Day 314: Health Food Store

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Sorry this blog is so late for today! I unexpectedly got called in for work.

While visiting my brother, we went to a health food co-op store. The deli had many pretty things behind glass. I particularly liked the zucchini bread muffins.

I have tons of cushaw that need to be cooked up. Cushaw bread with chocolate chips and cinnamon-y spices? I think it is worth a try.

I also bought some lavender dry soda. Lightly sweetened, but otherwise tasted similar to a seltzer water with a yummy lavender flavor.

I decided to do this with them: Make mint and lavender mojitos. Using half simple syrup and half lavender soda, rum and fresh mint.
What do you think? I cannot wait to try it!!

Day 311: Witch Stitch

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This is the witch pattern I just recently transferred. I hope to get some work done on it over the weekend.

I am really enjoying stitching the witch because she can be whatever color I wish.
Here is my progress so far:

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I took a break from it because I got jealous of her hot lavender boots. I need some more dress shoes but I realize that lavender high heel boots aren’t practical.

Want to stitch your own cute witch? Then click and get stitching!
Or for the people who aren’t pinterest disciples: Feeling Stitchy.

Day 228: Pumpkin for Your Face

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Here were the pumpkin pies I made for Thanksgiving! They were especially delicious because I used pumpkin that Kit and I canned earlier this year. So awesome!

We still have a few more cans of pumpkin left that I may end up making pumpkin bread with.

I made my own crust too. Which is not as hard as people make it sound. It is just more time consuming.

My pie crust recipe is nothing special.

Throw a few ice cubes into a big measuring cup with about 1 cup of water in it.

In a bowl, mix 2 cups all purpose flour with 1 tsp salt and 2/3 cup shortening/lard using a pastry blender (much easier to buy this tool than using a knife and fork).

Once combined, start adding 1 TBSP ice water at a time until the mixture forms a ball. You will add 6-8 TBSP.

Divide ball in half and roll each one out to create a top and bottom crust.

The trick? I add a little extra kick to my homemade crusts. If for a sweet pie, I add 1/3 cup of brown sugar and cinnamon–if it will compliment the pie.

Savory crust for quiches, I add a touch more salt and garlic powder.

Adding a little something to your crust will ensure it won’t be completely bland. It will enhance the flavors of the dish.

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Do you like my pumpkin cut outs? I thought they looked fancy like a magazine. Same crust recipe, I let my pies cook a bit so the cut outs wouldn’t sink into the pie custard.

Special Post: Pumpkin Vote

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             VOTE FOR #21 NOW!

This is pumpkin #21 and I think she needs more votes. Every vote counts.
Not just style but also subject for the win. This pumpkin is in an all orthodontics contest against other offices. 

I think my dental hygienist friend needs to win!!
Will you help me?
If you’re on Facebook, there is nothing special you need to do. Just like the photo and continue on your merry.

Muchas Gracias, amigos