Archives for the month of: October, 2014

My last female housemate before marriage had a birthday this summer, and I neglected to blog her gift. I also decided to make a “thank you for being an awesome roomie” gift. It was meant to be finished as my September Lovely Year of Finishes goal, but I was late. So I’ll share both now!

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My friend is a fantastic hostess and often bakes elaborate treats (honey mead spice cake was her latest – yum), but she had no apron! She also tended a raised bed this summer, and I thought her apron could be useful for gathering her harvest. So I made it a cheery rose print and backed it in sturdy denim. I named it “Happy Gathering”, and she loved it so much!

This she requested:

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She asked for a Bible cover and chose the prints. A grey exterior with a unicorn inside was also a must. It took me a bit of time to get around to, but the result is a snug fit to protect her precious book. I’m so thankful for my sweet friend! Making one-of-a-kind, personally-designed gifts is one of my life’s great pleasures! Beauty, function, and relationship – it can’t get much better than that!

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It’s the kind of gown that comes alive in the wearing. Over four yards of tissue-thin silk taffeta tucked and pleated up into the 27-inch waistband. I loved twirling in it, and one of my favorite moments was when a few of my favorite five-year-olds began chasing me around the field. The way that fabric flowed was like the gleeful whispers of the first autumn wind in the trees. Choosing plain cotton muslin as the lining kept me cool and comfortable so I was free to enjoy the day. My only regret is not being able to wear it longer!

Photography by the incomparable Teale Gunter of Teale Photography.

I am behind in blogging my bakes! This one comes from almost a month ago when my husband and I spontaneously had friends over for dinner and games. I chose sugar cookies because I had all the ingredients on hand, and I knew they would make enough to satisfy our sweet teeth!

Rich Iced Biscuits
13 September 2014, p. 14 in Be-Ro Home Baked Recipes, 41st Edition
Listening to ‘A Study in Pink,’ BBC’s Sherlock

Equipment
2 cookie sheets
Mixing bowls and spoons
Floured board
Rolling pin
Cookie cutter
Parchment paper
Sifter
Wire rack
Whisk for icing

Ingredients
2 c. + 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. + 1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
8 Tbsp butter (1 stick)
1 egg at room temperature
1/8 tsp vanilla extract (few drops)
2 Tbsp milk

“Glacé Icing”, p. 84
1 Tbsp hot water
1 1/4 c. sifted powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Rub together flour and butter. Stir in granulated sugar. Add milk, vanilla, and beaten egg. Roll out thin (about 3/8 inches) on floured board. Cut with cutters or into rounds. Place on parchment-lined baking trays. Bake about 16 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Whisk water into powdered sugar, then smooth onto cooled cookies immediately. Allow to dry completely before stacking in a tin.

Reviews
Baker: 7 of 10, “Plain, but addictive!”
Husband: 8 of 10, fought for the last one
Tester: “8 of 10 for texture, 9 of 10 as a sugar cookie”

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These were perfect with after dinner tea and coffee and really made the evening. Everyone kept saying, “This is my last one!” When there was one remaining, we determined that the winner of the current game would get it. Husband, gamer that he is, tends not to win. But this time he did! Never had victory been so sweet!

Recent developments with work have led me to some gorgeous views of the Nashville sky(line). I deeply love my city.

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Wednesday’s sunrise was unreal, so lavish and extravagant the fire in it.

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I wish we would do away with daylight savings time so we all could see such beauty more often. October commutes on a teacher’s schedule are unparalleled for their sunrises, especially if one is favored enough to be driving East. They certainly help redeem the sacrificed sleep!