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. 

Week 1 : The Perfect Apple Pie

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…

Perfect Apple Pie

6 cups tart apples, pared, cored, and thinly sliced.
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 Tbs all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of ground nutmeg
pastry for 2 crust 9-inch pie
2 Tbs butter
If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 Tbs lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, spices, and dash of salt; mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Adjust top crust, cutting slits for escape of steam; seal. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes, or until done.

1 down, 51 to go. Send me your recipes!

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!

BO (Kate Z.'s furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Sweet, cuddly, happy
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Sleep.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? He finds the finest, weirdest places to curl up and sleep, like a cat. If he fits, he sits!

LEXUS (Janel's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Happy, loyal, odd
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Go for her morning walk.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? "Hides" her food in her bed, under the rug, etc.

FLUFFY (Kim's...featherbaby?)

Three words to describe your pet: Fluffy, cute, friendly
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Eat and fly around the coop, plus spending time with my daughter, Emma!
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? She's fluffy all the way to her feet.

ROLLA (Kim's second furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Energetic, sweet, warm
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Play, sleep, and snuggle really close.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? She snorts like a pig when she eats!

SCOUT (Kelsey's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Sweet, stoic, chill
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Take a walk with her boy (my husband, Joe) or have me throw a stick.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? She eats books!

JIMMY (Jaylyn's Furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Feisty, tolerant, affectionate
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Be touched. We seem to never come close to filling his cavernous love tank with the volume of physical affection that he requires.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? Be dragged around in bags/baskets/boxes by Judah (our two-year-old). And just in general tolerate Judah, who has lovingly referred to him as his brother.

ROADIE (Liz's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Snuggly, loyal, protective
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Play ball!
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? He fetches rocks out of the creek bed!

NYLA (Sara's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Sweet, playful, easygoing
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? She loves to be outside (as long as it's below 60 degrees) and play fetch or wrestle. She also gets very excited to meet new people.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? She chases her tail ALL. THE. TIME. And it's long enough that she catches it more often than not. Sometimes she will pin it against the wall so that she can catch it. It's pretty entertaining to watch.

ARAVIS (Claire's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Feisty, curious, sweet
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? She *loves* to chew on the bathroom walls. She likes chewing on ALL walls, but the bathroom ones specifically, so I have to chase her away from the bathroom all the time!
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? When she's bored, she likes to bang stuff around her cage and make a mess, so most mornings I wake up to her picking up and dropping her little plastic hut, and she's almost always flips her water bowl over out of boredom.

ELLIE (Haley's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Energetic, affectionate, protective
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Lick your face. Or be outside. Even better...licking your face while outside!
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? She picks up shoes when she's excited and will follow you around growling, trying to get you to pay attention to her! She never chews on them so it's pretty cute...until you're late for work and can't find your shoes.

BIZZY BEE (Don + Beth's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Sweet, loving, kisser
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? To be touching her humans. At ALL times.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? She is a giant Great Dane but it's all bark and no bite! She is terrified of everything. The vacuum cleaner, a strong breeze, our neighbor's tiny chihuahua...you name it she's skeered of it!

BALOO (Don + Beth's second furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Independent, adventurous, hard-to-get
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Eating. Everything.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? He LOVES to "play dead"! When the mannequin challenge was popular we got a great video of him laying on his back playing totally dead while the other dogs at daycare ran around him like fools.

Annnd introducing the newest member of the 1canoe2 family...

SIMON (Crystal's furbaby)

Three words to describe your pet: Inquisitive, feisty, lovable
What is your pet's favorite thing to do? Being outdoors! He loves chasing leaves and chewing mulch. He tries his hardest to be BFFs with our cat Lily, but she's not having it.
What is the weirdest thing your pet does? Crawls under the couch to nap. Usually it's only his back legs sticking out...he won't be able to do it for long!

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!

We love when the entire kitchen coordinates, so we'll be pairing the place cards with our tea towels and letterpress recipe box. The soft, spring colors make them a perfect fit!

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 ::

SECOND PLACE | Traditional Apple Pie

I have been blessed to be surrounded by amazing cooks.  Now I get to share family recipes with my little ones and through my home-based catering company Classic Creations.  

The crust is what makes this pie so delicious.  Never Fail Pie Crust is the only recipe I use for all of my pies. 

Never Fail Pie Crust
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon vinegar
5 tablespoons ice water
Whisk together the flour and salt. Blend in shortening until texture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix together egg, vinegar, and water. Pour into flour mixture, and mix together.  Makes 3 crusts
Traditional Apple Pie
1 recipe Never Fail Pie Crust
6 cups thinly sliced apples (I like Gala or Winesap)
3/4 cup white sugar plus more
teaspoon ground cinnamon
Egg for egg wash

Preheat oven to 425.  Prepare your pastry for two crust pie.   Coat the apples with cinnamon, sugar, and flour.  Cover with top crust.  Beat the egg and brush onto crust.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 10 minutes at 425, then reduce temperature to 350.  Bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbling.  A pie that runs over a bit is a delicious pie :). 

*to create the leaf pattern I used a 2” oak leaf cookie cutter.  Layer leaves from the outside edge and work your way in. *
:: Amanda Mae ::

And, drum-roll please...

FIRST PLACE | Vanilla Bourbon Cherry Blueberry Pie

I used the pie recipe from this blog: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/vanilla-bourbon-cherry-blueberry-pie/ Obviously some of it was different on my pie though (pie crust design for example). However, the pie and crust recipe is the same. Definitely don't want to take credit where credit is due, because that pie recipe was AMAZING.

About my pie: 
My great grandma, Norma, could easily be described as the matriarch of our family. As the mother to 6, the grandma to 13, and the great (and I really mean great) grandma to 17, she had this amazing way of making you feel like the only two people if you were in a crowded room. Some of my favorite memories of her are picking berries on my grandparent's farm, sitting on this old wooden stool that she had in her kitchen as my cousins and I ate frozen Cosmic Brownies and drank homemade sweet tea, painting her nails (always a shade of pink), and eating her homemade Apple Crisp at Thanksgiving that I swear she made just for me. Her death in August was a hard one. While we all knew it was time, and that Grandma was ready to see Grandpa Emory in heaven, our family was heartbroken. Something that gave me comfort during her celebration of life, was hearing my family talk about how much we would miss her and the delicious pies that she was well known for making. 

This November when I had the opportunity to make a pie and enter it into the 1Canoe2 Pie Contest, my mind was flooded with memories of my Great Grandma's pies. I spent a lot of time researching recipes, watching Youtube videos on how to make flaky crust, practicing with my Pie Bird, and attempting to perfect that insta-worthy picture of my pie. I'm so thankful I had the chance to honor my Great Grandma through making this Vanilla Bourbon Cherry Berry Pie and I know she would have been proud of how it turned out.
:: Chelsey ::


We absolutely love seeing your beautiful pie creations. THANK YOU to everyone who entered our pie contest. If you're looking for even more amazing recipes and stories, here are a few of our favorites from the 1canoe2 Year of Pies! Check out our Pinterest board for the full list.

:: Claire the Intern ::

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:

            1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
            1 bag of small marshmallows 
            1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
            1 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
            3 1/2 cups corn flakes
            Red little cinnamon candies
Over medium heat, melt the stick of butter. Then, combine the marshmallows to the butter, stirring constantly until both are completely melted. Add the vanilla and food coloring and stir until combined. Next, add in the corn flakes. Stir until the corn flakes are completely coated in the green mixture. Grease a spoon and lay spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet or waxed paper. Then place 3 red cinnamon candies on each bunch of "holly.” Let them sit until completely cooled.

8. Janel's Lemon Angel Wings:

           1.5 cups all-purpose flour
           1 cup cold butter
           1/2 cup sour cream
           1 tsp. grated lemon peel
           10 tablespoons, divided
Place flour in large bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in sour cream and lemon peel until well-blended. Place on a piece of waxed paper; shape into a 4.5 inch square. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut dough into four 2.25 inch squares. Place one square on a piece of waxed paper sprinkled with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Cover with another piece of waxed paper. Keep remaining squares refrigerated. Roll out dough into a 12 x 5 in rectangle, turning often to coat both sides with sugar. Lightly mark ctr. on 12-inch side. Starting with short side, roll up jelly-roll style to the ctr. mark, peeling paper away while rolling. Repeat rolling from other short side, so the two rolls meet in the ctr. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with remaining squares, using 2 T. sugar for each. Chill 1 hour, unwrap and cut into 1/2 inch slices; dip each side in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart on foil-lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 14 mins. or until golden brown. Turn over, bake 5 mins longer. Move to wire racks to cool.

9. Kate Z's Snickerdoodles:

           1 cup softened butter
           1.5 cups sugar
           2 eggs
           2.75 cups flour
           2 t cream of tartar
           1 t baking soda
           1/4 t salt
           cinnamon sugar
Directions: Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well. Add cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add flour gradually while mixing. Refrigerate at least two hours or overnight. Roll 1 inch balls in cinnamon sugar and bake for 10-12 mins.

10. Jaylyn's Pecan Pie Cookies:

           2 prepared single pie crusts
           2 T butter, melted
           1/2 cup pecans, chopped
           1/3 cup packed brown sugar
           1/4 cup corn syrup
           2 eggs
           1/8 t salt
           optional: 1/4 cup semi-sweet or milk choc chip for decorating whole pecans for garnish.
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine pecans, sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt, and eggs. While constantly stirring, cook on stovetop over mid-low heat just until thickened (about consistency of pudding). Remove from heat and set aside. Unroll dough using a three inch cookie cutter, cut out circles. Gently fold approximately 1/8-1/4 inch up on the edges. Spoon 1 T of the pecan mixture into each circle. Place on a parchment-lined pan and bake 8 mins or until filling is just set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Optional: melt chocolate chips and drizzle over cookies. Cool until set.

:: Claire the Intern ::
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