Leigh Anne – in The Loopy Limelight!

Today, we’re starting a new regular feature on the blog called “The Loopy Limelight”. This will showcase different people in the Loopy Family (and that includes all of you!) from week to week. I’ve been wanting to start this for a long time, as I have gotten to know many of you and keep thinking that you all need to know each other, too! So I’ll share some of my friends with you, and some of the Loopy Elves, and some other interesting people that I think you ought to know. leighanneWe’ll make this a “most Mondays” feature. Enjoy!

This week I want to introduce you to a friend of mine who is an amazing cook, gardener, and businesswoman – Leigh Anne from Oregon. I’ll let Loopy do the talking……

Loopy: Thanks for being our first Loopy Limelight guest, Leigh Anne! Tell everyone how you and Sheri met.
Leigh Anne: I am excited and honored to be a guest on The Loopy Ewe Blog. I’ve known Sheri for quite a long time – I met Sheri over 15 years ago when we were both involved in another business. During this time I grew to love and admire Sheri and her business skills and savvy. When she told me she was starting “The Loopy Ewe” I couldn’t wait to check it out and have become a frequent visitor to her site and blog. (Especially on Fridays when she shares a recipe)

Loopy: Well I hear you’re quite the gardener, and quite the cook. But do you knit?
Leigh Anne: I am not a regular knitter. 🙁 In fact I didn’t even know there was such a thing as sock yarn! I have knit a few scarves in my life but that is it. But I do have a great love and appreciation for knitting as my grandmother was a knitter “extraordinaire”. If she wasn’t cooking or cleaning she had a pair of knitting needles in her hands. She knit ALL the time.

IMG_1617Loopy: Aah. It’s in your genes. We’ll get you eventually, I’m sure. 🙂 But in the meantime, you like knitters and what they make, right?
Leigh Anne: I do! I have many treasures that my grandmother made for me – a beautiful blanket she knit that was used on my “blessing day” at church, an elegant crocheted tablecloth, hand knit Barbie doll clothes, stuffed animals, sweaters and more. But the one thing that I treasure and remember more than any other item my grandmother knit were her “loopy” mitts. (Pretty appropriate to be sharing on the Loopy Ewe – don’t you think!) I am sure my grandmother made 100’s of pairs of loopy mitts during her life – everyone wanted a pair of loopy mitts – all my friends had them. We even sold them at the church bazaar to raise money to build a new church. My grandmother invented loopy mitts and to my knowledge there was never a pattern left behind. They were actually made with four needles and I remember how fast my grandmother’s hands would move when she made these mitts – amazing! I grew up in Wisconsin so I loved these mitts because they kept my hands so warm with all the little yarn loops on the inside – thus the name “loopy mitts”. As you can see from the picture these mittens were well used and loved. These are the last two remaining pairs I have.

So you really haven’t been inspired to get knitting again in your life?
Leigh Anne: Well, no. Not yet! But Sheri has inspired me in many other ways. One of those ways was to start a blog of my own. I loved visiting Sheri’s blog so much I decided I wanted one of mine own so I began www.yourhomebasedmom.com – a blog where I share tips and ideas for women who run a homebased business and I even share recipes too.

Loopy: We love good recipes. What did you pick our for us today?
Leigh Anne: Three things I know about Sheri – she loves to knit, she loves to shop and she loves chocolate. So the recipe I am sharing is for “Nordy Bars” They were originally made and sold (unfortunately they have stopped making them) at the Nordstrom Café – a place I know Sheri likes to shop. They are also rich, gooey and full of chocolate! So I hope you enjoy them!

Loopy: YUM! These look wonderful – thank you for sharing them! One last thing – can you share with us a good book recommendation, a good (already out on dvd) video recommendation, and a good music recommendation? (Because knitters like to knit to music and movies and books on tape.)
Leigh Anne: A good book – this is a hard one because I do read a lot and have a lot of books I love. My favorite genre is historical fiction – some of my favorites are “Women of the Silk”, “Snowflower and the Secret Fan” and my most recent read is “Moloka’i” – the story of the leper colony on the Hawaiian Island of the same name – a tragic story yet one full of strength, fortitude and courage. I have also had fun this year reading the vampire series – Twilight, New Moon and Ecllipse along with my teenager daughter – who wouldn’t fall in love with a vampire!? See I knew I couldn’t recommend just one book! I am also a huge Jane Austen fan – have read Pride and Prejudice many times! Favorite movie is Gone with the Wind and Mrs. Potter. Favorite music – I am a Broadway Musical Soundtrack fan – my favorites tend to be those songs my children are currently singing for whatever production they are in! I love to sing along very loudly in the car to the Mama Mia soundtrack and Wicked is another current favorite My cell phone ring is “Love Shack”!

nordy baars - Page 029Nordy Bars
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg. butterscotch chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups miniature marshmallows

In medium sauce pan melt butter, add butterscotch chips and brown sugar. Stir until melted (this may look a little strange but it will be o.k)

Remove from heat, add eggs, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add vanilla and set aside and cool.

When cool stir in chocolate chips, marshmallows and nuts if desired. Spread in an ungreased 9 x 13 pan. Bake 25 minutes at 350. Remove and cool – they will be soft and gooey when you take them out – they will set up as they cool. Enjoy!

Sheri hopeyouenjoyedmeetingLeighAnne-gocheckoutherblogformoregoodrecipes!


  1. This is a really good idea Sheri! And I will be stopping by her blog to check it out 🙂
    The Nordy Bars sound wonderful and as soon as I can get to the store i’m gonna get the stuff and make them, I’m sure my hubby will really love the chocolaty ness of them!

  2. Nice to meet you Leigh Anne! I love the loopy mittens! I’m also from Wisconsin and can appreciate a warm pair knit by some one you love. Thanks for the recipe! It’s a good one for those of use who have lots of chips on hand because we keep buying more 🙂

  3. I’m feeling very inspired to actually work on my blog now. It’s been rather neglected.
    (0 posts) I love the book and movie reccomendations!! Thank you Leigh Anne! Your Grandmother sounds lovely. We simply must get you knitting. 🙂

  4. What fun this is. Nice to hear about other peoples lives. And imagine, Sheri has a friend who hasn’t gotten the sock bug.

    I look forward to seeing who the Monday Star is going to be.

    Loopy needs to interview Sheri.

  5. Thank you Leigh Anne! Stephenie Meyer’s books are wonderful. I read them all myself and I will have to pick up the other suggestions you have–right after I make those Nordy Bars!

  6. Nice to meet you, Leigh Anne! And thanks for the wonderful recipe! I think I definitely need to make some and bring them in to work. Lots of tension here lately, and these could go far in making it better! 😎

  7. Great interview – I like this idea! And I really like the recipe. It will help me with my baking chip “overabundance” !

  8. Hello Leigh Anne. It’s nice to meet you. If you ever do get bitten by the knitting bug, I think the closest pattern to your grandmother’s mitten pattern is the thrummed mitten pattern. It is a little different (using fiber instead of loops of yarn) but it would probably be just as warn and would be a lovely way to connect your knitting with your grandmother’s knitting.

  9. Hi, Leigh Anne! How lucky we are to meet Sheri’s friends. What a good idea for your blog, Sheri. What a great community you’ve created with your family and friends. Thanks, yet again.

  10. Bet you could add some almonds to those Nordy bars Sheri! 😉

    You know….it’s starting to sound like you’re ready to do a weekly podcast. Just sayin’!

  11. Hey, what a great post; I like reading mini-bio’s! I am definitely going to try the Nordy Bars. I haven’t used anything that called for butterscotch chips in a what seems like eternity. I love historical fiction too and think that The Killer Angels had a fascinating take on the civil war. It’s too bad the movie was a bust, but the book was great! I still have Cold Mountain to read and I refuse to see the movie until I have read the book!

  12. It’s nice to meet you Leigh Anne. Your Nordy Bars look wonderful. Unfortunately,
    I couldn’t get a picture of your loopy mitts on my computer, but I bet they are
    great. I really admire the way you are raising your daughter. She sounds very
    accomplished. I had a profoundly retarded child who never got past three months
    old mentally. He lived for 33 years when they said he only had a month. A mother’s
    love can accomplish many things. Maybe one of these days you will pick up
    some needles and make some mitts for your daughter. She is lovely.

  13. Welcome, Leigh Anne, to the Loopy Ewe!!

    My stepdaughter is a big fan of Stephanie Meyers. She got “Eclipse” for Christmas and is now awaiting the 4th book. Your daughter might also like “Marked” and “Betrayed” by PC and Kristin Cast. She said they might be a smidge better than Meyer’s but she will deny it if you ask her:-)

    Thank you for sharing the Nordy Bars recipe. It’s going in my collection. One can never have enough recipes for gooey chocolatey bars.

  14. It was great to meet you Leigh Anne and this new feature is a wonderful idea, Sheri. I went to check out Leigh Anne’s blog and I definitely want to go back and read more. These recipes are really getting to me, though, since I am trying to avoid refined sugars and this isn’t helping!
    By the way I love the new Mrs. Kwitty’s bags! The blue and brown print is very tempting. I already have a lovely Mrs. Kwitty’s bag in a retro black/red /cream print and it is great.

  15. Thanks for an interesting read and a recipe I really needed! (I’ve got two bags of mini-marshmallows to do something with and a hubby who loves chocolate.) Thanks so much!

  16. Love those Loopy Mittens! Your grandmother invented a great technique for extra-fast, extra-warm mittens. Did you fingers get caught in the loops?

  17. Great interview, Sheri. Nice meeting your friend, but like I needed those tempting Nordy Bars??? Although now that I think about it, I do just happen to have some butterscotch chips leftover from when I was going to make a 5 minute Fudge Wreath. Hmmm. Appreciate the book recommendations…and Snowflower and the Secret Fan has got to be one of my favorite books, so I’ll surely try your other titles. Thanks again, Sheri…

  18. My grandmother taught me to knit as she was knitting bandages for her church group to send to the leper colony, Moloka’i. I remember them as all white cotton, 4 inches wide and forever long, knit in garter stitch. They were rolled and safety pinned and sent to Hawaii. The church group did this for years and years.

    It’s a good memory and thank you for bringing it back to me.

  19. GailR,

    One of the few knitting projects I have done is also a leper bandage for our church – they still do then as a regular Humanitarian Project and they are still made as you described.

  20. Nice to meet you, Leigh Anne! Those Nordi Bars sound extremely decadent! (Anything connected to Nordstroms has got to be good.) Thanks, Sheri, for this new blog feature—it’s going to be fun! (When does Loopy interview you?)

  21. Hi there Leigh and Sherri! To funny I happened on the post, I work for Nordstrom 🙂 Great company…. aaaand… we do have Nordy Bars in our cafe still, so if you are ever in Charlotte NC come visit!! We will go have Nordy Bars together 🙂

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