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I’ve been enjoying combining vintage wool checks and plaids, beautiful salvaged leather, and linen. It just seems so perfect. Maybe even better than perfect.
More Amesbury bags and clutches are on the way. They will all be limited in quantity. Some will be one of a kind.
A new color for the camera bag is available now too. This rich plum feels so autumnal, don’t you think?
I hope you all had a happy Halloween and a wonderful weekend! We enjoyed a beatiful afternoon walking on the riverfront, followed by a festive evening at a costume party.
Tomorrow is the full moon. If you get a chance, remember to step outside in the night air and enjoy it, even for just a moment.
I have added a couple new pairs of organic shoes to the shop.
One is for ladies, in golden yellow. These will be quite limited… maybe 2 pairs.
More new styles are in the works, including a fun surprise that has been long-awaited by some of you : )
I won’t make any promises on when though, as I life is so very full right now!
I hope you all have had a wonderful week! See you soon.
Hello! Help yourself to some savory herb corn cake. There is a lot to celebrate and it is due time we had a little party, don’t you think?
I will start by sharing a few things I am celebrating, for myself and for infusion…
~ My beau and I will soon be first time home owners. Woo!!
~ Spring is really truly here (today in particular!), with the birds nesting, flowers in full bloom, bees happily wallowing in pollen, sun shining, and everything so very green to show it.
~ I am happy and healthy and look forward to each day.
~ and I have made so many supportive and wonderful friends here via the internets, in a way I did not know was possible.
~ This giveaway is for you, my friends, and this includes the friends out there I have yet to meet.
To make this twice the fun, there will be two gift recipients. The first will receive a pair of handmade slippers in their size, similar to the pair shown, and will have their choice of recycled leather or natural hemp for the sole. The second will receive a hand stamped hemp zipper pouch lined with mustard yellow organic cotton plus a little bitty unnamed surprise.
If you would please leave a comment sharing one thing (or many things!) you are grateful for or find worthy of celebrating at our little party, I will choose 2 of your names at random, to be the recipients of these handmade eco friendly gifts.
There are no restrictions. Anyone is invited to participate.
I will announce the results sometime Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, enjoy yourselves to the fullest *
I rarely ever, almost never, make anything for myself.
As we transition into warmer weather here, it’s often a little too warm for my winter slippers, a little too cool to be barefoot, and with so many wool rugs in the house my socks end up completely covered in fuzz… so with all the shoes I have been making, why on earth do I not have my own pair???
In the midst of this quandary, I found a bag full of beautiful leather scraps at the thrift store. While I appreciate leather as a functional and durable material, I do not go out of my way, for ethical reasons, to purchase it new; though I have been secretly hoping to find some scrap to use for soles. So, you can probably guess where this is going… I have some new shoes, and yep they have leather soles (and organic fleece linings, of course!) : )
AND, perhaps even more exciting… tomorrow evening I am having a giveaway!
So do come visit tomorrow for a fun surprise!
Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Organic Chocolate Chip Brownies
I have always been an improvisational baker, which allows for a freedom that I enjoy, and it is fun (most of the time) to have that little element of surprise at the end. The problem is, when I get a recipe REALLY RIGHT I usually can’t reproduce it, and then I always wish I had written it down. So today, I decided that what ever I did, I would keep track. I did pretty well, although there were at least 3 instances where I forgot to pour ingredients into the measuring cup and poured straight into the mixing bowl instead… so I had to estimate the amounts on paper (this is my disclaimer).
Today’s brownies turned out pretty awesome, so I thought I would share my recipe. We are not big sweet tooths, so if you are you will definitely want to up the sweetness. These are sweetened almost entirely by the chocolate chips. All ingredients used were organic.
2 Cups brown rice flour
1/4 Cup flax seed, ground (I do this with a coffee grinder)
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground (I also do this with a coffee grinder)
1/3 cup millet flour (I grind the whole grain in a coffee grinder)
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
1 Tbs arrowroot powder
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of xanthan gum
pinch of sea salt
1 Cup (approx) semi sweet chocolate chips (yes, this is quite a lot of chocolate)
1/3 cup raw, whole, unsalted cashews
1 fresh egg
1 Cup whole milk
4 Tbs melted butter (1/2 stick)
drizzle of maple syrup.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, mix all your dry ingredients well.
Mix all your wet ingredients together.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir. It will be very thick at first. I then add milk, stir, add milk, stir… until the consistency is that of cake batter. I probably used about 2 total cups of milk in the end. (I do it this way out of habit, since each recipe is different and different whole grain flours behave differently).
Pour batter into an oiled and floured cake pan. I baked for approximately 45 minutes, but you should check it periodically, since all ovens can be a little bit different.
To test whether they are done or not, poke a wooden toothpick in the center. When it comes out free of batter (you will find melted chocolate on it though), your brownies are ready to come out of the oven.
I liked these best after they had fully cooled, and set well, but we had our first serving as soon as they were cool enough to eat.
This is a hearty brownie, denser than you might be used to, very chocolaty and not so sweet.