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September 2010

No-Sew Gathered Burlap Runner

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I wanted a burlap runner with a gathered edge, which is not that hard to make. But I am always thinking of those who hate sewing, like I use to (and still do some days) and wanted to create a simpler version. I have to say this was sooooooo easy (did I get enough o's in there). Really and I think it turned out charming!!!!

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Burlap runner 


A Fall Corner

Fall table cut 

Sorry life is a bit busy (out of town guests) and I did not get the runner post written. I will next post. But here is my favorite corner in my house right now. When you walk into the living room, this is the first thing you see. Chloe and I made a twig tree, weaving some orange lights in it, then wrapped the whole tree in wide strips of black tulle and add a spider for fun. I tell you I adore my silhouette pumpkin. I never get sick of her. The white berries are a gift from Jill along with her amazing Bittersweet soap. She makes the most luxurious soap xoxo

Fall tableee 

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Beans and Rice Centerpiece

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I will confess this past spring and summer, I did not do much with my house. Luckily my house is pretty and does not need a lot. I had no themes, color palettes, etc, I was too lost in Wren. But now I am coming out of my fog and getting my nest in order. Lots of deep cleaning going on (but I still have sooo much more to do, it is scary. I am slob incase you do not know that about me)  and autumn decorating. The only reason I pick a theme or colors when I decorate, is it helps me focus on what I already have. Maybe see something in a new light. This falls color theme is black, white, brown and a tiny touch of red here and there. Very neutral and a bit French feeling.

In keeping with using what I had (although I did have to buy the black tappers. Shh, do not tell anyone) I looked to my pantry for inspiration. You could use any beans and rice but these went with my color theme. The only trick was keeping the candles up, because the beans were not going to. I used my trusty tacky wax (I cannot live without that stuff) but you could use fimo, play-dough or some kind off clay. Pick something the same color as your beans stick a ball of it in your container and push the candle in it. I set the candles at different odd angels. Filled the dish with the beans and set it on  platter of wild rice. I really love the look of this centerpiece. Next time I will show you a super easy gathered runner xoxo

PS. I am looking for one person who paid $18.00 without shipping for Wren Bay. If it is you, I owe you $1.25. Please e-mail me. Thank you xoxo

Fall centerpiece


Wren Bay Promotional Video




Gosh everyone thank you for the Wren Bay love, support and purchases!!! It pays for my blog. Okay I have to mommy brag here, my amazing, wildly creative Auberne` made me a promotional video for Wren Bay. What a smart idea sweet pie, I love it and I love you. Thank you for putting up with me xoxox

(I am not seeing this video on my laptop but Auberne` is on hers. If you can not see it go here to watch!!!)

PS. Okay I promise next post will have NOTHING to do with Wren, truly. It is a easy, fun fall center piece. Think rice and beans !!


Come Read Wren Bay

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Well I am pleased to announce Wren Bay, the story of making a home, is ready for purchase. I have posted the back cover to read (right click and open in a new window to make readable page) and the table of contents listing all the recipes. Some are some from my blog but there are 23 new recipes. You can read the intro and first chapter at my store or here. My store does have a sample of the book. I wanted to say the covers look fuzzy, (grrr, I am not sure I can fix that) but I can assure you the cover is not fuzzy when you get the book. It is just being on-line and blowing up the picture from the file. You can see both front and back cover here.

I know it is impolite to talk about money but I have had several chats with people about the cost of the book. Most people do not realize how expensive self-publishing is. So I am just going to be blunt here. I make $5.00, on all my books. That is it, 5 bucks, my line in the sand. All other costs are printing, shipping, publishing, ect. I wish I could do the book cheaper, really (I am still researching) but at this point, this is the cheapest I can do. I know my baking issue is in PDF form but I do not feel that is the best form for a 296 page novel. So this is what I wanted to share with you about the cost.

I am hoping in one month to have coming out party. If you purchase Wren Bay and like the book, maybe you would consider doing a post at her coming-out party. I have also been asked if I can sign the book. The answer is no because it comes strait from the publisher to you, when you order it. BUT at the coming out party, I am going to have book-plates, I can sign and send to you. Also for anyone in the Seattle area, I will be having a book sighing party on Bainbridge Island. I will share more when I have the info. I will have tea and yummy food from the book (because you know I have to feed you ;-)

I want to thank each and every one of you who come to my blog. This process of writing a book has been amazing, frustrating and my brain is way bigger now :-o  But if it was not for all of you, I never could have, would have done this. So thank you soo much and I hope you love Wren the way I do. I hope she inspires you to follow your bliss with fierce passion, I know she has inspired me to xoxox

Table of Contents

Intro……………...……………………………………….9

Part 1 Chapter 1………………………………………...12

Chamomile Tisane………………….……………………..22

Chapter 2………...……………...………..…………..….23

Lavender Vinegar Rinse……...……………………...…….31

Chapter 3………………………..……………………….32

Gâteau Noix au Chocolat……………..…………………...39

Chocolate Ganache Sauce…………………………………39

Chapter 4……………………………..………………….40

Buttermilk Biscuits ………………..…………………….. 47

Fresh Blackberry Vinaigrette………………………...……48

Chapter 5……………………………..………………….49

Red Wine Plum Jam……..…………………….…………..56

Chapter 6………………………….………….………….57

Elderberry Syrup…...……………………………………...64

Chapter 7……………………………………………..….65

Rose Syrup………….……………………………………..72

Salad with Caramelized Peaches…………………………..73

Chapter 8………………………………………..……….74

Caraway Stuffed Pork Chops……………………………...84

Chapter 9……………………………………..………….85

Oven Dried Marinated Tomatoes with Herbs….…..…...…92

Grace's Tea Mix……………...…..………………………..92

Part 2 Chapter 10……...………..…………….………..94

CreamFraiche……………..……………..…………..…...103

Chapter 11…………………………..………………….104

Roasted Vanilla Apple or Pear Sauce…………………....112

Chapter 12……………………………………..…….....113

Overnight Oat Cakes………...…………………………...121

Chapter 13………………………………..…………….122

Cider Syrup.............................................. …………....132

Roasted Apple Sausages and Rosemary Potatoes.………..133

Chapter 14……………………………………………...134

Financier Almond Bundt…………...……..……………...143

Auberne's Mayo Cake…………...……………………….145

Chapter 15………………………………..…………….146

Meunière…….…………………………………………...156

Chapter 16………………………………..………….....157

Jam Hand-Pies ……..…………………………………….164

Pate Brisee…………..………………………………...….164

Chapter 17………...……………………..……………..165

Foot Warmer………..…………………………..…..…....175

Cider Cake………….………………………………….....175

Chapter 18….…………………………….………….....176

Earl Gray Cookies …………..…………………………...185

Lavender Honey Shortbread….…..………………….…..186

Part 3 Chapter 19………………..…………………….188

Légumes Farcis, Rice Stuffed Vegetables...……….…….196

Chapter 20…………………………..……………….....197

Canelle Lapin, Cinnamon Braised Rabbit………….….....209

Orange Honey Ice….…………………………………….210

Chapter 21…………………………………..………….211

Candy-Cane Soaked Chocolate Cake……...………….....220

Candy Cane Syrup…………………..…………………...220

Snow Cream……………….……………...……………...220

Chapter 22…………………………………..………….221

Chocolate Rosemary Bread…...………………………….228

Nettle Cheese Pie……….………………………………..229

Chapter 23………………………………..…………….230

Homemade Vegetable Stock……………………….…….238

Chapter 24………………………………..…………….239

Chapter 25………………………………..………….....248

Petite Plum Gâteau……………...……………………..…257

Onion Tart……………………………..………………....258

Chapter 26……………………..……………………….259

Lobster Melon Salad……………………………………..271

Chapter 27……………………………………………...272

Baked Cream Eggs with Browned Butter Spinach and Sun

Dried Tomatoes…………………..………………………285

Epilogue……………………………...………………....287

Letter from the Writer ……………..…………….….289

Cast of Charters…………………..………………...…292

List of Blessings…..…...………..…..…………….……293

Webography………....…..…………………….………294


Caramel Apple Muffin

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Well I am feeling Autumn calling me. Fall to me is leaves, books, knitting, apples and lots of baking. I am starting to refill my freezer with wholesome goodies to bake off as needed. Today I made caramel apple muffins. Full of whole grains, apples and a touch sweet. As with all my muffin, I freeze them unbaked in paper liner and pull out as many as I want and I bake them frozen. While they are baking I make the caramel sauce. The minute they are out of the oven, I make a hole in the top of the muffin with a spoon and pour in some sauce. This way as they cool, they soak up the delish caramel. So what are you hoping to cook this fall? xoxo

 

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Caramel Apple Muffin

makes about a dozen

 

Dry ingredients

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose white flour

½ cup oat flour

½ spelt flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp each cinnamon, mace, nutmeg or the spices you like

 

Wet ingredients

¾ cup rapadura or brown sugar, not packed

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk, whole fat is better!!

½ cup oil, I like mild flavored olive oil

2 large apples, cored, not peeled and finely chopped or grated. (I use a food processor to grate my apples)

 

Pre-heat oven 350oF and set paper liners in muffin tin or use a silicone muffin pan.

In a large bowl mix dry ingredients. In a small bowl whisk wet ingredients together. Chop or grate apples. Add wet ingredients and apples to dry ingredients. You should have a thick but pourable batter. Fill muffin liners ¾ of the way. Bake 20-30 minutes. Until when a toothpick is inserted into the center of the muffin and comes out clean. Immediately with a spoon make a whole in the center of the muffin and spoon in some caramel sauce*. Then let completely cool before unmolding.

 

*Caramel Sauce

In a small sauce pan put 1/3 cup heavy cream, 1 TBL butter, 1/3 cup rapadura or brown sugar, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp vanilla. Bring to a boil (always keep an eye on the pan, never leave it. It can boil over.) Boil a few minutes till everything melts and it looks a bit thicker.


Home Inspirations

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I will not be around for a few days, here is some home ideas to inspire you while I am gone. Remember to eat something yummy (I will have a lavender chocolate and think of you) and think of me xoxo

PS. Happy first day of September !!

Allsorts shares the most charming house full of inspration !!! Image above

Athro-inspired mirror

Fall paper wreath

Door plate hook

Pillow cases window shade

Make your own Niermann Weeks chandelier

Multi-ruffled bed skirt

Glass canisters

PS an extra goodie for you Hankie cards to print from EATdrinkCHIC. They are so darn charming!! (thank you Miss. Auberne` you are so on-top of charming things xoxox)