A recipe for Living: Poppyseed Bread, easy to give away!

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Meet my Guest:
Traci from Beneath my Heart

Hello! I am so excited to be a guest at Sandy’s wonderful blog today! Though I have been following her blog for almost a year, I finally met Sandy in person for the first time a little over a month ago at BlissDom. I had the honor of eating lunch with her one day while we were there, and we immediately made a connection. It’s was what I like to call a “divine appointment” because it was not a coincidence that we met that day. :)

Sandy and I quickly realized that we had a lot in common. We both shared many of the same “loves” in life, two of which were our love for the Lord and our love for our families. However, we also shared a common sorrow, we both have lost our moms to cancer.

My mom passed away on September 22, 2009 from a short 7 week battle with gastric cancer. Though my blog is mostly about DIY home decor projects, I share a post about my mom and her amazing spirit every Wednesday. I want my four young boys to look back on these posts someday and remember what an special lady their Nana was.

My mom was a wonderful cook and writer. She combined those two talents by writing a cooking column for our local newspaper and by becoming the first food editor for Home Life magazine. So I want to share with you one of her favorite recipes.

Poppy Seed Bread
Mom loved this recipe because it was easy to make and oh-so moist and delicious! She also loved this recipe because it makes 5 to 6 little loaves that are perfect for sharing with others.



Now for the best part! The glaze! YUM!

Now they are ready to wrap up and share!

Mom and I would usually wrap each loaf in plastic wrap and secure it with a cute little ribbon. We would also add a scripture or word of encouragement to each loaf.

Mom and I talked about this recipe a few weeks before she passed away. She said that one time she made some of these loaves and took them to work. (She was a secretary at a church.) When a needy person would come to the church for help, she would give them a loaf of poppy seed bread to take home with them.

She thought is was such a simple way to show someone they were loved.

And she was right. I learned very quickly during Mom’s illness and after her passing that it was the little things that people did for us that mattered most. I even wrote a post about it called, “It Matters.”

Poppyseed Bread
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Poppyseed Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 5 -6 small loaves
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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 1/2 T. poppy seeds
  • 2 t. butter flavoring
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • Glaze: 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. butter flavoring


  • Mix together the above ingredients and beat for two minutes.
  • Fill 5 or 6 mini-loaf pans 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  • Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  • For the glaze, mix the sugar, orange juice, vanilla, and butter flavoring in a glass measuring cup.
  • Pour over hot bread when removed from the oven. Let stand for 30 minutes.
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This is a poem that Mom kept on our refrigerator when I was growing up. She also cross-stitched it and hung it on the wall in a frame. I memorized it as a child, not knowing fully what it meant. But I do now! I only get one life on this earth, and I want to make the most of each moment!

Recipe for Living
I shall pass this way but once.
Any good thing that I can do,
Any kindness I can show,
Let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it.
For I shall not pass this way again.

Thank you, Sandy, for inviting me over! It has truly been an honor to meet you and call you my friend! And to all of her readers, you are always welcome to come by for a visit at my blog, Beneath My Heart.