Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nothing Costs 4 Cents Anymore


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I thought you'd enjoy seeing this card, which was about half-full of snaps when I got it. It was part of my grandmother's sewing things. I've no idea when she might have bought it. Although I do remember Penney's having a sewing and fabric department, I don't think snaps were 4 cents then. Now they're apparently about $1.50 for 10 of this size. One thing about sewing notions like this, they don't get outdated or too old to use, so 'snap' them up if they are offered.

I got my brother's bread machine in our family's 'Frivolous Appliance Round-Robin', and I'm having fun with it. Like most people, their bread machine was used a lot when they got it, and then less, until it finally sat there, unloved. So, I said I'd take it for a while, and they could take an extra KitchenAid mixer I had on hand. Everyone's happy, and we are storing new things in our kitchens instead of the old, boring ones.

My favorite bread so far is called Franskbröd, (correction courtesy of Mia) supposedly the most popular bread in Scandinavia. It reminds me strongly of my Swedish grandmother's homemade bread that we could never duplicate. I've made it a couple of times now, and everyone agrees with me. This is NOT a photo of it however. This is an egg bread with poppyseed which is also very good.



I'm recovering from some minor surgery right now, although it's never minor when it's you, is it? Actually, it was my first surgery of any kind. It's been a week now, and I'm beginning to feel a bit like myself again, so I'm pleased about that.

9 comments:

a little sewing on the side said...

I'm glad to hear you have the minor surgery behind you and feeling better. Funny about those snaps; that they are just as useable now as they were when new.

Sally said...

So nice to hear from you again. Continued good luck with your recovery. Hoping to see more posts from you in the future.

Mia said...

I don't know if you made an accidental typo, but the bread is called franskbrod (franskbröd) which translated to english is frenchbread.

Liana said...

Mia,
You are right, of course! It's franskbröd, and it does have a big hint of french bread background, especially in the crusty crust. My grandmother's bread had the best crust, and was almost coarse, and very 'holey' inside, but just wonderful, and nice and chewy. She didn't use a recipe, just 'stirred it up' every week. We watched carefully, but could never come close. I'm thrilled that this recipe does.

Thanks for the kind wishes, everyone. Now that I'm off the strong pain pills, I seem to be back in the real world too, which is always good!

Anonymous said...

Liane, it might be a good idea to round up your siblings and plan a trip back to Sweden, reconnecting perhaps with your Grandma's culture and culinary arts...yum.

Have a good recovery, you are right, surgery is never minor, especially where knives are involved.

karin said...

I think you´ll get disapointed if you actually tried our Franskbröd. It´s really crust and something inside that makes you feel like you didn´t eat anything...
Where was your grandmother from?

sdBev said...

That bread looks yummy! We still keep our bread maker. We replaced the first one, burned it out; but slowly made fewer and fewer loaves. It's a special occasion dish now, home made bread with real butter.

BTW hope you're feeling much better and will be back at SG soon. We do notice.

BetsyV said...

I love the 'Frivolous Appliance Round-Robin'! My family needs one of those BADLY. I just boxed up and stored away a Cuisinart brand food processor with 3 sets of blades for a KitchenAid brand we acquired through a Craig's List curb alert. Couple of squirts and WD-40 and the thing was good to go.

We use our bread machine (3rd one, 2nd curb alert) to make pizza dough.

Lorraine said...

Hope your surgery did the trick. We are so lucky to live in the age of modern medicine. I have some vintage snap cards too. I don't want to use the snaps, as I think that any vintage sewing items look great decorating the sewing area. I also have a white gas heated iron,and treadle sewing machine, for instance that provide a romantic continuance, to me, of the dedication of past generations to the textile arts of all kinds. I never will try using that iron though!