Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Loving our new neighbors

Sunday I baked Zucchini Bread all afternoon, 8 baby loaves! I wrapped them, tied red ribbon and a green note on them and then John and I bundled up to deliver all the treats to our neighbors! I think it is the highlight of the season for me! It was cold, the house smelled like delicious bread, I had it in a cute basket(I love baskets)...and I absolutely loved watching peoples reactions as we met them and gave them a very unexpected gift! It was so interesting because mostly people were shocked at first , that a neighbor would do this, and then they were very grateful! I loved every minute of it! I am going to make it a Christmas tradition! I'm sure it will be even more fun when we do it with kids! NO..we are not pregnant- I know how all of you are! ;-)
I am headed to Portland today! I will be gone until January 1st and I am so looking forward to hanging out with my in laws..most of you are probably thinking I am joking but I really do love all my inlaws ( parents and siblings) so I am very excited!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas; I pray that you find time to think about our God and the most amazing gift He has given us, Jesus!

Zucchini Bread Recipe:
Preheat oven to 350
3 eggs 1/4 t baking powder
1 C oil 1 t baking soda
2 C sugar 3 t cinnamon
2 C grated zucchini 1 t salt
3 C flour 1 t vanilla

Beat eggs, add flour & next ingredients and mix.
Pour into 2 greased loaf pans- bake for 1 hour. ( check with toothpick, you want a very thin coating on the toothpick so the bread isn't too dry)

Enjoy- you really can't mess this one up!


Kristyn said...

Hi Natalie! I don't think we've met, but our husbands work together at the Village! Maybe after the holidays we can get together?? Glad that y'all are in the area! Merry Christmas, Kristyn

caleb and renee said...

so exciting....i should do that. i wonder if the college kids on our street will be home to receive their know lubbock neighborhoods...

The Rozell Family said...

You are So cute Nat, I love the little loaves tied with ribbon!!! This bread looks yummy, I wish we were ya'lls neighbor!

hows Oregon, we miss you in TX!

Kellie said...

how fun!! can you put your Zucccini (sp!!) bread recipe up on your blog or email me??I would love to copy you:)
It was so good to see you 2 by the way at the Dallas show!
Merry Christmas!

Bex said...

ahem...i am your neighbor...i mean, i know we live in different towns, but...zuccinni bread!! YUM! ;)

Katie Gober said...

What a GREAT idea to do that for the neighbors!! We used to do that stuff growing up, but not now - You've inspired me to go love on my neighbors!

The Mays Family said...

Yummy, the bread looked so good. We would love to have y'all over for Sunday lunch one week after the holidays. Have a great time in Oregon. Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Natalee -

I love that! My family used to bake cookies and take them to our neighbors, and even the local convenience store when I was growing up. Last year I did baby loaves of Ice Cream bread...a recipe from my other dear friend Natalie who joined a convent.

Ice Cream Bread!
From the Sisters at the Dominican Order of St. Cecilla
in Nashville, Tennessee

1 pint ice cream (rum raisin or butter pecan work well, just be sure to buy a high quality brand of ice cream or else the bread will not carry forth the flavor and will simply taste like flour - Ben and Jerry's works great!)
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

And this is a recipe for a Cinnamon Cream-Cheese Spread/Frosting that I like to make to go with the bread:
3/4 lb. powdered sugar (12 oz.)
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 lb. cream cheese (8 oz.)
*Sift together sugar & cinnamon, set aside (I usually don't sift, but that's what the recipe says!)
*Beat cream cheese and milk on medium until smooth. Gradually add cinnamon sugar mixture, beating first on low, then working up to medium-high until smooth.

Put the spread into little ziploc containers and deliver it with the bread. It really makes the bread worthwhile!