Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Log Cabin Quilt Block & Lore ..... and Apple Bread .....

November 2nd .... Voting Day! Please! Take this wonderful opportunity to go to your nearest polling center and vote! Many of us do not realize how fortunate we are to have this tremendous opportunity of being able to vote! Regardless of your Political affiliation, your vote is important. Remember, if you do not vote today, you really can not complain tomorrow.

Last night I made the Log Cabin Quilt block.

Log Cabins have such a wonderful quilt lore! I made mine with the red center meaning the red-hot hearth and center of the home. In fact, most people use a red center when traditionally making a log cabin block. However, there are two other colors used with some regularity. Yellow for the light in a window showing the way for those who may be lost. Then there is black which is known for two of it's own reasons. 1. used to symbolize mourning. 2. Used rather significantly as a symbol during the Underground Railroad (or maybe named after Abraham Lincoln because of his effort to free the slaves).

The square center also has been known for the Log Cabin Campaign, especially during the Homestead Act when so many people were moving West and building log cabins on their 144 acres. And another bit of trivia is the Log Cabin quilts were made to use as raffles to earn money for the Union Army.

Many of you have seen other quilts made similarly, but going by different names: Pineapple, Courthouse Steps, Chimneys and Cornerstones, Streaks of Lightening, Broken Dishes (though this one not as much), and Barn Raising. Believe me, this is but a few, as there are several more!

Remember the Apple Bread I mentioned yesterday? Yum Yum!! Here is the recipe!

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups chopped apples
1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix all ingredients (I needed to add a bit of liquid and used milk). Divide dough between two 8" X 4" bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 - 45 min or until bread tests done. I found this bread to be very cake like. I have NO doubt it would be great as a after dinner desert. Just heat and serve with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Seriously, this is very good!
Okay ... now I am going to test a No Knead Cinnamon Roll Recipe!
By for now from Hey Grandma!

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