Stitch Therapy

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What’s new?

I feel like my blog has been so boring lately. Maybe it seems like I write about the same old things over and over. Maybe my trivial posts seem so silly when compared to the big things happening in the World. Maybe sometimes I feel like “What’s the point?”

I’m not sure if there is a point to this blog, except that writing it makes me happy, especially when everything outside seems so dark and heavy at the moment. Sigh. Deep thoughts for a Tuesday morning.

The weekend was cold. The highlights were that:

Tom surprised me with flowers for no reason.

Biggest’s school had a swap meet where the kids could rent a table and sell “stuff”. He and I spent one evening making a crapload of dumplings. He made $92 in dumpling sales and was super proud.

I finally nabbed the latest issue of CrossStitcher. By the way, did you hear that Cross Stitch Collection magazine is closing down? Sad.

We went out to dinner and my mashed potatoes looked like they were sprouting. Does anyone know what kind of sprouts those are? They were delicious.

Tom got me a “make it instead of buy it” cookbook for Christmas. It is full of cool recipes for things you can “make instead of buy.” The boys and I decided to try the recipe for pita bread. I made the dough, Littlest rolled it out,

and Biggest fried them.

They were tasty! It was a lot of effort so I don’t know if I would “actually make it instead of buy it” in the future, but it was a fun cold day activity with the kids.

What’s new with you?

Weekend Report

Hello Friends!

I hope that all of you had a great Mother’s Day! Before Biggest was born, I had a few miscarriages and it took what felt like a long time to become a Mom. Mother’s Day would sometimes be a sad day back then, so I feel especially thankful and blessed now to wake up to this:

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I must’ve done something very nice in a past life to deserve these three.

So far, 44 is turning out pretty good! My birthday goal of baking a great loaf of bread finally came true on Saturday! The crazy part is that I used the same recipe that I have tried many times before unsuccessfully. Go figure.

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The rain finally stopped and the weekend was sunshine-y and warm. Of course that meant we had to rollerblade (insert eye roll). It was actually more like: Littlest rollerbladed while I parked my butt on the playground, stranded because my shoes were in the car and I couldn’t bear the thought of rollerblading all the way back to get them.

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Last night was our final dance class. Our teacher wanted us to pose for pictures for her Facebook page. Clearly we were her star pupils! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (Not!)

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So, I’m finally making some stitching progress. Right side- here I come! Sorry for the terrible pictures.

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What’s new with you? Have a great week!

Around Here

Hi Blog!

How do you follow up on a dramatic post about sewage? I don’t know… maybe a post about…

A car accident?!!

Yes, that would be little old me minding my own business on the way to work yesterday only to get caught up in a 3 car fender bender. Thankfully it was minor.

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But let’s talk about fun stuff.

This weekend was great. Things are pretty much getting back to normal at home. I have never appreciated plumbing so much. I spent Saturday and Sunday getting the house in order and catching up on fun stuff, such as:

… Baking ooey gooey chocolatey cookies with my boy.

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… Making homemade deodorant. They’re miniature which is not on purpose! I totally screwed up and ordered the wrong size containers. They’re good for travel or if you have tiny armpits.

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… Making magnesium gummies!

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I once wrote about the benefits of Magnesium on my health and wellness blog (which lasted for all of about 5 posts). It helps with a million things such as anxiety (check!), depression (check!) and insomnia (CHECK!) and most people don’t get enough of it. Anyhoo… I followed a recipe from Pinterest and made these. Aren’t they so cute? And super tasty. I’ll let you know if they actually work.

… Watching a lot of hockey. Does it ever get easy to watch your kid get slammed against the fence or wipe out on skates? Thank goodness for padding.

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… Secretly Snapchatting Tom and using funny filters.

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… Catching Charlie hanging out with his stuffed pal.

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Good Times. What’s new with you?

Breaking Bread

Hello Blog!

I went to the library during lunch last week and got a book on baking bread.

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Of course, that meant there was bread baking this weekend. The results were ok. I don’t know what the problem is, but my bread always seems just “ok”, never “stellar.” You know how sometimes you eat a piece of bread and there’s not even butter or anything on it, but it still tastes so amazing and delicious? Crispy on the outside but soft and a little chewy on the inside and just the right ratio of crust to center? That isn’t my bread. Does anyone have tips, or better yet, a secret family recipe to share? Sigh… dreams. 

I was cleaning on Saturday and came across my little loom from the weaving class that Stephanie and I took. I had no choice but to weave a few lines before putting it away. I just played around with trying to keep the lines even. It needs work.

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Littlest is starting roller hockey this week. It’s his first year, so in addition to learning the rules of hockey, he also has to learn how to roller blade! I am pretty impressed with how fast he got the hang of it.

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Yesterday, he asked me if I could practice with him, so I unearthed my dusty roller blades from the garage and strapped them on for the first time in 15 (gasp!) years. I’m not sure what I’m doing in this picture, but the smile is masking the terror I feel inside.

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Tom and I are watching the final season of Mad Men on Netflix (I know, we are hopelessly years behind on current pop culture). Binge watching a season means lots of cross stitching time.

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I finally finished the black part on creepy lady’s skirt. Wheeee! I’m on fire!

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Happy Monday! Did you have a fun weekend?

Winter Home

Hi Blog!

It is sooooo cold out these days. It takes a lot of brain power and energy to keep everyone entertained on these long cooped-up Winter weekends.

I experimented with making Quinoa cookies.

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There was a blind taste test to see if they could pick out the secret ingredient. Littlest guessed, “pepper.” Biggest guessed, “I have no idea, but did you bake any regular chocolate chip cookies?” Tom guessed, “A little weird, but I’ll still eat them.”

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We drew fake animal wounds on arms with liquid eyeliner and other old makeup from my drawer  (and then posed for pictures).

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I talked Littlest in having a sketching session with me, partially to force myself to draw too.

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My copy of Down to Earth finally came and I read it from cover to cover. Le sigh… I want to run away from suburbia and raise chickens on a farm, except I don’t really like chickens and I suck at gardening.

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Oh to be Charlie for a day…

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We had some nice quiet moments, petting animals…

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And cross stitching.

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And some rowdy ones.

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I love my little family.

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Cupcakes, Cats, & Cross stitch

Hi Blog.

I leave for Paris tomorrow. I realize it’s totally obnoxious to say, but I am dreading this trip big time. I get very anxious about traveling and being away from my family. It’s the worst.

We had such a great few days though. I will write a post and read it when I am homesick.

I have been keeping up with the Couch to 5K training, even though it’s not quite as fun anymore. On Saturday, the boys wanted to go to the playground, so I ran around the school while they played. It is much harder to run outside vs. on a treadmill!

Littlest practiced skateboarding while I ran. He has been determined to get good enough to go to the skatepark with the older kids. I admire his determination!

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It was a busy few days with indoor soccer and playdates and work. We were happy to stay home for a game night. Bingo!

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Of course, you know who got into the action.

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In other news, we finally got our first little bit of snow!

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Littlest got a snowboard for Christmas. He is dying to use it and has been trying all kinds of tricks to make it snow; including the snow dance (point your forefingers up like you’re saying #1 and dance), sleeping with a spoon under your pillow, and putting your clothes in the bathtub at night. Unfortunately, the snow wasn’t enough for actual snow boarding but the forecast is calling for a possible blizzard this weekend. His techniques may be working!

The boys have really been into that show “Cupcake Wars” on Netflix. On Monday we decided to have our own Cupcake War. I baked up a batch of cupcakes and they worked to develop flavors and decoration.

It was so much fun and I couldn’t believe how focused and creative they were.

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We had flavors such as S’mores, Peanut Butter & Banana, Apple & Maple, and Tropical Coconut.

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I thought that the results were quite beautiful.

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Biggest’s work:

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And Littlest’s:

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Of course, they deserted me when it was time to clean up the kitchen (but it was worth it).

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After the exhausting Cupcake Wars, we enjoyed some down time on the couch watching YouTube videos and cross stitching. I just noticed that we were watching cat videos while our cat was watching us!

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Someday I will learn to take better photos, but that someday isn’t today.

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Happy Wednesday, Friends!

On apple muffins, cross stitching, and chain saw killers…

What do you do when you finally fall asleep at 4AM only to have your darling wake you up at 4:45 with his snoring? You get out of bed and make apple muffins.

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The crumbly bits on top were a little dry and weird, but the muffin part was thumbs up. But then again, anything sugary and warm probably tastes good when you are operating on little sleep.

On a brighter note, I’m enjoying this stitch-a-long.

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I got most of the red done for Days 1 and 2 and now need to add the green. These are some greens that are in my stash but they aren’t quite right. I can’t decide between bright & modern or traditional & dark. Thoughts?

And a few more photos from the weekend…

We had our Halloween block party.

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My favorite part was the horse drawn wagon rides.

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I was planning to enter the pie baking contest, but forgot to bake a pie. How do you forget to bake a pie? Then Tom volunteered to be a pie judge and they picked someone else. We really failed at the pie competition this year.

Coal was popular in his sweater.

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You know you’re a boy mom when walking in on this doesn’t even phase you. He was trying to show me that his socks have skulls on them too. A+ for follow through on a theme.

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Happy Tuesday!

Summer fun

Hi Friends! How was your 4th of July weekend?

Ours was action packed! We had some:

Cross stitching with cat time

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Guitar playing with cat time

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Apple pie baking with kid time

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It was our first ever attempt at baking a lattice top pie. I was pretty proud of the results.

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There was also some parade watching with friends time.

When you live around Philadelphia, a parade is not complete until you see some Mummers…

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and the Philly Phanatic.

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There was a lot of hanging out with Charlie time.

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I mean, how can you resist this adorable mug?

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On Sunday, the boys left for overnight camp. What is a bored Mom to do but think up some new hobbies?

First up… Whipped Body Butter

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Coconut Oil + Shea Butter + Almond Oil + Rose= this!

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Next was soap making! That was SOOOO FUUUUUUNNNN! (Thanks to my friend, Linh, for expert advice via text!)

The recipe I used had Olive, Almond, and Coconut Oil in it. It also had a bit of Castor Oil and Shea Butter, but somehow they didn’t make it into the photo.

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I felt like a straight up Scientist, what with my safety goggles and digital scale. Tom helped me with the Lye because that stuff FRR— EEEKS me out!

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Linh recommended the hot process crockpot method which is perfect for an impatient person like me.

Check it out… I’m making SOAP!!!

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Mixing in some honey and oatmeal. Wheeeeee!

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Here’s what it looked like this morning after curing overnight. I am dying to slice it up!

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Are there any other soap makers out there? What are your favorite recipes? Any tips for a newbie? I have a feeling that everyone will be getting soap for Christmas this year.

Snow Day

Instead of getting the nice weather that the weatherman promised, we got more snow! It started to fall early Thursday morning and fell and fell and fell.

School was cancelled and the roads were a disaster so I stayed home from work. As much as I’m tired of Winter, an unexpected day off is always a treat. It’s as if we have no choice but to slow down and enjoy all of those at-home cozy activities.

There was a lot of snow.

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One of these years we will remember to put the lawn furniture away before Winter.

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The kitchen was a mess because I was pretty much in it the entire day (my favorite place to be!).

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There were muffins to make…

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And eat! Here is Charlie scheming how to get one for himself.

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And bread to bake

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There is something so satisfying about having pans of fresh rolls rising on the stove (mismatched linens for bonus points).

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I tried a new bean prepping technique (in the crockpot!) and it worked like a dream!

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And made spaghetti sauce (no pics… oh well).

Of course there was some drawing.

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And maybe a little stitching.

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Until someone wanted to get into the act.

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YAY for snow days!

Fit!

YAY FRIDAY! I am so happy that you’re back!

We have an activity filled weekend. Pinewood Derby! Indoor Soccer! Tennis! Baking the perfect Baguette!

Lately I’ve been trying to get my fitness on. I’m wearing my fit band again which gives me incentive to move enough and not pig out. I am so proud at the end of the day when I see this.

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Notice that I’m not showing you a photo of a day when I barely walk and go way over on my food intake. Some things are private, y’know?

Last night I baked these, and let me tell you it took great self control to only sample ONE.

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And just so you don’t start to think that I can get through a post without a cat photo…

CHARLIE!

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Have a great weekend!

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