Archive: March 2011

March is now on the books. I wish the weather would ease up a little, but I’m glad April comes tomorrow. March is such a long month, and I’m exhausted. But it’s been a great month regardless. Two weeks until Spring Break!

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Other pie/apron projects: January Pie: Lemon Meringue, February Pie: Milk Chocolate Pudding.

Confession: The apron I made this month was a bit of a nightmare, so I made the pie for St. Patrick’s Day and didn’t finish the apron until…about an hour ago. It was the Cottage Apron from the book One-Yard Wonders, which is a cute book with barely-there instructions. Seriously, if you don’t already know how to do things like make darts (which I didn’t), this is a tough one to finish. I wasn’t thrilled with the directions, but the apron is pretty cute once you get there.

The pie recipe I settled on is The Pioneer Woman’s recent Grasshopper Pie recipe. I’ve known since I started this pie project that I wanted to use Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in a St. Patrick’s Day minty pie. This was because I’d bought yards of Girl Scout cookie fabric last year with no idea what to do with it. I wanted to stash-bust that Thin Mint fabric into an apron. And I did. And the pie was yummy, but not Adam’s favorite thing. Understandable, it has a weirdly sweet and strange taste that makes me think of childhood. And toothpaste. It’s very 50s, very retro, and fabulous in an Ambrosia salad kind of way.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the pie:
1 box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies
2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
24 whole Large Marshmallows (or Container Of Marshmallow Fluff)
? cups Half-and-half
2 Tablespoons Creme De Menthe Liqueur (more To Taste)
2 Tablespoons Creme De Cacao Liqueur
Drop Or Two Of Green Food Coloring
1 cup Heavy Cream
Extra Cookie Crumbs, For Sprinkling

For the apron:
One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins
1 yard of fabric for the apron
1 yard of fabric OR 2″ wide ribbon for the straps
1 pack of 1/2″ single fold white bias tape (I’m still using up my Christmas Apron 2006 stash)

Read more on March Pie: Thin Mint Grasshopper…

Even though it’s still nearly freezing outside, I finally switched the library tree over for spring today. Positive thinking, it’s time to brighten up.

Yesterday my mom and I went to this show at the Park Avenue Armory, and it was one of the coolest installations I’ve ever seen. Joanna S. Rose has loaned her 651 red and white quilts for a free week-long exhibition in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum. Thinc Design did the installation, and they’ve managed to make an exquisitely modern experience out of a traditional American craft. Modern quilting at its coolest and most accessible. Incredible.

Read more on Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts…

I can’t believe the end of March is finally coming this week. It’s always such a long month, but it’s also a great time with my students, knee-deep in library projects. Here’s what’s been happening in library class this month:

My special needs classes have been reading Dr. Seuss stories, and we made these Horton ears last week.

Read more on March Roundup…

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