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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Teach Your Child To Be Charitable (And Appreciative!)

photo by dichohecho

Most everyone has a neighbor who always picks up the mail when you’re out of town, cheerfully lends his tools or regularly provides some kind of kindness to your family.

Make a homemade gift to say thanks.

Don’t wait for your neighbor to do yet another act of kindness before giving the gift. Do it when he or she least expects it. That way, the gratitude is genuine without being conditional. Make sure your child is in on the creating and packaging of the homemade gift, as well as the explanation for why you're doing it.

We’ve made this recipe for Pumpkin Bread for a neighbor who was always mowing our lawn for us (just ‘cuz), lending us his wet/dry vac when our basement kept flooding (just ‘cuz) and took care of our dog when we were away (again, just ‘cuz). His daughter, an extremely picky eater, ended up eating most of the loaf. It’s that good.

Pumpkin Bread

2/3 cup shortening
2 2/3 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
2/3 cup water
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon clover
2 1/3 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350o F. Grease the bottoms only of two loaf pans. Mix the shortening and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs, pumpkin and water. Blend in the dry ingredients. Pour evenly into the two pans. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the loaves comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes; cool slightly. Loosen the sides of the loaves from the pans and remove to a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing. To store, wrap and refrigerate no longer than 10 days (or freeze for the next time you want to surprise a do-gooder!).

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