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A Year of Picnics


 

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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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A Friend In Pie: Jessie Oleson

It’s a well-known fact that I have a sweet tooth. Although I keep it in check, my fondness for all-things-sugary is simply part of who I am (my family, too; Lord knows Mom, Pop, and the rest of the crew love some sweetness!).

That said, I’m no match for Jessie Oleson. Illustrator, blogger, author, and Cake Spy  proprietress, this woman traffics in the world of sugar, sugar, and a little bit more sugar. I mean, just look at that photo! Those cupcakes on stilts and smiling ice cream cones are not just her illustrations, they’re her friends!

While Jessie and I haven’t yet had the pleasure of saying “Howdy Do!” in person, she graciously accepted my solicitation of a pie recipe when I first cast my net for guest contributors to A Year Of Pies, back in the spring ’11. Her summer-focused Saltwater Taffy Pie recipe highlights a food memory so often associated with the flavors of that season.

If you’re in Seattle, be sure to stop by her Capitol Hill store. Otherwise, visit her site and do check out her new book, Cake Spy Presents: Sweet Treats For A Sugar-Filled Life. Jessie makes baking fun, silly, and, naturally, sweet, which sounds just about perfect to this lady.

Thank you so very much for your contribution to A Year of Pies, Jessie! Hopefully someday we’ll get to give each other high-fives and hugs, real-time!