Okay...I confess.  I have a few quirks.....well....maybe more than a few and maybe a little odd but hey....that's just me.  I know you all will still love me anyway.  And besides it fits right in with White Wednesday.  :)  I love white.  Now I know that's not odd in itself.  Apparently tons of bloggers do and the cool people at Country Living magazine featured several pages on beautiful winter whites in it's latest issue.   I love white bed linens and fluffy white towels and white plush bath mats and white candles and white dishes......................  And white sponges.  SPONGES!!  ...yep...sponges.  And I can't find them.  I don't like yellow or blue or pink sponges in my kitchen.  I want white.  So imagine my utter delight when I found packages of them at Big Lots the other day.  Ask me if I bought every single package they had.  And they had a pretty name on the plain white package too.  Belle Casa and they were made in America.   PERFECT and I am a happy camper. :)

And I was doubly happy to find four vintage white Hall restaurant-ware oval bowls. A PERFECT flea find and PERFECT for a helping of that old stand by and easily made, bread pudding.  Bread pudding just seems the PERFECT thing to have on a cold dreary wintry day after that bowl of home made soup.  And in keeping with the theme of Time Travel Thursdays,  I have upped the mode from an olden dessert to something modern with the addition of a swizzle of Rum Sauce, a sprinkle of chocolate chips and a dollop of whipped cream.  The  "new" old bowls were a happy addition to my already white kitchen wares.  Love fun finds like this to Feather my Nest. :)   I hope you will try this recipe.  The PERFECT antidote to a cold gray day.   

Bread Pudding

4 eggs
2 cups milk 
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (the real stuff...not fake)
(I also like to use a touch of butter nut flavoring too)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 -1/2 cups dried bread cubes  (I used old sandwich bread)
mini chocolate chips

Beat eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.  Spread bread cubes in casserole dish.  Pour egg mixture over bread and sprinkle with chips.  Bake 325 for 40-45 minutes.

Rum Sauce

Fabulous for ice cream and just all kinds of things.

Makes 1 cup

2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon rum extract

(I had no rum extract or rum liquor so I again used my butter nut flavoring)

In heavy sauce pan combine flour and sugar.  Stir in milk.  Cook over medium heat to bubbly boil stage, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and flavoring.

Linking to these fabulous blog parties this week.  Visit them for oodles of inspiration and pure PERFECTION.

Kathleen at Faded Charm

See you later this week.  I am off to have the last helping of bread pudding and there are some white sponges calling my name in a sink of dirty dishes.  xoxo


Tete said...

I have never seen white sponges! So Cool! And I may have to try the bread pudding, one of my DH's favorite things ever, but I have never tried to make it. He just always got it when we ate out and then it was always special when he had it.
Hugs- Tete

Kori said...

This looks amazing! Too bad I just started Weight Watchers again! Kori xoxo

Unknown said...

I love bread pudding and that looks yummo! Happy Birthday a day late! I was going to send you a birthday wish/gift on ECS but I'm not sure how it works? Sorry, but the thought was there! I just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you my friend! Big squishy Birthday Hugs! Marilou

Tamara Jansen said...

Ooooooh! Yummy! Happy New Year, by the way :)

Kathy said...

I love white too - that is white towels, dishes, paper towels, kitchen towels, mits etc... I have never seen white sponges - will plan on stopping by Big Lots this week! Yeah!
Hope you have a great day,

Donnie said...

That bread pudding looks delicious. I'm crocheting dish clothes and they are my favorites. Lucky find.

Unknown said...

Oh what a lovely find..White sponges..never ever seen them white. Glad you hit it lucky..
We have lots of white snow..want to trade?

La said...

Bread pudding makes everything better. La

NanaDiana said...

I love bread pudding and I haven't made it in AGES! And I don't think I have ever seen white sponges! You did good, girl! Hugs- Diana

Margaret Cloud said...

Now you did it, I have to make this bread pudding, it is my husbands favorite, and your pictures has made me hungry, yummy. I have never seen white sponges, so I am making a trip to Big Lots. You know you have mentioned Big Lots before and my x-daughter-in-law goes there, so must be something to it, she says prices are cheaper there. Hope you enjoyed the last of the pudding. Hope you find a lot of vintage finds this week.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lynn,

Well, white sponges are easy to clean too I think?

And the bread pudding? Sounds really yummy. I'm reading the recipe and looking through the picture . . .tempting! LOL I'll have to keep that in mind. Let's see when I can find the time (which apparently I lack lately)

Happy New Year!


Chantele Cross-Jones said...

Your bread pudding looks nice, it's a pity I dont like them!

Daisy Dayz Home
Cross-Jones-Photography Home

Blondie's Journal said...

We just had bread pudding at a restaurant recently and I swore I would make it myself. Perfect timing for your recipe. It looks so good. Do you find the rum extract by the vanilla extract?

Thanks, Lynn!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

What, you are crazy, white sponges, but they get dirty right away. I did not know you were a cook along with all of your other talents, that pudding looks great! Wonder how many Weight Watcher points it is?LOL


Dee Dee said...

That bread pudding looks fab-u-lous! I am definitely going to give it a try! I will let you know how it turns out :)

Jenny said...

YUM!!! I might just try the rum sauce!!hehehe!

BailiwickStudio said...

White sponges are new to me! But they'd certainly look better in my kitchen than the pink, orange or purple ones! ::Jill

kathi @ traybella said...

hitting my local big lots tomorrow! just love the look of them stacked!
yummy recipes too!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn, I believe you are a bit of a magpie yourself! Love this post, and that recipe! YUM! Good finds, too.

Have you given up on me? I got out for the first time tonight, and I was going to go to the post office after I brought the groceries home (Mr. Magpie is still out of town). Well, I had to go home and get a check (long story) and was so frustrated I just caved in and decided to rest some, so I will get your check in the mail tomorrow!!! I am headed out to the post office to get a stamp (it's across town), and then it will be winding its way to you.

The good news is, I am feeling better and the rains have relented. YEA! We've had a rainy few days, and I didn't dare swim for the PO, even between raindrops. It's been the kind of week that's been a comedy of errors, too. I managed to choke myself on amonia fumes when I thought it was bleach. One of the many hazards of not being domestic. This was AFTER the plumber left a mess in my shower from snaking the drain. MEN! That amonia deal set off a two day intermitent coughing fit, but I think what really did it was the fact that I used some cleaning stuff to get rid of the amonia smell, something that makes my allergies go haywire. We figured that out on Monday. Alas, I am determined to get 'er done tomorrow! You hold me to it, okay???


Sheila :-)

Sarah said...

Oh, yummy! I haven't had bread pudding in ages. Just might have to make this soon. ~ Sarah

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

So, I'm heading off to Big Lots tomorrow! I'm crazy over the white sponges. I've seen natural colored ones on TV lately, but the white are too cool!

Enjoyed your blog.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Lynn,
This bread pudding looks so delicious, I am definitely trying it!
A belated HAppy Birthday - I saw your comment on Kathy's blog! Hope you had a good one.

GLad you found the white sponges.

NanE said...

Hey Lynn! Ok, those white sponges are cool and I'm even more amazed they were made in the USA! Love how you photographed them too. The Bread pudding looks yummy and I have a big loaf of French bread that I need to use up so maybe I can try out your recipe. Thanks for the inspiration, Nan

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

OOOOH yummy!!! And those white sponges? As soon as these icy roads defrost I am on my way to Big Lots to get some!!!!!! Funny how the white sponges just made my whole morning:) Crazzzzy huh. lololol
~Debra xx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

That is my husband's favorite desert...maybe I'll spoil him this weekend! Thanks for the recipe!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Well, it's a miracle. I got to the post office, and when I got there they had just picked up. Argh! BUT, I put your check in the mail slot, so it will be leaving TOMORROW. I have no idea how long it will take to cruise up the Eastern seaboard via Pony Express, but hopefully SOON. I would hope it would be in your hot little hand by the first of next week??? So be on the lookout, my fine friend!


Sheila :-)

P.S. The next time, I hogtie Mr. Magpie and get the cc! ;-)

benson said...

ps. the bread pudding looks amazing.

The French Bear said...

Wahhh, I want a big lot store in Canada!!! Love those white sponges, I am like you....love whites...
Thanks for the recipe, love bread pudding, this looks so good!!!!
Margaret B

Unknown said...

YUMMMMMM. And, those sponges are winter white perfect!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Just what I need ~~ another delicious bread pudding recipe. I am featuring one on my blog today! Yours looks REALLY good too!

White sponges? No, I don't think I've ever seen them either. They are purdy.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ I am so loving the white sponges!! I know just what you mean about the brightly colored sponges in the kitchen~ love these and will have to stop by big lots one of these days!! The bread pudding looks delicious too-Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ I am so loving the white sponges!! I know just what you mean about the brightly colored sponges in the kitchen~ love these and will have to stop by big lots one of these days!! The bread pudding looks delicious too-Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Warm bread pudding is my absolute favorite desert!! Adding chocolate to it sounds heavenly.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You're in good company. As someone who loves shades of white, I'm right there with you! I've posted several times about mine, too.

And thanks so much for sharing the secret to where you found those white sponges. I hope they have them at the Big Lots around here. And they're actually made in America - YIPPEE!

Thanks for linking to the party!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Jan Hennings said...

NUM! This looks delicious! Beautiful white sponges, too :)

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