Turkey Carcass Guilt

Turkey Carcass Guilt is my Thanksgiving albatross. I’ve avoided TCG in the past several years by only making a turkey breast. But this year, I cooked a whole bird, too, but in good conscience, simply could not just toss the carcass. Thusly, I had to deal with the whole soup thing.
TCG Soup requires a large pot, which takes up so much cupboard space, not everyone can validate having one. My soup pot resides in the basement. It’s a glorious old bit of banged up metal. I’ve had it almost thirty years.

It was a gift from Priscilla McCabe, my long-ago next door neighbor. At 90, she was leaving her home and in the process of disposing of its contents, called me over to choose one thing to remember her by. I took her soup pot.
As my TCG Soup simmered, the steamy aroma of turkey and vegetables wafted from beneath the ill-fitting lid. I thought about Priscilla and the women of long-ago generations who knew how to stretch a broth to feed a family, especially during some very lean times in America’s history.
I’m lucky. MyTCGS was hearty. Guilt may have been my impetus, but there is nothing so sustaining as a bowl of soup.

Do you have a kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup? Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give you a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guest? Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

National Tie One On Day Extra Giveaway Goodies!

When I posted the photo of the sponsors’ contributions to the Giveaway Goodie Bags, the two aprons from Aunt Martha’s Transfers_Colonial Patterns, Inc. were folded and couldn’t be seen. Sewn from vintage reproduction toweling, both the bib and waist designs have a center pocket, edged with wide rick rack and an old button closure.

Giveaway_Bib Apron (Medium) Giveaway_Waist Apron (Medium)

I think they are winners – as in, we’re all going to want both!

And from FabShopNews_Apronicity, an assortment of books, sewing booklets, fat quarters and so much more!

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And then there’s my interview and the giveaway of my books and linens and an apron and who knows what all else at Notquitejunecleaver. A few days left to enter, so hurry hurry! NQJC and I met in person in Dallas this past year – always the BEST when virtual friendships turn real.

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

National Tie One On Day Girlfriend Gathering

Forever and a day, I’ve been meaning to make the introduction of three particular women friends to one another. But it wasn’t until I was baking batches of sweets and quick breads for my National Tie One On Day deliveries that I was struck with the genius notion of inviting them over for a Tie One On Day girlfriend gathering/goodie packaging/social hour.

The quickie invite for an early afternoon tea repast included tying one on…an apron, of course!

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Outside this picture’s framing is a narrow table where I set out a tea service I inherited from my mother-in-law (which gets little enough use, so any chance is seized), plates, nibblies and little linen fingertip napkins. The napkins have the letter “G’ embroidered in teeny, tight stitches – white on white – so elegant

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but at the same time, it’s a napkin, so staining is inevitable. How I’d love to ask the creator what in the world she was thinking!

Home for a late lunch, PC snapped these pictures AND took this video of our gathering.

Hope my gfg inspires!

xxea

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

My every day life is quite basic and without much distraction. So when I am struck with inspiration, the details are very clear and stay so. For instance, I can describe the exact moment when I considered that aprons held the voices and spirit of the women who’d worn them. So, too, can I recall the second of spontaneity that, in a gesture, became Tie One On Day.

Press Release #2

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National Tie One On DayTM a Win-Win

Gesture of Kindness a Win-Win for Participant and Receiver

PUEBLO, Colo. – Four years ago, EllynAnne Geisel was rolling dough for “one more pie” for her Thanksgiving feast, “When I suddenly took stock of the amount of food I’d prepared for the next-day’s holiday meal.” For a dozen guests, Geisel recalls, “there was just too much!” Deciding that her company “absolutely did not need another dessert choice,” she spontaneously wrapped a sweet in a handy piece of cloth…an apron. “Then I wrote Thinking of You on a notecard, and still wearing my own apron, walked out the front door.” Within a block, Geisel was presenting the wrapped treat to a very surprised neighbor, “who I’d heard was experiencing a difficult time.”

Turns out, Geisel was in for a surprise herself. “I hadn’t anticipated that acknowledging my neighbor with a baked good would have me feeling positively buoyant.”

It is that win-win for participant and receiver that Geisel is promoting through her National Tie One On DayTM.. Celebrated on November 25, 2009, Tie One On Day is an opportunity for people throughout the country to put the “give” back in Thanksgiving.

According to Geisel, a store-bought item is as easily wrapped as homemade, “and the cloth can be anything from an apron to a napkin.”

Geisel’s lemon quick bread recipe can be made in advance, wrapped and kept fresh in the refrigerator for Tie One On Day delivery.

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A Lovely Lemon Bread

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons lemon extract

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking power

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup milk

2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

Lemon Glaze

¼ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed for zestier flavor)

½ cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, mix the butter with the sugar, lemon extract and eggs.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating flour mixture with the milk, stirring each addition just enough to blend.

Fold in the lemon peel.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Use a spatula around the four sides to loosen the loaf from the pan. Remove loaf from the pan onto a cooling rack. With the wooden pick, poke holes in the loaf top.

Drizzle the lemon glaze over the top (Tip: Place rack over a piece of wax paper for easy clean up)

**Wrap the cooled loaf in foil and store in the refrigerator for 1 day before serving

**Plastic or foil wrap will protect the cloth from the syrupy glaze

EllynAnne Geisel is the author of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort; Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day; and The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives

Additional information about National Tie One On Day can be found on Geisel’s web site, 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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Easy Entry for National Tie One On Day’s Goodie Bag Giveaway here! Thank you for sharing National Tie One On Day through chit chat, blogging, tweeting, facebooking…the more who participate, the more who will receive.

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Short & Sweet

Very exciting – the Washington Times article mentioned both National Tie One On Day and my traveling exhibit, Apron Chronicles!

I’ve high hopes for National Tie One On Day. If ever so many needed to experience an act of kindness, this is that time. To further spread the word, I’m posting daily press releases. The format isn’t very cozy, but the purpose is to grab the attention of a harried reporter, for which I have like 3 seconds or something. Here’s the first one:

National Tie One On DayTM Offers Chance to Give Back

Public Encouraged to Share Baked Goods and Note of Encouragement with Those

in Need of Physical or Spiritual Sustenance

PUEBLO, Colo. — On November 25, 2009 people throughout the country will be putting the “give” back in Thanksgiving by participating in the 4th Annual National Tie One On DayTM. EllynAnne Geisel, author of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort; Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day; and The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives, and creator of National Tie One On Day, encourages the public to participate in this thoughtful and unique Thanksgiving tradition. Geisel suggests people wrap 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 physical or spiritual sustenance.

“This tradition was created after I began to notice that Thanksgiving was talked about in terms more commonly associated with stress than with joy,” explained Geisel. “The day should be about giving thanks and expressing gratitude, so I created an opportunity to easily share one’s own good fortune with someone in need of a kind gesture.”

Thanksgiving is a holiday known for recollection, making new traditions and sharing. The apron symbolizes these concepts. Through National Tie One On Day, people not only make a difference in someone’s life, but also honor the humble apron and the spirit of women who donned the universal symbol of home, family and mothering.

According to Geisel, “Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

Geisel receives letters from women throughout the United States who have participated in Tie One On Day. She notes that participating is simple and is a win-win for everyone involved.

“I especially liked the idea of sharing on the day before Thanksgiving, and since I work, I baked quick breads, which I wrapped in tea towels because I couldn’t find any clean aprons,” explained Amy Bissell. “I delivered the first loaf to a friend and his visiting father. When I told him how thankful I was for his friendship, he said I had made a very long day much nicer. Leaving his home, I felt like I was walking on air.”

Geisel recommends sharing any baked goods – whether homemade or store bought – as part of Tie One On Day. A few of her favorite recipes and additional information about National Tie One On Day can be found on her web site, 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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Enter the Goodie Bag Giveaway here and take a moment to read how others are preparing to participate. Inspiring!

xxea

Tie One On…an apron, of course!


National Tie One On Day – a win-win!

National Tie One On Day Six Goodie Bag Giveaways!

To enter, just leave a comment – I’d so love to know how you will be participating in National Tie One On Day, what you’ll be making, baking or sewing, the beneficiary of your act of kindness, how you’re putting the give back into Thanksgiving…that sort of thing!

The six Goodie Bag winners will be selected by my lovely sister Carol, who I’ll be ring-a-ling-ing early Thanksgiving morning. She will choose six numbers, which I’ll match up to the same-numbered comments.
Thank you, thank you for participating in National Tie One On Day, for spreading the word and posting the National Tie One On Day logo on your site. The more who give, the more who will receive.
xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

Kitchen Saviors

When it comes to recipes, my philosophy is If you can read, you can cook. And my very favorite recipes are those that include a photograph of the finished dish. I create whole menus around pictures, which is how I chose my Thanksgiving dessert offerings: A pumpkin lattice tart from The Food Channel and a Cranberry Cream Pie from Real Simple magazine.

Blog Thanksgiving Pie Tart (Medium) The tart was going great until I set the pie crust strips a’top the batter for weaving, and they promptly sunk. That glump at the left are the fished out strips. This dessert has a good ending – it baked nicely and dollops of whipped cream will fancy up its lack of a lattice topping.

Not so nice is the cream pie. I’ll be serving it in parfait dishes, as it never set up. The recipe noted it would be ready to serve in 4 hours. Well, 10 hours later, it’s more puddin’ than pie.

For my Tie One On Day delivery, I dressed up the #1 disaster dessert by pouring the cream pie into a Fiestaware cup, and

wrapping both the Thanksgiving_TieOneOnDay Delivery (Medium) cup and pumpkin tartlet in clear floral bags. But still, the offering looked a tad underdone, so I took a clear plate and to the bottom, performed decoupage with a circle of vintage fabric, like this

Thanksgiving Pie Plate (Medium) Then wrapped the whole shebang in a red gingham apron, and ta da!

I should have learned my lesson long ago about baking an un-tried dish for a festive gathering, but I like change and to that end, this isn’t the last holiday meal that may call upon my secret kitchen saviors: whipped cream and

Thanksgiving Pie Backup a frozen cherry pie.

Kitchen fiasco or not, Tie One On…an apron, of course! and give thanks we have pie at all.

xxea

a Tie One On Day Note Card

Hey, y’all! Whether your Tie One On Day baked offering is purchased or homemade, it is a handwritten note that truly personalizes this gesture of giving. United as we are through our participation, I wanted to further tie us together, so I created this Tie One On Day note card.
Front Image & Backside Text:

THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

Of the eighteen married women who sailed on the Mayflower, only four lived through the first winter to see fall of 1621. With the assistance of five surviving girls and one maidservant, the four, thankful to be alive and grieving for those not, prepared a meal of gratitude.

Visit my website http://www.apronmemories.com/ to download and print out this Apron Memories® National Tie One On Day 2008 card.
xxea
Tie One On…an apron, of course!

National Tie One On Day

I am very excited to announce the launch of my National Tie One On Day campaign. Participation in National Tie One On Day is simple – on the day before Thanksgiving, pause in the preparation of your own bounty, wrap a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on…an apron, of course! and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of spiritual or physical sustenance.

As encouragement to your assistance in the promotion of National Tie One On Day and its message of sharing and gratefulness, Andrews McMeel, my wonderful publisher, is offering 5 copies of The Apron Book and 5 copies of Apronisms in a giveaway, along with 5 vintage aprons from my personal collection! That’s 15 wonderful giveaways!

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions on the home page and post the National Tie One On Day button on your website or blog, then leave a comment on this blog. Please provide an email where I might contact you, should you be a winner. Entries accepted until 9 pm Mountain Time, November 26th.

Thank you so very much for embracing National Tie One On Day!
xxea