TOODay & RAKfoundation #capturekindness

    Tie One On Day 2017 provided much reflection, as a means of honoring #nancyzieman and celebrating our recognition by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and its #capturekindness campaign.


Showcased by the RAKFoundation Week 2 challenge: Be Kind to Family, I considered the definition of family to include those we spend time with who support our endeavors.

Using that expanded definition of family, my TOODay 2017 recipients included two women I look forward to seeing at the gym, Roxanne and Karla. For almost 2 years, we’ve met four days a week at class, the commitment to attendance partially based on encouraging one another in our fitness goals. What better way to celebrate this sense of family than with cake!  Taking a hint from the RAKfoundation website, personal notes expressed my appreciation of their friendship.

#capturekindness and TOODay 2017 with cake and a handwritten notes

Throughout the week, I continued to #capturekindness with deliveries of individual slices of pie, complete with napkins and forks for instant yummy indulging, to those whose paths

#capturekindness & TOODay deliveries of individual slices of pie

I cross who unfailingly greet me with a smile.

For Thanksgiving dinner, we’re gathering at the home of our son and daughter-in-law, who are hosting the evening with two full tables of family and friends. An undertaking that’s been days in the making of cooking and baking, we’re arriving with a TOODay #capturekindness offering – a lunch of hearty soup and freshly baked bread to nourish the host and hostess through an afternoon of final food preparation.

A TOODay #capturekindness delivery of nourishment to our Thanksgiving host and hostess

May your Thanksgiving #capturekindness and celebrate a bounty of family and friendships!

Gratefully, EllynAnne







Tie One On Day Kindness Catch-Up!

Despite the recent events to the contrary, acts of kindness abound! To lift spirits, be encouraged, and find inspiration by others,

1.  Visit the Tie One On Day page on EllynAnne’s website and honor #NancyZieman

2.  Enter the Bernina USA / Tie One On Day apron event and giveaway

3.  Join the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s #CaptureKindness Campaign


visit to participate and enter the TOODay 2017 Giveaways!

TIME IS A-DWINDLING to participate in the 12th annual TOODay!


Tie One On Day’s loving sponsors are tied together by the belief that through kindness there will be change.


To bring attention to TOODay and encourage participation, sponsors Bernina USA, MikWright, Colonial Patterns, Heirloomed Collection , Amy Barickman/Indygo Junction, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Sarah Stitham-Workday Wear, author Paul Samuel Dolman, author Sherry Gore, Nails magazine, Union Stitch and Design, author Jill O’ConnorThe Vintage Apron, Taste of HomeSchmetz Needles, Country Woman Magazine, American Sewing Guild, Cultivar Wine/Caspar Estate, and SewNews provide giveaways of their products, which are divided among four (4) randomly selected winners. Twelve years of TOODay giveaways = lots of very surprised and happy folks. To put your name in the giveaway hat, CLICK HERE FOR INFO AND ENTRY!


And this:


Gratefully, EllynAnne



Peach Pie Worth the Detour

The harvesting of produce is in the final weeks and we decided to take a ride out east of town to shop the farms. At Musso’s, the bounty was so artfully displayed, my sense took its leave and

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was replaced with the desire to buy lots of food in bulk and do something great with it. By the time we wound our way to the checkout, my enthusiasm was waning for the job I was

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committing to and instead of leaving with a grocery cart of produce, we purchased a bushel of peaches.

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Driving home and regaling my husband with visions of the peach pies I was about to make and freeze, I made a last second decision to exit the regular routing for a detour on a pastoral, two-lane country road. As I steered the car down the ramp and onto the road, I remarked at the beauty that is just outside our town. And just as those words left my lips, I saw him.

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Was there a reason, the officer inquired, why I was speeding at 50 miles an hour in a 40 mph zone? M-m-m-m, because I was coming off the ramp and going down a hill? Orrrrrr, because I was chatting at my husband about the beauty that is nature AND going down a hill?

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Orrrrrr, because I didn’t see you in time to hit the brakes and was going down a hill?

Tho’ agreeable to my notation that the country is indeed beautiful, and a bit sad that he was about to issue my first driving ticket ever, he nonetheless wrote me up. At 10 miles over the speed limit, that quarter mile was going to be costly. What to say but thank you – I was brought up to be polite, even in the most difficult of circumstance.

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With the peaches a day from turning, I needed to simultaneously dwell and process (which would be me multi-tasking). Step 1

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Step 2

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Step 3: I’m always surprised when boiling and a quick cool make peeling a breeze.

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A slicing incident leads to a napkin wrapped with scotch tape, and my concluding that the sign of a house without children is a house without a bandaid box.

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Step 4: Six cups of sliced peaches sprinkled with almond extract, several pats of melted butter, quarter cup flour (which I was low on, so I substituted potato starch) and a tablespoon of citrus acid powder

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Step 5: Toasted almonds chopped into smallish bits

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Step 6: Almonds sprinkled onto the bottom layer and topped with sliced peaches mixture. Cover with second crust, free forming the crusts’ edges to meet & crimp. Brush milk over the top crust & sprinkle with sugar; set pan on foil or a baking sheet in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes; then 325 degrees for half an hour.

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Step 7: Serve warmed with a dollop of whipped cream.

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My pie pan is an oldie and sliced up without an eye to leftovers, delivers pie for 10. Given the cost of the peaches ($32.00) + the speeding ticket ($169.50), this was a $20.00 piece of pie, which I savored to the point of licking the plate clean. That detour was costly, but the smiles from friends who joined us for dessert…worth it.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!