One of my all time favorite movies, is ‘The Homecoming, A Christmas Story,’ (1971)
I’m not sure what it is about this movie. Maybe it reminds me of my younger years, being back in my childhood home…lying on the floor in front of the tv, Mama on the couch sewing, my Daddy with his bowl of popcorn, in his favorite chair, my brother there as well. That feeling of safety, that feeling of …home. When I watch it, that old comfy feeling comes back….
Mary Ellen: I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.
Grandma: If this depression get’s any worse, you may have to.
Grandpa: It’ll never come to that. Franklin D. Roosevelt is gonna put this country on its feet again. You mark my words.
John-Boy: [Imitating F.D.R] My friends, and you are my friends…
Grandma: Now you hush with that disrespect. He’s your president!
(Grandma actually popped John-boy with her dish towel, if I remember correctly!)
Maybe there needs to be more dish towel popping’ (just sayin’!)
We recently moved into our house (after 4.5 years in a camper trailer while building!) The house isn’t actually finished, don’t get me wrong, it’s livable, we’re doing it! But, there are still things to be done….I know eventually we’ll get there, but does it feel like home?
I look at the pictures of my daughters when they were little, the pictures of their families, and my step-sons now with of our grandchildren, the pictures of my Daddy♥
Mama made me a beautiful lap quilt out of some of Daddy’s shirts and ties. Looking at it I can remember him wearing those shirts and how he smelled when I hugged him. I have it hanging on a quilt shelf in the living room, with pictures of him on the shelf.
In my craft-room, I have my Grandpa’s hat that I saw him wear so many Sunday’s to church, and the picture of him when he was 16, that he gave me on my 16th Birthday. Grandma’s chicken collection….so many things that I hold dear, things that are making this house feel like….home.
I know, they are just things, but things with memories attached. Precious memories. Things that I love and somehow make me feel loved♥♥
One day, when I’m gone, maybe, my kids will find, among my things, that feeling that brings them back to an old familiar place, an old comfy feeling of long ago. When their Mama was younger. When I held them close and sang while rocking them to sleep, when I read ‘Little House on the Praire’ books to them. When we popped corn, turned the lights off and “went to the movies,” while snuggled on the couch. Those long ago Christmas traditions of 12 tiny little boxes wrapped and hung on the tree, opening one each day to find which Christmas carol to sing that day.
All the simple little things we did together, love filled ….
Lifetime ago memories and things that will bring them that comfy feeling…of home.
I love this song by Miranda Lambert, especially this part :
You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can
I got lost in this old world and forgot who I am.
I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here it’s like I’m someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could walk around I swear I’ll leave.
Won’t take nothing but a memory
From the house that, built me.
Last night at church, my youngest little Granddaughter, said “YaYa, I want to spend the night with you….at Memaw’s.” So precious, but I want her to know my home, and I want her ….to want….to spend the night with YaYa…at Yaya’s ♥
It will come…..
Now for the recipe!
Don’t ask me why, but I have been in a bread making mood. My husband asked me this morning, “what is with you and all this bread you’re making?” really, don’t ask me!!
But, I have found one I really like. I mix it in my bread machine with the dough cycle…(I know, I know…maybe that’s cheating alittle!) but, don’t mess with a good thing! Then, I take it out and place in loaf pan to bake. It was delicious and…SOFT!
Soft White Bread
…makes 1 loaf…
1 c. hot water
2 t. yeast
3 T. sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 t. salt
3 c. all purpose flour
Pour the hot water, then yeast and sugar in your bread machine. Let it stand a few minutes, 5-7, while you grease your loaf pan.
Add the oil, salt, and flour and turn on your “dough” cycle.
***Oh, and I added about 1/2 stick of butter during the (machine) kneading process!!
(The dough cycle is a great option for making bread dough when you want to shape the loaves yourself. It saves alot of work and mess since it does all the mixing and kneading for you.)
Bake at 350 – 25 minutes.
Let let me know what you think!