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Monthly Archives: January 2014

People Who Make the World Go Round {The Mailman}

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The mailman. WHAT would we do without our mailman?!

We are kicking off our “People Who Make the World Go Round” project with a big shout out to our mailman, Richard! The mail is very important to us – not only because we can use it to send greeting cards and thank you notes to all our favorite people (we are in the stationery business!), but also because we use it every day to send retail and wholesale orders to all of our customers. We literally would not be in business without the postal service, and Richard, and his diligence and faithfulness in picking up our packages every single day. And, man oh man, some days we have a mountain of packages. Especially during those busy times of year, like around the holidays. He always shows up with a smile on his face and the willingness to bend over backward to help us out.

Thanks, Richard! You make our world go round!

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We left our mailman a little package of cookies with a note of thanks. We would LOVE if you would follow along and participate this month too! Maybe you could do something a little special for your mailman, or your UPS delivery guy, or the nice lady that works at the post office. We designed a little thank you card that you can save to your computer and print for your own use.

Click here to download the card, and don’t forget to send us any stories or photos about your experience with this project to promotions@1canoe2.com, and on social media use #worldgoroundproject.

We can’t wait to see how you thank your mailman!

:: Carrie ::

 

Win a state print!

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Our state print collection is finally 50 states strong and DONE! Beth did such a wonderful job and had a lot of fun with the project. You can read all about it here, and even see the very first sketches here.

Now that it’s complete, we thought it’s only appropriate that we celebrate, so we’re kicking off a two-week-long Instagram contest! This is your chance to show off your state and win a print. We want to see the beauty that each state has to offer — every sunset, city, texture, landscape — even a video or two.

So here’s how it works: The contest will run from January 28-February 11. Each state has a template that you can print out. Just cut out the letters, take a picture through the cutout, then upload to Instagram and use your state’s custom hashtag — #1c2stateseries[xx]. For example, all the Missouri folks will use #1c2stateseriesMO while all the Californians will use #1c2stateseriesCA. Entries will be judged on composition and originality, so get creative! As long as the entire state abbreviation is in the picture/video, nothing is off limits!

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The lucky winner will get her (or his) state’s print plus a 25% off discount code for her next 1canoe2 purchase. But here’s the really awesome part — the winner also wins 25% off for everyone who entered from the winning state! At the end of the contest, we’ll announce the winner on all of our social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’re from the same state and submitted an entry, you’ll have 1 week to email promotions@1canoe2.com with a link to your photo and we’ll email you back with your 25% off discount code!

Some of you are probably already planning multiple pictures, right? Well, using a cool new app called Momentage, you can upload as many as you want and have them all show up as one post! Upload pictures and videos, apply filters right from the app, or even record sound to a picture! It’s a really fun app to get to know, and it’ll help you avoid flooding your already beautiful Instagram page with multiple entries. (Entries will be accepted via Instagram and/or Momentage as long as the contest hashtag is used)

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So now it’s time to pull out the cameras — we can’t wait to see all the fun pictures!!

50 States Strong

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North Dakota prints are hot off the letterpress, and you know what that means — the entire state print collection is finally done!

The states print project started more than 5 years ago. Before I moved back home to Missouri, when I worked as a news graphics designer at the CBS affiliate in Nashville, TN. Every morning, I went to the morning news meeting to hear the day’s headlines and to get an idea of what maps, mugshots, or info graphics might need to be made to illustrate that day’s news. I was mostly a casual observer of these meetings, so I often started doodling in my work’s sketchbook. I drew this shape of the state of Tennessee without any agenda. I often made maps of individual Tennessee counties for the evening’s news. (As a useless knowledge by-product, I can now name all 95 Tennessee counties.) Only a year or so later, when scouring the sketchbooks for ideas for my new letterpress, did the idea to marry the words to the beloved “Rocky Top” and this little shape come to mind.

I remember showing the Tennessee print to Carrie, who said jokingly “Are you going to do all 50?” I responded flippantly: of COURSE not. That is crazy. Four years later, I have drawn all 50 states. Sometimes more than once, as I usually change the lettering or colors or drawing just a bit when we sell out of an edition.

For me the most fun part of the project is coming up with the sayings. Specifically, all the memories I have of sitting in coffee shops, in airports, and in the car on road-trips with some of my favorite people and laughing and brainstorming the wordings. I have heartily laughed about Wisconsin’s phrase, agonized over California being too “Northern California,” and thoroughly enjoyed getting feedback from all of you on the more obscure states and sayings. It has been a truly shared effort, and that has been the real reward. Well, seeing it printed in Southern Living magazine was pretty great, too.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed insider info on specific states, purchased the prints for their homes or their loved ones, and for sharing the love all around. The state series has been with us from the very beginning…since before our first calendar, before we worked in our “dream barn,” before we could even quit our jobs to pursue our dreams full time. It feels great to have completed this huge project, but it feels even better to know that we did it together! Now, I guess I need to work on the District of Columbia. Guam, anyone?

::Beth::

P.S. Care to see the VERY old blog post with the very first Tennessee sketch?

People Who Make the World Go Round

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Martin Luther King Jr. said it right! There really is great value in taking the roles that God has given us, finding joy in them, and putting our whole hearts into doing them well.

You know there are all those people in our lives, who go about their day to day business, doing their jobs with integrity and a smile on their faces, and we don’t always stop to thank them. People like the mailman, the grocery clerk, a waiter or waitress, or a bank teller. It’s all of these people who really do make our world go round!

This year, in 2014, we are making it a point to go out of our way to thank these people. To let them know that we appreciate their work and that the world really wouldn’t be the same without them. Each month we are going to choose one person who makes our world go round, and write them a little note of thanks, and maybe slip in a gift of appreciation as well. Last year was the year of pies, and this year is the year of thanks! You can follow along with us right here on the blog, and read the stories about who we are thanking.

We would LOVE it if you would join us and participate in this project! Each month we will have a printable card that you can download and use to thank someone in your life that makes your world go round. If you are participating, let us know! You can send photos and stories about your participation in the project to promotions@1canoe2.com, and we may feature your story on our social media (with your permission, of course!) Also, tag your Instagram photos, tweets and Facebook updates with #worldgoroundproject so we can follow you!

We will be kicking off our project with thanking our mailman, so look for our blog post about that really soon! And, start thinking about all the people around you who make your world go round!

:: Carrie ::

 

Everyone Loves Pie {A Complete Year!}

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As it turns out, everyone really does love pie!

There might not be anything better than a made from scratch, home baked, fresh from the oven pie. Where we come from, pies are the preferred form of dessert at carry-in meals, recipes are handed down from generation to generation, and if someone gives you the gift of a pie you can be sure that they really care.

The combinations and possibilities seem to be endless. Cherry. Lemon meringue. Chocolate pecan. Coconut cream. At the start of the year (2013, that is) I had this crazy idea that I wanted to make a different pie every week and give it away or share it with friends. It started out as a challenge to myself, to try new recipes, to spread a little bit of love, and share the stories on our blog. I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also knew that it would be a lot of fun, and it was! I definitely got better at pie making and baking as the year went on, which is  a good thing, but the very best part of the whole project was the huge amount of joy that came from surprising someone with a pie. The excitement and the look on their face is proof that it is absolutely worth spending a little time to do something special for someone.

I was also surprised that there never seemed to be a shortage of occasions. At the start of the year the thought of finding 52 reasons to bake a pie was a little bit overwhelming. I definitely did not want to be eating any of those pies myself. That wasn’t the point, and it definitely wouldn’t have been good for me! I wanted to share them with as many people as possible. I took it one week at a time, and I really didn’t plan too far in advance. As the weeks came there was almost always a pie-worthy occasion. I made pies of birthdays, for neighbors, for friends who lost loved ones, for families with new babies, and one for my dentist. I baked pies for holidays with family, for going away parties, for dinners with friends, and one for the Missouri State Fair Pie Contest. We sent a few pies through the mail to friends who are far away,  and from what we heard they travelled quite well!

I will admit, as the year came closer to ending I found myself looking forward to the weeks when I didn’t have to bake a pie. That being said, the whole year was a complete joy, and it all seemed to go by so fast! And now that it’s over it is fun to look back and see all the people that I touched and, of course, all the different pies I made.

I’m a really big believer in setting goals and chipping away at them. Usually some pretty great things come from that. The best part, for me, is the process. Practicing a skill, seeing small improvements, and getting better. Not just in baking, but I find myself enjoying that process in many areas. I think that’s important, especially in our world, where instant gratification is such a huge part of our culture. Enjoy the process!

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Now that the year is over this is what everyone is asking me…

“So, which pie was the best? Which one was your favorite?”

I can’t really answer that question, because I didn’t taste all of them! Most of the pies were baked and given away, but I did get to have a piece of some of them. I would say that out of the ones that I tasted my favorite was the Blue Goose pie. I love both gooseberries and blueberries, but I’d never had them together in any form, and as it turns out, they’re perfect together! I also really loved the Salted Caramel Apple Pie that we had at Thanksgiving. It was full of flavor, and deliciousness, but it was one of the more complicated recipes. Not one that you can just throw together.

Some more thoughts about the year…

The pie that I didn’t taste, but want to make again so I can eat some, is the Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie.

The pie that was the MOST labor intensive was Crack Pie.

My favorite pie delivery of the year was taking a pie to my Great Uncle Woodrow for Veteran’s day.

The pie that got the most re-pins on Pinterest was the Key Lime Pie.

The farthest travelled pie was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Pie that we sent all the way to Brooklyn.

The most unusual pie, that I probably won’t make ever again, was the Green Tomato Pie. It actually tasted great, but for some reason, it was hard to enjoy as a dessert. Knowing that it was full of green tomatoes just didn’t seem right for some reason.

Did you follow along this year? Did you make any of the pies? We hope that the project touched you in some way, and that you would take some time to so something special for someone!

:: Carrie ::

P.S. Don’t be sad that the Everyone Loves Pie project is over! We have something new for 2014 that we will be telling you about very soon!!!

Happy New Year!

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It may be a couple days late, but, Happy New Year!

After a busy December, we all took some time during the holiday season for some rest and relaxation, and we hope that you did too! 2013 was fantastic for us – we are thrilled with the growth and success that we saw this past year. With the start of the new year we have been talking and dreaming and scheming all about our plans for 1canoe2, and we can’t wait to get started! We are hoping that your year is off to a great start as well, and we wish all the best for you in 2014!

We also hope that your holiday season was filled with warmth and love and everything good that the season has to offer! Winter has engulfed us in full force here in Missouri. Our Christmas season was cold and snow-filled, the way it should be!

One of my Christmas highlights this year, which I hope becomes a yearly tradition for my family, was attending the Lighted Tractor Parade in the small but mighty town of Centralia, Missouri, which is about 20 miles away. It’s a small town in the center of a true farming community, and the parade was SO much fun. Everyone gathers around the town square, most people just park their pick-up trucks and sit on the tailgate, as a parade of highly decorated and electrified farm machinery makes their way through town. It was a little bit cheesy, kind of funny, but all together awesome. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a tractor pulling a grain auger decorated like a candy cane! A true way to celebrate Christmas in the country.

And, don’t you worry, I took pictures.

Merry Christmas!!!!

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:: Carrie ::

Everyone Loves Pie {Week 52}

Pear and Cranberry Pie

 

Week 52! Holy cow. The very last week of the year. Which also means, the very last pie! I kind of can’t believe it. And, I really can’t believe that I was successful in making 52 different pies this year! (I’ll talk about all of that more in a future post!)

They very las pie was a Pear and Cranberry pie that I took to our last family Christmas gathering of the season!  My entire mom’s side of the family spent the day together at my Aunt Mary and Uncle Gary’s house last Saturday. We ate some amazing food, exchanged some gifts, and played some cards. We also chased around their four week old baby goats, and took turns pitching to each other in the new batting cage in the basement. Seriously! Some of us can hit the ball MUCH harder than others. It was a great way to wrap up the season, and I’m glad that my very last pie went straight into the bellies of all my loved ones!

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Pear and Cranberry Pie (with toasted pecan streusel topping)

Ingredients:
 
1 recipe for a single 9 inch pie crust
5 cups peeled and sliced ripe pears
1 cup fresh cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch
 
topping:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup butter, cut into small chunks
 
Directions:
 
Preheat oven to 350°. 
 
Prepare the pie crust and fit to a 9 inch pie pan. Combine pears, cranberries, sugar and corn starch in a mixing bowl and then transfer to the pie crust. 
To prepare streusel, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and pecans in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the topping over the pear mixture. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until bubbly and streusel is browned. Cool at least 1 hour on a wire rack.
 
:: Carrie ::