When I Was Growing Up . . .
A family friend, Paul, nonchalantly mentioned that leaving a film of Ivory soap under ones arms would result in a fever by morning.
For YEARS my sister and I tried in vain to get it to work. We hoped and prayed and (most of all) scrubbed in hopes of a sick day at home with mom, but all we got for our efforts were very clean armpits. Thank you, Paul, for understanding the magic of home in the heart of a child and using it to get us clean. I’m sure my mom loved you for that.
If You’re Reading, Paul . . .
I’d like you to know home is still just as magical to me. There is more laundry than I remember but it is sweeter, too. When all Katie wants to do is play in the snow . . .
. . and sweet Micah scooches himself up to watch her . . .
I make myself a bowl of old-fashioned bread pudding and rub dirt on my armpits. Because seriously, every day is a day at home with mom now . . . only I am the mom and you’re a liar. So there.
If you’re not Paul, I’d like to share this rustic dessert recipe with you. I hope it fills you with warmth and reminds you of the comforts of home.
- 2 cups coconut milk, raw whole milk or half & half, not ultrapasteurized (where to buy raw milk)
- 1/4 cup pastured butter (where to buy butter)
- 2/3 cup honey or sucanat (where to buy sucanat)
- 3 pastured eggs (where to buy eggs)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (I used some stale sourdough that we had in the freezer)
- 1/2 cup raisins
1. Heat milk (or half & half) in a saucepan over medium heat just until film forms over top. Add butter and stir until it is melted. Cool to lukewarm.
2. Combine sucanat, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Whisk briskly for 1 minute. Slowly add milk mixture.
3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.
4. Sprinkle with raisins, then pour batter on top of bread.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm.
Bread Pudding Sauce (Optional . . . it really doesn’t need it)
1 cup half & half or cream
1/8 cup sucanat
1 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt
Place ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes, then pour on warm bread pudding.