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.


The Galette looks amazingly simple and I am sure it will be throughly enjoyed by all who are lucky enough to sample it. I stumbled onto your blog and just love your features and especially your photos. Your doggie is too precious for words!

As one who's done cross stitch for years (primarily replicas of antique samplers), I just want to let you know that stitching on black is very hard. One reason is it's very hard to see the holes in the fabric. You really need to have a white pillow or cloth on your lap when you stitch because you can see the holes better. I've only done one thing on black and swore I'd never do another. While I absolutely love the look, it's very difficult.

I went to a talk a few years ago about Mrs Delany and her work. Just beautiful. At the end of the talk the speaker revealed that she was a descendant of Mary's.
Hope the thread winder is a success.

Very photogenic/pretty/delicious-looking dessert! I've always wanted to try my hand at galette-making. I love the idea of using frozen berries. Thanks so much for the recipe/inspiration!

I do hope you show your machine invention! So very curious. :)

Love your Boysenberry pie! I have wanted to ask for awhile where you purchased your Marble Pasty board? I keep seeing it peeking into your pictures every now and then and I want one in the worst way. I have checked Amazon and Williams Sonoma but haven't made a decision yet- tough choices-lol. I cannot wait for the sampler kit to be available! Sounds like your dining table was purchased just in time.

I was talking to my husband about your "machine" and right away he had an idea. We would love to see the finished project. Ah, the creative process----addicting, to be sure. The ideas are endless!!! Much success on your new kits--they're always so lovely :)

I'm not in love with cross stitch, so I won't get this one (I did buy the last sampler). I would looove a botanical sampler (mustard and black please:)).

this. looks. so. darn. good.

Love the dessert! I believe we will be having this tomorrow after church. Thank you for sharing. :)

In a word....YUM :}

Is that your rolling pin covered in the first photo? Is there a reason it's covered? I'm wondering if it helps in any way - or maybe I'm mistaken in what I think it is?

Alicia, do you know of this cookbook:
I think you'd like it a lot. The photos alone are worth the book. You may already know of her blog by the same name. Lots of recipes there too. Happy baking :)

Ah, your blog is SUCH a gift. Want to read about this artist big time too. Galette looks mahvelous.

PS I think we're due for an Andy post, maybe about making this (un?) winder thing and/or putting together the kits? Or somethin? PUHleez? Ann in Maine

Very excited about the new kit. A Botanical kit no less.

These photos made my mouth water!
xo, Cheryl

Oooh, I'd be so into a botanical sampler on black... I'll stay tuned.

I haven't thought of making a galette in a long while now, but yours has definitely inspired me!

Thank you so much for this introduction to Mary Devany. For the paper lovers: Gloria Vanderbilt's Book of Collage from 1970 is amazing (there is no sign of jeans with a swan on them found anywhere). I was enamored of this book as a child when my mom brought it home and endeavored to create like her. And you MUST check out the website for Paper Trail (a store in Rhinebeck, NY)that highlights gorgeous shoes and dresses made completely of paper. A friend who has seen them in person was nearly speechless trying to describe her joy at the sight of them.

I have the book about Mary Delaney. It's wonderful!!

I used to build cross stitch kits, too. We built a handy-dandy contraption to pull the floss- it was pretty dang awesome! There was a board with pegs to hold the cones, a bar above so that it pulled straight up, then a big hand cranked wheel with divided sections for the floss. That sounds confusing, but it really was awesome!

Oooh botanical. This is going to be gorgeous, I just know it. By the way - your cross stitch tutorial page - none of the photos are loading for me. It might be me, just thought I'd let you know.

Thanks so much for posting a link for the galette recipe. I often print recipes that never get made, but this looked so yummy, and I had blueberries and blackberries that needed to be used up, so I made this on Saturday morning and it was great!
Good luck with your floss 'machine'!

Yum! Soooo ready for summer!

Mmmm- that layer of cheese looks so good! I love berries- I'll have to try this the next time I head to the store. Never tried frozen berry pie though- do they need a liner on the oven floor?

Oh YUM Alicia! That looks so good.

Love that Paulson ingenuity and inventiveness! And what fun it must be to have 46 - thousand yard cones of lovely floss arrive - all of us embroiderers getting giddy and loopy reading that!

Thanks so much about the info re Molly Peacock's book - I adore her! I picked up her memoir years ago, while on vacation in SF - found it in the uber duber wonderful City Lights Bookstore. Have been in love with her ever since.

Happy week to you!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at