February is always a special month for us, and one week in particular. The 13th is both of my grandpa’s birthdays. Both are so important to me and have helped me grow in such different ways. My Grandpa Geike is so smart and making good grades always made him so proud. Every year he made a big deal out of getting our supplies list so that he could buy them for us and spending the afternoon with him was so nice. In a big family it’s tough to get alone time with anyone, but this was time that was just for us. He remember tiny details about you and surprises you. When I was in 4th grade he took me to see the first Harry Potter movie and just last month he bought me a Hunger Games book after hearing me mention it once at Easter. My mom’s side of the family was much smaller so we spent a lot more time with my paternal grandparents. We spent at least one weekend a month with them and a week every summer.
My Grandpa Hitchcock taught me how to be curious in a way that no one else ever has. He took us on nature walks, long drives to shop for books at yard sales, and was cheered us on as my sisters and I put on a million talent shows. They are different in so many ways, but one thing that both of my grandparents have always loved is cherries. Last year I made this cherry loaf for them to celebrate their birthdays and how much they mean so me. It’s a must try recipe for anyone who loves cherries or cherry cordial candies. It’s super indulgent and the frosting puts it that much more over the top.
This is also a perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day. Make it today for whoever you love best!