CAKE: I LOVE YOU is baking master Jill O’Connor’s love letter to cake, in all its sweet, gorgeous, indulgent and celebratory glory.
Organized by flavor profile (banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit) and level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook presents a wide range of sweet choices, from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers layered with frosting and ganache. With photos that will make readers want to reach out and swipe their fingers through the frosting, Cake: I Love You offers foolproof cake-making advice for beginning bakers and master mixers alike.
Jill is an accomplished pastry chef, food columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and author of seven cook books including Sweet Nothings, Phyllo, Easter Treats, Simple French Desserts, Sticky, Chewy, Messy Gooey and Sticky, Chewy Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids (Chronicle Books.) Along with writing cook books, Jill has developed recipes for Fine Cooking, Bon Appetit, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful magazines. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Greenbrier Award for excellence in food writing from the Greenbrier Symposium for Professional Food Writers. Her cook book, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth, was named one of the top 25 cook books of the year by Food & Wine magazine, and was featured in their book “Best of the Best” (Food & Wine’s compilation of recipes from their favorite 25 cook books of the year.
“In so many of my memories, of both big events and little everyday moments, there is usually cake. Life is too short to live on kale, kombucha and quinoa alone.”
~ Jill O’Connor
TOODay 2017 Giveaway: 2 – autographed copies CAKE: I LOVE YOU
A Little Shop of Well-Loved Vintage Aprons & Things
I have loved vintage aprons forever. Each one is unique and carries a history of kitchen tales woven into the wonderfully chosen and eclectic fabrics, patterns and notions. I imagine the love shared around the kitchen and home as aprons were worn among family and friends, carrying the memory of the people, tastes and smells of both the special celebration and the day to day activity of making a life.
I hand launder, freshen and iron them back to as much life as I can give them. Through this ritual, I’ve found that I fall in love with each and every one. My dilemma – as much as I would love to, I can’t keep them all! So, I opened a little shop of aprons & linens to share them with you.
Each is a one-of-a-kind find. Each is vintage, therefore not “new,” “perfect” or “pristine” (like many of us!). Although they may show signs of having been a “loved and used” item, please know that I only offer aprons and linens that can be functionally worn or gifted, and enjoyed upon arrival.
Many of these aprons and linens have been long-forgotten or abandoned and relegated to garage and estate-sale status. My heart skips a beat when time and again I find one of these treasures that can be loved back to life. ~ Denice Sherksnas
“As far back as I can remember, I have had a fascination and admiration for the homemaker. Growing up, I loved to watch shows like “Leave It to Beaver,” imagining myself as June Cleaver. I loved the way she would keep the household running. I have always looked up to that kind of person. It was my admiration for the Homemaker that inspired me to create SugarBaby Aprons.
In this day and age, the value and importance of the homemaker is sometimes overlooked. SugarBaby Aprons was created to help us remember just how important that person is. At Sugar Baby Aprons, we put the Fun back in cooking, the Sparkle into housekeeping, the Flare into entertaining and of course…. the Sexy back into the housewife!
We are a Canadian enterprise and we sponsor Tie One On Day because we believe in the universality of acts of kindness and tying one on…an apron, of course!”
At a chance encounter in Savannah, EllynAnne made the acquaintance of the mother of KIND Healthy Snacks’ founder Daniel Lubetsky. As mamas tend to do, she noted her son and his best-selling autobiography, Do the KIND Thing, which she read. Mrs. Lubetsky has every reason to be proud.
Daniel is a visionary and KIND is a brand shaped by the author’s family history and built upon his mission to make a more compassionate world through furthering and celebrating acts of kindness (#kindawesome).
TIE ONE ON DAY and KIND are 2 peas in a pod!
“One of the KIND team’s favorite ways to spread and celebrate kindness is with #kindawesome cards. We hand out these cards when we see someone (friend, stranger or anyone in between!) doing a kind act. Each card has a special code, which the recipient can enter online to receive a token of KIND’s appreciation, as well as another #kindawesome card to pay it forward. We’ve found that the world is full of #kindawesomeness—you just have to look for it. Want to start spotting kindness with us? Visit howkindofyou.com.”
Gestures of kindness make the world a happier place. Contact: email@example.com
TOODay 2016 Giveaway: four (4) winners to receive a box of EllynAnne’s favorite KIND bar
Country Woman magazine is a bimonthly publication with more than one million readers that reads like a chat with a good friend over a cup of coffee. Published since 1970 for women who love the country way, Country Woman magazine celebrates their diversity, strength and spirit.
Each issue features a large food section filled with mouth-watering, down-home recipes for today’s cooks, including winning recipes for the issue’s contest. There are also ideas for easy and frugal country decorating, casual entertaining, fun and appealing crafts, garden tips, lifestyle stories, health advice, puzzles, and nostalgia, as well as profiles of women doing amazing things.
TOODay 2016 Giveway: (4) subscriptions to Country Woman Magazine
Craftsy.com is the leading online social crafting platform, offering over 95 HD-quality classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, food, jewelry and more. Since its launch in June 2011, hundreds of thousands of students from more than 200 countries have enrolled in Craftsy classes, connected with fellow crafters, learned from award-wining experts and received great deals on supplies.
Craftsy.com allows you to watch your classes from anywhere, at any time, from any device with an internet connection and to easily interact with instructors and classmates. Access to your classes never expires. Pick one, learn it, make it. What will YOU learn today?
In 1962, sweeping views of the Napa Valley charmed our grandfather, Caspar Escher, into purchasing land in the Mayacamas Mountain range high above the Rutherford Bench. Together with our grandmother, Virginia Crowley Escher, he created a rustic getaway from San Francisco. “Pops” raised cattle, rabbits, chickens and horses and “Vee” oversaw the fruit trees, herbs and vegetable gardens. As kids, we rode on Pops’ tractor, helped farm and fix things, and explored the property. Other days we would clear trails, hunt for mushrooms and when lucky, find Indian obsidian arrowheads.
The passing of our grandfather inspired us to preserve his legacy. We rekindled our dormant grove of century-old Mission olive trees and enriched the land with fruit trees, a garden, bee hives and an idyllic vineyard. Atop those rocky hillside soils, we organically farm 13 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot vines.
We are blessed with the rich terrain to produce extra virgin olive oil and wildflower honey from our estate. Every harvest we experience the humble purity of our family’s land. It is our pleasure to invite you to share it with us.
The heart of Tie One On Day reminds us of our grandparents and our blessings, and we are delighted to sponsor this day of kindness.
Jody Harris, Gingy Harris Gable
TOODay 2016 Giveaway: 4 WINNERS to each receive 2 bottles of Cultivar Wine plus the Caspar Estate Olive Oil + Wildflower Honey Gift Box
Nancy Zieman is host and executive producer of Sewing With Nancy, a popular PBS production for over 20 years in partnership with Wisconsin Public Television. Founder of Nancy’s Notions, a direct mail business, Nancy is an author and a designer for The McCall Pattern Company and Clover Needlecraft. Nancy is a frequent guest and presenter at sewing and quilting events nationwide, where she shares her knowledge, skill and love of sewing.
TOODay 2016 Giveaway: (4) Schmetz Sew Essentials + yardage from EllynAnne’s cache
Since 1851 SCHMETZ has been the leading manufacturer of quality sewing machine needles in the world. For over 30 years Euro-Notions — a family owned business headquartered in Chicago, Illinois — has imported the home sewing industry’s most essential notion and most recognized brand of uncompromised quality — SCHMETZ Needles from Germany. SCHMETZ home sewing needles are available at quilt shops, machine dealers, and fabric stores throughout North America.
Inspired to SEW is a monthly digital magazine curated by SCHMETZ that tweaks your creative spark through interviews with sewing stars, fabric designers, authors, teachers, sewing enthusiasts and bloggers from around the world — all sharing their behind-the-curtain moments of inspiration. EllynAnne and Tie One On Day are featured in the November issue! Read current and archived issues at: http://www.schmetzneedles.com/archived-digital-magazines/#sthash.pcMRQ7Sn.dpuf SCHMETZ looks forward to sponsoring Tie One On Day™ and promoting gestures of kindness be adopted by our stores through TOODay projects.
Descended from four generations of self-reliant ranchers in the high desert of southern Idaho, Raw Materials Design founder Janna Lufkin draws her inspiration from the unadorned beauty and rustic charm of her family’s deep roots in the American West.
Raw Materials Design offers honest, down-to-earth products for honest, down-to-earth lifestyles. Each item is an everyday workhorse, made in the USA and guaranteed to last for years without special attention, care or coddling.
In hand with sponsoring Tie One On Day, RMD is dedicated to providing meals to those in need through its charitable giving program – the Ties That Bind. A portion of every purchase made directly from Raw Materials Design goes to feed the hungry.
Personalize many of our products with a rubber stamp of one of our Barnyard Friend, Initial or Number!
Amy Barickman, founder and owner of Indygo Junction, is a leader in the sewing, needle arts, fashion pattern and retail crafting industry having released nearly 1000 sewing pattern titles, sold more than two-million patterns and published 80 books and designed fabric lines such as Crossroads Denim and a line of quilting cottons by RJR Fabrics
Amy’s recent publications include her book Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun and Vintage Notions Monthly magazine, both were inspired by the wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken, founder of the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences in the 1920’s and international authority on dressmaking and fashion. Mary’s sole purpose, which resonated so deeply with Amy, was to educate women, encourage their entrepreneurial spirit, and elevate the value of their work. Amy continues to publish books based on material from the Institute at AmyBarickman.com.
Through her blogs, business websites, and e-newsletters, Amy inspires countless crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. Amy also sits on the board of Enchanted Makeovers and has been instrumental in the success of the Sacred Sewing Room national tour.
Vintage Made Modern is Amy’s motto. She is constantly searching and collecting unique vintage pieces to inspire modern designs. In Indygo Junction’s apron collection you will find styles to suit everyone. From the Very Mary Apron, inspired by her muse Mary Brooks Picken’s magic apron to The Betsy Apron, a 1950’s inspired halter style, to the Easy-On Apron, which is inspired by vintage pinafores and available in adult and child sizes. A strong advocate of recycling, Indygo Junction also has upcycled patterns such as the Kitchen Shirt Tales and Upcycled Aprons, both which feature aprons created from a man’s shirt. Visit Indygo Junction to see more inspiring apron styles.
TOODay 2016 Giveaway: Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions, an inspirational guide and creative collection that features vintage inspired needlework, cooking, sewing, & fashion AND a pattern pack of Indygo Junction’s 15 bestselling apron patterns: Bistro Apron, Very Mary Apron, Ooh La La Apron, Origami Apron, Crossback Reversible Apron, Upcycled Apron, Sixties Smock, Kitchen Shirt Tales, The Dressed Alike Apron, Easy-On Apron, Pint-Size Pinafore, Vintage V-Neck Apron, The Betsy Apron, Asymmetrical Apron, and the One-Yard Overlap Apron.
goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy
For nearly 10 years, we ran our business as IceMilk Aprons. The original company & collection were inspired by my grandmother, Cele, a masterful seamstress with a love for cooking & an art for entertaining. There isn’t a childhood visit I can remember that didn’t include her famous dinner of waffles, fresh fruit & ice milk.
As the company and the collection began to grow, the concept of the heirloom remained the leading presence behind our products and in 2015, we became heirloomed. Today, we are a company dedicated to preserving the simple things that we cherish from the past, and ensuring they live on for future generations to enjoy. That our aprons inspire made-from-scratch baking to live on, our recipe cards keep the art of beautiful handwriting alive, and our tabletop linens ensure family & friends continue to gather.
heirloomed has given our family the ability to spend more time together & to pass down our traditions from generation to generation. We hope they afford you the same luxury.
With a mission of Advancing Sewing as an Art and Life Skill, the American Sewing Guild has over 20,000 enthusiastic members in 138 chapters and over a 1,000 neighborhood groups throughout the country. ASG members are among the most passionate sewers you will meet. If you’d like to learn the basics of sewing, take your sewing to the next level or learn new sewing skills within a nurturing environment, join ASG! To learn more about ASG, become a member or start a group in your community, visit www.asg.org.
1. Tote bag made just for ASG by the Malaika Moms of Kenya (through Comfort the Children, International), some of whom were taught how to sew by ASG members, thus giving them a life skill. 2. ASG’s own DVD!! Sew-A-New, includes 12 hours of instruction for beginning and “returning” sewing enthusiasts.
MikWright is a nationally known greeting card company founded in 1991 by friends Phyllis Wright-Herman and Tim Mikkelsen, better known as the “Wright” and “Mik” of MikWright. In addition to 2000 independent retailers nationwide, the MikWright brand can be found on numerous licensed products with High Cotton, TF Publishing, Design Design and Andrews McMeel Publishing. MikWright‘s feature credits include Donny Deutsch’s “The Big Idea”, CNBC Power Lunch, Seattle PM Magazine and numerous national and regional publications.
When MikWright “ties one on,” it usually involves vodka and olives. Accordingly, MikWright is a proud sponsor and continuing supporter of EllynAnne’s national Tie One On Day.
SewNews is published six times a year by Creative Crafts Group LLC. For almost 30 years, SewNews has specialized in presenting sewing ideas, inspirations and techniques to our readers. We’re devoted to filling each issue of our magazine with fun features–from garment construction to quick-to-make gifts–and now you’ll find home dec how-tos and step-by-step instructions on current creative trends. SewNews is Sew Real. Sew Informative. Sew Inspiring.
Contact: Ellen March
F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company
Editor-in-Chief, Sew News, Sew it All & Creative Machine Embroidery
Host, Sew it All TV on PBS
TOODay 2016 Giveaway: 1-year subscriptions to SewNews and Creative Machine Embroidery
For over 70 years, Colonial Patterns has provided America’s craft lovers with the widest selection of transfer patterns for use in needlework, fabric painting, wearable art, quilting, woodworking and leather crafts. Visit Colonial Patterns/Aunt Martha’s website for beloved vintage transfers, along with new designs, reproduction vintage dishcloths, aprons and much more!
Taste of Home is at heart a friendly exchange of authentic family-favorite recipes handed down over generations and shared among loved ones.
Taste of Home recipes are practical because they’re from home cooks—not gourmet chefs—and feature familiar, everyday ingredients; clear, beautiful photos; and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. And because each is individually tested by culinary experts in our Test Kitchen, Taste of Home recipes are reliable; we guarantee that you can count on success each time you prepare one.
But more than simply offering recipes, Taste of Home fosters a strong and loyal sense of community among like-minded home cooks of all ages, who share food preparation secrets and tips, humorous and heartwarming anecdotes, and glimpses into their kitchens, their homes and their lives.
Taste of Home is the world’s leading food media brand; we publish magazines, special interest recipe collections for sale at retail and grocery stores each year, dozens of cookbooks, and we host over 300 local cooking schools around the country each year.
Taste of Home is part of Reader’s Digest, the first and only media community designed to unify the voices and experience of everyday cooks and home entertainers.
BERNINA is a fourth generation family-owned company. Swiss precision is at the heart of every product they make. Their products are known for Quality, Innovation and Design. With innovative features that make sewing easier, BERNINA emphasizes ergonomic design that lets you focus on your project and not the machine.
BERNINA’s nationwide network of fully trained independent dealerships provides the highest standard of service, beginning with free guide classes after purchase. Find a BERNINA store near you at www.berninausa.com/dealer.
BERNINA of America introduced the WeAllSew.com blog for sewing enthusiasts of all ages who share their love of sewing through ideas, projects, patterns and tips. The WeAllSew blog offers a place for sewers, embroiderers and quilters to connect with fellow enthusiasts and sewing experts. Readers will also find tutorials, easy step-by-step instructions, new product information and inspirational ideas, including ways to help sewers step up to the next level. Find your next sewing idea on WeAllSew.com. With topics running the gamut on all things sewing, quilting, embroidery and crafting, you are sure to find something to spark your creativity.
TOODay 2016 Giveaway: BERNINA weekender bag in fancy BERNINA red:
3 Steps to Tie One On Day™ –
Participation in Tie One on Day™ is simple. Wrap a loaf of bread or other homemade treat in an apron and tuck in a sweet note. Then tie one on…an apron, of course! and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone…a neighbor, friend or charity…without your bounty and in need of physical or spiritual sustenance, a bit of recognition or just a kind word.
Tie One On Day™ Notecard
Download and print the 2017 Tie One On Day™ Notecard:
“This year is the first Thanksgiving without my mother. She passed away in April at 88 years of age. I am going to try to bring back family traditions with my daughter an granddaughters this year in getting them to drop their busy lives for one day and cook together and remember what we are truly thankful for. Giving up the digital stuff for just one day and really talking with one another. My mom would really love that, all the family together creating a meal. And of course that means I will make us all new aprons as well as one to give away with a great wrapped inside.” Cyndy Lacey
“I am filling shopping bags with fresh boxes of crayons, construction paper, stickers, stamps and stamp pads, glitter, glue, watercolor paints, paint brushes, beads, confetti, etc., and am going to head over to the local branch of the public library. Let the kids have a good time like I used to! I can’t wait to see all the handprint turkey pictures posted in the window!!!” Debra S
“Last year I found out about Tie One On Day. I love the idea of cooking something and wrapping it in an apron and giving it to a neighbor or someone who is alone.
I was very surprised when I won the Bernina Bernette! I gave it to my granddaughter because she loves to sew, and she needed to upgrade from a machine I had bought for her that only had straight stitching. She has learned so much from watching videos on youtube and is not afraid to try new things. She loves the Bernina. She even showed her older cousin how to make a pillowcase with the machine.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to win this machine. We love your aprons, and we’ll be taking part in Tie One On Day this year and every year.” Maggie Potter, Artesia, MS
“More often, I should sit down and write a note of thanks to others who make me feel so blessed by their love and friendship. Thank you for putting into action what became a more wonderful day because I shared a loaf of bread.” Amy Bissell
“We have Christmas traditions that have developed over the years but hadn’t really found any for Thanksgiving Eve until now. Thank you! We love your Tie One On Day.” Becky Smart
“I just got finished with my apron yesterday and I have to bake the bread today and tonight I will take them (along with a gift certificate at a grocery store) to a family whose dad has been out of work.” Bonnie Ellis
“I’ve gotten my husband involved and we decided Tie One On Day is something we will do every year with our son as a way to give back and teach him the joy of giving.” Jennie Schaeffer
“I raided the local second hand store for old jeans and tattered old linens to make darling jean ruffle aprons I have 6 loaves and aprons to deliver and I feel so honored to a part of such a great give-a-thon.” René Groom
“Hood River’s local 4-H groups heard about the Oak Street Hotel’s support of Tie One On Day, and on November 11th, they are going to have a huge apron making party. Then all the kids are going to wrap their aprons around food for the local needy and deliver in some way. TOOD is starting to catch on here and we’re thrilled to be a part of that!”
Adrienne Happy, Oak Street Hotel, Hood River, OR
“Last year we lost our home and everything in it to Hurricane Sandy. With our family scattered, we had a Thanksgiving dinner that was offered for free to survivors. In the ensuing months in our tiny rented apartment, I’ve started to sew again on a donated machine. It has been a year and our chances of going back home are bleak, but I know I can brighten someone’s day by making aprons to be included in the Thanksgiving packages that are being handed out by our church.” Christine
“I plan to make an apron for a lady in my church who has started a group called Feed the Family. She has been giving classes in canning and ways to save on your food budget. She operates a garden cart where we can take or leave free excess produce, we are hoping to start a church community garden next spring. With the apron I will include something that I have canned all by myself!” Angel dye
“I LOVE sewing, wearing and giving aprons as gifts!
I’m happy to join in and celebrate “TIE ONE ON THURSDAY”. My precious friend, Marian, is in a convalescent home and she will be thrilled to have a visitor bearing homemade gifts.
Blessings and thanks for this opportunity,” Carolynn Mintz
“I create & sell aprons for a living and TOOD is my favorite day of the year. This year, I plan on wearing one for my shift at the food bank, then leaving it behind with someone who touches my heart. Whether it’s a guest, or volunteer- someone who will carry the apron forward.” Aimee
“I was once told that Thanksgiving was for giving thanks and gifts while Christmas was for religious renewal. It should be during Thanksgiving that gifts should be given as tokens of all the ‘thank-you’s’ you should say to those who helped you throughout the year. Giving to those in need is also a ‘thank you’ for being blessed with a kind heart and the ability to extend one’s hand in aide. I’ve tried using that lesson, giving to charities at Thanksgiving. This year I plan on donating fresh vegetables and fruits to The Mission of Citrus County. Of course I’ll have to include an apron too!” Marcia
“TOOD – what a clever way to recognize someone you are thankful to have in your life!! I am taking a sewing class – after an absence of 30+ years of sewing — and have found making aprons to be the most rewarding project thus far! I am making two – one for my dearest friend and the other for a new friend who has proven herself to be an “angel” over and over. One lives too far to take a baked goodie to so I will have to think of something else to “tie in” with the apron. The friend who lives nearby loves unique teas so I think some pumpkin bread, a special blend of autumn tea, and an apron will let her know how much her friendship has meant to me. Every time I “tie an apron on” myself – I hope to reflect on those I have been and am thankful for!!” Kathy Wright
“Since there was no school on Monday, Nov.11, due to Veterans Day, the Hood River County 4-H members gathered at the OSU Extension Building to decorate their own aprons, as well as cookies, to give to people of the community.
As 4-H Ambassadors planned for only 10 participants, they were pleasantly surprised when about 25 kids showed up, eager to help out in any way they could.
The event was created to preview the upcoming event “Tie One on Day,” on which you wrap a home-baked good in an apron and give it to a neighbor as an act of kindness. It traditionally takes place the day before Thanksgiving, to show the people around you that you are thankful for them.” Read more..
“This TOOD is going global. My girls and I will be giving to Sole Hope, providing closed toe shoes to African children one pair at a time. I hope others will join us!”
“With one of my Sandy’s Sweet Nothings aprons using donated fabric from Indygo Junction and other donated aprons I will be donating the aprons to our local Winona Area Volunteer Service Food Shelf where they put an apron into someone’s food box to wear on Thanksgiving Day! This is something that I have been doing for several years. Thank you!” Sandy Erdman
“I’m going to give 10 wrapped gifts boxes with an apron, art supplies and encouraging note in each to the Salvation Army Gifts for Kids.” Vanessa B
“I read about “Tie One On Day” in the Country Woman magazine and plan to participate this year. My Grandmother wore full aprons most everyday and I remember all of the wonderful things she carried in her pockets.
I am also going to suggest this idea to my County 4-H group that coordinates an annual sewing project for community service. It is great to see young people excited about sewing and performing community service. My mind is spinning with possibilities for this project!” Donna Palmer
“I am so excited to learn about Tie-One-On Day! I work for a city department and we are actually doing a Vintage Apron display the week before Thanksgiving…with the last day being Tie-One-On Day! We just had a class yesterday learning to make aprons from men’s shirts! I plan to surprise some of my co-workers with a homemade apron and goodie inside the day before Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for this!” Brandy Conyers
“After much thought, I decided to give a loaf of my grandma’s favorite pumpkin bread and a new turkey day apron to the lady who works at the dry cleaners. She is a dear soul who listens to everyone who comes though the door, day in and day out… rarely sharing much about herself. I found out (quite by accident) that she is having surgery next week. So TOODay is coming a bit early this year.” Gina Lagaly
“My 9 year-old daughter heard about this unique day and wanted to participate so we baked muffins together, wearing matching aprons, to give to neighbors and friends. She wrote notes thanking them for their friendship and we delivered them together, explaining Tie One On Day to each recipient. We even gave treats for the dogs! Some we wrapped in scarves instead of aprons to mix it up a bit. Each person was touched and thrilled. Think we have a new tradition!” Mindy