Thankful Thursdays ~ Passing the Torch

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

My mom was a Home Economics Teacher and taught her students how to bake French bread, other breads, rolls, pies, cakes, cookies. She taught how to make simple, nutritious meals by following the basic food groups, how to plan meals, and tips on running a household economically. The curriculum was practical and so many students benefitted from her classes.

I still bake French bread from her "Fleischmann Booklet" on yeast baking breads and rolls (I only use Fleischmann yeast to this day). My family loves the fresh long, slender loaves of “crusty bread” and my granddaughters, Hailey and Maggie, wanted to learn how to be able to bake fresh bread. I decided it was time to make time to pass the torch.

Over the Christmas Holiday we planned an afternoon to bake and I’m so proud of these two! It isn’t hard, it’s just time consuming as the bread needs to rise twice. However you can always be working on other things, so if you manage your time right it’s easy!


They did all the work….I just supervised and their finished product was delicious! We couldn’t wait to slice and add fresh homemade preserves…. Heavenly!! My mom would be thrilled to know another generation is following her baking skills. Family traditions are so fun to pass on.

 "Cultures grow on the vine of tradition."  Jonah Goldberg


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Comments (20)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie -  I love French bread and that looks like it is right out of the French bakery.  You have two wonderful granddaughters.

Jan 06, 2022 05:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Grant Schneider

French bread is so yummy and goes with any meal. The gals made 2 exceptional loaves. The smell...AHHHHHHH

Jan 06, 2022 02:52 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

How fun, Dorie! Nothing quite as delicious as freshly baked bread! This is one torch/tradition I'm not passing down... neither my mother nor my grandmother baked... so it's not in my genes, I'm afraid. But I'm always happy to be a taster and to pass on that tradition!

Jan 06, 2022 06:02 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

That tradition works too Nina Hollander, Broker !

Jan 06, 2022 02:53 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - baking is a talent but it also includes some other elements that are important in life.  Whenever, success is achieved, it is admirable.  

Jan 06, 2022 06:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I agree Michael Jacobs ...the special ingredient is love♥

Jan 06, 2022 02:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I love freshly baked breads. 

You will now need to post your family recipe.

Jan 06, 2022 06:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Will do Roy Kelley !

Jan 06, 2022 02:54 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That looks so good.  There is nothing like fresh baked bread.  I recently found a recipe from Ron's Aunt Norma.  It is for breaded egg bread, and I used to make it for family affairs.  I plan to do that soon.

Jan 06, 2022 07:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It's really fun to bake..the aroma from fresh bread is intoxicating! 

Jan 06, 2022 02:54 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good for you Dorie on passing this baking skills on to the rest of the family.  I learn lots from my grandmother and mom.


Jan 06, 2022 08:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It's always fun Will Hamm ..I'm glad we found time while they were both home over the holidays!

Jan 06, 2022 02:55 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

How special that your granddaughters wanted to learn this tradition. I bet that made your heart happy!

Jan 06, 2022 08:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It sis Carol Williams! I won't always be around to make it for them..they need to learn how!

Jan 06, 2022 02:56 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful tradition to share with your beautiful granddaughters. I love the photo - Happy New Year to you Dorie. D

Jan 06, 2022 08:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ! This holiday was filled with some special things with my family and it all made me very happy! Happy New Year!♥

Jan 06, 2022 02:57 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

What a tasty torch and tradition to pass along to your granddaughters! Bet they will both be baking other breads as well.


Jan 06, 2022 09:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Jeff Dowler, CRS ,

Now that they know how I'm sure they will take the time to make it..they love French Bread so that is the key!

Jan 06, 2022 02:58 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I enjoyed reading your post. What a great tradition to pass on the the family. Thanks for sharing. Have a great afternoon.

Jan 06, 2022 10:20 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi Pat Champion ,

Thank you for taking the time to read it and take time to comment. Happy New Year!

Jan 06, 2022 02:58 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

What a fun thing to pass on to  your granddaughters Dorie!  I bet they enjoyed the process and the rewards of eating fresh bread out of the oven.  Ohhhh I bet your home smelled soooo good!  Makes me want to make some too!

Jan 06, 2022 10:47 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was a very fun afternoon and the aroma was definitely appealing!

Jan 06, 2022 02:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

HI Dorie- I am smiling from ear to ear. Passing the torch and handing down traditions like recipes is so important. Larry love to make bread and so far we think that our oldest grandson is interested in cooking and baking. I can cook and bake thanks to watching my grandmother and mother!

Jan 06, 2022 11:09 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Baking is fun Kathy Streib . Just getting your hands in the dough and smelling the yeast before cooking adds to the excitement of pulling out the golden loaves!

Jan 06, 2022 03:01 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie the bread looks delicious, but I am sure grandma's will always be the best.  ☺️

Jan 06, 2022 02:30 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Hi George Souto,

The girls did a wonderful job and with my mom's full proof recipe I thought it was as good as Nana's!

Jan 06, 2022 03:02 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I love this Dorie! Not only are you spending time with loved ones but they are also learning a valuable life skill! Your mom is surely smiling down on all of you in awe! 💗

Jan 06, 2022 05:48 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I have a feeling she is too Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Jan 09, 2022 11:20 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Nothing better than fresh baked bread - especially on a cold night

Jan 06, 2022 06:03 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You have that right Rocky Dickerson 

Jan 09, 2022 11:19 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is something they will treasure for the rest of their lives and surely pass down to someone else later in life.

Jan 07, 2022 04:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I hope so Brian England 

Jan 09, 2022 11:19 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, OH YUMMY, bet your home smelled SO good, and what fun to enjoy with your granddaughters!  

Jan 07, 2022 07:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

The aroma was intoxicating Joan Cox !

Jan 09, 2022 11:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Cooking and baking can be such a rich bonding experience for a grandmother with her granddaughters, Dorie.

Jan 07, 2022 11:07 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was a lot of fun! I always liked baking with my daughter when she was little.

Jan 09, 2022 11:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 07, 2022 11:08 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat !!

Jan 09, 2022 11:18 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  Thank you for sharing your memory-making holiday. Beautiful tradition beautiful family.

Jan 08, 2022 05:08 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 !

Jan 09, 2022 11:17 AM