Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fruity, Nutty Sweet Bread Two Ways

 
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 I recently attended an AFTERNOON TEA, English style. . .We dressed in vintage clothes. . .including big flowery hats. . .and each of us brought a SWEET TREAT. . .with the stipulation that the sweets had to be baked from a VINTAGE RECIPE. . .and each of us was to bring copies of the recipe to share.
 
I chose a SWEET BREAD from the 1940s. . .one that I had found years ago in my Grandmother's recipe box. . .I had never seen such big chunks of FRUIT AND NUTS in a bread, but found it to be a perfect tea bread. . .or. . .breakfast bread. . .I love to toast a piece and then slather on a little real butter. . .Rich and filling. . .Great with coffee or tea.
 
So. . .here is the ORIGINAL RECIPE. . .
 
 
 
Although I have to admit I am more of a traditionalist, this second recipe is quicker. . .I love cooking from scratch. . .but if you have little time. . .or you're not fond of baking. . . here's the 21st century PILLSBURY recipe that can be on your table within 45 minutes. . .
FRUIT-NUT BREAKFAST BREAD
 
 1 can (11 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crusty French loaf
1 cup dried apricots, chipped
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray Cookie sheet with cooking spray. Carefully unroll dough onto cookie sheet. Sprinkle apricots, dates and almonds evenly over dough. Starting with the long side, roll up; seal edges. Fold ends under; seal. Bake 26-30 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove loaf from cookie sheet; place on serving plate or cutting board. Cool 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir powdered sugar and enough milk until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle icing over slightly cooled loaf. To serve, cut diagonally into slices with serrated knife.
Both recipes are delicious. . .When John was asked which recipe he liked the best, his answer was, "Whichever one I'm eating!". . .He's only spoiled a little !!!!
 
 
 Remembering my DAD this MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. . .
who served in the U S Navy during World War II.
He loved this COUNTRY and flew the Stars and Stripes Everyday of his LIFE.
He never forgot to HONOR those who lost their lives in war.
 
The Sweet Bread Recipe came from his Mom.
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Sneak Peek: Before and After Series of Our Home Beginning in June

 
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Beginning in June, I'll be sharing numerous posts of before and after photos of The Country Farm Home. . .I'm so amazed myself at how far we have come from the beginning. . .It's still a true farmhouse, but so, so different from the way it looked when we first acquired the Craftsman Farm Style House. . .I called it a house in the beginning. . .but gradually it turned into a home. . .The Country Farm Home. . .and one we are both very proud of. . .
 
 
You'll be amazed yourself at the transition. . .
 
I won't say anything else and give away the up-coming posts. . .
I'll only say. . .
DON'T MISS IT !!!!
 
 
 
One more note for ya: I've been away for a time. . .working on at least three. . .or was it four?. . .major, time-consuming projects. . .Although I still have some involvement in them, I think they are about wrapped up. . .Maybe I can take a little breather now. . .and enjoy my online friends again. . .Sure hope so. . .I've MISSED YOU!!!!!
 
 
 


Monday, April 25, 2016

Arkansas PBS TV Filming In Our Farmhouse Kitchen !!!!

 
Surprise. . .Surprise. . .I've known for several weeks that Kevin Clark, Producer at AETN would be visiting The Country Farm Home and Duncan Farmstead but I kept it secret until it actually happened. . .Anything could have gone wrong. . .which takes me back to my frustration with the massive dust storm we had and the days of clean-up it took to get the house and farm back in order. . .We had a deadline to make. . .With diligence and determination, we made it. . .
 
 
Kevin is filming a documentary on vintage ARKANSAS BARNS that will air in August. . .He happened upon our two barns on the net and decided to include them. . .I thought it was just a matter of getting the grounds ready. . .and telling him the basics as he shot the photos. . .But that wasn't all. . .Once he arrived I found out differently. . .He wanted to interview John and myself also. . .We suddenly found ourselves sitting in front of two cameras. . .all wired up. . .telling the FARMSTEAD story. . .and the BARN HISTORY. . .I didn't have time to get nervous. . .although it's not easy to recall information on the spur of the moment. . .I think it went well, though. . .He has plenty to cut and edit for our little spot on the program. . .
 
 
Once the interview was done. . .Kevin decided he wanted shots of the FARMHOUSE KITCHEN also. . .As you know, our kitchen is representative of the 1930s. . .making for a Depression Period or Vintage Farmhouse backdrop. . .
 
 
Kevin was born and raised in Northeast Arkansas. . .but has been working at AETN in Conway for 20 years. . .I think he enjoyed coming back to his roots. . .and spending time on the FARM. . .In fact, he stayed into Friday evening in order to catch an awesome sunset with a farmstead setting. . .Can't wait to see that one. . .Can't wait to see the entire program. . .But we'll all have to be patient. . .It won't be aired until August 2016. . .
 
 
This was such great fun. . .Our secret WISH is that one day a 30s-40s PERIOD MOVIE will be shot here. . .even if it's just a scene or two. . .Can you imagine?
Just DREAMING a little. . .
 
 
A busy time for us. . .but enjoyed it tremendously.
 
 
MANY, MANY THANKS, Kevin, for including us in your documentary. . .
We look forward to it's airing. . .Come back any time. . .
 
Now. . .For all our followers, hop on over to
 
 
for the outdoor segment of filming.
'SEE YOU THERE'
 
 
 
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