Recommended Enrichment Reading: The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort, By EllynAnne Geisel. This charming book is full of patterns, recipes, household hints, and of course beautiful apron photographs. Pull up a kitchen chair and take a journey down memory lane while being inspired with all the right ingredients and modern photographs for new memory making!



Recommended Quilting Project: French Flea Market Apron , By Busy Bee Designs. Oh la la! Your imagination is the only limit to which mood you will create with this apron design. Who says practical function canít heat up the kitchen when you adorn your French couture apron! Charmant!

Celebration: Apron Strings

By Jean Headrich

My friends like to give me a hard time; calling me June Cleaver and such. I donít know what got them started. Maybe it was the day I ran outside to the mailbox wearing it. Maybe it was kissing my husband goodbye for work through the car window with it tied around my waist. Maybe it was answering the door in it when they ran over to borrow a cup a sugar. But whatever the reason, it doesnít matter. I am proud to wear it. It, of course, is my apron.

I have worn an apron ever since I can remember and plan to pass the tradition down to my two daughters. My first apron was handmade by my mother. She actually made matching aprons for my sister and I out of printed red and blue cotton. They tied at the waist and we wore them proudly as Ďlittle helpers.í They were a status symbol in a way because wearing them gave us clearance into the kitchen. Today, I wear an apron for two reasons. First, I am a very practical person. I simply donít want my clothes splashed with tomato sauce or dusted with flour. In fact, I feel incomplete if I donít have one on while cooking. The second reason is far more important to me than keeping my clothes clean. It has to do with what an apron symbolizes.

To me, an apron symbolizes tradition: the tradition of cooking and baking, the tradition of gathering for a meal in which the dayís events are shared, the tradition of a mother being home to lovingly welcome and nourish her family. Call me old-fashioned, but in our hurried lives of fast food and store-bought treats, it feels good and right to don an apron and create something special. Itís more than just what comes out of the oven; itís the idea of home, family, and love. Go ahead, put on an apron and be transported back to a slower, more traditional time when part of the day could be spent honoring family values. Itís okay if your fiends give you a hard time. June Cleaver had a good thing going.

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