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One of the simple things I love to do is bake bread. And then give it away!

I went to my strawberry patch last night, as it’s growing thinner now, and picked these beauties. I just love how the little white blossom fell into the bowl right as I was finishing up.

My daughter helped wash, stem and slice up the strawberries and we added some raspberries to create a more unique flavor.

Mixed together and tossed it in the oven.

I love making extra loaves for my neighbors.

And then a large loaf for my family.

Hospitality is about helping others to feel warm and welcomed. It’s not about being the perfect family or entertainer. And to me, on this night, it was also about sharing a loaf of bread with our neighbor.

When’s the last time you baked for a friend or neighbor?

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Raspberry Strawberry Bread

Delicious with any kind of berry! Remember each oven is different, so make sure and UNDER-SET your timer, so you don’t over bake the bread!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 4 small loaves
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  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup cooking oil


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl (except berries); stir by hand.
  • Add the berries last, gently mixing in to the batter.
  • Spray and fill loaf pans (4 small or 2 large).
  • Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes in small loaf pans, or around 60 minutes in 2 large loaf pans.
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** True confessions: When I made this bread I forgot one simple step. Make sure and add the berries at the last, and then mix the batter by hand. It’s much better with chunky bites of fruit!