Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Goodreads Book Giveaway Starts Tomorrow - Sept.1st!

My Goodreads givaway for My Twelfth Christmas starts Sept. 1st and ends Sept. 30. Enter for a chance to win one of three copies being given away!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Twelfth Christmas by Linda Ash

My Twelfth Christmas

by Linda Ash

Giveaway ends September 30, 2011.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Selling books at The Crooked River Fiber Fling

Over the weekend my daughter and I sold our wares at The Crooked River Fiber Fling in Peninsula, Ohio. It was a hot and muggy weekend, but it was a lot of fun.

We sold my handspun yarns and hand-dyed rovings, displayed various fibers that spinners spin, and gave combing, carding, and spinning demonstrations. Here's our vendor booth - I was The Roving Spinner:

Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to bring my books along, a few of my salves, and my poison ivy itch relief spray. Here we are on the second day, taking a lunch break behind all of our non-fiber wares:

We had a great time talking with people about processing fiber and spinning, and my daughter was a great help. We sold quite a bit of everything, even books!

On the last day of the Fiber Fling, the last set of musicians who played over at the live music tent did a shout out for Linda over at The Roving Spinner. They played one of my favorite songs - Marie's Wedding. They had all come over to our tent earlier to ask all about processing fibers and spinning, and when they said they played Celtic music, I had asked if they knew that song. It was so fun to hear them play it for me!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Farmer's Market Dinner

My book signing tent at the farmer's market a couple of weeks ago was positioned right next to the cooking demonstration tent. The cook was given a certain amount of money by the market coordinators with which to buy ingredients from the vendors around her. She then transformed those ingredients into one tasty dish after another for market patrons to sample. Everything she made was delicious (I sampled them all).

We had guests over for dinner last night, and while thinking of what to serve, I was inspired by the cook at the market. On Saturday, my daughter and I went to the local farmer's market and gathered the ingredients for the meal. What we ended up serving was:

  • Chicken burgers made with herbed chicken patties from locally-raised, free-range chickens, garnished with tomatoes and lettuce.
  • Green beans (half from our garden, half from the farmer's market), steamed and then sauteed briefly in butter.
  • Handmade spinach linguine and mushroom linguine noodles mixed with zucchini, yellow squash, onions, and shitake mushrooms sauteed in olive oil and doused with cream and parmesian cheese.
  • Fern cakes (little pastry tarts filled with apricot and almond goodness and topped with a frosting glaze), and gelato which I made with blueberries from the market.

Everything but the buns for the burgers, the shitake mushrooms, cheese, cream, lettuce, butter, and olive oil, was either from the farmer's market or from our garden. It was all delish!

Thank you farmer's market cook lady for inspiring me!