Friday, July 16, 2010

Best Stay At Home Mom Day EVER!

Yesterday I got to do something I have been looking forward to for weeks now. I got to get my house all picked up and BAKE! From scratch! It was sooo fun and I am so thankful and thrilled to be getting to do something my heart has desired FOR YEARS but I just simply didn't know how to nor did I have the time.  (But if you want it bad enough, you'll make the time for it.)

These are the ingredients for my granola bars. Sooooo yummy. But they fall apart... I don't know how to keep them in bar form...any suggestions?

Then I made HOMEMADE BREAD! It's called Amish White Bread, but I tweaked the recipe here and there with whole wheat flour in one loaf, and brown sugar and raisins in the other. (Those are the granola bars in the back, before I cut them all up)



What's a day in the kitchen without my little helper?
(Recognize that book, Leslie? She LOOOOVES it!)

Such a lovely sight and feeling...my breakfast this morning was all natural and homemade bread and local, free range egg from a friend of ours' chickens. 
(One of their hen's name is "Jessica Kiehn" per the request of their 5 year old daughter)
The drink is decaf iced coffee. Make a whole pot then stick it in the fridge over night and you have yourself a much cheaper Starbucks at home! I use Half and Half for creamer because it doesn't have anything fake added to it, it's just cream. 


Ok, so while I was in the middle of my baking, my Nanny called and asked if she could stop by and see Ruby and me. OF COURSE! So when she came by she had a little bag for me with the best gift I could ever think or imagine..

In it was this apron. My great-grandma Campbell's apron. She wore a dress and an apron every single day of her life. I never saw her without one of these waste aprons on. I loved that about her. She baked a pie every. single. morning.
Yes, that's an old farm town thing. You always have coffee and a fresh baked pie in case anybody dropped by for a visit. There is so many memories and history in this one little apron and I am downright honored and tickled to pieces to get to wear it around my waste, cook in it, and pass it down to my daughter one day.

Next in the bag was this cookbook. THE cookbook that my Nanny and Mom learned to cook from, basically. Nanny loved it so much when she got it years and years ago that she bought many. Looking through it I can see where the two of them got so many of the meals I remember having growing up. Now I get to make them! It's from the 70's...I love that.

Then last but certainly not least...this binder. Stocked FULL of Nanny's personal, classic, family recipes. Full of tips from a woman who has been cooking for way longer than I've been alive. 
There is so much work and love put into this, I was speechless. I can't wait to dive in and make some of these goodies!!!
Thank you, sweet NANNY!!!



Oh! The organization! 
(can you hear the Hallelujah chorus??)

10 comments:

Molly Carman said...

That is such a sweet gift!! And way to go on the awesome looking baked goods!
Also, Ruby looks so amazingly cute. It's been way too long since I've seen you guys.

Anonymous said...

I think if you caramelize the sugar and the butter before you pour it on, it might be able to stick together better. Basically just melt the butter on the stovetop and add the sugar and then mix it on medium to low heat. Then pour it on top of your granola ingredients and bake.

The Galloways party of 4 said...

I'm in love with this post. How sweet is your Nanny!? I bet that brought her such joy to pass those things on!! Happy for your wonderful day sister!

jessica kiehn said...

Shannon, i did exactly that. And still...falls apart.

Leslie Shelton said...

Crumbled granola bars = granola! You could still enjoy as a cereal with milk, which I happen to know you LOVE.

Anonymous said...

I didn't post that, but it sounds like a good idea! What about molasses to keep the bars together? It has a really distinct flavor but it's so sticky. I have to say I'm a little envious of the apron - that is SOOOOOOOO cool! That cookbook is awesome, and just the other day I made Nanny's chocolate syrup and used the binder she gave me, people LOVE that stuff and I'll probably bring it to any potluck I go to from now on. High five for cooking Jessica, your mother and Nanny have left a legacy of talent and innovation when it comes to the kitchen - we're lucky!

Leslie McDaniel said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! Wow, there is just so much wonderful in here!

First of all, WOW on your baked goods. I am so impressed. Everything looks so great. You are doing a great job at your role as mother and homemaker. And here is my tip for granola bars that stay together...Buy them in the box! hahaha, just kidding. I have no clue.

Also, the apron and book are SO SPECIAL! I am so amazed. I know you already know this, but the women in your family are HUGE blessings. Your nanny passing that knowledge onto you is a gift beyond words. You are so lucky. Take if from a person with no mom and a grandma who has only given me one thing ever...a $5 check for a $7 perm! What a strong, loving legacy she is passing on!!! You can tell how much work she put into it too.

And YES, I totally remember that book! And I love that Ruby bakes in the nude! I thought I was the only one who did that...hahaha!

Love how you were baking and your nanny comes over with this. Thanks for sharing this post with us!

Sheryl said...

This is priceless! And what a treat to see you that day and smell the luscious smells coming from your kitchen!! You're passing the legacy down to Ruby:). Creating amazing smells and foods made with love to your family. I love it! I'm so proud of your bread! What an accomplishment!!! I love you

Kari Beth said...

what a sweet and special gift!

Dennis said...

I can't believe how much Ruby has grown and how alert she looks. Thanks for the picture.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Best Stay At Home Mom Day EVER!

Yesterday I got to do something I have been looking forward to for weeks now. I got to get my house all picked up and BAKE! From scratch! It was sooo fun and I am so thankful and thrilled to be getting to do something my heart has desired FOR YEARS but I just simply didn't know how to nor did I have the time.  (But if you want it bad enough, you'll make the time for it.)

These are the ingredients for my granola bars. Sooooo yummy. But they fall apart... I don't know how to keep them in bar form...any suggestions?

Then I made HOMEMADE BREAD! It's called Amish White Bread, but I tweaked the recipe here and there with whole wheat flour in one loaf, and brown sugar and raisins in the other. (Those are the granola bars in the back, before I cut them all up)



What's a day in the kitchen without my little helper?
(Recognize that book, Leslie? She LOOOOVES it!)

Such a lovely sight and feeling...my breakfast this morning was all natural and homemade bread and local, free range egg from a friend of ours' chickens. 
(One of their hen's name is "Jessica Kiehn" per the request of their 5 year old daughter)
The drink is decaf iced coffee. Make a whole pot then stick it in the fridge over night and you have yourself a much cheaper Starbucks at home! I use Half and Half for creamer because it doesn't have anything fake added to it, it's just cream. 


Ok, so while I was in the middle of my baking, my Nanny called and asked if she could stop by and see Ruby and me. OF COURSE! So when she came by she had a little bag for me with the best gift I could ever think or imagine..

In it was this apron. My great-grandma Campbell's apron. She wore a dress and an apron every single day of her life. I never saw her without one of these waste aprons on. I loved that about her. She baked a pie every. single. morning.
Yes, that's an old farm town thing. You always have coffee and a fresh baked pie in case anybody dropped by for a visit. There is so many memories and history in this one little apron and I am downright honored and tickled to pieces to get to wear it around my waste, cook in it, and pass it down to my daughter one day.

Next in the bag was this cookbook. THE cookbook that my Nanny and Mom learned to cook from, basically. Nanny loved it so much when she got it years and years ago that she bought many. Looking through it I can see where the two of them got so many of the meals I remember having growing up. Now I get to make them! It's from the 70's...I love that.

Then last but certainly not least...this binder. Stocked FULL of Nanny's personal, classic, family recipes. Full of tips from a woman who has been cooking for way longer than I've been alive. 
There is so much work and love put into this, I was speechless. I can't wait to dive in and make some of these goodies!!!
Thank you, sweet NANNY!!!



Oh! The organization! 
(can you hear the Hallelujah chorus??)

10 comments:

Molly Carman said...

That is such a sweet gift!! And way to go on the awesome looking baked goods!
Also, Ruby looks so amazingly cute. It's been way too long since I've seen you guys.

Anonymous said...

I think if you caramelize the sugar and the butter before you pour it on, it might be able to stick together better. Basically just melt the butter on the stovetop and add the sugar and then mix it on medium to low heat. Then pour it on top of your granola ingredients and bake.

The Galloways party of 4 said...

I'm in love with this post. How sweet is your Nanny!? I bet that brought her such joy to pass those things on!! Happy for your wonderful day sister!

jessica kiehn said...

Shannon, i did exactly that. And still...falls apart.

Leslie Shelton said...

Crumbled granola bars = granola! You could still enjoy as a cereal with milk, which I happen to know you LOVE.

Anonymous said...

I didn't post that, but it sounds like a good idea! What about molasses to keep the bars together? It has a really distinct flavor but it's so sticky. I have to say I'm a little envious of the apron - that is SOOOOOOOO cool! That cookbook is awesome, and just the other day I made Nanny's chocolate syrup and used the binder she gave me, people LOVE that stuff and I'll probably bring it to any potluck I go to from now on. High five for cooking Jessica, your mother and Nanny have left a legacy of talent and innovation when it comes to the kitchen - we're lucky!

Leslie McDaniel said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! Wow, there is just so much wonderful in here!

First of all, WOW on your baked goods. I am so impressed. Everything looks so great. You are doing a great job at your role as mother and homemaker. And here is my tip for granola bars that stay together...Buy them in the box! hahaha, just kidding. I have no clue.

Also, the apron and book are SO SPECIAL! I am so amazed. I know you already know this, but the women in your family are HUGE blessings. Your nanny passing that knowledge onto you is a gift beyond words. You are so lucky. Take if from a person with no mom and a grandma who has only given me one thing ever...a $5 check for a $7 perm! What a strong, loving legacy she is passing on!!! You can tell how much work she put into it too.

And YES, I totally remember that book! And I love that Ruby bakes in the nude! I thought I was the only one who did that...hahaha!

Love how you were baking and your nanny comes over with this. Thanks for sharing this post with us!

Sheryl said...

This is priceless! And what a treat to see you that day and smell the luscious smells coming from your kitchen!! You're passing the legacy down to Ruby:). Creating amazing smells and foods made with love to your family. I love it! I'm so proud of your bread! What an accomplishment!!! I love you

Kari Beth said...

what a sweet and special gift!

Dennis said...

I can't believe how much Ruby has grown and how alert she looks. Thanks for the picture.