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Sunday, May 1, 2016

'Tis May

Happy May Everyone!!!

Today is May Day!!! I was hoping to celebrate May Day with a post about its history and festivities but alas, I just didn't manage to get to it. Perhaps, next year. In the mean time, I did fid this poem and a recipe for a May Queen Cake from a post I did a while back. Happy May Day, enjoy! Louise:)

May Queen Cake
May Day Cake Recipe
1/2 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Cup sour cream
2 Cup pastry flour
1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/2 c finely shaved citron
Directions
1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add 3 beaten egg whites.
3. Dissolve baking soda in a little water and add to sour cream.
4. Add sifted pastry flour, nutmeg, and citron. Last add the remainder of egg whites.
5. Bake at 350 degrees in a pretty shaped tin until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (around 30 minutes) and frost with any white icing.
Directions for Maypole: Use a striped candy (candy cane) to which narrow ribbons have been attached at top. Drape the ribbons into small Maybaskets arranged around the cake. Candy baskets would be more appropriate. Baskets of straw or paper, filled with fruit nuts or candy will give great pleasures to the May Queen and her maids.

While sifting through previous posts, I also rediscovered a recipe I shared a while back for Humpty Dumpty Cake which I think is fitting for another first of May celebration; Mother Goose Day! It's from the McCall's Books of Cakes and Pies #5 in the McCall's Cooking Library Set published in the 1970s.

Humpty Dumpty Cake Recipe

And here we have the new May calendar with lots more yummy food days to celebrate. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I hope you like it too:)

Thank you all for visiting. "See" you Cookbook Wednesday! Louise:)

34 Nibbles:

Amelia said...

Hi Louise, thank you for your kind message in my blog. I'm fine,thank you. Was tight up with work and other chores thus didn't blogwalking. Anyway will be back this 2 days with new posting and catch up with everyone.

Happy May day to you. In Malaysia 1st May is Labour Day. So long weekend for us.

Great posting as usual. Love the poem and the cakes recipe. Thank you for sharing the recipes and May celebration.

Have a nice weekend. Catch up with you later. Regards.
Amelia

laurasmess.me said...

I love seeing the old school recipes and clippings that you add to your posts Louise. The humpty dumpty cake sounds very cute, I might try and make one with ingredients from scratch like you suggest! Love the calendar too... I think I need to celebrate Star Wars day this year (I've always intended to and then forgot when it comes around!). Happy May! x

Margaret Ullrich said...

Happy May Day, Louise!
The May Queen Cake sounds delicious and looks delightful.
I knew about Beltaine and the Maypole for May 1, but who knew my birthday is also Mother Goose Day?
Have a great week ~ Marg

Mae Travels said...

That egg-shaped cake looks challenging to get right. My friend the professional baker says she uses drinking straws, preferably black ones, to avoid people biting into something like a wooden skewer. Sounds like a good idea which I would use if I ever baked a complicated multi-tiered cake, but I doubt if I'll ever do such a thing!

Happy May Day! And happy calendar-celebrations of the month.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Marjie said...

Happy May Day! What a great looking cake, with just egg whites! I think "Eat What YOu Want" day sounds like fun! Maybe it's a good excuse to have more chocolate truffles?

And the baby just left. I'll be sending you pictures of her; Marion's sweater and hat were perfect for traveling in this 43 degree, rainy weather.

Linda said...

HI ~~Louise~~.....
Thanks so much for stopping by...
Happy May to you and Marion!
You will see those grandkids soon.....♥️
Enjoy your week....
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Happy May Day! And I'm looking forward to celebrating the invention of the table knife. Important invention! Fun post, love the calendar -- thanks.

Dawn Yucuis said...

Happy May Day Louise!! It is also my grandson's first birthday today. Time sure goes by too quickly. Have a great week!!

Shirley Tay said...

Happy May to you too, Louise! Humpty Dumpty Cake sounds so cute & yummy! Love to dig into one *_*

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Amelia!!!
It's so wonderful to "see" you. I'm glad to know all is well with you and yours.

I heard yesterday that May Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. I wish I would have had time to post about it more in depth. Perhaps next year:)

I'll be looking forward to your new post. Thank you so much for stopping by, Amelia...

Gloria Baker said...

A really lovely poem Louise !! And how beautiful post dear Louise, love the Calendar. You know here full autumn!!! Hugs to you !!

Pam said...

Truffles Day? That is my kind of holiday!

Geraldine Saucier said...

Happy May Day Louise:) I gained five pounds just looking at the picture of the Humpty Dumpty Cake. It looks wonderful.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Happy May to you! I can't believe it's alrady May! I'm excited for May 18. :D)

~~louise~~ said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Laura:) It was fun sharing...Star Wars Day is definitely worth celebrating. I'll be popping by when you do:) Thanks for visiting...

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!!! It was a wonderful day. Marion was quite spritely, lol...

Dottie said...

Dear Louise,
Happy belated May Day...I wanted to get to your blog all day yesterday and I was so busy I couldn't get there till now. Your calendar is fabulous. I love it and so many fun days ahead. May is a beautiful month with all the flowers in bloom and my favorite is the Lilly of Valley as it is my birthday month. The May Queen Cake is so pretty and must be yummy. The Maypole is so cute for a topping. I have to try this one. Plus the other Humpty Dumpty Cake is a fun one as well. Wonderful post and look forward to Wednesday...I am going to share another recipe on my post for your Cookbook Wednesday. Thank you for the recipes and the sharing the calendar.
Hugs dear friend....Dottie :)

~~louise~~ said...

The drinking straws are a great idea, Mae. Thank you fo letting us in on the secret. Although, I don't see me baking a Humpty Dumpty Cake any time soon, it's good to know:)

Thank you so much for visiting while you're on your Paris vacation, very sweet of you:)

~~louise~~ said...

I'm waiting patiently for Eat What You Want Day Marjie and, I plan on celebrating; big time!!!

I just saw the pictures of baby Madeline. She is adorable. Marion has requested I print the pictures so she can put it in a frame right along with her other pictures. She said the sweater cam out alright but Madeline is perfect, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Linda:)
The way these months are flying by, June is right around the corner, lol...Thanks for stopping Linda...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks John. I wasn't sure about the table knife invention being included on the calendar. Now, I'm glad I did as it is a very important and neater invention, lol...Thanks for stopping by John...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Dawn:) Oh my goodness, so soon, time really is flying on by!

Thanks for visiting, Dawn...

Alida said...

Happy May Louise! I love the look of that Queen Cake. Lots of nice things going on this month. We already had mother's day back in March here in the UK but in Italy it falls on the same day. A good reason to celebrate it twice!
Have a good week!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Shirley:) You go right ahead and dig in!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Oh Gloria, I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. It was fun to share:) Happy Autumn to you:) Sending tons of hugs back your way:)

~~louise~~ said...

Mine too, Pam!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Lol, it's a bit too involved for me but, if it were put in front of me, I too would gain some weight, lol...Thanks for visiting, Geraldine...

~~louise~~ said...

Oh my so am I Pamela! Reeses are my downfall for sure!

~~louise~~ said...

The Lily of the Valley are just beginning to bloom, Dottie. I'm hoping they are fully open by tomorrow for Cookbook Wednesday:) Now, I must check my calendar to see what day your birthday is. I'm sure I've noted it somewhere, lol...

So glad you enjoyed this post and that you will be joining us for Cookbook Wednesday!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Alida:) No reason in the world not to celebrate Mother's Day twice. I wouldn't mind one bit, lol...thanks for stopping by Alida...

Velva said...

Happy May Day Louise! May is not my favorite Florida month. We are already breaking into summer weather, and I want it to stay cooler longer. However, on a positive note my garden is rocking!

Always,
Velva

sonia de macedo said...

Happy May, actually May the 4th be with you!

I'm actually not a Star Wars fan but I couldn't help myself.

Sxx
www.daringcoco.com

Poppy Crocker said...

The 18th is definitely my day! I cannot get enough Reese's peanut butter pumpkins/ trees/ hearts/ eggs. The cups are good too, but I like the chocolate to p.b. ratio better in the holiday versions.

I'm glad you got this up! The calendars are nice.

Catherine said...

Happy May to you Louise and to Marion.
I think that May will bring June flowers!! it is raining so much!
Have a beautiful May. xo Catherine