Monday, November 25, 2013

Pumpkin Bread Recipe--Oldie but Goodie

Yum, still warm and lots of walnuts!

Pumpkin Bread is a fall favorite in this household. My kids grew used to and looked forward to me making it every fall and each year I made it earlier and earlier. They loved taking it to school for snack or lunch and it easily can be made into muffins or squares. It can also be frozen for use later on.

This recipe does not call for cloves as the spicy, pumpkin bread recipe in a former post of mine does but it can be added if you prefer. I actually had to call my mother to get the recipe because my copy has gone missing for a while and I have not been able to locate it. I have resorted to using the spicy pumpkin bread recipe that I posted earlier which is also delicious. Today, though I wanted the old, tried and true oldie but goodie recipe for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Now that all three of my children are off in different directions, two of them have already asked (with the approaching holiday) "are you making pumpkin bread?"

It's in the oven as I write this post and boy does it ever smell wonderful in here!

This recipe makes 3 loaves, but today I divided the batter into a loaf pan, a round tube cake pan and the small amount that was leftover I poured into an oval baking dish. It only took about 25 minutes or so to bake: (That one's for me!) The loaf and the round tube pan will take close to an hour.

As soon as I got off the phone with my mother, I jotted down the recipe in the book she gave me that contains some old, family recipes. (but honestly I just throw all the ingredients together in a bowl starting with the wet ones first--it's that easy!)



Directions: Pardon the sloppy handwriting. As I mentioned I skip the directions and dump everything in a bowl and mix well! Perfect every time!!!

The recipe yields 3 loaves or.....

Then cool......

I love to look at baked goods.....probably better for me than eating them!

Except after I look at them, I like to eat them.....

I love the plumpness of this round loaf. It will cut into nice wedges. A little more festive for Thanksgiving!

We love walnuts! Luckily there are no nut allergies in this family! 

If you are looking for a delicious, moist pumpkin bread recipe that is easy to whip up, this one will not let you down. Your friends and family will love it. Make a loaf for yourself, toss one in the freezer and give the third one to a friend or neighbor!

Now I am heading out to do some grocery shopping so I can do some more baking. I love holiday baking marathons! Till next time.....

Linking up with:

Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday No. 189 Please click here to check it out!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Seeing Red and Loving It!

My husband ripped down the wallpaper a couple of weeks ago in my kitchen. The walls had been in a state of needing a makeover for a while. I just could not decide what I wanted to do. For years I have wanted some shade of red paint on the walls but was afraid of ending up with the wrong shade so I avoided it altogether. Red intimidates me and is a bold statement completely out of my color comfort zone.

I began looking at paint chips. I looked at paint chips until I was blue in the face. I went to the Benjamin Moore website and fiddled with their "paint a room" application and studied their colors some more. A friend of mine (who is more of an artist than she admits to be) helped me out and coincidentally was at the paint store when I arrived to buy the paint. I went in to the store with a color in mind and ended up buying a totally different shade. I settled on Parisian Red.

This is the closest photo I got to a "before" photo. Completely forgot to take one with the wallpaper still on the walls. As you can see, the ladder has been through many wall paintings (accidents to be exact) and now it sports Parisian Red as well......

This is the primer on the wall. The paint tech at the store accidentally tinted the primer. It looks more orangey red in this photo than it actually is.

This is the second coat. I am starting to warm up to this shade of paint and glad that I took one giant step out of my color comfort zone!

One wall done!

Loving the red!

The wall on the other side of the room is all painted too. My husband painted that wall today. 

We have ordered shades (which will hide the ugly window) My husband now wishes he had replaced the window before he painted but I say that's a project for warmer weather and it will wait for next spring or summer. I don't like beginning building projects too close to the holidays. As it stands, my kitchen is totally displaced and cooking was not easy tonight.  I threw together a Shepherd's Pie because it can be thrown together!

I am shopping for curtains and a new pot rack. I also need a small cupboard to replace the little rack I have next to the kitchen table.

Tomorrow my husband will touch up any weak spots in the paint (he noticed a couple tonight) and then I will put my kitchen back in order. Once my shades and curtains are up, I will put some updated photos on my blog.

For the record, red does not make my small kitchen seem smaller or too dark. I really thought it would. It's a very warm, cozy color and I love it!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Apple Cake Among Other Things

One can only flaunt an easy-to-bake apple cake recipe in front of me for so long before I bite...... and bite I did.

A one-bowl apple cake recipe has been making the rounds on Facebook being shared between my friends and friends of friends.... This morning I decided to bake one while my husband was teaching his early class.

(should have poured the batter into 2 round pans)

As promised, it went together easily, using only one bowl but then things went awry. I did not read the last few directions and I baked the cake in a tube pan. It should have been baked in a 9x13 pan or (2) 8X8's. When I sliced into the cake and saw cake batter oozing out, I realized I should have paid better attention to the directions and was instantly reminded of an experience I had in elementary school. I could almost hear my kindergarten teacher shriek at me, "YOU DID NOT FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!"

Yes, my kindergarten teacher hollered at me.  One day (many years ago) she told us to get out our crayons (HOW I LOVED THOSE CHUNKY CRAYONS!!!!)  while she passed out a mimeographed (remember that term???) paper to the class which had the outline of a chimpanzee on it. She clearly said to color the monkey brown. So I colored my monkey brown as directed, but then dressed him in a very nice, multi-colored plaid vest. Then I colored in some knickers. I was so proud of the coloring job I had done! He was one smartly dressed chimpanzee!

We handed them in and my teacher started to look through the pile of papers. When she got to my paper she pulled it out of the pile and tore into me in front of the entire class as though I had committed the crime of the century. She called my name and held up my paper and screamed at me that I did not follow her directions. I sobbed with my head on my desk, and several minutes later, still sobbing, the very sweet, little boy next to me whispered, "I really like your monkey." I think he felt really sorry for me. My kindergarten teacher could have used a lesson in compassion from this 5 year old boy. 

Anyways, I didn't follow directions yet again, and my apple cake was not baked through so I put it back in the oven to try and salvage it. It is edible but not terribly "photogenic" so I will spare you the photos!

Moving on, I recently ordered lots of Creative Twist to begin making some angels for Christmas. The holidays will be here before we know it and I have a lot of gifts and ornaments to make! 

You may recall these angels from a Christmas post last year:

I made these angels many years ago and they have held up very well. The hangers are made from craft wire that is curled. (I wrapped it around a pencil to get the curled effect.) This time around I will use a heavier craft wire. I also have some ideas to "freshen" their design up a bit and can't wait to get started. I need to make a trip to Joanne's to pick up a few more supplies. I will post as soon as I complete a few.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."