Holiday Dinner

We may have not been raised to attend religious services often or at all in my youth, but this never stopped my Mother from making a terrific holiday dinner. Dad brought home ta Ham or Turkey for the day’s celebration from the market in which he worked. Luckily he got the day off to celebrate.

Time off of work was hard to come by in his profession, the last thing he wanted to do was to spend the morning on a church pew. He would much rather be catching up on chores around the house and getting his collection of fishing gear ready for the upcoming season.

Meanwhile my Mother was busy preparing the families favorites. She usually began a few days ahead. What I remember most wasn’t the baked ham along with all of the fixings but what she called “Bunny Bread”. Rarely have I seen her open her copy of Fanny Farmers’ cookbook to double check measurements and directions, somehow she just knew.

Today I find myself recalling these orange scented yeast breads, and have tried a few times to make them for my crew. Never with quite the same results. Perhaps I’m just a bit too nostalgic for high altitude baking. In any case, I have found a recipe that’s pretty close I thought I would share below.

Time to get myself to the market, cut the flowers, set the table and get in the kitchen. Funny, how our fondest memories are focused around sharing time with family, friends and the smells from the kitchen.

Happy Easter.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4-3/4 to 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

Combine 3 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, lemon peel and orange peel in large mixer bowl.  Heat butter and milk until very warm (120° to 130°F). Gradually stir into flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs, vanilla and enough remaining flour to make soft dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover; let rise on floured surface for 10 minutes.

 Then form rolls in a simple twist. Cover; let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

 Bake bread in a 350° F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until surface of the bread is golden brown.

To make Glaze, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring mixture to a boil, maintaining a full boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool until thickened. Spoon glaze generously over bread.

Getting Dressed

Coordinating collections of trim and interior doors

Funny how things fall into place. Certainly when I was thinking of this post and doing a bit more research on the trend of adding decorative trims to ones space. Just a few years ago it was mostly considered and afterthought to most designers and home builders, as the budget was primarily used for the structure itself and its furnishings. Beautiful as these add-ons were, cost effectiveness and usually involved custom millwork and were out of reach to many.

A few days ago I had received an email about this very subject from Mr. Dale Robbins. He feels design is changing because of the use Technology and is directly reflected in our homes.  Trims and decoration have become more affordable to manufacture, have become pliable and more people are now looking for ideas to achieve their personal style. Just as one would with ones wardrobe, our homes have become a reflection of ourselves.

Google shows trends that ceiling Ideas are becoming more popular among users:

Which brings me to the company Metrie. I had the pleasure of visiting with them during last months trip to the Kitchen and Bath Show in Orlando Florida, while traveling with BlogtourKBIS. Along with Metrie, I was privy to a variety of vendors that attended the show.

Metrie’s showroom was just one of the highlights of the show not only for the interactive displays, but the way they promoted their wares. As you may be able to tell from the photos I was able to capture, they are a designer and builders dream go to, when adding trims along with coordinating doors to a new or existing project. The selection of items were well thought out and took the guess work out of ordering and installing, some of which were prepped saving time and monies in the long run. 

As I mentioned earlier, there are so many inspirations available this year. I have enclosed a link to a few beautiful ideas to enhance any home. Provided by Mr. Robins web post, in which he gathered from a wide variety of sources. ( ) I’ll be looking forward to studying and implementing similar interiors as well as hearing about your own interior inspirations for the home.