Zucchini Bread is the perfect gift to give. Make it for the family, take it to a friend, neighbor, or someone who just needs a little bit of love.

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Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is my favorite because it’s so moist and tasty, you can eat it warm from the oven, or pop in the freezer for another time (after it cools).

It’s always best shared with a friend :)

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Today is a good day to remind of us of the small things that are good for our souls. For our family, it’s all about connection. Even on a weeknight, hosting is just as good as a weekend. So tonight we’re having friends over for a very simple meal.

Love is key

I’ve been reading a lot about hospitality lately. There is no magical formula to follow, except that LOVE is key. To simply love people—to make them feel warm and welcome, wherever that may be.

Wherever that may be doesn’t always mean you host in your own home. Some people don’t even have a home. Maybe you’re burned out from hosting, and you may want to take a year off from dinner invites in your home, but you still look around for needs that you can fulfill. Meet a friend in a park, sit with a new mom and hold her baby. This last one is a fun one for me. Our neighbor just had a new baby girl, and I ended up in their home last week, holding this sweet pea while the new mama was able to get the dishes done. She was so relieved to have some space of her own. Or, sit and talk with a friend who may be in pain. Last night we took dinner to another neighbor who just had surgery. There are so many ways to make people feel loved, welcome, important, cared for.

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Hospitality is really who you are inside. It’s the extra touch, smile, question that you ask that lets someone know you care.

The very first hug

We’ve hosted a zillion dinners in our home, and to be honest, the fun for me doesn’t really start until the people show up.

The first hug is delightful, essential, it lets the person know right away that they are special, loved, and “we’re going to have a great time together.” It’s also important to look your guests in the eyes! Make that connection right away!

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Zucchini Bread recipe

Last week I made zucchini bread. We gave some away, devoured a large loaf here in our home, and froze a loaf.

Then we made a double batch again. And sort of did the same thing again.

What’s a girl to do with lots of garden-zucchini? This is always a favorite, as we munch on it morning, noon, and night. Oh, and have you ever had zucchini bread made into French Toast? Oh my! Scrumptious!

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Zucchini Bread


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 8-inch loaf pans with cooking spray (or grease and flour).
  • In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, oil, sour cream, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add to the first mixture and stir until blended.
  • Fold in zucchini and walnuts, pour into the prepared pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Allow the pans to stay in the pans for another 10 minutes, then turn the loaves out onto a rack.
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