Wordless Wednesday: Nature du jour

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Check another state off my list!

Well, it looks like I get to check another state off my list of “states I have been too“!  I’m pretty excited about this!  It’s been awhile since we have been to another state, and it’s even more exciting to be able to check another state off my list!

We’re going to Florida!  Miami to be exact.

Florida

Part business, part pleasure, but always fun when I get to be with my best friend!

The flight and car reservations have been made, now for the fun part, finding a nice hotel.

So, I thought to myself, hmmmm…I wonder, would any of my blogging friends be willing to recommend a nice hotel to stay in while in the Miami area?

I’ll be doing my research online, but I’m open to some wonderful suggestions!

Oh, and if you have any tips on things to see or do while I’m there, I would be interested in hearing about that too!  We are only going to be there for a few days, but I’m curious to hear what the “must-do” thing would be while visiting Florida!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

A daily habit of mine…after every shower, after every bath….

The scent will change from time to time, but the habit remains the same.

Lotion! All over my arms and legs.

Every where!

Every day!
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For more of the everyday stuff and habits, check out this link!

Wordless Wednesday: Jelly Belly

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

This is about as “eerie” as I can get!

And really…it’s just more amazing then it is “eerie”!

Spiders. They fascinate me,… as long as they keep their distance from me!

spider and web

It’s just good!

Really, it’s probably some of the best pumpkin bread I have ever had! Well, it’s some of the best pumpkin bread I have ever made, that’s for sure! With or without nuts…it’s absolutely amazing!

I’ve made it several times now, and it always turns out the same…delicious! So, it’s a keeper for me!

The recipe says that it will make 2 loaves, but I think it would have to be 2 little loaves, because I found that it makes just one amazing loaf that is gone in no time! I also found that I prefer it without the ground cloves in it, but that is probably just a matter of taste preference. Either way, it’s still good!

Fortunately, it’s also very easy to make.

Samhain Pumpkin Bread
16 Servings, Prep Time: 20 Minutes, Cook Time: 50 Minutes

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 (15 ounce) can canned pumpkin
1/3 cup water
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Pre-heat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 loaf pans. (I just made 1)

Stir the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves together in a large bowl. Whisk together the pumpkin, water, eggs, vanilla, and vegetable oil together in a separate bowl. Gradually pour the wet mixture into the dry while whisking until everything is well mixed. Fold the walnuts into the batter. Divide the batter between the two prepared loaf pans.

Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden and springs back when lightly pressed, 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool 20 minutes before removing from the pans.

It also makes the house smell wonderful, and tastes even better. But be warned, it gets eaten fast!  Enjoy! 🙂