The Squeaker came home from Primary last week (Primary is the children's Sunday school class for Mormons) with a snowflake! He was so excited about it, he asked to cut out about 30 more. I folded the paper for him and he used the scissors. His first attempts were just kind of ok, but then he got pretty good at them. The really good ones in the picture were done either by me or The Husband, but the rest are The Squeaker's.
About four years ago I made a queen-sized quilt out of t-shirts. It's probably the warmest blanket in the house. Now that the Squeaker and The Cookie are sleeping in twin-sized beds, especially now that it is winter, I have decided to make a similar quilt for each of them. It's been a long process, but I started tying The Cookie's quilt yesterday. The trouble with this kind of quilt has always been finding suitable material for the back. Just plain knit fabric can run like $7/ yard, and you'd need like six yards or something (I don't feel like doing the math right now). With the queen-sized one, I used some t-shirt sheets we had. For The Cookie's, I was able to find another t-shirt sheet at DI. For The Squeakers, I pieced together a back from a bunch of red t-shirts that were also scrounged from DI. So it ended up being $6 for one quilt and $14 or so for the other. Much better than $42 or whatever.
I made the best pumpkin pie EVER this Thanksgiving. I usually have exceeding difficulty with pastry, but I used a different recipe this year that called for butter in addition to the shortening. So much better! The recipe I used for the pie came from Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking School Cookbook, the 1942 edition that used to belong to my grandmother's mother. It calls for molasses and like four eggs. It was so scrumptious.
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we're allowed to jump into Christmas season! I feel pretty strongly about waiting until after Thanksgiving to put up lights and listen to Christmas music, but it was particularly difficult this year to refrain. People were talking about Christmas even before Halloween! For goodness' sake, people!