Fab Five for Friday: Pie, Pie & More Pie

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This year our Pi(e) Day Social was a great success. Lovely pies and reasonably good people. Image courtesy of @dchav_

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And speaking of pie…I found myself needing a super quick piecrust because my frozen pie disk had taken a bad turn during a power outage. Though conventional wisdom tells me it’s unwise to try something new when entertaining, I decided to give this quick pie crust a try. I scoffed at the claim that this piecrust is revolutionary… but am now a convert. The crust is kind of shortbready, buttery, flaky, and so easy. Perfect for single crust pies. You can buy The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook here.

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I find it hard to find sprouts in the small amount I need, so felt it economical to try sprouting my own. I found these on Amazon. I believe these are radish, lentil and some other guys.

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I am just about to bind off this lovely poncho in Rowan Felted Tweed and am itching to start something with Euroflax Linen, maybe this tunic or another wrap.

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Sharing your bounty. While planning your spring garden, plan to plant just a little bit more to share with your local community food bank. Contact them first, but many of your local organizations will gladly accept washed, home grown produce to offer their clients. Ample Harvest has a Find a Pantry button on the top of their site to help you find a local food bank or soup kitchen that would love to accept your produce and eggs. If you live in Elgin you can donate food here.

Five Fab for Friday—Fist City, Granny Squares and More

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1. This morning, while eating a Jethro Bodine size bowl of cereal, I had the pleasure of hearing this interview on NPR. This poster available here.

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2. Granny squares just might be the reason I learned to crochet. What’s not to love?

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3. My friend Martha knows how much I love Wes Anderson movies, and sent me a link to this Tumblr. I can’t decide what I love most about this blog… the lovely palette combinations or that it even exists!

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4. One of my recipes was included in this book by my very talented friend Jessica Dupuy.
Yup, Detroit born girl gets a recipe in a Texas cookbook. Still trying to replicate the peach pecan crisp my grandmother used to make.

5. This weekend, which promises to be quiet, sunny and warm.

Fab Five for Friday

  1. Tomato Cage Tree, cheeky, handsome & useful… and in the spring it will be used to support some Purple Cherokees . I was inspired by this blog post a couple years ago, and thought it would make a great way to display the Christmas cards we receive.
  2. Greenberg Smoked Turkey from Tyler, Texas. A favorite for our holiday open house, and one of my favorite mail order gifts to give. Order one here.
  3. Barn quilts. I’m always on the lookout for these when I’m driving through Tennessee and Kentucky. I think one would be smashing on our red house… but need to work on convincing Steve.
  4. Raisin Challah French Toast made with eggnog instead of milk… the perfect way to start a slower than usual weekday morning. I relish these bits of serenity and little pleasures during this time of year.
  5. How adorable are these Teacup Fairy Gardens, made by Fairy Girl Photo? You can scoop up one of these sweet little treasures at Elgin Local Goods, but leave one for me, okay? My birthday is a couple weeks after Christmas, and think I may need to treat myself to one for my kitchen window.

There are still pieces of Potluck Tableware available locally at The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store and Elgin Local Goods. One of my customers ordered 9 “This is My Jam” spreaders to tie on jars of homemade jam for teacher gifts. Another gifted a bride and groom that are about to move to Michigan with a “Home Slice” pie server, so they’ll always have a slice of Texas with them. The same customer bought a “This is My Jam” spreader as a gift for her canning buddy. I LOVE hearing why folks chose to give these gifts… a lot of thought and creativity in their giving.

I hope this weekend before Christmas is calm, happy and full of good cheer. Remember to shop local when you can!!

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