Monday, October 30, 2006

Strawberry pie

I usually associate strawberry pie with summer, but really the best berries are picked at Farm Day, at the end of October...this year Dan and my mother picked enough berries for a pie!

Strawberry pie
Mmm...pie...

The graham cracker crust turned out a bit thick, but not too bad. I brought the pie to a Fall Back BBQ, and it was a sweet finish to a delicious repast. Here is the recipe!

...Strawberry Pie...

Crust
1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs (I used Trader Joe's Thick & Hearty Cinnamon Grahams)
1 c almonds
1 1/2 T lemon zest
1/3 c sugar
6 T butter (3/4 stick), melted and cooled

Filling
~ 6 baskets strawberries
1 c sugar
1/2 c water
3 T cornstarch

- Preheat oven to 350°F
- In a food processor, finely grind almonds with graham-cracker crumbs, sugar, and zest, then blend in butter
- Press mixture into 9" pie plate and bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes
- Cool crust
- Mash strawberries to make one cup
- Heat mashed strawberries, sugar, water and cornstarch over low-medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened
- Cool sauce
- Arrange remaining strawberries in cooled crust, then top with cooled sauce
- Enjoy! (Especially good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream...)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Beagle as beagle

Getting ready for Halloween! Dan's sister Cecilia got Arrow a Snoopy costume, which she tried on last night...

Arrow in her Snoopy costume
Hee hee ha ha...beagle dressed up as a beagle!

It is a bit small though, the velcro did not fit around her deep chest. Apparently, beagles are deep-chested dogs...or this one is, anyway.

Arrow as Snoopy
Can I take it off now?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Weekend fun

Over the weekend I baked one of my favorite sweet treats: lime squares!

Lime squares
Mmm...like key lime pie, but easier to eat

And sewed a few small crafty presents: tissue holder, zipper pouch, and headbands.

Crafty gifties
Ready to wrap up and mail

It has been awhile since I made my first zipper pouches. I think a zipper foot might make it easier. Here is a peek at the lining...

Lining of zipper pouch
Itty bitty flowers on brown

And it was Farm Day! Joining the CSA last year really has changed the way we eat and think about food, and Dan and I love it. This was the second year we visited the farm. Arrow enjoyed the hayride...

Arrow on the hayride
Panting pooch

This year my mother, brother, and his girlfriend also came along to pick strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers. It was very warm, so I was really hot and foolishly did not take any pictures of the fields we picked or of our bounty. Oops.

Terra Firma Farms
Lettuce fields, pretty hills in the distance

There are a lot of farms to choose from, so check it out if you are in the Bay Area!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Canadian treats

Lookie, my Knitters Tea Swap 2 package arrived! All the way from Canada!

Knitters Tea Swap 2 goodies
Mmm...I love regional goodies

Dave sent Canada's Book of Teas, a wooden box full of ice wine tea, maple tea, and blueberry tea...doesn't that sound intriguing? There were also delicious fruit gummies - apple, pear, peach, and cherry - as well as a box of ginger cookies, which I plan to enjoy with my tea. And a beautiful skein of Fleece Artist merino sock yarn in an autumnal red and brown colorway. Let's have a closer look, shall we?

Yarn close up
Hand dyed loveliness

Thank you, Dave! And thank you Suzie, for hosting another great swap!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Belated birthday bonnet

Behold, my first bonnet!

Birthday bonnet for Veronica
Modeled by Don Don the dog lamp

Very belated for Veronica's 2nd birthday...I followed the child size pattern from mailorder #2. I had hoped for a little more gathering at the crown, but I think it still turned out okay. The inside is lined with soft cotton flannel.

Closeup of birthday bonnet for Veronica
Don Don models hats too

Hope she likes it!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fall into orange

Finally, a finished item! Yes, it's been slow going at Chez Arrow...perhaps it's the shortening days of fall...but I did manage to finish an Uptown Bag, which I decided to make despite the hugeness of the Downtown Purse.

Uptown bag
Orange floral for fall

Despite its large size, I still love the shape of this bag...but I am not happy with the fusible interfacing...it did not seem to fuse evenly and there is a rumpled look that is not attractive at all! Next time I definitely will opt for heavyweight sew-in interfacing.

Uptown bag lining
A peek at the lining

Of the Amy Butler patterns that I've tried, this was the most challenging...stitching around the top of the bag after the handles were attached was very awkward! Hence a slightly lumpy unevenness along the top, which I think distracts from the shape...but perhaps with a bit of wear I won't notice it as much. I may try making this bag again...after all, the holidays are lurking...just a couple months away!