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K1T2- Wow what a Package!

I received my K1 T2 Swap package last Thursday. This is the first I’ve had to post it. I bet my pal thought I forgot.

My pal was Nichole. I had no clue it was her.What amuses me about her being my swap pal is the fact that we were also Dish Rag Tag team mates. And I also read her blog so she did a very good job of not letting it slip that she was my pal.

Look at all the great goodies she sent me. K1T2 Package

Three flavors of Tea. She even found Pumpkin Spice Tea. How awesome is that! It is delicious. In the package was some red Tahki yarn-a donegal tweed, bath goodies, a note pad, some poprocks that Mr Knowledge swipped and some Pumpkin shaped Peeps-which I had to let harden before I eat them, a cute little blck pumpkin decoration- it now sits outside decorating the table on my porch, some cool teapot stitch markers( which I am currently using),Teapot stitch markers

 a cute little Halloween bear ornie,some tea crackers with chocolate filling and packet of hot cocoa.

She made a cotton tea cozy for my teapot. It fits nicely. I love the red handles/bow on top.Tea Cozy

But my favorite item she sent is this Kitty mug.Kitty Mug It is in honor of losing my beloved kitty Scooter. Though it doesn’t look like her It still makes me think of her each time I use it. Thank you so much Nichole.

This was a great package and I am thrilled that we got to cross swap paths once again. I hope I get to repay the favor someday.

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Goodies in the mail.

Yesterday was a great mail day.I received not one, not two but three packages yesterday.

First one was my recent contest winnings. The bag I won from Cathy. Wow she was very prompt in getting it out. This bag is wonderfully made and you can tell she put alot of work and time into making it. You can get one for your self at her Esty shop.

Second package was an unexpected one, from an amazing lady and knitter Grace.Of course if I had paid attention to what I read on her blog I might have known she was sending it to me. It is a nice big cloth in a variegated of pinks, yellows and oranges. I will being using it in the tub instead of for dishes. It’s just too pretty to muss it up with dirty yukky food stains.

And the final package was from Rachel my tea swap partner over on Ravelry. She really out did herself. She sent lots of great goodies. Tea and treat of course.For the tea she sent three kinds,First a loose leaf Keemun Black Tea by Swan Sisters and two different Indian Spiced Chai by Slo Chai, Honey Bush Tea and Yerba Mate. All ones I have yet to try. Next was Crills Salt Water Taffy and two chocolate truffles, I think they are turtles. They have caramel and pecans. Yummy. One is already gone.  Two great books, Knitting on the Road By Nancy Bush. It is sock patterns for the traveling knitter.And then a gardeners book called HollyHock Days By Sharon Lovejoy. And the softest yarn a chunky Misti Alpaca in 100% baby alpaca. I don’t know yet what I will make with it but it will be something for myself that is for sure. Thanks Rachel for a wonderful package.

I also splurged and bought something for myself. Last Friday Dh and I went shopping for him to get a few costume items for his job at The Gates of Terror and we stopped at the book stores while we were out. I picked up One Skein Wonders and boy I must say I LOVE this book. It has a lots of great projects and I see so many I want to make I don’t know which one to do first. If you don’t have to book in your library it is one you must have. Next book on my list is the companion 101 Designer -One Skein Wonders.

Well now I am off to call the school and let them know Mr Teenager wont be there today because he is sick. Happy Knitting.

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Pumpkin-the spice of life.

Yea yea I know pumpkin is not a spice but it sounded good to me.I was doing some searching for pumpkin spice tea because it is one flavor I have yet to try and I am so in the mood for all things Fall even though Summer is still here. While searching I came across these. Well guess who just happens to have a pumpkin on the kitchen table ready to be cut up and cooked.  Well ya know what I’m going to be making tomorrow. I wish I could share some with everyone but I can’t so I thought I’d share the recipe instead so you can make your own.  I think I’m going to add white chocolate chips to my batch. I can almost taste them now. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, cream together butter with brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in pumpkin purée.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Add to butter mixture and beat well to combine. Add raisins and nuts in 2 batches, mixing between additions.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets. Bake about 18 minutes, until set, not browned. Transfer to racks to cool.

Makes 36 cookies.

 Well gotta go fix Mr. Fisherman’s lunch for work. Happy A great day and Happy Knitting. 

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Yarny Goodness

Spell checker had a fit with that one. LOL
I received my first package from my SP11 pal last week. Can’t share a pic with you but can tell you all about the wonderful goodies I received.
 First there was not one but two skeins of yarn. A gorgeous sock yarn from C*EYE*BER FIBER in lovely shades of reds and grays. This being funny as it is Ohio State colors and my pal is from Michigan. Not that I follow college football. The second skein is a pretty tourquiose color cotton called Stork by Dalgarn. And Vouge Knitting Socks Two book. I sew a few socks I wanna try. And a pattern to knit a felted tea cozy.

She included some nice Earl Grey tea by Wild Leaf Tea Co. A flavor I did not happen to have in my tea collection.. Also some Body Lotion from Bath & Body Works in Sea Island Cotton. Smells so lovely, a yummy scented cinnamon candle,  and a reindeer christmas ornament. I feel as if she really payed attention to what I like and she put together a great swap package. I can’t wait to see what my october package holds. Thanks ever so much Swap Knit Pal.

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My favorite Season!~

Now that is it September I start thinking about fall.Fall

I love fall it is my favorite season. It is such a beautiful time of the year with all it’s colors. Rich deep shades of red, green, yellow,orange and brown splashed everywhere. The cooler weather brings weiner roasts and hay wagon rides and pumkins and scarecrows begin popping up every where. Time just seems to slow down after the rush of summer. My favorite childhood memory of fall is raking leaves into a pile and then jumping in them andthen raking them back up to jump again. I loved playing in those leaves for hours.

Now though as an adult I love decorating for fall. I collect pumpkins Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucketand scarecrows scarecrowto set out for this season. I enjoy Halloween things aslo but pumpkins and scarecrows can be set out from September til November. I like to enjoy a nice cup of tea on a cool fall evening. I would love to find some pumpkin spice tea.(Hint hint Secret pal)LOL.

  So now that I’ve shared my favorite  I’d love to hear what your favoite season is.

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Morning Thunder*

No it’s not storming. It’s what I’m drinking. Sounds like an alcoholic beverage doesn’t, well it my new tea. I bought it when I went to Amish country. It’s a caffinated tea. For those who want to kick start their morning but don’t like coffee. Love it. It’s my new way to start the mornings.

Mr Knowledge played his first offical football game this weekend and his team won.19-7. He is second string defense so he doesn’t get to play as much but ya know I’m ok with that cause I wasn’t all that thrilled with him playing to begin with. But it was his decision to play. And I am one who lets my children make choices on their own.

My computer should come home today. I am excited because I am tired of not being able to post pics. I have quite a few to show you once my baby comes home.It only cost me $35 to get it fixed so I think that is pretty darn good.

I am going to be spending my day in the kitchen. I have pumpkin to cook and strain so I can make some Harvest Bread. I will share the recipe later. I am using my white pumpkin. Mr Teenageer was excited when he saw it being cut up. He loves the seeds after they are roasted of course.

Well I am off to the kitchen. Take Care Happy Knitting and have a nice day.

*By Celestial Seasonings.This tea is made with a spirited and earthy combination of moutain-grown black tea and yerba maté, a South American herb and is sure to give you the lift you need to get in gear — without the coffee jitters.It has a buffalo on the box which is actually why I had to buy it. I collect any thing with buffalo. The fact that is was tea was just a bonus.

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