We got some projects farther along this week. The cookery is coming along with both semolina dumplings and pickled onions. Anja and Loren finally managed to get to a Tymberhavene A&S night and Loryea is here for the month.

All meetings are at normal times this week, but not next! Also, report for 10/15 & 10/22 will be combined.

  • No meetings 10/12-15 (which includes Project Day!)
  • Sewing Night – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6-8pm
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Cheese & Wine – Watch the schedule or the Facebook group! This is going to be irregularly scheduled for when tasks need to occur.
  • Next Potluck – 10/22 (Amergin’s Weekend)

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/  and new one here:  https://housecapuchin2.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and number three is here: https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/

Early Week

We’re still trying to sort out the necessary insurance to rent the hall for our Winter Feast and Amy was working on that on Monday. Loren started another needle and Anja finished some emery strawberries and put them with the tiny emery cushion. Loren also picked up the cutting board that Anja and Kaleb had worked on and got that farther along, still.

Cookery – Tuesday tends to be cooking day for Loren and Anja, since it’s the first day of their weekend. Other than picking and freezing berries for later in the season, they decided to make some more broth, chicken this time, since there are more dumpling recipes to try. After the chicken carcasses were in the crockpot and the berries were put by, Anja started on pickling some onions. She used her own pickle broth, but started the onions by the method he recommends that begins at 1:30 on the video.

Pickling onions – Townsend’s –

Tymberhavene A&S night – (Wednesday 6:30pm) – Anja’s take – Well, this is a road trip. According to Google Maps it only takes 1 1/2 hours to drive it, but so far, every time it’s been closer to 2 1/2. We didn’t get out until past 5, because the broth still needed straining and Loren had some errands he hadn’t said anything about….like brake fluid….Kinda essential on a road trip!

The day was startlingly hot. I suppose mid-80 temps are the norm for summer in most places, but not here! We didn’t leave the apartment until past 2 and headed for the shop to scrabble things together for our trek down to Coos Bay. I was dropping off a Mab’s Creations order, picking up some stuff of ours that had gotten parked with Seamus’ family (who were awfully nice about hanging on to it that long and getting the pieces of a project that I’m going to be working on over the next several months.

The sun was bright and in our faces most of the way there, although directly only when  the road was very winding and turned us that way. There was a pod of whales blowing offshore that I saw at one point. Everywhere there were signs of the changing season, with leaves blowing across the road, plants having gone to seed and no longer flowering, grasses browning and bending down. The flowering baskets that North Bend has on the main roads are gorgeous, though.

The meeting was at Mossy Rose in North Bend. They have a fascinating shop with all kinds of fancy clothing, scarves, shawls, shells, and all kinds of decor. Onora was making a costume for a teddy bear, Camin was crocheting small bags of coarse wool. A set of people (and Seamus) were having a retinue planning session. I was sewing. There was a spinning wheel going behind me and a fellow doing the stitching on a pair of roman-style hobnail sandals. We got the Mab’s Creations order taken care of just about first, and then Loren pulled out some of the pickled cabbage to hand around to folks. Some of them loved it and some of them turned up their noses at cabbage of any type. 🙂

When the folks with kids started heading home, we did too, since we had a long drive and I was worn out from being so hot and sticky. I snoozed off and on for the first part of the trip, but after we stopped for gas in Florence I was awake the rest of the way, although tired. The sky was bright from the 1/2 Moon, making the tree silhouettes plain on the inland hills. There was a lovely moon track on the water. The Big Dipper was level, unlike the way I had seen it in the morning, standing on its tail. We got to see the light from Heceta Head sweeping across the trees.

When we got home we stood outside for a bit, admiring the sky. The Moon was nearly set and Cygnus high overhead flying along the river of the Milky Way. Our anniversary stars, the Pleiades, that are first plain in the evening in late September, were what we were looking at most, though. We smiled at each other, smooched and went in to rest, since it was already pretty late.

Sewing Time – Thursday – Anja spent the previous evening at the A&S in Tymberhavene stitching, but then Thursday, filled and dimpled some cushions, finished a couple of emery bags and stitched a couple more!

Sewing Time – Saturday – Anja was putting dimples into otherwise finished pincushions, mostly.

Later she was going through the pincushions, getting pictures of the ones that are going out for orders, the ones that are probably going into her mundane business and the ones set aside for largesse.

…and then she did a couple more at home, just the stitching.

Herb Bunch – Worked on what’s going on in the gardens, fields and woods at this time of year, which is mostly seeds and fruits getting ripe. We also worked on how to make a spore print, how to ID mushrooms and that boletes can be used to make wicks for oil lamps.

Project Day – We started with catching up on photos and then Anja sorted pincushions, got those photos and sent ’em out. Anja cut the bolete into wick pieces and set up a display box and put ’em away. Tempus headed into the back to set up so that she could make the semolina dumplings. Anja started in on a list of Polish medieval recipes, so’s to have them. She and Gogor talked about some of the recipes online, like Chicken baked with Prunes, (….which sounds odd, but Anja’s had it before, and it’s delicious), or the Polish Hydromel, or Saffron Wafers.

Eventually we started the broth boiling and Loryea and Amy both came in not long after. Amy stayed for some dumplings. They worked, but dumplings are a very plebeian dish and bland, in any case. Anja worked on pincushions. …and later we tried some of the pickled onions. They’re really tasty!

The recipe for two servings of the dumplings is:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2-1 cup of semolina flour
  • shake salt
  • broth
  1. Bring the broth to a fast boil.
  2. While it’s heating, mix the egg up with the salt, then add the flour by the 1/4 cup until you have a stiff paste. When it sits it will look damp on the surface, but be “grainy” when you pull some out.
  3. Using two teaspoons, one to scoop up a measured amount and one to push it off the spoon, drop the dumplings into the boiling broth. After every 4 dumplings, take a long-handled spoon and unstick any that haven’t already floated.
  4. When all the dumplings are in, put the lid back on and bright back to a boil, then let sit for a minute or two.
  5. Pull one dumpling out and cut in 1/2.
  6. If it’s done all the way to the center, use a slotted spoon to lift the rest out of the broth and serve.


Music of the Crusades, David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London, Composer: Various Artists, Audio CD (April 9, 1991), Decca, ASIN: B0000041XJ


Miscellaneous Pix – Mistress Yseult is in France and sending back marvelous pix! Only dropped a couple in here. (Find her on Facebook as Pam Perryman)


Anja, Loren, Amy, (Tymberhavene A&S folks), Gogor (V), Loryea

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 163 plus 4 pouch, 25 pouches for block-printing, 54 (plus 28 unfinished) pincushions, 10 emery bags, 10 lucet cord, 1 hat, 1 bone needle & case, 2 sewing boxes (finished except for bone needles), 1 sewing box (in process), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3522 handed off

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