Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cast iron skillet almond coffee cake

Hello, friends. It has been some time since I posted a recipe, so I thought I would share one of our Christmas breakfast favorites. I obtained the recipe from my mother. I believe that my mother received the recipe from a member of Westmont Presbyterian Church (Johnstown, PA), where my family lived for a short while in the mid-1980s. My husband and I started making this almond coffee cake when our boys were very small and up at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning. Being weary parents, we would make this the night before so that breakfast preparations didn't require quite so much effort. It is perfect with a serving of fresh fruit and a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea.


Note: You MUST have a cast iron skillet measuring between 9-11" in diameter.
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Cast iron skillet almond coffee cake

Ingredients
3/4 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
pinch of salt
1 T. almond extract
a few whole almonds for decorating (optional)
a bit more sugar for dusting the top

Melt butter and add to sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Add flour, salt, and almond extract & mix well (batter will be very thick). Pour batter into cast iron skillet which has been lined with foil. Cover top with almonds & sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake 30-40 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Remove cake from the pan with the foil & when cool wrap tightly in the foil to store.
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This cake is rich, sweet, and has a lovely almond flavor. (We really love almonds in our house).

I hope that you try this recipe! Also, what are your holiday meal traditions? Do you have a recipe that you make just about every year? Please share!

Hoping that you all have a peaceful holiday season - however you celebrate.
Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vintage lace and burlap flower girl basket

Hello, friends. I have been receiving more and more queries regarding lace trims and my burlap wedding items these days. The combination of the rustic-looking burlap and delicate, airy lace has a definite appeal. So, I've decided to do some experimenting!

Here is a new burlap flower girl basket:


What do you think? I love this vintage lace, which I found from Heather via her Etsy shop, ForsytheCompanyStore. The lovely larkspur is, as you may have seen from some of my previous posts, Cindy's, from Etsy shop LarkspurHill.

And thanks to my grandmother, Mickey Tanner, for your wonderfully re-caned antique chair. (It is becoming my favorite go-to photo prop!)
Be well,
Kate

Friday, December 9, 2011

Handwoven lunchbox napkins

Hello, friends. I have been doing a lot of weaving lately (no surprise there) in addition to making some holiday gifts for family. I'd like to share some photos of some of my gift-giving projects, but since a few of my readers happen to be relatives, I think I will hold off until after December 25th!

My husband's "Secret Santa" gift exchange at work was an inspiration for a new item for Nutfield Weaver. My handwoven lunchbox napkins would be a nice gift for an officemate, don't you think? They're reasonably priced, too. Here are some photos of two that I made this week:



I've been reading up on cheesemaking. How fun does this sound? Since I've pretty much figured out how to make a good batch of yogurt, graduating to cheese seems like a natural next step. I'll let you know when (and if) I finally take the plunge and mix up some homemade chevre.

Stay warm & be well,
Kate

Monday, December 5, 2011

Moss green table runner & pillow cover

Hello, friends. It has been unseasonably warm around here. Today I ran through Mack's Apple Orchards and given the calendar date it seemed as though I should have been wearing skis instead of running shoes. The orchard still smelled very apple-y (actually, it smelled more like hard cider).

The moss green fabric is off of the loom and I have two new items for my shop that I've made from the cloth. Here is the moss green table runner:


and here is a moss green pillow cover:


The loom is being warped right now for some more ivory dishcloths. They are fun to weave and one of the most popular items for Nutfield Weaver. I may throw in a few picks of color here and there, too -- just to keep it fresh.

Be well,
Kate

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A new green plaid

Hello, friends. My jumble of moss green threads has found her way onto the loom, and I really like the way the fabric is shaping up. Here is a teaser photo:


I plan to use this run of fabric for table runners and pillow covers. I'm thinking that the "inverse" of the color arrangement with the green and ivory might look nice, too. So much fun!

Hope you all are enjoying your day.
Be well,
Kate

PS Did you hear anything today? I loaded a short playlist of some of my favorite musical selections -- if you turn on your speakers, you'll be treated to a lovely serenade (albeit an eclectic one).

Monday, November 28, 2011

In love with moss green

Hello, friends. I hope that you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving! We managed to avoid the malls and shopping in general on Black Friday. (Actually, my husband did go to the grocery store and scored some Black Friday priced sweet potatoes at $.49 per pound).

I have a short run of farmhouse plaid dishtowels on the loom:


The background color is white and the contrasting color is a nice mocha brown. It reminds me of hot chocolate. :)

I think that I have a new favorite color. It is a lovely mossy green - not as dark as a hunter green and definitely not a lime:


The warp of moss green and cream will eventually turn into table runners and pillow covers. I am so anxious to see how these colors work up that I secretly wish that I had a second (little) floor loom. (But really, one floor loom is enough).

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A pretty little thing

Hello, friends. Happy Thanksgiving to my friends here in the United States! I love to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.

Two Nutfield Weaver items have found their way to Etsy's Front Page recently. I am always grateful for a feature there because it usually means that new visitors stop by my shop. My farmhouse plaid table runner and pillow cover had cameos this past week. Hooray!

Today I put together a new handwoven huck lace eye pillow. I am really pleased with how she turned out. Here is a photograph:


I think that I'll make one of these little pillows out of some spot weave lace, too.

The next few days will be busy with preparations for the holiday and for our son's 16th birthday. Wishing you all well and thanks for checking in.

Be well,
Kate

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A hint of robins egg blue

Hello, friends. Snow flurries are in the forecast for tonight! It certainly "feels" like snow. You just develop at sense for these things after a while.

I had a nice snowy-white warp on the loom this week with a hint of robins egg blue. Here is a picture of the fabric on the loom:


and here is a photograph of a finished kitchen towel made from this cloth:


Now my supply of robins egg blue cotton is completely exhausted. Ah well...I have a new warp of sage and ivory ready to put on the loom today.

I was so excited to issue my first electronic newsletter earlier in the week, and I have scheduled my next one already. I would love to include you among my readers! If you'd like to sign up for one, please follow the link to the Nutfield Weaver Chronicle here. I'm still learning about designing the newsletter - thank goodness for templates and (relatively) easy-to-follow directions!

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Hello, friends. I have a recipe that I'd like to share today for a very New England-y dessert. It features fresh cranberries, and it is a delightful addition to your Thanksgiving meal.


Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Ingredients:
2 c. chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 c. chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
3/4 c. melted & cooled butter
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. almond extract (don't use the fake stuff)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cranberries & nuts together and place in a buttered pie plate. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, mix eggs, butter, sugar, flour, salt and almond extract together. Stir until smooth & pour over cranberry mixture. Bake for 40 minutes.

The "pie" has a topping that is really more of a cake. It is one of our favorite recipes; I think I've made it for at least 16 Thanksgivings so far!

Please let me know if you try it & if you like it!
Be well,
Kate

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Newsletter launch!

Hello, friends. Nutfield Weaver celebrated her 3rd year this week. It has been hard work trying to learn the ropes of selling handmade work online, but it has had its share of rewards as well. I have been fortunate to have had the support from many people - from just about everywhere! - who value handmade work.

In an effort to market my shop and my pieces just a bit more, I have decided to start issuing a monthly email newsletter. MailChimp is the provider I have been working with, and so far the templates and help that is available online has been great! There is a little box to the right side of the blog page here if you'd like to sign up for it. (I am following all of the anti-spamming rules!)

There is a new dishtowel this week, and I am really pleased with how she turned out. The rich cranberry red is so pretty. What do you think?


Here's to a happy week for all of you.
Be well,
Kate

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Windowpane plaid kitchen towels

Hello, friends. The loom has been humming away this week, and this makes me very happy. I have been experimenting with some new designs and colors. When looking through my past projects, I realized that I tend to use a lot of ivory/white as the main color, especially in the plaid designs. Well, I've taken a leap and have added a splash of color here and there!

Here is a picture of a robins egg blue towel on the loom:


and here is a picture of the towel when she is all finished:


I am working out a new recipe for an easy New England-style clam chowder that is busy-day friendly. If my food testers here at home give my efforts a thumbs-up at dinnertime tonight, I will post the recipe here tomorrow.

Be well,
Kate

Friday, November 4, 2011

Some new handwoven pieces

Hello, friends. While I love to weave fabrics for practical (read: kitchen duty) purposes, this week I took a small step in a new direction. Here are two new handwoven items: one for the table and one for your favorite chair:


A table runner in rust & natural cottons is shown in the above picture, and just below is a new pillow cover in cranberry red:


There is also a table runner in cranberry & natural that is just about ready. How about that little chair in the photo with the pillow cover? The chair is very old and was re-caned by my grandmother ("Grannie," to my boys). My grandmother has been caning chairs for years and will be teaching my father this important craft next week. Maybe I will learn some day, too.

Be well,
Kate

Monday, October 31, 2011

Waffleweave dishcloth draft for handweavers

Hello, friends. We have almost 12 inches of snow but are very thankful that our power has been restored and that despite many downed limbs on our property, our house was spared from serious damage. Weather is no laughing matter!


I have had such fun weaving cotton waffleweave dishcloths. They make such nice little gifts that I'd like to share my version of these very useful kitchen textiles. Disclaimer: I'm leaving out some details (i.e. warping instructions, weaving headers, etc...) because you weavers out there will already know to do these things.

Materials:
8/2 unmercerized cotton - 298 ends, 5 yards long (tip: wind 2 strands from 2 different cones simultaneously to save time)

Spacing: 20 ends per inch (2 per dent in a 10 dent reed)

Allow for 15" in reed or 7.5" from center.

Threading & treadling:
Note: the point twill repeat will create the waffle pattern.

Weaving:
Weave 1" tabby for first hem; weave 15" waffleweave; finish with 1" more of tabby. Using a contrasting yarn, weave 2 picks tabby to separate your first cloth from the one you will weave next.

Finishing:
Cut the fabric from the loom. Using zigzag stitch, machine-stitch the ends of the fabric. Machine wash warm; machine dry. Cut the cloths apart along the contrasting yarn tabby picks. Hem the cloths & machine stitch.

A 5 yard warp usually gets me around 10 cloths. It is fun to use a different 8/2 cotton in the weft, too, just to make things really exciting. If you decide to make any of these, I hope that you will share your waffleweave adventures here!

Be well,
Kate

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Very pretty flowers in a very simple basket

Hello, friends. One of the nicest parts of my job is being able to work with brides-to-be. They are so excited about planning their weddings, take such care with the details and are in general so happy that their enthusiasm is just plain infectious. It is especially gratifying when I hear from a bride after her wedding and get to see pictures from her big day. I had the good fortune of receiving a note from one such young lady this week, and she was kind enough to send along some photographs of the flower girl baskets that I made for her wedding recently.



The beautiful arrangements were crafted by florist Kate Dawes of Queensland, Australia. The pale pinks and soft greens are so lovely (the little flower girls wore pale pink dresses). The photographer was Studio 60, also of Queensland.

It just makes you smile, doesn't it?
Be well,
Kate

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sneaky mother muffins

Hello, friends. Many of you know that my husband & I have two teenaged boys. They eat A LOT. Actually, they shovel. There are days when they can't seem to stop eating. To make things even more interesting, they are pretty lazy when it comes to "finding" something to eat. So I make a lot of muffins.


Here is my latest recipe. I snuck in leftover roasted butternut squash (we grew squash this year in the garden & had a pretty good haul) & whole wheat flour & also paid attention to the amount of sugar I put in the batter. (I'm not sure that this trick will fool their tastebuds, but it is worth a try, right?)

Sneaky Mother Muffins
2 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1 c. mashed, cooked squash (1 c. of any sweet squash will do)
1 c. white flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. dried cranberries (or raisins or dried cherries...)

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray & preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix eggs, oil, brown sugar, vanilla & squash together in a bowl. Next, add the flours, baking powder & salt. Fold in the cranberries or other dried fruit. Spoon batter in muffin cups. I usually get 10-12 muffins. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Easy peasy, right? I suppose you could throw in some chocolate chips, too, to make things very fun and exciting. (Making a mental note here.)

Be well,
Kate

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lace Christmas ornaments

Hello, friends. There is a definite chill in the air these days, but that is to be expected. We picked pumpkins this weekend at the local farm (and I bought more squash).

Here are some new pretties for my shop just in time for the holidays:

Spot weave lace Christmas ornament

Huck lace Christmas ornament

I like to offer a few Christmas ornaments at Nutfield Weaver
during this time of year and this is what I came up with for 2011. It is nice to have a few extra things ready for gift-giving, too. (We do have the world's nicest postal carriers here in Londonderry).

My farmhouse plaid table runner is ready to go on the loom. I'll start the warping process today and am keeping my fingers crossed that my thread counts are accurate! (It is a wonderful thing to have a mannerly warp).

Would you like to make your own fabric heart ornaments similar to mine? Let me know...If there is a bit of interest I'll post a tutorial in the near future. (Handwoven fabric is certainly not necessary to use -- the possibilities here are endless and enticing!)

Be well,
Kate

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tastes-like-pie winter squash soup

Photo courtesy of Jenny at TheLittleRagamuffin

Hello, friends. We have an abundance of winter squash this year. We grew butternut squash, which performed well. I have a habit of being unable to resist the sugar pumpkins and sunshine squashes at the farmstand and always end up buying a curcubit or two who seemed to need a home. (It is a good thing that winter squashes keep well).

Here is a soup that I made the other day. I started working with a recipe from a cookbook, but didn't have all of the listed ingredients. So I took a leap and devised my own concoction. It turned out wicked good.

"Taste-like-pie Winter Squash Soup"

Ingredients:
About 2 pounds winter squash (roasted, peeled and mashed) (I used "sunshine squash" but a sugar pumpkin or butternut would work)
1 stick butter (cut it in half)
1/3 c. onion (diced)
1/3 c. sweet pepper (diced - red peppers look nice)
1/4 white wine
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cloves
4 c. chicken stock (vegetable stock will probably work, too)
1/4 c. flour
2-4 T. real maple syrup (put in as much as you see fit)

1) Saute onions and peppers in 1/4 c. butter (half of your stick) until the vegetables soften. Add 1/4 c. white wine and the spices. Simmer for a few minutes.

2) Add chicken stock. Then add the squash. Simmer for about 10 minutes. I pureed the soup with an immersion blender to break up the squash a little bit more.

3) Make a simple roux: melt 1/4 c. butter. Blend melted butter and flour in a small dish. Add the roux to the soup, stirring to make sure the roux is incorporated. Simmer for a few more minutes.

4) Blend maple syrup into the soup. Simmer for a minute or two more. Serve! Add salt & pepper to taste.

We will definitely be growing more winter squash next year! Be sure to visit Jenny's seed shop at The Little Ragamuffin if you're thinking about growing winter squash. Jenny's seeds are wonderful. The calendulas that we grew from her seed supply are STILL blooming!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Something for baby

Hello, friends. Waffleweave is one of my favorite weaving structures. It is so useful in the kitchen. Several of my clients have told me that they have reassigned their "dishcloths" to the bathtub since they are so soft. Between this feedback and the birth of a friend's new baby, I was inspired to use my fluffy waffleweave fabric for a bib.

Here's a picture of the first one:

I lined the bib with cotton batting and backed it with quilter's cotton in a leafy, autumn motif. I like the sage fabric - it would suit boys or girls.

Isn't it sweet? I seem to remember never having quite enough bibs on hand when the boys were babies. I'd love to hear your feedback on this new item -- it is a bit of a leap for me. I'm thinking about making one or two in some brighter colors as well -- when time permits, of course. (And there's NEVER enough of THAT, is there?)

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Apple maple jam receipe

Hello, friends. Martha, who is a handweaver from Utah, expressed an interest in my apple maple jam recipe. If you haven't visited Martha's Etsy shop yet, you really should do so. Just click here to see TandRHandweaving. Martha's skill at weaving overshot is particularly evident in her table runners and other housewares. Here is a sneak peek at some of her work:

I love the look of overshot -- but unfortunately I always seem to be at odds with two shuttles that need to be used simultaneously!

And for those of you with a sweet tooth and access to orchard-fresh apples, here is a yummy recipe.

Apple Maple Jam
6 pounds apples (chopped, peeled & cored)
6 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. allspice
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 c. maple syrup (the real thing - don't use that corn syrup-y stuff)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring SLOWLY to a boil (this will take a while). Cook rapidly to gelling point. As mixture thickens, stir frequently and vigorously (if you don't, the mess will scorch and you will be sad). Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust 2 piece caps. Process 10 min. in a boiling water canner. Makes about 8 half-pint (I usually get 9 half pints).
Adapted from Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing & Dehydration, 1995, Alltrista Corporation.

This jam is perfect with toast, and I also add a generous spoonful to our homemade yogurt. Yum.

Be well,
Kate

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hostess gift idea

Hello, friends. I had an interesting discussion with a friend on Friday afternoon. My friend inquired how business was going at Nutfield Weaver, and I replied that sales of my handwoven housewares - particularly dishtowels - were starting to pick up. I mentioned that several of my customers have told me that they intended to give my dishtowels as gifts. My friend replied that she would "NEVER" give a dishtowel as a gift. Well, I couldn't let this opinion go unanswered!

Here is an idea for a hostess or housewarming gift:



Isn't this cute? It's an easy gift to give, too. I folded one of my handwoven dishtowels into quarters lengthwise to make a "band," which I then wrapped around a jar of my homemade apple maple jam. The decorative canning label really dresses up the jar. I bought these labels from Alison's Etsy shop, "Canning Crafts." (I've purchased several sheets from Canning Crafts since our garden was so productive this year!) I tied the towel with a 36 inch length of ribbon and VOILA! Gift-giving made simple - and useful. I suppose you could even include the recipe for your jam or relish or whatever you decide to include.

See? Dishtowels can be lovely and are definitely appropriate for gifts! And have you ever met anyone who didn't like jam?

Be well,
Kate

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Waffleweave kitchen textiles

Hello, friends. It is very waffle-y here at Nutfield Weaver. My first run of yellow waffleweave dishcloths was (finally) cut from the loom this week. I hemmed up the first set and here is how they turned out:


This morning I finished tying on a new warp for orange dishcloths:


So that's all for now! Our orchestra has a big concert coming up on Saturday night, so I am spending a lot of time with my cello, too. Here's more information on the New Hampshire Philharmonic, in case you're free on Saturday night!

Be well,
Kate

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Handwoven lace eye pillow

Hello, friends. We have had a taste of summer here in New Hampshire, which was been a real treat. Even so, my thoughts are leaning toward the holiday season, which always seems to spring upon us suddenly!

With the holidays in mind (and I hope that not TOO many of my relatives are reading this post), I designed a special gift for the secret someones in my life. It is a handwoven huck lace eye pillow:


It turned out so nicely and I am so pleased with my design that I decided to offer this in my Etsy shop, too. And I may have to make one of these for myself. I'm getting sleepy just thinking about it!

Handwoven dishcloths are still underway - yellow, orange, and teal!

Be well,
Kate

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sunny waffleweave dishcloths

Hello, friends. After weaving twelve yards of zigzag dishtowel fabric, I have mixed things up on the loom and am making some short runs of cheerful, brightly colored dishcloths. Yellow is on the loom right now!


Next up is bright orange, and possibly some teal. Cheerful colors make kitchen clean-up less of a chore, don't you think?

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teaching an old weaver new tricks

Hello, friends. My husband has returned to graduate studies this fall, and in the spirit of higher learning, I have decided to teach myself how to use our SLR camera. My Nikon point & shoot is a beloved friend, but I decided that it was time to try to improve my photographs, especially before the holiday shopping season approaches.

So here are some of my latest attempts...



I am learning about things like "depth of field" and "white balance." And in the meantime, I am warping the loom for dishcloths. It is nice to have something familiar, too.

Be well,
Kate :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Zigzag twill kitchen towels

Hello, friends. After coercing a long warp onto the loom, I have starting to weave more of my popular zigzag twill kitchen dishtowels. I love the pattern, and it is a good fit for both brightly colored weft yarns and for neutral yarns. Here is a new mocha and white towel:


There are orange, turquoise, and slate colored towels all set to go. I got a yummy cranberry red cotton this fall, too, but I think I'm going to pair this up with some ivory.

Happy Fall, everyone.
Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Windowsill visitor

Hello, friends. One of the best things about living by the conservation area is the abundance of wildlife that lives around our home. Here is one of our marshy neighbors. He looks like he wants to come inside for a spell:


My son, Andrew, held a quarter up to the inside of the window so that you can see how tiny this little fellow is:


Isn't he sweet?

I have some 600 8/2 unmercerized cotton threads destined for the loom today. It takes a long time to wind twelve yards of warp when using fine yarn! I'm excited, though. I haven't had a run of zigzag towels on the loom for a while now, and the time is right.

Be well,
Kate

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Zigzag twill coasters

Hello, friends. I am taking a short break from weaving with fine threads and trying to work through my yarn stash. I decided on handwoven coasters made from mercerized cottons:


I really like this twill; it is the same pattern that I use on my zigzag dishtowels, which, indicidentally are next in the queue for the loom!

Hoping you are enjoying your first day of Fall...
Be well,
Kate

Monday, September 19, 2011

New handwoven table napkins

Hello, friends. What a busy week! I am so excited about my new table napkins. I am thinking about keeping these for our family (or at least making a new set for the four of us). Here is a picture:


These are made from unmercerized cotton in crepe weave. I am very fond of this weave structure -- it has an interesting pattern that creates a nice drape.

I'm winding a very long warp for more zigzag towels and have some new coasters in the works. (I needed a break from fine threads and close setts!).

Happy Fall.
Be well,
Kate

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Hampshire in September

Hello, friends. September is lovely in New Hampshire. Our gardens are producing well. Today I'm just sharing a few photos of some of our plants (and an animal).


Rosa rugosa. My husband is the rosarian at our house.


Our dog, Ingrid, looking very guilty as she licks her chops next to the tomato bed.


Concord grapes. Yummy.

Off to work on a new warp for zigzag twill dishtowels in orange and turquoise.
Be well,
Kate

Monday, September 12, 2011

The case for keeping a tree stump

Hello, friends. September activities are ramping up. We watched our son play his first soccer game of the season on Saturday, and the boys are knee-deep in homework. The dehydrator has been whirring away steadily, and my herb garden looks so terrible that I've already sketched out plans for improvements.

My husband and my Dad took down a dead oak tree in the Fall of 2007. The tree was too close to the house to take any chances, and after a series of ice storms and high winds through the years, we have not been sorry that the tree became firewood. The stump has remained and is an occasional nuisance. Now, however, it seems that the stump will have to stay since there is a new homeowner:


Isn't he cute?

Be well,
Kate

Friday, September 9, 2011

Garden delights

Hello, friends. I've been tinkering with my photos again for my Etsy shop. Some of my favorite props to use for my handwoven kitchen items come right from our own backyard. I've been re-tooling the photo for one of my handwoven farmhouse plaid dishtowels. We enjoy gardening in our family. Here is sampling of what we've been doing this summer:


very yummy Concord grapes and...


Roma tomatoes and herbs.

How many people can say that they get to eat their photo props? Tomato and goat cheese tart tonight. And I have to pick more grapes before dinnertime.

Be well,
Kate

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A garden visitor

Hello, friends. Just wanted to share some of the photographs that I took on Monday (Labor Day). Don & I were gardening in the morning, and these monarch butterflies kept us company.



Life is good.

Be well,
Kate