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


  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!

92 thoughts on “Grandsons and Pumpkin Bread

  1. Well, was he cute or not?

    1. I might have been taller than him…and I’m a shrimp…

  2. Funny story! So love the recipe. Yum.

  3. Asian grand mothers will always have a go 🙂
    The bread looks delicious.

    1. It was my first encounter of that kind haha

  4. how does the song go???? Matchmaker matchmaker make me a hat.lalalala

    1. Hahaha isn’t it from Fiddler on the Roof?

      1. yes it is!!!!! u r better at the guessing game than me!!

      2. I used to do musical theater back in the day…

      3. awwwwww now I see how you shine so easily!

  5. I love pumpkin bread, and your recipe sounds delicious.

  6. Hysterical! And the bread looks delicious!

  7. Awe that is so sweet. She was trying to give you the hookup. 🙂

  8. 🙂 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.

    1. Do you have a stand mixer or are you making it entirely by hand?

  9. I’m Thai and that is spot on. 🙂 I will be making the pumpkin bread soon!

    1. Does your grandmother try to set you up, too??

  10. That is a very cute story! I am seriously considering writing a book about my time as a CNA at nursing homes! The recipe sounds yummy, but what’s a pepita?

    1. Pumpkin seeds (I buy mine at trader joe’s if I didn’t buy a pumpkin to carve that year)

  11. sounds yum , will give it a go 🙂

  12. 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.

    1. Haha, I’m sure my boyfriend would have minded, though 😉

  13. 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??

    1. I suppose that’s the positive way to look at it. Sometimes I’ve even debated wearing a fake wedding ring just to hold off the grandmothers offering up their sons!

  14. Why didnt you meet him? Give your self a chance to meet the possibilities!

    1. As I told another reader, he was shorter than me (and I’m already a shrimp)

  15. Too cute! The poor grandson, wonder how many times she has tried to marry him off. 🙂

    1. It seemed like she was an old pro at it, so I’m guessing quite a few 😉

  16. Classic! Beats online dating!

    1. I had better success with online dating 😉

  17. You should have at least checked him out!! I would have – ya just never know!!

  18. Oh, that made me laugh out loud! Thanks!

    1. Glad I could bring a little laughter to your day!

  19. Funny, guess she had a good reason to be stalling. Seems she just wanted you in the room when he came. Recipe sounds good too. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Too bad it didn’t work out for her in the end…

  20. I love it when there is a middleman 🙂

  21. P.S. I Love Soap Co. January 7, 2013 — 10:27 am

    Soooooo Funny! Loved it:)

  22. OMG that is funny… My hubby is also a physician. \ He was at the hospital cafe ordering lunch when the little old lady behind him, asked if she could have a side of hot crossed buns with her order…

    1. I regularly get hit on by the little old men all the time.

  23. Are you sure you didn’t just watch an epsiode of Scrubs and confuse it with your own life? lol too funny! Love your blog

    1. I must confess that I’ve never even seen Scrubs, so I can promise I didn’t confuse it with my own work!

  24. Awwwww she loved you! That’s actually sort of cute. Awkward. But cute. Hope you had a happy new year!

    1. I almost felt a bit bad for the grandson since obviously grandma keeps trying to farm him out…

      Happy new year to you, too!

  25. That would be so awkward! I love reading all of your stories and am constantly amazed that you are able to find the time and energy to whip something up after a shift!

  26. funny story! your bread looks delicious!

  27. 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!

    1. Older people are the worst when talking about marriage. I have a good airplane story about that.

  28. Pumpkin comes in a can? What will they come up with next………
    Think I might give this a go.

    1. I actually preferred canned pumpkin…I’ve roasted or steamed my own pumpkin for pies and bread before, but I feel like the consistency is just not as good as that in a can

  29. Now that is funny! I am sure the man would have been totally embarassed! haha ;D

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

    Chef Randall

    1. Thanks- hopefully tonight or tomorrow!

  31. Can’t wait to try this. Love pumpkin recipes. And can’t blame her for trying 😉 You cook, you heal. . . total package.

    1. Shocking how hard it still can be to find a date!

  32. Obviously too busy and too overworked to see that one coming!! Laughing………..all the way to A & E

    1. One of these days I’ll see it coming…

  33. Looks yummy, I’ll be trying this recipe on my kids this weekend 🙂

  34. 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?

  35. Loving your stories. Hilarious!

  36. Love this story! The recipe looks good too. – Miss E

  37. Cute story, but the tie in to your pumpkin bread was a bit weak.

  38. Saved this recipe and now that I want to perhaps make it, wonder why can’t I put the entire thing in a bundt pan? Sounds like a mixture of several of my favorites.

    1. I don’t see why you couldn’t! Let me know how it turns out!

  39. Hello….! I nominated you for Super sweet Blogging Award for your lovely sweet recipe! Please check the rules at my blog

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