" Some moments are nice, some are nicer,
some are even worth writing about. "
CHARLES BUKOWSKI, War All the Time
Hot buttered raisin toast with a freshly brewed cup of coffee—it is one of my favourite things to eat. We don't have raisin bread very often, so it's a real treat. Maybe that's why it stays such a perfect flavour combo in my mind's eye, or rather, in the memory of my tastebuds.
The memory of raisins in our bread goes back to my childhood when my mom used to make raisin bread and raisin buns. Oh my! Leavened white bread with raisins mixed into the dough, sometimes cinnamon and sugar swirled in before baking. And how I loved to pull the odd plump raisin from the freshly baked bun and savour its sweetness.
Why am I talking about raisin bread... perhaps because I don't know what else to chat about this morning. And, maybe because in a world where turmoil seems to be everywhere around us, I want to celebrate those small moments that, to use the words of Canadian author Douglas Coupland, "have just a bit more resonance than other moments". I want to express gratitude for these gentle gifts that "stick in our mind" and "pull us out of ourselves", if only to remind us life is still amazingly filled with sweet and good things, even in the midst of the weird stuff.
So, here's to raisin toast and our favourite hot beverage on a Wednesday morning.
From my happy place to yours, I'm wishing you a beautiful day!
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On Saturday I brought 2 loaves of raisin bread at the farmers' market...We are in heaven. SmilesReplyDelete
Hi Brenda, I agree with all your thoughts. And, I would love a slice of your raisin bread. Just came in from cleaning up the garden and it would taste lovely.ReplyDelete
Happy day to you.
A lovely memory for most of us - warm raisin toast and maybe, in childhood, a cup of cocoa after coming from building a snow man or tobogganing.ReplyDelete
I'll write that quote in my journal today! It is SO true! Today was a hiking day for us so that's definitely worth writing about! But I'm hungry for cinnamon raisin toast....for some strange reason! Can I have coffee with mine? Hugs!ReplyDelete
Amen! Here's to raisin bread and a favorite hot beverage! If I waited until an important major event I would rarely post. Please remember that if you're enjoying some small moment that there are many of us who enjoy the same thing. Raisins? I love them, especially the golden ones. My husband's mother made so many raisin pies when he was growing up (very economical) that he's not fond of them. If I soak them in a little Calvados he likes them a lot better!ReplyDelete
Straight back to childhood! Grandma used to make a loaf called 'Currant bread' which was probably very similar. i recall the joy of being handed a warm slice! Wonderful. And a lovely post too.ReplyDelete
I have lovely memories of hot buttered raisin toast! Yes, it's the simple pleasures that help us during hard and uncertain times.ReplyDelete
Warm buttered raisin toast—yes please!! That's a favourite comfort food for me too. Funny, because I don't even like raisins!ReplyDelete
I love raisin bread, too. Now I am wondering if it is too late for a grocery store run. ☺️ Yes, some days require simple, pleasant memories. Do you ever make French toast with your raisin bread? Oh it is divine.ReplyDelete
Over the weekend I pulled out a loaf of raisin sourdough bread I had made a month or more ago. How delicious it is toasted! It's more Tim's favourite than mine, for raisins in dough are not my thing.ReplyDelete
Some of these memories of our childhood are so precious. Mom didn’t bake raisin bread or buns, but there was and to this day is, nothing better than a freshly baked hot bun with a pat of butter on it.ReplyDelete
I love your celebration of the small moments, Brenda! And now I am considering adding a loaf of raisin bread to my grocery pickup order . . .ReplyDelete
Simples things are blessings like talking with a best friend, going to lunch, shopping a little even in a mask...life is still good!ReplyDelete
The staff of life + raisins, definitely worth celebrating!ReplyDelete
Oh my, you've got me wanting to make a loaf of raisin bread. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today. ~ FlowerLadyReplyDelete
Toasted raisin bread reminds me of my grandmother. Simple things that we enjoy each day of our very quiet lives.ReplyDelete
Special pleasures are all around us! We have to push through the turmoil to remember those joys!ReplyDelete
I love cinnamon raisin bread toasted!ReplyDelete
Just sat down with fresh from the oven, banana nut bread along with my coffee. So relaxing and encouraging to read your delightful posts Brenda.ReplyDelete