House Capuchin Shield2…and yes, the pretty pictures are in short supply this week because of camera damage… 😦 We’re limited to Loren’s phone, which mostly does a good job of “blurry”.

Cooking and cooking and cooking and just a little sewing this past week and this week. Feast next Sunday!

  • Sewing Night – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6-8pm
  • Feast on 2/18
  • Other regular meetings are on hold this week….
  • Next Potluck – 3/18

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 – The babovki that were made at the tail end of the day on Sunday got baked that night and put away in the freezer for the feast. With Anja’s camera having failed that evening there aren’t any pix.

Rye bread happened Monday night and didn’t work right, so that’s either going into bread dumplings or bread soup. No waste! …and oat flour happened.

Veg from the shopping trip

Tuesday late afternoon into the evening was feast shopping. Loren and Jay went to Cash and Carry, picked up a crockpot, and to Freddie’s. The phone rang and rang at the shop with questions, but we got things resolved.

…and the cherries are the right ones!!!!!

Late Tuesday afternoon a friend stopped at Anja and Loren’s shop and in between phone calls and talking (he’s coming to the feast, too!) she stitched up three more of the kiss-lock pouches.

…and the shopping trip *stuffed* things! The pic is just the vegetables!

Cookery – Wednesday 

  • Herbs ready to chop

    Greens had been harvested during the afternoon: regrown tops from parsnips, onions, turnips and celery, some basil, parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary and a few carrot and radish tops. These were for the oat pottage.

  • Pea flour got made since we didn’t know there was still most of a cupful. Well, that means we have plenty for the bread.
  • Loren got a batch of rye rolls done. We had miscounted on how many we had, but this gives us enough.
  • A couple of the people from up north offered to make one of the batches of cookies, so a recipe was sent.
  • Ground oats, coarse

    Oat/Leek/Onion/Greens pottage was next and used one of the quarts of beef broth that we had frozen earlier in the month, plus the coarse stuff from the oat flour from Monday. Pretty happy with this soup, a *good* recreation of a late winter pottage! I did leave it a little long before stirring so it’s a tad lumpy, but it tastes pretty good. That was done and boxed up just after midnight.

  • Chicken for borscht was next. Lots of hacky-choppy! Loren washed up the very dirty beet greens and stems after I hacked the bulbs loose. Cutting cabbage, onion, beets and beet stems went on for a couple of hours and left very red hands. The stems make a nice crunch in the soup. The chicken tried to cook this entire time. Granted it started partly frozen, but it never boiled! It was finally cooked, and I pulled the pieces and fridged them and added the broth to the crockpot of borscht vegetables and turned that on to cook overnight at around 2am. Wow, we were tired…

Cookery – Thursday

We did get the borscht finished, adding the spices, cooked barley and picked chicken. Tempus had to dig to make room in the freezer. We got a lot of things put away, too, from the very-very-large shopping run and a lot of things washed and set up, but then ran out of time and oomph to finish much other than supper.

Sewing Time – Thursday – Amy came in late and Anja got some sewing done on the kiss-lock pouches. Amy has the cords made for the feast tokens.

Cookery – Friday

Kolach dough for the třešňový kolachky (cherry buns) happened and they got formed, filled and baked in the evening.

Herb Bunch – Was on the properties of poppy, ferns and cherries.

Sewing Time – Saturday – 2nd pattern of pouches and linings cut. A little happened on the blackworked one. 

Cookery – Saturday

Mak, (poppy-seed filling) andthe cherry filling for babovky got done. I made two batches of the mak and for the 2nd batch of the mak I remembered to put the butter and milk in, first…. Wrong way round takes lots-and-lots-too-much stirring! The cherry filling didn’t have a recipe, so I made it up as I went along and got the sugar amount right on the first try!

Cookery – Sunday

Started with eggs for pickled eggs and a dough for the makovny babovky (poppyseed rings) The eggs took forever to boil! The babovky were formed by 4pm and set aside to rise. The eggs, onion and pickle broth were done around 5pm, but my veg peeler had vanished, so I couldn’t get the beets in. At that point I had to wait for Loren to get back.

Gudrun and I talked on Facebook during the day. She was starting the Shrewsbury cakes.

I picked the crab and dang, it took an *hour* to do two of ’em. Used to be I could do a crab in about 5 minutes. Just as I was finishing that Loren got back and took the detritus out, so it would stop smelling up the shop.

Last of all the babovky went home with us to bake, along with a stack of stuff for the pickle fridge. Next week we feast!

Project Day – …went entirely into feast stuff. Nothing else got worked on at all….

Miscellaneous pix


This Metal and a bit out of period, and if you have problemsbut wonderful.

The statement at the bottom of the page of this on youtube, since it doesn’t show here. “CAUTION! I won’t tolerate any racist, discriminatory or in any other form inappropriate comments! This song neither glorifies war, nor National Socialism, but should be considered as a historical work. ‘No, we don’t glorify anything, we just tell stories about things that have happened.’ (Rikard Sundén, founding member of Sabaton)”

Another interesting one by the same group. This about the Swiss Guard who died to the last man protecting the Pope, Clement VII, on 6 May 1527.

Links – Hoping this will show up for everyone….

Ivan Cauldwell said when he shared this video (on Facebook 2/11/18), “This makes me cry every time I see it…. And this time it is more from sadness than love. The SCA is my home, and I make my family among its members much more than blood. My SCA is a place of love, and with recent events, it has come to light that what I have loved my entire life has given sadness and frustration to many.”

“Another Facebook post I saw it showed a fighter in what was obviously his first suit, it said ‘The SCA is our chosen family, so be the family member a newcomer would choose.'”

“If you are a fighter, fight for what is right.
If you are an artisan, make something beautiful.
If you serve, serve the kingdom and ALL its people.
And above all, make the SCA a better place every event you attend.” (used with permission)

…and this month’s Florilegium:


Loren, Anja, Amy, Gudrun (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 = 272 plus 25 pouches for block-printing, 14 (plus 27 unfinished) pincushion, 2 sewing kits (except for bone needles), varnished stuff (124) 5 snap pouch, one double drawstring pouch, 4 brocade pouch

Total as a Household = 3630 handed off

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