Seattle’s Best Waffles

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When I’m in Seattle, I always make a point to stop in Sweet Iron Waffles.  These are the best waffles I have ever had. They use a special type of sugar that creates little sweet bursts of flavor. Yum! The menu changes seasonally and I’m sorry to say I never get over to the savory side, because the sweet is just too darn good. Oh, and they make very pretty lattes!

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XO,

Michelle

By Michelle Kohanzo

Aside from being the Managing Director of The Land of Nod, mother to four kids (yes I said FOUR!) and a gourmet cook, Michelle is a retail junky. From Zara to Marc Jacobs, Target to Nordstroms, she doesn’t discriminate, there’s room in her heart and closet for them all. And the addiction doesn’t stop at fashion, she’s painted her dining room at least 5 times, and changes rugs like most women change their sheets. Retail isn’t therapy for Michelle, it’s more like oxygen.

An Autumn Apple Cider Stand

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I’ve always wanted to have a lemonade stand with my children. Now that we live at the end of a cul-de-sac, our chances of having customers for such a venture seemed pretty slim. Just recently, however, we participated in a neighborhood-wide garage sale, so we took the opportunity to set up a drink stand for passersby. Lemonade didn’t seem appropriate for the brisk autumn morning, so we opted for apple cider instead. 

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To make the cider, we mixed organic, unfiltered apply cider with apple slices and a few cinnamon sticks. Since the temperatures started in the mid-40s and ended near 70 degrees, we decided to offer both hot and cold cider. 

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Our stand was very simple to set up. We used a small table from my daughter's room and our much-loved Land of Nod chair that we painted in gold and polka dots last year. We added a construction-paper garland and a small apple display and we were in business.

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My daughter enjoyed her apple cider stand quite a bit, but I think her favorite part was sampling the cider.

Post by Julee : Warm Hot Chocolate

Galaxy Star Mobile

I am so excited to finally share Baby Rockwell’s nursery makeover with you. We’ve had a few delays, but I just put the finishing touches on things, and I’m happy to report that Mr. R loves his room (Thank you Land of Nod!) Today I get to share his favorite detail of the moment — the Galaxy Star Mobile we created to hang above the crib.

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Rockwell seems to have no choice but to stare into the Star Mobile with wonder and awe, while I scurry around after Modette who is shamelessly tearing the room apart faster than I can put it together.

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Using leftover American Crafts Cardstock and Glitter Paper from our Glitter Academy project, and my Cricut Expression 2, I cut out 140+ of stars in about an hour (WAAAAY better than by hand!). To make a mobile you will also need a few No. 12 Screw Eyes, fishing line, and two 3/8-inch, square, wood dowels cut down to 22-inches. (If you ask, the hardware store will usually cut them down for free.)

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1. Using the smallest drill bit you have drill a hole into the precise center of each of the dowels. (It is important to get as close to center as possible so your mobile will hang level.)
2. Mark where the star strands should hang. Measure from the left edge of the dowel and make a mark on the top side of the dowel at half, four and eight inches. Repeat on the other side measuring from the right edge.
3. Cut a yard of fishing line and tie a strand at each mark using a fishing knot that won’t come out. Tie a strand at each mark on the dowel, for a total of 12 strands. Tie a final strand through the center hole on only the bottom dowel.
4. Lay out the dowels and tape down the fishing line. Line up the paper stars in the desired pattern (see suggestions below).
5. We used Double-Sided Super Sticky Tape since it is mess free and quick.
6. Place the tape over the top of the fishing line and attach firmly to one of the stars and remove the red backing.
7. Line up the second matching star and press firmly to adhere.
8. Once you have completed adding stars to all 13 strands, twist in a Screw Eye to attach the dowels together.

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Our mobile consists of 13 total star strands. We cross the dowels in the center and create four sides, each holding three strands. The final strand hangs in the center. The photo above shows a close-up of the strands for one side: a 5-star with one large glittered star, a 6-star strand with a small and large glittered star, and a 5-star strand with one small glittered star. For the center strand I used the 6-star one shown.

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Despite our best efforts to make everything balanced, our finished mobile still didn’t hang level. We used a couple extra screw eyes as weights, hidden inside the stars, as needed to balance.

That photo above gives a peek at Rockwell’s new Low-Rise Crib from Land of Nod.

Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com

Things to Make – Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

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The other day, while shopping at Trader Joe's, I couldn't help but notice the Pumpkin Pie Spice and thinking about how good it must smell. I also had very little interest in actually making a pie. Then I remembered, Not-So-SAHM's post from last year about making pumpkin pie play dough. Brilliant.

When the girls were little, we made play dough almost once a week (using this recipe). But I barely ever think to make it for T (mom guilt). So T and I cooked some up together, using this new recipe (via Not-So-SAHM) and he loved it. He loved it so much that he decided to add extra flour (just for fun), so our dough became a little more crumbly and less malleable than anticipated. But still we had fun. And the smell was even better than I imagined.

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Post by Darcy : bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com