A few years ago my great grandparents celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary (this past year was their 76th).
Recipes have always been cherished in my family. I always remember my great grandma clipping and copying recipes to share with us, each attached with little handwritten notes. Maybe that’s where my obsession began. I spend a lot of time looking for and trying new recipes, just like my grandma-although unlike her, a majority of my recipes come from modern day glories such as pinterest and blogs. My how times have changed!
For their 70th anniversary, my mom and I collected family recipes and put them in little books (one for everybody)-a keepsake of all of our favorites.
We personalized each recipe page and placed the recipes in little photo albums that you can purchase at a craft store.
I think they turned out pretty cute! I actually got the idea from Matt’s aunt-crafty, I know!
It’s really awesome to have many of our family’s favorite recipes all in one place.
The very first recipe in the book obviously starts with one of Gram’s most memorable recipes-Chocolate Zucchini Bread.
Chocolate zucchini bread will forever remind me of my great grandma. I can picture the miniature loaves wrapped so carefully, so neatly in parchment paper. Rolled in at the top, sides tucked in perfectly like a present, labeled on a piece of masking tape with her handwriting. It was a present-a gift from Gram.
My grandma is now 95 and can no longer make her own zucchini bread. And I have yet to master the technique of her perfect wrapping, but have found happiness in making this each summer when zucchinis seem to take over mid summer gardens. I hope that knowing I am carrying on her love of recipes (and zucchini bread) can bring a smile to her face.
This is simple and delicious. It is an old favorite. Thank you Gram!
Notes on recipe:
-I have heard that the original recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar (I actually only used 1 cup)
-I used dark chocolate cocoa-that makes it healthier right?!
-I added a handful of dark chocolate chips
-Baking time for mini loaves (as pictured) is about 35 minutes
-Baking time for mini cakes (as pictured) is about 15 minutes
Fartlek running with Matt at the track in order to rock the upcoming 5k, ugh.