An Old Favorite

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

Today’s Workout
Fartlek running with Matt at the track in order to rock the upcoming 5k, ugh.

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9 Responses to An Old Favorite

  1. AuntieAmy August 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    I made three loaves of zucchini bread today! 🙂 Not Grandma’s recipe, though. Gasp! I know. No chocolate, just regular, and threw in some raisins. 🙂 Love the cinnamony smell (there are 3 teaspoons of it) while it is baking. PS … Your photos are divine.

    • sneaksandsweets9 August 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Delish! I love non-chocolate zucchini bread just as much! It is the only way Matt will touch zucchini! I forgot to mention I added chocolate chips 🙂

  2. Linda Demarest August 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Hi Lindsey…I really enjoyed this, seeing the photos you included, along with the recipes. I never made my mother’s zucchini bread, but now tempted to try! Keep up the good work! Love, Aunt Linda

  3. Uncle Mark August 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Sara decided to take her first crack at making bread and chose this recipe. I came home from work to the smell of something burnt. Sara said, “Dad, we filled the tins too full and they overflowed in the oven”! I opened the oven door, closed it and blocked off an hour.

    • sneaksandsweets9 August 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      Oh no! Live and learn, haha! I have overflowed a few pans myself!

    • Mommy August 2, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Too funny!! Love that Sara shares our love of all things food!

  4. Aunt Di August 2, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    As I am reading this I have 2 large loaves of chocolate zucchini bread in the oven and I always add mini chocolate chips to it-delicious!. It’s one of Lou and my favorites in the summer.


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