Start with an amazing setting
Our pastor and his wife are also dear friends of ours. They have been realizing a dream to own a hobby farm on a sprawling piece of heaven on earth for a few years now. The tiny house, which they have just renovated and expanded, was dwarfed by the magnificence of it all. In fact, my blog banner picture was taken as we dined al fresco in their yard. Here’s the original (grace please, it’s an iPod pic).
An old world tradition
Some time ago I came upon an Eastern European tradition, which I’m sure can be found in some form the world over. It is to give a gift of bread, salt and wine, to bless the new home. Behind the gift is the desire that the family would never be without food, flavour and joy. I took the original concept and personalized it for our friends’ open house.
I baked a loaf of “no knead bread.” I like this bread because it bakes up crispy and rustic, and is best when left to its own devices overnight. I did play with the recipe a little (shocking, I know), by substituting rye flour for 1/3 of the all purpose. I bought a container of coarse sea salt and some beeswax candles. We included wine, and beer as well. A bottle of 2010 Equuleus, a fabulous red from Chateau Des Charmes, a local winery, which can be enjoyed now, or it can be left to age for some years, perhaps on the anniversary of the new home. And a bottle of a black lager from Silversmith Brewing Company. A box of chocolate biscuits rounded out the basket.
Lord let this bread be a blessing to those in this home
That their lives never be without a harvest
Lord let this drink be a blessing to those in this home
That their lives never be without joy
Lord let this salt be a blessing to those in this home
That their lives never be without flavour
Lord let these treats be a blessing to those in this home
That their lives never be without sweetness
Lord let these candles be a blessing to those in this home
That their lives never be without light
Lord let this gift be a blessing to those in this home
That their lives never be without friends
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so very thoughtful of you. What a great idea!
Thanks Kathy! Hope you enjoy your granola.
What a beautiful gift and that bread looks fantastic! I love a good rustic crust.
Me too! I really need to make this more often. It makes such a great gift that I forget to just put it together for us. LOL
I love your idea and your bread looks amazing!!!
Thanks. It really is a favourite.