It’s Pumpkin Time…

Well, it’s hard to believe that we are approaching the holiday season. Baking season is almost upon us. One of my absolute favorite things to bake in the fall is pumpkin bread. It’s sooooo easy, it’s sooooo good, and smells sooooo wonderful. I love to have a slice with my coffee in the morning, in the evening, and any other time I want a sweet treat.

I also love to share this bread with others, so I am going to post the recipe so you can try it for yourself. I hope you enjoy it. This recipe makes two large loaves, or three small loaves, or you could make muffins.

Wet Ingredients: 1 can of solid pumpkin, 2/3 cups of water, 3 eggs, and 1 cup of oil (I use Canola)

Dry Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups of sifted all purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1  1/2 tsp. salt, 3 cups sugar, 1 tsp. each of ground cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg, and 1/2 – 1 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts).

Preheat the oven at 350. I mix the wet ingredients in my mixer first, then gradually at the dry ingredients. Be sure to grease your bread pans well. Bake for approximately 50 minutes – 1 hour. Check with a toothpick for dryness. Muffins will bake a lot quicker (20 – 30 minutes). Time will depend on the size of your loaves – larger = more time, smaller = less.

This is a great recipe to make for the upcoming holidays, and also makes great gifts for the neighbors.


A Little Respite…

Recently, my husband and I had a day all to ourselves. Normally what happens is he will get caught up on things before he goes back to work, and I get caught up on housework or homeschool planning. However, I had other plans in mind. Do you remember when Jesus says, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest a while,” (Mark 6:31). Well, we were going somewhere that we could get away, if just for a day, and rest a while.

We decided to go on a day trip all by ourselves. I couldn’t believe it when all the pieces fell in place and we were able to go. This almost never happens for us.I had planned for us to go to Mount Airy, you know, Mayberry – Andy Griffith. We only live about an hour from there. If you have never been, go, you will enjoy it. Once, we took the squad car tour with the kids, and really enjoyed it. Every time we go, we want to eat at the Snappy Lunch, famous for their pork chop sandwiches, but they are always full with a line waiting out the door.

Well, believe it or not, we were able to enjoy one of those famous sandwiches. We saw the line had disappeared, and went over to the door. There was about 20 minutes before they were to close, so we got in, and didn’t have to beat the crowd. The sandwiches were so good.

Next, I wanted to visit Pilot Mountain. If you are familiar with The Andy Griffith Show, then I am sure that you have heard them mention “Mount Pilot.” Well, that was our next stop.

I was hoping to see some of the fall colors, but it didn’t happen. Our area hasn’t reached it’s peak in color, but maybe within the next couple of weeks. It was still beautiful. I never tire of looking out at God’s beautiful handiwork. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He hath made everything beautiful in his time…”

It was so nice just to get away by ourselves and enjoy each other’s company on a beautiful autumn day. We need to plan another day soon.

Note: Sorry about the quality of these pictures, my camera wasn’t working right, I guess maybe it needs a little respite.