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Lunch with Friends

Today, I hosted a potluck brunch for a few friends.  I used my late mother’s wedding china that has somehow survived since 1950.  Two cups were broken in the 1994 Northridge quake in California, but all the rest are intact.  Not many holidays have been hosted here in quite a while so I haven’t had the opportunity to use the china.  One friend suggested that I use it more frequently just with myself and my husband.  Perhaps I will.


The pattern is called Georgian by Homer Laughlin and the color is Eggshell.  My mother gave the set to me shortly after I got married.  She bought a new set, something more modern and didn’t want these anymore.  Score!  I love them.  The goldware she gave me for Christmas in the 90’s.



I made iced Cinnamon tea as well as hot Earl Gray tea.  I colored the sugar pink!  I like to have fun.



The menu on my part, was homemade vegetable soup and, also, homemade breads.  The soup was made of sugar snap peas, carrots, cabbage, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, orange and yellow peppers, green onions, a can of tomato sauce, and salt.  I started it the night before and let it cook on low until we were ready to eat.


For the breads, I made garlic and plain wholewheat.  While I was setting up for the brunch I got a text from a friend, in Montana, asking for my bread recipe!  It is pretty popular.


Here is my recipe, if you would like to try it.  I have been making this bread recipe since 1997 with tweaks over the years.  The recipe is still taped to the top of the bread machine where I once put it so that the kids could make the bread. They are long gone and married. (Miss you guys!)  It’s very simple and delicious.

Add to bread machine in order listed:

1 cup water

2 T. olive oil

2 T. honey

1 t. salt

1-1/3 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup unbleached white flour

1 to 1-1/2 t. yeast (depends on your elevation) I live at 4700 feet and use 1 t.

I bake this bread using the French bread setting on my machine.  It makes one small loaf.


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