Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Package Time

You'd think it was the North Pole or something. Packages have been coming and going like crazy!
Although there has been cooking and baking going on here on the hill, there has been no time to blog about it...because of packages.

Some of the goodies were gifts and some have been mailed, others will go today. Since they are Christmas gifts, no blogging allowed...some of the recipients read these posts...wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.

Some will be given today to Doublepeas here at home and some on Friday to Natasha and her hubby in Davis at our favorite goulash restaruant.

Some will be mailed (hopefully this morning) to Tennessee where our daughter will be for the holidays. First year not home for Christmas, but finding a good guy and spending Christmas with his family are wonderful reasons, although I'm barely keeping a stiff upper lip, happy for her though I am.

Packages are arriving, too.

One came from Tanna at My Kitchen In Half Cups. It was a winner! She sent it as part of the Pay It Forward event. Three totally yummy baked goods, plus...RECIPES!! I can make them myself. THANK YOU Tanna!

One has yet to be blogged about by Tanna herself, and another one (the lovely filled one in the photo above) can be found by using the link in the above paragraph, so today I can only share one of the recipes with you. It is a good one...Lemon Tea Bread. This one has a sweet lemon glaze that soaks into the loaf and forms almost a sugary crust on top, too. It was the favorite of the three for my nephew. I made a loaf as a gift because it's the best lemon tea loaf ever!

The recipe was given to her by an elderly neighbor years ago. One of the gifts of the season is passing on good recipes. These can be baked in little loaf pans, too. That's what Tanna did...makes 'em very cute! Here is her recipe with notes:


When we lived on Eager Road above the Watsons, there was a delightful 90 year old lady named FiFi in the building next to ours. One morning FiFi couldn’t get her car started. Good neighbor Sue came out to help and they got FiFi’s car started. To say "Thank You", FiFi baked Sue a loaf of Lemon Tea Cake Bread using an old family recipe. After considerable enticements to get the recipe, FiFi finally relented and Sue of course shared it with me. This is one of those things people really do remember and ask for again and again. Many years I have used this for Christmas gifts.

1/3 c melted butter 1 t salt
1 c sugar 1/2 c milk
2 eggs grated rind of lemon
1 1/2 c flour 3 T lemon juice
1 t baking powder 1/2 c ground almonds

Mix sugar with melted butter, beat in eggs. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk, beating just enough to blend. Fold in grated lemon rind and ground almonds. Using pound cake size pan, bake in 350° oven for 50 min. While still hot drip lemon juice in 1/2 c sugar over top. Wrap in foil when cool.




  1. I'm so happy you enjoyed all the minis and the recipes.
    I really love that I could send you two old recipes from my past and now the filled cookie that's new for me.
    Sharing, baking is somehow about sharing.
    I'm having a hard time keeping the stiff upper lip as our son, wife and baby are in southern hemisphere this Christmas :( but you have to be happy for them too.

  2. Oh yes! Made the recipe -in the cute small loaf size- and they were loved by all! Lovely gift!

  3. I love getting packages in the mail. Its always so exciting. Getting something like this would be an extra special treat.

  4. Get those baked goods going! You don't want to disappoint your daughter.
    Thanks once again for the wonderful ornament that now sits proudly in the front of my tree.

  5. Tanna, I totally agree...sharing recipes and goodies is one of the reasons to do food blogging...and it brings us closer, too. We can both have a quivery lip at Christmas...even while we are happy for them.

    Baking Soda, still have to try making them in the small pans, but they are just perfect that way as gifts.

    KJ, a very much appreciated treat.

    Peabody, they are on their way...and I'm so glad that my bit of inspiration has been enjoyed by you. Hopefully hubby understands the importance of cupcakes.