Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

Not only was I impressed by this clever sign, but the food in this little café did not disappoint me either, and was true to its word.

The atmosphere and the food were great!

Serving Great Food

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Enjoy and have a wonderful week.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

We went to Arizona last week to welcome in the New Year with my big brother and sister-in-law.

It was a week full of relaxation, and some really great food!

The highlight of the week being this delicious “chicken stuffed turkey” that my brother cooked on the barbecue!

This could very well be the beginning of a new tradition in our family!

BBQ turkey

Great company…delicious food…lots of sleep…even more chocolate…did I mention sleep?  Very quiet, comfortable, casual, and nice.

A perfect way to end one year, and start the next.

Yep…it was a great beginning to the New Year!

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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! 🙂

My big brother

He’s my big brother, and my only one!

He came to visit me from Arizona – stayed for a few days, and is on his way home today.

My big bro

We enjoyed some good food, and watched a few good baseball games together.  My team actually won 2 games in a row!

Relaxed a lot, shared memories of the “good old days“, and made a few new ones together.

I will have to admit, being his little sister as an adult, is so much better than being his little sister as a kid!

Nothing bad, just the typical annoying little sister thing.  Hopefully, I don’t annoy him as much anymore – and if I do, well, he doesn’t let me know!

He’s a good big brother, and I’m glad he’s mine!