Handcrafts and self-sufficiency…Inspired by Tasha Tudor !!

01 December 2016

Stony Mountain Fibers Open Shop Days

Saturday the 3rd and Saturday the 10th of December will be 
Stony Mountain Fibers Open Shop Days !
939 Hammocks Gap Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911
 (Just a few miles north from Pantops off of Rt.20)  

As many of you may know, we lost Barbara Gentry on the 2nd of September
...and things will never be the same without her!      
        
The shop door will be open on the above dates from 
10am-5pm
    
         'Tis the season...          
  
 You can shop for yarn, fiber, fiber prep equipment(carders, combs, drum carders, blending boards, etc...), looms(a couple), weaving equipment, crochet hooks, knitting needles and knitting supplies, needle felting equipment, dyes -natural and acid, books, patterns, videos, magazines and more!  

Books and yarn will be 30% off!!
Spinning and Weaving equipment will be 15% OFF!
Magazines are half off published price, or as marked.
The shop can only accept cash or check.
 No credit cards...sorry.  

Since the shop is next to the house, please respect the family and do not visit outside of these times. 
Thank you for understanding.

          We had a wonderful turn out in November!! Thank you to all who came out on November 5th!  It was good to see you all and we look forward to seeing you in December :)   

Please direct all questions to krzykar@yahoo.com
Below are some pics to show you some of what is available...





24 November 2016

Being Thankful


What do the weather forecasters know? (They threatened with a chance of rain)
Naught! 

What a perfect day!

Was able to lounge in bed for a while this morning and check out a few blogs.
Then it was up and outside to clean out the chicken house, which for too many reasons I had been putting off.
Yesterday I picked up shavings and a nice bale of hay, which I think they appreciate in the cold weather.

Nice and clean chicky house !
The nest boxes full of fresh hay !

While I was outside, I started smelling a skunk. There have been sitings in the yard in the past few months and one won't be coming back. They'll kill a chicken if they have the opportunity. I took a very careful walk around the yard to see if I spotted one. I didn't, thankfully, but I did take a few pics of the beautiful farm I am lucky enough to call home.

View of the pond from the yard.

The beautiful old house I get to live in :)


The chickens got to be out for a while, while I was cleaning their house. One of the cats, Midge, watching the chicks!


The donkeys get to enjoy being out in the big fields in the winter.

He really has something to be thankful for ! :)



So I have many things to be thankful for...
A cozy, roomy home, big enough to house my fiber 'stuff' !
Beautiful views from every side of the house !
The perfect, sunny and not freezing day to do some much needed outdoor cleaning !
Plenty of wood for the winter, that we cut and split from right here on the farm !
An adorable man who is talented, sweet and loves me ! (Still can't figure out why ;)
I could go on, but you get the gist !
No complaints here...
Now to shower and work inside the house...maybe make some cookies...or bread...yes...bread..mmmmm
Or apple crisp!



04 October 2016

Tasha Tudor Day 2016


The 28th of August would have been Tasha's 101st Birthday! 
It was my 7th year hosting a crafty get-together in her honor :)
It was too hot to have it comfortably outside, so this was the first time 
I hosted it inside.There was knitting, spinning, weaving, eating, laughing...
just a good time had by all!! 



Weaving on a rigid heddle loom.      

Happy knitting hands!      

Some serious spinning!      

Beautiful handknit sock!


Smiling. Happy. Spinning!      

One happy knitter :)      

Twins? Nah, but make 'ya look ;)      

These tomatoes were dehydrated on the hood of a car! Yes, it was that hot out!!






23 August 2016

Apple Crisp

    
      Ahhhh....home made apple crisp...what could be better?

This has been one of those special desserts that goes back as far as my 
earliest childhood memories. My mother made it and I learned from her. I don't 
know exactly where the recipe originated. My copy is hand written on an index card.
 If you do a search for apple crisp you will get many variations. Most I found 
included brown sugar and oatmeal with various spice mixtures. Sometimes it  
just needs to be kept simple. I think this is the simplest, most delicious 
apple crisp recipe you will find anywhere!!  

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Make the topping mix first
  The topping consists of flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon & butter.
 I usually make this first so that the apples won't have to sit and start browning.

The basic recipe is: 1 Cup of Flour, 1 Cup Sugar, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon,
 1/4 tsp Salt and a stick of cold Butter.

  You can tweak these to suit your tastes. I usually put more than a tsp of cinnamon because I really like it. You could use other spices or make it more or less sweet. Blend all of the dry ingredients together and then cut in the butter. It helps to slice the butter into several pieces before cutting. I mostly use a pastry cutter but you can use the two knife method and cut into the butter like scissors.  The butter pieces should be about pea size. Set it aside when mixed. 
 
I think Macintosh is the best apple to use!

I have always traditionally used Macintosh apples. You can use any variety 
you like but I think the tartness of the Macs goes well with the sweetness of the topping.

Very handy manual slicer/peeler!

I used to use a knife to cut them but that took forever,
 so I invested(all of about $20) in a manual peeler/slicer.

It works great!


Get out your favorite pie dish and fill it about half way with your peeled & sliced apples. Add some topping to the apples. I do this because I always seem to end up with too much for just the top. Finish adding apples. Remember that the apples will cook down, so pile 'em high! 


Thank you to my friend Louisa for help with the photo shoot :)

Finish it off with the remaining topping mix. If you slightly shake the pie dish,
 it will settle the topping down into the apples a bit. Bake at 375 (pre-heated) for about 45 minutes. You may want to put foil or a cookie sheet on the rack underneath to keep any drippings from getting on the bottom of your stove. Cool on a wire rack for a little while. While it's cooling, I often go ahead and make fresh whipped cream to top it with. It makes it just perfect! Vanilla ice cream is good too!!


Enjoy! 

~ Kimberly :)