Sunday, July 6, 2008

Have you been to Mitford?

Have you ever read a book that just drew you in and made you want to be right there talking, interacting with the characters? A down home kind of book that made you feel all warm and cozy inside? A book whose author was not ashamed to speak of Jesus Christ and how His presence in our lives really make a difference?

Well, that's just what this series of books will do for you. Written by Jan Karon, and lovingly called The Mitford Series. These books are simple and sweet reads. They're not filled with violence, strong language or sexual scenes. But you will find these books a pure pleasure to read. The themes are focused on the tales of Father Tim Kavanagh, local Episcopal priest of Lord's Chapel Church in Mitford, South Carolina, members of his congregation and folks of the town. There are nine books in this series and I was a little sad when Ms. Karon decided to end them. If you're a fan of mysteries, crime, passion and the like...take a break and come to a breath of fresh air. I think you just might get hooked too!

And guess what? How many book series do you know that have companion cook books? Well, honey, this one does. All through the Mitford books you read of great cooks and they become quite popular with their specialty dishes.
This cookbook is filled with these great recipes and many from Jan Karon and her family members along with gorgeous photos.
The author herself ~ isn't she beautiful?

If you have read these books you're very familiar with the famous Orange Marmelade Cake. Well here it is. Yum!

Father Tim's special baked ham.

And everything else in between. I'm getting hungry, how about you?
Let me leave you with one of Father Tim's little Note Songs ~

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

Come Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of louset praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Priase the mount! I'm fixed up on it
Mount of Thy redeeming love
~ Robert Robinson