Traditions and a Score!

Today is day 6 of my Amish Friendship Bread. I had no idea this existed until last Tuesday when I co-worker sent a general email to the people on the floor to try some. She knows I’m a baker and asked me if I wanted some starter. Then I learned there are several rounds going on right now at my office, and the following day I had a little zip lock bag full of yeast smelling mixture. Today I’ve added some flour, sugar and some milk (and of course mushed the bag.)


This is one of the best things about living in a country that is not your native. Even though I have been here since 1998 (from my original home in Brazil), and I am now a naturalized American citizen, there is always something new to learn about my new home’s tradition. On top of everything I love bread. I love making it and I love eating it. There is something so beautifully basic about bread!  I can’t wait to share it with my husband, son and mom (who is visiting us for the summer).

Speaking of mom we hit the road today for some shopping. Since I work full time and haven’t taken any time off since she arrived, we only have the weekends to spend the day together. This afternoon we decided to go thrift shopping, and I took her to a Salvation Army nearby. I have to say I had my heart set on getting a great deal on a machine. I hear so many stories of people buying wonderful machines for 5 bucks at the Goodwill that I have been jealous for a long time. All of my machines have been bought at prices at or very near to fair market.

Although I did find some nice machines I was very disappointed that they were not bargains… It seems funny that since all of the Salvation’s Army inventory comes from donations (and I have literally sent a truck loaded with stuff to them the beginning of the year) one would think the mentality would be more about moving items and sharing the goodness with others. This store seemed to be more interested in marking things at market value, and to me it is no fun to pay near full price at a thrift store! I did have my eyes set on a lovely, 1950’s machine. They wanted 25 dollars for it, but when the guy tested the motor went off and would not stop. He thought the machine was broken. The wires are pretty shot indeed, but I know what this “problem” with the motor is (and it is no problem at all). I left it at that, and we picked up a couple of items and proceeded to the cashier. My kid was pretty cranky, he did not nap today, so all I wanted was to get out of there once he started to melt for good.

I had put all of our stuff in the trunk when I told my mom I wish I had bargained with the manager for the machine. She told me to go back and do so, and reluctuntly I did. I asked the same guy that tested the machine to talk to the manager. He did not look very confident on a deal, but when he came back he told me 5 bucks! Of course I took it, and now I have the new member or my vintage family, little Miss Rosie! p1010003

Isn’t she a pretty thing? It is a Royal 555 DeLuxe Window-Matic made in Japan. These Japanese machines made in the fifties are wonderful, sturdy, and very cute looking machines. It does have reverse and lowers the feed dog. The bobbin case is missing, I need to re-wire, and it is filthy dirty (I took some of it for its debut picture), but it is in great shape, the foot pedal and motor are original (both also pink!), and I know it will sew like a dream! I’ll keep posting about it.

So I finally got my bargain!!! Well, I did not talk about my Eldredge Two Spool yet, but this one will be a podcast entry because there’s too much drama, and I cannot convey it all just writing… Stay tuned!


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