I discovered the Waltons the other day.
Where have they been all my life?
I mean….if you would have asked me about the Waltons last week….I could have told you they lived in the country in a house where they all told each other goodnight all the time and that the mom was always baking and that John Boy was really cute.
Which is all true……
…..but so totally missing the point.
This is a family.
A family that loved and lived and struggled and overcame obstacles to triumph in the face of adversity.
I watched episode after episode.
And I wish that they lived down the street.
But it doesn’t matter…..because my friend Kelly does.
She lives over the hill at the end of the curve of a winding country road…..
…..and she should sell tickets to her kitchen.
It’s big and warm with a vintage farmhouse table that seats sixteen and a roaring fire in an old cast iron stove and it is full of smells that would make your mouth water.
There are pitchers of sweet tea and green beans from the garden and piping hot biscuits and homemade strawberry jam.
And someone is always playing the guitar.
Or the fiddle.
Or talking about making molasses.
Or how to keep bees.
Or watching the sun set over the back pasture.
It is a wonderful place.
And here’s a recipe straight from her kitchen.
John Boy and crew must have stopped by……because 5 minutes after this picture was taken….
……it was gone.
Walnut Raisin Pumpkin Bread
(this is a friendship bread recipe….it makes two loaves….one to eat and one to share)
2 cups of sugar
1 cup oil
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 can of pumpkin (15 oz.)
I cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two loaf pans.
Step 2: Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon together.
Step 3: In a separate bowl mix together eggs, sugar and oil.
Then slowly add flour mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together.
Lastly, stir in raisins and walnuts.
Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to an hour.
Let cool. Then slice and serve.
note: recipe makes two loaves
Her kitchen is wonderful.
It’s full of joy and laughter and happiness.
And sometimes….when there’s a lull in conversation and the music is quietly playing in the background and you’re nibbling on a fresh piece of watermelon and there’s a knock at the door…..
….don’t be surprised if it’s the Waltons dropping by for a visit.
PS I’m adding a little modern flair to country today over at the Lamps Plus blog.
Check it out….here.