I decided to make some practice turkeys first

Tomorrow I am cooking my first turkey for American Thanksgiving.
This is a bit of a rite of passage for me and I’m slightly scared of ruining it.
Fortunately the bird is already thawed, so I’ve got one thing going for me.

Today we had a happy home day and made some sugar cookies from this recipe at Calli’s Make It Do. When we make sugar cookies, we have a lot of collateral damage in dough that is eaten, rolled into greasy balls, dropped on the floor, etc. It’s joy in the journey though, right? (And while we’re on the subject of recipes I used Calli’s fabulous roll recipe this week to make my first ever made-from-scratch rolls. And they were good if I do say so myself! Which means if I can do you, you can totally do it!)

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let me share an amazing book I just finished.

It is called Three Cups of Tea and is the story of Greg Mortensen – an American whose mission it is to build schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan – with the primary goal to educate girls. It’s an incredible example of the difference one person can make in changing the lives of thousands, if not millions of people. Please read it if you can, or his new book Stones into Schools. It comes out next week and I can’t wait to read it too.

Reading this book has given me new gratitude for my own life and opportunities – and new appreciation for my education and the endless opportunities for education that my daughters have. It makes me want to do more for our sisters on the other side of the world. And I think this may be a way I can do something to honor the memory of my friend Sarah. More to come: quiltmaker/mother becomes activist.

Have a happy weekend with those you love, whether you’re formally celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, or just continuing to have a grateful heart.

PS Many thanks for all the kind comments on my painted hutch. It’s always fun to hear a few other opinions that confirm you did well. :) I am SOOO behind on my responding individually – please know how much I appreciate your kindness.

World’s easiest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this time of year? Don’t feel bad if you don’t; not everyone does. My husband is among those who don’t and I still like him very much. That also means that there are more cookies for me, so really, it is a win-win situation.

This is all you need. Seriously.

A couple of years ago my friend gave me the easiest recipe for making them. She just mixed a Spice Cake mix, a can of pumpkin and chocolate chips. I tweaked it a little and added an egg and 1/2 c. of flour. That’s it! Then bake at 375 for 12 minutes.


I also add a big scoop of ground flax. You can’t taste it and it makes them even healthier. Think of how proud Jessica Seinfeld would be. All that healthy pumpkin PLUS flax. In the same cookie! And no fats either, so another reason I don’t feel guilty that I already ate three today. :)
This is also a fun project with little helpers because the ingredients are so easy. And because they are invested they’re more inclined to eat them too.

In other news, here is a little sample of one of my wool projects. It’s a hair clip. And it’s much cuter in person, but I thought it would be fun to share anyway. I’m making a boat-load of these in all different shapes and sizes. Easy and very fun. I’ll share more later.