Amy’s Tie One On is a monthly apron sew-along with a theme. October’s theme is costume aprons. I have no costume-wearing plans this year, so instead I raided my stash to figure out how I could create something from what I already had. (Minor victory: I am doing a pretty good job this month of sorting through the ridiculous amounts of craft supplies in my studio to create projects, rather than rush out to shop with my growing stack of JoAnn’s coupons.)

Holly homemaker, fill up my glass

Viola. The Stepford Wife apron. Pour yourself a glass of wine, bounce a baby on your hip, pull cookies from the oven and put a nutritionally balanced meal on the table, all while wearing a cocktail dress, heels and pearls. This must be a costume because God knows no such woman exists.

Holly Homemaker apron

And yes, Amanda, you are right. I do need a tripod. Otherwise, I have to photograph such items while they are tied to pillows. Apron details: one Isaac Mizrahi cloth napkin from Target paired with about 3/4 a yard of grossgrain pink ribbon. Tres facil!

In other news — a super easy autumn recipe:
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies

1 store mix for peanut butter cookies (I like Betty Crocker)
1 egg
1/3 cup of oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 cup of pumpkin puree.

Mix thoroughly and place in large globs on a ungreased cookie sheet. Cook at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the tops are browning, but the cookie is still squishy. Give them 15-20 minutes to cool on the cookies sheets before moving them to a serving platter. The pumpkin gives them a moist, muffin-like texture and these are delicious. Anyone who likes a peanut butter cookie will appreciate the seasonal twist. Seriously, the guys at the bagel shop ate 10 of these the other morning before I’d ordered my bagel and sat down to chat. I’m pretty sure they would have inhaled another dozen if I’d obliged. Enjoy!