Boysenberry Galette

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With frozen boysenberries, I made a quick fruit galette. Mine oozed berry juice everywhere while baking but it was still delicious. Let it cool on your pan before you try to slice or serve it. I used the whipped kind of cream cheese (just because that's what we had in the fridge), increased the powdered sugar in the cheese mixture to 3/4 cup, and sprinkled the top with demerara sugar. This is so easy and so yummy. I've never made one before, but I'll be re-writing this for the recipe box.

Very excited that the floss arrived yesterday. Forty-six 1,000-yard cones of it. Andy and I spent the afternoon at the hardware store finding things to help us fashion an enormous floss-unwinding "machine" on the dining room table. The goal is to be able to pull lengths from all forty-six cones at the same time, so we can cut them all at the same time, in one big hank. We're both a little excited to start building the machine this morning to see if my idea actually works.

Bye-bye table — I'll see you in a few days? Weeks? Not sure how long this will take!

Also, I'm still waiting for the cross-stitch fabric to come in. Once I actually have it in my hands, I will show you the finished sampler and start taking orders for the kits (and put the PDF pattern out, if you want to do it on your own). I've also ordered a ton of scissors, needles, and hoops for my web shop as well, so you'll be able to get everything you need there. I'll talk more about all of that as I start receiving things from my suppliers and I get closer to a release date for this kit, but I am expecting it to be in the next couple of weeks. I've decided not to take pre-orders for things anymore, so I won't start the sale until everything is in hand and assembled. It's too stressful trying to predict dates by which things will be done, and then be told by suppliers that there are unforeseen delays, etc. This time we are aiming to make enough kits that they will be able to stay in the web shop and be available indefinitely, so please don't worry that they will sell out before you get one. I don't think that is going to happen at all. We are making a ton of them — I want everyone to have one who wants one, even if I wind up with extras. So, stay tuned for updates on this, but things are coming together and I'm very excited! So happy to get busy again.

And yes, I'm totally thinking botanical sampler on black-ish background for the next one! Thank you to several of you who yesterday suggested I check out 18th-century cut-paper collage artist Mary Delany (who began creating her collages at age 72), and poet Molly Peacock's biography of her. Never in my life have I ordered a book faster than this. I cannot wait to see it.


Yum...I have frozen berries...and visiting relatives.
Thank you - now I know what they'll be eating soon:-)

I love rustic desserts--and now I know exactly what to make for Sunday brunch!

Cannot wait for news on the sampler--looking so forward to more pleasant hours stitching away on one of your creations. Have a wonderful weekend, friend.

Kristen from MA says: February 24, 2012 at 08:58 AM

And yes, I'm totally thinking botanical sampler on black-ish background for the next one!

OMG, yes! YES! :D

That box with 46 cones of embroidery floss must have been DELIGHTFUL to receive...and open....and gaze upon. :-) Lovely.

I suddenly want to both BAKE and do something wonderfully pretty with thread and needle! Gorgeous, edible photos up above of that galette. Yum!

Yum! That looks delicious, I love anything with berries :)

To get all the floss in and see all the gorgeous colors lined up (hmmm, would LOVE to see this myself) must have been such a feast for the eyes! I am SO excited to see the finished sampler! Only thing I dislike when you get these kits going is we don't "see" you for a few, and I so selfishly miss your posts! (what a whiner, huh!) Whatever though, it all sounds so exciting!

What a wonderful looking dessert! I read somewhere about gingerbread yesterday, and it made me crave pumpkin bread, so that is what I may be making this afternoon.

Being a former engineer, I'm intrigued to see your floss unwinding machine. Necessity IS the mother of invention. I look forward to see the finished, framed sampler. (and your future botanical sampler)

Going to a garden potluck tomorrow, and I think I may have found something amazing to bring along... thank you!
I am in awe of your planning-organizing skills. Your creativity is impressive enough, but to get everything together so everyone can join in the fun is remarkable.

I can't wait to see the sampler....I have always loved samplers and haven 't made one myself in years. I hope to order one of yours :)

I had a giggle at myself when I read this post today because I got really excited about another kit coming out soon, and I have all but one of the ornament kits to work on yet... but I am so looking forward to this sampler! It's just delightful. Your kits alone are so sweet-looking -- they're works of art in and of themselves with all the textures and colors. My friend just finished knitting for me the tiny blue scarf that the polar bear gets to wear in one of the kits, so I will be working on that one this year. Love your work, writing and crafting.


God, that galette looks delish. I've had a stomach bug for more than a week and am finally starting to get my appetite back. Mmmm, galette...

That looks mighty good! I thought your posts's title was "boysenberry gazette" - LOL

Where do you prefer to get your embroidery floss? I embroider so much I'm about to make the leap from skeins to cones & would love a point in the right direction.

The Cushion Queen says: February 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

That pud looks delicious! Have just checked out Mary Delaney & was surprised to find she is from Wiltshire where I grew up & I'd never heard of her! Looking forward to seeing the finished kits etc. & also the ingenious contraption for the floss cutting.

love to see your DIY on the homemade hank winding machine too.

I cannot wait for the release of the kit! I am putting off starting any other cross stitch projects so that I can do this one. I hope it sells really well for you!

What could be better than boysenberries, cream cheese and a yummy crust? Not much! :)

I CANNOT wait to order this sampler. Also, my mouth is now watering, and I have none of those things in the house! Ice cream it is.

lovely post, as always. i am picturing your floss unwinding machine. will it be rube goldberg-esque? i noticed that you changed your photo of miss clover meadow. cute.

Yum, looks great! :-)

My husband and I got to see some of Mary Delany's work at the Soane House in London a couple of years ago. SIGH. Thanks so much for the reminder of this beautiful work (and for the galette goodness).

That looks delicious! My husband made your bean chowder last weekend and it was a double recipe so I have been eating it for lunch all week. It's yummy. I'm very curious as to how you're making this floss unwinding machine - will you give us a sneak peek when you construct it?

I am so glad to hear that you'll have embroidery hoops in your virtual shop - I still need one for the last kit I bought from you. I wanted the "best" so I didn't get anything. :-) Your rustic pie looks deeeeeeeeeelish! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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My name is Alicia Paulson
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