Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Human Powered Carnival

Half way between the September meetings, some of us broke away to go to the Human Powered Carnival. Super fun. There was a theme of gnomes- which apparently those who live on the land the carnival is held on- hate gnomes. making it an ironic theme.

Teter Totter that goes in circles, too!

Sometimes our socks match. Ok, often.

Yo Yo Swings!

Roller rink!

Waiting in line for the Take-A-Break booth.

Stand up swing.

A play about gnomes... of course.

Part of the Circus show, this woman just swallowed that sword shes holding.

They also juggled fire, ate glass, hammered a nail up their nose, did a burlesque show, had a skit, rode unicycles, and other cool things.

Steal Wool+String+lighter fluid= really cool

Music, Music, Music time!

The view of the fire from the swings!

Mystery Tattoos!

Tattoo success!

Nap time!

Vroom! Time to go home...

Just a dead timber wolf- hangin with diapers. (wtf??)

Monday, September 13, 2010

and September Begins...

Well- the work party is over. Summer is over. Fall is coming in... and things are changing a lot with the season (as it should be). Ian has deemed the fall "autumn of abraiding." Abraid means to awake or to arouse... so the theme seems appropriate for my fall as well.

So now, I'm currently sitting in an airport in Burlington Vermont waiting for a flight. I was in vermont for the human powered carnival (photos to come later!) and am now waiting for a flight to Columbus, Ohio. Really excited to be back for a bit before jetting off again.

After getting pounds upon pounds of wild blueberry's from our lovely friends who were raking them, i started a Jam Making marathon.

Michaela and I ended up making about 4 dozen jars of it for the hive this winter.

We had a to-do list to get ready for Hurricane Earl. Turns out it was a bit of an pver reaction and the storm wasn't anything more than a regular heavy rain...

The morning of the storm we decided to head out to Jasper Beach to watch the storm roll by. So we all got decked out in our rain gear and worked on heading out the door...

The waves were pretty big... taller than me by the time they hit the shore. But we still made sure the ocean knew we wanted something more... so we all yelled at it together "Is that all you got!?!"

It was barely raining by the time we got there, so we decided to just play in the ocean instead.

We definately had to brace ourselves against the waves.

buried feet.

Sometime they were big enough to knock us down, and sometimes drag us around a little bit. Don't worry, no one got washed into the ocean.

Cute to the max.

Bloody knees... you won this round, ocean.

Erin made blueberry pies! They were so good! (please not the Bees and Beehive...)

We started the September meetings... I could only stay for the first week though. Here we were planning tour routes... Midwest, Appalachia, East Coast, West Coast, South West... lots of tours. lots of stops. Tour updates posted here!

I made Chamomile Shortbread Cookies with honey glaze on top for the True Cost of Coal presentation at the Grange this past week. I think the recipe needs some tweaking before I put it up...

Giving our 32 ft Banner a closer look as the presentation started... lots of folks showed up and the presentation went so well- Can't wait to learn to give the presentation myself!

Well... its getting close to plane time. See you in ohio?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blackfly Ball Baking

I wanted to make post about the baking from the Ball. We had lots of things to serve...

- Carrot Cake
- Blueberry Crumble Cake
- Apple Strussel Coffee Cake
- Zuchini Cupcakes
- Vanilla and Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Double Chocolate Cookies
- Snickerdoodles
- Vegan Ginger Snaps
- No Bakes
- Oatmeal Cookies
- Blueberry Split Seconds
- Criss Cross Peanut Butter Cookies
- Rice Crispy Treats
- Lemon Squares
- Vegan Brownies
- Blueberry Corn Muffins
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Plus the shortbread cookies and walnut brownies my mother sent!
All of these recipes are posted here, including notes such as "don't bother making these" or "there were great!." A lot of the recipes are from places like Joy of Baking, but some are from my family or other sources.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
sugar and cinnamon for rolling

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Mix flour, tartar, salt, and soda. Combine flour and butter mixtures. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture (1 cinn:3sugar). Flatten cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12- 15 min.

Carrot Cake
3/4 pound raw carrots, grated (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla

Mix oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix flour, powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in carrots. Bake in greased cake pan (bunt cake) for 20-30 min at 350.

(I frosted it with a coconut frosting, using coconut milk, powdered sugar, vanilla, and coconut flakes)

Vegan Ginger Snaps
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs ginger
1/2 tsp all spice
3/4 cup butter (vegan)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbs molasses
1 egg (3 tbs water + 1 tbs ground flax seed)

Cream butter, sugars, molasses and 'egg' together. Mix flour, soda, salt, ginger, and all spice. Combine wet and dry. Make into flat disc cookies and place on greased cookie sheer. Bake for 20 min at 350.

I made each recipe by at least x3. But some of them were made by x4 or x5- like chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, blueberry crumble cake, no bakes etc. All of that resulted in two long tables very full of baked goods- and (I think) lots of happy mouths at the Ball.

Work Party: Week 4 etc

After the Ball, things got a lot more quiet. A lot of folks left Machias, but we still had around 20 for most the last week in August. There was a shift in work load, since we were no longer functioning around an event, and things slowed down a bit.

After the ball, lots of love letters were left. Some of them got really cute, used lots of bee puns, and sometimes even left little gifts- such music from The Auroratones!
We worked on scrapping the front doors the the Clark Perry house. They're orignial and needed a lot of love, but after about 20 hours of work, one door is done!

We also worked on making a sign for Mano en Mano (Hand in Hand). And Brea taught me how to use a circular saw (cool!!).

It looked really beautiful when we were done.

We had a sleep over in the Grange. Cute.We tore up the bathroom floor after some water got all over the place, to find a beautiful hardwood floor. Matt's been working super hard on it for a really long time, it's going to look so good when it's done!

Morning yoga at the grange.

The first ever publicly advertised Beehive presentation at the Grange. It went really well and there will be another one on September 9th.

We had our last skill share. We learned how to darn a sock and Woods taught us some hobo biking tricks- like knots quickly but tautly and things he suggests bringing with you on a trip.

We went to Roque Bluffs to hang out, and go swimming. The water here is pretty cold, but it was so much fun. I haven't been in an ocean since I was probably like 7 years old.

There were tons of really delicious rose hips in hedged between the road and the beach. We all snacked on them- a lot.


We also made a pinata on the beach- for Emilys friends birthday. I didn't see the end of it, but it was going to be a blueberry, since they worked in the Blueberry fields together.


After the beach, we went to take out and all had ice cream, sweet potato fries, and other goodies- like the biggest sundae- ever!

Post meal massages.

A bunch of us took a day trip to the American Folk Festival- in Bangor- and stopped at a little gas station filled with all sorts of thing- including peanut butter fudge!

Erin came with her mom, who was visiting for the week from Florida! Yay moms!

We saw lots of great music there. And even though it was called the American Folk Festival, a lot of it was from around the world. I only caught a handful of bands but Le Vent du Nord was my favorite one, they were so good!

Some friends left that day on a Greyhound in Bangor.

On the way home, on of our cars broke down.

Woods and I hitched back into town and Erin and her mom stayed with the car to wait for the tow truck. We just heard from the mechanic that the car is no longer functional. Making it the 2nd car since July to quit on us. Uhg.

And now, the work party is for real over. Very few folks are still around, fall weather is rolling in- in a very beautiful welcoming way, and we've started September meetings. Which- should go on for about two weeks. We'll break for fun times in Vermont this weekend, and then I'll jet off to Ohio for a brief but exciting visit before leaving again for fall tour.