In a previous blog post, I wrote about my sewing kit, also known as a "housewife." Quilters' Book Club member Char sent a picture of her sewing kit that's in the shape of a corset. Isn't it fun? She included her hand in the picture so you can see the size of the kit.
In the book Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas, Alice writes to her sister Lizzie: "I presided at the first meeting of the Soldiers Relief quilt group last Wednesday. Mother Bullock let me use her pretty tobacco-leaf plates, which I never saw before. They're for good, she says, and I guess I wasn't good enough. I made a nice gooseberry cobbler, with fresh cream over the top. Jennie Kate Stout asked for seconds." Alice's Tulips, page 17
Alice's Gooseberry Cobbler with Fresh Cream
Filling:1 quart gooseberries, washed, picked and sorted through
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon water
Cobbler Topping:1 cup sugar
¼ cup butter
1 large egg
¾ cup milk
1-3/4 cup flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.2. To prepare the filling, place gooseberries in a 9” x 9” pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Sprinkle sugar and water evenly over the berries.
3. To prepare the cobbler topping, cream together the sugar and butter. Add the egg, milk, flour, baking powder, and vanilla extract and mix to create a thick batter.
4. Spread batter over berries in the pan.
5. Bake 1 hour. Serve warm with fresh cream.
In the book, Alice used black walnut hulls to dye some homespun. If you'd like to experiment with some natural dyes on muslin or even Easter eggs, follow these easy directions.
I'd like you to imagine that the Quilters' Book Club is all together in a living room, drinking tea and having Alice's Gooseberry Cobbler with Fresh Cream as we discuss Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas. We're going around the circle, each sharing something about the book. It's your turn. What would you say? Please answer in the comment section below. There are no right or wrong answers. We'd just love to hear your thoughts on the book.
By commenting, you are entering your name for my giveaway of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. The winner will be announced on June 1. For June, we'll be reading The Lover's Knot by Clare O'Donohue, first in A Someday Quilts Mystery Series.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.