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About marie

Working wife and mom of 3 crazy boys. Gamer, baker, cook, seamstress, knitter, animal lover. I like to make things. INTJ.

Yep, still alive. And making peach pie.

It’s been almost a year since I last posted.

It’s been almost a year since I last posted?!

It’s been a year of making: a year of baking, of cooking, of knitting, and even of some sewing.  Halloween costumes were made.  Holiday gifts were made.  And some other stuff, too.

And now we’re back in summer.  It’s hot out, but with the heat comes fresh fruit. And with fresh fruit comes… pie.

2017-07-01 Peach Pie

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The air conditioner is broken.

On this, the hottest weekend of the year, when it hit a heat index of 120 degrees just south in Dover, DE… Our central air broke. This wasn’t entirely unforeseen – it’s an old unit, definitely past the end of its expected lifespan – but that doesn’t make it any less beastly hot. So I did what anyone would do – made myself some hot-weather lounging clothes/pajamas. The tank top is a Stitch Upon a Time Versa-Cami – my recent favorite pattern for shelf bra camisoles. The shorts are Stitch Upon a Time Boxerwear for women – those will double as slip shorts underneath skirts and dresses for days I have to wear more than the bare minimum.

Ok, now I’m off to take a freezing cold shower and pray to the gods of central air.

Ancient Roman bread

I used a reverse-engineered recipe from a carbonized loaf of bread from Herculaneum to make a loaf of bread. It’s so interesting to see what bread was like 2000 years ago! It turns out it was extremely heavy and a bit sour-tasting (no doubt from the biga acida). My husband and sons love it, but it’s a bit much for me for everyday.


This is a pretty accurate image of the crumb. It’s very dense!

Tarte Owt of Lente

I’m taking a food history class right now (five weeks, just for funsies) and this week’s assignment was Tarte Owt of Lente from Gentyllmanly Cokere (c.1500). This is the first self-standing pie/tart I’ve ever made! My only complaint is that the vent I cut in the lid sealed, so it puffed a bit.

I need to up my self-standing pie game. Think I need to learn hot water crust, because shortcrust really was not firm enough for this.

They’re done! (May 2015 Big Beanie Bag)

I finished the mitts from the May 2015 Jimmy Beans Wool Big Beanie Bag today – wove in the ends and gave them to my middle son, who put them on right away!


I need serious practice with color work. How do people stand all of this weaving in ends? How do they disguise the joins?

Although Raphael is happy with them, even if I’m not sure I am…

Jimmy Beans Wool Big Beanie Bag – May 2016

I switched my subscription from Jimmy Beans Wool’s Beanie Bag to their Big Beanie Bag – a difference of $15 (Bb is $10 monthly, Bbb is $25) but a huge jump in contents.


This month’s Big Beanie Bag included four 48-yard balls of Rowan Softyak DK, a chainette yarn composed of cotton, nylon, and yak down. I adore this yarn and can’t say enough great things about it! I often find wool scratchy, and yak down is just delicious without any scratchiness at all.  The Big Beanie Bag also included a printed pattern for striped fingerless mitts, three Bar Maids samples (Lo-Lo Cuticle Intensive, Lo-Lo Lip Balm, and Lo-Lo Body Bar), and a trial packet of Heel foot cream from the makers of Soak wash – all in a big drawstring bag perfect for toting around a small project.

I chose the Neutrals color palette and the colors are great. They read bluer in the photo than they really are – three grays and a brown. I’m really pleased!

And now, back to the second mitt.