Grandsons and Pumpkin Bread

Sometimes, patients have ulterior motives.

I was trying very hard to discharge my patient, an up-to-this-point very pleasant, easygoing Thai woman.

It just wasn’t working.

We told her at 6am (I was, after all on a surgery month, where rounds start far earlier and thankfully are far shorter) that we’d be sending her home later that day once her paperwork was done.

I was done with her paperwork by 9am, with her discharge order in shortly afterward.

And here was where the trouble began. Now, most people don’t like being in the hospital. Yes, you do have a few people who attempt to work the system, but in general, being in the hospital is NOT like being in a hotel (more stories on that to come in future posts).

First, she wanted refills of every medication she ever took, along with having them hand delivered to her room. Accomplished.

Next, she wanted to stay through lunch, as her family wouldn’t be able to pick her up until the afternoon. Request granted.

Then she wanted both the flu shot and the pneumonia vaccine. Ask and you shall receive.

I kept getting paged over and over again to go into her room and answer questions. (Can I shower when I get home? Well, we let you shower here, so…Can I eat my normal foods? Well, we had you on a general diet here, soo…)

And then the real truth came out.

Patient: So, you no married, no? My grandson, he real hottie for young doctor. He be here soon! Make grandma proud! Nice doctor to marry!

I then had to politely decline her offers to grant me a husband.

Potential In Law Approved Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin breadin case I ever truly find myself in that situation

Ingredients (makes 2 large loaves of bread)

  • 1 overly ripe banana
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/3 c white flour
  • 1 c dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 c water
  • 4 tbsp roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • Cooking spray

How-to

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Liberally spray two loaf pans with cooking spray (otherwise these puppies won’t come out, and you certainly don’t want that!).
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer (though feel free to make this by hand if you so choose), beat together banana, oil, and sugar. Add in eggs, one at a time, then pumpkin.
  4. In another bowl, mix together flours, dried cranberries, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. With the stand mixer running on low, alternate adding the flour mixture and water (I do flour/water/flour/water/flour).
  6. Equally divide batter between the loaf pans.
  7. Sprinkle each loaf with 2 tbsp pepitas and 1 tbsp sugar.
  8. Bake for 55-65 minutes, rotating one halfway through, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly.
  9. Cool bread for 10-15 minutes in the pans, then carefully remove from pans (remember, I said they stick!). Let bread cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap covered by aluminum foil and wait to eat until the next day (or immediately if you cannot wait). Slice thinly (or thickly if you must) and enjoy!
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92 thoughts on “Grandsons and Pumpkin Bread

  1. :) lil asian grandmas are cute. I am actually going to make bread from scratch for the first time this week. Very nervous, don’t want to screw up my first time haha. No such thing as making a tiny bread. So any tips? I’ll be looking for a whole wheat nut bread recipe though.

  2. lol, that’s funny and sweet. That’s how I found my husband. Although, at that time I didn’t know that we would end up marrying. In my case, it was his sister who set us up. I went to fix her computer and came out with a date with her brother. Who knew?

    Bread looks great! Will have to try it this weekend. I’m sure my kids will love it.

  3. I’m an RN and I get this also! It’s seriously so awkward. Nevermind the fact that I am very married and always wear my wedding band. I guess we should be flattered??

  4. Great story! True story for me…met a client in their home to talk about their treatment (with medical equipment). Nice older couple. Answered all their questions and how the equipment worked. Next, they are asking about my marital status. I explain I am in a long term relationship. She (client) get’s upset, telling me that isn’t good enough, I should be married….offers to hook me up!!! Not sure why long term relationship wasn’t good enough, but spent the next 10 mins defending my position! Oh boy!

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  6. Just came by to see what the doctor is cooking up. Looking forward to your next post.

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpresas.com

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  8. So, starting next week, I would like to begin posting great patient stories here at hospital impact. I’ll post the best stories I receive every Friday. If you have had a great hospital experience, or you know someone who has, please share it with us, and we’ll share it with the world. What made it so great? Why was it so memorable?

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