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January 30, 2009


Sounds like a very good weekend in prospect :)

I thought I was the only one who loves childrens books! The Railway Children, Enid Blyton's Tales rom Long Ago and Ballet Shoes are three of my very favourite books - can I come and join you............?

I agree with Hazel!

I love weekends such as you describe. I'm hoping for one of those this weekend too!

Ah, books and quilts and baking and fresh air and family...does it get any better that that? I think not. And I just have to say - I am SO excited to see what your new book is all about! I can hardly wait :)

I keep on meaning to ask you . . . I tried the flapjack recipe from the U.S. version of y our book and it hasn't worked out (twice). Is there an error?

flapjacks are pancakes here...what all is in your flapjack?

Hello, Jane! I just found and purchased your book today, "The Gentle Art....". I am 32 years old, happily married wife for the past 13 years, and expecting my sixth child in just a few weeks. I just wanted you to know that I LOVE YOUR BOOK...it speaks to what matters most to me, my life with my family and all things domestic. The painting you pictured in your book, "A Life Well Spent" made me tear up. A domestic life is a beautiful one. There's so much to see and be thankful for. Thanks for the inspiration! Now, I'm off to put my feet up and work on my crochet! Blessings to you and yours.....and thank you so much for the book. I will treasure it.

What a trial testing all those sweet sickly recipes! If you ever need any help.... I mean I don't mind the sacrifice and I'd be a diligent taster, no really, no trouble at all, just drop me a line. Especially if it involves flapjacks on that FANTASTIC tea plate! t.xx (Arthur Ransome is ALL in this household at the moment; 'landing lights' and campfires all over the garden!)

Debbie -- I tried the flapjack recipe in the US edition too, and it didn't work for me either. I am trying to finnagle my mother's recipe out of her, but she keeps conveniently "forgetting" to write it down for me.

I love baking, but the family and I decided I just had to stop. he food we were eating - that is the sweeties - was adding some serious kilos to our bodies. Pah. But, yes, though it's super hot here, a weekend of reading and writing is calling.

Betsy Tacy! I haven't seen that in years! And Tibb, right? God, I loved those books!

The Family from One End Street ! that brings back good memories. Wasn't the girl always looking backwards through her legs up the road?! Mum of four, Nan to three, feeling my age, I could do with a bit of that I think to help stop the merry-go-round for a sec.

The Little House on the Prairie books and Anne of Green Gables are some of the ones I always come back to - especially in those tired or sad moments. I read the Little House on the Prairie to my sons when they were little, a chapter each evening. We all loved it.

Sounds like a blissful weekend to me! I love those books too.

What a wonderful sounding weekend! I still have all those wonderful books. One I have fond memories of is 'The Little Bookroom' by Eleanor Farjeon.

I have the books in your picture and the ones you mention. But I'm even more excited to think about a book you're working on that will refer somehow to children's books!

One of the best things about having children of my own has been having a captive audience to share my favorite books with.

I always "comfort read" Anne of Green Gables. It's such a lovely story and I was delighted to find two recipes from the book in Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer.

The Wind in the Willows is my all time favourite book. Glad it's in your pile too.

Hello, American Flapjack-makers! You can link to the errata from the US edition of the book from Jane's web site to find that a few of the measurements didn't make the translations too well at the publisher.
I love this book, too!

Elizabeth Enright wrote my favorite fairy tale, Tatsinda, with ethereal watercolor illustrations by Irene Haas, and the two also teamed up for the charming Zeee. Now I'm going to have to track down Thimble Summer.

thanks another kelli!

I love the books of Shirley Hughes. The drawings are terrific - I read 'The Babysitter' and 'Alfie gets in first' to both of my children time and time again, and all the other books!
This weekend is marmalade making weekend for me.

Mmm, Winter Holiday! One of the best, for sure. Should be consumed with hot chocolate and ginger snaps, I think.

Your flapjack and rock bun recipes remain unsurpassed, but as I have become a regular baker of apple crumbles, here are some ideas:
I use brown sugar and wholewheat flour for the crumble topping, which gives it a nice caramel-ish flavour. As for the apples, I sprinkle them with brown sugar and have had moderate success with the addition of ground cinnamon around Christmas and absolute raves for adding vanilla sugar to the apple/brown sugar mix lately.

I'd forgotten all about Thimble Summer - I've just added it to my wish list on Amazon so thanks for the prompt.

Children's books..love, love, love..I'm on a big children's book kick right now, partly because there the only books I'm letting myself buy these days..Have to build up my future classroom library before next year!!

Hello Jane
I have just finished the Diana Atill book too. It provoked a lot of reflection but managed to be cosy at the same time. Your Gentle Art book did the same in a different way. I picked it up simply because it looked so beautiful and it sent me down a whole new path. I can now knit (sort of) have made a quilt (of sorts)and can do excellent flapjacks, lemon cake, oat biscuits. They all worked for me.

Hello Jane,
Do you think you could post the flapjack recipe? I'm going to be in England for the next few weeks, and so will finally have access to golden syrup and would love to give the recipe a real try (they've always looked so delicious!).
thank you!

I think it might be Flapjack Saturday here tomorrow!

Famous Jane,
When I need a dose of color, cooking, and inspiration, I browse your blog. I've spent many an hour soaking in all in. I remember Lyles Golden Syrup from when I lived in London '69-71 and a Christmas trip to Adelboden with porridge every breakfast--butter and Lyles and black cherry jam on fresh bread. Yum! Today I found an 11 fl. oz. squeeze bottle of Lyles in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and I will be making flapjacks for the first time on Sunday. Getting them to come out chewy may be a challenge but I don't mind if they're crunchy as long as they're not hard.
Love it.

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