hodge podge

So Tom and I have become puzzle people, puttering around some evenings drinking coffee and putting together puzzles at the kitchen table. Seriously, it is fun! I had seen a really cool puzzle that The Dainty Squid found thrift shopping, and really loved it. So I was shocked and amazed when I chanced to stumble upon the very same puzzle at a thrift shop last week. Mine cost me a whopping $2.00 compared to her .49, but I still think it was worth any penny. We had a lot of fun working on the cat patterned wallpaper in the back.

Before the cat puzzle we put together a crazy Christmas puzzle we found, but then I broke it up and passed it on over to a friend of mine since it was a weird wreath shape. Next we did a New Yorker puzzle based off a cover of an old The New Yorker magazine from the 40’s, a cute playland illustration. Once it was framed I never could get a good photo of it, but it looks like this

We have been checking thrift shops every time we go for cool puzzles, but no luck yet besides the cat puzzle. I was kind of bummed after an internet search to find that there are not any puzzles covered in lawn gnomes, that just seems so wrong. Actually I have a huge gnome related post coming up for you—maybe on Friday?

Besides puzzles I cooked up a batch of vegan pumpkin cream cheese muffins yesterday. I just made a normal vegan pumpkin muffin recipe, the mixed vegan cream cheese with some powdered sugar and piped it into the cups of batter. Then a little streusel topping and into the oven.

We are such suckers for all things pumpkin-related this time of year. I came home from the grocery shop on my last trip with spicy pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spice granola bars, a mix of mini pumpkins & gourds, and pumpkin flavored pudding—sucker. Oh and all this was after enjoying a pumpkin flavored latte ;) I can’t help it, just love the feeling of Fall that pumpkin brings! Happy first day of Autumn by the way!

I’ll be back again tomorrow morning with a special DIY project for you.

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9 Responses to hodge podge

  1. Andrea says:

    I’d love to know your pumpkin vegan recipe – I tried one the other day (gluten free style) but wasn’t so happy with the results – maybe gluten-free and vegan is a hard combination (?)

    love the puzzle – I”m a total cat dork!


  2. Beth says:

    well, it’s not COVERED in garden gnomes, but it is gnomey, and sweet, and i thought you might like it anyway :) http://bit.ly/bqU1on


  3. Hodzer says:

    We love to do puzzles. We have a few at home. If you’re interested at some point. We do them at the Outer Banks on vacation. The pumpkin muffins sounds great.

  4. That puzzle is amazing!

    It reminds me of this set of paper dolls I had when I was little where the cats were drawn like those but then they had all of these awesome Victorian style clothing & accessories.

  5. Tasha says:

    Ohhh those muffins look tasty! I was thinking of doing a ripple pumpkin bread myself. I’d love the recipe too. I stocked up on pumpkin, sweet potato puree, and have been baking away. Love that pumpkin latte too!

  6. Livejournal told me it was your birthday today. Is that true? If so…Happy bday to the cutest and most inspiring lady ever!!! xoxo

  7. Asha says:

    I’m puzzle obsessed!! I’m one of those moms that while her kids are working on a puzzle, I sit down and do it for them and they get mad!!! A while back I bought a Coney Island ferris wheel puzzle at the dollar store!!! I still haven’t put it together, I keep forgetting about it.

  8. Emily says:

    Ravensburger makes amazing puzzles, I don’t remember if we had a gnome one growing up but we had plenty of ones full of whimsy!