Al and Roberta Cikowski spend everyother Thanksgiving in Birchwood.  They always arrive to give us a wonderful loaf of Pumpkin Bread for our dinner.  I asked Roberta if it was ok to share her secret family recipie and she approved.  Her recipe is more flavorful than most as it has 3 spices in it

Pumpkin Bread

3 cups flour

2tsp baking soda

1tsp cloves

1 tsp salt

1tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix all these in one bowl and in a separate bowl mix the following

2 cups sugar

16 oz can of pumpkin

3 eggs beaten

2/3 cup oil

Blend both bowls together in mixer for 2 minutes ( I used a wisk)

Pour into bread bans half way.  Yields 2 medium loaves

Can also use soup cans for small loaves filling the can 1/2 full for nice gifts


I thought a few people might find this funny.  In searching my recipe box today from Grandma Black, I found on the back of one of her recipes a note card about a reservation.  I do not know who the person is, what I found funny was the price to stay may 17 – 19th in 1946 was 12 dollars in Birchwood.

Another Jem I found in the recipe box was my mother’s (Trudy’s) Sour Cream Coffee Cake recipe.  She used to make it for Sunday morning Coffee and Dounuts.  There might be a few folks out there that will enjoy this blast from the past.  It tastes great warm

1 Stick Butter

1 cup Sugar

2 eggs beaten slightly

1t baking soda mixed with 1 cup sour cream

1 1/2 c flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 Tbl Vanilla


1/4 c sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c nuts

Cream butter, sugar and eggs.  Add sourcream with soda and dry ingredients.  Add Vanilla.  Pour 1/2 the mixture into a greased bunt pan or 8 by 8 pan.  Sprinkle on half of the topping mixture.  Dot with extra butter.  Cover with remaining mixture

Bake 350 for 45 minutes