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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

MM MM MM MM Can you smell it???

Oh the smells of Christmas! Is there anything better than the wide variety of Christmas smells all around us?

Wassail, peppermint, ginger, sage, cinnamon, coriander, pumpkin pie. Candles burning with their new and various scents. Can you smell snow in the either, but I can smell the Christmas trees, wreaths and greens all around.

I love the smells of Christmas!

Sunday afternoon Ed took over the kitchen for "Ed Bread Day". OH MY....Christmas really hits home when the first batch of Ed Bread hits the oven...the house smells so wonderfully yummy and Christmasy!

The first year we were married my DMIL sent us a bread recipe and insisted we try it, well...Ed and I thought the mix of ingrediants were just too way out there for our tastes so we passed on making it up. (DMIL always had a MUST try recipe up her sleeve!!!). Finally Ed made up a batch just to tell his mom that, yes we tried it (we knew we wouldn't like it). LOL doesn't it figure that it has become Ed's specialty bread, and our pal Bruce dubbed it "Ed Bread". We love this bread!

Each year Ed bakes many many round loaves of this bread, varying the size of the loaf to match the size of the family we give them to. A small round for our widowed neighbor, a large round for our friends who travel to Wilsonville each year to spend the holiday with a group of family members, medium loaf for others. In years past Ed has baked as many as 30 loaves...the list has narrowed and he doesn't bake nearly as many now.

When the boys were little we would pack all the bread in boxes...I would make a list of who was to get what size and off we would go ~ delivering bread all over town, one of the boys would run to the door hand the bread over with a hearty "MERRY CHRISTMAS" shouted as they ran back to the car and off to the next house we would fun to share the gift of giving with our children. After getting their licenses the boys would go through the list and pick a few people they wanted to deliver to and off they would go bread and list in hand to deliver a bit of Christmas cheer and their dad's Ed Bread, Ed and I would deliver the rest. While the boys were in college, and home on break, they would grab the list and boxes of bread and would be gone for hours and hours as they delivered bread and visited with those they had not seen for months, frequently we would later hear from the recievers how much they enjoyed visiting with the boys (oh the pride of a mothers heart).

It's Christmas at our tree, no lights on the house but can you smell it??? Ed Bread, yummy!!!

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At Wednesday, December 20, 2006 7:27:00 AM, Blogger ryangwillim said...

Bruce was actually talking about "Ed Bread" last week. It was funny, he was referring to it like it is some hidden secret. I think he wants some.

At Wednesday, December 20, 2006 8:31:00 AM, Blogger Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

What a wonderful holiday gift-giving tradition your DMIL's recipe started so many years ago! In Austria, a bread slicer is a very common kitchen appliance because we buy round loaves of bread - I am not sure that I have even seen sliced bread over here! At the very least - every kitchen at least has a bread knife! Yummy land of bread that I live in... mmmm!



At Wednesday, December 20, 2006 9:33:00 AM, Blogger Angie said...

Mmmmm, I DO smell it! Yummy! Any chance you could share the Ed Bread recipe??? LOL What a wonderful treasure trove of memories you have to warm your Christmas! :) Happy Holidays!

At Wednesday, December 20, 2006 9:43:00 AM, Blogger Laurie Ann said...

Ed's Bread. What a neat story!! Great memories for your sons too.

At Wednesday, December 20, 2006 4:20:00 PM, Blogger Pam said... is a hidden secret.

At Wednesday, December 20, 2006 6:41:00 PM, Blogger Linda_J said...

It looks delish--I admire anyone who can make bread! Don't know if my wrist would stand up to my feeble attempts at kneading to give it a whirl again or not. It has got to smell like a bakery at your home.

At Thursday, December 21, 2006 7:09:00 AM, Blogger quiltpixie said...

its amazing how smell takes us back to memories in a way that nothing else does... May every cold stay far away so you can enjoy all the smells of Christmas :-)

At Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:46:00 PM, Blogger cher said...

yummy smells all the way up here Pam!
we baked cookies...another favorite Christmas smell for me.

At Friday, December 22, 2006 8:42:00 AM, Blogger Pam said...

Such wonderful Christmas stories to read. I'm sure I smell it too.

There is someone who gives us a great round loaf of stollen (his granny's recipe) every year. It is saved for Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas

At Friday, December 22, 2006 12:02:00 PM, Blogger Finn said...

Hi Pam, what a delightful christmas tradition. So often Dad get left out of that sort of "sharing". I think it's great that Ed is the baker of the bread, and it was his mom's recipe! *VBS* That is so neat! Have the happiest of Christmases, Hugs, Finn

At Saturday, December 23, 2006 6:39:00 AM, Blogger Patti said...

What a fabulous way to celebrate Christmas Pam - and to teach your children the joy of giving. What a special story this is that you have shared - thank you so much for giving us this peek into your Chrismases present and past. I can close my eyes and just picture you and your boys delivering bread all through town.

Wishing your entire family a wonderful holiday, and thank you for your online quilty fellowship. It means a great deal to all of us.


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