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When I was a young girl, I had a friend named Letty.  We were inseparable for many years. Letty’s mother, Mrs. Melusky, was a warm and loving woman who always welcomed me into her home with open arms. I loved spending time at Letty’s house, especially when Mrs. Melusky, Letty, and I would spend time in the kitchen together.

Mrs. Melusky was a fantastic cook and baker, and I loved watching her work her magic in the kitchen. Mrs. Melusky’s background was Polish, and she created so many meals that were utterly different from what was cooked in my home.  One of my favorite things was her Poppy Seed Bread.  I can still remember the smell of the yeast and the taste of the sweet poppy seeds, and it fills my heart with those incredible feelings of being cared for and belonging.

As we worked together, Mrs. Melusky would share stories about her childhood and the recipes passed down through her family for generations. I loved hearing about Mrs. Melusky’s life and learning about the history behind the delicious food we were making.  I think that time in her kitchen helped form me into the inquisitive cook who loves the stories as much as the recipes I am today.

I also need to thank Ronit Pensa, whose post, Condensed Milk Dough Cookies with Poppy Seed Filling, reminded me of this time in my life.

I took a huge shortcut when I made these Poppy Seed Buns.  I rolled out a Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough package and filled it with Solo Poppy Seed filling.  I rolled it up in jelly-roll fashion, sprayed a spring form pan, arranged the jelly roll slices in the pan, and baked for 12 minutes at 375.  They were a quick and tasty breakfast treat.  But if you want a more sophisticated version of this recipe, please visit Ronit Penso at  https://ronitpenso.wordpress.com.

Wishing you all many beautiful memories of women who have influenced your life.


  1. V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
    V.M.Sang says:

    I love baking with yeast. These sound delicious. And Mrs Melusky must have been a great teacher. All the tales to go with the baking!

  2. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    These bring back memories for me too. My grandmother made poppy seed buns to die for. Thanks for the recipe (both the easy but delicious one and the original one).

  3. When I was in high school, a friend lived in a two family home. Most times, we would enter a side door into her grandmother’s small kitchen, and then head upstairs. Grandma N. was of German descent and made the most amazing, melt-in-your-mouth nut horns I’ve ever eaten in my life. It makes me smile thinking about it. Memories of good people and delicious food sure find a way into your heart.

  4. johnrieber – I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, "everyone eats!"
    johnrieber says:

    I look forward to recipes that are delicious but can also take a few shortcuts when the world doesn’t allow for a full day to bak from scratch! The goal is the same: to eat well and as naturally as the circumstances allow!

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. After many years of daily serving up of our local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class as the spirit moves me. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    Two memories tickled here, the poppyseed buns my aunt used to make and nut horns! Loved those!
    Thanks for sharing this lovely time in your life Bernie!

  6. If we have Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough packages here, they have escaped my notice so I would have to go the longer route. A lovely post about Mrs Melusky

  7. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    Lovely memories, and a great way to update an old recipe and make it easier to enjoy!

  8. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats – NY, NY – Private chef, cookbook author, food journalist and translator. I love traveling and love to find out more about food wherever I go.
    Ronit Penso Tasty Eats says:

    Thank you Bernadette, for this heartwarming story and recipe, and for the link to my blog. I’m glad my post brought back such fond and tasty memories! 🙂

  9. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    Baking is such a grand time, and cheers to heartfelt memories!

  10. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes says:

    We absolutely LOVE poppy seeds and baked goods with them. These bread rolls look excellent!

  11. Jacqui Murray – Laguna Hills, CA. – Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land.
    Jacqui Murray says:

    Those look yummy!

  12. I love the flavor and texture of poppy seeds! These look sweet, and I love the story you shared about feeling nurtured by your friend’s mother. I had a number of those “other mothers” in my lifetime, and I am grateful for each of them. 💕

    • Thanks Terrie. I had a lot of those “other mothers” too and I hope that somehow they knew the difference they were making in my life.

  13. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    Hi, Bernadette – What a wonderful tribute and a fantastic recipe. I especially love the short version. I will definitely give it a try!

  14. I can imagine the smell of this baking… I adore stories like these. Thanks for linking up.

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