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Three Years.

Tonight marks the third year I've lit Louis's candle marking the night I said goodbye and waited for the hospital's phone call. This song always reminds me of that cold, cold winters night and I can not ever listen to it with out thinking about Louis.


Baking Frenzy!

Black Walnut Pumpkin Bread
I loved this recipe, it has a really great flavor and texture. I added ground cloves and extra cinnamon so it would be spicier. I also made these into muffins and mini muffins. Yumm!

Spiced Pumpkin Cake
I just got my November copy of Real Simple in the mail on Thursday and they had a yummy looking bundt cake that fit in with my fall/pumpkin baking theme this weekend. I finally got to use the really nice bundt cake pan that Rainy Dae gave me for a house warming gift as an added bonus. The cake turned out looking beautiful, however, I am going to be bringing it to work so I have no idea how it tastes. It smell wonderful, so it must have turned out.

Molasses Spice Cookies
Ginger and molasses cookies are my favorite! I have never tried making them, but this recipe was super easy to follow and OMG they are so delicious. My house also smells amazing.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Iced Pumpkin Cookies

I had three packages of venison cuts left from last year that needed to be used up. I used two of the three in this:
Braised Venison Stew

Recipes I didn't get a chance to bake, but are on the list for next time...
Cinnamon Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Scones


Bed Swing?

I really love the bed swing and outdoor dining room in this house:



Minion 365 6 & 7




Stolen From Jen...

1. Father went to college.--Does technical college count?  My dad went to night school at a tech college.
2. Father finished college.--If technical college counts. :)
3. Mother went to college. 
4. Mother finished college. 
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.--I'm guessing that this means social class?? I would guess so.  My family was pretty much straight up middle class.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home. --I think they were all mine, since I've always been the only avid reader in my family, but I was given all kinds of opportunities to read.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
9. Were read children's books by a parent.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18.  --What kind of lessons are we talking about here???
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18.
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18. --Seriously??   
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs.--My parents and I split college costs 50/50.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs.
16. Went to a private high school.
17. Went to summer camp.
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels.--We always did a combination of camping and hotels when we were gone for more than a week.  We did the throw the kids in the back of the station wagon and drive across the great U S of A type of family vacations.  It was a huge treat the days we got to spend the night in a hotel (usually more like motels).
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them.
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child.
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house.
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home.
25. You had your own room as a child.
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18.
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course. .
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school.
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college.
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16.--I think I was 29 before I few on a commercial plane.
31. Went on a cruise with your family.--This I've never done, and really have no desire to.
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family.
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.--We went on a lot of trips to the science museum and when ever we were on vacation we hit museums or tours of historic places, caves, etc.  Once I was in high school I started getting exposure to art galleries.
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.--My parents never talked about bills to us.  We knew they existed, we were taught how to handle money, saving, etc but my parents never talked to us about their finances.

Minion 365

I've been wanting to do a 365 project for a while now, but was worried that I wouldn't stick with it. I've also been noticing how few photos I've been taking in the last year. In trying to make an effort to take more photos, I've been leaving my camera laying out so I can just grab it when there's a shot I want to take and as a reminder to start taking more photos.

Since Minion is the only cat now and has run of the house, she's been very funny about her sleeping spots. Sometimes she's in the same spot for days on end, other times she's switching it up constantly. The last few days I've been taking a picture of her right when I get up sort of documenting her weird new habits. As I've been looking through them, I decided that it would be interesting to do a 365 project of Minion. Besides, it fits in with my desire to be a crazy cat lady.

So here we go, the first five days of the Minion 365 project.

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Easy Vegetarian Recipes

I'm calling out to my friends for easy vegetarian recipes. Elly is headed back for her second year of college and will be renting an apartment this year instead of living in the dorms. This summer she decided to try out being a vegetarian and she has minimal cooking skills. I wanted to put together cookbook of easy recipes to send her this fall when she moves into her new place. I've been hitting the internets and have started collecting some easy and cheap to make recipes (hello Ramen Homepage), but I thought I would give a shout out here to see if anyone here has some good recipes I can pass on to her.


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