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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Friendship Bread | Family Economics

By Sandy

I like to think that simplicity is okay.

I like to think that the simple things in life, like working in the kitchen making “Friendship Bread,” not only create memories but also bond my daughter and I closer together.

friendship bread

We've been given many bags of “starter” for Friendship Bread, along with the directions, over the years. (You can do an online search to find what the bread actually is, and the different ways of making it.)

What I love about this story is that the idea of making loaves of bread for our “neighbors” was completely my daughter’s idea. I thought to myself, “Are you sure? It’s one more thing to do!” (A sign of a tired mom.) But she was adamant that she wanted to do this. So we worked in the kitchen together. I was making our son’s birthday dinner – she was making Friendship Bread.

They came out of the oven, all eight loaves, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. She couldn’t wait to wrap it up in plastic wrap, put a gold sticker saying “Homemade” on each loaf – and off she went.

delivering the bread

Around the cul-de-sac, to each neighbor, she delivered Friendship Bread.

I like to think that being neighborly is what we are called to do. I like to think that teaching our kids what hospitality is about is what we are called to do. I like to think that when our kids initiate hospitality on their own – that they are definitely learning what we are teaching them!

visiting neighbors

I like to think that each neighbor will devour this delicious Friendship Bread and that my daughter will always remember this act of kindness that got its start in her own heart!

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On Tuesday, July 20, 2010, linda nebraska wrote

very thoughtful and sweet.nice to know good old fashiond values and thoufhtfulness of others is alive and well.


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