Election Day

November 4, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s hard to believe Election Day is finally here. It’s been exciting watching the projections trickle in but still way too soon to call. However, this time tomorrow we’ll have a new president.

In honor of today’s events I thought I would compile a list of Election inspired links. You can start at Oh Fransson where you have a few more hours to enter to win a super cute mini-quilt.

If you like paper crafts and are disappointed in tonight’s winner, head on over to Fold Us Candidate where you can download and fold your own.

If Obama is your man, how about knitting your very own Obama sweater?

If you’re a history lovin’ baker, here’s a link for you about the history and recipe for the Election Cake.

Thanks to Lion Brand, there are McCain and Obama fingerpuppets to knit.

In a few short hours we’ll have our winner.

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Let the gift making commence

November 2, 2008 at 7:10 pm | Posted in holidays | Leave a comment

Somewhere back in the beginning of the year I made a list of all of the gifts I wanted to knit for Christmas this year. Here we are, November 2nd, and I have exactly none completed. (actually none started either) As a matter of fact..to add insult to injury..I started a new WIP this week, a February Lady Sweater, and it’s for myself! Today I’ve gone back over the list, made a few revisions, and have a plan of attack. Although, the list now includes a little knitting, sewing, and baking.

If you are at all interested in sewing and crafting Christmas gifts, please let me direct you to Sew, Mama, Sew. They have just started their annual series of posts called “Handmade for the Holidays”, which includes daily tutorials and gift ideas. I’m super excited about the camera cozy tutorial that was posted today.

All of this talk about the holidays has me really pumped up about Christmas. It’s my most favorite holiday of the year because over the last many years my family has developed some really fun traditions. They begin just after Thanksgiving and start with the annual craziness of black friday shopping. That same weekend my cousin and I will be making our annual Christmas cookies. Last year we made something like 30 dozen cookies to give away to coworkers and family, and I expect this year to be no different. I just can’t believe how fast this year has gone by and that the holidays are just around the corner. I’m even hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year and I can’t wait!

NoBloPoMo begins

November 1, 2008 at 11:41 pm | Posted in Baking | Leave a comment

It’s officially the first day of November and here I am, sneaking my first post in just under the wire. Since I’m a bit unprepared and don’t even have a picture to post, I decided I would instead share a recipe.

I’ve been trying really hard to cook and bake much more healthy meals for Chris and I. With that in mind, my sweet husband found this recipe and made these low fat, really tasty muffins for me for a surprise awhile back. They are moist and not too sweet (just the way I like them) and are always a hit at work. They are also what I plan to be eating for breakfast this week. Incidently, they happen to be only 2 points on Weight Watchers.

Low Fat Carrot Cake Muffins
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 tablespoon Baking powder
1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Ground ginger
1 Egg
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Chopped walnuts
1/2 cup Lowfat milk
1 Can crushed pineapple — (8 oz)
1 1/2 cups Grated carrots
1/4 cup brown sugar

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to blend. Spoon into sprayed muffin tins or paper muffin cups. Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12 large muffins

Credit for the recipe goes here: Recipezaar

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