House Capuchin Shield2Mostly we’ve been working on foodly things this week, (rabbit pie, tvarog, mushroom catsup, pickles, fennel) but progress was made on some small sewing projects and a big chunk of largesse went out. Feast planning is still happening and we’ll be getting invites out over the next couple of weeks. Want to come? Let us know. You have to be invited to this feast, since there’s no site fee and seating is limited, but there’s lots of room!

Meetings this week are at the usual times and Sunday is our monthly potluck! More goodies to try!

All Hail, Their Alpine Highnesses, Turk and Seamus!

  • Out of the fridge on Sunday morning

    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 – 12/17

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

We were tagging and setting up largesse to go to Investiture. Anja was sewing, too, more pouches, mostly. Loren also kept going on the Tinkle loom.

Tuesday was “get the largesse together” day. A bunch of pouches were finished and tagged, pincushions found tags and the box got packed.

That’s a pretty good assortment, I think.

Cookery – On Tuesday we set up a rabbit pie to go to the Tymberhavene Potluck on Wednesday.  It got baked at home. Also set up a marzipan to go to the vigil this weekend. Friday night a tvarog got started and Loren managed to pick up some dark rye and barley flours.

The tvarog was looking good by Saturday morning, so it got cooked and hung during the afternoon. It had gotten thoroughly stirred, so was pretty smooth and it took a long while to drip out. Pix are farther down.

Tymberhavene A&S/Potluck – Anja’s take

Loren ran down to the shop, grabbed the pie and got it into the oven when he got back. He went up to check on the pie at about 3:50 and didn’t come back with it until 4:40, but the pie was done and we headed out as quickly as we could.

We had a beautiful drive. The sun had set before we left the shop, but the colors of the sea and sky were amazing, shading from gold and metallic pale blue through orange and slate blue to deep red and a navy blue so dark that it was nearly black. One of the last colors before things started to grey out was a skinny band of sky, right on the horizon, that was the exact color of a blood orange.

Heceta Lighthouse was shining, the beam sweeping over the trees as we went past and on the mist rising from the ocean. We went on our way, talking cookery, working out a recipe for baked beans that would suit the both of us among other things.

I got confused by the drydocks and lights of Reedsport, thinking we were already in North Bend, when we were just going into Garibaldi, but we got to the potluck site just before 7pm.

We had a good time seeing folks that we know, talking stitchery and Investiture, eating some yum food and generally visiting. I had managed to forget my embroidery tin somehow, so spent the time sewing, or trying to. I didn’t have anything easy to work on, so didn’t accomplish much. We weren’t there very long since the gathering broke up at 8pm and we headed home.

Orion was up and bright as we left North Bend. I dozed off for awhile, but woke as we got to Reedsport where we grabbed a couple of hamburgers, since there hadn’t been a lot that I could eat at the potluck. The Moon was up, a thoroughly nibbled wheel of cheese, but bright as bright. The rest of the way home I watched for Her light on Woahink Lake, the Siletz River, Sutter Lake, 10 mile Creek, Big Creek and the Alsea. Beautiful Moon Paths! The ocean was black, but the skyglow showed the horizon line. As the Moon rose higher, the shadows from the Coast Range over the ocean grew shorter, but it was only just as we were getting home that the ocean started to brighten up. We stopped to drop stuff off into the fridge at the shop and were home by 10:30.

(Not sure why all the dog clipart, but it seemed right)

Sewing Time – Thursday – Amy was here and we caught up on what needs to be done before the feast.

Sewing Time – Saturday – Was two ladies with a mending basket and Anja working on her “secret project” embroidery.


Captain of Cats tourney (This gallery by Acacia, Tandi Graff)

Investiture – Got to watch it live!

Anja about died over Styrkarr’s compliments about Turk and Seamus! about Seamus, “a man who looks good in late period. A man who looks good in early period, a man who looks good, period…..” and later, “I give you, the Tanist and the Fairest”.

Herb Bunch, Saturday – …was all on bagging herbs, but then later Anja got the tvarog done.

…and mushrooms…..

Project Day

Mushroom Catsup – This is a product of the 18th century, not period, at least as far as the name. The methods all make sense for a period sauce, though, so we decided to try it after watching yet another Townsend’s video (link below). This was started Saturday evening with two pounds of mushrooms, chopped up, two Tbsp of salt and several bay leaves. It was left to sit overnight and reduced the volume by 1/3 by morning. The crockpot had been full to the lid!

Sunday morning it was stirred and a chopped shallot and spices added: horseradish sauce, cloves, allspice, lemon peel, then 1/4 cup of cider vinegar. It cooked on high in the small crockpot for 1 1/2 hours, then was poured into a cloth, hung to drip until cool, then squeezed. We got 1 1/2 cups of the sauce/broth and enough to fill two shelves in the dehydrator of the leftover mushrooms, which are going to be ground as a “spice” to add to various things.

In between times Anja got a few licks in on the secret project and Loren worked on the tinkle loom. Some carrots got added to one of the pickles and eventually the fennel got cooked for a supper vegetable.

Miscellaneous pix

Music – Merry Christmas from the Renaissance


16th Century Rocket Science? –

Water clocks –

The “armor dress” –


From Facebook – Cynthia LeyDecember 6 at 10:06am – You go to a German restaurant. Everyone, including you, orders noodles. Everyone, except you, get them. Does this mean you are suffering from a spaetzle anomaly?

Largesse List

  • 38 oz marzipan – for vigil
  • 2 brocade/linen pouches
  • 2 batik cotton pouches
  • 2 small linen pouch
  • 1 small scrap cotton pouch
  • 3 velveteen pouches
  • 1 knitted cap
  • 1 Tymberhavene pouch
  • 20 Pincushions

plus Louisa’s collar

Anja, Loren, Amy

divider black grey greek key

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 185+70=255 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 14 (plus 26 unfinished) pincushions, 7 emery bags, 17 lucet cord, 1 bone needle & case, 2 sewing boxes (finished except for bone needles), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3614 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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