Just got home from the Library Brunch. Here’s a shot of our table, all decorated. There are also canisters of mini chocolate chip cookies and potato chips on the other side of the flowers.
You can’t tell from the picture, but the flowers are arranged in my spaghetti canister. I took the spaghetti out and washed it first. It’s one of those that has the lid that flips over and seals with a latch.
There were lots of very pretty tables, but I’m pretty sure ours was the most clever. If I do say so myself.
The speaker was a lot of fun. Carol Bodensteiner is the author of a book called Growing up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl. She spoke a little about her experience writing the book, and also read a few stories from her book. A fair amount of her audience were also Iowa Farm Girls, so there was lots of head-nodding and laughter at stories they recognized: Traumatic Chicken Experiences seemed to be a shared memory by many.
I was fascinated that she ended up self-publishing her book because she could not find a publisher to take it on. She was told that while it was well-written and interesting, there was no character in crisis. Nothing bad happened. Except maybe with chickens. Not enough sensationalism. Just the stories that she remembers from back when she was 8-12 years old on a dairy farm in Iowa. Too boring I guess.
One of the questions that she was asked was whether her sisters and Mom read the book and agreed with/remembered things the same way she did. She said that many of the things that she remembered were only remembered by her. And in some cases, she remembered things wrong: she thought they did laundry on Saturdays, but her Mom (and the audience today) said “Oh no, EVERYONE did their laundry on Mondays.” One of the audience members lived in town growing up, and said it was something of a point of pride as to how early on Monday morning you got your first load hung out to dry.
Speaking of remembering things: my Mom will probably correct me if I’m wrong, but the pancake recipe I mentioned yesterday is one that I think came with the brand-new set of really expensive pots and pans that my parents purchased sometime in the early 80s? Maybe it was earlier than that? They don’t make pots and pans like that anymore. Mom still uses most of them. I’ve ready to replace my cookware, and I’ve only had it for less than 10 years. Plus, everything is sticking in my electric skillet, which is why I burned myself yesterday, so I need to replace it, too.
2 c. flour
2 T. sugar
1T baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 c. milk
2T oil or melted shortening
1. Sift flour with sugar, baking powder, and salt. (Hmm. I never actually sift. Just stir them with a fork…)
2. Combine milk with beaten eggs; add dry ingredients.
3. Blend thoroughly, until lumps disappear. Add shortening or oil.
4. Pour batter into skillet, preheated at 400, and bake until bubbles break and edges are cooked, flip and cook until done, about 1 minute per side.
I don’t even know why I mentioned the burn yesterday. Maybe because it was so fresh and painful. I smeared some Solarcaine gel (that had aloe in it), and today, it doesn’t really hurt and you can barely tell I did anything. What a wimp.
Maybe this will week I’ll do a library brunch table retrospective. We’ve had some pretty clever ideas in the past, and they’ve always included a quilt of some sort.
Now, though, those log cabin blocks are calling my name. I must heed their siren call.
Tanya Brown says
Your tablesetting looks great! Your quilt really makes it, I think.
You weren’t a wimp for mentioning your burn. Those things really hurt. Even “minor” ones can hurt like the dickens for the first day or so. Besides, if you can’t talk to your blogfriends about such things, then who?
Mary Ann (mom) says
I thought that the pancake recipe you used was the one in the Gales Ferry (Connecticut) United Methodist cook book, the blueberry pancake recipe without the blueberries. I had forgotten all about the cookware recipe. The cookware was Lifetime and I’m not sure if we bought it in the late 70s or early 80s. We actually bought it from someone who came to the door. It was very expensive, or at least seemed so at the time and why we trusted someone who came to the door, I don’t know. But yes, it is great stuff and will last forever. I got into way too many door-to-door salesman deals during those years. A Rainbow vacuum cleaner (used a water container, no bags). Messy. Magazine subscriptions…
Your table looks great. Have fun sewing your log cabin blocks.
Vicki W says
Yes, your table should ahve won a prize – even if there wern’t any prizes! Isn’t it funny how we remember different things and remember things differently among people who lived in the same house. We’ve been having a lot of conversations along those lines in my family lately.
Deb Levy says
Your table looks beautiful! I’m sure it was the best there.
It is truely amazing how everyone’s memory records the same things differently.
Your table looks great. Good inspiration to finish a quilt huh! I look forward to seeing how your scrappy log cabins turn out. Glad you had no snow!
Gorgeous table! It’s definitely better than the glimpse of the next one over:) Can’t imagine any of the others were better either!