state.fair.time

It’s that time of year where I wonder if perhaps I need a 12 step program for my “fair entry obsession.” Of course some of the famous Worst Zucchini Relish ever will be entered, as well as some knits and new jewelry. Want a peek? Ok.


Now we wait and see…!

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rhubarb.pie

You know what makes a great pie crust? Lard. Don’t tell my husband that’s what he’s about to eat. 

Rhubarb from the backyard and the last of the freezer strawberries…I can’t wait for it to rest and no longer be lava hot. 

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history:made

For probably the 3rd time in recorded history, I am caught up on my letter writing. Whoa. Did you feel that? The earth shifted. My adorable letter holder Herbie the Hedgehod stands empty and I assume exhuberant that he is for once not bending under the weight of paper and whitty banter. 


He was a gift from my great pal Stephanie when she and her family were living in Japan (she found the coolest stuff there). 


When I made my big announcement on Facebook, a few friends lamented that they wished they got mail….well…..

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mmm.bread

Tried my hand at whole wheat baguettes today. They turned out omgyum. 


They will be sliced up and used in some homemade french onion soup. Can’t wait!

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strawberry.rhubarb.cobbler

To be fair this recipe comes from one of those community compilation books. In fact, the recipe comes from my 90 year old grandmother’s good friend Marion. Now, I have never actually seen Marion smile, but she makes a damn good fruit cobbler. 


This latest batch is strawberry and rhubarb – about 2 1/2 cups worth of fruit. And it is amazeballs. Add some vanilla ice cream? And you will verbalize things like “insert eye roll here.”

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rhubarb.sauce

I feel it is my lawful duty as an Alaskan to have rhubarb plants in the yard. Now, this does not necessarily mean that I actually like rhubarb – but I don’t see how these 2 things are linked. At all.

However, I am coming around to rhubarb. And I have to say, rhubarb sauce is a super simple and great entry level rhubarb drug. 

  • Harvest and remove the leaves from a big bunch of rhubarb. Have no scientific way of knowing how much you are grabbing – just get a lot. 
  • Clean and chop stems to equal 4 cups cut rhubarb.
  • Put the rest of the crazy amount of stems you cut in a vase on the counter until you get around to getting flour from the store tomorrow for cobbler.
  • Put 1 cup water and the 4 cups of chopped ‘barb in a pot and bring to a boil – cover loosely.
  • Boil and stir occasionally until the rhubarb is soft. 
  • Allow the sauce to cool and add honey and cinnamon to taste. 


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the.england.scarflette

I cannot possibly be expected to travel any sort of distance without at least one knitting project in hand. Last week I plane, trained and automobiled my way to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England and had some lovely yellow ochre yarn with me. I have challenged myself to not buy any yarn this year unless I need it for a specific project (this came after several episodes of Hoarders. God. I love that show. Read: please don’t let that be me.) and this lovely bit happened to be leftover from a feather and fan baby blanket I made for a friend.


It just so happens that this blanket is for the friend I was visiting! So it’s all very appropriate blahdy blah. Anyhoo.

  • Cast on 42 stitches on a size 7 round needle and knit 10 rows
  • K3, K2 tog 3 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 6 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 3 times, K3
  • Knit the next 2 rows
  • K3, Purl row, K3
  • *Slip the first stitch of each row as if you were knitting

Oh look! Baby yarn factories!!

I made this pin years and years ago but have never had the perfect thing to do with it. Until now. I love how these pieces go together.

And just in case you aren’t into knitting your own scarf, or smithing your own pin, I have them both listed in my Etsy shop – just click on the respective links.

And what is the next project you ask? A grey scarf similar to this with yarn I bought in England. Why did I buy it? Because I had finished this beauty and could not possibly be expected to travel without something to knit! I think that’s a rule at US Customs or something….Really. Look it up.

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