Friday, March 23, 2012

It’s Nuts Here

Our weather is even stranger than usual. In just one week, we’ve had highs in the 80s, followed by cold winds and a rainstorm, and then one night with the lows hitting the freezing point. Now we’re headed back up to the 80s. I’d already put my sweaters away, then I had to pull a couple back out. Now what – put them back?

What else is nuts?

Pie! The Piemaker was in an experimental mood, and the results were two variations on pecan pie.
On the left is a traditional pecan pie, and on the right, the same recipe with a mixture of pecans and walnuts. I was skeptical about mixing them, but the result is fantastic. Of course we’ve had several taste tests to compare the two. I just don’t think I can pick a favorite.

And, the pants pattern project is a little nuts. I finally gave up on ever finding a sailor-style pant pattern I liked, so I reverse-engineered a pair of RTW with a front panel that I thought I could convert to a buttoned version to mimic the sailor front. The muslin is in progress, but now I see that Burda is coming out with a gorgeous pattern of THE EXACT PANTS I WANT in the April issue of BWOF.


Why couldn’t they have put that out BEFORE I did all that work? I haven’t received my copy yet, so hopefully I’ll have recovered from my fit of frustration by the time it arrives. Also, I expect to have a series of finished pants/slacks/trousers for your viewing pleasure next week.

Hope all is well in your corners of the world. Have a wonderful weekend!



  1. The weather is crazy here, also. Not as crazy as you are describing, but the temps have been jumping around quite a bit.

    Those pies look so, so good! I love pecan pie but hardly ever have it, since mister doesn't like it and most restaurants don't offer it except at Thanksgiving time. Now I am really craving it though, so I am going to have to hunt one down somewhere.

    I'm looking forward to your series of pants next week!

    Have an awesome weekend!

  2. Pecan Pie Perfection - tempting!

    Well done with the pattern alterations. The sailor front looks great. We have a monthly Burda magazine over here which includes patterns, is BWOF your US version?

  3. Hi Snippa, yes actually Burda World of Fashion is the OLD name for what I see is now called Burda Style, the monthly magazine that contains all the patterns. I guess we all still call it BWOF out of habit.
    After I posted this, my issue finally arrived, and I see that Burda's version of the pants are offered in a petite size. Not too difficult to lengthen them (probably), but I think I'll stick with my own pattern for now.

  4. The pies look so delicious! They make me want to try to make one! The sailor pants are a cute idea! I love nautical looks! Good luck and have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Bought my copy of Burda Style magazine and saw the pattern you mentioned!
    I fancy trying the "easy" style trousers featured with the extra instructions (dart front and back zip).