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! 🙂

It’s a good month

I have to agree with her on this one…

Anne of Green Gables quote

…but I’m pretty thankful for all the other months in the year as well!

Looks like it’s time to make some pumpkin bread!

Thankful Thursday: A Gift baked, stirred, eaten

A Gift baked…stirred…eaten…

1. Baked – fresh baked bread, straight from the oven goodness!

baked bread

2. Stirred – the ocean waters on a beautiful, summer day

ocean

3. Eaten – all by herself! A chocolate ice cream cone from Dairy Queen!

A eating ice cream

These are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What happened while you were gone

While you were on the other side of the world…

I baked cookies, bread, and muffins too.

I roasted a pumpkin to use for making bread or muffins or a pie. Roasted the seeds too.  Cut up apples and made some delicious applesauce.

Took out my crock pot and made the most amazing ham and bean soup.

I searched my cookbooks and on the internet too, looking for more recipes of good things to make.

I watched all 22 episodes of Revenge on Netflix.

I watched the football game with you via Skype!  I know I watched you, more than I watched the game.

I went shopping, and wandered around and around the store wondering why they were already playing Christmas music when it was only the first week of November!

I spent a wonderful day with our grandkids.  All day, just the 3 of us! We played with play doh, colored, had a tea party, laughed, and talked about life!  We went to the movies, ate pop corn and watched “Wreck-it Ralph“.

I heard your voice this morning tell me that you love me.  The last time I will hear your voice for about 20 hours, as you “wing” your way back to me.

But more than anything else, what I’ve done the most since you’ve been gone….is fall more in love with you!

Counting the hours until I see you again!

The kale experiment

I was looking through a food magazine and came across the idea for kale chips!

Hmmm, that just might work!

Kale is an interesting vegetable to me. It’s very dark green, and leafy, and reminds me too much of spinach, something that I only like if it is not cooked!  So, cooking with kale scares me a little.  I’m always afraid it will taste like cooked spinach.

But kale is different to me, and I actually don’t mind the flavor of it, so I thought I would give this little suggestion a try.

Instead of making potato chips, I decided to experiment by making kale chips.

I tore the kale into bite size pieces, and took the stems off, sprinkled them with olive oil and sea salt, and baked them in the oven for about 30 minutes. And much to my surprise, it worked!

My first batch had a little too much oil and salt on it. I probably should have followed the recommended amounts for both, but I got a little carried away.  So what I ended up with was a very salty kale chip, it reminded me of salty sunflower seeds.

This will probably never make it in my top 10 favorite foods, but it was tasty enough that I am willing to give it another try.  I must admit, it is hard to eat just one!

Next time, I definitely won’t use as much oil or salt.