Thursday, October 31, 2013

happy halloween!

happy halloween! i hope you are having a wonderful day, filled with lots of fun and bunches of candy!!!


p.s. this is a pic of our pumpkins and i know it might be hard to tell because a) it's a pumpkin and b) you might not be as big a geek as me, but that one in the middle is a tardis. i love doctor who!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

the pumpkin patch

heading to the pumpkin patch is such a fun part of our fall traditions. this year we met our good friends the thieles at gordon's skagit farms in mt vernon. it was our first trip to gordon's and we loved it! they have tons of specialty pumpkins like white ghost pumpkins and even fun gourds, which my friend sam totally feel in love with. and they also have a whole barn of fun pumpkin displays, carved, painted, name it and they probably have it!

more of my favorite pink pumpkins

sam and her beloved gourd, gourdy

we will definitely be heading back to gordon's next year!

Monday, October 21, 2013

cookie #17: jubilee jumbles

the jumble is a cookie born out of the butter and sugar saving days of world war II. it all began with the molasses jumble but then came the spiced molasses jumble, the lemon molasses jumble, the frosted molasses jumble, the coconut jumble, the raisin jumble and in 1955 the jubilee jumble. the jubilee jumble was created by general mills in observance of the 75th anniversary of gold medal flour. by 1955 there was no longer a need to ration sugar so jubilee jumbles are made with brown sugar instead of molasses.

-1/2 cup shortening
-1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
-2 eggs
-1 cup sour cream
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 3/4 cups flour
-1/2 tsp soda
-1 tsp salt
-1 cup chopped nuts

mix shortening, sugar and eggs thoroughly. stir in sour cream and vanilla. measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. stir together flour, soda and salt; blend in. mix in nuts. chill dough if soft.

heat oven to 375 degrees. drop rounded tablespoons of dough about 2" apart on greased baking sheet. bake about 10 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly. if desired, spread cooled cookies with a browned butter glaze. makes about 4 dozen cookies.

recipe from betty crocker cooky book

my notes:
these cookies have a soft, chewy texture and the nuts add a salty touch to the sweetness. not my favorite cookie from the cookbook so far but still a nice cookie to snack on!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


yay, i'm scrapbooking!

and it's been so long since i scrapbooked that it was like an urban legend or a tall tale, not really a hobby. but i'm back and i'm scrapbooking as we speak, just had to take a minute to share my crafty joy!

hope your tuesday night is happy too!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

new in the shop!

i'm super excited to say that there are NEW products in my etsy shop! it's been so very long but now there are new wooden display hangers repurposed from vintage advertising hangers.

i love them for displaying photos (because i love everything for displaying photos) and that's what they were originally designed for but they are also adorable for displaying art and other paper goodies.

hope your sunday is going as well as mine!


p.s. find them here!

Thursday, October 10, 2013


so when you have leftover pumpkin from making pumpkin spice syrup, what should you do? well make pumpkin whoopie pies of course! i've had this recipe from libby & very best baking in my "to try" file for a few years now and i'm so happy that i finally got around to making them because they are awesome! they are very moist and flavorful but not too spicy or too sweet.

i made full sized whoopie pies, not mini because the idea of having 36 servings sounded crazy! (and just fyi, i made 20ish pies and i adjusted the bake time to approximately 14-15 minutes.)


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

a little black magic

my love affair with halloween continues with this silly project! it combines my love for halloween and my love for old books. don't worry, i haven't destroyed a priceless old work, it's just an old readers digest book that i've turned into a "spell book" to add to my halloween display.

i started with the previously mentioned reader's digest book, available at many thifts stores for practically pennies, and i painted several coats of white acrylic paint on the covers to act as a primer. next i added some distress crackle paint in just a few spots to add "age". then i painted the book two shades of gold and added these beautiful tim holtz stickers on the binding. a few glittered spiders and a bottle with some tim holtz remnant rubs, and my little side table is halloween ready!

can you tell i'm having fun?


Saturday, October 5, 2013

for the love of red velvet

as a baker and a cook i try to work as "close to the ground" as possible, with organic ingredients and also minimal artificial ingredients but i have a real soft spot in my heart for all things red velvet. i think the love comes from the fact that red velvet was the first cake i learned to make from scratch...well, the first cake i learned to make from scratch that came out moist, tender and truly edible.

and now there's not just red velvet cake & cupcakes to love, there are red velvet brownies, red velvet truffles, red velvet doughnuts, red velvet pancakes and these red velvet chocolate chip cookies! this is a wonderful recipe from baking serendipity, moist, chewy & chocolaty. they are also lovely as un-re velvet cookies if you feel like leaving out the coloring. i highly recommend this recipe!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

the pumpkin spice bandwagon

i love that this is pumpkin spice season, thank you starbucks! i'll take pumpkin spice in chai tea, bread, cupcakes, even candles. i love it!

and i have been seeing diy pumpkin spice syrup all over pinterest so i had to try making it for more than a few reasons like...a)i like making stuff; b)i love pumpkin spice; and c)i don't drink coffee so i find actually going to starbucks a little intimidating, i never know if i want a grande or a venti and sometimes i just panic and order a hot chocolate!

so i started with a recipe found here, on the adorable savvy eats blog.

it's very tasty and i'm very deep like with it, it might even be a crush but i have a feeling i'll be tinkering with my own version over the season. if it turns out well, i'll share. until then, enjoy your pumpkin spice in whatever form you can!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

a little halloween magic

i love halloween! love it! which is why i started decorating a week ago. this is the little display in my studio (please forgive the terrible lighting, it's fall here, it's raining and if i wait for natural light it might be spring).

the labels on the bottles and jars are from this adorable etsy shop, magic pug. aren't they fantastic? i made the black flowers from just plain old tissue paper, but i found this rust & sunshine tutorial helpful. and i made little book paper cones for my vintage cruet set. to make them sturdy enough to hold treats, i gave them a coat of mod podge inside and out.

i have a few more crafty halloween projects in mind so this studio display might be ever-changing or i might look for other "empty" spaces around the house that could use some halloween magic.

happy halloween season!

p.s. want to see a super cute halloween display, check out my best buddy tammy t's on her new blog, here.