Thursday, December 3, 2009

I found that recipe I promised you!

Dear Friend,

When I was in third grade, our class had a Thanksgiving Feast a couple of days before we got out of school for the Thanksgiving holiday. We had all kinds of delicious goodies, including one of my favorite holiday treats, pumpkin bread.

Our next door neighbor was a very dear friend of my mother’s, and she also adores pumpkin bread, so I snuck out an extra piece to take to her on my way home from school.

She enjoyed her treat and asked me if I happened to have gotten the recipe. Disappointed, I said no and promised to get it for her the very next day.

The next day at school, I made sure to get the recipe from my teacher so that I could take it to Mrs. Paulann. I couldn’t wait to get off the bus that day and give her the recipe, which she was very happy to have and said that she would make sure that she would make both of us some for Thanksgiving.

She made good on her promise, as I had made good on mine and told me that she would make sure she would keep that recipe in a very special place.

Two years ago, during a beautiful fall afternoon, I was opening presents at my bridal shower. When I opened Mrs. Paulann’s gift, I took the top off the box and opened the tissue paper to reveal a note from her. She said that marriage is like a recipe – made up of a lot of different things that come together to make something wonderful. Things like: faith, and trust, and faith, and kindness and love. She said that we had to take care of each other and cherish each other, like she had with that recipe that I had given her so many years before. She said that it was time that it returned to its original owner and now that Darren and I were starting a life together and would soon have a family, we should enjoy the recipe as a family, and so she included the original recipe that I gave her 16 years ago.

It is so special to me and it just truly makes the holidays something magical, so I wanted to share it with you (as I wrote it).

Pampkin Bread
  • 3 1/4 cups purpos flour
  • 2 tea spoons bacon soda
  • 1 tea spoons nutmeg
  • 2 cups pampkin
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 1 1/2 tea spoons salt
  • 1 tea spoons cinamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  1. Grease 3 loaf pans.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degres.
  3. Add flour, sugar, bacon soda, salt, and spices into a large bowl. Stir to blend.
  4. Add pampkin, water, oil, eggs, and nuts.
  5. Beat and pour in to pans.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.

I hope you and your family it enjoy it as much as we do!

With a happy heart,

A Working Wife


  1. I love it, Girlie! That's such a sweet story! I can't wait to get some loaf pans to try it!! And, I love the fact that you put the misspellings in there and everything!

  2. Isn't it funny to look back on things we've written when we were younger? The misspellings, whimsical thoughts, and going back to life that year are great. I love looking at all my old school work and thoughts!