There is something very special about boys.


This one announced he wanted to make an igloo out of the snow pile, and over a few days he demonstrated a remarkable ability to stay focused and disciplined on a single task.


I found this one dragging a box around calling, “The giant’s going to get me! The giant’s going to get me!” The Dearliest added some facial features, and ‘Arc’s Man’ is now a Thing in the house. Also, laid flat it makes an excellent roadway for his Hotwheels.


And THIS one. Well, he’s not pictured, but I love him dearly. Leave it to the Dearliest to one-up a Dodge pickup with the minivan.

7 Candles

Yesterday we celebrated Pokado’s 7th birthday.


Birthday waffles.

She is such a happy, cheerful, helpful person. It has been wonderful to see the little worried sparrow grow into a war horse (she wishes).


She received this little music jewelry box from her grandparents, and for a day and a half “My Old Kentucky Home” rang about the house. I finally told her the dancing horse needed a rest.

In other news, LK is reading everything over my shoulder. Squeaky turned the quike  (a 4-wheeled ride on toy constructed by the Dearliest for toddlers) into a skateboard. Strong, silent Arc became a chatterbox, and the Princess now blames Squeaky for everything.


Even things she clearly wasn’t involved in.





The Best Pie Crust Ever

tmp_11750-img_20170104_153922-1096831416Slightly adapted from The Joy of Cooking.

(Makes a 9″ double crust.)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed
3 Tablespoons vegetable shortening (I use this one.)
6 Tablespoons cold water

1) Sift together flour and salt.

2) Cut in half the butter/ shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal. Cut in remaining half until dough is pea-sized.

3) Gradually work in water until it just holds together (another teaspoon or so may be required). Divide dough in half, shape into discs, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Note: To speed things up, I toss the flour, salt, butter, and shortening into a food processor and blitz until the desired consistency. Then I drizzle in the water and blitz some more until the dough starts to come together.
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Back in December I made a spontaneous cherry pie and used this crust on a whim. It was a total experiment, having never made cherry pie or the crust before, but word came back positive. Also, word came back that this crust was the best ever and the recipient just wanted to keep eating it.

Curious, I made more dough and tried it on a quiche, and yeah. It was really good. I love how simple it is, too. It really is a stroll back to basics.

Sometimes basics is best.

Recent Views and Things

I made a thing.


Crocheted Circle Vest. Took me 4 tries to get it right! Pattern is now worked out and WRITTEN DOWN (important part, that).

I got a thing.


Let there be MUSIC in the house again! Copeland seemed an appropriate initiation.

I renewed a thing.


And the first piece I’m attempting to reclaim: Bourree (Bach)

I made another thing.


Baked Alaskas. It was flaming awesome. (Post coming soon.)

I saw a thing.


Went for a drive. Snow doesn’t respect roadsigns.



Straight out the window. Windrows higher than our minivan by quite a bit. A D-9 Cat sat nearby, waiting for the next snowfall.


Headed up the mountain by our old house. Sun shone brightly above the fog in the valley (and in the previous 2 pictures).

I finished a thing.


In my break from most things internet, I made it to the end of my novel! Been a long 5 years.