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Cake for Breakfast…

You know when you smell or taste something that triggers a strong memory or takes you back to some place in your past? This one does it for me.

In college I spent three whole summers working at a summer camp called Kanakuk, which is in the Ozark mountains of beautiful southern Missouri (almost Arkansas)  on Table Rock Lake. Three of the most fun, high energy, never-a-dull-moment summers of my life!  We lived in teepees, we launched each other off of the blob every day, and EVERY Sunday morning we had this coffee cake for breakfast. Camp tradition.

One of my good friends (who also worked at camp) and I were remembering how good it was…and that it really isn’t a breakfast item at all, it’s more like dessert. And they definitely didn’t serve coffee with it. I’m heading over to her house later today, and I’m bringing some along. My kitchen smells like camp right now. I hope it tastes as good as we remember!


World Famous Kanakuk Coffee Cake

Ingredients :

2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup water
1 3/4 cup sugar
3 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Topping:  (go ahead and make a little extra, you can never have too much topping)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/3 cup flour
1/4 stick softened butter

Beat the eggs.  Add melted margarine, vanilla, evaporated milk, and water. Combine the dry ingredients.  Add to the liquid mixture and beat until batter is smooth. Mix the topping ingredients until it’s crumbly.  I guess you could use a pastry blender or a mixer. I just used my hands.  Next pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan.  Sprinkle on the topping and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

:: Carrie ::


Squirrel it Away!

We’ve added another new item to the shop! I told you we have been busy.

Say hello to our Squirrel It Away Bowls! Perfect for storing those summer berries, or for serving up a hot fudge sundae. This set of two bowls, with plastic lids for storage,  are screen printed with our hand-drawn illustrations.  Two designs in each set: green and olive trees, and gold and burnt orange acorns. They’ll add a little color to your table!

Each set of two 16 oz. storage bowls with lids comes packaged in a custom letterpressed gift box, and is shipped straight to you! They might just be the perfect housewarming gift!

We hope these to be just the first in a long line of new glassware! Tell your friends!

Presidential Drinking Glasses

We are SO excited to present to you our Presidential Drinking Glasses! They’re the newest star in the 1canoe2 line!

A set of four glasses, featuring four of our favorite presidents. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Teddy Roosevelt. Each glass features a presidential portrait on the front, and some off-the-wall facts on the back. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson died on the 4th of July? Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a talented wrestler? It’s true!


Each set of glasses is packaged in a custom letterpress gift box and shipped right to you. We really couldn’t think of a better gift for the history buff, outstanding patriot, or hard-to-buy for dude in your life!

Pick up a set in our shop while you can! And, if you are looking for something else with a little presidential flair don’t forget about our Hail to the Chief print. It’s always a winner.


We chose these four presidents for our set because of their interesting characteristics and contributions to our country. At this time, we cannot accomodate custom requests for other presidents, but we hope these are a success and that we’ll be able to bring you every single president at a future date!

NYIGF: The Last Day

It’s been a busy, busy week at NYIGF! I think we are kind of getting the hang of this trade show thing. This is the fourth time we’ve shown our goods at a major show, and every time we build more and more on what we learned the time before.  We’re learning how to promote ourselves, and sell our products. Although, I still have a hard time tooting my own horn. I definitely would not call myself a natural salesperson. I can only take so much time in the booth, talking it up, before I have to go find somewhere a little more quiet. Karen and Beth, on the other hand, are top notch. Way to go you two! Once again, that’s why we make a good team.

But, here’s probably the best thing we have learned in the last couple of years. It has nothing to do with selling products. We’ve learned that on the last day of the show, when everyone starts the madhouse of disassembling the booths to pack up as fast as humanly possible, that it is best to just leave the Javits Center for a few hours. Take a break. Go do something fun. Then, come back later, and hopefully the crate will have been delivered to the booth site, and we can pack up everything in a bit more peace and quiet. Really, this has made our last day SO much better.

So, that’s what we did. The show closed at two o’clock.  We did some light disassembling, and packed a few small things, then we got the heck out of there. Where did we go, you ask? Well, this crew headed on down to 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

30 Rock. The home of NBC. The Today Show. The NBC Nightly News.  Saturday Night Live. And…

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!

We’ve been wanting to get tickets to see Jimmy EVERY time we’ve come to NYC, and finally, after a strategic phone calling plan (yeah, Karen!) we got the tickets. We are all huge fans of the show, and it didn’t disappoint! So much fun! We even got a little screen time, AND some high-fives from Jimmy at the end of the show! Mission accomplished!

Afterward we grabbed a quick dinner, then headed back to the Javits Center to pack everything up into our huge crate. It was a late night, but definitely worth it.

The perfect way to end our week in the city. I’m not quite sure how we’ll top it next time.

:: Carrie ::

Working Hard & Having Fun

We’ve got an all-star team here in NYC, and we’re working hard!

Beth and Karen and I brought along our friend Lily this time who has been a GREAT help in and out of the booth. It’s nice having an extra hand when we need it, and Lily has stepped right up to the task. I think she’s learning a lot bout the wholesale world, which will come in handy in her own business. She’s quite the jewelry designer!


Sales are good, and everyone seems to be excited about the new products that we’re introducing to our line!


We enjoyed a delicious, hard earned dinner tonight at Mario Batali’s Birreria, one of our favorite places.

Let me tell you, that Mario Batali knows how to cook a steak. I think I might have had the best steak I’ve ever eaten in my whole life. Seriously. It. Was. Good.

:: Carrie ::

Back in the City!

Well, it’s here. The New York International Gift Fair – August edition. We’re back in the city to sell our goods!

Yesterday we got settled in, and then we took a little trip over the river into Brooklyn.

After dinner we walked back to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge.

What a great night! We’re excited for an awesome week ahead. Looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces, and making some new friends. We’ll keep you posted!

2013 Calendar!

I know it’s only August.  We still have four wonderful months left in 2012. In fact, I’d say the best part of the year is just around the corner!

But wouldn’t you hate to get to the end of the year and realize that you never picked up the perfect desk calendar for 2013? Yes, that would certainly be a tragedy.

Introducing our 2013 desk calendar!

This year’s calendar illustrated by hand, and letterpress printed on bright white paper in five colors. The 12 individual months are printed on 6 pages and it comes with it’s own wood stump for display.


Here’s the description from our shop:

2013 will be a stellar year with this calendar gracing your desk! We drew out each design, month, and number by hand just for you!
:: 6 cards with a month printed on each side
:: Super heavy letterpress cardstock in bright white
:: 6 color printing process
:: Includes charming little wood stump that can be used next year for photos or a recipe!
:: Measurements: approx 6 inches high, 3.5 inches wide. The stump varies in size because that’s how Mother Nature likes it.

I’d say you might want to head over to the shop right now and pick one up for yourself, and maybe a couple more to give as gifts, because they are selling fast!

AND if you use the coupon code “EarlyBird13” you can get free shipping till September!


You should also know that we’ve been working hard on some other new products that we’ll be adding in the next few weeks.  We are really excited to unveil them to you. REALLY excited. So, check back soon!

Hot Off the Press

Hey look! We have new business cards. Considering that we work in the design and printing world it’s kind of absurd that we’d never even printed our own personalized cards. I guess it’s about time!

Also, we found out that it is kind of hard to give yourself a job title.  We all do so much, that it was difficult to narrow it down to something that encompasses everything, but I think we got it right. Product Developer and Head of Accounts sound super professional, don’t they? With titles like that I’m pretty sure Beth and Karen should be wearing business suits every day.

I’m going to suggest it.

:: Carrie ::