While writing about acts of kindness I can’t help but think about Don and Spencer Edwards and their family. When Deb and Don’s kids, Katie and Spencer, were at Caledonia Centennial Public School, Don was that parent who would stop by the office with a coffee. Whenever it was Spencer’s turn to bring the attendance book to the office, he would come around the desk and give me a hug. We lost two great people in a terrible accident. Both Don and Spence touched many lives.
Thank you to our readers for continuing to do random acts of kindness. With all of the sadness and terrible things that happen, it is good to be able to share what our readers are doing to make this a better place. Here are some that I have been told about this week:
• Yvonne is making cheesecake for patients at Rygiel Home.
• Ted and Fran Dawson take coffee and dessert (and spend an hour weekly) to their friend who resides in an Extendicare home and has dementia.
• Lori knew a friend needed a hug and gave her one.
• Judy Hoppe took her friend, who doesn’t drive on main highways, up north on an overnight visit with her sister.
• Christine Neill wouldn’t let someone pay for a craft that she had made for her.
• Sharon Thomson paid it forward by giving Christine’s mother, Joyce Neill, a Tim Horton’s gift card because she is finally able to be out and about after an injury.
• My little friend Parker’s dad visited me and gave me a bottle of wine.
• I rarely go through the drive through at Tim Horton’s, but my coffee pot was clogged and I was on my way out to physio and was pleasantly surprised when I was told that the person in front of me had paid for my coffee. I paid for the order for the person behind me and the clerk then told me that I was the fourth person in the line to do that.
• I received a surprise in the mail - a beautiful birthday card signed by all of the staff at The Haldimand Press and it included a gift card.
• Helen Szabo of Caledonia has surprised me by arranging for a group of seniors to go to Swiss Chalet to celebrate my birthday.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup sugar
1 egg (at room temperature)
1 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
⅓ cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. butter
½ cup icing sugar
2 to 3 tsp. cream or milk
(as needed for consistency)
Preheat oven to 350. Butter or spray a glass loaf pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, and yogurt or sour cream. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, stirring with a spoon just until combined. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
In a small bowl, melt the butter and cool slightly. Mix the swirl ingredients together. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the top of the bread; then use a knife to swirl it a couple of times into the batter. (Don’t over mix it).
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center tests done with a toothpick.
Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from the pan and cool completely on the rack.
Make the glaze by whisking the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little milk at a time until a good drizzling consistency is reached. When the bread is completely cool, drizzle the glaze over the top.