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Pumpkin Season! 

How could I not post a picture of pumpkins today? In my opinion, the best part of the Fall season is pumpkins, and there’s just something about the month of October that makes me first think of pumpkins, then beautifully-colored leaves, then apples, in that order. 

I’ve always loved pumpkins. I’m not sure why. Maybe because they seem so cheerful. They’re fun to grow; it’s so rewarding to watch their vines take over the garden and produce these massive bright orange balls. 

Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend!

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Hot Water Pie Crust

In honor of the Holiday Season, which is rapidly approaching, I want to share with you my grandmother’s recipe for a hot water pie crust. It is, without a doubt, THE best recipe for a pie crust. You simply must try it.

3 c. all purpose flour, sifted before measuring

1/2 c. lard

1/2 c. butter

1 t. salt

1/2 c. boiling water

Measure the flour into a bowl and set aside. Place the lard and butter into a bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir until it is creamy. Add the salt and mix well. Then add the flour. Don’t worry about over mixing, as in this recipe, it doesn’t matter. When the ingredients are combined, chill for several hours or overnight. Then roll out as usual. 

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National Teddy Bear Day

A wonderful person just let me know that “National Teddy Bear Day” is coming up, the 9th of this month. What a fun idea! I had no clue this was a thing. I’ve managed to knit a few teddy bears in my life. It’s so satisfying; and this has rekindled my excitement; I will have to get out my teddy bear knitting needles. I’m currently knitting a blanket and a pair of socks, but I can always set them aside and start on a bear, right? Here’s a pic of a mommy teddy bear with her baby teddy bear that I made a few years ago.

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RV Black Tank Stink Problem Solved!

I have to share this solution with everyone! I’ve lived in an RV for five years now, and if you have lived in an RV for even one weekend, you likely know what the main challenge is (or one of the main challenges) . . . that blank tank. How to keep it from smelling.

There are lots of treatments out there, I’ve tried many of them over the past several years. I can’t use the ones that employ perfume as their main remedy because I’m sensitive to it, so I use the ones that are scentless. Some work better than others, but over the past few months, I’ve tried an idea that I came up with all by myself. And it works! And it’s cheap! So I have to spread the word!!

Take a bar of cheap soap; cut it in half, and send it down to the black tank. This is how I do it: I drain the tanks, then close them up, then I run what I imagine to be about two inches of water in my black tank. Then I put the bar of soap down there (remember to cut it in half–if you try to send it down whole, it will get stuck). I leave it to sit all night to give it time to dissolve a bit. I’m not a scientist, but I think bar soap can do a number on bacteria fairly well, and it also has a slippery quality to it. Between those two things, this idea seems to work really well. I hope it will help you, too. Let me know if it does!

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My Favorite Recipe . . .

. . . for a knitted blanket. This blanket is heftier than most knitted projects, since it’s a doubled thickness; and the main enjoyment comes from simply knitting and knitting and knitting. No special requirements to pay attention with this pattern, you merrily knit away while you watch a movie, visit with a friend, listen to an Audible book or your own thoughts. 

I’ve made ten of these so far, and I find people absolutely adore them; it’s a great way to use up leftover balls of yarn, so you always have a unique color combination in each blanket. Just grab a ball of yarn, tie it onto the tail of the last one, and keep going! They make great gifts.

On a 36” or longer circular knitting needle (I use a size 8 but you can use whatever you have) cast on 252 stitches. Join and knit 125 stitches. Place a marker. Slip one stitch, (this will make a nice fold line for when the blanket is finished) and knit another 125 stitches where you will place a second marker. Now, off you go! Always slip the stitch after the marker so you have that line for folding the blanket. When you are finished, fold it carefully then crochet around all the edges, closing the open ends together and using the slipped stitches as a place to put your crochet hook. You can crochet something fancy around the edge if you wish, after you’ve sealed the blanket’s edges.