Giving Thanks

It’s the cool thing to do this month. Apparently. I’ve been busy and missed the memo that I was supposed to update the world as to what I’ve been thankful for each day.

However, in our house, we’ve been practicing thankfulness, gratitude, and the beauty of fall, all at once.

Have you heard of a tree of gratitude?

It can be done any way you like (we found inspiration here). We found branches in our yard, plopped them in a vase, cut “leaves” with my paper punch and used strips of fabric to tie them on.

The idea is that you write something you’re thankful for. Not every day, not in any sort of prescribed way, but rather when the mood strikes you. The idea is to remind yourself of what is really important as we head into this holiday season. In our house, we’re finding this especially important with a nearly 6 year old who wants/needs everything.

We also invited our friends who joined us for our “welcome Asher/warm our house” party to add what they’re thankful for. Really, anyone who comes by our house is welcome to add to it. We’ll save the “leaves” to read next November.

So, what am I thankful for? In the grandest sense, community. I’m SO grateful for the wonderful community we’ve found in the area. I never expected it, and cannot express how overwhelmed I’ve been with gratitude these last many weeks.

Thank  you. May your Thanksgiving be full of gratitude, family, friends, and, of course, good food.

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so little time…

 

But so much awesome-ness to try!! I don’t know about you, but I’m swamped with holiday stuff already, Halloween costume creating (I can’t honestly say making this year), taking care of my little family, teaching childbirth ed (at TWO hospitals now) and just life. Wowsers. But I have plans…and my sewing machine misses me. She told me so, whispered it to me last night as I forlornly put her away without sewing a thing.

“Please, sew something fun…”

Maybe this something fun for me, before I start a few holiday gifts.

Made it on Monday: A New Shirt.

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Midweek inspiration

These are so cute…now, do we have acorns around here? Seriously, I have no idea.

Acorn Dolls from vlijtig

I have a little lady in my house who would adore this…she’s constantly putting up “gates” in the house for us to go through.

Tollbooth from 42 roads

These are adorable and I wish I’d thought of it 6 months ago. Ah, well, maybe you can use it!!

Monthly Photos from Under the Sycamore

Sweet slippers from Prudent Baby

This adorable upcycled scarf must happen. In fact, I have a sweater that I literally pinned to make something for Finleigh tonight, but hadn’t cut. It’s not going to be for Fin anymore. Sorry sweet baby, but mommy totally hearts this scarf.

Weekending

Weekends around here usually follow a similar rhythm: sleep late, do little, do laundry, grocery shop, and just generally catch up from the previous week. This weekend? Not so much. Amid my work to help further the babywearing cause via letters to congressional leaders, blog posts, tweets, facebook updates etc, we managed to find time to hit up BrickCon AND The Farm in Snohomish. Woot for babywearing, legos and pumpkins! And for surprisingly running into friends at The Farm and getting to hang out with some of our favorite people.

And have I mentioned my love for fall? Like, love. Move over Michael…I have a lovah.

Petting the bunnies

Michael wearing Fin: Wrapsody Stella

I love that she's become so adventurous

Ry and O jumping together

Watching big sis

Found it!

My pumpkin with the pumpkins!

Legos in the next post…

Autumn Spiced Scones

Autumn Spiced Scones are in my oven right now, and I’ve got about 2 minutes until I pull them out. I can’t wait. My house smells like fall, and my tummy is about to be very happy.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Ingredients

2 & 1/2 cups of flour

2 tsp sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 stick of cold butter

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup milk

1 cup dried fruit

Milk and sugar for coating before baking

Directions

In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk, and dried fruit. Set this aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices . Use a pastry cutter to cut in butter into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add the egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until moistened.

Pour the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.

Knead the dough gently by folding until it is fairly smooth.

Lightly roll the dough into a nine-inch circle that is one inch high.

Cut the circle into eight identical wedges.

Place scones one inch apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Brush scones with milk and sprinkle with additional sugar.

Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.

Remove scones from oven and serve warm.

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