Monday, December 15, 2014

Some News and Christmas Tradition

No news has been posted in the blog for some time - mainly because the main blogger (Brooke) has had another part time job besides helping at the Quilt Frame Company.  It became time to retire from that job about a month ago, so now I have more time to gather thoughts and get photos ready for blog posts.

This time of year, I am thinking about traditions and wanted to share one from John's family; baking honey cake.  This has been a fascinating process to watch over the years.  John's mother was a phenomenal cook.  She and her children, including John, made several special Christmas cookies, including honey cake.  The recipe, handed down from John's German great grandmother, was written in the style of a handful of this and a pinch of that and add flour until you can't stir the batter anymore, so it had to be translated into standard measurements; a trial and error process.  But the bakers succeeded!

John and his sisters continue to make honey cake early in December because it gets better with curing.  So two weekends ago, they made honey cake - it is an all day process with measuring and mixing, dough chilling, rolling out, baking and making the thin candied icing.  It is stored in stoneware crocks at our house and we haven't eaten too many of them, honest.  Here are some pictures!

 Another bit of news is that Kate and John are both teaching at the Road to California Show and Conference in Ontario California in January.  This is a great show and they will be vending also.  Here is a link to an interview with John and Kate about their working relationship; kinda funny!

Thanks for taking time to read this blog post and we all wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or however you celebrate this happy season!  Most of all we wish you Peace.