Today I wanted to share with you one of my mom’s favorite recipes.
Poppy Seed Bread
She used to make this a lot in the fall and give it away as little gifts to people. She taught me how to make it, and I have been making it every year since!
This recipe makes 5 to 6 mini-loafs, the perfect size for sharing with others.
So I decided to make 4 batches and share them with the precious ladies I work with. I teach music two days a week at a Mom’s Day Out Program at an area church. It is the most wonderful place to work!
The ladies I work with are amazing. I was flooded with love and prayers when Mom first became sick. Many of them helped take care of my boys, so I could help take care of Mom and go to her many doctor’s visits.
And when Mom passed away, I cannot tell you how much these ladies blessed me. Many of them came to Mom’s visitation and funeral, they took turns making my family dinner for two weeks, they collected money to give me a gift card, they gave me a beautiful decorative frame for my home, and they prayed and prayed for me.
I felt their love in every hug and every tear as they comforted me.
I wanted to do something for them to show them how much they meant to me, so I made them each a loaf of Mom’s poppy seed bread.
Here is the recipe:
Poppy Seed Bread
3 cups flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups oil
1 1/2 T. poppy seeds
2 t. butter flavoring
2 t. vanilla
Mix together the above ingredients and beat for two minutes.
Fill 5 or 6 mini-loaf pans 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. butter flavoring
Mix in a glass measuring cup. Pour over hot bread when removed from the oven. Let stand for 30 minutes.
Now, when Mom would make these, she would remove them from the pan, wrap them in plastic wrap, and tie them up with jute string.
She would usually attach something cute to it, like a tag with a scripture on it that she had made on her computer, or a small type of flower or leaf. She was great at “embellishing” a gift.
My attempt wasn’t quite as cute as what she usually did, but I thought it turned out nicely.
I just tied a fall leaf to each loaf with a card that said “Bless You”.
And my prayer is that God would bless my sweet friends for all the ways they have blessed me!
Mom and I talked about this recipe a few weeks before she passed away. She said that one time she made some of these and took them to work. (She was a secretary at a church.) And when a needy person would come to the church for help, she would give them a loaf of poppy seed bread to take home with them.
She thought is was such a simple way to show someone you loved them.
Can you think of some people this week that you could show God’s love to?
An elderly person?
A friend at work?
One batch of poppy seed bread would cover all of these people!
Make some poppy seed bread and take it to them with your own little note attached.
I know you will be blessed as much as they will!
Recipe for Living
I shall pass this way but once.
Any good thing that I can do,
Any kindness I can show,
Let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it.
For I shall not pass this way again.
(This is a poem that Mom kept on our refrigerator when I was growing up. She also cross-stitched it and hung it on the wall in a frame. I memorized it as a child, not knowing fully what it meant. But I do now! We only get one life on this earth…let’s make the most of each moment!)
Thank you, Mom, for always teaching me (and showing me) it is better to give than to receive.
God bless you all!