I was going to make some pumpkin bread a month or so ago. As I was making it I started thinking about and wishing I was making the nut bread my mom used to make. I’ve looked in the past for a recipe and haven’t found one that was like my mom’s. I think eating that nut bread is one of the things that made me love nuts.
I’d more or less given up on ever finding a recipe. I have my mom’s cookbooks. It wasn’t there.
So I gave up and started making pumpkin bread which my mom didn’t make. It became the tradition here along with banana bread…but no nut bread at my house.
Fast forward a bit. I was on Facebook. I was reading a post from my cousin Theresa. She wrote: “Got a baking streak going today. I made nut bread, oatmeal cookies, and for supper a breakfast bake with biscuits. Now to find the perfect book to read. At night I’m saying so many prayers I’m falling asleep before I’m done and then finish when I wake up again. Smiles..”
What caught me in that update was, “I made nut bread.”
I immediately commented, “Hey I’d love your nut bread recipe. My mom always made it but I’ve not found a recipe I like.”
This all happened on my birthday. The evening got busy, some of the kids were home. There were dishes to do. It was almost 9 pm by the time I sat back down at the computer.
This picture was in my feed. For a second I just stopped. I recognized the handwriting immediately. It’s been 30 years since my mom passed away, but there on the computer screen was my mom’s handwriting.
I looked at it was a post from…
my cousin Theresa. I looked again. It said Nut Bread at the top…and there it said, “from the recipe file of Lonnie Johnson.”
Lonnie Johnson is my mom. My mom wrote the recipe and gave it to my cousin Theresa. She’s kept that recipe for over 40 years.
It was the best present ever. I have mom’s nut bread recipe and I have it in her own handwriting. I’m so happy.
In the past, I wrote a post about people who chose not to share recipes. You can read that post HERE. Moments, as I experience after seeing my mom’s handwriting 30 years after she passed away and having such an overwhelming feeling of surprise and love, is another reason why I’ll always believe recipes should be shared.
Isn’t it a fun story?
Well I’m off…I have some nut bread to make!!