Sunday, December 28, 2008

Pumpkin Bread

For the holidays this year, I made pumpkin bread for gifts. Yep, we used our trophy pumpkin. We've had more fun with this pumpkin than I could ever imagine!

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup pumpkin pure' (or canned) (I actually used 2 cups on one batch on accident, still yummy)
1 cup vegetable oil (I used light olive oil)
2 tsp. vanilla (I left it out in a batch but it was still yummy)
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg (I didn't have this in my cupboard so I left it out & it was fine)
1/4 tsp. cloves (I think I accidentally added 1/2 tsp. to one batch, but again it turned out fine)

Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir in sugar, canned pumpkin, oil, & vanilla. Add dry ingredients & spices. Mix well. Pour into 2 bread pans (cake pans will work in a pinch! lol) that have been greased on the bottom only. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 - 80 minutes. Cool 10 minutes & then remove from loaf pans & allow to cool.

I mixed the wet ingredients & set aside. Then I mixed all the dry ingredients together before adding them to the wet ingredients. As you can see, it's a fairly forgiving recipe ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Buried Alive! Well, Almost....

Holy Cow! It has snowed the last two days straight! The first picture is of our backyard Wednesday morning around 8am. The second picture is of our backyard about 24 hours later on Thursday. Then it proceeded to snow all day Thursday. The schools are closed so it's an early Christmas break for the kiddies. The third picture is our car Thursday night after it finally quit snowing. Tony did get us shoveled out so we could get to the store. When we got back from the store, he had to do it all over again. And if you live here & you're buried in the snow too...well, stay safe & stay warm!

Friday, December 5, 2008

New Jewelry

This is what I've been up to lately...I've been taking my art & turning it into jewelry. These are the first two. Stay tuned to see what else I come up where's that soldering iron????

Turkey Day...Yeah, it's kinda late....

...but just in case you've been curious, here's our Thanksgiving day. The pinecone turkey was made by my daughter back when she was in kindergarten...we put it on the table every year. This year our turkey was an organic turkey & I made homemade pumpkin pies from scratch...Remember a few weeks ago when it was Pumpkin Karnage day? Well, that's what I made pumpkin pie out of. Our trophy pumpkin is very tasty indeed! Hope YOU had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!