This is our third year of celebrating, “Tie One On Day,” celebrated on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 27, 2013). Tie One On Day Founder, Ellyn Anne Geisel, calls upon people across the country to give from the heart on Wednesday through an act of kindness, and then give thanks on Thursday. Participants share their good fortune by wrapping a baked good in an apron or other cloth and tuck in an encouraging note; then deliver their offering to someone who could benefit from a gesture of kindness. Geisel, best-selling author of The Apron Book, says that Tie One On Day honors America’s historical linkage to sharing through two of humanity’s most treasured assets: words and bread.

My apron feature this year is one of Mary Mulari’s apron patterns, Easy Reversible Aprons Waist Tie Pattern. A coffee cup appliqué on the right side of the apron also serves as a pocket. If you have an apron that you’ve made, or a hand-me-down apron in good standing, consider being part of this thoughtful day! Keep me posted on how you gave from your heart.

Tie one On Day Sewing with nancy zieman

Wondering what’s wrapped in the foil? Here’s one of my tried and true recipes, perfect for this time of year.

Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 2 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 c. sugar
  • 3-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T. cinnamon

Use an electric mixer to combine pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, vanilla and sugar, until well blended. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, until well mixed.
 Stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture, just until blended. Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 60–70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes two loaves.

Bye for now,

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