Sugar Pie

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We've been going out so much (to these tulip fields on Wednesday, and yesterday it was a wilting 88 degrees, and tonight it's a block party, and tomorrow it's dinner at our friends') that I never did make the dinner I've been meaning to make (not that I know what it is), but I did, at least, make a pie yesterday. Rhubarb (and blackberry), from this recipe. Strange recipe, really, and it doesn't seem like it will work, but then it does. The rhubarb and blackberries could not have been more tart. And this thing is so crazy sugary — and eggy, which I love — that it actually balances. But it's not like the typical creamy custard you'd expect (or like the one in the sour cream apple pie, I guess is what I'm thinking of). It's more like . . . goo. It's strangely good, though, and it was good for breakfast, too. My pie dish is cast iron, a gift from my sister but I think it's this one, and honestly, I don't think I'll ever use another pie plate. Because it actually browns the bottom of the crust. And it's big and deep. Good pie, good dish. Good days.

I've had a lot of irons in the fire lately, and things are finally starting to come together. New logo, new branding and packaging stuff, new web site, new blog design, new animal patterns, new kits, new fabrics, new yarns, new work routines as I shift more and more production out of the house and down the street to Spooltown. Just a lot of new. New and nervewracking. I'm thrilled with all of it, but still, it's new. I'm still expecting that we'll launch all of this at the end of this month, but now it's suddenly this month. And then once it's all launched and out there in the world, my dream is to take the summer off and go to the river and the pool every day with my girl.

Something's missing from our back yard! Still getting used to it, but oh, what an amazing thing it is to sit on your own back porch in your nightgown with pie and watch the stars come out, stars I've never seen before from this place. I made wishes for my baby girl and my love and family and friends and animals and watched the sky go from blue to ultraviolet to night. I think I'll do it again tonight, too.


Amy Senecal says: May 02, 2014 at 08:06 PM

I've been following your blog for many years now and rarely comment. Your pictures are always eye candy to me. Your creativity is constantly inspiring me. And I can't express how I have thrilled in sharing your journey with your sweet, sweet girl. What a blessing she must be to your every moment! A long-awaited gift.

So anyway, I just had to leave a comment today to tell you that this collection of photos is one of my favorites. LOVE, love, love the squatting with the stick photo (should be made into a big canvas), her sweet expressions, how the light falls in the rooms, the lovely dessert, and sweet Mimi looking down at those precious toes. Love it all.

oh that sugar pie of a baby girl, she is so photogenic. she's an elsa beskow image come to life, a hummel doll, so so precious. love your yummy pie and pie plate too, and all your new (EXCITING!) happenings. how wonderful alicia :)

I can't wait to see everything you've been working on! But yes, I do hope you can take the summer off.

I am madly in love with the yellow rain boots and the photo of an adorable little girl figuring out how her little toes work!

Those tulips! So pretty - one of my favourite things about this time of year.

That pie! I love rhubarb so it's a must try. How exciting that so many new things are happening! Many congratulations...

Lovely post. The pie looks good, and I didn't know they made a cast iron pie plate. Good luck on all your new ventures. Amelia is such a doll.

will try the pie, for sure... esp. if I can feed it to the kids for brekkie. Where oh where did you find those lovely bloomers for Mimi?! I need a few (dozen) pairs for my twins and want something more than just a diaper covering-- a bit of leg, too. I'm willing to sew them and crank them out production-style, if you made them from a pattern. Thanks!!

Goodness, that's a lot of "new"s! Good luck Alicia, I hope it all goes very smoothly for you, and that it is all very successful.

mamaroots says: May 03, 2014 at 02:37 PM

You are doing an awesome job, Mama! You always amaze me!

LynnMarie says: May 03, 2014 at 06:04 PM

Love the tulips---ours are not quite out yet. I will have to try the pie and pie for breakfast sounds divine!

i love how mimi's top mimics the abundance of the tulip fields … so much beauty you capture with your lens

Melody A. says: May 04, 2014 at 09:44 PM

Love to read your blog , such beautiful pictures, lovely writing, great changes coming to you and yours and the tree is missing from your backyard, beautiful house, beautiful pie!! thank you so much!

You sound so peaceful and FULL in the same breath. I am so happy for you - your life in images continues to inspire mine.

I know I've said it before, but it's so fun to me that your girl and mine are almost exactly a year apart -- so it's like looking a year into the future for me. Especially right now, with M in her brace, it makes me very happy to imagine her at 18mos, running around like Mimi.

Marcela says: May 05, 2014 at 08:20 AM

wowow don't you miss that tree?

Another comment because life is sweet and this world keeps getting smaller. I ordered a cast iron pie dish and went to look at the recipe. Turns out that Leslie Land and I were neighbors - I knew her husband when he was a young college professor and he adopted my geese (who kept running off). I never met Leslie, but Bill's daughter used to play with mine and we lived a lovely country existence in the horse country of Millbrook, NY

Alicia, did I mention there are two lengthy paragraphs in my new book about your blog's high readership? Advertising with Small Budgets for Big Results: How to Buy Print, Broadcast, Outdoor, Online, Direct Response & Offbeat Media. It's page 53, if you can reach that through the "look inside."

Alicia, your beautiful Mimi in the tulips looks totally like and ad, enticing folks to visit Holland or something of that sort!! Soooo pretty!!

oops: I meant "an ad" not "and ad" ;-)

I was just saying to a friend as we talked about childhood and spending time with our kiddos, "there are only so many summers"...and it's true the time flies I hope you do take the summer off and enjoy a happy swim each day with your darling girl!

Hello! I've just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it! I've actually gone back and read all the past ones too - my indulgence while our baby girl has her afternoon naps. Little girls are such a delight, you're very blessed to have little Amelia.
From all the way across the ocean in new zealand

Love your new look... loved the previous one also :) The planting book reminded me of my little front yard area... i made a little mosaic of 2 types of ajuga (with 2 shades of flowers). White candy tuft along sidewalk. So love the Large mosaic on the book cover.
I am almost finished with the Maisie Cardigan for a niece's little girl, soon to be born ~Cecellia.
I love making this sweater!

With Kindness,

I noticed the white lilacs were drooping. To prevent this from happening, cut them at a diagonal and then use scissors or pruners to cut up the middle. Peel back the outer "skin" about 4" up the stem and stick them in the hottest water you can get from your faucet for at least a couple of hours. Also, remove every leave on them, as they suck up the water on the way to the bloom. After a couple of hours in hot water, you can re-cut them and put them into arrangements. They should stay upright for several days if you do this.

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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




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.