As many of you know, I love to bake. And you also know that I'm trying to lose weight.
It's quite difficult to do both!
I still bake quite frequently, but I've started sending most of the goodies to work with Romas. We keep some here for ourselves (and we always eat the "mistakes!") but everything else is sent to soldiers who are more than happy to eat it!
Occasionally I bring goodies to our German neighbors as well. In bringing treats over the past year, I've learned that one neighbor in particular loves pumpkin desserts. She's such a sweetheart and always willing to help me decipher German mail we receive, as well as customs we don't understand. She helps me learn German while I help her with her (already proficient) English. She has told me many times that Germans only know how to make Pumpkin Soup - which is absolutely delicious! But she was disappointed that other pumpkin recipes were not common in Germany.
Romas and I had wanted a way to thank her and her husband for their help throughout the year. They are always eager to help us with anything we need from translating German paperwork, to lending us tools.
I decided to make a recipe binder for her for Christmas - one that included only pumpkin recipes!
I added a quick note in the front to give her some websites for pumpkin recipes.
This recipes for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies was her favorite, so I made sure to include it. I made her some last year and as soon as fall came around this year, she kept asking me if I would be making the "pumpkin cakes" again. They really are delicious - I'll share the recipe with you soon!
I wrapped the binder in brown paper and tied it with red and green raffia. It looked really cute!
I also included American measuring cups and measuring spoons since the recipes are American and not metric. (Europeans use the metric system for baking and do not use cups or spoons for measuring!)
She was delighted and spent some time looking through it with me. I was happy to see that she like it!
As I write this, I'm getting the urge to bake...