75 balloon pictureWe took a break from posting to attend to something very special that occurred here recently. Mutti recently turned 75, and the festive balloons at left were part of the large family celebration at our home. We had good food and desserts: chocolate zucchini cake (that my brother made), frosted pumpkin cupcakes (that my sister made), and pumpkin walnut date bread (that Mutti made). Celebrating Mutti’s 75 years in pictures was a part of the fun, with a digital slide show (that I made) of her childhood years up to the present. But as we both shy away from having our pics up on the blog, you can enjoy this nice shot of the pumpkin walnut date bread (made with fresh pumpkin). And, if you think the picture looks good, you can try the recipe below. Mutti makes this bread from one of her old recipe books, and we really enjoy it!

Pumpkin Walnut Date Bread Recipe:

Cream together 2 2/3 cup white sugar (or less), and 2/3 cup butter (we use Smart Balance)

Then in a bowl beat 4 eggs, 2/3 cup water, and 2 cups pumpkin. In another bowl measure 3 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tsp baking soda dissolved in 2 Tbsp hot water. Combine with 2/3 cup of walnuts and 1 cup of chopped dates.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and spread into two large loaf pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

And in keeping with our camera-shy tradition here, we offer a shot from the birthday slide show of Mutti’s parents’ very large and frog-friendly suburban vegetable garden. We used to catch frogs out there, or look for Tiger the cat, who loved basking in the sun down the main path. Mutti often took us kids to help grandma and grandpa pick long rows of pole beans in the summer, before heading down to Lake Minnetonka together to go swimming, and fishing off the docks. Good memories!

Deephaven garden


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