Friday, December 12, 2008

Plum Pudding And The Bread of Life

We've been down with colds here, but hopefully we're all on the mend. I'm behind, but looking to make up for lost time. Once the decorating is complete, I'll turn my attention to baking (a real joy for me). The picture above is all about plum pudding. My mom tells me my great-grandma made plum pudding with "hard sauce." Anybody know of a recipe? I have come across one or two, but haven't tried it yet. A few years ago I made fruitcake by request (Mom's), and it was pretty good....moist and sweet. This year Mom has talked of nothing but date bars. That will be first on my baking list.

When I first encountered the blogging world, I came across so many interesting blogs to read. I'm not sure how I found Yaya (or she found me), but I have been so blessed since I did. Since first "meeting," we have enjoyed a lovely friendship. A couple days ago, I was uplifted by a wonderful surprise from Idalia.
A package filled to the brim with several lovely items, many handmade. Thank you, Idalia, for your thoughtful kindness to me. Feast your eyes on this....

A sweet banner, machine embroidered by Idalia. This will stay up all year....I have to find just the right spot.Some delicious carmel sauce from's made with goat's milk. Ice cream is going on the grocery list...
A machine-embroidered towel, in the softest terry I've ever felt.
Handmade ornaments and two....yes TWO...lavendar sachets. Oh, if you could only smell the sweet fragrance.

Idalia also included several handmade yo-yo's and some Earl Grey cream tea, from the English Tea Store. I know I'm ringing the same 'ole bell, but I am so blessed these last months, I can hardly believe it.

The only certain thing about life these days is that it's very uncertain. My days don't seem to be my own anymore, and I'm trying to take it all in stride. Jesus told us not to heed earthly cares, for He is our bread of life.....we have all we need as long as we have Him. As you know, my blessings are abundant, and here's a few of them... Lord and bread of life

Sweet friends that make my days happier

My dishwasher...I realized tonight as I loaded her up how happy I am to have this convenience.....I mean, a girl can only do so many dishes by hand

Hot tea....heaven on earth

#2 pencils....freshly sharpened with a soft eraser (because I make a lot of mistakes : 0)

Next time I hope to have some picture of my finished Christmas decorations. I made good headway today. I'm keeping you all in my prayers....

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." John 6:35


Niki RuralWritings said...

I have 2 hard sauce recipes..I'll send them later as we are on our way out the door.

Wool Winder said...

Lovely gift!

YayaOrchid said...

Amy, I'm glad you enjoyed the pkg. You are such a dear sweet friend, deserving of blessings. I just know the Lord is carrying you when you are feeling less than strong. It's all good, Amy! Take joy in this: II Corinthians 12:9,10

I can hardly wait to see your Christmas decorations. I'm sure it will be a feast for the eyes.

Susan said...

Amy, I hope you all are feeling better soon. Here is a Martha Stewart recipe for a Hard Sauce. I went to a Christmas Tea where Bread Pudding was served with this sauce. It was delicious.

2 sticks of butter, softened
2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar
1 large egg yolk
4 tablespoons heavy cream
4 tablespoons Cognac
Whip the butter and confectioner's sugar together until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg yolk, cream and Cognac. Put sauce in a tightly covered jar and refrigerate.
Remove from refrigerator at least one hour before serving.
Makes 2 cups.

I love reading your post-- the #2 pencils--made me smile because I'm a #2.

glorv1 said...

Oh that is so sweet of yaya, but after all she is such a great person. Amy your kitchen towel looks perfect. I hope you have a great weekend. Take care

YayaOrchid said...

I had meant to tell you about the Martha Stewart recipe when I first commented. Guess I got sidetracked, what with my muddled thinking lately. I remember long ago she had done a segment on English plum pudding, and it looked good! Victoria magazine used to have some good recipes for it too.
It's sweet of you to make it for your Mom!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, great gifties! And look at the good recipes you're getting in your comments!

Susie Homemaker said...

Hi Amy,
I have missed "talking" to you...I am in the home stretch at work...almost done! Thanks for your nice are always so sweet.
I hope you are feeling better...I smiled when I read your list of things you are thankful for...


Kathryn said...

Dear Amy,
Sorry never heard of hard sauce..
The terry towell with you name embroidered was lovely. Enjoyed reading your thankful list.