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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Where Are You Gonna Be This Weekend?

We’ll be in one of our favorite cities…Chicago! We’re setting up shop at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market, and we couldn’t be more excited! It really is one of our favorite weekends of the whole year. The Renegade crew always puts on a great event! We’re looking forward to a cozy weekend at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, and of course, we plan on doing a little holiday shopping of our own. We’ll be in the main auditorium, booth #5, right next to our hometown girl, Lily Dawson Designs. If you live in Chicago, or anywhere near Chicago, we EXPECT you to come. Really. Please don’t disappoint us.

New Illustrated Recipe Cards

You probably have some favorite recipes, those that you go to time and time again, don’t you? Or, maybe you have collected recipes from family members, or you just don’t want to forget how to make Grandma’s cherry pie.

We’ve hand-painted a new line of colorful illustrated recipe cards! Six new styles to choose from, each card is 4×6, with space on both the front and back for listing ingredients and directions. Hand lettered divider tabs are also available for keeping all of your favorite recipes nice and organized! You can find all of them right here in the shop, so look around and pick out your favorites!

Sour Cream Apple Pie

Sour cream apple pie might not sound that good, but believe me, it is!

I couldn’t decide what kind of pie to make for our thanksgiving feast, so I did a quick poll among my siblings and cousins, and this one won. By a landslide. I’ve made it several times before, and it’s always been a crowd pleaser. My brother Mike actually requested it multiple times in the week leading up to thanksgiving. He likes it. A lot.

I can’t remember exactly where I got this recipe, but all that matters is that it’s REALLY good! But don’t just take my word for it, you should make one and taste it yourself. I guarantee you’ll want to make it again.

Sour Cream Apple Pie

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 or 5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Prepare a single pie crust from your favorite pie crust recipe and fit into a deep-dish 9 or 10 inch pie plate.
To make the topping, in a bowl blend the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour until the mixture is combined well. Cover and chill the topping.
To make the filling, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and flour until the mixture is smooth. Add the peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples and stir the filling and apples together.
Spoon the filling into the chilled pie crust and crumble the topping evenly over it. Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the middle of a pre-heated 350 degree oven, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. (You may need to put a bit of tin foil on top of the pie during the last 15 minutes or so of baking. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want the top to burn!)
Transfer the pie to a rack and let it cool completely. Dig in and enjoy!
:: Carrie ::

Anthropologie + 1canoe2

We have been lucky enough to get to work with the awesome people at Anthropologie on a couple of projects recently, and you can now find them in their stores! This series of notepads – a menu planner, a to do list, a while we are out notepad, and one for taking messages – are only available at Anthropologie stores, and in their online shop.

We also worked with them on a set of tea towels featuring our calendar design. It includes all 12 months on three towels, and it will brighten up any kitchen! This towel set is also exclusive to Anthropologie, so scoop them up while you can!

Thanksgiving 2012

We sure do have a lot to be thankful for! We are blessed. So, so blessed.  I know sometimes it is easy to get all wrapped up in a busy schedule, or focus too much on that one thing that isn’t going right, that it’s easy to take for granted all of those things in life that we are lucky to have. Those things that we probably don’t deserve, but through God’s grace we have been given.   So let’s step back for a minute, take a look around, and be thankful!

We were talking about this here at the 1canoe2 HQ, and we can all agree that we are most thankful for our families and friends – the people we love.  Beth says she is especially thankful for a “certain red-headed almost-2-year-old. Also La Croix sparkling water, my iPhone, and being able to live out my artistic and entrepreneurial dreams in a small town in the Midwest.” All great things to be thankful for, I absolutely agree!

Karen just returned from a few days with her family in Albuquerque, NM. She says, “I’m thankful for my brother’s recent wedding, a wonderful time to be together with my family and celebrate the addition of our newest family member, Aunt Peggy! Also, home, health and happiness!”  And, I’m going to take this opportunity to let you know that Karen is coming right along with baby number three, due at the end of January! I, for one, can’t wait to meet this new little person.

The newest member of our crew, Zach, has certainly fallen right into line, and is quickly learning all of the ins and outs of what goes on around here. He’d like you to know that he is thankful for “family, friends, parks and rec(the show), apple slicers, HBO, and high tops.” Well said.  And, we are thankful for Zach! He has picked up our slack and is helping this place start to run like a well oiled machine. He also keeps us laughing, for which we are thankful!

I am thankful for these guys, for the work that we get to do, and for the future that is ahead of us. Also, I’m thankful for a healthy body that can run, jump and play, and for cool, crisp, bright sunny days.

We are hoping that you are getting to spend the day with friends and family, and that you find your hearts full! (and your bellies too!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

:: Carrie ::

Country Living + 1canoe2

If you are a magazine reader (like we are) you should make sure to check out the December issue of Country Living. We are happy to report that our 2013 desk calendar is included in the “Fresh Picks” section, which features a great selection of affordable gifts. We couldn’t agree more! It is a GREAT gift, and you can find it right here in our shop.

We have a limited number, so make sure to grab one, or several, before they’re gone!



Kicking off the Holidays…

Well guys, Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I love this week. I love Thanksgiving. It is hands down my favorite holiday, for several reasons. I think I just love the simplicity of it. It’s a time to be thankful for what God has blessed us with, to spend the day with family and friends and the people that we love, and to eat some really good food. And, in my family, we celebrate the end of harvest season this time of year. It’s a signal that life on the farm is ready to slow down for a few months. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too, I really do, but there is just something special about Thanksgiving.

Of course there are the traditions. We always have the traditional meal…turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green beans, sweet potatoes and my mom’s home made rolls. And, there is always oyster stuffing and everyone (my brother Dustin, and my cousin Colby in particular) looks forward to Aunt Bobbie’s layered yellow cake with chocolate frosting that she brings in the avocado green and white tupperware cake dish. Every year. Then, there is usually a game of football in the back yard. The annual game of football, from which we have so many legendary family stories. Then we eat a little more, and always play a few rounds of cards. Pitch. That’s our game, we always play Pitch. (By the way, is that just a mid-Missouri thing? Does anyone else out there know how to play Pitch? I’ve always wondered that. I never hear about other people playing it, but it’s the card game of choice around here.)

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Any special dishes that always make an appearance?

Also, I’d love to hear what you are having for your thanksgiving meal? I’m planning on helping my mom out in the kitchen. And, I’m also making a pie of some sort to add to our desert table selection (which is always way too big!) I’m thinking about making this one, or maybe something along these lines, or this one is always a winner. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

:: Carrie ::

Nose to the Grindstone

Hey there!

Well, I feel like I need to apologize for the lack of posts on our blog recently. I’m sorry it’s been so quiet around here! We’re currently wrapping up a big project that has pretty much consumed me for the past few weeks. It’s been a nose-to-the-grindstone kind of thing that has taken all of my creative energy.

I’ve been spending a lot of time right here, at my dining room table, surrounded by this mess, usually into the wee hours of the morning. Yes, my sleeping schedule has definitely suffered, and that needs to be addressed soon, but I have loved the process and loved the work. I was discussing this with a friend recently, who is also an artist and totally dedicated to what she does. We both agreed that it is such a blessing to have found a creative outlet, something that totally consumes and engrosses you, and that you care about so much. I don’t think that everyone has something like that in their lives, so I feel really lucky.

So what is this big project? What has been keeping me up at night? Let’s just say that the 1canoe2 greeting card line is about to grow by leaps and bounds. Actually, it’s about to explode. We’re really excited, and you’ll be hearing more about it soon!


On a side note, college basketball season starts this weekend! Yes.

We’ve got some pretty big Mizzou Tigers hoops fans around here, so we’re all excited. It’s kind of a requirement if you want to work at 1canoe2. Just kidding. Kind of. That’s why we hired Zach. No, not really. Well, maybe it didn’t hurt his case.

We’ve got high hopes for this season! Are you ready to see how excited we are? Okay, watch this!

* You’re about to meet my brother (and Karen’s brother-in-law), Dustin. He’s obviously excited about Mizzou basketball, but he’s also a high school art teacher, getting ready to start his own creative business, and he’s a big 1canoe2 supporter.

** And, sorry for the shaky camera work. There was a lot of energy in that room.


Mizzou vs. Kansas, February 4, 2012 from 1canoe2 on Vimeo.

:: Carrie ::

Fantastic Mr. Fox

If I were to make a list of my favorite movies, Fantastic Mr. Fox would come in somewhere near the top. If you haven’t seen it I suggest you find a copy and watch it, soon.

Here is why I love it:

Its a great story. It’s based on the book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl.  You know, he’s the guy who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach. This is one of his shorter stories, but still really good.

The movie was directed by Wes Anderson. He makes great movies. Period.

But, the biggest reason that I love it is because it’s a stop animation movie, which completely mesmerizes me. That means that each character is basically a  little puppet that is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames. When the series of frames is played in a continuous sequence it creates the illusion of movement. So, there are no human actors, no crazy special effects, just all these little handmade characters in little miniature movies sets.

The other day I picked up this book, and it completely blew me away. Completely. If you have ever been curious about how a movie like this happens, how many people it takes, what type of work goes into it, go find this book. It’s all here. Storyboards, notes, sketches, construction of the puppets and the sets. It’s basically an explanation of Anderson’s whole creative process, and how his vision was executed. It’s kind of unbelievable, really, and inspiring.

:: Carrie ::