Grandma's Apron

I don't Think our kids know what an apron Is.
The Principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect
The dress underneath,because she only had a Few; it was easier to wash aprons than dresses And they used less material, but along with
That, it served as a potholder for removing Hot pans from the oven.
It was Wonderful for drying children's tears, and on
Occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty Ear.
From the
Chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying Eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched
Eggs to be finished in the warming
When Company came, those aprons were ideal hiding Places for shy kids.
And when The weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around
Her arms.
Those big Old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent Over the hot wood stove.
Chips and Kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in
That apron.
From the Garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out The hulls.
In the Fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that
Had fallen from the trees.
Unexpected company drove up the road, it was Surprising how much furniture that old apron Could dust in a matter of seconds.
When Dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the Porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was Time to come in from the fields to
It will be A long time before someone invents something That will replace that 'old-time apron' that
Served so many purposes.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Amish White Bread

2 cups warm water
2/3 cup White sugar
1 1/2 TBSP active dry Yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil
6 cups flour

1. In a large bowl dissolve sugar in warm water and then add yeast. Allow yeast to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
2. Mix salt and oil into yeast. Mix flour one cup at a time. knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl and turn dough to coat cover with a damp cloths. Allow to raise until doubled in bulk about one hour.
3. punch dough down. Knead for a few min. and divide in half. Shape into two loaves and place into two well oiled 9x5 loaf pans. Allow to raise 30 mins or until dough is 1 in. about pan.
4. Bake 350 for 30 min

Zucchini cupcakes with Carmel frosting

3 eggs
1-1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 to 2 cups confectioners' sugar
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice and extract. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
For frosting, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm.
Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 to 2 dozen.
This is from a Taste of Homes Contest contestant.

Really easy bread sticks

1 cup Warm water
3 TBSP Brown sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/4 cup oil
3 cups of bread flour
2 1/2 tsp yeast

1. mix up dough using favorite method, bread machine, mixer or by hand.
2. roll out into a rectangle.
3. cut into strips
4. give each strip a twist and put on a greased cookie sheet
5. Let it rise for 20 minutes or longer if you have time.
6. Bake 375 for 10-15 min.
7. brush with butter, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and some garlic salt.