Sunday Smorgasbord 10/19/14


Good morning! What are you up to this weekend? After nearly a week of clouds and rain we were so excited for a sunny day yesterday. We ended up spending a little bit of time at the Dinosaur Park here in Laurel. Yes, you read that right! Dinosaurs in Maryland! The site dates back to the mid-1800s when strange bones were discovered by miners working for iron. They were later studied by geologist Phillip Thomas Tyson who took them to the Maryland Academy of Sciences and in 1859 they were identified as dinosaur bones! We got to listen to a …

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Happy Harvest Shrinky Dink Magnets Tutorial

Make Shrinky Dink Magnets in fun autumn characters! Tutorial and Printable Template from @Kikiverde

A few years ago my friends and I threw together an autumn crafting party where we made a bunch of different fall-themed projects like cinnamon-stick candles, rag wreaths, and jewelry charms made from shrink plastic– or as you might remember from childhood, those beloved Shrinky Dinks! After the party, I put Shrinky Dink plastic on my shopping list for the next time I hit the craft store. I bought a package, but it sat in my studio closet until this year. Recently, I saw a post on A Beautiful Mess about how to make Shrinky Dink magnets from photos and …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 10/12/14


Good Morning! I’m off to a late start today. We have been on a four-day weekend thanks to a day off on Friday and Columbus Day tomorrow. I’d like to say that we’ve done really interesting stuff so far, but this is what we’ve actually done: dealt with a sick dog, (on his fourth birthday, no less!) grocery shopping, redeemed/spent my Staples rewards, visited motherships for supplies: Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, and Hobby Lobby, cooked stuff in the Crock Pot, and watched a lot of telly while working on new pine cone ornament prototypes. The weather has been rainy and dreary and …

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Thai Pork Burgers


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this burger show up in your feed last week. In the interest of full disclosure (and giving props where due!) hubby actually made these burgers for us, hence the lack of photos. But don’t let that dissuade you from making them. They’re packed full of flavor and a welcome deviation from your typical burger! The other day I was browsing recipes on the Sunset magazine website looking for dinner ideas and I came across this recipe for Hawaiian Pork Burgers. They sounded really good but we had been having a …

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Sunday Morning Smorgasbord 10/5


It is nearly freezing this morning; Just 39 degrees when I took the dog out a little bit ago. These types of chilly mornings are when I love to turn on our little electric fireplace from Plow & Hearth. (We have this one and love it!) We don’t have a real fireplace so this really adds a nice coziness to the room and takes the chill off when the temperature dips. Today is the first day I’ve fired it up since last winter and I have a feeling it’s going to be on every morning again soon. I haven’t set …

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How to Make Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones


What is it about pine cones that I so adore? I find them so lovely, so quintessentially symbolic of the natural world around us. I love taking a walk through the woods and hunting for the perfect little pine cone treasure to take home with me. When we drive on the highway I spot Hemlock trees in the distance and think– oh, if we could only pull over and gather armloads of those precious pine cones! I even make dozens of origami-folded ribbon pine cone ornaments each autumn to sell at craft shows and in my Etsy shop during the …

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Harvest Spice Snack Mix


“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” ― Humbert Wolfe Happy October, everyone! This is probably one of my favorite months out of the entire year. I am looking forward to the trees painted vivid hues by the most celebrated artist, our very own Mother Nature. Add that to days filled with pumpkin-picking, hay-riding, apple-dunking, marshmallow-toasting, campfire-sitting, football-cheering, nature-walking, corn-mazing, scary movie-watching, candy-corn-eating, haunting, trick-or-treating, and general running amok (in the most respectful of ways, of course) you’ve got a recipe for a fabulous month! …

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Harvest Pumpkin Soup


One of my favorite parts of autumn is the abundance of harvest festivals throughout the season. I absolutely love climbing up into a hay-filled wagon and riding over to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. And you’ve got to visit the farm store for apples and fresh cider, decorative gourds, seasonal candles and locally-produced preserved delights like jam and chutney. This soup grew out of my love for harvest festivals and the things you can find there. It’s a purée of pumpkin and apples topped with sweet and spicy pecans and pumpkin seeds and a dollop of …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 9/28


I cannot believe that autumn has arrived. I have spent entirely too much time inside, looking at telly and iPad screens while getting over this nasty cold. (Which finally seems to be on its way out, thank the Lord!) Because we haven’t been doing much cooking, I am super stoked to be well enough to actually make some of these recipes I’ve seen lately on telly shows (I think I’ve watched The Chew every day this week!) and trolling the web from the comfort of my bed: Cherry Stuffed Chicken Legs, Braised Short Ribs with Pearl Onions and Potatoes, and …

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Flora & Fauna


While I’ve been under the weather and feeling down in the dumps everything around me has flourished. Our garden is finally (finally!) putting out produce– the sweetest little orange tomatoes you can imagine, a jungle of various squash, cucumbers, and peas. Cooler weather is creeping in and the time for tomatoes is almost done. Like the basil that grows nearly as tall as my dwarf apple tree, they will be replaced with things that flourish in the fall. I planted seeds before I came down with this awful cold and look forward to beets and carrots, spinach and mustard greens, …

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