It sounds like such a lovely idea and I have been talking about it for months now. Then last week I sat down and made a list of those likely to join us. 30! *wowza* We have been but a family of three. Extended family has had our holiday table swell to as many as 10 on a given year. 30! I had better get planning.
At Costco this last weekend, I saw a package in the bakery section with a loaf of banana bread, a loaf of pound cake and a loaf of pumpkin bread. Wouldn't that be a yummy addition to our table? But the more I thought about it, the more I just wanted to do my own baking. I have tried and true recipes for banana bread and pumpkin bread, but pound cake is new to me. I set out to find a recipe and remembered something about a pound cake in a Ruth Reichl book or so I thought.
I finally found the recipe in the book Garlic and Sapphires. It is actually called Nicky's Vanilla Cake and is baked in a bundt pan rather than a loaf pan. I gathered the ingredients, dug out my mom's vintage (check out that harvest gold finish) bundt pan and got to work.
It was very easy to make and the house smells heavenly. I'm going to leave it to the Quilt Pals to do the official taste testing tonight when we get together. If it passes the Pal Test of Approval, I will bake a couple more to put in the freezer along with the breads to serve with our brunch.
In other news, in case anyone thought I forgot that this was once a blog that features quilts - I have a finish! *ta da*
I finished Daisy's memory quilt yesterday afternoon. Using inspiration from a Cheri Payne quilt for the design, I did the applique, stitchery and quilting by hand. In addition to the outline quilting, I also quilted in Daisy's initials, her birth date and the date of her passing. In the borders, I quilted the words Snacks - Snow - Snuggles - Sticks Just a few of her most favorite things. It's backed with a daisy printed flannel fabric that is soft and snugly - just like Daisy!