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Sweet Taste of Summer Raspberries

Raspberries and the raspberry patch

One of my favorite things is Sweet Tea. That might sound odd coming from a Midwestern girl, but you only need to know that my parents grew up in small towns in North Carolina and it explains everything about being raised as a daughter who loves vinegar-based BBQ, fried okra, sweet tea, grits, collard greens, country ham, and homemade biscuits among many Southern delicacies.

We’re getting ready to head to the South for a visit to see my parents and my grandmother, and of course, that leads to salivating over the delicious food ahead. It also means satisfying the craving before we leave!

Two years ago, my family (my husband and our girls) moved into our new house and, with the help of my mother-in-law (Carrie’s mom) and Mike’s great-uncle, we planted our raspberry patch. Last year’s harvest wasn’t much, but this year we have a true bounty. We’ve picked the patch several times and each time the raspberries seem to be sweeter!

Recipe for Mom's Fruit Cobbler

Mike’s and Carrie’s grandmother sent over some peaches and I couldn’t help but think about how good a peach raspberry cobbler would be. So, I pulled out my Mom’s Southern-style cobbler recipe (see above – doesn’t it look lovely on our recipe card!) and got to work peeling peaches and washing raspberries.

Mom’s fruit cobbler is the best, especially peach or blueberry. Cobbler takes on all kinds of shapes, sizes, and textures, but I really prefer the kind my Mom always makes where the fruit is cooked into the flour-based breading instead of crumble or pastry-topped cobblers (though they’re yummy, too).

Ultimately, what makes cobbler so good is the fruit and the butter (I said I was a true Southerner!).

Peach and Raspberry Cobbler

An hour later…the cobbler was perfectly golden brown on top and the peaches and raspberries invited me to dish out the first generous scoop full.

Peach Raspberry Cobbler A La ModeAnd then we really enjoyed the first-fruits of summer! It tasted as good as it looked – the sweetness of peaches and the tartness of raspberries in perfect harmony (just as delightful as a glass of sweet tea). Enjoy the season – get out in your garden or enjoy the fruits of someone else’s at your local farmer’s market!

Karen

New Shops for 1canoe2

One of the best parts of working with 1canoe2 is that I am in touch with the wonderful people who own and/or manage the lovely shops carrying 1canoe2 letterpress. Since our trip to the New York National Stationery Show in May, we’ve been printing and packaging and mailing boxes of goodies to fun shops all over the US.

New shop logosThis month you’ll find 1canoe2 as new letterpress artists in several stores:

Young Blood Gallery ofAtlanta,Georgia,

Trohv of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Terra Rosa of Ithaca, New York,

PaperTrail of Rhinebeck, New York, and

Freedlove of Honesdale and Scranton, Pennyslvania.

New shops for August

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Jen, Kohli, Carmen, Nathan, Heidi, and Aril for inviting us into your shops! If you live near one of these shops, please stop by and check out our line in person. We’d love to have you mention your deep love and affection for our letterpress products while you’re checking out, too!

 

 

 

In addition to these brick and mortar stores, ModCloth.com and TwoPeasinaBucket.com just added their own collection of 1canoe2 letterpress goods. Any gal who loves the vintage look and the accessories and décor to go with it should check out ModCloth.com. TwoPeasinaBucket.com is a scrapbooker’s dream; their website is bursting with beautiful papers, unique tools, creative ideas, classes and events, and more.

Karen

1canoe2 plus 1 = 1 great team

Carrie and I want to introduce our new business partner, Karen Shryock (Carrie’s sister-in-law) to the 1canoe2 community. We’re still working on her official title, but she fills in a lot of the gaps that us creative types need covered (like organization). She’ll be writing blogposts now, too, so we thought we’d give her the opportunity to introduce herself to you through one. Enjoy! ~Beth

Magical. It was a place bursting with every color of the rainbow, smiling children and hands-on art activities, and it’s name was just as fitting, Kaleidoscope. As a third grader on a school field trip (back in the spring of 1987), coloring a crown and making cards at Kaleidoscope and touring the Hallmark museum were the beginnings of my own in-home stationery line.

The following summer I began “ked cards” (ked were my initials) in my parents’ unfinished basement, creating a production line that included design, folding, envelope creation, stuffing, and addressing. I “employed” the two neighbor kids and we worked for what my mom says was hours each day creating our line. And just like Hallmark, my cards had a signature “ked” label on the bottom of the backside of the card.

I think it was very comforting for Carrie and Beth to know this when they hired me to do a few hours of administrative freelance work; they wouldn’t want anyone who didn’t have “professional experience” in stationery! Thankfully I did have real-world experience to compliment my childhood imaginative play that would be of assistance to them!

Being part of 1canoe2, first as the supportive sister-in-law (I’m married to Carrie’s brother Mike), then administrative freelancer, and now as a full-fledged partner, is nothing short of magical itself. I watch the magic happen every time I watch Carrie and Beth draw or listen to them talk about new ideas they want to pursue. Being able to support their dreams with my contributions and spending most of my time being a mom is just about perfect.

I do my best to serve as head cheerleader (aside from their doting parents), keep-to-it researcher (Yea, Hail to the Chief and the Smithsonian!), boutique finder, customer-keeper, organizer of all things important, and crafter of wonderful writings (e-mails, letters, convos, blog posts, etc.). After all, it takes all three of us (and our loving and supportive families) to keep the magic going…hopefully (for you and for us) for years to come!

 

*Note: Kaleidoscope continues to be a magical place for children. Last summer I was able to watch my four-year-old daughter delight in making drawings with melted crayons, watercolor a fish, color and cut a Hallmark crown-shaped puzzle, and more. If you live in the Kansas City, Missourivicinity, it is well worth your time! Check it out at http://www.hallmarkkaleidoscope.com.