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November 10, 2018
pick a pumpkin baking . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

You'd think I'd be tired of if by now, but I'm not. Yesterday I closed my post talking about seasonal baking. I thought it might be fun to share the recipes of two of my very most favorite homemade autumn treats.  Cheesecake Brownies is the first -- a recipe that I found in Country Living magazine in 2007, and Ginger Spice Cookies -- a recipe I found compliments of Bon Appétit in 2000 (found on epicurious's site, link below) and is my absolute FAVE ginger cookie, perfect with a cup of tea.

Cheesecake Brownies (click to go to ...

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November 9, 2018
pick a pumpkin outtakes . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Bet you didn't expect to see that in a blog post title today! But I thought it might be kinda fun.  I shared the final projects on my Pick a Pumpkin day (which included a giftaway!) . . .
But you didn't get to see the *process*. 

I shared that originally I was just going to do the valance and added the placemats on the spur. But that's not quite true.  Originally _first_ I'd thought to do a wall-hanging . . .
Designed it in EQ and everything. Not sure what changed my mind, but it was after I'd done the ...

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November 8, 2018
pick a pumpkin; day four . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Did you see my Pick a Pumpkin post yesterday?  Have mercy, I sure hope so!  Click here if you missed it and the GIFTAWAY!  For that matter, if you missed my postings on Day 1 or Day 2, feel free to go back and check those out, too!
Today is the final day of the hop -- Day Four - and here's the lineup of blogs to check out today:

I'm going four for four on the ...

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November 7, 2018
pick a pumpkin; day three . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This is it!  Today -- Day 3 --  is *my* day for the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop and a giftaway!
Of course, there is a whole lineup of bloggers participating today, so be sure to visit them all:

Count it *all* JOY! (you are here!)

If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely adore pumpkins.  So when I saw the post announcing this hop, I jumped right on the pumpkin train!  That being said, many thanks to ...

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November 6, 2018
pick a pumpkin; day two . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Were you able to check out all of yesterday's participants in the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop? Such creativity!
Today is Day Two and there's a whole new set of blogs to check out today:

I found another Kindle freebie to share with y'all today, too.  (Aren't I nice?)  Simple & Easy Pumpkin Drink Recipes by Hannie P. Scott.  I've gotten a number of her cookbooks and they're fun ...

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November 5, 2018
pick a pumpkin; day one . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Hurray! Today begins the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  Here are today's participants:

Take time to visit each one and sure to ooooh and aaaaaah over their pumpkin offerings!  Oh, and don't forget to come back on Wednesday for my pumpkin offering!

Since we are celebrating pumpkins, I thought it would be appropriate to share this Kindle freebie link:  Pumpkin Recipes: The Ultimate Recipe Guide.  I can't promise how "ultimate" it is, but it ...

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October 22, 2018
Change of Plans - Finally & A Moose to Boot from Ravelly1

I've been saving the fabric for the largest pumpkin for quite some time & I'm happy with the choice.

I like this arrangement & will get it quilted soon for Thanksgiving anyway....laugh out loud! 
As you all know me so well, you know that my attention span is very short. So when I found a photo of a moose, I just had to put my spin on it.

After tracing the moose design onto fabric adhesive then pressing that onto black fabric, it was time to cut out parts of the center.
Here's a view from the front ...

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October 19, 2018
Quilt retreat: A wonderful place to start a pumpkin quilt from Carried Away Quilting

This past weekend I attended an informal quilt retreat with long-time friends. We meet twice a year in the spring and fall to sew or scrapbook, eat, talk, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. I’ve been gathering with these lovely ladies for more than a decade, and it is truly a blessing. I’ve written about our Koronis Quilt Retreat before, if you’d like to read that post.  Today I wanted to pop in and show you some of the blocks I made at retreat!

You all know I am a big fan of Corey Yoder’s ...

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October 9, 2018
Change of Plans - Part 2 from Ravelly1

The second pumpkin is almost ready to take its place. I'm running low on orange fabric. You know what that means...wink!

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October 3, 2018
crazy cubed . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had every intention of posting over the weekend, but life is crazy and work is crazy and our weekend was crazy (with Boy Scouts, Disaster Relief training and church picnics all at the camp). Even so, I had time to do a little fall baking on Saturday . . .
I saw a recipe for and Apple, Honey and Brie Crostata in the current issue of Southern Lady and decided to give it a go.
It was very good with a cup of spiced tea as an afternoon snack!

I got some autumnal decorations out, too . . . 
You know it's October when ...

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October 2, 2018
Why Not.....Well, Change of Plans from Ravelly1

Ok, so after thinking and then sleeping on it, here's what I decided.....
Here's the Jack O' Lantern I chose but.......well you'll see.

Most of you know my methods of using Heat N' Bond or Steam A Seam to trace off the design pieces then fuse them onto the chosen fabrics so I won't go into that. But I will show pics.

I use the original design to see if I like the placement of the fabrics.

So far so good.

Here I've placed all the parts onto the black background. Now here's ...

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Hello, October! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Yep, another calendar page has been turned. "Hello, October" really has been replaced in my mind today with "whatever happened to September?" Sigh. Time marches on! I read an excellent article yesterday morning, sent to me by a dear friend, which helps put life into perspective. I am linking to it here for your reading enjoyment. It helped me to savor the day, simply for the pleasure of being

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Hello, October! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Yep, another calendar page has been turned. "Hello, October" really has been replaced in my mind today with "whatever happened to September?" Sigh. Time marches on! I read an excellent article yesterday morning, sent to me by a dear friend, which helps put life into perspective. I am linking to it here for your reading enjoyment. It helped me to savor the day, simply for the pleasure of being

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September 15, 2018
multifarious mug rugs . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This week has been a bit topsy turvy with a lot of personal stuff I won't go into (you're welcome). But I *did* manage to stitch up two more little acorn mug rugs . . .
I think I learned lessons from the first one and I was most pleased with the construction process the second go'round. These two still need to be quilted, and I'll get to that this weekend (the good Lord willing).

I got my hexie pumpkin mug rug sandwiched and started hand quilting on it . . .
I still have a ways to go, but again, there ...

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September 9, 2018
fall's fluttering in . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's been a fairly productive week . . . I love having a bunch of little handwork projects to work on because I can skip around and work in the evenings and at lunch time without a lot of fuss, and I get things done!
So now, along with the acorn mug rug, I've finished my little harvest stitchery mug rug.  I really love how that turned out! It used a nice, wide variety of embroidery stitches, and I even learned a new one -- the wheatear or wheat stitch. Can you tell which one that is (aside from it being the ...

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September 2, 2018
five day weekends are da bomb . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

That's right.  I took Thursday and Monday's a holiday, so five day weekend. Bliss!
I've gotten a lot started and finished so far, too! I told you about my idea for an acorn mug rug, right? How that? Concept to actualization! It was a little tricky, but worth the effort. I'll probably make at least one more of these ... maybe two or three!

I was bullied into encouraged to finish the patriotic topper . . .
Really pleased with how this turned out, especially since I did use the pillowcase method to finish it. That's kinda hard to ...

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September 1, 2018
can it be . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Y'all.  Tomorrow is the LAST day of August, which means Saturday is the FIRST day of September, aka the FIRST day of calendar fall (as opposed to astronomical fall which begins with the September equinox--on the 22nd--this year).
WHAT???!  I think my 'all caps' tell you how I feel about this.

Sigh. This year is going by so very fast. And the summer's gone by even faster! Probably because I spent most of it in a sling. You think? Speaking of that, the right shoulder continues to heal and I continue to do physical therapy. Yesterday I consulted ...

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March 30, 2018
Pretty as a Picture from Quilted Joy

When we think of quilts we often think of shapes being manipulated into interesting designs that don’t necessarily look like anything, they just look interesting. These quilters created things that you can actually recognize. And they are beautiful!

Halloween Haberdashery. Pattern by Melissa Mortenson, Quilt pieced and quilted by Erin Harris,

Erin made this quilt called Halloween Haberdashery. Erin is a local blogger, and the quilt was designed by Melissa Mortenson, another local blogger, The addition of colors we don’t normally associate with Halloween, namely pink and turquoise, really gives this quilt a light hearted and fun appeal that goes beyond the holiday. I also like the ...

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December 18, 2017
The One Where I Bake a Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake, Drench It With Rum, and Foist It Upon My Choir Friends: Baking Secrets Revealed from Cheeky Cognoscenti

So I tried out a new bundt cake recipe over Thanksgiving and liked it well enough to do a reprise for our choir's Christmas party over the weekend.  The recipe is from King Arthur Flour and you can find it here.  

Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake with Rum Espresso Glaze
This cake is nut free and dairy free, made with whole wheat flour, and it's moist and delicious without being overly sugary.  It's relatively quick and easy to make, and the Bundt cake pan makes for pretty presentation straight out of the oven, no further decorating required.  My ...

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October 25, 2017
Pumpkin and Chocolate, What’s Not to Love? from Adele Mogavero

Pumpkin and Chocolate a Match Made in Heaven!

When I decided to make a pumpkin and chocolate cake last month, I had no idea that I would fall head over heels with the combination!

I’m addicted!
Pumpkin and Chocolate Cookies a simply delicious treat
It’s divine, it’s simply delicious and so festive for this time of year.

After trying the chocolate cake, I wanted to create a cookie with the similar combination

The ingredients I use are all organic, fresh pumpkin from our garden, whole wheat pastry flour, and sweetened with raw honey.

Thrive Market sells your favorite organic and non-gmo brands for up to 50% off retail.
I also added oatmeal, cranberries, and pecans to the mix.

I like ...

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