How many of your family traditions are tied to food, the holidays or both? For me, the one that stands out is Pumpkin Bread. My grandmother made pumpkin bread every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now, I understand that usually when you make bread it is in loaf pans. But not my grandmother, she made it in those small tin coffee cans that they don’t sell anymore.
As an adult I started out making mine in the coffee cans as well, but when they stopped selling coffee that way I had to find an alternative. We tried the loaf pans but, as with a lot of things, it never seemed quite right. Luckily, Pampered Chef started making baking crocks that are about the same size so we bought four of them and now it finally looks right again.
My grandmother was an excellent cook of simple, country food. There are many things that I try to make that just never taste the same as hers, just a little off. The pumpkin bread is an exception and turns out well almost every time.
I recently made a digital scrapbook page for my family album with this recipe. My digital pages are usually a clean and simple design with lots of layers. I like using embellishments that I normally wouldn’t use, like staples, on these pages. Digital is a great way to experiment with different styles because you can always delete it if you don’t like something and you are not wasting any of your physical products.
Scrapbooking family traditions is a great way to pass down recipes, stories and holiday activities to younger generations so they understand why we do the same things year after year.