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Cornell Bread

Have you ever heard of Cornell Bread, or its developer, Clive McCay?

Dr. McCay was a nutrition researcher at Cornell University in the 1930's who developed recipes for this bread (and the flour mixture it's made from) as an inexpensive way to improve the health of the general population. He felt that since bread was something that most people ate and enjoyed that by formulating bread which was high in vitamins, minerals, and protein he could improve the diets of many people. You can find quite a bit of information about him on the internet.

He advocated adding wheat germ, soy flour, and nonfat dry milk to a basic recipe for white bread to enrich it. He worked on enriching white bread since this is what the general population preferred at the time. You can also enrich the flour for use in many other baked goods by adding 1 Tablespoon soy flour, 1 Tablespoon nonfat dry milk, and 1 teaspoon wheat germ for each cup of flour.

I have a small Dover publication from 1980 called The Cornell Bread Book which contains a variety of recipes for enriched bread products--54 to be exact. It has pictures illustrating many bread baking techniques, including kneading, bread rising, shaping, etc. The book was written by Mrs. McCay after the death of her husband to encourage more people to try these recipes and it is still available. It also includes large scale formulas for schools and bakeries.

I found this recipe for making Cornell Bread in the bread machine and made a loaf of it this week:

(The proportions are a bit different from the original formula and this loaf does contain a little whole wheat flour. Mrs. McCay did encourage people to experiment with the recipe. 🙂 )

Cornell Bread for Bread Machine

1 1/4 cup water
1 egg
2 Tbsps. honey
2 Tbsps. butter
1 1/2 tsps. salt
6 Tbsps. wheat germ
6 Tbsps. non-fat dry milk
6 Tbsps. soy flour
1 Tbsp. vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups unbleached bread flour
1 1/2 tsps. yeast

Place all ingredients in bread machine in order given. Bake on white bread cycle. (I mixed mine on the dough cycle and then shaped it into a loaf and let it rise about a half hour. I slashed it and then baked it at 350 degrees for 50 mins. It was a little dark (which I later read is because of the soy flour), so next time I will bake it at 325 degrees. It rose very well and made a nicely shaped loaf.)


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Sewing and organizing

I'm still working on the projects of sorting and organizing my fabric and craft stash. I have lots of fabric scraps from several decades of making clothes for myself and my two daughters. It's been fun sorting through and remembering all the original creations that were fashioned from the fabrics. All the fabrics are being pressed and the larger pieces of fabric are being wrapped around comic book boards. There are a number of blogs out in cyber space chatting about this method of organization, but I was greatly inspired by this one. I was a little amused when I entered the comic book store and asked for the boards the man at the counter asked if I was going to use them for wrapping fabric. He said he has had quite a few women come in asking for them in recent months.

This is what the wrapped fabric boards look like:

The smaller scraps are being cut into strips and blocks following Bonnie Hunter's tips for organizing found here on her website. She has lots of good tips for organizing and utilizing scraps. I try to press a few scraps each day and then cut them into strips throughout the day as I have free time. Slowly but surely I'm working through the stash.

Several years ago I purchased a knit top that was from a Coldwater Creek store at a thrift store. I really like the style and the way it fits so I decided to trace it and make a pattern from it. I was inspired by this blog post to give it a try. My shirt was pretty easy since it had few details to copy.

As always I am grateful for my faithful assistant, Adelaide who is such a help with all my sewing and crafting projects:


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A spring tradition

This past week we were able to take Ryan up to one of our favorite places in the mountains — to visit the baby goats at Carl Sandburg's house in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The weather was cool but sunny and was just perfect for a little hike in the woods up to the goat barn. The day we went they had five baby goats and two of the does had not yet had their kids, so more will be coming. The little goats were very curious and frisky and it was fun to watch them run around.

Here's one of the little kids:

Here's Ryan investigating the baby goat:

Here's Ryan looking at the chickens:

He decided he liked them.

Here are Grandpa and Ryan having fun together:

Do you have any special places you enjoy visiting in the spring?


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How I Spent My Spring Break

Since Mark and Katie are both teachers and were on spring break this week I had the week off too. It turned out to be a very busy week with some planned activities and some which developed at the last minute. Some of the more mundane activities included a dental check-up and a filling, some shopping, and some organizing activities. I'm trying to organize my sewing and craft supplies and I think I should have enough supplies on hand to keep me busy until it's time to move into the nursing home. 🙂

In the span of just over a week we have two anniversaries and a birthday in the family. Last Saturday evening we helped Ryan celebrate his first birthday and his first taste of cake. He wasn't too sure about what to do with it to begin with but after a couple of tastes (with accompanying "mmmm's") he decided it was pretty good stuff. He also took a few steps that day and since then has gotten another tooth.

He wasn't too happy about wearing the birthday hat:

Rob and I had a little anniversary celebration of our own and went to the Charlotte area for an afternoon of shopping and a dinner out. One of the main purposes of our trip was to get this little table and chairs for on our front porch:

Earlier this week I did a little baking and made these buns:

and tried a new bread recipe from the King Arthur Flour website. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture. It tasted very good and I hope to make it again. I did share one of the little loaves with our neighbor, Mary.

Years ago I was given a Wilton Lamb cake pan but it had no directions. I tried making it once but was not pleased with the results. Recently I read this post in a newsletter from Lehman's store up in Ohio and decided to give it a try for our Easter dinner. This lamb turned out much better. I frosted it with the coconut flavored icing recipe that we used on Nora and Topher's wedding cake last year.

We also had a very nice visit for lunch today with friends who were here visiting from France. It had been several years since their last furlough since we had seen them and it was wonderful to catch up and see how the Lord has been directing them.

We are looking forward to special services at church tomorrow and then spending the afternoon with Nora and Topher. I hope you will have a truly blessed Easter.


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