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I'm Molly Balint.

Mama of four girls, farmer of sheep, collector of family stories, curator of lovely things. With all this free time on my hands I also freelance write and bring old houses back to life.  

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9 favorite knits for fall

Happy Monday, morning! We are all fighting the dreaded fall colds in this house so things are moving along pretty slowly. Kids are still in slippers and pajamas (okay, me too.) and lounging around the house. I'm hoping to gather enough energy to drift into the kitchen and make up some muffins, in case it's the only thing I can muster the rest of the day. I think surviving on muffins isn't the worst thing in the world, is it? 

In the meantime, I'd be enjoying the downtime even more if I could find my blasted No.7 circular needles so I could go on to the next step in the Acorn Hats I'm knitting up for the girls. I love this pattern and love that it's an excuse to buy Manos Maxima yarn. The girls picked their colors and they're pretty fun--shocking, spirulina, and kelly--not mixed together of course. 

But I'm still dreaming up other knitting projects I'd like to work on this fall and winter. As soon as the weather changes, my fingers get all twitchy for some knitting. Will I make all these? Nope. But they're definitely on my radar for the near future. 

See below for links to each of these patterns. Or see what else I'm stashing away on Pinterest

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left to right, top to bottom:

slipper boots // raglan crewneck by les tricots //  small and clever booties

nova sweater // temescal jar cozy // mittens sarahmcneil on etsy

bubble wrap cowl // cord necklace elements of alchemy // beehive beanie


Fall Favorite // pumpkin bread recipe

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, chances are you knew this was coming. It is officially fall and that means I can finally break out my favorite sign of the new season. This recipe for Pumpkin Bread has been in my family for as long as I can remember. There have been many loaves made, frozen, shared, devoured, eaten off the counter by naughty Labrador Retrievers...loaves that were under-baked, over-baked, or even baked with whole cloves instead of ground...that was an interesting version.

We are fighting the urge to turn up the heat at Woodlawn, and yesterday's cold kitchen called for some baking. So while the girls were off studying spelling words or some other studious occupation, I snuck into the kitchen to throw together a batch of pumpkin bread.

The recipe makes two good-sized loaves and every year I make it, I ease off on the origianal recipe's called-for amount of sugar. You can safely cut the sugar pretty significantly and not alter the outcome. (Yesterday, I only used 2 cups plus a generous 1/3 cup)

Wrapped in parchment and foil, the loaves freeze beautifully. And while I've known some to slather their Pumpkin Bread with butter, that seems like a crime--it's best as is, and great at any meal, even breakfast, according to Birdy.

Welcome to my favorite season, welcome pumpkin bread, we missed you...


3 cups sugar

1 cup oil

4 eggs

1 can pumpkin (15/16 oz. can)

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

2/3 cup water

1 teaspoon each: ground cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Combine sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time. Blend in canned pumpkin and water. Sift together dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients. Pour into two parchment-lined loaf pans. Bake at 350 for approximately one hour or until toothpick test comes out clean.

Sneak peek behind the scenes...naughty Black Labrador begging for a taste....


Buying glasses from Warby Parker: help me pick!

There's nothing like starting a Monday morning with pictures of your face plastered across your blog page. (Note to self: put up a new post after this one, asap.

A few weeks ago, I lost my glasses in the house. I mean, of all the frustrating places to lose your glasses, knowing that they are somewhere in your home is pretty mind-blowingly annoying. I know, as soon as I order new ones, I'll find them under Birdy's crib, or in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator, or between the sofa cushions--except I've checked all those places.

So for the past few weeks I've been wearing my spare pair--a somewhat weaker prescription that also happens to feel like the most narrow, hard-to-see-through glasses ever. And to top it off, they're crooked. Yes, I've been quite the hair-brained-looking mom lately in my squinty, cock-eyed glasses. 

So last week, I decided to throw in the towel, admit the loss and start looking for new glasses. I've always browsed the frames on Warby Parker and have thought the whole concept to be really interesting. Not only do I love the frames they offer, but their Buy A Pair, Give A Pair philosophy of doing good in the world is pretty awesome. This year, they've distributed 500K pairs of glasses to people in need. And every pair purchased from their site, is a pair given. 

So last week, I agonized over which five pairs I wanted to try on at home and finally narrowed it down to five (which I've since narrowed down to 3)

Then, the box didn't show up. And I called their customer service (and they answered on the second ring), and they sent another box (and then the original order showed up again....and we all laughed about how the mail lady was probably afraid of my dog and wouldn't deliver it.) 


So the glasses are here. Their customer service and follow-up with my order has been amazing. I've gathered my information (they'll call your doctor's office for you to get your prescription), and I'm ready to hit purchase. But first you have to help me vote. One of these glasses stands out as a definite no to me. And the other two, I realize, look very similar. But one has a thicker, heavier frame. 

So, I'm putting my face out there....which pair jumps out as your fave...1, 2, or 3?