Thursday, September 8, 2016

What I Baked with my Apron

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material.  But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.  
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. 
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. 
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.. 
And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms. 
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. 
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
 From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. 
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. 
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. 
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. 
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes. (found on the internet years ago)
I have always worn a full apron for making dinner, baking and yes gathering a few vegetables which is why I like them with pockets. Above is the one I'm wearing right now but will bring out my favourite autumn one soon.
Last week at our local farmers market I bought a bag of Paula Red apples to make a pie and a quart of damson plums from the same vendor. I experimented by adding a dozen or so of the plums, pitted and cut and half and the sweetness they added to the apples was delicious. I hope to recreate the pie (maybe a few more plums) for the potluck lunch after church this Sunday.
A friend shared a recipe video on FB that looked pretty interesting - a cake made with two ingredients. I mixed the angel food cake and lemon pie filling by hand and smoothed it into a parchment-lined 9x13 pan. It baked for 35 minutes at 350° but once cool, mine didn't release from the parchment very well. A sprinkle of icing sugar before serving and although tasty the cake was heavy. Has anyone else tried this recipe? 
It didn't hit home with hubby and I but our 21 year old grandson who came for dinner was quite eager to take the leftovers back to his place and "maybe add some ice-cream Grandma."
Linking with Mosaic Monday.

32 comments:

  1. I wear a full apron every time I walk into the kitchen too. I have mine on right now! lol I think I am too messy to be without it. Enjoy your day sweet Lavender Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  2. Yes, I wear an apron. My MIL sewed crafts to sell at craft fairs. One popular item was the printed full bib apron that she bought on the bolt, added straps, ties, and trim. Of course she gave them as gifts, too, so I have several seasonal ones. As a Messy Marvin, I need to cover up. I attend Weight Watchers. During one meeting the ladies discussed adding other ingredients to cake mixes to reduce the sugar: diet soda, apple sauce, pumpkin to spices cakes. I tired the pumpkin in brownies. Wrong. So I just skip the cake, but I do think that lemon sounds pretty yummy.

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  3. What a wonderful read this morning. The pie looks wonderful, but sometimes easy is just too easy, I think. The second dessert, I'm sure tastes fine, but it doesn't look like much, does it? That said, I sure do like lemon filling in a cake, so maybe I would love it. Have a wonderful rest of your week Judith!

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  4. Lovely piece you found on the apron. I have my dear late MIL's apron and wear it when I need her help-she was an excellent cook and home maker in the true sense of the word. As a Brit I call my aprons pinnies.

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  5. A lovely post, Judith. I'm hit and miss with wearing an apron. If I come straight home from school and head to the kitchen, I'll pull one on over my work clothes, but if I'm in a t-shirt and jeans, I rarely wear one, unless I'm baking bread or pastry. How fun to have a seasonal apron!

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  6. I wear an apron to cook too and often just leave it on for the day. Its handy for holding my phone, dusting cloths, etc.

    I think that cake sounds good, I love lemon. I wonder what made the cake so heavy?

    Your pie looks wonderful and sounds like it was,too!

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  7. I love that old tale about the apron. I always wear one when I cook and bake. My grandmother very seldom removed hers except to go to church or to town. Very fond memories! I haven't tried that recipe but I will be making something similar for my son's birthday; a lemon trifle. I made it for my hubby and he loved it. Your cake does sound good and that pie; yummy! It's a little hot this week to bake but birthdays are special so the oven will be on. Enjoy your day, Judith.

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  8. Aprons bring back such wonderful memories! The only time I saw my grandmother without one was at church. I now have several of her aprons that I treasure. As for myself, I don't always were one, it depends on what I'm wearing. Your pie looks delicious!

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  9. Hello, I do not own an apron. I really make a mess when I bake too, flour is everywhere, lol. Your pie looks delicious. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  10. That was a wonderful piece about aprons, and so true. I wear one most of the time for cooking or baking and often, as Deanna said, around the house all day. I've been known to keep my apron on when guests arrive. I guess I forget. And what is it about men who always think a dessert we slave over needs a little ice cream? Sounds familiar to me!

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  11. The pie and cake looks so good. I love aprons and I wear them all the time in the kitchen. When I cook, bake, and wash dishes.

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  12. That is the cutest apron, Judith! I like to wear an apron too, and the chef wears a "chef's" coat.

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  13. Judith, I love the apron piece. It is so true and brought many great memories of my grandmother. I do have an apron I use in the kitchen. I spend a lot less time there than some but have found an apron a handy item. Sylvia D.

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  14. Hello Judith, that must be one of the prettiest aprons I have ever seen!
    My mother wears a bib apron (if that's the correct term) when cooking and my MIL used to wear a full apron (if it's the one that covers also your back). It's such a useful garment.
    Your pie looks super tasty. Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  15. Our area is over run with apples this year, alas, not ripe yet as it has been too hot. I'm just itching for a nice apple desert. Your pie is beautiful!

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  16. I just loved the sentiments of Grandma's apron! My mom always wore an apron, but they weren't very pretty ... very utilitarian. There were even patches on it from burns. One of those things that I would have loved to keep, but it just wasn't in great shape anymore. I always wear an apron when I'm baking (my husband does the cooking). My SIL gave it to me. My mom made me a Christmas apron with red poinsettias that I wear to make Christmas dinner. My British grandmother always wore her "house dress" over her pretty dresses. It was almost like hospital scrubs that buttoned up the front. She cooked and cleaned wearing that and then whipped it off to sit down to dinner.
    The apple/plum pie sounds really good! We've had some early apples here, but they are still quite sour. Too bad about the heavy lemon cake (LOVE lemon cake). Glad your grandson knew what it needed and could make good use of the leftovers.
    Wendy

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  17. I have been wearing an apron for more than five years now. I never use to, but I am such a messy cook that it has saved a lot of clothes.

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  18. Nice apron, Judith! I'm not much of a cook or baker, but I've managed to collect quite a number of cute tea-themed aprons. HA!

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  19. I bet your kitchen smelled soo good , and it all looks soo YUMMY to . My mum wore aprons or as we call them Pinny's when she was baking and cooking . I cook but I dont bake much and dont wear an apron either I really should get into doing both . Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend !

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  20. I love your summery apron, Judith, and the fact that you wear one. Your pie looks absolutely fabulous, and I'm wishing I had a slice to enjoy with my tea! I'm sorry that your lemony bars weren't much of a hit, but seems your grandson enjoyed them!

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  21. Hello,Judith,
    That pie and cake looks so delicious!I have actually many aprons, but I wear them in spring,autumn and winter. In summer,I only wear simple summer clothes without aprons. My clothes are washed every day like they are aprons!I hope you have a good new week, Judith
    (#^.^#)!

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  22. Love that quote about the aprons -- so very thought provoking. And I'm sorry to hear the cake wasn't a hit. It certainly sounded easy enough, so I was hopeful you were going to say it was the best thing ever. On the bright side, your grandson now has a special treat from your home, so all's well that end's well!

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  23. Loved the story about aprons. I do remember my Granny wearing an apron and using it for a pot holder, to clean up spills. There weren't too many times I found her without an apron. I should wear one! I haven't tried that cake and thank you. I won't be trying it anytime soon! :) Happy Monday!

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  24. Love the Apron memories/description and the yummy recipe. Great post!

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  25. Hi Judith,the story about Grandma's apron brought back memories of my Nana B who always wore one. Here in Normandy the ladies wear a sort of housecoat/apron, I always have a full bibbed apron hanging in the kitchen which I usually put on when cooking. Lovely to see you at MM again this week.
    Maggie

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  26. These look delicious!!
    Hope you'll come share your photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/09/los-viejos.html

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  27. I love the apron story. I remember aunts and my mum wearing aprons. Mum had fancy organza ones she wore to 'serve' dinner and look beautiful at the same time. Sometimes I wonder about those recipes online (FB) and the video ones that are so prevalent now. They look easy and good but I guess some are worth a try. Have a great day.

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  28. Judith, I love this post and the apron story! Though I rarely wear an apron, I own four. I still have my very first apron, a waist-type, made for me by my grandmother when I was 6 or 7. And I have three full (bib) aprons. Two are so cute I almost never use them. One is a plain one I bought at a restaurant supply store. That is the one I use on occasion. I need to get in the habit of wearing it. My grandmother was never without her apron.

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  29. Looking so delightful and yummy! Love the apron too ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  30. Interesting to read the apron story.

    I always wear a full apron, my current one has quite a few lovely pink roses on it, with oven gloves to match!

    Enjoy your baking

    All the best Jan

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  31. I love this sweet post, Judith! I have an apron collection that I really enjoy; my MIL has brought me aprons from France and Switzerland. Your apple and plum pie looks wonderful; I'm planning to make an apple pie this week. I like to use Rome apples when I can find them, and I always use my mom's apple pie recipe. :)

    Have a great week, my friend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  32. I always wear an apron too! Fall is my favorite time for baking as well. I see you had a tea tour in Michigan. How fun! Mackinaw Island is beautiful. xo Deborah

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