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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

    I've created a map that shows links to our camping/hiking/general family fun review posts that you can find here. It's pretty much the coolest thing on this site. Thanks, Google!

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Monthly Archives: September 2011

sweet and spicy pumpkin seed brittle

I made this for a playdate yesterday, so I had a batch of pumpkin seeds left over.  It’s always hard to decide how to cook my pumpkin seeds, whether to go classic with oil and salt, or fancy it up with spices.  For our first pumpkin seeds of the year, though, I decided to go […]

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Tonight Ellie fell asleep sitting upright on the sofa between Nic and Will while they played Mario Cart after dinner.  It was one of the cutest things ever. 

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willie is learning to read!

Will is learning to read, and for the last couple of night we have been reading Go Dog Go together.  I am loving it.  I feel like the legwork was done in kindergarten the last two weeks and all of a sudden it has clicked and he is ready to take off!

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after taking on the y seams…

Another peek at my Pillow Talk Swap pillow front. The Y seams just about killed me, but now that I have a couple of days distance, I think they were worth it! (Tip:  I was a little nervous about doing such difficult piecing with linen, so I starched it until it resembled a french fry […]

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strange bedfellows

Will never took to a ‘lovey’.  As much as I hoped he’d adopt any one of the numerous adorable stuffed animals as his number one guy, he never really took to any one in particular.  He loves quilts, and insisted on sleeping under a bunch of them, but no one in particular was his Linus […]

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