House Capuchin Shield2Projects where we’re collecting materials and some that are in process still were pretty much what we did this week. We’re starting to gear up for the winter when we have much more time for projects of various sorts.

Louisa went to Collegium, but we haven’t

Louisa and Giata at Collegium. Is that a Charles de Bourbon bycocket that Giata has? Photo by Giata Maria Albierti

heard anything back, except for one photo.

We got our care packages out and think we may have a final version on the girdle cakes.

We’ll be reporting on the crockpot temperature project this next week. Anja is hoping to be able to do some of her cheeses that need long holding at a specific temp in one of the crockpots rather than having one fail rather spectacularly as the tvarog did this week.

  • Care Packages l-r – Pork and Spaetzel, strawberries, stew, pickles

    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 and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Potluck – 11/17, 12/15, 1/19/20
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/16/20, Date may change! Theme German Renaissance

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here: and number three is here:

Early Week – After the potluck we boxed up and froze some two-serving boxes of the stew from Sunday for future vegetarian needs. A couple of small pieces of beef were added to the stew, and cooked and that was boxed up on Monday.

We also made use of a couple of things that Anja purchased quite some while ago to filter the last of the two liqueurs that were made before Egil’s. We’re *definitely* going to make these two again, along with the mint, the coffee, the rose and the cherry liqueurs that we’ve already done in the past, but the filters really proved their worth. We were too tired to think to get pix of the bottles before we drained them or the filters in use, but they caught every last fleck of the dregs. These were intended for coffee filters, but they fit one of our funnels perfectly, and are heavy-weight enough to not fold over and let things slide past.

Cookery – On Wednesday 4 care packages were set up and Susanne picked hers up that day,

Care Packages l-r – Pork and Spaetzel, strawberries, stew, pickles

along with her potato ricer with *great* thanks! The difference that made in doing the spaetzle was amazing. The care packages each had: a nukable container of spaetzle and pork roast with onions, a jar of veg and beef stew, a small box of mixed bean pickles, another with a pickled egg and onions, and a tiny one of sugar-preserved strawberries. Sasha and Estella got theirs on Friday, but we never did hear back from James…

That same evening we got the last of the feast dishes sorted out and put away.

For supper that night we had a trial run of girdle cakes made with chickpea and oat flour. I think I like *all* of these variations, actually. I ended up using some of the over-the-top garlic butter for frying. *That* was delicious! We had those with leftovers from the potluck.

Wednesday night we set up another tvarog and tried cooking it on Thursday. For some reason it didn’t work, but we were on the new hotplate and it went up to boiling in 10 minutes! <sigh> Guessing that’s the problem. So that turned into a cream soup and the thicker part into a dill gravy, but we’ll have to do another batch for cheese.

…and then Anja had a thought…. crockpots…. what temps do they hold? So, with just water, she started testing.

Pears were purchased on Friday…. liqueur in the making….

Sewing – During the week it was all the same two pieces. No one was in on Saturday but some mundanes.

Sundials, etc. – Loren had been sanding wooden rounds for a rune set over the last week or so. He cut some more so’s to have at least 25. Pix got taken of the coins that we’ve had come in.

Herb Bunch – During the week some vegetable ends got planted and then a few more on Sunday. That is one interesting tomato! The plant is from one of the volunteers that we were gifted back in the late spring.

This week was supposed to have been dip candles. That didn’t work because we really didn’t have quite enough wax, although we will for container candles with infused wax that we’re doing next week. Instead we ended up doing thread waxers from some wax that’s been aging for about two years.

Also the succulent pieces that were set aside to callus are already sprouting rootlets!

Project Day – On Saturday Loryea brought us some cabbages for making more sauerkraut. We had started the soup Saturday night, so cookery was a big part of the day.

At 1pm a class by Milan M Nelson

His website with the notes –


Girdle Cakes [Anja’s version 10/19] adapted from


  • 1 cup. wheat, barley or oat flour
  • 1 cup pea, bean or garbanzo flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/8 cups water
  • Unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp of caraway seed, mustard seed or other flavoring. (opt)


  1. Whisk the flours together, then mix in the salt.
  2. Add water and eggs and whisk together, making sure to get the dry stuff from the bottom of the bowl. Add the optional seasoning, if desired.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Let stand at room temp for an ½ hour to an hour.
  5. Heat butter in a non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat.
  6. Spoon into bubbling butter. (Use a ladle that holds about an ½ cup to get a good consistent size)
  7. Cook on one side until golden, approximately 5 minutes, then turn over and repeat.
  8. Repeat, until all the blend has been used.

Note – The original of this recipe with the amounts suggested above supposedly made a dough. No, it made a *batter*, so these instructions reflect that.

Miscellaneous pix




Loren, Anja, Susanne, Estella, Sasha, Loryea, Herb Bunch (2)

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 165 plus 2 puppets, 20 powder fort packets, 3 snip sheathe w/snips, 9 tiny bobs, 1 emery,  lucet cords, 1 bamboo needlecase, 1 bone needle, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 18 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3994 handed off

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Last updated 10/28/19