Thursday, October 11, 2018

September/October

  This fall has been beautiful. The days have been remarkably warm and summer like. We have been enjoying spending as much time outside as we can, hence my absence from my blog. : ) 

The month of September was lovely! We enjoyed the bounty of our garden, which was our best harvest since living here. Adam's berry bushes really took off this year. In the picture above is just some of the elderberries he collected this fall! We have frozen the berries and look forward to making elderberry pies in the near future. Adam's blackberries, red raspberries and red currants did equally well. We have been enjoying delicious pies and jams with even greater pleasure since the fruit came from our own garden.
 This is just one day of my canning efforts. Like previous years I canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, soups, zucchini, pickles and several jams. If interested in any of the recipes I used, I included links in this post. In addition to canning I froze some baked goods this year. We had such an abundance of zucchini I decided to make a variety of zucchini breads and our favorite zucchini cookies to freeze. Already we have enjoyed baking a few cookies or a mini loaf of zucchini bread on a rainy weekend.
 Last month we celebrated Jemimah's fourth birthday! She is such a sweet little girl and a wonderful friend. We officially began homeschooling last month. Last year we did some Pre-K work with work books I picked up at the store. This year we are using this curriculum, that I saw recommended here. We are enjoying the curriculum and Jemimah looks forward to school time each morning.
 With the return of cooler weather I have resumed my habit of making a weekly batch of soup. Some may remember one of my favorite recipes that I shared quite a while back, stuffed pepper soup. Recently my mom had the brilliant idea of making cabbage roll soup, in much the same way we made our stuffed pepper soup. It is delicious, and I may like it even better than the stuffed pepper soup!
 For those who may like to try to make some themselves, here is the recipe.

Cabbage Roll Soup
  • 1 cup rice (prepare with water amount recommended)* 
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4-5 cups of shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 1 can (14 ounces) beef broth
Directions:
Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook the beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the shredded cabbage, spaghetti sauce, tomatoes and broth. Simmer until cabbage is fully cooked and tender. Add prepared rice; heat through.
*In my last batch I omitted the rice and added extra cabbage, it was still delicious! 
 Throughout the summer months I did very little knitting or crocheting due to the heat, but I did manage to finally complete my socks in time for the cooler weather. : ) I am so pleased with the finished results! I have begun to knit a pair of socks for Jemimah, and I suspect that they will take a lot less time, considering the size difference.
This week I have enjoyed collecting some of my scrap fabric to create a Dresden plate design for a pillow cover. I made a similar pillow cover last year, and I have wanted to make another for the other rocking chair in our living room.
 Here is a picture of the pillow I made last year, to give you an idea of how the pillow will look when finished. The design is fairly simple to sew together and I love to see so many beloved calico scraps being put to a good use.
 Speaking of fabric.... when we were out the other weekend I discovered that one of my favorite fabric shops was having a sale. I couldn't resist purchasing a couple of my favorites with aprons in mind.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/644104799/autumnal-green-hanging-dish-towel-fall?ref=shop_home_active_11
Recently I added a few "autumnal themed" items to my Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/645319165/burgundy-calico-1940s-calico-apron-ready?ref=shop_home_active_5
 And of course a few new aprons!
 And to close this post I'd like to introduce our kitten Miranda. We adopted Miranda back in June and she is truly a joy! Jemimah loves her dearly, as do Adam and I. We named Miranda after one of my favorite Grace Livingston Hill characters, and she certainly is living up to her namesake's reputation for being mischievous but loving!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; 
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Little Book of Thanks- Review

It happens every autumn. As soon as the leaves begin to turn bright, beautiful colors, the year sprints ahead on fast-forward! Take a few moments out of the hustle and bustle of the season to sink into a cozy chair with your little one and thank God for everything He’s given us with Precious Moments® Little Book of Thanks.
In the sweet, enduring art style of Precious Moments, this timeless book will help your children recognize all the wonderful things God has given them! Read along, and you will remember to enjoy the simple things, like singing silly songs, jumping in a pile of leaves, and watching the seasons change. The short, rhyming verses in this classic Precious Moments book don’t take much time to read at all, and they will create memories that last forever.
Precious Moments Little Book of Thanks offers you the chance to be thankful for all that you have and for the ones with whom you get to share every precious moment.
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Little Book of Thanks
By Jean Fisher

We have a couple of other seasonal Precious Moments books, so when I saw Little Book of Thanks I knew it would be the perfect addition to collection! 

Little Book of Thanks is a sturdy board book filled with charming illustrations of Precious Moments characters celebrating the simple things of life. Each page features a prayer of thanksgiving. The topics vary from family, to God's creativity in creating us, thanksgiving for laughter, healthy food- just to name a few. The prayer is then followed by a poem and Scripture verse. I was pleased to see lines from some classic autumnal poems included too.

It seems that Thanksgiving is often over looked, especially when it comes to children's books. Therefore I am pleased to have Little Book of Thanks to share with my daughter. It is a wonderful reminder to be grateful for all the many blessing God gives us each and every day, including something so simple as laughter!

The combination of the illustrations, prayers, poems and Scripture make it a special treasure that I am sure we will look forward to revisiting every autumn.

*I received a complimentary copy of Little Book of Thanks from Book Look Blogger in exchange for my honest review*

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

God's Blessings Day by Day -Review

God’s Blessing Day by Day is a trustworthy devotional compiled by renowned pastors and church leaders. Edited by Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, this devotional is the perfect way to introduce your children and grandchildren to a legacy of faith.
One of the greatest gifts - and greatest challenges - of raising children is introducing them to the ways of God. As parents and grandparents, we want to impart our faith to the children we love so dearly, and it can feel more difficult than ever in the fast-moving, instant-access culture in which we find ourselves.
God’s Blessing Day by Day,compiled by Johnny Hunt and more than 50 pastors and church leaders, is the perfect way to build faith through gratitude.
This easy-to-understand, child-friendly devotional is the perfect way to engage your family. Each devotion is written on topics children care about and includes great prayers and takeaways that will spark conversation as the timeless Word of God instructs and inspires your children.
Impart a deeper connection with the Lord in your children, help them establish healthy habits of devotion and prayer, and equip them with the tools they need to grow their faith.
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God's Blessings Day by Day
By Johnny Hunt

Growing up I remember my mom sharing with me the importance of time spent daily in Bible reading and devotions. As a little girl my mom gave me a set of devotionals, one for each month of the year. I read and re-read them throughout my childhood. This helped me begin a life long habit of seeking God at the start of each and every day. I am grateful for this lesson my mom taught me at a young age, and I am hoping to share this lesson with my daughter too!

God's Blessings Day by Day is a wonderful way to introduce the idea of daily devotions to your children. Each devotion includes a verse for the day, an easy to understand illustration of how the verse may apply to the child's life and a short prayer for the day. There are six devotions per week, one per weekday and one per weekend. The weeks are numbered and the book may be started at any time of the year. The book includes a ribbon bookmark, which is very helpful for keeping your place.

One feature of the book my daughter has especially enjoyed are the adorable illustrations of animals throughout the book. They are truly precious. God's Blessings Day by Day is hard cover and of excellent quality. It would make a beautiful gift for children of varying ages. It is easy enough for toddlers to understand, but would be perfect for older children to read to themselves.

I am grateful to have this devotional to share with my daughter. Many times after reading one of the devotions she has asked me a question regarding what we read, which has been a great way to start a conversation about God's truths and how they apply to her life.

*I received a complimentary copy of God's Blessings Day by Day from Book Look Blogger in exchange for my honest review*



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Zucchuni Cookies

This year we have been blessed with an abundance of zucchini. It has been fun to look through favorite old recipes and create a variety of meals and desserts using this highly nutritious vegetable. In previous years I have shared a couple of family favorites: zucchini pancakes and zucchini tomato casserole.
A long time favorite recipe has been the zucchini cookie recipe from The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook. The flavor of the spices mixed with raisins make for a satisfying and old-fashioned cookie. Also, these cookies are delightfully moist due to the zucchini.
Zucchini Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup raw zucchini, skinned and grated (I never peel my zucchini)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
Nuts or raisins

Cream butter, honey, egg, and vanilla together. Stir in zucchini. Sift together dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts or raisins. Bake as drop cookies on greased cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Some new recipes we have enjoyed this year are: Parmesan Zucchini, Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread and Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Last week I made zucchini corn chowder, which was simple and delicious.

Isn't it amazing how many wonderful recipes can be created with zucchini? Do you have any favorite zucchini recipes you make year after year? I would love to know as I still have zucchinis growing in our garden and a basket of them in my kitchen. : )

Saturday, June 30, 2018

God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers -Review

Find peace in your bedtime routine.
Do you long for your children to grow close with God? Join the adorable animal families as they learn to pray about every moment of the day—the fun times, the hard parts, and everything in between.
Whether the animals ask God for help finding a toy or thank Him for the day’s adventures, God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers will create a special, quiet bedtime routine of prayer and will instill God’s Word in your children’s hearts.
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God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers
Written by: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by: Steve Whitlow



God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers is truly a beautiful way to end your little one's day. The peaceful rhythm of each prayer is helpful in calming a child and a lovely way to encourage them in their bedtime prayers.

Each page illustrates a different animal family and a special experience from their day. One illustration pictures a bear family enjoying ice cream in the park, the prayer to accompany this page is one of thanksgiving followed by "Always be thankful" Colossians 3:15. Another page shows a little bunny searching for his teddy bear before bed, the prayer is a request of help and is followed by "Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7. What a beautiful reminder that we can take all of our concerns to the Lord, even the smallest one.

Each illustration is precious. The soft coloring and variety of animal families really attracted my daughter's attention. When the book arrived she was very excited to read it with me. I loved how the book presented so many different ideas of prayers to children, and that each prayer was followed by a scripture. There are prayers of thanksgiving, concern for a sibling's health, fear, confession of not sharing with a friend and a desire to help others. All wonderful lessons for children!

My daughter is 3 1/2 and really enjoyed God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers however younger children would find this book enjoyable too since the pages are short. It is a board book which is perfect for little ones who have yet to learn the importance of treating books with special care. : )

I would definitely recommend this book!

*I received a complimentary copy of God Bless Our Bedtime Prayers from Book Look Blogger in exchange for my honest review*

Monday, June 11, 2018

Clothes Pin Bags, Aprons and Laundry Day Inspiration

https://www.etsy.com/shop/lilacsinspring?section_id=11996472
Once spring arrives I am always excited to hang laundry outside to dry on my clothesline again. There is something absolutely wonderful about wearing a garment that smells of fresh air and sunshine!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/606503746/floral-clothes-pin-bag-ready-to-ship?ref=shop_home_active_1
 I have found my clothes pin bag to be a very handy accessory. In the past I would sometimes be guilty of leaving clothes pins on the line. Over time the clothes pins would become discolored and the springs could become rusty. But with a clothes pins bag it is so easy to collect my clothes pins up at the end of the day.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/620338107/turquoise-clothes-pin-bag-ready-to-ship?ref=shop_home_active_4
Over the past two years I have enjoyed making my own homemade laundry detergent. I found this recipe on Pinterest and really like how quickly a batch can be made. I always add lavender essential oil to my detergent.

Homemade Laundry Detergent:
  • An empty  1/2 gallon old detergent jug or 1/2 gallon canning jar
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
Combine ingredients in 1/2 gallon container, fill container with hot water. Shake to combine. Gently shake before each use. Use 1/4- 1/3 cup per load.

Another laundry favorite is this stain remover recipe.

Use 2 parts peroxide and 1 part blue Dawn and baking soda. I usually use 1/2 cup peroxide, 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap and 1/4 cup baking soda. Apply to stain remover prior to washing.
 
I shared this some time ago, but thought it would be a nice addition to this post....

Old Recipe
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Years ago a Kentucky grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe for washing clothes. It appears below just as it was written, and despite the spelling, has a bit of philosophy. This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrap book (with spelling errors and all).
1.Bilt a fir in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. 2.Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. 3.Shave one hole cake of lie soap in bilin water. 4.Sort things make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags. 5.To make startch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water. 6.Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and then bile. Rub colored don’t bile, just rinch and starch. 7. Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinch, and starch. 8.Hang old rags on fence. 9.Spread tea towels on the grass. 10. pore rinch water in the flower beds. 11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. 12.Turn tubs upside down. 13.Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.
***Paste this over our washer and dryer and next time when you think things are bleak, read it again and give thanks for your blessings!
 
The clothes pin bags featured in this post are for sale in my Etsy shop. I have also added some pretty new aprons too.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/606501930/navy-calico-1940s-wrap-apron-ready-to?ref=shop_home_active_3

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men." Colossians 3:23



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Springtime Dresses

Earlier this spring I sewed some new dresses for my daughter, Jemimah. I love to sew, but sewing something for my little girl brings me the greatest pleasure! In the photo above is a jumper/sundress, which has been Jemimah's favorite new dress this spring. She selected the fabric herself, in spite of my efforts to talk her into a similar fabric in lavender. Pink is her favorite color and she reminds me of this fact often.
I think another reason this jumper is a favorite are the pockets! I had fun designing these pockets. They are simple rounded pocket cut out taller than usual, so that the extra fabric can be folded down to create a casing for elastic. Jemimah loves pockets! She carries her little treasures with her in these pockets; flowers, bows and her little Thomas trains. : )

My mom and I are offering this jumper/sundress on our Etsy page here. It can be custom sewn in a variety of pretty cotton calicos.
 Another favorite has been this sweet little rose print dress, because it is also pink! This is one of my favorite dress styles due to it's simplicity. I sewed this dress style with a collar and long sleeves last fall.
I used Robert Kauffman fabric that I had purchased from fabric.com for this dress, and the dress below. I was very pleased with this line of fabric, it was hard to choose just two from the collection.
I especially enjoyed sewing this dress! It was Jemimah's Easter dress this year. I love the soft lavender floral pattern.
It was fun to select the different trims and ribbon to make this dress special. She looks so sweet and old-fashioned wearing this dress.

Since taking these pictures I have sewn a few other garments for Jemimah's spring/summer wardrobe. I am so grateful and blessed to be able to sew most of my daughter's clothes. It is also a joy to see her pleased with the what I have made. I remember the excitement I felt helping my mom choose fabric for my dresses when I was a girl, and then the feeling of trying on my new dress for the first time! All of the dresses my mom made with such love are special memories to me.

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant start to your week. Do you have any special sewing projects this week?



Friday, May 25, 2018

Spring Flowers and Birds

Spring arrived earlier this month, and it has been one of the loveliest springs I can remember! After a very long, cold winter the sunshine and warmth is truly a blessing. 

With the arrival of May my mom and I always look forward to the arrival of our favorite feathered friends. While we talk on the phone each day we give each other bird reports. : ) I saw my first Rose Breasted Grosbeak of the year at my mom's house. We were impressed to see three males at one time! About a week after seeing the Rose Breasted Grosbeak at my mom's house Jemimah yelled out "Mama, the Rose Breasted Grosbeak is here!". I came out to the kitchen and sure enough outside the kitchen window I saw the Rose Breasted Grosbeak eating from our feeder.
We have been super blessed by the variety of birds that have been visiting us regularly. One of my favorites has been the Baltimore Oriole. I would love to take a picture of the Baltimore Oriole, but he tends to hear me if I try to open the door or window. Usually we may see a Baltimore Oriole once or twice in the month of May, but this year he has visited our suet feeder every day in the morning and evening. 

We also have both of our bird houses inhabited. In the picture above in a tree swallow. Despite Adam's efforts to dump their nests and move them along, they have persevered! The boxes we have purchased are special for bluebirds and we try to keep them available specifically for bluebirds. However we were delighted to discover a sweet little bluebird family nesting in the other box.
The crab apple tree was exceptionally gorgeous this year! I was amazed at the fullness of the blossoms and how they remained on the tree about a week. In past years the wind has blown the blossoms off within a day or two.
 I made a bouquet of crab apple blossoms and lilacs for Mother's Day. I thought it was one the prettiest combinations I had seen.
You may have noticed in the picture of the crab apple tree that there was work being done across the road from our house. Last fall a Mennonite family purchased the land across the road from us and the field next to our property. They have worked hard to remove all of the overgrowth and old buildings that stood deteriorating across the road from us. It has been wonderful to gain more sunlight in the evening due to the removal of all of the trees. Another treat has been the addition of cows! They built a large fence and a couple of weeks ago brought in several Angus cows as well as a few other breeds of beef cows. I love to hear the cows mooing when I wake up in the morning. : )
The lilacs are in full bloom now. They smell so beautiful!
I have added a few new flowers to my garden this year. The Columbine in the picture above was called "songbird bluebird".
My grandma always had a bleeding heart in her garden. Adam bought this plant for me as a Mother's Day gift. It makes me think of my grandma and her love of God's creation.
 I have also been blessed to see so many wild flowers growing in our yard. The little violet in the picture above is one of many I have discovered. Jemimah has such fun looking for flowers. Every morning she comes in from playing outside with a little bouquet of flowers.
The flower above became one of my favorites last year. I discovered it growing along side the road in front of our house. I was puzzled. Growing up in the country I had seen many wild flowers and knew most by name. I had never seen a flower like this before. I went on-line and searched to try and discover the name, but couldn't seem to find the same flower. A day or so later I was reading a blog post about flowers, the post did not include pictures, just names of favorite flowers. When I read the name "Star of Bethlehem", something inside me just knew that was the name of this flower, and it was. This year we have Star of Bethlehem growing all along the edge of our front yard.
 To close this post, a picture of "cat Winston", as Jemimah calls him. Thankfully he has been doing all of his bird watching from inside! I hope we can keep it that way.

I hope you all have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:
To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep." Psalm 92: 1-5

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spring Tea Cup Exchange

Last month I had the pleasure of participating in The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup Exchange. This was my third tea cup exchange, and once again I was blessed by my experience.

I received a box filled with beautiful gifts from a dear lady named Esther who lives in California. It was exciting to think that the package had literally traveled across the United States, since I live in New York. : ) Each item was carefully and beautifully wrapped in pastel colored tissue paper. I felt as though it was my birthday!
Blue is my favorite color, and roses just happen to be my favorite flowers. As you can see this tea cup, saucer and plate are just perfect for me!
 Esther knew that I enjoyed old-fashioned and vintage items. She was so thoughtful in not only finding gifts that were vintage, but blue too! Isn't the blue glass slipper lovely? The broach and scarf go perfectly together too. I love how the scarf is printed with blue and white dishes.
 Esther mentioned in her letter that these Mexican Wedding cookies are one of her favorites. I can see why! They were delicious. I am also enjoying the fabulous collection of flavored green teas. It has been fun to sample so many different flavors.
I love this little scripture notebook. How true! He has filled my life with good things! The framed tea cup picture looks so sweet in my kitchen.
 After planting flowers in my garden last week, I was so excited to finally put these garden stakes in my flower bed. They are the perfect finishing touch!

Esther, thank you again for putting so much care and love into this delightful collection of teatime treasures! You truly blessed my heart and day!
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My package went to a lovely lady named Linda. She too loves to sew, and has a blog where she shares about her sewing adventures. Linda also has a beautiful Esty shop, Eastern Ave Designs. I had so much fun collecting gifts for Linda. A few of the gifts are handmade: the apron, dish towel, doily and lavender soap. I was delighted when I found the tea cup note cards, especially when I discovered they coordinated with the apron. : )
 It truly was wonderful to participate in The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup Exchange again! Thank you, Stephanie for all that you do to make this event such a blessing to all the ladies involved!

Be sure to visit The Enchanting Rose, as all of the other ladies who participated in the exchange will link up and share their posts too!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May- Yarn Along

 It is hard to believe it is already May. The month of April seemed to fly by, despite the winter-like weather we had most of the month. Spring has finally arrived here and we are enjoying the spring breezes, golden daffodils and sunshine!

Today I am pleased join the May Yarn Along. Despite spring's arrival my knitting is autumn minded. I know how little knitting I accomplish throughout the summer months, so I thought it best to begin work on a new fall/winter cardigan for Jemimah. The pattern I am using is "Granny's Favorite", I used this pattern once before.

I am currently reading For All Your Life by Emilie Loring. The book was published in 1952. It is a fun romantic mystery about a young woman who unexpectedly inherits a fortune, as well as a beautiful mountain home. From the day of her arrival mystery has followed her, as she and her new found friends try to discover a missing parrot and $10,000 of stolen money. I am more than halfway through the book, and have enjoyed the descriptions and story line. However it is not my favorite Emilie Loring book. I have read a few of her books now, and this so far has been my least favorite.
You may remember these coasters from this post. They were a fun project and the best part is they are pretty and practical! I used this pattern to crochet my coasters.



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sally Lunn Bread

As a girl I enjoyed reading all of the American Girl book series. It is hard to say which was my favorite, but looking back I think it was Felicity. Reading her book series brought the colonial era to life in my imagination. When I was around 10 years old my family visited colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, which definitely increased my enthusiasm for the 18th century. 

Last week my mom returned my copy of Felicity's Cookbook. I had loaned the book to her a while back and forgotten all about it. It was fun to review the recipes and historical facts sprinkled throughout. When I saw the recipe for Sally Lunn bread I thought that it was a recipe I should try soon. I remember eating a turkey sandwich made with Sally Lunn bread when we visited Williamsburg. The bread was so delicious and unique.
My one setback was that the recipe suggested using a tube pan/angel food cake pan. At the time I did not have a tube pan and was not willing to purchase a new pan just to make this bread.

Much to my delight I found a tube pan over the weekend at our local thrift store! I noticed some writing and numbers on the bottom of the pan. Adam did a little on-line investigation and discovered the pan was made in the 1950's. I am convinced that vintage bake ware is often superior to new bake ware. I guess if has lasted over 50 years it must be well made. : )
 The Sally Lunn bread was a big hit with Adam and Jemimah! It really was a lovely treat on a chilly, rainy spring afternoon. Especially when enjoyed buttered with red raspberry leaf tea. I found this fact from the Felicity's Cookbook interesting: Felicity made tea from raspberry leaves to protest the high tax on tea that came from England. Over the past few years I have read so many articles about the health benefits of red raspberry leaf tea, it really is a nice alternative to black caffeinated tea.

Sally Lunn Bread
 
Ingredients:
3/4 cup milk
1/4 warm water
 1 package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

Directions:
1. Measure the milk into a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Turn off the heat.
2. Measure the warm water into a small bowl. Add the yeast and stir. Then stir the warm milk into the yeast and water.
3.Measure the butter and sugar into a large bowl. Stir them until they are creamy.
4. Crack 1 egg into the mixing bowl of butter/sugar and beat the mixture. Add the second egg and beat the mixture again. 
5.Stir the flour and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.
6. Stir about 1 cup of the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture. Then stir in about 1/3 of the yeast mixture.
7. Add more flour and beat the mixture. Then add more yeast and beat the mixture again. Continue adding yeast and flour in this way, beating the batter unitl it is smooth.
8. Cover the large mixing bowl with a clean towel  and let the batter rise in a warm place for 1 hour. When the batter has doubled in size, remove the towel. Stir the batter quickly to take out the air.
9.Use paper towels to grease the tube pan with shortening or butter.
10. Pour the batter into the baking pan. Cover it with the towel. Let it rise for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled again in size. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while the batter rises.
11. Remove the towel and bake the bread on the center oven rack 40-45 minutes.
12. Remove bread from the oven. Use a butter knife to loosen the bread from the sides of the pan. Turn the pan upside down to remove the bread.

If you try this recipe I hope you will enjoy it as much a we did! It is a light, moist, delicate, bread.