Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wednesday Medley for June 26

Somehow it's Wednesday again, and time for the Wednesday Medley hosted by Terri at Your Friend from Florida.  This week's questions have to do with National Parchment Day, which is celebrated the last Wednesday in June.  Who knew? Why not head on over to Terri's and get the the questions to answer on your own blog?   Here goes:

1.  Who knew there was a day to celebrate parchment paper?!  Do you ever use parchment when you bake or cook? Tell us about your favorite way to use it, please.
My favorite way to use parchment paper is in baking cookies.  I love that I don't have to worry about cookies sticking, or washing the cookie sheet in between batches.  I used to use teflon liners, but I like the parchment paper so much better! 
I also really like the parchment cupcake papers.  They work so well for muffins and cupcakes!
2.  When Terri thinks of parchment paper, she usually thinks about special writing or artist papers. She loves using specialty papers for creating cards or other art projects. Tell us about a creative way you have used parchment paper other than to bake with!
Honestly, I can't think of any other way I have used it.  I use tracing paper (which looks quite similar) for embroidering words or names on things like pillowcases and baby blankets.  I design the words on the computer and print out on tracing paper.  Then I just embroider the fabric right through it and tear it away afterward.  The lettering on the pillowcases below was done using this technique.

3.  Terri used to be in the cake business and has piped many borders and roses and leaves and letters, etc., etc.  You can make a pastry bag from parchment paper!  Have you ever tried decorating a cake with a pastry bag and specialty tips?  Do you have a picture to share?  Don't be shy, now!
Decades ago, when I was younger and much less wise, I made lots of decorated cakes, including two wedding cakes, but have no photos of any of them.  I will say I had a lot more enthusiasm than skill. I did learn, while making the wedding cakes, that my hubby was pretty good at making roses!

I should also add that both of my daughters have designed and decorated fabulous birthday cakes for their kids.  My younger daughter has done cake decorating professionally.
4.  Tell us about something you baked or cooked in the past week or so that turned out great, parchment or no parchment.  Will you share the recipe?
A friend who was moving gave me some overripe bananas to bake with.   I vacillated between muffins and coffeecake and looked at various recipes but nothing seemed just right.  In an older Quaker Oats cookbook, I ran across a Banana Crunch Cake that sounded ideal.  Sometimes the simpler recipes are still best, after all.  It turned out scrumptious and I will plan to post the recipe on Thursday.  The Banana Crunch Cake is the one cut in squares toward the middle of the photo.
5.  The last Wednesday in June!!  How can that be? Has your June flown by or have you been able to enjoy each day and make it slow down for you?
It has flown by.  It didn't look too busy on paper, but it turned out to be very busy in reality.  Hoping I can slow down and enjoy the July days a bit more.
6.  Tell us something about your week so far, if you will.
It's dark and rainy today (Tuesday as I write this), but yesterday was nice.   My friend and I got out to walk both days, since today's rain didn't begin until late morning.  Oh!  And yesterday, on our walk, a black bear crossed the road ahead of us!  We decided to turn around and walk in the other direction for a few minutes to give her time in case she had cubs along.  They often do, this time of year.
Roses along our walking route
 And there you have it -- this week's Wednesday Medley! 

(Oh -- and the sweet illustration at the top of the post is from a 1950s calendar page.)


  1. I too was thinking how much alike tracing paper and parchment seem. Interesting technique for embroidery. Black bears are everywhere! And yes they're often accompanied by cubs. No one wants to get between a mama bear and her cubs!

  2. Oh my goodness...I would have panicked if I saw a bear! Gorgeous flowers!

  3. Do you do your embroidery by hand or sewing machine? As a child, we did embroider pillow cases galore. My grandmother taught us and my mother would even embroider little flowers on our dresses and matching socks. As a young adult I did many cross-stitched pieces and taught my daughter. The eyes and hands won't permit that anymore. And what did we do before computers?

  4. I always use parchment paper for cookies and cheese straws but I have never tried making a piping cone with it. I have seen Ina Garden do it. I have a lot of baking to do this weekend as we are celebrating Amelia's 39th birthday on Saturday and she requested Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Caramel Cake. She is the only girl so she gets what she

  5. Love parchment paper and have become so lazy that I am now also very fond of the pre-sized pieces rather than the rolls. Oh that bear! Yikes!

  6. I love baking, but have never mastered decorating. I keep thinking I will try again as I have the tips and things. Time seems to get away from my many ideas. We have a lot of black bears in our area too. It is a little intimidating to see see them so close though. We were riding books as a family once when one crossed the road in front of us. I had been lagging behind, but after that I kept up:)

  7. Where my parents used to live in Central Florida, they had bears come through their backyard all the time!


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