Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Little History In the Baking


     It hasn't exactly been a week of table setting at my house. We are in the midst of a massive ice storm and my husband has been working 18 hour days for the power company. My son has been staying here babysitting his mom...but, when you are 28 and used to eating your own cooking...mom's cooking barely makes it to the plate before it is gone. We certainly aren't setting a pretty table for him! I have had a few things I wanted to share and this seemed like a good day to do so!


     I found these sweet measuring cups on sale at T.J.Maxx after Christmas for $2.50. They have been sitting on my kitchen counter and I'm not sure where to put them, but they just had to come home with me.


     My paternal grandfather, who was born in 1895, worked for many years as a baker at the Sally Ann Bread Bakery in Mattoon, IL. It was a commercial bakery. You couldn't buy bread there, but the smell was heavenly. I can remember being a little girl and taking a tour of the bakery with my brownie troop. I was so proud that my "grampy" took us on the tour. Many Sunday mornings after church we would stop at the bakery and he would give us warm bread. The apron was his. I love it! I also have his baker's hat packed away. I think they are such treasures. The rolling pin was my maternal grandmother's. It is the one I use all the time. I have a newer one, but you know, I really think grandma's rolling pin makes the food taste better!


Think how many pie crusts have touched this rolling pin!


     My ruffled Crate and Barrel plate has some freshly baked scones ready for you. It is still my favorite scone recipe. You can find it here.


     I had to share a picture of the ice on my patio door through the blinds. It almost looks like a lace tablecloth. How can something so beautiful be so dangerous?


I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for
Tablescape Thursday

Please stop by and thank her for being our hostess!

28 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a wonderful treasure, Sue! That is just so neat!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pat said...

What a sweet post, Sue! Beautiful keepsakes and images. Wonderful story.

Although no family connections, one of the things I miss most, when we pass through Rolla, via hwy 63, on the way to south central MO, is the wonderful aroma of bread baking. I believe that was the Sunshine Bakery, now closed. There was a bakery in Springfield MO I remember also. That may have been Sunshine also.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What wonderful treasures and memories to have.
I bet your son is enjoying your cooking.
Only 23 here so far this morning.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I love the measuring cups, and the old apron and rolling pin. Great that you have a little piece of history to keep.
Thanks for the recipe too, might have to try those out! :)

Red Couch Recipes said...

How wonderful to have your Grandpa's apron and your other grandma's rolling pin. Have you lost power because of the storm? Your husband is a hero for all those that have. As a girl we had a massive ice storm and missed quite a few days of school -- it was okay at first, but then so boring as there was no power and I couldn't seem to find anything to do. Joni

simplysandi said...

Great post! The cups are too darling! The story of your grandfather makes me nostalgic. Stay Warm!!!

Kathleen said...

That was great. I love that you still have his apron!
I like the measuring cups too!
My mom had 4 girls so when the grandsons came into the pic she was always amazed at how much they ate!! Bottomless pits!
I have 3 gsons myself, and my gdau doesn't do bad either. But they are still young, not up to the "that's MY half gallon of ice cream" stage! :)

Shellbelle said...

I love the title of this post and when I saw it in my sidebar, I assumed it was going to be an old family recipe. The apron and rolling pin are even better! I completely agree that using things we know belonged to our mothers and grandmothers makes everything taste better.

I have many of my moms, of course, but I also have my paternal grandmother's iron skillet and a few of her utensils. I love using them.

Now my dad's cousin has iron skillets that belonged to my great-grandparents and I'm hoping one day he'll pass one on to me.

Wonderful family treasure you possess!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Great pics Sue! Lovin' the apron and rolling pin! I'm having a Kitchen Gadget Party, these are fun-enjoy:@)

Sweetladyelaine said...

A memory to remember! Hold on to them tight....Thank you for sharing...Blessings My Friend!

koralee said...

I adore your vintage baking over here today my friend.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love the apron and the measuring cups are just wonderful. Remember those old wood mug stands. The ones with the pegs to hang your mugs off of. That would be fabulous to hold the measuring cups and look so pretty on display. I have my mom's rolling pin that is just like yours. I so agree, it is the best and the only one I use. Hope it warms up soon, the ice is pretty, but not fun. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

It sounds like you've found the best way to get through the bad weather. I love your baking treasures - such wonderful memories for you and your son.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Sue
We are at the other end of the spectrum... 42C here today [oh dear!! I just looked up the conversion for you ... 107.6F !!!] as you can imagine I will be inside with aircon all day... no aircon in car so any little necessities will wait to sundown..

So.. you must enjoy having your son there and I know he must enjoy your cooking... This post brings back many memories for me... as a child we lived up the street from a commercial bakery... they had a 'door in the wall'' so to speak.. where locals were allowed to buy goods from them.. [even though they were meant to be commercial only]... Just walking down the street the smell would capture you and lure you in.. .it was hard to walk past and not knock on that secret door to wonderland.. Gee.. I had forgotten all this till now.. Thanks for bringing back such sweet memories for me... all tied in with memories of my mum too..

Have a great weekend Sue.. no matter the weather.... ciao xxx Julie

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I have quite a few sweet memories myself..., with my Dad being a pastry chef when I was a small kid..., lots of bread, cookie and other baking going in the house. Love the smell!!!!

Jean said...

Such sweet memories. Thanks so much for sharing them.

Entertaining Women said...

You and I treasure the same kinds of things. I saved the chubby glass pitcher that my parents used to serve our Kool-Aid and the little wooden meat press with the chicken decal that daddy used to make hamburger patties. Thank you for sharing the memories and the recipe for the scones. I'll make them for the Garden Friends. Cherry Kay

Drawn to The Sea said...

What a sweet post. I remember taking a bakery tour with the Bluebird troop! It was a major brand bakery & we'd go to the side door & buy bread in a brown paper bag... unsliced, hot & steaming...& gone before we got home. I can still smell that wonderful aroma.

DUTA said...

There's nothing like a fresh loaf of bread!
I like it how you stick to old items that bring back sweet, wonderful memories.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i *love* your crate + barrel ruffle plate! i cannot wait til it's time for me to register for neat stuff like that .. all of my flatwear has come from goodwill so far! :)

Angie said...

The ruffled plate is adorable - I love C&B. Such a neat story about your grandfather :)

Lyneen said...

WONDERFUL POST... Love the all the red!

Artist Terri Smith said...

Ah..Sweet Sue, This Was The Best Post Ever! I Get Weak At The Knees When Thinking Of Shared Memories Of My Grandparents. Yours Sound Exceptionally Wonderful! I Too Have My Maternal Grandmother's Rolling Pin. Have Her Dough-Bowl Too. Both Are Cherished Keepsakes And Yes Yes Yes..Everything Definitely Taste So Much Better When Using My Grandmother's Utensils. Hey..I Love The Ruffled Plate!

Carey said...

Hi Sue,
What a lovely post. It is so nice to hear that your son is there helping you out. I have three young sons and wonder if they will help out their Mom when needed. I love your treasures of your grandma and grandpa. What nice memories of the bakery. I love the red measuring cups and perfect to leave out on a kitchen counter for valentine's day. You holiday blog redo is quite beautiful, wish I wasn't so computer challenged and could do things like this each season and holiday. Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Carey

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Such a lovely post. I'm glad to hear your son is there helping out.. good company for the both of you while Hubby is putting in long hours. I hope you've past all of that. They are calling for freezing rain and snow again here all w/k... ready for Spring our way... stay in warm and safe... a big thank you to your hubby for all he does...

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
We were out this morning...then it started to rain, but on our way home...as we approached our little village -set in the hills- the rain turned to sleet and freezing rain... It's a sheet of ice in our drive and neighborhood. Lots of snow...
Your hometown sounds like ours! I keep baking to keep myself happy while confined indoors...only wish I had sunny days to walk it all off!
You son is kind to help...and I know what you mean about enjoying Mom's cookin'
Jason's been home a lot lately too :o)

Your apron and vintage cups are wonderful. I also love the plate the scones are on. The recipe is great... the sour cream must make them creamy and help the butter flavor too.
Love that kind of baking... so comforting.
I will most be posting the picture of the heart cake from the inside sometime soon... it's nowhere near as nice as the outside. Sue, my cake fell and the inside is not pretty... I must get a good recipe for white cake that works for me. The one I used is from King Arthur Flour and I honestly don't know what happened. I even checked the baking powder date! I wonder {with 4 eggs in the recipe} if 2 and 1/2 tsp. of baking powder is enough to make it rise ...
Anyway... I'm going to try other recipes... let me know if you have one that is easy...
Thanks for stopping by and all your wonderful visits!
*happy weekend* I hope your husband gets some free time soon!
~Maria

Monica H said...

I have to thank your husband for his hard work even if I don't live near you or use your power. I know that people are relying on him though and he's sacrificing a lot, being away from home that long.

I love that youhave your grandfather's apron- that is just so special.

Vicky said...

That dessert has pushed me over the edge of hungry. Beautiful. I love your ocean theme. Did you find any of the sea glass?