Whole Wheat Bread

Today I finally decided to try my hand at making some Whole wheat bread for us.  I have been meaning to try it for ages but always, always forget to pick up some whole wheat flour.  I remembered Friday, at long last and this is how it went!

Doesn’t it look delicious? It slices wonderfully and would be great for sandwiches for school lunches!  What’s better than homemade bread and knowing what is actually in the bread we are eating?



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Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffin Copycat Recipe

I am definitely going to have to try this. I love Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins!
Thanks to chrisincanada for the recipe!

Chris In Canada

Not too long ago things were looking a little like this:

And I was inside making something that looks a lot like this:


You guessed it: Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins!  This recipe is a mixture of other pumpkin and/or spice muffin recipes I’ve found and tweaked a little bit to make it a near-perfect Timmie’s knock-off.  The muffins are moist and spiced and the crunch of the toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect adornment atop a muffin filled with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.

These are perfect for a fall morning!  (And since winter doesn’t officially begin until after the 21st of December, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy these muffins this fall.)

Without further adieu, I present to you…

My copycat recipe for Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins:


For the Muffins:

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground…

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Repurposed Ceiling Fan Blades 

When we replaced our ceiling fan blades last year or the year before, I decided to keep the actual blades for a possible craft project.

Last Christmas that project presented itself!

I decided to make some ceiling fan blade chalkboards for everyone.

Well, it didn’t happen last year.  I got the decorative parts done no problem.  The problem was the chalkboard paint.  We tried a spray version of it. It seemed to go on just fine but when it dried, it bubbled in places.

It was so close to Christmas and as usual I had way too many projects on the go, that we just left them.

I had completely forgotten about them until this past weekend when I happened to go to the storage unit with Chris.  There they were, sitting on a workbench.

I decided to bring them home, sand them and try repainting them with a brush on chalkboard paint I already had.

Here is a picture of them part way through my attempt at saving them.

And this is them after I redid the chalkboard paint.


Once they were fully dried, I tied some twine on for hanging and another piece to hold a piece of chalk!

Finally I can gift them!


Fleece Blanket Bunny

Today’s craft is similar to the Towel folding crafts I have done.  I did some bears and a chick.  This time I am using a fleece blanket, or at least a square cut from a dollar store fleece blanket to make a cuddle bunny!

Wouldn’t this make a great gift?



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Homemade PVC Pipe Yarn Holder

I saw a yarn holder made from PVC pipe on Pinterest a while back and really wanted to make myself one.

I bought the pipe and the ends and all the caps and unions so I could do it.  The materials cost less than  $10!
Chris said he would cut it all for me, thank you Chris.  He got it all cut and started to explain to me what I should use to make sure all the unions were adhered properly. 

I must have looked dumbfounded because he offered, and did assemble and glue it all together. Wasn’t that awesome? I think he just used plumbers glue.

All that’s left for me to do is paint it! That caused me to receive another look when I told him I’m going to paint it the same pink as the tool box project I’m working on lol! I still don’t understand why he was all that surprised!

So I took it out in the middle of the backyard  (the only place I’m allowed to spray paint any more lol) and proceeded to paint it pink!

Now I have a very handy yarn holder for my next knitting or crocheting project!


WIP – Well, some of them 

I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything this weekend. I did go for a drive with Chris and he was nice enough to take me out for lunch! Thank you Chris!

 I had great intentions to set up my scroll saw in the backyard and get to cutting everything out, but it’s just way too hot for that right now.  I’m pretty certain its supposed to be Fall, isn’t it? Someone obviously forgot to tell Mother Nature!

I have it all drawn/traced onto the wood and ready to go, I just need cooler weather. 

I have started to turn an ugly black repurpose of a tool box into a “girl” tool box because my current ones are overflowing.  But again, it’s too hot and humid for spray paint to dry 😕

All I managed to get done today was cut out some sleep masks, make up bags and coffee cozies I want to sew for Christmas. 

Hopefully tomorrow Mother Nature will cooperate and I will be more productive!

Oh, and I started a knitting project, becauseI don’t already have enough on the go lol.

The only thing this weather has been good for is the garden.  I am starting to get ripened tomatoes almost every day now! Woo hoo!