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Welcome Back

9 Oct

I’ve pretty much fallen off the face of the earth – at least when it comes to Teal and Tulle. It’s been a whirlwind of a month – starting my grad program, looking down the barrel of pending motherhood in another month, amongst other events and commitments. To get up to speed – let’s start back and work forwards.

Criminology Book Worm

I started my graduate program with UC Irvine last month. That involved a one week intensive in-person session followed up by the start of fall quarter with two classes (Legal Institutions & Society and Police, Courts, & Sentencing). It’s been a huge time commitment, but of the best kind. I’m in love with this program and would probably settle into a common law relationship with it if I wasn’t already committed to a real life human. He’s pretty awesome too.

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On my way to class.

Woodland Shower

I also had the world’s most amazing baby shower. Like, seriously. The best. I’ve never been to a nicer baby shower. I had so many friends and family come from all over the state – it was a really touching day.

My friends who put it together (Kristin, Jackie, Cassie & Lauren) didn’t miss one little detail. They crafted, you guys. CRAFTED. These are women who have much better things to do than fiddle with burlap, fabric, and a glue gun, but they did it for the baby shower. Amazing. They are simply the best friends a girl could have. Here are a couple of pictures (too many to post them all), courtesy of my friend Kristin. In case you don’t recognize me, I’m the ginormous orb of a human in stripes.

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My hosts!

Autumnal Surroundings

Autumn has finally set in. It’s an old hat in the blogging world – pumpkin spice lattes, crisper days, layers. Today it’s raining and it feels like the perfect day to kick off some fun holiday decor ideas. My oldest friend was in the state last week and we got together for a great shopping trip in the Bay Area. While up there, I picked up some fantastic card-stock cutouts of witches and pumpkins from Paper Source. Once home, I added some Washi tape to the witches hats and thin green ribbon bows to the pumpkins. I then hole punched each one and ran black tulle through the holes to create a garland for our staircase. The whole thing cost under $10.

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As for my extended absence – I can’t make any promises that I won’t go off the grid again in the near future (hello baby! and hello wine!), but I have some new fall craft ideas lined up for the rest of the month to keep myself sane.

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Pumpkin Cookies

9 Nov

Canned pureed pumpkin is in my pantry, year ’round. Why? Because you never know when you are going to be faced with a burning need for pumpkin spice chocolate-chip cookies.

My recipe is taken from Libby’s, my preferred pureed pumpkin provider. I add the chocolate chips to provide a little texture in the cookie.

Pumpkin Cookies, c/o Very Best Baking

Ingredients

2 1/2 C all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 C granulated sugar

1/2 C butter, softened

1 C pureed pumpkin

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 C chocolate chips (I used mini chips this time around)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together.

Beat sugar and butter together. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla; mix until smooth.

Stir in dry mixture with wet mixture. Don’t forget your chocolate chips!

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the edges are firm. The cookies will be very soft-set, so allow them to set on the baking sheet for about two minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.

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