sip

hey y’all!  long time no see!

it’s warming up, you know.  the sun brings out the baker and iced tea sipper in me every year without fail.  it’s wonderful - sitting outside with my face tilted upward like tiny leaves stretching for the warm light - just not too great for knitting pattern writing.  who wants to sit at a computer and do that when there’s a world waking up!?

i have been working though - a bit.

and hazel made its debut today.

you can find it under PATTERNS —> PATTERNS for SALE over on the side bar, or here if you’re a raveler.

these patterns will be released soon, too!

ok.  maybe i haven’t been slacking THAT much.  ha!!

in other crafty news, we have a new little stitcher in the house…

mae has discovered embroidery.  i’m not sure what sparked her interest since i’ve never been much of an embroiderer…  she just asked for one of the round things and fabric so she could sew a picture.  she drew a house, wrote her name on a flour sack towel and was ready to go.  i showed her how to complete a back stitch once and she was off and running.  the girl sat steadily and stitched only stopping for mama to untangle knots or get her some more “string” until it was finished.  she even free handed a door and knob that she hadn’t drawn.  i was very impressed.  she titled it “my home”

i love it.

xo

a perfect pear

i haven’t posted a recipe in ages.  ages and ages.

i made this for the girls this morning and mae’s typical i’m-six-and-i-whine-about-eating-anything-new moment was cut short by these babies hitting the plate.

this recipe makes 5-7 small pockets

FILLING:

1 Red D’anjou Pear

1 Asian Pear (also known as an apple pear)

1/4 c honey

2 tbsp light brown sugar

1 tbsp flour (+ for flouring surface)

1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

CRUST:

this is seriously the best go-to crust for any sweets.

ETC:

parchment paper

cookie sheet

GET TO IT:

Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees

while the crust is chilling, dice pears into 1/2” chunks and place in a small mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well

remove crust from refrigerator and place on a well floured surface. press around the edge of the dough with your fingers to reduce splitting, then lightly flour and begin rolling out into a very thin sheet - about 1/8”

cut the dough into (10-14) 4” squares (the size of your pears and how thin you’re able to roll out the dough will determine how many)

spoon about 1-2 tbsp of the filling into the center of 5 (or 7) squares, lightly wet the edges with a dab of water on your fingers, and place a second square of dough on top.  press the sides together using your fingers (a fork with pierce the delicate dough)  then, use a knife to slit the top of each pocket.

place the pockets onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, place in the oven and reduce the temperature to 425 degrees.  bake 20 minutes, reduce the temperature to 325 degrees and bake an additional 5 minutes.  

remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

you can also make a tart if you’d prefer - i mean, pockets are fun and all but sometimes you just want to throw it all in a pan and be done with it!

p.s. double the recipe (filling and crust) to make a two-crust pie to die for!!!

step, step, change

first things first.

hello you sweet spring.  seriously.  every easter i think the same thing as i’m shuffling around, going through the motions of my morning routine; “i can’t believe we survived another winter.”  winter used to be the longest, hardest, and most dreaded chunk of my year and it lingered… always… for too long.  SO, i’m beaming with joy and gratitude for the brighter months to come.

i’m also excited to share my designer interview over at HollaKnits!  it will be up later today, so please drop by and get the scoop.  i’m going to take part in the Holla Knits Blog Tour as well, so stay posted for updates on that.

the spring collection is set to debut on april 15th and after seeing all of the pieces i can honestly say it’s an honor to be among such talented designers.  every look is divine!  …and i will be knitting a couple of them.

now…

there has been a fair amount of sweetness from my girls as of late, but equal if not rivaling amounts of sourness.  the waves we ride together…

mae is solidly 6 and the constant chattering has begun.  the other morning i woke up to her pinching my nose and saying, “so what, the new routine is ignoring me?”  no darling, this is called “sleeping” - she then proceeded to teach alizah and me about dog flubber. “dogs have flubber.  did you know that?  they swim in cold water so they have flubber.  you know how dogs go outside to go to the bathroom?  that’s why they have flubber… and fur.”

breathe in, smile, breathe out.

ok.

so, with the proposal off on it’s journey i wait and squirm.  i took a much needed break from editing because i was making ridiculous mistakes and was seriously questioning my sanity.  it’s also sort of depressing to sit and wait with piles of patterns around me and not have them doing a thing, so i designed a nice spring green shawl that i’ll be offering on ravelry next week.  

i’ve also begun another poncho - it’s child/teen sized and will most likely make its way into the collection.  this wasn’t my initial intent, but it just happens that way sometimes.  i will absolutely need to make an adult sized version as well.  pronto.

i’ll leave you know with some sweet pairings from these past weeks.  

 

xo