Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall gifts

Taking a little thank-you to the nurses for what I hope will be my last office visit!

I've baked this pumpkin bread twice since my friend Ernestine (Blonde Mom's mother!) shared the recipe on her blog.

It rises to a lovely crown, uses pantry ingredients, and makes 3 small loaves from one bowl of batter.

My only regret is that I still can't eat a slice myself!

39 comments:

Sylvia said...

Is that Pumpkin Spice coffee with the bread? If so, tell me, please, where you bought it. I hope this week goes well for you. So sorry about the complicated pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

Meredith-
That looks so lovely! I am sure that the nurses will sincerely appreciate your gifts and the effort it took to get them ready, esp. knowing how sick you have been at times during this pregnancy.
I am excitedly waiting to hear your happy news this week. Blogs, (and their authors!) become almost like family members, so I know that we will all be so excited to hear about your good news and hopefully see a picture of your precious new little baby! God is so good....we will be praying for you this week, Meredith, and your family, too!
Susan

chickadee said...

i have that bird picture in the background. i love it.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Oh my, I hope it's your last doctor's visit too before the "grand event!"

Blessings,

Sher

SusieH said...

BEst of luck, and lucky nurses!!
Those birds are so pretty :)

Anonymous said...

Why would you purposefully harm your baby by having it before it's is due? Are you really so Tired Of Being Pregnant that you can't stick it out another day? Do you think a loaf of bread will bribe the doctors office into agreeing with you?

Let me guess-epidural here you come.

Disgusting.

Kalona said...

Anonymous, the baby will not be harmed, but the early delivery will prevent complications, as was explained in an earlier post.

Meredith, prayers that all goes well!

Kalona

Anonymous said...

Man, I don't know who the psycho is that comments as "annonymous", but I sure wish they'd go harass someone else. No wonder you moderate these comments, Meredith. You do us a favor by removing these screwball comments before we have to read them! Ignore them. They are obviously from someone not too intelligent.
Susan

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I can personally vouch for the delicious bread! They will love it. :)

I can't wait to read the happy news of baby's arrival later this week. Take care and I hope all goes well.

Mar said...

Dear Anonymous,

Oh, ye, who apparently have either never been pregnant or have sailed blissfully through your 9 months without complications, without issues, without problems. How wonderful for you. Some of us haven't been so lucky and have experienced difficulties. I could curl your toes with the tale of the night my child was born but I won't for fear of scaring anyone else, especially those who are pregnant. Suffice to say that 95% or more of what I would tell you is from stories of others who were present that night, because I, thankfully and mercifully, do not remember much at all.

There IS a reason why the rates of survival for both mother and baby have increased so dramatically over what they were just a few decades ago. Because the doctors are more knowledgeable and have better diagnostic techniques and tools, they are more able to determine when a baby will do better outside the womb than inside, even if the pregnancy is not a full 40 weeks.

Please take your hate somewhere else. In case you haven't noticed, this site is for, among other things, graciousness, love, sweetness, and hospitality. Your comment embodied NONE of those qualities.

Anonymous said...

The bread looks lovely, and I'm sure the office staff will enjoy it. May you be blessed as you have been a blessing to others! - Lynn in PA

Anonymous said...

How very thoughtful and Christ-like of you to think of others, when you have had such a difficult time yourself lately! I'm sure these gifts will brighten the nurses' day! Again, I will be praying for a safe delivery for you this week.

Laurie in FL

P.S. To the anonymous poster that left such an unkind comment, it seems as if you just have not even read the recent updates of why they would NEED to take the baby a little early. Your comment was offensive and harsh, and I think you owe Meredith an apology. JMHO.

Anonymous said...

Taking the baby early isn't just for the mother's convenience. Sometimes it saves the baby's life. I had to have my second son at 37 weeks because my placenta was breaking down. It turned out that he also had several heart defects, the first of which was fixed when he was 3 weeks old, on his due date. The doctors told me that if he had gone to term, he most likely wouldn't have survived.
So to the anonymous "disgusted" poster--maybe you should look in the mirror before decided just who is "disgusting" here. I know it's not Meredith, who has done everything she can to ensure the good health of her baby.
--Marsha

Anonymous said...

Meredith, I am sorry that someone has to be so unkind and just plain hateful at such a time. You are in my prayers for a save delivery.
That bread looks so very good. How kind of you to make it for the doctor's staff. Your heart is always in the right place. May God bless you and keep you and the sweet baby safe. Roxie

Anonymous said...

Meredith,

As a former nurse, I loved it when patients brought in goodies for the staff. It's like everyone becomes extended family because you see these people so often.

The bread looks delicious and I can't wait to try this recipe.

****Keeping my fingers crossed for good news at the doctor today****

Stephanie

the pleasures of homemaking said...

You're always so thoughtful! I'm sure they will love the bread and the coffee. I'll have to try that recipe it seems to be a bit spicer than my usual pumpkin bread recipe.

Manuela

Birdie said...

What a lovely idea!

Anonymous said...

The nurses are going to love it!.....& it is very sweet of you to remember them so generously.

Brenda

Rachel said...

Hope all goes well, Meredith. And I am sure that the nurses will be grateful and touched by your kindness...

Anonymous said...

Okay, that anonymous chick is "NCAA" - No Class At All! Meredith, envy comes in so many forms - If folks don't appreciate your blog, they shouldn't waste your time with posting senseless comments - Know that God has favored you and given you yet another blessing to adorn his world - We love you and are with you - you amaze me with your wonderful ideas and colorful ways of making it all work and blend in such difficult financial times! The nurses will sing your praises for many moons to come - just because you're a woman of grace and thoughtful to others - Your crown will no doubt be the talk of heaven when that time comes!
Love and support you - Blessed be the name of the good lord who brings us Meredith!
Love,
Latrice (WORKING MAMA IN THE NW WHO says thumbs down to the worthless comments by cruel people who have nothing else better to do than to put others down because they feel so awful about themselves.)

SK and Family said...

I am keeping you and your baby in my prayers~that you will have a quick and safe labor and delivery!
:)Kat

Anonymous said...

I answer under anonymous because I don't have an account anywhere. Some people answer under it to be small minded and rude.

Some host have taken away the right to comment under anonymous. Thank Meredith that you haven't and I am ashamed that anyone would say such hurtful things without leaving their name.

Get a life. If you don't like what is written here go somewhere else. You have obviously had NO problems during pregnancy. Personally my son came on his own 2 weeks early no drugs and 9 lbs 12 oz. His heartbeat slowed and I almost needed an emergency Cesserian. I wish this option was given to me.

Amy

One Woman's Journey said...

Meredith I am so pleased you like this recipe. It is so easy and makes such an abundance. Please take care of yourself.

Michelle Smiles said...

You are so nice. I figured the nurses' reward was not seeing my grumpy face every week anymore LOL

Congrats on making it this far...I'm sure you are ready to be done though. Thinking of you!

Domestic Accident said...

Meredith- as always, you live your life with grace, generosity, and kindness. Something I aspire to.

Jennifer F. said...

I had never even thought to bring goodies for my doctor and his nurses. You've inspired me! What a lovely post, as always.

Cathy said...

Meredith--bread looks delicious (you are so thoughtful); birdie picture in background is beautiful (where did you get it?!); and a quote that seems fitting today with the critical comment left by anonymous: "let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others." (This little reminder helps me on days I find myself having a critical spirit!)

Thank you for your beautiful blog and sharing your life with all of us. Godspeed with your delivery.

ancient one said...

Prayers and hugs for a safe delivery.. God Bless!

Jackie said...

Oh yum. That looks absolutely delicious.

ispeakbeanish said...

I know they'll enjoy it! I hope all goes well with the delivery and afterwards! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

God Bless You Meredith and I think the treats are perfect and your plans are, too! You are doing what is best, and don't let any rude blogger get you down. I am praying for you and will be anxious to hear the blessed news!
Love,
Carla from Maryland

Nicole said...

I love that bird picture where did you find it?

Anonymous said...

A nice touch if you are giving the napkins with the bread!

jackie said...

I am in the mood to bake something pumpkins and this just might be it. What a wonderful gift. Jackie

Christine said...

I think it's appalling that someone would choose to criticize you for keeping your child and yourself safe. From the links you posted the other day I assume you are having some complications.

God Bless and take care.

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TJ said...

Will keep you in my prayers for a healthy baby! God bless you...
TJ
www.tjssweethome.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hope things are progressing well, Meredith. Praying for you and the baby.

I made the pumpkin bread last night to welcome a new neighbor and celebrate perfect furniture spray painting weather : ) Delicious! Had to substitute a mix of walnut and light olive oils, because the other kind wasn't in the house. Nobody knew the difference.

Thanks Ernestine, for such a good recipe.

deb meyers

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying for a safe delivery. And how very thoughtful of you to bring gifts for the staff. You continue to inspire me :-)

April C.