Sun 3rd Aug, 2014 will be… Friendship Day

Friendship day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards, but by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations (believe it or not!), and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!

According to the Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to“observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

Source: DaysoftheYear.com

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

C. S. Lewis

Amish Friendship Bread

Prep Time 15 minutesCook Time 1 hour

Makes 16 servings (2 loaves)

Ingredients

1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter (clink on the link to get the recipe for the starter)

3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1-2 small boxes instant pudding (any flavor)
1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)

 Directions

      1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
      2. In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
      3. Grease two large loaf pans.
      4. Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
      5. Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture on the top.
      6. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
      7. ENJOY!

Source: FriendshipBreadKitchen.com

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