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Come Party With Us!

We worked long and hard on our new line of hand-painted cards, and we are ready to release them into the world! Our good friends at Poppy, an amazing shop (and 1canoe2 retailer) here in Columbia, are hosting a party for us this Friday night. Come chat with us, take a look at the original paintings, and see our new collection! If you are around we hope to see you there.

Also, we’ll be serving teeny tiny little pies, so don’t be late!

 

Everyone Loves Pie {week 5}

I grew up in a really tight knit rural community. It’s the kind of place where neighbors help neighbors, and where when you meet another car on the road you wave, because you probably know them. Community events usually center around big carry-in meals in the church basement, and everyone feels like family. I don’t physically live in that area anymore, but I am definitely still close enough that when there is something going on I can be sure to be there. This past Sunday was one of those times. We threw a going away party for a friend who is moving away. She’s one of those people who is always involved in helping to plan community events, getting people to volunteer, organizing dinners, serving in the church, and always doing it with a smile.  She’s known to all of the kids (and those of us who used to be kids) as the lady who hands out home made donuts to trick-or-treaters on halloween night. She’s lived in this area forever, and she’s been a great friend to my family in particular. She spends holidays with us when her own family can’t make it back to be with her. Since both of her sons and their families now live in Georgia she has decided to move there to be closer to them.

So, to show her how much she is appreciated, and how much she will be missed we threw her a farewell party. Of course, that involved a big carry-in meal, and I brought this pie.

Snickerdoodle Pie

Ingredients

1 recipe Single-Crust Pie Pastry
1 tablespoon coarse sugar
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Baking Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 9-inch pie plate with pie pastry. In a small bowl, combine raw sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Brush 2 teaspoons melted butter over crust. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set aside.

2. To make the syrup, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, water, corn syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Set aside.

3. In mixing bowl beat 1/4 cup softened butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in granulated sugar, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar until well combined. Beat in egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Gradually beat in milk just until combined. Beat in flour. Spread evenly in crust-lined pie plate.

4. Slowly pour syrup over the filling in pie plate. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Cover edges of pie with foil.

5. Bake pie for 25 minutes; carefully remove foil. Bake about 20 minutes more or until top is puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove pie from oven and let cool 30 minutes before cutting and serving with vanilla ice cream.

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I was able to taste this one, and this recipe is definitely a keeper!

But, I need to show you something. Here’s a shot of the desert table…

Goodness. People where I come from KNOW how to make pies. I have a lot to live up to.

:: Carrie ::

In The Big Apple

I’m glad that these big trade shows take place in New York because it is such a fun place to visit! Unfortunately Karen wasn’t able to join us on this trip, because, well, she had a baby the day before we left. That’s right! It’s a boy, and he’s adorable. My first nephew. We are all excited about that, and Karen and the baby are both doing fantastic.

So, knowing that Karen would be out of commission, we recruited some help. A few extra hands to make things easier. This time our 1canoe2 crew included our good friend Lily, Beth, myself, and our employee Zach. An all-star team if I ever did see one. Yes, we spent a great deal of time working our tails off, but of course we also went out and enjoyed some things in the city!

We did a little bit of wandering through a couple of pretty great art museums. Zach and I made a quick visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during the week, and then we all took a trip to the Museum of Modern Art right after the show closed on Wednesday.

Such a great decision. We all loved it.

I don’t know how much you have studied art history, or if you are familiar with many of history’s greatest artists, but it is kind of a thrill to come face to face with a renowned piece of artwork.

Lily’s favorite is Mark Rothko and his large color fields.  I have to agree with her, they’re pretty great.

Andy Warhol liked to make portraits of famous people. Here’s Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong. I’m not so sure he and I would agree on a lot of issues, but Warhol definitely made a statement with this one. It’s iconic, and huge, and it’s also banned from art galleries in China. Hmmmm.

Zach came face to face with a giant Jackson Pollock painting, and was really happy about it. Pollock’s paintings may look like a mess, and well, they kind of are, but he was an interesting character. And, he started the whole Abstract Expressionist movement. A pioneer, definitely. You should get to know him.

And who could forget about that crazy, but very talented guy, Vincent Van Gogh?

I love seeing his work in person. So much texture. He literally spread the paint on his canvases – it’s so thick. And he wasn’t afraid of using bright colors.

You probably know this one, don’t you? Starry Night. There it is! Just hanging on the wall. You can literally walk right up to it. Just don’t try and touch it. They don’t like that.

Aside from visiting the museums we found some time to stop in a couple of stores that carry our products. It’s always fun to see our work on the shelves! We also did a little shopping, and we ate some fantastic dinners at some great restaurants. I think we all agreed that our favorite was Momofuku. So good.

If you ever go, just make sure to order the pork buns.

You’re welcome.

:: Carrie ::

NYIGF: Mission Accomplished

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We just got back from our week in NYC for the New York International Gift Fair, and we’re a little tired, but more importantly we’re feeling like we had a really successful week!

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We spent the majority of our time here, in the Javits Center, where the show took place. We’ve done shows here a handful of times now, but for some reason, I never really appreciated the beauty of the building until this trip. Its a HUGE conference center, but the main entry way is gigantic and made entirely of glass.

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Here’s our booth! We had a great response to our new greeting card collection, and our new recipe cards and recipe box were a huge hit. Hopefully they will be coming to a store near you!

Thanks to those of you who stopped by, and especially to those of you who made orders. We can’t wait to send out your packages!

:: Carrie ::