The Warmth of Bread and Friendship

One of the upsides of oodles of snow and bone-chilling wind is that if you are lucky enough to walk into the bakery when no one else is around you just might get invited into part of the shop Richard calls “The Threshold.” It’s a homey section of baking workspace that can double as a small counter/table upon which to break break with friends. Although in this case, Richard sliced the bread!

I simply HAD to snap a picture of this marvelous little quick bread Richard came up with:

A new Almond-Oatmeal Bread with Cranberries & Dates from Daffodil Baking Company.

A new Almond-Oatmeal Bread with Cranberries & Dates from Daffodil Baking Company.

“I was inspired by Irish Soda Bread,” Richard told me, “but I wanted to experiment with something a little different.” He used almond flour and oatmeal in the bread and then scattered it with dates and dried cranberries with just enough poppy seeds added for fun! It IS as delicious as it looks. During some of these “snow days,” Richard is experimenting with new ideas for his spring and summer menu. I hope this lovely bread makes the cut!

As always, as I walk the streets of Daffodil Township and experience what makes us tick, I am reminded how pleased and proud I am to serve as Acting Mayor of our little hamlet!

Old Man Winter!

It looks like Old Man Winter is going to be hanging around Daffodil Township for a while, doesn’t it?

Acting Mayor Paula Smith pauses by her oak during a snowstorm.

Acting Mayor Paula Smith pauses by her oak during a snowstorm.

I was out for a walk a little while ago (yes, I was careful!) and I saw a wonderful example of just what makes our little town so special. Richard (Wright) was closing up shop at his Daffodil Baking Company but before heading home he walked down the street to deliver some of his fresh baked bread to Mrs. Eleanor Smith who is recovering from hip surgery. Now that’s what I call neighborly, don’t you? 🙂 Daffodil Township is filled with wonderful people…a true community.

Be careful out there! We’re working on keeping our walks and roads as clear as possible, but it’s been difficult to keep up with the pace of this snow. Stay warm and safe, Daffodilians! Spring will be here before we know it!