Bread and Jam for Frances

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Bread and Jam for Frances

From Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell and Lillian Hoban

Whew! There were moments during the past couple of weeks when I didn’t think I could pull it off — but welcome to the new home of Hitchhiking to Heaven! The old version of this blog was starting to suffer from growing pains, so I moved it here to WordPress with the intention of making it easier for you to find your way around. For example, check out the new Recipes link, above. Also, see those little brown-bag icons in the sidebar that make it easier for us to keep in touch? (If you subscribed to H2H before, I hope you’ll use that “Subscribe!” button to refresh your subscription via email or your favorite feed reader.) Finally, I do love how this spacious new format gives my posts more room to stretch their legs. It lets me use larger photos and hopefully makes the blog an even happier place to visit.

I could not have managed this move by myself. I want to offer a huge thanks to Sister Diane at Craftypod, who held my hand long-distance from Portland and helped me every step of the way. (If you have a craft or food blog and want to tune it up, she is an awesome consultant — kind and quick, creative and smart.) My art-making friend Annie helped me navigate a world of fonts. And then Kaela at Local Kitchen, who went through something like this not long ago, didn’t miss a beat when I asked her to help me figure out a thing or two about putting said fonts to work. Where would we be without the generous folks who have gone down the road ahead of us?

The content of H2H will remain much the same. I plan to post a new preserve recipe once or twice a month — usually a sweet one. That’s the bread, butter, and jam of this blog. But.

I also need to try something new.

Bread and Jam for Frances

From Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell and Lillian Hoban

Have you ever read the story [amazon_link id=”0060838000″ target=”_blank” ]Bread and Jam for Frances[/amazon_link]? Frances is a little badger who adores jam.

Jam on biscuits, jam on toast,

Jam is the thing that I like most . . .


Raspberry, Strawberry, Gooseberry,


I’m very

FOND . . . OF . . . JAM!

Trouble is, bread and jam is the only thing Frances wants to eat. She turns up her nose at eggs for breakfast and trades her sandwich for jam at lunch. She’s into jam in the morning, at noon, and by the light of the moon. So Frances’s mother employs some reverse psychology, serving bread and jam to Frances at every opportunity. You see what’s coming, right?

Jam for snacks and jam for meals,

I know how a jam jar feels —

FULL . . . OF . . . JAM!

By the end of the book, Frances is happily eating lobster salad for lunch.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Herr Saush

Now, I still love jam, but by the end of last year I was feeling a little like Frances. (Not quite so furry, though.) I felt frustrated when I would spend eight hours in the kitchen making fruit preserves and then have to call Stewart to ask him to bring me something to eat. I mean, I want to make jam and a good dinner, too. At least some of the time.

So here’s the deal: I am not known for liking vegetables. At all. Not broccoli, not cauliflower, not squash. Certainly not brussels sprouts. I like to grow veggies, but I’m not in the habit of eating them — and I would like to change that. I asked Stewart (who is a champion vegetable eater) to help me out. Every month for the rest of this year, he is going to surprise me with a vegetable. I have to take that veggie and make something yummy with it, something that’s part of a good, well-rounded meal.

Guess what he brought home this month?


Artichokes are both odd and beautiful, aren’t they?

I have until the end of this month to invite artichokes to my house for dinner. I’ll report back soon.

Meanwhile, I hope you’ll snoop around the new blog. For a few days, you may encounter some broken links in the older posts. I’m diligently working on cleaning those up. As you get to know my WordPress home, your feedback is absolutely welcome!

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  • Reply Julia January 22, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I am loving your new digs! It looks great; I do love the wide expanse of the page. And I can’t wait to hear what happens with that little artichoke!

  • Reply Cyn January 22, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Congratulations, Shae! The change looks great. I’m excited by your veggie challenge. I’m always looking for new ways to make the veg attractive to my kids.

  • Reply Rosemary R January 22, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Hey, looks spiffy !! I’ve deleted the old blog and added this new one to my favorites. Go Shae, Go !!

  • Reply kaela January 22, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Congrats, Shae, it looks fabulous! All of your hard work was worth it. Off to go update my sidebar with your new digs!

  • Reply The Turnbulls January 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I love it! Great job! I can’t even get my head around what it would take to make this change but you’ve done it. And, it looks fab! :-)

  • Reply Brooke - in Oregon January 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Looks wonderful and congrats on surviving the move :)

  • Reply jyll January 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

    WOW! The new place looks amazing! Looking forward to jam and veggies!

  • Reply Nicole January 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Great new look! I always love a re-designed blog, it’s almost as good as a clean house. I had been waiting to check it out and then somehow I missed when you put it up.
    When I first pulled up this page I thought that first photo was a bolt of fabric, it looks like flannel almost. Before I even moved on I was dreaming of flannel jam pillow cases.
    I always struggle with Artichokes, so I will be curious to see what you do with them.
    In addition to hopefully seeing you in Alaska this summer, looks like we will both be in Atlanta. I can’t wait.
    Thanks so much for adding me to your new blogroll and the post on Facebook as well. Looking forward to another year in the blog world.

  • Reply meg January 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Looks fantastic! Now I’ll have to pick your brain- because there is still stuff I don’t get (well, a lot of things really.) Fonts being one of them. =)

  • Reply tigress January 25, 2011 at 12:45 am

    wow shae! your blog looks gorgeous. good for you! i love it!

  • Reply tigress January 25, 2011 at 12:46 am

    oh, and buy the way. i am very happy you are setting out to learn some vegetable love! they will love you back for shizzle! :)

  • Reply Myra February 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Oh my goodness. This looks just great! New office, new blog-site, new kitchen challenge, new seedlings……. you must be tired of winter, pushing for spring. Any secrets you want to give away for mustering all the energy needed for all of this? Enjoy ALL of your challenges.

  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse February 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

    So this is what happened. I know I was away for a bit, but it seemed so long since I’d read a Shae post and still…nothing showing up in my RSS. I could have sworn that during my quick scans of Facebook I’d seen notes that looked as if they were referencing new Hitchhiking to Heaven posts. I think I’ve fixed the issue now. Hello! I’ve missed your posts. I’m looking forward to perusing your new digs and seeing what you do with artichokes.

  • Reply Michelle February 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Belated welcome to your new digs! All looks great, here (lots of pics to admire), and I love the extra breathing room.

    That illustrated first page you show from the book, “Bread and Jam for Frances” looks like it belongs on a pair of matching top/bottom pajamas, custom made for you.

    And as for artichokes, as you probably know, I hate almost all bumper stickers, but there is one I saw maybe 15 years ago that I still fondly recall today: “Happiness is eating an artichoke”. And it really is.

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