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Sep
24
2009

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Sep
24
2009

The NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday. What have you been thinking about lately?  Well, I have had aprons on my mind. Aprons and Pies. Shocking I know. No, the Pie Book is not finished.  Patience. Soon, very soon.

And while I am eagerly awaiting the completion of the Pie Book, I wanted to answer a question that comes up pretty often in emails. Many of you have asked when The NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron would be available for purchase. You know THE NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron…the full coverage apron I have been working on. The apron with all the features I want/need in an apron.  Full coverage, check. Generous, deep pocket, check.  Long adjustable ties that cross and won’t slip off your shoulders, check.  Medium weight duck fabric that will actually protect clothing, check.  Dish towel loop, check. Custom orders/sizes available, check.  Adorable, check.

So when already??? Soon…like October 1st soon.  How’s that?  There will be at least three available for purchase through my etsy shoppe on Thursday, October 1st.

Here are a couple of pictures of The NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron I made for the Apron Fest giveaway.

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I have two bolts of fabric coming. These will be my “signature” fabrics. Wanna guess??? Yeah, big surprise! Red check and red ticking. However, since not everyone is obsessed (and for the life of me I cannot understand why not) with checks and ticking,  there will be ready mades of other medium/heavy duck fabrics. All fabrics will be pre-washed/preshrunk. That’s the great thing about duck: it is sturdy and extremely durable yet, will soften with each wash.

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The ties/trim will be handmade binding of contrasting fabrics such as stripes, calico, seasonal, even solids…’cause I do like to mix my fabics.  And will be of a lighter weight fabric to make tying easier. Embellishments (buttons, yoyos, patches) available on custom orders. I am also working on making personalization available.

Look girlfriends, The NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron will be your go-to apron for everyday wear.  Whether you are cleaning, cooking, canning or gardening, this apron will more than meet your needs! And what a cool gift.  I mean what extraordinary homemaker do you know (aren’t we all extraordinary?) who doesn’t need THE apron?  That’s what I thought.  We all do.  And if you buy it for a gift, you might as well order two because you really won’t want to give her away once you see her!  And with the holidays right around the corner you better get your order in!

Alright, that’s about it for today. I will remind you to check my etsy shoppe when the aprons are available.  If you have any questions, just ask!  Oh! And tomorrow is Friday Baking, so check for new recipes in the morning!  Think pumpkin.

Lastly, your Thought for this Thursday:

You can never have too many aprons, or too many memories.

~ from Apronisms by EllynAnne Geisel.

Sep
22
2009

Happy Fall Y’all! And orange you glad I didn’t say banana…

As of yesterday it is officially Autumn.  Though it really hasn’t cooled off here, I am assured by the forecast that it will be soon.  The overnight lows seem to be inching down and I suppose that is a good sign. This morning it is just incredibly humid. So humid I had to dry my hands after going to the mailbox to put a letter out!  I am longing for cool crisp mornings and nippy nights!

I have been rather tied up the last few days.  My “ordeal” started Thursday night when I ridiculously attempted to eat an orange. I wound up in the ER. I suppose  it wasn’t full-on anaphylaxis but, if it wasn’t, I’m good with not ever experiencing full-on, k?  If you have been reading my blog very long, you know I attempt to kill myself with fruit ever so often.  Last time was cantaloupe. You can imagine how annoying this is for a foodie.  But back to my ordeal.  It really didn’t end with the orange. I was comatose most of Friday from extraordinary amounts of antihistamines so when I came to on Saturday we went bowling with my oldest son and  little grandson, Sam.  A good time was had by all.  At some point, we drove through Dominos and got pizza.  Well, yeah, I know tomatoes are on my “list” but I have eaten them without incident many times.  I suppose though with my system already cranked up, it was a bad idea.  I always wanted lips like Angelina Jolie.  Let me just say her head must be much bigger than mine because it ended up not being such a good look for me. Not only were they amazingly pouty, but completely raw.

On Friday I had already called my allergist and made an appointment for yesterday believing I would not be tested because I had practically overdosed on antihistamines during the weekend.  But when I arrived yesterday and Dr. W was informed of my very exciting last few days, he decided it would behoove us to do a little histamine test and if it was good, go ahead with some scratch tests.  The histamine control site said GOOD TO GO, so there we went.  He did 75 foods, half on one forearm, half on the other.  There were 21 items I need to avoid completely.  Some of them I am rather miffed about like citrus and melons of all kinds, mushrooms, white potatoes and my beloved green peas.  And of course the horrible soy (is in almost everything), cottonseed (is in everything that doesn’t have soy), sunflower seed and nuts of all varieties except pecan…and for that I am thankful – I do like pecans.  My reactions had changed considerably since 2007 and not for the good.  I added some things to avoid and my reactions were worse to some of the things I already knew not to consume.  There were 16 things I can have in moderation though not in conjunction with other disallowed foods.  And 28 I can eat till I puke.  Some of which I love, others…ho hum. I mean really I could live without plums.  I don’t know that I have ever eaten more than 2 in my entire life.

So here we go again with the whole food thing.  I think what it all boils down to, as Hannah pointed out, I am not supposed to eat processed foods.  This is not a bad thing, just amazingly inconvenient.  It will be best for me in the long run.  But dang it…no potato chips.  Not that I ate them often but, never???  It seems you never out grow the fact that if you are told you CAN’T have something, that is the very thing you want.  And badly.  And I hate that it is such an inconvenience for the rest of the family.

On to something fun.  Here is a sneak peek at the apron that is in the mail TODAY along with the LOVELY book The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen to lucky chick, Nicole.

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Y’all have a good one and I will see you soon.

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