Have you ever heard of Amish Friendship Bread? Until a few months ago, I hadn’t. I overheard someone mention it at preschool one day, and then saw someone passing out starters at a GBAMOM meeting shortly after that. When I saw it for myself, I was quite skeptical that those bags of slop would make good bread. I asked a few people about it and everyone said it’s great. So, my friend Kris from GBAMOM gave me a starter at our March meeting. When I made the bread, I used regular chocolate pudding and didn’t think to omit the cinnamon. Chocolate and cinnamon is actually not a bad combination, but I’m not crazy about it, so I wasn’t totally in love w/ my first attempt at the bread. However, when I gave a starter to my mother-in-law, she gave me a recipe she’d gotten in the past w/ twelve variations on making the bread. I kept a starter for myself and made my second breads w/ vanilla pudding, cinnamon and raisins. It was heavenly!! On to the third batch, and I kept one starter for myself again. This time I made it using chocolate fudge pudding and chocolate chips. It was absolutely sinful!!! Instead of looking for more people to pass the starters to, I decided to keep and freeze all of them. Now, the next time I “need” friendship bread, I just have to thaw out the starter for a day and make it into bread. When I get down to my last starter, I can let it ferment and make a whole new batch of starters. I never expected to like it so much. What a wonderful gift it has been!