Announcing...Teddy's Treats.... A New Giveaway

The winner of last weeks giveaway is: Autumnforest!!!! In case you haven't checked out her blog please do so. It will give you great insight into what goes 'bump in the night'! Teddy wants to thank everyone for all the good wishes while she has been ill, so she is going to share treats with you. Each week from now through the spring, she will be giving away some of mama's thrift shop finds. It's time to share the wealth, so to speak. So, enter by joining to follow and leaving a comment. If you already follow, just leave a comment. Let's make the comments more interesting for everyone to read by sharing what your favorite hand-me-down is that you own. Anyone can enter, even if you have already won a giveaway in the past. This weeks giveaway is for the candlesticks and bowl and plate pictured above. These are wonderful pressed glass pieces. I will draw the winner next Monday morning. Good luck!

*BTW...the giveaway candlesticks will actually be a matched pair. I didn't realize until I came back and looked at the photo that I had put up an unmatched pair. I really do get up too early in the morning!

I got into a bit of a bread baking frenzy yesterday. First I made pumpernickel. In a heavy pan, pour 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of cornmeal. Cook over low heat stirring until thickened.

Crush 2 tsp. of caraway seeds and add them and 3/4 cup molasses, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon salt, 2 tsp. sugar, and 1/2 oz. of unsweetened chocolate.

sugar and salt


This is what the cornmeal mixture will look like.

This is what it looks like after the above ingredients are added. Set aside and allow to cool.

In the bowl of your mixture pour 1/4 cup of water and add 2 1/2 tsp. rapid rise yeast. Add 1 cup of mashed potatoes and mix well. Add 3 cups of rye flour and 1 cup of whole wheat. Knead until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl and knead some more. This is a heavy, sticky dough and needs lots of kneading.

Kneading time is approx. 15 minutes. Remove the dough and place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let proof for almost 2 hours in a warm spot until doubled in bulk. Temperature for proofing should be around 85 degrees and not higher as I told someone recently. Sorry Wills! Hope you didn't toast your dough!!!

The dough is then formed into two balls and allowed to rise again until doubled and then baked at 375 degrees for about an hour or until the internal temp reaches 190 degrees. I also brushed the top with egg white beaten with water to give it the classic pumpernickel sheen.

This makes a 2 very nice, rich, aromatic loaves.

It is wonderful toasted.

Another shot of Teddy waiting for her breakfast. You can see Teddy's fish cooking and her attentive look. That is Teddy's green cutting board. After I cut her food up, she gets to lick the cutting board. Sort of like licking the icing off of the beaters. She ate tuna and swordfish for breakfast. This is one fish loving chow chow.

I will just show some pics of the other breads I made yesterday because I forgot to take pictures of the steps and at this point bread is getting boring.

I wanted to make some poppy seed braids.

I made the dough and divided it into thirds.

I rolled them into long logs.

Laid them on parchment.

Then braided them.

Let them rise.

Brushed them with egg whites.

Sprinkled on poppy seeds.

The finished bread, The one in the background is a sweet bread I made earlier in the day.


Beautiful bread... you did have to go and do that... now I want to bake.... love your background...

favorite hand me down... Has got to be my potato bowl from my momma. I remember it as a little girl at all our meals. White with pink rim and a pink flower in the middle.. It was always the bowl that mom served her potatoes in.. hence.. .the name....
Felinae said…
The bread looks amazing! I can almost smell the fresh baked goodness through the computer. Thanks for sharing the pumpernickel recipe, my Husband and Daughter both love pumpernickel.

My favorite hand me down would have to be a set of antiqued brass wall sconces. They were handed down to me by my Great Aunt. She brought them with her when she moved out to CA from Fall River.

Each sconce is approx. 15 inches long and very intricately carved there are 3 curved arms that extend out from the carved part these are what hold the three tulip shaped candle holders, from each holder dangles 6 crystal prisms. I change the taper colors to match the seasons. :)

Have a great day!
wow...makes me want to get the yeast out..i LOVE baking bread...maybe today is the day...

and Teddy looks so cute waiting for her fish....she is ADORABLE !

I'm going over to get out my bread cookbook....

more later, Jaz and Teddy....

your friends,
Kary and Buddy
The Frog Queen said…
I have never made pumpernickel before so I had no idea of the ingredients. That is quite interesting. Thanks.

My favorite hand me down is from my grandmother. It is a tall teak (I believe) square table that has figures of men holding staffs carved into the legs. Per my grandmother's telling it was part of a pair that was used at a funeral home to hold flowers. I have not been able to verify this...being that I have a penitent for Halloween, (and a great grandfather that was a grave digger) it would be quite appropriate.

Pumpernikel that tastyes so delicious and is so bl...y expensive. That I´ll have to do some day, but first I´ll start with the Portugese bread I got from You. I have found a perfect site that translates everything in to our measures. If I´m not to late home tomorrow I´ll bake it then :-)

Tuna and swordfish for brakfast! That´+s food foir a king :-) I really think she deserves it after all she´s gone through!

My favourite hand me down. I have got lots of those but I think I´ll choose my cast iron skillet. It´s nothing special with it but it works perfect on my fire heated stove and if one droppes it it never breaks. It´s just perfect!
Have a great day now!
Congrats to Autumnforest!
Pricilla said…
I am not much of a pumpernickel lover...but I did just get some rye flour in.

That is one spoiled dog. She eats better than I do. Heh heh

My favorite hand me down has to be my great grandmother's silverplate. My great uncle had it replated and gave it to me as a wedding present. The patter is very old fashioned yet quite modern at the same time.
Hi Jaz! I was delighted to see your comment on last weeks post. I need to start going back and looking. I guess I thought folks just commented on the latest posts. Anyway, thank you so much for your comment. It was very sweet! AND that is the best idea anyone has had for finding a container for my poor lid. I am taking my lid with me to the market and seeing what I can come up with. I will let you know how it goes.
GREAT idea! :)
Isn't Christer a sweetheart? Just the nicest person. Thank you for popping over for a visit!
rox said…
Oh this all looks so yummy ! We are having a blizzard right now and some warm bread would be nice idea .
Maybe the 3 braided would be fun for kids on Imbolc . So much to do !
luna said…
That bread all looks yummy. I make my own bread and bagels, too. So worth the effort! I f you will PM me at marionwilhelm at I will send your Imbolc or Love Spell Goodie bag right out! Thanks for following my son's blog. Marion ;>D
Autumnforest said…
I'm so excited I won! Wahoo! Just seeing pic's of Teddy makes me feel better. The worst of the tummy flu is over. Still weak as a kitten, but drinking my ginger ale and eating my chicken soup and hopefully perking back up. This is so neat that you're sharing your flea market finds. It's hard to believe but AZ weather is so much like the opposite of Alaska that it's actually hard to do outdoor flea markets and things here except just the winter months. Now, you make me want to go antiquing again. Maybe I'll start some horror giveaways at ghost hunting theories...
carma said…
You are a bread baking pro!!!!

Let's see, my favorite hand me down has got to be jewelry from my grandmother- so ornate and top quality - not like the flimsy stuff of today

New follower! (also wanted to thank you for the piece of advice you left me on my blog :-)
Linda said…
That bread looks so yummy! Makes me hungry!

My favorite hand me down? Well I guess it's the silverware my parents got as a wedding gift, I love it and use it on special occasions.
Bridgett said…
I'm so lame. I had no idea what ingredients were in pumpernickel bread! Interesting.

Teddy is such a cutie...and that's some breakfast she had! :) favorite hand me down. Probably my couch and loveseat. LOL

Touchatou said…
Love poppy seed bread ;) Missy Carbone is against all fishes and likes pork the best ;) Like her masters lolll

When I was 16, I saved my deceised father's wallet before my mother dump it in the waste... She still doesn't know it. ;)

My mother gave me a plate some lady gave her when she was young : I found it is a Carnival bowl ! Cool !
Suzie said…
Oooh, that bread looks SO good! We love pumpernickel and I buy it weekly from our local artisan bakery, but I'm sure that homemade is even better than that!

Teddy is a fish lover.. .no wonder she has such a beautiful coat! And what a lucky girl to have found you for "her human". I'll bet she thinks that all dogs live like she does!

My favorite hand-me-down. .hmmm, I am fortunate to have a few. There is a gold carnival glass bowl that is now in it's third generation home with me, handed down through my Mom's family, and there are a pair of heavy, deep transparent amber glass candlesticks that belonged to my Dad's mother. She died of breast cancer back in 1930, when he was 7 years old. But she used to let him play with those candlesticks, pretending that he blowing a trumpet while riding his pretend horse in his make believe calvalry.

And a big congratulations to Autumnforest! I'm sure that your new gifts will help you along on that road to full recovery!
Ali said…
My Grandparents traveled to Europe in the 40s and 50s and had many beautiful things in their home they carried back from their trips. When they passed away and everything was cleared out of their house and its attic, there was this old dusty material rolled up that nobody wanted -- I guess because it wasn't nice and clean and shiney. I took it home washed it in the bathtub. It is an original French tapestry in various mutations and shades of brown and black of three elegant Japanese ladies having their afternoon tea. Huge, 53" by 39", it now hangs framed behind glass, to keep it clean, taking up much of one of our living room walls. I see it every day as I pass through. And I smile to think no one wanted it because it wasn't clean. In my view, it's my priceless hand-me-down. I love your daily words of inspiration. Ali
Cygnus MacLlyr said…
I'm pretty sure I'm in love now...
Kristin said…
OMG, that bread looks sooooooo yummy. I've always been too wussy to try my hand at bread making despite the fact that I LOVE to bake!
Mama Feoneafey said…
Oh you breads look Soo yummy! I love that Teddy gets to lick her cutting board ..How cute!
Whats my favorite hand me down..
When I was 10 ( to many moons ago to count) My Grama altered one of her aprons to fit me.. she even taught me how to control my first hand stitches ( which she also taught me how to do)and let me help her with the new hem . It doesn't fit any more obviously, but it is safely stored for my some-day-granddaughter ( I have one grandson currently). It brings back all sorts of memories and stories I hope to share with her when I give it to her.
Ma Fey
Rue said…
The rich colour of the Pumpernickle is so pretty! And a lovely braid too!

Teddy is such a happy girl - waiting for her fish!
When I was a little girl my Mom made the best tuna sandwiches, with mayo and onion, on bakery pumpernickle bread.

Amazing pumpernickle bread ~ I had no idea of the ingredients. Good job.
THANKS!!! for come by and enter my giveaway and becoming a follower. I have also become a follower. I LOVE!!! homemade bread and your braided loaf looks AWESOME!!! I have never tried making a braided loaf, must give it a try.
I've only tried my hand at making bread once, ha, baking isn't my strong suit :\ Your blog is by far one of my favorite reads tho, always full of beautiful pictures and drool-worthy recipes!

My most cherised hand-me-down kind of thing would definitely be my great-grandmothers rosary. She passed it down to one of her grand-daughters (so my cousin or 2nd cousin or something?) when she died, then when she later died it was passed down to me. I'll pass it down to my oldest daughter when the time is right, who I named after my grandmother & great-grandmother. That sounds so complicated now, lol, but yeah, one of my prized possessions!
Tracy DeLuca said…
I think my favorite hand me down is a brown plastic mixing bowl that my mother gave me. I can remember making cakes and cookies in it when I was just a little girl! It was the go-to bowl for anything when I was little. When I got married, my mom gave it to me for my own home. Now I use it for the same things in my house. ANd the kids love to eat popcorn from it, just like I did when I was their age.
Jennifer said…
The bread looks delicious! I would not be able to stick with a low carb diet, I just love bread too much. If it is not too late could I be entered in your giveaway please. My favorite hand-me town is a kerosene heater. Strange I know but it has been sitting in the way ever since my mom gave it to us but when we ran out of propane on a very cold winter night this year boy did I love that we had that heater! I am so way too practical!
Sugar Whiting said…
mmm I love homemade bread..I have never had a chance to make my own though.*sigh*...Love your blog
pastrywitch said…
Why have I never tried to make pumpernickel?

My favorite hand-me-down is a late 19th century fan with gold inlaid mother-of-pearl spokes and delicate watercolor paintings on the paper. It belonged to an ancestress who according to family myth lost her rich elderly husband on the honeymoon cruise. By lost, he presumably fell overboard. His widow finished the cruise and returned with a handsome young man she met on the voyage.
Anonymous said…
Love the braid. Perhaps I'll try this over the weekend when we are snowed in. =)
mmmm warm bread... I find myself getting lost in your blog, thank you for the inspiration... my best hand me down recipe would be my great grandmothers applesauce cake recipe, had it not gone into the ground with her when she passed in the early 80's...oh how I wish I would have been able to have it... so a good second would be my grandmothers raisin cookie recipe.
Yart said…
My favorite hand me down is a quilt top that my great, great aunt made.... One day I might actually get around to putting a back on to it so that I can display it.
Jaz, I love the photos of your finds, Teddy & your delicious recipes. My favorite hand me down is a bright red enameled iron dutch oven from my boyfriend. It's an awesome cauldron for cooking! I just made chicken corn soup in it this evening. It's Descoware from Belgium, and apparently Julia Child used to recommend them.
Terri Smith said…
Hello Jaz and sweet Teddy! Good gravy..that bread looks delicious! Think I feel the pounds coming on just looking at it.

I can tell you without thinking what my favorite "hand me down," is. It's a wooden dough-bowl that belonged to my beloved maternal grandmother. Every single morning of her adult-life, she used this bowl to make the best buttermilk biscuits that ever passed your lips! Sometimes when I look at it today, I can almost see her hands working the dough. It is in her honor that I sign every painting from my easel. Her name was Reeder Hill. The loveliest spirit God ever allowed me to know.

Again..the background on this site..the beautiful evergreens tipped with snow, makes me want to stay awhile. I will revisit again and again.