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Thursday Doors—Log Cabin

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

For some time I have enjoyed Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors feature by way of Judy at New England Garden and Thread. Although I focus my blog on gardens and flowers last week while searching for a vase, I spotted a special door to share.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

My father was a cabinetmaker as was his father. He worked full-time as a U. S. postal clerk but also managed to run his cabinet shop after work and on weekends. During a slow period one summer when my 3 sisters and I were very young, he fabricated this little log cabin for us. The rustic cabin is an anomaly, quite a departure from his finished pieces crafted for his business, Colonial Cabinet Shop.

I have a faint memory of sitting outside in our backyard on a picnic table while he shaped and notched twigs that would become the logs. As this task took longer than a child’s attention span, soon I wandered off to play.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

At one point the chimney was covered with stones, returned now to the earth somewhere, and a section of shingles has been knocked off.

Stones once covered the chimney.

Stones once covered the chimney.

At upper left corner and along right-hand side, shingles are missing.

At upper left corner and along right-hand side, shingles are missing.

On the side wall opposite the chimney is the cabin’s only window.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

In elementary school when my class studied the American frontier, I remember taking this little cabin to school along with a book report about Abe Lincoln.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

Many times this door has opened and closed, but not often in recent years. It is nice to share it with you today, a portal back to childhood.

Thursday Doors - Log Cabin

Thursday Doors – Log Cabin

A hook from a bent nail formed part of the latch. A hole remains where a nail once served as a door knob.

A hook from a bent nail formed part of the latch. A hole remains where a nail once served as a door knob.

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, April 14, 2016

Passing Along Plants, Recipes And Memories

After a few weeks hiatus my thoughts are returning to the garden, although the bitter cold of January still makes it nicer to be indoors than out for at least a few more days. And in the meantime?

Recipes and Memories

Recipes and Memories

I have always enjoyed cooking and began collecting recipes at about the age of ten. Keeping up with my favorite recipes has always been a challenge. No sooner do I have them organized than the kitchen drawer begins overflowing afresh with newspaper or magazine clippings and hand-jotted instructions from friends for various tasty delights. This must sound familiar?

As the new year began I picked up a project again that I had set aside many times before.  Two of my sisters have birthdays in January and this is the year I finally persisted to create a book for them of some special recipes and recollections about food and mealtimes we shared growing up together.

I had already typed up the recipes and written most of the chapter introductions.  Even so, it took about ten days to organize them, get the layout ready to get printed and proof; seven days later I had the books in hand. Three days later I was able to present the books, part recipes and part memoir, to my sisters and my daughter.  They all seem pleased. I told my sisters if they remembered things differently, they must write their own memoirs.

To illustrate the book I used photographs from the garden, featuring many pass-along plants from our relatives to complement the passed-down family recipes. Hydrangea, everlasting sweet pea, day lily, iris, woodland phlox and views of the meditation garden are some of the pictures included.

For appetizers and salads I used an image of peach-colored Appleblossom Achillea.

Achillea x 'Appleblossom' (Yarrow) and Shasta daisy foliage

Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow) and Shasta daisy foliage

For desserts I chose the luscious, creamy and fragrant gardenia.

Gardenia Blossoms

Gardenia Blossoms

It was time-consuming, but so satisfying to create this book. Recipes are piling up again though.

After this winter diversion now I am almost ready to get back out into the garden.  Where are those warm days?