Kathy McKinsey's Boston Brown Bread

Kathy McKinsey grew up on a pig farm in Missouri, and although she’s lived in cities for nearly 40 years, she still considers herself a farm girl. She’s been married to Murray for 32 years, and they have five adult children. She’s had two careers before writing—stay-at-home-Mom and rehabilitation teacher for the blind. She lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two of her children. Besides writing, she enjoys activities with her church, editing for other writers, braille transcribing, crocheting, knitting, and playing with the cat and dog. Learn more about her and her writing HERE. 

Kathy's Latest Book Release: Millie's Christmas
Ruthie says Millie will love Christmas. Ruthie is Millie’s best friend, so she’s sure Ruthie’s right, but why does Millie keep finding Ruthie and her brother Jake crying?

Millie, an orange kitten, shares about her first Christmas. Her best friend Ruthie, six years old, teaches Millie about Christmas—food, decorations, music, presents, and Jesus!

Millie’s friend Bruce, the family dog, also helps her celebrate Christmas, and sometimes gets her in trouble.

When Ruthie’s big brother Jake breaks his ankle, Millie learns about sad things, like divorce, when Jake can’t visit his mommy for Christmas. Millie watches Ruthie’s family love each other through the sadness, and find joy in Christmas. Buy the book HERE.

Kathy's Boston Brown Bread

My mom baked this every year at Christmas, and I believe I’ve managed to do the same most of the 32 years of my marriage.

2 cups water
2 cups raisins
2 tablespoons margarine
2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs

Boil water; Add raisins, margarine, and baking soda. Let this mixture soak for four or five hours. Then add cinnamon, flour, sugar, and eggs. Mix and pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes.

Variation: For cute round loaves, pour into, and bake in, four or five 15 or 16 ounce vegetable cans.