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Crafting On :: Nut Pie and Other Things

Let's start with the real centerpiece of the week, shall we?  This is not a pecan pie, but a hickory nut pie.

Marcia Bonta says in Appalachian Autumn that hickories are the hardest nuts to open, but they have the highest calories, so they are the squirrels' favorites.  Mike spent about three and a half hours cracking enough to make a pie, so we have a real appreciation for the power of a squirrel's jaws.  And their palates.  These really are the best nuts--they beat pecans with no trouble at all.  A pie made with hickory nuts has a light and crisp feeling to it.  Barring any shells (hey, we are humans), it is an absolute delight.

I used my usual maple pecan pie recipe, but I think less butter is in order. Hickory nuts are so rich in oils that you can squeeze it out with the least effort.  The crust even took on some of the nut oils.  So, cut the butter in half.  Carrie is currently cracking more nuts at her house so I can make a bunch of tiny pies.  She gave me the nuts in the first place, which was such a blessing.  Mike and I have plans to make one for Thanksgiving, too.  It looks like my last quart of maple syrup is not going to last very long!

Hickory Nut Pie

In other, less exciting news, I made this baby sleeping bag, inspired by The Children's Year.
This one is a prototype, as I made it too small for Laurel, the girl who kicks off the covers.
So, another one is in order.  I used a flannel sheet and Roan's blacksmith apron (a corduroy jumper) for a pattern.

Sleeping Bag

Roan got some new pants this week.
He really loves these pants that I made years ago for Willow,
but the boy is so good at wearing things out.
In my fabric inheritance, I got some sweatshirt material in red and blue.
So, now he has pants he can wear out without my feeling so sad.
This is high-tech backpacking fleece, after all (pardon the fuzz, I had to pry them off him).

New Pants

And here's the Tomten.
I've started on the hood now and Roan has picked out buttons for it.
I am cringing at this terrible photo.  The tablecloth in the second photo is more the true color.
Oh, the waning light and long shadows of Autumn afternoons.

More Tomten

I forgot that I have one more creation from the past week.
I'll have to wait for the sun to come up for a picture, though.
It's the witch cutout from All Year Round.
I smile every time I see it. Check back later today.

For more crafting, visit Frontier Dreams.


( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Oct. 20th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
Wow those are hard nuts! It looks amazing though, even with bits of shell!!
Oct. 23rd, 2015 11:55 pm (UTC)
They are! We're going to let some cure a bit and see if they are easier to crack.
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Oct. 23rd, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC)
We did, and we sent him on his trip with pie. The children really enjoy having pen pals.
( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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