Cherie Fresonke


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For quite a while I’ve wanted to start a new category–Seeds to Cook By–to share some of my favorite recipes with you. I not only love to bake and cook, but I enjoy cooking from scratch and making my own recipes. Plus I have seen how much the women in Bulgaria love the cookie recipes that have now become tradition at all of our women’s retreat. On top of that, it is my hope that you will get to know me bit better, and then perhaps God will use my writing to minister deeper within your heart. With all of this in mind, I wanted the first recipe to be something extra special. Therefore, I picked my Great Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread recipe. She was a woman who loved the Lord and as a little child I always enjoyed going to her house. My fondest memories of her house, amongst all the smells of baked goods and soft tweets of her various birds, was the importance of avoiding my great grandpa’s chair. For if you ventured too close you would soon find yourself snatched up and tickled to death. Christmas time is a time which should be filled with delicious smells, wonderful memories and new precious moments. It is my prayer that you enjoy this very quick and easy recipe. Merry Christmas!

Great Grandma Birdie’s Pumpkin Bread

1 ½ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon cloves

1 2/3 cup flour

½ cup oil

½ cup water

1 cup pumpkin

¾ cup nuts

½ cup raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and flour.

Add oil, water, pumpkin, nuts and raisins (if desired) to dry mix and stir until blended.

Divide batter among muffin cups, small loaf pans or 1 large loaf pan. Fill about 2/3 full. (For Christmas gifts the small loaf pans make great gifts for neighbors and friends.)

Bake at 350 degrees. Muffins bake for about 45 minutes. Small loaf pans for about 50 minutes and large loaf pan for about 1 hour. Test in the center for doneness with a tooth pick. If the tooth pick comes out dry it is done.

In closing, whenever I make recipe cards for my daughters I love to include a recipe for love. I’ve decided to carry on the tradition with you (see below). Looking forward to you comments. If you try the recipe please share your thoughts.

Recipe for Love – Don’t quarrel and nag!

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house with a quarrelsome wife. – Proverbs 21:9 


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