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.

Spoonful of Dirt

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My sister Kelly gifted me a copy of this book. It has beautiful images of usual and unusual home objects used for planting succulents. Inspired, I managed to find a couple vintage planters that weren’t already holding crochet hooks or glitter pens, to plant me some tiny succulents.

All this made me think of the poor leggy succulent that has recently been put out to pasture in the kitchen instead of enjoying it’s usual place in the sun of the living room. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at propagating succulents and went online looking for helpful hints. I came across a tutorial on this blog by two sisters-in-law,  Needles + Leaves. Check out that the DIY Succulent Crown… so very sweet. I dissected my sad succulent and ended up with a pile of jadeite-hued limbs that I need to let sit and dry out for a few days, not hours. Damn.

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I’m hoping to have a  few teeny tiny plants to stick in some soil in a few short days. Wish me patience and luck.