National Tie-One-On Day is one of several exciting programs that FabTalk’s parent organization, The Fabric Shop Network, is thrilled to sponsor and support is National Tie One On Day. The concept is simple, on the day before Thanksgiving, you are encouraged to wrap a loaf of bread in an apron (or other linen), write a kind word, and deliver this gift to a person who could use the encouragement. This is the story of the origins of Tie One On Day,
Four years ago, EllynAnne Geisel was rolling dough for “one more pie” for her Thanksgiving feast, “When I suddenly took stock of the amount of food I’d prepared for the next-day’s holiday meal.” For a dozen guests, Geisel recalls, “there was just too much!” Deciding that her company “absolutely did not need another dessert choice,” she spontaneously wrapped a sweet in a handy piece of cloth…an apron. “Then I wrote “Thinking of You” on a notecard, and still wearing my own apron, walked out the front door.” Within a block, Geisel was presenting the wrapped treat to a very surprised neighbor, “who I’d heard was experiencing a difficult time.”
Turns out, Geisel was in for a surprise herself. “I hadn’t anticipated that acknowledging my neighbor with a baked good would have me feeling positively buoyant.”
It is that win-win for participant and receiver that Geisel is promoting through her National Tie One On Day. Celebrated on November 25, 2009, Tie One On Day is an opportunity for people throughout the country to put the “give” back in Thanksgiving.
According to Geisel, a store-bought item is as easily wrapped as homemade, “and the cloth can be anything from an apron to a napkin.”
In celebration of National Tie One On Day, EllynAnne has generously offered this wonderful recipe for Lemon Bread that you can bake and wrap in your (hopefully home-sewn) apron.
A Lovely Lemon Bread
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lemon extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking power
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
Optional Addition: ½ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed for zestier flavor)
½ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, mix the butter with the sugar, lemon extract and eggs.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating flour mixture with the milk,
stirring each addition just enough to blend.
Fold in the lemon peel (and pecans).
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted
into the center comes out clean.
Use a spatula around the four sides to loosen the loaf from the pan. Remove loaf from
the pan onto a cooling rack. With the wooden pick, poke holes in the loaf top.
Drizzle the lemon glaze over the top (Tip: Place rack over a piece of wax paper for easy
**Wrap the cooled loaf in foil and store in the refrigerator for 1 day before serving
**Plastic or foil wrap will protect the cloth from the syrupy glaze
Yum! In celebration of National Tie One On Day, I’ll be featuring apron patterns on FabTalk regularly until Thanksgiving. And if that’s not enough apron goodness for you, head on over to our sister site, Apron-icity, for everything aprons online and in your town.