This Friday the Our Supper Stories Community is having its first "Block Party". It is a chance to show our appreciation for this community, highlight some amazing business owners (and their stories, of course!), raffle off some awesome prizes and just have an overall good time. But what's a Block Party without food? Our "bring a dish" aspect of the Block Party is such a fun way to give everyone a chance to participate, share a bit about themselves and open their kitchens up to our community!
This recipe showed up in my inbox with the *sweetest* story attached to it. It came from Laurie (@live.love.sing2011) after I shared in my stories about Papa's birthday dinner and how we celebrate it now that he's gone. I love the exchange of stories that happened here...it's my favorite part about Instagram; connecting with you all. We all have a story to tell and this one is particularly precious. About Pap's Zucchini Bread, Laurie says:
"My father passed away in 2007. He was 85 and he and Mom had been married 58 years. Dad was a technician for RCA and Mom was a SAHM. My mother was a wonderful cook, and she passed on her love of cooking and baking to me. Mom was a pie baker, but every week, in addition to whatever pies she made, she baked a zucchini bread for my Dad. Dad could polish off a bread by himself within a week's time. And Mom didn't just bake it in a loaf pan; Dad's bread was baked in a bundt pan.
It was her way of making it extra special for him. When Mom died 2 years ago, she was 87 and left behind such a void. I thank God for the years that I had with her and for the blessing of being taught by the best! In the years before she passed on, Mom started giving to her children things that were special to her. She didn't want them to get lost in the chaos that comes after the parents' death. She gave my sister her recipe box along with the recipe for Dad's zucchini bread.
One day, I went to my mailbox and found a package from my sister. Inside was the recipe box and the recipe. She told me in a note that she wanted me to be able to enjoy it now. And so, I continue the tradition. My husband is diabetic and stays away from baked goodies, but my children love Pap's Zucchini Bread."
Pap's Zucchini Bread:
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon (add extra if you like)
2 cups grated zucchini (remove seeds, but leave the peel)
1 cup chopped nuts (Dad's favorite was black walnuts)
1 cup raisins (I leave those out).
Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan and bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Laurie, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to share this beautiful piece of your family's story with us. It is such an inspiring story of love and legacy. I feel so honored to be able to share it with everyone. <3
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