When Old is New Again.

“Cooking is not about being the best or most perfect cook,
but rather it is about sharing the table with family and friends.”

~ Skye Gyngell, My Favorite Ingredients


I have always adored the old way of living .. I love antiques, anything *not* from the present day and time … for example, my great grandmother’s Hoosier … which, much to my complete joy, fits perfectly into our new kitchen … {It sat outside the last kitchen, just beyond the doorway so it was still used but never could fit into the actual kitchen}…



I certainly must sing my husband’s praises right now because he allowed me to purchase an antique stove for our new home’s country kitchen …  something I have always thought would be fun to have but never really dreamed it would actually work or take place.


When we brought the 1937 Moffat stove home last week, we realized there was no cord for the stove, it was not working and found a rather large mouse nest snuggled inside. Abby spent all weekend and many nights working on the 76-year-old stove and with his wit and skill and a few prayers, he managed to get it working!

After a good cleaning with a grateful heart, I was able to bake my first batch of muffins in the stove this morning …


It brought me such joy … not just because it is a beautiful (to me) old stove that my wonderful husband fixed … but because it’s been well over a month since we had something home-baked … maybe even longer with the move and then with not having a stove in the kitchen. There’s something very comforting and natural to be able to bake and cook for your family.



The home-baked muffin accompanied my morning Bible time with a new (also old) book that I am just loving. {Have you read any of Elizabeth Elliot’s books? She is such a woman of God!} Later, the muffins were shared with my best friend over an afternoon visit …

and speaking of muffins … our little one in the oven is growing steadily and starting to show just a little more …


I’m 16 weeks along now … and I haven’t had a chance to take a proper photo so my daughter snapped this one … really, there’s not much to take a photo of yet. I’m feeling well and love to feel the wee little baby (now the size of an avacoda, apparently!) move about. As we settle into our new, old home and prepare our hearts for Christmas and a new season, we are anticipating the arrival of the next baby with great joy! So thankful that God has chosen us to raise another baby!




P.S. I am going to include the recipe for the muffins because they were super yummy!

Apple Crumble Muffins

2 1/4 cups of flour
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of baking soda
1 egg
1 cup of plain yogurt
1/3 cup of oil
2 cups of diced applesoptional: 3/4 cups of cranberries (I did not have any  so I omitted and replaced with apples. I have had it with cranberries and it’s so good! Do try!)

Mix dry ingredients together. Fold in the wet ingredients. Top with the delicious topping! Bake at 375 F. for 25 minutes or so.

Topping is wonderful – don’t forget this part!

1/4 cup of brown sugar3 tbsp of oats
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tbsp. of melted butter

November 22, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Claire Wow, what a beautiful stove! Amazing Abby could fix it!! Good luck with your little muffin!! So sweet!

November 22, 2013 - 10:40 am

Brenda (Gillian’s Mom) WOW!!! that stove looks BRAND NEW!! Love it … and it totally goes with your home. Grateful for Abby and his amazing handyman skills!!! Blessings all around!!

November 19, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Amy nice that your hubby is so handy…have you heard of http://www.elmirastoveworks.com/ ?? you can take a gander and dream of a fridge to match your old stove 🙂 Atleast it is what I thought of when I saw your stove.

November 19, 2013 - 8:35 pm

jennk LOVE how the kitchen turned out!! Much better than bumblebee:)