Friday, July 31, 2009


Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary Edition)Flirty Aprons Women's Original Cocoa Lime Apron"He could smell her crackling white apron and the faint flavour of toast that always hung about her so deliciously."
Pamela Lyndon Travers (9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996) was an Australian novelist, actress and journalist, popularly remembered for her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical nanny Mary Poppins.

'The Apron is not a modern invention; in fact it is the most ancient of all garments. In the 3rd Chapter of Genesis these words are written: "and the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." '

Please do not stop reading just because I mentioned the Bible. All cultures have creations stories and explanations for what seemed supernatural. My focus is on the Apron as the perfect emblem of my Identity. As I mentioned in an earlier writing, my mother had breast cancer when she was thirty-five years old. Our young family (photo in previous blog ) was experiencing the natural turmoil that any family suffers when the primary care giver is confronted with what is perceived as a terminal illness. My mother's illness was coincidentally going on at the precise years of identity growth into my self awareness.

"The self is a key construct in several schools of psychology, broadly referring to the cognitive representation of one's identity. The earliest formulation of the self in modern psychology from the distinction between the self as I, the subjective knower, and the self as Me, the object that is known." James,W. (1891). The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Original work published 1890)

"Current views of the self in psychology diverge greatly from this early conception, positioning the self as playing an integral part in human motivation, cognition, affect, and social identity." Sedikides, C. & Spencer, S. J. (Eds.) (2007). The Self. New York: Psychology Press

As I little girl I LOVED to play being a MOMMY. Some of my favorite toys were my Budding Beauty Vanity

and Little Hostess Buffet sorry no youtube on this one ;~(

If you stopped laughing long enough to keep reading you may be interested to know that I still have both of these items in my possession. Sorry to say the toiletries have been consumed, however, the dish service is all in good condition for the Hostess Buffet.

When I was a little I had a "dress up drawer" full of old pink and blue 1950's crinoline prom gowns that were given to me for my tea parties. I would invite my friends over to select a dress, a play fur stole, beaded evening bag and high heel shoes. We would play for hours with my kittens who would obligingly wore baby doll clothes dress and bonnet. After the teas party we would stroll the kitties up and down the street in a leather baby carriage.

Boston Brown BreadMakes 1 loaf
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.


1 tablespoon unsalted butter for greasing
1 1/2 cups brown-bread flour, combine equal parts of wheat and rye flour and cornmeal.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 cup milk or buttermilk
1/2 cup dried currants, craisins, raisins or dried cherries

Generously grease a 1-quart pudding mold or 1-pound coffee can.

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in the molasses and milk. Fold in the currants.

Fill the mold or coffee can with batter. It should come up about two-thirds of the way. Cover the top with foil and tie securely with a string to make it airtight.
Place in a deep baking pan and fill the pan with boiling water, to come halfway up the side of the mold.

Place in the preheated oven and allow to steam for 2 hours, checking the water level after 1 hour. Add more boiling water if needed. Check by sticking a skewer into the bread; it will come out clean when done. Remove string and foil and allow to cool for 1 hour before unmolding.

Serve with cream cheese, spread can be flavored with lemon, orange zest or fruit preserves, fresh Tupelo Honey could be be nice too. Add lemon verbena to freshly made Sun Tea for a real summer tea party ;~)

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