Monday, June 24, 2013

Morning Quilt Block and Eating a Home Cooked Breakfast with Eleanor and Nell

Morning Quilt Block

For the month of June, the Quilters' Book Club is reading and discussing The Lover's Knot by Clare O'Donohue.  It's the first book in her Someday Quilts Mystery Series. 

In the book, main character Nell doesn't have very many skills in the kitchen.  She says to her grandmother Eleanor, "I don't know how to make pancakes.  I know how to make frozen waffles."

Eleanor replies, "Well, you'll learn how to make pancakes today. . . You eat, don't you?  I don't know why people go around talking about how independent they are and then don't know how to take care of themselves in the most basic way.  Get out the griddle." from page 184 The Lover's Knot

Here's another breakfast recipe Nell might enjoy learning how to make:

  Coffee Cake
¼ cup salad oil
1 egg, beaten
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
1-1/2 cups flour

Spicy Topping:
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon melted butter
½ cup broken nuts

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Combine salad oil, egg, and milk.
3.  In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, salt, sugar, and flour. 
4.  Add dry ingredients to milk mixture and stir well.
5.  Pour into greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch pan.
6.  Combine Spicy Topping ingredients.  Sprinkle over coffee cake.  Bake about 25 minutes.

What breakfast item would you teach Nell to make?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Answer in the comments section below.  (If you are reading via email, click on the title at the top of the post so you can comment and read the comments of others.)  And I'd love it if you would send me the recipe, so I can include it in a post!  Send it to

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  1. Mmmm, French Toast! I always put a pinch of cinnamon in my egg mixture before soaking the bread. Also, I was raised on brown bread, so I really do prefer my french toast with brown bread. (I know, kinda weird:-) Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-) P.S. I am so enjoying these read/quilt alongs. Thanks for doing everything, along with the research too.

  2. Pancakes are a favorite of mine, but poached eggs on crumpets is another breakfast favorite in our household.
    Very kind offer of Clare's publicist, unfortunately I'm not on Twitter.

  3. I don't 'twit' either - - but pass along my thanks, and the message that I really enjoyed the book, and ordered three more Someday Quilts Mysteries on Thursday (hope they come soon!)

  4. Smoothie--for the active girl on the go! Protein powder, strawberries, blueberries, splash of cranberry juice, water, ice and whirl up in the blender! Twitter okay! I'm a newbie...

  5. "I hope there's pie for breakfast, Parson Brown," said Dan'l Webster after he'd had a long night with the Devil. (The Devil & Dan'l Webster, by Stephen Vincent Benet.) And if we have a smidge of pie left over, we sometimes do.

    Quiche is a cheese pie that is often served at breakfast. But that may be more than Nell wants to take on.

    So I'd recommend poached eggs -- on toast or an English muffin. Poaching eggs is fun to watch: slide them into simmering water, see the way the white coagulates.

  6. French Toast or Quiche. Both are my favorites depending on the mood.

    I don't twit.

  7. I like omelets. Once you learn the basics, then you can add almost anything you want. Hubby makes 'scratch' pancakes and waffles. The recipe is handed down to the 'males' of his family. Females aren't allowed to make these. Fine with me, since the only pancakes and waffles I ever made were with Bisquik, and my guys don't like them.

  8. At camp I cooked quiche in a cardboard box oven. Yummy! But today, my daughter and I cooked up some "Turkey Swamp Coffee Cake" to celebrate the birth of my youngest son and my newest grandson. I posted the recipe on our family blog but am thinking of sharing it on my quilt diary. I used to make it often for my quilt group but after many years had almost forgotten how much I do love it. (Ingredients are bit hard to find here but with the internet these days, you can find substitutes for almost everything) and the resulting cake was super yummy!

    1. With a name like "Turkey Swamp Coffee Cake," who wouldn't want to see the recipe!

  9. I have not had coffee cake in years... I will have to try it.... I love looking at your blocks and reading the diary.. Beth in Co

  10. I'd teacher her to make scrambled eggs with bacon and cheese like my dad and I used to make together.

  11. I really like the colors of this block! I would teach her about omelets too. You can vary them so you don't get bored cooking eggs. I tweet occasionally.

  12. I would teach her how to make hash out of leftovers or look in her fridge to see what she had on hand and then make something out of that. There isn't anything better than to know that you can throw anything together and make it edible (hopefully). LOL.

  13. I'd teach her to make French Toast - so easy, and a great way to use up stale bread.

  14. I would share my oatmeal coffee cake with streusel topping recipe. I love this block. Is there a website with instructions for this particular block?


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