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Here are some great links to check out for your shopping pleasure!

Think Geek

X-treme Geek

Sephora

Vermont Wish Bowls

Teavana – The tea storage tins are super cute and I covet them.

Amazon.com

BlueQ

Delight

Happy Shopping!

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Countdown?

Well it looks like the countdown is on!  Less than 90 days until Christmas.  It just doesn’t sound like much considering the knitting I plan to do, but I always surprise myself.

Let’s see….from what I can divulge, what’s left for me to do is:

A scarf
A shawl
Two pairs of mittens
One pair of gloves
And a plethora of gift baskets

I do have to say though, at 90 days out, this is the most manageable list I’ve ever had.  I love it when things come together just right.  =)

Hopefully, by this time next week, that list will be cut in half.  It will be nice to just enjoy the season this year and not be in “crunch” time.

If you do a lot of handmade gifts, how are your lists looking this year?

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Here’s some things I’ve picked up recently and some other faves to share.

Pomegranate Lip Balm by these people.  The packaging on the products is just so pretty too.

These fold up/reusable bags.  Really the prettiest ones I’ve found so far and really compact!

This olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  We get it at The Mill No 3 Farm Stand Store in Fitchburg, MA where you can refill your empty bottle when you’ve used it up and pay a discounted fee for the refill.  That farm stand store is awesome too, great made to order deli sandwiches, produce, wine, and lots of other cute/country type items.  Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

Daily Deals on Woot. We’re seriously addicted to checking this site daily, and there is an iphone app for it too.  Got my favorite tee shirt on there.  Fly fat bird fly.

And lastly, I’m also a huge fan of Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks.  For regular coffee, I’m a Dunkin Donuts girl all the way, but for specialty drinks and lattes, Starbucks it is.

Hope you all have a great day!

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A taste of fall.

I will leave you all to begin your weekend with a taste of our apple excursion!

Apple crisp before:

Apple crisp after:

And the recipe here.

Then Apple Sauce:

And that recipe here.

We then made and froze an apple pie for the holidays using this recipe.

And last, with some of the leftover pie crust (bought pre-made this time), we rolled it out, spread butter on it, then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar – rolled it up and cut it into pieces like a jelly roll.  Then we baked them.  VERY tasty and quick and easy use of leftovers!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Apples Apples Everywhere!

This past weekend P and I went apple picking.  Saturday was a beautiful day for it too and we weren’t the only ones with that idea.  We went to Tougas Farm as did most of the free world it seemed.  We did well though, opting to huff it out the 1/2-3/4 miles to the orchard open for picking rather than standing in a long line for the wagon.

This trip must have been a record.  We were in, parked, bought the bag, walked to the trees, picked, rode back to the car, and drove home in about 40 minutes total.  We weren’t even trying to rush, it just worked out that way.

So, 20 pounds of apples later, we were home and plotting our recipes.  (More on the output later).

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Got Fiber?

For two seasons I was a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm CSA.

I received a fall 2008 and a spring 2009 share of wool from their flock.

This time I have to say, the wool is even more beautiful and plentiful than the fall share.  Can’t wait to spin it up.

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With holiday knitting in full swing, I can’t show you all everything but here are some bits of what I can show you.

But this….this is for me!  A lovely red-ish, very fall colored sock yarn blend with cashmere!

(Via blurry cell phone)

After a bit of a search, I’m going to knit it into this.  Pictures to come and soon (I hope)!

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