Amusing MySelf

A-muse v. To entertain in an agreeable, pleasing way;to make mildly or temporarily happy.

More Contests

Found a few more contest for you .

Tea Time Ramblings is giving away knitted dishcloths.Stop over and leave her a comment.

My team member on Dish Rag Tag and faithful blog reader GRACE is having a contest also. You gotta do a little bit of work for this one but believe me it is well worth your time to check it out.

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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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It’s just my opinion.

and I’ll express it anyway I want.nonsweatersmall.jpg I borrowed this from Grumperina. But it suits me just fine. She knits some wonderful sweaters and I enjoy reading her blog. I love to see what others are knitting and ooh and ahh over their sweaters and knitted tops and some of them are really amazing. I however have no desire to knit tops and sweaters. I am quite happy with knitting smaller items like socks and hats and wash cloths and baby items.

Speaking of socks I am playing with making one without a pattern.I figured if I couldn’t find one that I liked I’d just make my own. I am working on the cuff right now. If it turns out ok I will share it with you here. I’ll get you to try sock knitting yet Miss Grace. HEE HEE kidding ya.

One last thing. I want to thank those of you who have been reading my blog. You may not all be commenting but I can tell you are visiting. You are what keeps me blogging even when I get discouraged.

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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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Good Tuesday Morning

to you all. Hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend. I worked so there were no holiday happenings in my house.

Mr Knowlegde(who is in third grade) played his second football game of the season and his team won 29-0. He was really pumped up after the game. He plays second string defense but still gets to go out on a few plays. This game they stuck him on offense a time or two and the poor boy had no clue what he was doing. Guess they need to work more with him and show him what to do.

Mr Fisherman went to work at the Haunted House this weekend. They are preparing for the haunt season. He helped build a few displays and promptly received a nice sunburn as his payment. I told him to wear his shirt but when all you like to wear are black t-shirt it doesn’t do much good anyway. Now he is paying the price.

I must be a lucky mom to have a son who cooks for me. Mr Teenager cooked not once but twice this weekend. On Sunday he fixed pancakes for breakfast- his first time making them and they were actually pretty good, everyone went back for seconds and thirds.
Then yesterday he fixed homemade vegetable soup for lunch. I think we may have a future chef in our house. He is the one who fixes supper at my house when I have to work in the evenings. Mr Fisherman does not cook. Not many 15 yr old boys enjoy cooking.

I managed to do a little bit of shopping for a few swaps and actually have two packages ready to go out in the mail but wont be able to get to the P.O. til Thursday.
Still haven’t found a sock pattern I like for My brothers girlfriend so I’ve decided to put it aside for now and concentrate on a few things I need to make for a couple swaps. I think I’m just trying to hard and the sock knitting will happen when the timing is right.
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my weekend with you. Happy Knitting and have a happy Tuesday.

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Havest Sock swap 07

Harvest Sock swap 07 I joinned my very first sock swap. Sign ups are until September 18th. For this swap you knit one sock and then send the rest of the supplies and pattern to your partner so that they can make the mate.

They are having a contest .Here are the details:

Part 1: If we can get more than 20 people to sign up, I will toss everyone’s names into a hat and draw one for a prize.

Part 2: For those who do sign up, if you can entice someone to sign up, and when they do sign up they let me know you got them to, your name will go into a hat for a prize.

I encourage all you sock knitters out there to join. Come on who doesn’t wanna win free yarn.

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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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A few more contests

I really should start a contest page so they would be easier to find but anyway here are a few more for ya.

Anne has a dishcloth pattern she needs your help with. Check her blog for more details.

Moosie wants to give away some stitch markers all ya have to do is leave her a comment. More deatils on her side bar..

Hop on over and say hello to both of them.

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A moment of insanity.

Ok so I had a moment of insanity this morning. I have been chastized for it by several people. I will not stop blogging I promise.My blogging just doesn’t seem as fun with out showing you my projects and such.I promise to figure something out for my picture situation.

I have been on the search for a sock pattern to knit now that my Thuja socks are done. But nothing is speaking to me. I want to knit up a pair of socks for my SP11 pal. She is not a sock knitter but would like some knitted socks. If you know any socks patterns let me know and I’ll check em out.Can’t print them out but I’ll still check em’ out.

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It’s Offical

Sorry I’m going to do a little wineing-oops I mean whining.
My blogging has become boring and rather pointless without picuters. I am in several swaps that require blog upate at least 4 times a month. But if I can’t add pics I don’t see the point of updating at this time. No one wants to comment on a pictureless blog let alone visit one.
Ok I’m done whinning- now you can get back to your regularly scheduled blogging and knitting.

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Bummed

It seems I will not be getting my computer back because it is just to far gone to be fixed. This really stinks because it means I am stuck with this back-up. It loads at a snails pace, I can use my camera with it and I can’t hook the printer and scanner to it because it just doesn’t haven’t enough memory for it. I guess I am destined to be without a good computer for now. I have so many pictures I wanted to share. I managed to finish my Thuja socks. But I just can’t show ya.

In other news I went today with my friends Donnely and Kathie to help them set up their booths for Hookahville

Everything went without a hitch in sgetting this organized. we left Donnely

 camper thereand rode home in Kathie’s jeep. That’s where things went

wrong. We ran out of gas and had to call Katie’s Dh to come rescue us.Kathie swore up and down it was just yesterday that she put gas in it.She appologiezed several times for it happening. It was no big deal. I mean it has happened to all of us at one time, I’m sure. Anyway what was funny was the fact that she kept saying I know it was yesterday I put gas in it.

The Conversation went like this.

Kathie: I know it was only yesterday I put gas in. I am sorry guys.

Donnely, Tomi and Jen: Don’t be sorry it’s no big deal.

Kathie: I’ll check the mileage. I wrote it down after I put gas in. Wow I drove 119 miles- since yesterday? That can’t be right I only drove around town.

Donnely- You have to be out of gas. I hope that is all that is wrong.

Jen- yea if it’s out of gas that’s an easy fix.

Kathie- I’m sure it was yesterday. I’ll check my receipt.(ruffling of paper while she finds it). Yea guys see it says the 26th.

Donnely, Tomi and Jen: Laughing to the point of rolling on the floor.

Jen: Kathie that was 3 days ago.

Ya gotta love her. She is so scatterbrained she loses track of time. But I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world. She keeps our friendship very interesting.  He hubby rescued us laughing at her the whole time.

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Love those Contests

Here’s another contest for you.I just love finding and sharing these links.

Schrodinger has won a few contests lately and now wants to share the wealth. She has some really cute sock bags to give away. Be sure to tell her JenW!~ sent you.

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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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I found another contest for you.

Jacque is having a contest. And it’s pretty easy to enter

1. Leave her a comment, 2.Pass along the word via your blog that she is having a contest. Make sure to tell her that I sent you so my name gets entered again for each referral! That’s it.

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I’m a Rockin’ Girl

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGrace (Lovin Comfort Knits) has nonimated me as a Rockin Girl Blogger. Wow I can’t believe someone would even consider me a Rockin Girl. I never though of my blog as being good enough to even be considered. Thanks so much Grace that means alot to me.You certainly are a Rockin’ Girl! and awesome knitter. And is a little bit of good news after lossing my beloved Scooter.

Edited to add my nominees.

Donnely  because she is my friend and my inspiration.

Sarah-a former secret pal. I can always count on her for a comment.

Laurie – a recent swap pal. I was her secret pal for NSFY.

On another note. Mr Fisherman has a job interview Saturday(which happens to be my B-day) to work in a haunted house. It is his dream job. In October the man turns into Mr Halloween. He really goes all out and turns our yard into a monster fest. Of course the neighbors all think it is cool and ask every year what he is going to come up with this time. He can hardly wait. I hope the interveiw goes well. If it does the man will be in seventh heaven.

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