Because crafts are like crack.

Thanksss Sssusan B. Anderssson November 17, 2011

Filed under: Knitting — Casey @ 10:04 am

For creating ssssuch a sssssimple pattern. (For those of you who don’t know, that’s snake speak!)

Rarely do I find a pattern book from which I make multiple projects. I think my current count from this book is six and each has been just as cute and easy as the next. (Sisters is one of the several reversible doll patterns.) I highly recommend anyone who makes baby gifts look into this book.

I vaguely remember these snakes from my childhood. I know we had a couple brightly colored specimens hanging around when I was growing up and they were perfect for dangling from banister or attacking hapless Barbies.

This particular snake went to a brand new big brother. I figure he could use it in his arsenal of toys with which to torture his little sister. One of the best things about this pattern is it is perfect for using up sock yarn scraps. I used Deborah Norville’s Serenity Sock Yarn for this snake. I find this yarn works up pretty well, and you really can’t beat the price.

Even kittens think this is a pretty nifty project.


Pumpkin Dip November 6, 2011

Filed under: Cooking — Casey @ 10:30 am

To say that I like pumpkin would be an understatement. I consider myself a pumpkin gourmet. This year I sampled more than a dozen pumpkin beers. I have recipes for pumpkin nachos, pumpkin chili, pumpkin burgers, and pumpkin lasagna along with all of your normal pumpkin uses. I come by it honestly though. The only people I’ve known that like pumpkin as much as I do are my cousins and we all got it from my late grandmother.

Pumpkin Dip is a great fall appetizer or snack. It would even make a great dessert. I serve it with apple slices, gingersnaps and graham crackers.

Pumpkin Dip

  •   1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Mix in the pumpkin, spices, and orange juice concentrate until well-blended. Chill until serving.

I am thankful for my Cricut November 5, 2011

Filed under: Cricut — Casey @ 5:41 pm

I had a great time playing with the vinyl I received from pickyourplum.com the other day. I purchased the Thanksgiving cartridge over the summer and have been dying to make something with the adorable pilgrims and turkeys. Ikea is the perfect place to go for some cheap glassware and other household items to decorate.

The upside of vinyl is it is super easy to start over if you mess up. The downside is that the items are not washable. That slightly limited our imaginations, but I think the final products are very cute.


I think these are drinking glasses. I am really hoping they don’t shatter with the candles inside them. I will have to watch them closely to make sure we don’t end up with a super exciting Thanksgiving dinner.


I love this pitcher. I plan to fill it with wheat for my harvest decor.