National Tie One On Day Expresses Gratitude

National Tie One On Day™ was created six years ago when I began to notice that Thanksgiving was talked about in terms more commonly associated with stress than with joy.

A day that should be about expressing gratitude, I created an opportunity to put the “give” back into Thanksgiving and easily share one’s own good fortune with someone in need of a kind gesture.
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Celebrated on the eve of Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 23 this year – National Tie One On Day™ is an opportunity to share our bounty by wrapping a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, along with a note of encouragement tucked in the pocket; then “tie one on” (an apron, of course!) and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of a bit of kindness.

What with technology replacing face-to-face communication, the act of writing a note and hand delivering it with an offering is an expression of kindness in itself, and bread is the ultimate expression of this, because it is the basic comfort food.

Give us this day our daily bread isn’t just a prayer. The words are also a reminder that to have more than daily bread is to be blessed.

In preparation of my own National Tie One On Day™ deliveries, I baked a double batch of cherry pumpkin bread. I love this bread because the recipe is a breeze, it freezes beautifully, slices without crumbling and tastes delicious. Whether as a single large loaf or mini-sized for tucking into an apron pocket, this baked good will make someone’s day sweeter.

NTOODay Pumpkin Bread picniked (Custom)

Cherry Pumpkin Bread
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (I use a whisk for this task). In another bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and pumpkin until smooth; then add to the large bowl. Stir just until the dry ingredients are moist. Now stir in the dried fruit. Spread evenly in 1 large loaf pan, 2 smaller loaf pans or as I do – a loaf pan divided into 8 mini loaves.

For the large 8 1/2” loaf pan, bake 1 1/2 hours or until a wooden skewer/toothpick inserted into loaf’s enter comes out clean. Bake less time as pan size decreases (mini-loaves take 20-25 minutes).

NATIONAL TIE ONE ON DAY™ INSPIRATION:  To see how others are celebrating NTOODay, click here!

The National Tie One On Day Goodie Giveaway  sponsors are generously providing an array of giveaways, which I’ll highlight throughout the NTOODay™ campaign.

  • Mary Mulari is busy – appearing regularly on the PBS show Sewing with Nancy, at national quilt and sewing expositions throughout the year, and adding to her apron pattern business with new and re-envisioned designs. Mary is providing two lucky winners with her latest patterns:

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  • Modern Junes Kelly McCants specializes in retro-inspired apron designs and other goodies for the hip housewife. Her love of oil cloth is the inspiration to her newly published book, which she will personalize for the lucky winners. Kelly is also providing oil cloth yardage for sewing up a project in her book!

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  • IceMilk Aprons gourmet line of heirloom aprons is designed of quality linen, nature’s natural fiber. Each apron is preserved in a jam jar and includes a heritage tag, apron story and blank recipe cards. Two winners will receive Vanilla-Churned Sunday

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Thank you, dear readers, for spreading the word about National Tie One On Day™ – for the more who participate, the more who will receive.

xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Thanksgiving Out of a Can

I was interviewed yesterday on The Recipe Box about National Tie One On Day. During the show, the host, Barbara Howard, read an email from a listener that basically said, I don’t cook, I open cans, which I think was her excuse for not participating in NTOOD. “You’ll have to do better,” I answered, “because when it came to opening a can and calling it cooking, my mother was the champ.”
And no meal lent itself more to Mama’s can cuisine than Thanksgiving. The green bean casserole? 1 can condensed mushroom soup + 1 can drained green beans + 1 can French fried onion rings = voila! Cranberry sauce? Straight from the can onto a lettuce lined plate, it bore the indentations of the container.
Years into adulthood, when the Thanksgiving meal became my domain, that casserole was laid to rest and fresh cranberry sauce replaced canned. This year’s recipe is as easy as opening a can, but tastes so much better: 2 cups cranberries + 1 cup orange juice (not from concentrate) + 1/2 cup sugar, stirred over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken (15 minutes or so). Chill & serve on a lettuce lined platter, an homage to my mother.
A cranberry log atop leaves of lettuce was traditional to more Thanksgiving tables than just ours. When I first saw this 1942 Thanksgiving snapshot, I immediately noticed the log in the glass server. I remember laughing because it so reminded me of my mother. Then, I took in the scene: a family with four military-serving sons home on leave for the holiday.

My Dad was also in the Navy. I don’t know where he was Thanksgiving of 1942, but according to this newspaper clipping dated May 20, 1941, he was due home in late June on a ten-day leave. The handwriting on the clipping is his mother’s, my Grandma Birdye. She kept it in an envelope, along with a photo of her sailor boy.
Over the next four years, there are more clippings, but none suggest he returned to SC on leave. His discharge card is dated October 8, 1945, and then he shipped home, in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family.
What with the scurrying taking place today and tomorrow, by so many traveling home for Thanksgiving, my mind is stuck on the military, and the empty place settings at too many tables in far too many homes.
Before carving the turkey and diving into a heavenly blob of mashed potatoes, it should be law that each and every one of us gives thanks for those in the service, and prays for their homecoming, which is a world of difference than home on leave.
Now, let’s all tie one on…an apron, of course! and get ready for National Tie One On Day!
xxea

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Expressing gratitude through words isn’t so easy for many of us. Personally, I absolutely dread that round-the table thing where everyone tells what their grateful for. Waiting my turn is agony, as an adult goes overboard and a child gets the laugh with a blatant expression of love for a Nintendo.

I’m just more comfortable expressing my gratefulness through a gesture, like wrapping a loaf of bread in an apron, writing a note of encouragement, and delivering the bundle to someone who could use a lift or just a bit of recognition. That’s what National Tie One On DayTM is – showing appreciation for our bounty by sharing it.

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National Tie One On DayTM Expresses Gratitude

PUEBLO, Colo. – Of all the special days throughout the year, Thanksgiving is the most personal. A time when we feel thankful for the joys and blessings in our lives, for many of us, words of thankfulness can be difficult. National Tie One On DayTM offers a unique expression of gratitude when words fail us.

Celebrated on the eve of Thanksgiving – November 25 this year – National Tie One On Day is an opportunity to share our bounty by wrapping a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, along with a note of encouragement tucked in the pocket; then “tie one on” (an apron, of course!) and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of a kind gesture.

“What with technology replacing face-to-face communication, the act of writing a note and hand delivering it with an offering, is an expression of kindness in itself,” says EllynAnne Geisel, creator of National Tie One On Day, “and bread is the ultimate expression of this, because it is the basic comfort food.”

“Give us this day our daily bread isn’t just a prayer,” says Geisel. “The words are also a reminder that to have more than daily bread is to be blessed.”

ea Tie One On Day bread delivery (Medium)

Bread Machine Challah

Place ingredients in machine pan in this order (water first, yeast last)

1 cup warm water

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup vegetable oil

4 ¼ – 5 ¼ cups bread flour (reserve ¼ cup)

2 ¾ teaspoons salt

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon dry yeast

Process on Dough/sweet program. As dough forms into a ball, add additional flour if it seems wet/sticky.

Divide the dough into *three sections and braid into a loaf. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put bread on sheet. Allow to rise until about double in size. Brush with egg wash (1 egg + 1 yolk, beaten).

Bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes, until crust is nicely browned.

*For 2 smaller loaves, divide into 6 sections

For additional information about National Tie One On Day visit Geisel’s website www.apronmemories.com.

Recognized by Chases Calendar of Events, National Tie One On Day is sponsored by Mom Bloggers Club, American Sewing Guild, The Women’s Museum, McCall’s Pattern Company, Stampington & Company, Aunt Martha’s Colonial Patterns, Inc., Simplicity Pattern Company, National Association of Baby Boomer Women, Creative Machine Embroidery, SewNews, Apron-iCity and The Fabric Shop Network.

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The wonderful sponsors of National Tie One On Day have filled six goodie bags to giveaway. Easy Entry here! Thank you for sharing your plans for National Tie One On Day, which I’m sure will inspire others.

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Living a Dream

Fall 1999, I purchased one apron to inspire me as I wrote an article about the old-fashioned symbol of mothering and domesticity. Six years and 400 aprons later,
Fall 2005, Andrews McMeel Publishing took a chance on a first-time author (me!) and the idea of a book about aprons. Here we are – Prince Charming and me – smilin’ to beat the band and celebrating that life-changing moment:
Fall 2006, THE APRON BOOK debuted on CBS Sunday Morning and at a party hostessed in the Good Housekeeping dining room by Ellen Levine, executive director of Hearst magazines and a true, real-life champion of women and their dreams. Here we are – Ellen L., my sons Noah and Gideon and me – smilin’ to beat the band and celebrating that life-changing moment:
Spring 2007, THE APRON BOOK is awarded its first piece of jewelry – a gold medal by the Independent Publishers of America. Here we are on the steps of The Palace Hotel in New York City at Book Expo America, smilin’ to beat the band and celebrating that life-changing moment:
Fall 2007, THE APRON BOOK enters its sixth printing. Here I am celebrating that life-changing moment with a bevy of apron lovers at the BookMark in Atlantic Beach, Florida:
New Year’s 2007: Thank you for embracing THE APRON BOOK and its message. I am forever indebted to your appreciation that aprons don’t hold us back, they take us back.

Wishing you a new year of Kodak moments.

xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!