to say I'm sorry when I've failed to do it before. I look forward to this time of year because it makes me feel good about myself, and it makes me feel good about my life, and mostly it gives me the opportunity to make the people I love feel good too. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I think that there should be a time every year where you reflect on relationships and the energy that you're sharing with the world. And I believe that you should take the time to repair and mend as necessary, especially within yourself, and to tap into that childlike glee that we all have nestled inside.

So if November and December aren't your favorite, find some time SOMETIME to do right by yourself, by your family and friends. And please pardon me, because I will be twirling around in my fictional winter snow (well, it's been cold here lately, so it might not be so fictional), listening to Eartha Kitt meow her way through Santa Baby, and showering my loved ones with cheer and gifts. It's what I do, and you're welcome to join in.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

You. Better. Work. SUPERMODEL!

I have a new look! Courtesy of my new friend Leslie over at This And That, I have a brand new look to my Etsy shop! I will also have new merchandise cards featuring my new logo AND little buttons with my logo to pass out at fairs or throw in a purchase as swag (which I might add is one of the weirdest crafting lingo words I've ever heard).

Check it out!



Naturally, I have also updated my shop! I've added a few of my new knitted designs, as well as 22 new pairs of earrings! Please check that out too, folks:

Etsy
Buy Handmade
patchink

Monday, October 29, 2007

SATURDAY - DC Craft Mafia Hosts UNusual Suspects Arts & Crafts Show!

Hey Folks!

The DC Craft Mafia, of which I am a member, is hosting their first arts & craft festival THIS SATURDAY, November 3rd, in Bethesda, MD at the Anastasi Room. We'll have 50+ amazing vendors, free admission, and door prize raffles that will benefit the Washington Humane Society.

For more details, visit: The DC Craft Mafia's Website and click on Events!



Please come and check us out!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Buy Handmade!



Naturally, you would assume that I'm only a proponent of this because I have my own handmade shop. NOT (entirely) TRUE! You see, handmade has been important to me since I was a wee girl, watching my mother and grandmother stitch away, sew, crochet, knit or even create silly little dioramas in blown out egg shells that had been lacquered up with festive paint.

Handmade is in my blood!

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org


I think you should all think about jumping on the bandwagon this "Holiday Season". Go to a local craft fair and buy those stocking stuffers that you usually leave until the last minute and buy at Target (to the detriment of small children in China, no doubt). Buy your parents a lovely something-or-other from a local artisan. Or shop on Etsy.com! It's really easy to do!

Here's why BuyHandmade.org thinks you should buy handmade, this year and always: Buying handmade is better for people, better for the environment, and better for giving truly special and well-crafted gifts. The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us all dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. The connection between producer and consumer has been lost. Buying handmade helps them reconnect.

We encourage all consumers to be aware of the social and environmental implications of their purchases.

Below is a list of resources that can get you started in the right direction:

http://www.coopamerica.org/: Co-op America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

http://www.sweatfree.org/: A Network For Local action against Sweatshops

http://ilsr.org/: The Institute For Local Self-Reliance. The Institute’s mission is to provide the conceptual framework, strategies and information to aid the creation of ecologically sound and economically equitable communities.

http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Issues/Business/Allegedly_Unethical_Firms/Wal-Mart/ : See what Walmart is up to in your community

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Never In My House, Vol. 1

A new series wherein I will post pictures and links to some of the wackiest stuff I find on Etsy. And believe me, it's not like I go digging for it.

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From Dink70's Etsy shop: "This cute AirFreshner Doll fits the Renuzit air freshener underneath dress and is perfect for brightening up any office or room."
(Perfect for brightening up any office or room? Seriously, enough with the glue.)

Available @ Etsy

From BeeLuckyLady's Etsy shop: A solution to dress up your dish soap bottle!
(I didn't realize my dish soap bottle needed dressing up. I mean, she didn't even make the damn bottle a shirt or pants! Apple coated scandal!)
Available @ Etsy

From KinkyCrochet's Etsy Shop: "These pillows make great gifts for that person that has everything. They are also great for resting your neck on."
(Does my chiropractor approve? She should consider working out a deal with Brookstone, no?)

Available @ Etsy

Friday, October 5, 2007

Projects!

The scarf project below is finished, save for a lovely brooch or some delightful pin I make. I'll post pictures when that's finished.

For now, I'm working on a scarf for my sweetie. It's a soft, thick yarn I picked up at Michael's last year. I can't remember the name brand, but I have to get another skein so I'll update as soon as I can. It's a wide, handsome scarf indeed.

Next up, something with MissHawklet's teal and green superwash. I'm seriously so excited about all 192 yards of this!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Current Project!

In order to keep myself motivated, in the same manner that GoodReads has done with my book reading, I'm going to post pictures of my latest project's evolution here.

Right now, I'm working on a simple knitted scarf for my Etsy shop with yarn so beautifully spun by my friend Holly at MissHawklet.

It started off like this:


And is currently looking like this:
(please pardon the crappy camera phone picture!)


I'm thinking of making it one of those micro-scarves, wherein it stays put with a fun vintage brooch (or something made by me!) instead of wrapping it around your head 80 times.

Here I go a-huntin'!

Indie Businesses ROCK, hon!

I had the great fortune of helping two of my bestest friends with their soon-to-open-store's table at the Greater Lauraville Fair (in Baltimore, MD). While I only sold three pairs of my non-candy themed earrings (and none of the candy themed!), I was able to soak up the wonder and amazement that is indie business owning. It restored my faith in my dream of one day owning a store of my own. While my original dream specifically focused on bookselling and coffee, I think I'm either transitioning away from or to include something crafty. I think crafts are an amazing part of the American landscape, and I don't mean that in a flag-wavin', down-home kind of way. It's just an important part of our heritage that we should preserve (instead of guns, violence and things of that nature). So I do my part and I hope that one day I can inspire the rest of the world to do their own.

So here are a few pictures from the fair!



The rest of the pictures can be found in my Rock Candy Flickr Album.
If you're a Baltimorean and want to keep updated on the status of the store, check out Rock Candy Baltimore's Website!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sometimes I make lists.

I kept a more personal journal over yonder (er, that would be at LiveJournal) and my posts during excessively busy times were often in the form of lists. Much like my own day to day life, I make and keep lists to remember things. If I carried a wall large enough (and portable enough!) to just have a smattering of Post It Notes, I'd do that instead. But alas, a neatly folded list shoved into my back pocket is much more convenient.

That being said, my lack of posting should be evidence enough that I'm busy. And when I'm busy, I do what? I make lists! So here is a list of ideas I have for this here blog, as well as things I've been pondering. Enjoy.
  1. I moved into a shared-lease space with my beloved a few months ago. With that came mountains of stuff from both of our lives, previously lived separately. And with all of that came two distinctly different styles...both for personal living, day-to-day, and also of the interior decorating variety. We're working hard to be collaborative and compassionate, but I have to admit it's difficult! I'm definitely interested in how other folks do it. So tell me...if you read my blog and currently live with a beloved (or hell, even just a roommate), what are your tips for compromising equitably but cohesively? Or do you just allow the Red Sox memorabilia to rest comfortable on the wall above your great-grandmother's telephone table and chair?
  2. I think one of the fundamental and essential parts of being a good hostess, a good homemaker and a good person is GOOD MANNERS. As I grow into adulthood (even further) I realize that many people weren't provided with the same set of manners I had access to as a kid. Most of my politeness stems from the steady threat my Mom would make whenever my behavior was questionable...What would your Aunt Ann think about that? So I'm wondering if a simple set of "Manners To Live By" for my generation would be in order. I'm making a list (natch) of what I'd like to see in that set, and I'm asking you all to contribute as well! Get on it!
  3. I have access to 12 new, vintage-inspired spice jars and I'm pondering what I could do with them. Then it occurred to me, quite miraculously, that everything has the potential of being packaging for a myriad of things, not just the expected. I decided that I would make a list of the best kind of herbs and spices, then I would create necklaces, pendants or earrings inspired by said herbs and spices, and then package them neatly in their matching spice jars! To top it all off, a friend of mine who is a thrift-a-holic (Holly over at MissHawklet) has a set of TRULY vintage spice jars available (not to mention the prettiest yarn you ever did see!). I feel a craftin' comin' on!
  4. I know I've missed three Recipe Tuesdays in a row! Shameful! I will compile my recipes tonight and post a triple-threat Recipe Thursday as penance for my postless ways.
And now, my list of things I'm looking forward to:
  • AUTUMN - My favorite season. Anticipate an inordinate amount of pictures featuring the colors orange, red and brown! I love pumpkins. I love apples! And I love trees with changing leaves! My friend Matt over at MattBites made a stunning tribute to my favorite fruit the other day! Delicious!
  • CHRISTMAS - My favorite holiday. Cookies, candy, carols, ornaments, gifts and good tidings. I realize that my politics are not necessarily in line with such a consumeristic event, but I have to admit that Christmas does give me warm-fuzzies.
Finally, this past weekend I had the great pleasure of accompanying a friend to Lexington, VA for the Virginia Quarter Horse Association's big sale and competition. Saturday was a gorgeous day, indeed.

I'll finish this post off with an homage to my favorite kitchen accessories. Friends, meet Salty and Peppy.
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