Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Thank You

Having surgery means that you're under "Home Care" for a period of time. A Physical Therapist comes to go through your exercise paces three times a week.

An RN comes to draw blood, take vitals and change dressings twice a week.

Since this is my second knee they were not strangers when they returned this time for home health.

And now, once again, just barely two weeks after surgery, I am released. What to do to say goodbye? A small gift from the kitchen, of course.

In mid September, zucchini is prolific and there is nothing better than zucchini bread. A loaf for each of my health care providers, tied with a seasonal ribbon.

Zucchini bread at Linderhof is pretty straight forward -- zucchini and nuts (here on the prairie pecans are the most used). I've made hundreds of loaves over the years and I especially like this recipe because it makes two loaves. A loaf of zucchini bread in the freezer is a good thing!


3 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 T. vanilla
3 cups flour
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oen to 350. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a smaller bowl, mix flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well blended and add to egg mixture. Fold in pecans. Pour into two greased 8 x 4 x 2 inch loaf pans. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in pans for 10 minutes, remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

It's Friday, which means that it's time for Foodie Friday. Please join Michael at Designs by Gollum to see everything that's cooking this Friday.


Rebecca said...

How special! And the ribbon is a beautiful addition to a yummy "thank you" loaf.

Allie and Pattie said...

How good to know you're doing well enough to be released! And I just know they're enjoying that bread!
xoxo Pattie

La Table De Nana said...

Oh gosh..nothing short of a miracle:) Good for you and how sweet of you to offer home made things..Happy for you that you are well..
Health is everything:)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I'm so happy you are mending well... My hubby had his knee done and can now "Do a little happy dance"!!! He takes B-complex everyday and "SWEARS" it is a miracle vitamin... Your zucchini bread looks SO YUMMY!!! I love quick breads, it's my way of cheating on my diet or NEVER eating dessert... Hugs to you, Donna

Schnitzel and the Trout said...

I am happy that you have mended so quickly. Now, so forth and be careful and enjoy the new joints. Nice give for the caregivers. They must fight to have the opportunity to come to your home!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I'm sure you were a great patient and then you give such a lovely gift. Very sweet.

lindaraxa said...

These days anything homemade is worth its weight in gold! glad you are recovering

Sherry said...

You must be doing good to get released so soon! The PT and RN may see what they can do to get you signed up again!! ;o)

Suzanne said...

Oh, my! Surgery. :-(
Sorry! I've once again missed many weeks of your blogging...need back track.
Glad you're healing and able to bake. The bread sounds delicious. Beautiful packaging, too! Thank you for sharing the recipe, and best wishes for that speedy recovery!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

So glad you are doing better and I hope on the way to a full recovery. Your bread sounds wonderful and what a special gift to all of your care givers. I know they will love it. Hugs, Marty

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love zucchini bread! And your beautiful bow just makes the gift look even better! So glad you are feeling well enough for the home health nurses to take their leave.

Pondside said...

What a thoughtful gift. I'm glad to hear that you are well enough to be 'discharged' from care. Take care as you mend!

Jacqueline said...

Glad you are doing well and hope you will continue. What a lovely loaf. I better up the value of my next loaf with a gorgeous ribbon tied like this. Then they would think it tasted even better!

From the Kitchen said...

How nice to hear that you are back to, well--you! What a lovely gift to prepare for your caregivers. Enjoy all that's involved with autumn in good health.


Bernideen said...

I am so glad you are doing well and progressing! Looks very yummy!

matron said...

I am so glad to hear that you are recovering well,what a lovely thank you for your carers.Thank you for posting the recipe,I love baking different breads and this sounds delicious.

Anonymous said...

The recipe looks delicious. Glad to hear you are recuperating so nicely!

On Crooked Creek said...

Horray for you!
I'm keeping your recipe. . .didn't see cinnamon in the ingredients! Thank you!
Lovely gifts for your health care providers! You're always so considerate of others! One of my favorite sayings. . .
"Kind deeds change lives."

Lynn said...

I'm sure the bread was appreciated! So glad to hear you're doing well:@)

niartist said...

Oh Martha, I've been so busy - and I've been missing my visits here! I'm so sorry to hear about your knee - but I know that often times the surgery is the ABSOLUTE best thing and helps tremendously! I am wishing you a speedy recovery! :) I have missed you at Color Outside the Lines ... I hope I haven't lost you forever! Stop by when you can ... let me know what you think of the new layout! :) xo, Artie

Donnie said...

That was so sweet of you to give them something and give us the recipe. I have bookmarked it- sounds delicious. Happy Pink Saturday.