I found this Easter Sweet Bread recipe in the March 1978 edition of Seventeen Magazine.
What were you doing -- 37 years ago?!
I was almost 16 -- the magical dating age!!! I was living in Hawaii with my family.
We arrived in 1975 so by spring 1978, we were about at the end of my father's tour and were preparing to return to San Diego. Mixed emotions. I was really excited to get back "home" to San Diego but sad to leave my friends. I tried to talk my parents into allowing me to stay with my aunt and uncle until the end of the school year, but no dice. I thought my parents were unreasonable at the time. Thirty-seven years later I can appreciate their decision.
Our three years in Hawaii, and the friends I made there, have a very special place in my heart.
In those pre-skin-cancer-awareness years, my friends and I would spend hours lying on the beach in Waikiki or the North Shore, competing for the darkest tan. My Irish blood pretty much kept me out of the competition, but I tried!
We'd spend our time chatting about boys, flipping through the pages of Seventeen and daydreaming about the life ahead of us -- dating, earning our own money, college, career, marriage, becoming a drummer for Aerosmith (Pilar!)
Really good memories.
Thanks to Facebook, I have re-connected with several of those friends from my Hawaii years. One even still lives there! Pilar never achieved her teenage dream of playing for Aerosmith, but music is still very much a part of her world, and she has two awesome sons who she devotes her life to. Much more rewarding than banging on some drums!
I'd love to visit them all in person some time...
Until then, I will enjoy my memories of the good times as I glance down at the yellowed pages from the Seventeen Magazine containing this Easter Sweet Bread recipe.