I am not a good baker when it comes to making baked goods from scratch. About the only thing that comes out okay from a scratch recipe are cookies, and even those sometimes miss the mark of perfection!
So I am happy anytime I find good baking mixes and this weekend I had two to try.
My friend Barbara gave me a wonderful mix from Harry & David:
It was easy to make, and it baked to perfection, and it tastes delicious!
Here's another easy mix I made over the weekend:
This mix called for butter to be added so I made sure to use this:
This mix too was easy to make, and baked to perfection!
We enjoyed eating both! Lucky for this not-very-good baker that there are some very good baking mixes!
And I found this to be so sweet!
This is Katie Reilly (written by one of her sons):
Katie Reilly was a piece of work, a feisty character. Each of her six children relished in secret conversations, special caring, and the wonderful knowledge that Mom loved them best!
Katie's kitchen was an arena for argument and arbitration, a laboratory for laughter where we kids tried out jokes, it was a haven from rejection, a warm place to gossip. It was a palace of nourishment and giving. It was Mom's realm and without pomp or ceremony, she ruled over it with such ease and benevolence that we never knew she was in complete control. This little kitchen of hers was many things, a cathedral of care for the family, a chapel of concern for neighbors and friends, the library of memories of her long life with all of its triumphs and tears, its delights and difficulties. So many memories.
We all knew two things. Mom was one smart apple and she loved us without question even when we were holy or unholy terrors. She could always lift your spirits with a nice hot cup of tea, an open heart of love, a smile and a large slab of her Irish soda bread with butter on top. That was our special reward.
Maybe the reason her Irish soda bread rose so high and was so delicious was because in addition to flour, buttermilk, baking powder, and raisins, there was something else. Katie Reilly baked her bread for others. Like love, you have to give it away to realize how precious it is to those who require it.
Give someone you love a nice cup of tea, a piece of Irish soda bread, and a hug. They need all three.
5 weeks ago