Be like Ken…

…and pick berries! At Ellie & Clarence we have what you need in order to prepare yummy blackberry desserts this season. Check out our signature dish towels, oven mitts and locally made ‘scrubbies’ in designer colors. Making a Sky Valley Road Trip fabric apron is easy as pie, and…we even have paper plates in the same design!

Here is a dessert to start with called Blackberry Fool (that’s what I am).


1-1/2 cups fresh blackberries
1 chipotle chile (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce), stemmed
3 Tbs. light brown sugar
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 cup heavy cream
1-1/2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Set a medium-mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Use the back of a wooden spoon to push 1 cup of the blackberries and the chipotle through the sieve, smearing the berries and chile back and forth across the mesh until only seeds and pulp remain. Scrape any purée from the bottom of the sieve. Stir the brown sugar and lime juice into the purée.

In a chilled medium metal bowl, combine the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla and beat with an electric hand mixer on high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.

Pour the blackberry mixture over the cream. Use a butter knife to gently stir the mixture so that thin streaks of dark purple run through the cream.

Spoon the mixture into 4 glasses or small dessert bowls and top with the remaining blackberries.

Recipe and image courtesy of Bruce Weinstein, Mark Scarbrough from Fine Cooking
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Sky Valley Road Trip

Ellie & Clarence’s March theme is Road Trips. With gas prices low and the car all tuned, it’s time to take a drive.  Our walls are covered with scenic paintings by local artists and artists who are inspired by the spectacular Sky Valley. Featuring the works of Catherine Gill, Patrick Woods,  Beanne Hull and early area photographer Lee Pickett. One of the Catherine Gill  paintings in the shop was the subject of a plein air road trip featured in “An Almost Perfect ‘Lousy’ Day In Skykomish Valley”.


Plan your own road trip and stop in Index, Washington to visit our store to pick up a painting and check out some of the most original fabric around, our very own Sky Valley Road Trip!

This fabric features small towns in the Skykomish Valley along  Highway 2 that you know and love.  It comes in four beautiful colors: Sunday Yellow, Deep Salmon Red,  Roseann’s Blue and Grandiorite Gray. Perfect for curtains, aprons, pillows, tablecloths, cloth napkins, spring dresses — and you can even order knits to make a bathing suit!


Drop by Ellie & Clarence for our monthly special event on Saturday, April 9 from 1-3 to create refrigerator magnets and buttons, gifts for Mother’s Day and everyone else including you. Bring photos or pretty papers to make your buttons with. Our April theme is flowers, so come into the shop to be inspired. Click here for workshop specifics.



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