Knitting Pipeline

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Open House and Thanksgiving Wishes

Thanks to all my customers and friends who came to my Open House on Sunday afternoon and to those who placed orders by internet and phone. I appreciate your support! My guests enjoyed a brunch of egg casserole, pastries, coffee, hot cranberry mulled drink (aka "The Bog"), Scottish shortbread, and veggies. The weather was beautiful. There was no ice or snow as we have experienced during the last few years that I held this event in early December.

The 2010 Sweetheart Basket is available starting December 1. The Hershey Kiss Basket is our first collaboration with the Hershey Co. The chocolate pottery is another first! It is so rich and elegant. Wouldn't these be perfect gifts for the chocolate lovers in your life?

Our library is a happy place to be when the morning sun streams through, and especially when the table is filled with Longaberger baskets and pottery.
I am so thankful for the support of wonderful people through the years. May you have the very best Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Open House--You are Invited

Today I'm busy pricing items for my Open House.

You are invited!
Holiday Open House

Sunday November 22, 2009

11 AM to 5 PM

Brunch will be served 11 AM to ?
  • Cash and Carry Specials
  • Jingle Bell Door Prizes all day!
  • A gift for all attending
  • Friends are welcome! Yes, spouses, too!
  • Special R.S.V.P Drawing for a Snowflake Cookie Platter! Just R.S.V.P. by Nov 20 to me by phone, email, or by leaving a comment on my blog. If you cannot attend but place an order, your name will be entered into the drawing, too! A random number generator will be used to draw the winner
Looking forward to seeing you then!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Weekend Musings and the Basket that Started it All

We had a beautiful Indian Summer weekend which was a perfect time for washing windows. Washing windows is a job I don't particularly look forward to doing but I like the results. What a difference clean windows make! I've been admiring them all day.

Sunday was the annual Kirkin' of the Tartan's at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. To celebrate the Scottish heritage of their denomination in the United States, the church has this special service in November. Our band, Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums, marches in while playing and proceeds around the sanctuary. St. Paul's has one of the largest sanctuaries I've seen in a Protestant church. The altar is in the center and the pews are arranged on two opposing sides. There is an aisle all the way around. I have to say it is quite impressive to have the pipes and drums come through the doors and parade around the room. About midway through the service folks bring their tartans forward to the altar for a blessing. The priest says the family/tartan name and blesses it individually. The band also plays Amazing Grace as an offertory and a short set after the service is over. The band always looks forward to this event, partly because it is a way for us to show our appreciation to St. Paul's for all the years they have allowed us to use their building for our rehearsals each week.

The Large Market Basket was the first Longaberger Basket I ever owned. I still have my original one, the one that started me on a path which has been very beneficial for me and my family. I never expected to have my own business. I earned a Master's Degree in Library Science and worked in two libraries in the Champaign-Urbana area, first as a director and then as an adult reference librarian. After we moved to Washington IL it was fully my intention to continue in library work when my sons were a little older. After Peter was born I was invited to my first Longaberger show. There were several baskets that I wanted right away for my knitting and I signed up to have a show, not because I thought I would get anything free, mind you, but just because I wanted another chance to see the baskets! Shortly after that I decided to become a consultant myself just to earn an extra $25 to $50 a month and get all the baskets I wanted at a discount. The business continued to grow and I was able to work while staying home with our 3 sons. I'm very grateful for the opportunities I've had, the wonderful people I've met...and this beautiful Large Market started it all!
This basket is on sale, Wednesday, November 11 online only at or you can get it at half price by hosting your own home show or catalog show.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Easy Microwave Apple Cake

Hurry on over to the Factory Store online to purchase the beautiful Woven Traditions Fluted Cake Pans just 2/$26!
Available while supplies last!

I enjoy making this cake in the microwave. It is quick, easy, delicious, and relatively lowfat. What more could a person ask for? Oh, and the pan cleans up like a dream!

Longaberger Products:
  • Large Tip and Mix Bowl
  • Woven Traditions Fluted Cake Pan
  • Woven Traditions Dinner Plate
  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix (if you can't find spice mix use yellow cake mix and add cinnamon, etc.)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can Apple Pie Filling (21 oz)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
In Large Tip and Mix Bowl, mix the dry cake mix, eggs, apple pie filling, and applesauce until moist. Grease pan (I use spray such as Pam.) Pour mixture into the microwave safe Woven Traditions Fluted Cake Pan. Place in microwave and bake on high for 12 minutes. Remove from microwave and cover Fluted Cake Pan with Woven Traditions Dinner Plate (this finishes the cooking process). Let cool slightly. Turn the cake over onto the Woven Traditions Dinner Plate and carefully remove Fluted Cake Pan. Delicious with whipped topping or ice cream.
Variations: (I have not tried these. Let me know if you do.)
  • Chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling
  • Spice Cake mix with pumpkin pie filling
Warning: Take out about 1 and 1/2 cups of batter before baking or you will have a little cake volcano in the microwave. That happened the first time I baked the cake. So for my Open House in October I decided to be extra clever and bake a small cake in a Soup and Salad Bowl with the extra batter. That would have worked fine except I did not cut down the baking time enough and suddenly smelled smoke which was coming out of the microwave! The cake didn't LOOK that burnt because the burned part was mostly on the bottom. What a fiasco. I've scrubbed the microwave numerous times, boiled vinegar in it, baking soda, you name it and it still smells like smoke. My husband's remark was, "I'm glad I didn't do it!"