Monday, August 29, 2011

Awesome Upcycled Apron

I made a kuspuk style apron last Friday, out of an old sheet. I didn't even need to hem the bottom. It came like that! I saw a lady wearing one at a park and was inspired. It was definitely a hack job, but it only took me about two and a half hours to make. Instead of doing a neck strap, which I can't stand, I crisscrossed the shoulder straps across the back. All it needs now is bright colored rick rack.
I've learned to appreciate aprons, as messes tend to follow me around. They're also very useful for transporting garden produce into the kitchen, particularly with the oversized pocket.
Hopefully, they'll be a great thing to sell. One of the issues with selling clothes at bizarres is that there is no place to try items on. Aprons are easy to try on!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Gone Picken' (and eaten' pie!)

Blueberries, blueberries, BLUBERRIES!!!
If you haven't tried wild Alaskan blueberries, I'm truly sorry. You ought to put on your list of "One Hundred Things to do Before I Die". They don't taste anything like the nasty ones from America.

These are the kinds of woods where blueberries bushes normally grow. Due to permefrost, the land is boggy. The biggest blueberries grow in the middle of ponds, so if you want the very best, you will need a pair of tall Sitka sneakers (Alaskan for rain boots ;)

We have lots of rhubarb in our garden, and blubarb pie is a favorite.

Bluebarb and Goat Cheese Pie

3 cups blueberries
3 cups rhubarb
(heaping)1/4 cup minute tapioca
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch of cinnamon
Combine and let stand for 15 minutes.

streusel topping
1/2 cup goat cheese
1/2 cup oats
4 tablespoons brown rice flour
5 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of ginger
Combine the oats, flour, sugar, and spices in a bowl. Rub in the butter until crumbly.

Preheat oven to 375F. Roll out favorite pie crust, and pour in filling. Pat streusel topping over pie. Bake 45-50 minutes. Cool to set.


Blog Feature

Thanks Robin for featuring AlaskAnna Clothing on your blog, Green Man's Grotto!