Thursday, March 26, 2015

Betty MacDonald's and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday



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Betty MacDonald - and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan club fans, 

we adore the golden childhood memories of Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck.

We love these wonderful birthday greetings from our unforgotten Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Monica Sone. 


The Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle birthday cinnamon rolls are outstanding.
Try this outstanding recipe, please. You won't regret it. 


Betty MacDonald fan club fans from 5 continents  are celebrating  a huge Betty MacDonald birthday party today.

You'll be able to order a special Betty MacDonald birthday DVD  with new info on Wolfgang Hampel's updated Betty MacDonald biography and many more info and interviews in April.


We'll keep you posted. 


It's the last day today to answer the Betty MacDonald fan club contest question:

There are several Betty MacDonald - and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fans club contests.
Don't miss them, please. You can win the most interesting new Betty MacDonald fan club treasure items.

( see links below ) 

Send us your most beautiful photo of Betty MacDonald's favourite flowers, please.
 
Deadline: March 26, 2015

Many Betty MacDonald-, Letizia Mancino- and Mr. Tigerli fans from all over the world enjoy the  fascinating Betty MacDonald Gallery by unique Betty MacDonald fan club honor member - artist and author Letizia Mancino.

As Betty MacDonald was very fond of cats she would be especially delighted of Mr. Tigerli's birthday greetings.

Best wishes,


Mats

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans.

first Betty MacDonald can club honor member late Monica Sone, author of Nisei Daughter and Betty MacDonald's friend described as Kimi in Betty MacDonald's The plague and I, was sending very special Betty MacDonald birthday greetings some years ago:

Dear Betty MacDonald Fan Club fans,

Betty MacDonald's birthday is such a special occasion to celebrate a unique person.

She understood me so well when we met at the sanatarium.

I was young and uncertain about myself and others.

What a talent she had giving of herself in a framework of fun to learn how to laugh at oneself.

What a gift!! No wonder we continue to love her.

Thank you so much for Claire Dederer"s essay on Betty.

Betty would have been so pleased and also astounded that someone had studied her books on such a deep level.

Claire's understanding of Betty's character, also reveals Claire's own ability to do very intelligent, creative analysis.

I am profoundly happy with this, in memory of a wonderful human being.

Love,

Monica Sone

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Betty MacDonald's and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday cinnamon rolls


let's celebrate Betty MacDonald's and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday with wonderful cinnamon rolls from the Burbanks' kitchen.

We already tried them.

They are outstanding.

Yours,

                                cinnamon rolls from the burbanks' kitchen
Darsie obediently got up, took the sugar bowl and went out to the kitchen. After a long long time he came back to the breakfast table with a plate of cinnamon rolls.
"What are these for?" his father said. "And where is the sugar?"
"Sugar?" said Darsie. "What about sugar?"
"I told you to fill the sugar bowl," said Mrs. Burbank.
"Oh," said Darsie, "I thought you said, 'Get the cinnamon roll.'"
from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald

The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series is full to the brim with references to classic American foods like sugar cookies, root beer floats, and peanut butter sandwiches. I read all of the books (multiple times) as I was growing up, and true to my foodie tendencies, I was often distracted by the foods described at the characters' mealtimes, parties, or garden club meetings.

Written in the 1940's and 1950's, it's no surprise that these classics pop up through all the books. This was a time of economic abundance and the growing popularity of pre-packaged foods. The most vogue recipes were the ones that included brand names. So it was a time when a lot of American classics were born.

And it doesn't get much more classic (or delicious) than cinnamon rolls.


My rolls are stuffed with plenty of cinnamon and pecans, so they are reminiscent of pecan spinwheels. Made completely with whole wheat flour, I was afraid these would be a bit too heavy or chewy. But while they're not as cake-y as their white flour counterparts, the texture is actually really lovely, like a soft bread.

Um, also? Vegan.

I couldn't bring myself to make them without real icing and a candied center though, so you'll find that these call for brown and powdered sugar. But compared to a typical recipe, they require only about half of what's usually used. And if you'd like to make it even healthier, you could substitute palm sugar for the brown sugar, and try this date syrup as icing.

I'm pretty sold on this version though. Even J, who is notorious for his rejection of sweet snacks, couldn't keep his paws off of these.

Cinnamon Pecan Rolls

Ingredients:

For the dough...
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 packet active yeast
2 tbsp, + 1 tsp brown sugar
3 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp unsweetened applesauce, at room temperature

For the filling...
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp, + 2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup pecans

For the icing...
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
small amount of almond milk

1. Heat the milk in the microwave until 100-110 degrees (about 1 min). Sprinkle 1 tsp of the brown sugar and the yeast over the milk. Stir, then set aside to proof for 5-10 minutes.
2. In the meantime, combine the 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Form a well in the mixture, then pour in the yeast and applesauce. Stir until holding together, then add the rest of the flour a couple of tablespoons at a time. When stirring is no longer possible, begin kneading the dough, adding more flour until you have a ball without stickiness. I needed the full 3 cups of flour...you might even need a bit more.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about a 12" by 18" rectangle, about 1/4" thick. Combine the four filling ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well blended. Spread evenly over the dough, leaving about 1" empty on a long edge. From the opposite edge, roll the dough up, then pinch to seal. You will have a long tube of dough.
4. Cut the ends off, then cut the dough into 12 pieces. Grease a baking dish and carefully place the pieces in it, with the cinnamon spirals facing up. Cover with a warm dishtowel and place in a warm place to rise, about 45-60 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes. Allow rolls to cool for at least 10 minutes before icing.
6. To the powdered sugar, add a very small amount of almond milk (less than 1 tsp). Stir until well combined, and add more milk as needed, until desired consistency. Stir in the vanilla, then drizzle over the cinnamon rolls.



15 comments:

  1. These from scratch cinnamon rolls look tasty. How much better are these than the Pillsbury tube cinnamon rolls that account for 99% of my "baking?"

    Oh, and as much as I like breakfast, "Fantasy Friday" is a bit of a stretch for cinnamon buns. :)
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    1. =) Yes, agreed. But how else would I get Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle into the mix?!
  2. Ooey gooey, looks awesome. Thanks for reminding me of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. I loved her and her upside down house as a child
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  3. how good are these looking to me right now!? I can almost smell them.....!!
    xo,
    nancy
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  4. first of all, these will be the first thing i bake in our new oven.
    second of all, it has been forever since i've seen your space (i always get/read your email updates) and i LOVE your new design!
    third of all, your photography is awesome.
    fourth of all, i am so proud of you.
    fifth of all, i love you.

    xox. t.
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  5. CLAIR!!! MISS PIGGLE WIGGLE BOOKS WERE MY FAVORITE!!! Oh it makes me SO HAPPY that someone else knows about them. NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THEM! My Mom read them to me growing up and now she has become a bit of a "Miss Piggle Wiggle" herself. (She's a retired elementary school teacher turned nanny). Such a treat. Thanks!
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    1. =))) Your happy makes me so happy! I'm definitely on the same page as you. I have all of them on my bookshelf to this day, and I read them so.many.times.
  6. YOWSERS! Those look incredible!! As always, I love your healthier take on things. Another great recipe, thanks Clair! Great work.
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  7. MISS PIGGLE WIGGLE! I always got distracted by the descriptions of food in those books, too- it all sounded so good!

    Now I'm definitely going to have to make these cinnamon rolls.
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  8. DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. Holy guacamole that picture of the inside goo! Heavenly heavenly HEAVEN. I'm going to file this one away under "healthified versions of my MOST FAVORITE THINGS".
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  9. Um, those look seriously amazing. Your recipes always make me so hungry, especially when they look so gooey and delicious! :)
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  10. clair, can we PLEASE! have baking parties next year? i got a children's book cookbook (with recipes from all kinds of british children's books!) and i'd love for you to teach me your ways. :)
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  11. Umm... You know cinnamon rolls have been calling my name the last few weeks.... and since I haven't had one in almost 3 years - I think I should just have a cinnamon roll - and it it too! ;)
    These look super yummy ;) xoxo
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  12. Oh I like it so much...........

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    There are so many Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan club fans all over the world.

    Did you know that Mrs. Burbank in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's magic is Betty MacDonald's very witty sister Alison Bard Burnett?

    Alison Bard Burnett's son Darsie is a Betty MacDonald fan club honor member.

    Thank you so much.


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Betty MacDonald's and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Happy birthday dearest Betty MacDonald  and  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!

We love you so much!

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck, Betty MacDonald's favourite nephew and son of Betty MacDonald's unique sister Alison Bard Burnett shares his unique childhood memories of Vashon Island on his beloved aunt's birthday. 

We are going to share several Betty MacDonald fan club surprises today.


Artist and author Darsie Beck gave us the permission to share a special gift with you, his childhood memories of Vashon Island.

It's beautifully written and a real treasure.

Thanks A Million, dearest Darsie  for this unique Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Birthday gift! 

Dearest Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan club fans from all over the world enjoy Betty MacDonald's and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday today.

All our love, 

Carmen



Childhood memories of Vashon Island 1943-53

Copyright by Darsie Beck
All rights reserved

I've always been fascinated by the ferry boats that serve the island and Olympic Peninsula communities of Puget Sound. I feel particularly fortunate to have spent my first ten years and the last thirty years here on Vashon Island and the in between years living in water front homes near the Fauntleroy ferry dock and on the north end of Mercer Island near the old ferry landing that once served that island community.

I have many fond memories of the ferry boats but one in particular remains as clear to me today as when it occurred many years ago.

At the time I was born, my parents lived with my grandparents in a small house on Judkins street just east of 23rd, a few blocks south of the Lake Washington floating bridge tunnels. This area, at the time, was the northern most end of what was called, "Garlic Gulch", the original Italian community in Seattle. With a new baby in the house things got pretty crowded and before long my parents moved to Vashon Island where they purchased their first home on the bluff above Dolphin Point on the north end of the island. My mother's sister Betty MacDonald, her husband Don and her two daughters Anne and Joan had moved to the island a couple years before prompting my parents to follow their lead to this island community.

In the 1940's as now, we reached the island by ferry boat. I can't tell you what that first ferry ride was like in the fall of 1943 or which boat we rode on but I do know, the boats were privately operated by Puget Sound Navigation (PSN), doing business as the Black Ball Line.
Black Ball provided service between Vashon Island, Harper (on the Olympic Peninsula) and Fauntleroy (West Seattle). During the 1940's the wooden ferries Vashon and Kehloken and the steel electric Quinault saw regular service on this run. The Quinault carried 100 cars compared to the 45 car capacity of the smaller wooden ferries and was considered a super ferry at the time. Most of the ferries flying the Black Ball burgee were former San Francisco Bay boats purchased by PSN after the completion of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.

In early 1948, a proposed rate increase by PSN resulted in Vashon Island suspending its service contract with Black Ball. Undeterred by Vashon's action, Black Ball continued service between Harper and Fauntleroy and to Vashon on an "as needed only" basis. With the help of sympathetic state and local government agencies Vashon began developing its own ferry service utilizing former Lake Washington and Tacoma boats out of service since the opening of the Lake Washington floating bridge and the Tacoma Narrows bridge. The Lincoln, Washington, City of Tacoma and Crosline became the backbone of the new fleet.

My first ferry boat recollection is from the summer of 1948. I was five years old, my mother was pregnant with my sister, and we were sitting in the family car on the Vashon ferry dock on a very foggy July morning waiting for the boat to Fauntleroy to take my mother to the hospital.
The fog had created a stillness over the dock broken every few minutes by the sounding of fog horns and the occasional car driving on and off the wood planked ferry dock. Soon I heard the sound of an approaching ferry, its engines reversing, its prop wash splashing noisily between the pilings, the shrill screech of the ferries wood side rails rubbing against creosote dolphins and apron wing walls as the boat nudged itself into the slip. Chains clattered as deck hands removed car barriers in preparation of off loading. I don't remember which of the old ferries landed at the Vashon dock that foggy morning but I do remember, once our car was loaded onto the boat, sitting on the car deck, looking out the port into the fog when suddenly out of the mist a large ferry appeared. Its propellers furiously reversing, deck hands and passengers on both boats bracing for an impending collision. My eyes grew big and my body grew tense as the huge ferry cleared the fog revealing her black hull, white superstructure and the black ball painted near the top of her red stack. It was the Quinault, Puget Sound's first super ferry heading directly for our boat. The prop wash of the huge ferry was buffeting the side of our boat, causing it to rock back and forth in its slip. The Quinault was now within a car's length of our boat when its forward motion finally came to rest and her reversing action began to move the boat out of harms way. As stealthy as she had appeared, she now disappeared back into the fog sending a collective and audible sigh of relief through passengers and crew of both boats.

The Quinault, now considered a medium sized boat compared to today's super ferries, still ply's the waters of Puget Sound and still holds a place in my childhood memories as the most enormous boat ever seen by a five year old.




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

let's celebrate Betty MacDonald's  and  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday on March 26 th.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck is Darsie in Betty MacDonald's book Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's magic.

Of course we are going to share an outstanding recipe for a delightful Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Betty MacDonald birthday cinnamon roll!

Our first Betty MacDonald fan club honor member, late Monica Sone, author of Nisei Daughter - described in Betty MacDonald's book The Plague and I as very witty and intelligent Kimi -sent  unique birthday greetings some years ago. 

We are going to share them with all of you.


Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck, Betty MacDonald's favourite nephew and son of Betty MacDonald's unique sister Alison Bard Burnett shares his unique childhood memories of Vashon Island on his beloved aunt's birthday.

Betty MacDonald fan club fans from 5 continents  are going to celebreate a huge Betty MacDonald birthday party.

There will be a special Betty MacDonald birthday DVD available with new info on Wolfgang Hampel's updated Betty MacDonald biography and many more info and interviews.

You can see all the international book editions of Betty MacDonald and her sister Mary Bard Jensen. 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald fan club research team share their new outstanding research results for new updated Betty MacDonald biography and Betty MacDonald fan club letter collection.

There are several Betty MacDonald fan club contests and it seems that most Betty MacDonald fan club are able to answer the contest question regarding Betty MacDonald's favourite flower.  

Don't miss the great chance to win unique Betty MacDonald - and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan club birthday items. 

Good luck!

There are several Betty MacDonald - and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fans club contests.

( see links below ) 

Send us your most beautiful photo of Betty MacDonald's favourite flowers, please.
 
Deadline: March 26, 2015


Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund and her Betty MacDonald fan club birthday team are working on a very special Betty MacDonald  and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle birthday cake.

Betty MacDonald Gallery by unique Betty MacDonald fan club honor member - artist and author Letizia Mancino is outstanding. 

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli will send some very special Betty MacDonald - and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle birthday greetings.



Best wishes,

Hendrik

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Betty MacDonald, Darsie Beck, Cinnamon rolls

            Darsie Beck 

Darsie obediently got up, took the sugar bowl and went out to the kitchen. After a long long time he came back to the breakfast table with a plate of cinnamon rolls.
"What are these for?" his father said. "And where is the sugar?"
"Sugar?" said Darsie. "What about sugar?"
"I told you to fill the sugar bowl," said Mrs. Burbank.
"Oh," said Darsie, "I thought you said, 'Get the cinnamon roll.'"
from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald



Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

i adore the very witty Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle story and the great info on Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck. 

Darsie from Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's magic is my favourite.

"Oh," said Darsie, "I thought you said, 'Get the cinnamon roll.'"

We'll have a wonderful Betty MacDonald birthday party with outstanding cinnamon rolls and many other delightful goodies.

We can't wait to read the golden childhood memories of  Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck, Betty MacDonald's favourite nephew and son of Betty MacDonald's unique sister Alison Bard Burnett.

Anita and Eartha Kitt II are working on a very brilliant Betty MacDonald birthday firework. 


Betty MacDonald fan club fans from 5 continents  are going to celebreate a huge Betty MacDonald birthday party.

There will be a special Betty MacDonald birthday DVD available with new info on Wolfgang Hampel's updated Betty MacDonald biography and many more info and interviews.

You can see all the international book editions of Betty MacDonald and her sister Mary Bard Jensen. 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald fan club research team are going to share new outstanding research results.

There are several Betty MacDonald fan club contests and it seems that most Betty MacDonald fan club are able to answer the contest question regarding Betty MacDonald's favourite flower.  

Hurry up, please deaerest Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan club fans!

There are several Betty MacDonald - and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fans club contests.
Don't miss them, please. You can win the most interesting new Betty MacDonald fan club treasure items.

( see links below ) 

Send us your most beautiful photo of Betty MacDonald's favourite flowers, please.
 
Deadline: March 26, 2015


Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund and Betty MacDonald fan club Event team are working on an unforgettable Betty MacDonald birthday.

Enjoy the  fascinating Betty MacDonald Gallery by unique Betty MacDonald fan club honor member - artist and author Letizia Mancino.

Let's have  breakfast at the bookstore with Brad and Nick.


That a new Eurovision 2015 TOP 29.

Best wishes,

Nadine 

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Betty MacDonald forum 


Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel

Betty MacDonald fan club items 

Betty MacDonald fan club items  - comments

Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD

Betty MacDonald and her garden 

Betty MacDonald fan club Eurovision Song Contest 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Betty MacDonald's and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday party in 5 continents


Darsie obediently got up, took the sugar bowl and went out to the kitchen. After a long long time he came back to the breakfast table with a plate of cinnamon rolls.
"What are these for?" his father said. "And where is the sugar?"
"Sugar?" said Darsie. "What about sugar?"
"I told you to fill the sugar bowl," said Mrs. Burbank.
"Oh," said Darsie, "I thought you said, 'Get the cinnamon roll.'"
from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic by Betty MacDonald



Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Do you know ' I thought you said ' Darsie from Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's magic?

Of course you do!

It's very much beloved  Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck, Betty MacDonald's favourite nephew and son of Betty MacDonald's unique sister Alison Bard Burnett.

Author and artist Darsie Beck is going to share his childhood memories of Betty MacDonald and Vashon Island as a special Betty MacDonald fan club birthday gift with all of us. 


Betty MacDonald fan club fans from 5 continents  are going to celebreate a huge Betty MacDonald birthday party.

There will be a special Betty MacDonald birthday DVD available with new info on Wolfgang Hampel's updated Betty MacDonald biography and many more info and interviews.


We are going to publish new Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD by Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel.

There are several Betty MacDonald fan club contests and it seems that most Betty MacDonald fan club are able to answer the contest question regarding Betty MacDonald's favourite flower.  

Send us your most beautiful photo of Betty MacDonald's favourite flowers, please.
 
Deadline: March 26, 2015


Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund and her Betty MacDonald fan club Event team are going to share many Betty MacDonald fan club activities on March 26.


Many Betty MacDonald - and Letizia Mancino fans are fond of fascinating Betty MacDonald Gallery by unique Betty MacDonald fan club honor member - artist and author Letizia Mancino.

Let's enjoy breakfast at the bookstore with Brad and Nick, please.


That a new Eurovision 2015 TOP 29.

Best wishes,

Michael

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Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel

Betty MacDonald fan club items 

Betty MacDonald fan club items  - comments

Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD

Betty MacDonald and her garden 

Betty MacDonald fan club Eurovision Song Contest 

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan club contest 

Betty MacDonald fan club contest