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Oh what a *mess* the holidays make! Lots of yummy food. Lots of icky dishes…. but recipes that worked and folks were able to follow!

Stella and Anja got to Tymberhavene’s Yule and had a great time. That meant that the Saturday workshops didn’t happen. This week there aren’t any interferences with workshops, so we’re starting the year right. 🙂

Pouches for largesse

Hoping you had a great holiday and are ready for a fantastic year!

  • 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 – 1/21

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 – ….mostly got eaten by the holiday. Sash got to try frying cheese at home. No pix. Amor made rohlicky for his buddies at work and in the process of discussing how they went, Anja realized that he had the “tough cookie” recipe, not the one that she prefers. They got to talk cookies online for a long while Christmas night and then again on Wednesday.

Also, in the course of the talk and looking up and comparing recipes, they ran across wooden molds for this type of cookie. Wooden cookie molds were a big thing in late period Bohemia. They’re a time-saver!

Also, Anja was parceling out the various foods to House members that need to be made up for the feast with due dates…

…and Anja and Loren had a great lunch date with Louisa and Vesta in Eugene on the day after Christmas.

Cookery – So, schiz happened and spiced nuts, and then flatbreads and fried cheese.

Sewing Time – Thursday – Anja is still pecking away at that blue on blue piece and the secret project is proceeding. Thursday night the machine sewing of some largesse pouches was finished and then on Friday the strings and pulls added so they could be handed off on Saturday. …and I’m dropping the photos from the whole week of these things in this section, even though the sewing happened on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Saturday – Tymberhavene Yule Feast – (Photos by Phil Slaughter and Hilary Clayton, except for the rainbow and clipart)

Anja’s take – We had gotten to the shop at about 7:30 and I got into my garb, while Tempus was getting coffee. We were almost ready when Stella got there, except for the bean pottage that I had made for the lunch potluck, which Loren was getting into the tote. When we all went outside and were getting things into the car, we started exclaiming over the pieces of rainbow appearing in the sky and then it got better and better and more complete until there was a full-on bright double rainbow spanned across the sky. We stood and watched it because it was too awesome to not!

Eventually we got on the road and had a good drive, only stopping for gas and munchies in Florence. It was a beautiful day for a drive, bright and clear after the early cloud. As we drove up the seawall the rainbow spanned the bay and ended up right in the bridge! After it disappeared we were still captivated by views of sparkling ocean and beautiful cloud.

Doing Trenchmore!

We had fun at the event. I stitched on one thing or another most of the day. Stella played her guitar and got into the dance workshop >> which was a tremendous amount of fun to watch. Marcus did a good pin class. I’ve heard it before of course, but he’s added some documentation that he didn’t have before. There was a fellow playing at lute off and on during the day (the new branch seneschal!)

It was an interesting site, an old Boy Scout Camp with 1910 over the fireplace (which fire was very welcome in the evening) Very thin-walled, but looking very medieval until you rounded the corner into the kitchen, and their decorations were spectacular. I think I recognized some bits from Diane’s shop, the same way we use some of our shop stock for feasts. 🙂 I did the cat-in-catnip thing with one of the clove-studded tangerines that I got to take home and started to eat last night.

Aren’t those lovely? I got to talk to a number of old friends and a new couple (new to me) Carol (or Karen…) and Tom, who are from Langlois and run a gallery. They don’t get to many events, any more than Diane (Mossy Rose) or Loren and I do. Pix of Stella and me and others….

Seamus got a fun surprise. There was a fellow (Prince Snorri of the Mists) who then sat at the head table with His Highness.

My bean pottage was a hit and the feast was lovely with onion soup, chicken, ham, meat pies, sweet carrots, a yummy cabbage dish, a selection of breads and cheeses, and cake, apple pie and a delicious custard and blackberry pudding to finish it off with.

…and more friends and cool stuff.

The cook! That’s Alexander.

We headed out before Stella got too stuffed to be alert when driving …and then the drive home was spectacular! The sky had completely cleared and the stars were amazingly bright and the Moon floating high and lovely, swelling towards the full. Every lake we went past was clear and still, reflecting trees and sky…and stars… how often do you get to see that? We stopped at an overlook and watched the ocean for a bit until we got too tired. Other than that, we had stopped for gas in Reedsport, but just rolled on home.

The Sea Moose

We had gotten in somewhere 9:30-ish and Stella and Tempus unloaded. I spent awhile putting things away and changing out of my outfit, although we left some stuff for morning.

….and more pix.

Project Day – …started with an intense discussion of late period clocks leading up to the cuckoo clocks and methods to research those. Some embroidery happened…

Loren spent some time getting ready and then started the rye bread. Anja was going to take 1 or 2 portions to try to make flatbread of them.

We did fry one, and it was tasty, hot, but once cold, a little too chewy and a touch greasy…. probably not going to use those at the feast…. not good enough to spend the time.

The rolls that were baked in the oven, though, yummers! More on that is going into next week’s report and below.

Rye bread – Anja wanted to try making blini of bread dough, and we wanted another rye loaf to try and to make crumbs of.

Making dough

The fried one – The verdict was “tasty when warm”

The baked one – The verdict was, “Perfect!”

…and we fried some cheese to go with.

Loren was researching and found some interesting information on these sites.

Miscellaneous pix


Our Stella’s version of the Parting Glass –

New and Updated Pages – The new pages have not been posted yet. Probably Tuesday night, so check back on Wednesday. 

Pickles Page is going up here:

…and Breads here:


Largesse to Principality

  • 8 beige brocade XL pouches
  • 1 blue velour pouch trimmed with Summits ribbon. (no pic)

Anja, Loren, Stella, Gudrun(V), Gogor(V)

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

    • ASXLVII = 24
    • ASXLVIII = 88
    • ASXLIX = 794
    • ASL = 2138
    • ASLI = 731
    • ASLII = 262+9=271 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 14 (plus 26 unfinished), 2 sewing kits (except for bone needles), varnished stuff (124) one snap pouch, one double drawstring

Total as a Household = 3630 handed off

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