The past few months have been a bit bittersweet. In December, we said goodbye to my great grandfather. And have since watched my great grandmother struggle to live on without him for the first time in a long…long time. Yesterday, after weeks of awaiting the inevitable, my family and I said our final goodbyes to a legacy-The Lovells. My great grandparents. Julianna’s great-great grandparents. Incredible.
And for once…I am at a loss of words. Because they are gone.
But not their memory. That will forever live on.
This memory (a five generation photograph that my great grandfather wanted ever so badly) is a favorite of mine. And that smile on my gram’s face, simply priceless.
They so much cherished visits with Julianna. My great grandfather used to pat his lap, because he always had a spot for her. And my great grandma’s favorite thing to say to her was, “We sure have a lot of years between us girls.”
So today I share a post I wrote a year ago in memory of two of my favorite people.
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 it 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