Everyone loves pie, am I right?
A couple of weeks ago I went back and looked through all of our blog posts from the past year, and started thinking about the year ahead. I was trying to think of some kind of ongoing project that we could post about on a weekly basis, and hopefully get you, our readers, involved in some way. In the past I’ve shared a few pie recipes here on the blog, which made me think of my friend Brenda. A couple of years ago Brenda made one pie a week for the whole year. A pretty great idea! I do love to make pies, and there are a lot of recipes out there that I’d love to try. So…here’s the plan…
One pie a week. Each week a new recipe. That’s 52 different pies over the course of the year, and I’ll share the recipes with you right here on the blog. Who will be eating all of these pies? Well, not me. I mean, I’ll probably taste one here and there, but there is no way I should be eating pie every week. Instead I plan on either sharing them with friends or giving them away, because, everyone loves pie!
I’m not going to make any promises that I won’t miss a week here or there, but I’m going to give it my best shot. I’ve also been making a mental list of all the people that I plan on surprising with a pie, which I think will be the best part. I have some friends who are really excited about the whole idea, mostly because they’re looking forward to eating some of this pie, which they undoubtedly will have the pleasure of doing. They’ve already declared 2013 “The Year of the Pie”!
I know a lot of you out there are great cooks and probably have some really great recipes. I have a short list of pies that I plan on making, but I need your input. If you have a favorite pie, or a family recipe that you’d be willing to share, I would love know about it.
I decided that we should start out the year with a classic, and nothing is more classic that an apple pie. We had our final family Christmas gathering this weekend and I took this along with me. Most of it was eaten, and I sent the leftover piece home with my brother Dustin because he really liked it. He actually told me that it might just be his second favorite dessert of all time – right behind Aunt Bobbie’s layered cake with chocolate icing. Woah. He also said he gives it 7 high-fives out of 7. Not exactly sure what his rating scale means, but that seems like a solid score.
I used a recipe I found in the Better Homes and Gardens NEW Cookbook, copyright 1968. I know you’ve seen it. It’s a three ring binder style book with a red and white checkered cover, and I’m pretty sure everyone’s mom has one their kitchen…
Sometimes the best talks I have with my daughter are in the car when I can press her a little harder about what happened at school. Instead of “oh nothing”, I get, “today at recess we talked about habitats of big cats and then played big cats which involves chasing a few of our friends.” And sometimes the best snuggles with my son are had in between putting on socks and shoes before we leave the house. I can breathe in his smell and give him a few extra squeezes that I hope will last him (and me) through the day.
Parents get their quality time in odd places: on the way to tae kwon do or dance rehearsal, and in between swim meets; or in routine activities like watching the sunset on the porch, brushing our teeth, and cuddling during bedtime stories. And while we try to make the most of it, time is a precious commodity - there never seems to be enough of it.
We feel pulled in every direction, we have a huge list of things to do, and the laundry is never completely done. A few too many days can go by and it gets harder to remember the last time baths were taken and rooms were tidied up. I feel lucky when I’ve managed to help them with homework, feed them, check in about their days, and get them bundled up for bed & tucked in until morning.
I wish I could push pause to savor this time with them while they still want to hold my hand (and not just while crossing the street). Without a pause button at the ready, however, I find myself trying to slow down and be more intentional with our time together. Whether it’s throwing rocks in a creek, baking muffins, or painting and doodling, we’ve found a few rituals that keep us grounded as a family, when I can slow down and notice how time moves around and over us.
I’ve always tried to encourage my kids’ creativity but I like to keep it simple - a couple of brushes, a cup of water, some watercolors, and paper. I love seeing how their decision making has changed over the years - how they place colors on the paper, their facility for the medium, and the pride they feel in the final product. The paintings we’ve made together become the records of this intentional time, as if they are markers on a growth chart, but instead of inches grown they track the time spent together.
I recently visited some of my friends and took some of our 1canoe2 watercolor sets and art prints with me. As they painted with their kiddos and I took photos, we talked about motherhood and some of the struggles and triumphs we experience every day. We talked about Mother’s Day and how they typically spend it: brunch, a bike ride, time together. Eventually, I faded into the background as they settled into being with each other. I got to witness the love and patience on all sides, as they worked together to create something special, a record of their experience.
And when the painting on traditional surfaces was over some of the kids experimented with painting on alternative things like hands and feet. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned while parenting it’s how to go with the flow.
If time means growing up, then let it happen, but be present, slow down, and try to keep a record of those meaningful experiences. And if you choose to make art, the 1canoe2 watercolor set is a great way to start.
:: Kelsey ::
In honor of Mother's Day, we'd love to hear about your unexpected moments and rituals that make time stand still. What are your most treasured traditions that you share with your kids? Or that you share with your own mother!
Introducing the fuzzy friends of 1canoe2!
Our 2018 planners are going to be revealed soon! We can't wait to show you our new selection of quotes to inspire you in 2018! In the meantime, look through our 2017 planner picks and remind yourself of these little truths.
Spring has sprung and the Easter Bunny will soon be leaving treats around every corner for the kiddos. Your cooling racks will be covered in stacks of fresh cookies, deviled eggs will be chilling in the fridge and a honey-glazed ham will make the whole kitchen smell like happiness! Whether you're hosting a family reunion or a taste-testing get together with friends, place cards are the perfect way to make everyone feel special. Download our free table setting place cards here and check one task off your to-do list!
If you tried calligraphy out with our last place cards, refine your skills further by testing out a different handlettering style! We decided to go with block lettering this time, but the possibilities are endless! Check out our Quotes + Typography board on Pinterest for some inspiration!
These floral designs could easily be slipped into one of our letterpress calendar stumps to set the springy mood, but don't stop there! Wrap some flowers and twine around the base of the stump, or sprinkle petals around the outside edges to create your own unique look. If you need more stumps, you can buy more right here!
Excited yet? Print your free place cards, pick your prettiest tablecloth and let the festivities begin!
:: Claire the Intern ::
Since releasing our Hazelwood line with American Crafts, we have had our eyes peeled to see what you crafters are creating...and wowza! We have not been disappointed. A few of our favorites are below, but don't stop there! Most of these awesome crafters have even more Hazelwood designs. Just click on the photo to see their Instagram feed!
Thank you, crafters, for sharing your creations with us!! They are absolutely beautiful and we can't wait to see more. Keep tagging your photos with @1canoe2 and #hazelwood so we can follow along!
Sometimes we work really hard behind the scenes for a long time (like a whole year) and we can't show you even a tiny peek until the project is ready to go. IT IS SO HARD! Especially when the project is so huge and well-loved by all of you guys.
YOU GUYS. We're making globes! And so are you! We have developed a line of 6 beautiful DIY globes with our friends at American Crafts, and I really just can't believe we've been able to keep it under wraps for so long. But today is the day! The amazing thing is, they are all customizable! You can check them out on our site now, and they'll be available for purchase in just a couple weeks!
From the very first globe we painted in 2013, we've gotten thousands of requests for custom globes. A couple of years ago, we worked with Anthropologie to make 3 signature styles, but they were exclusive to Anthro, so we were never able to carry them in our own shop. Much to our fans' (and our) chagrin!
Our partnership with American Crafts has opened up some incredible opportunities for us to make things that our tiny company could never do on our own.
You'll be able to choose from 6 styles, assemble, and add fun 1canoe2 embellishments and make them your own. And they're only $30. Seriously.
We would LOVE to see what you make with these globes! Post on Instagram, tag @1canoe2, and use #1canoe2crafts to see what other creative people are doing with them. We've been known to send a sweet package or two out to followers who post incredible projects.
:: Beth ::
Our 2016 Everyone Loves Pie contest has wrapped up and you picked your winners! Meet Amanda Mae, Lauren, and Chelsey:
THIRD PLACE | Pumpkin Pie
Celiac runs in my family so I love to experiment and attempt to make gluten free treats taste just as good as it would be otherwise! This is the good ole fashioned pumpkin pie from the back of the can. I make my crust using either cup4cup flour or King Arthur flour. The trick is to use a beaten egg to help bind it. This is a classic recipe made even better with maple cinnamon whipped cream!
:: Lauren ::
Here at the office, we decided to get a little festive and throw a Christmas Cookie Party! Everyone brought in their own batch of cookies to swap and share, and boy, did our conference room smell amaaazing! Sally and Amelia, two of our company kiddos, decided to be our "cookie critics" and chose the top three cookies "based on taste and presentation, like Cupcake Wars!"
Haley's amazing Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies came in at third place, Liz's Oreo Peppermint Bark was a close second, and Luke's Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies topped it off in first place!
Below we've listed all of the cookie recipes for you (or where to find them!) so that you can have a cookie exchange of your own! There's nothing better than leaving work with a dozen cookies from a dozen different kitchens. Share with neighbors and friends, or just keep them to yourself! Happy Holidays!
1. Luke's Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies
2. Liz's Oreo Peppermint Bark
3. Haley's Peanut Butter-Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
4. Kelsey's Chocolate Crinkles
5. Sara's New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
6. Crystal's Christmas Crinkle Cookies
7. Gretchen's Green Holly Cookies: