Huckleberry oatmeal

Mike got me the best anniversary gift — Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook. As soon as I started flipping through the pages I knew it was going to be awesome, and I wanted to bookmark just about everything.

First up, I tried the baked oatmeal. The photo shows it with huckleberries on top, so I thought I would at least try to find some. I was sure I’d strike out, but there they were at the Berkeley Bowl in little plastic containers. Sweet!

I decided to skip the bananas in the recipe because I really don’t like the taste of baked bananas. But otherwise the recipe was spot-on, and by far the best baked oatmeal I’ve ever had. It’s a little bit sweet, with a little crunch from the browned top, and lovely purple streaks from the berries, which taste a lot like blueberries.

Huckleberry oatmeal
adapted from Super Natural Every Day

2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup-ish huckleberries or blueberries

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and butter a 9-inch square baking dish. In one bowl, mix up the dry ingredients (oats, walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt). In a separate bowl, whisk up the milk, egg, half of the butter, and vanilla.

Pour the dry ingredients into the baking dish, and then pour the liquid ingredients over the top. Once that’s spread evenly, sprinkle the huckleberries over the top.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the top is starting to turn golden brown. After you take it out of the oven, pour on the rest of the melted butter.

Stitches, big and small

You know how I made a knit sign for vending at craft fairs? Well, I loved it, but I felt like it looked a bit like a kindergartener made it. So I decided to re-do the letters for Renegade. But after the show, I realized I needed to make over the whole theme of my booth to fit in with the modern, sort of minimalist design that goes with poufs. So my new sign looks like this.

I’m disappointed that I couldn’t fit the word “knits” on there, but those letters took FOREVER to make and I decided to just let them be. I love how if you look closely you realize everything is made of yarn. And I love how the letters resemble typewriter type.

Speaking of stitching on a canvas, I got this sweet anniversary present from my grandma.

I love all the different layers — it’s a more complex cross stitch than what I’m used to seeing. My favorite part is our names stitched in those itty bitty letters.