Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fall is Around the Corner!

Fall is my favorite season and it is just around the corner.  I LOVE it: the brisk air, the color of the leaves, the yummy foods.  I am getting giddy just thinking about it! :)  As Summer is drawing to an end and our visitors have come and gone (it really was a good Summer!), we are preparing to go back to Pennsylvania for a quick trip for my family reunion/party.  It will good to see everyone again, as I haven't seen several of these folks since our wedding, last Fall (another reason why Fall is my favorite season).

As an ode to everything Fall, I made some Pumpkin Bread to assist me to get into the mood of the upcoming season.  Yum, Yum, Yum.  I thoroughly enjoyed eating this treat during breakfast with my morning coffee.

I found the original recipe at A Subtle Revelry.   She also shares a really cool way to write on bread, so check it out.

1-2/3 cup flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp of each: nutmeg, ground cloves, pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
2 beaten eggs
1 can of pumpkin
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a bread pan.

In one bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda and powder and all of the spices.
In another bowl, mix the eggs, pumpkin, vegetable oil, sugar and water.
Once each set is mixed separately, combine and mix to blend together.  Pour your batter into your baking pan.  Pop it in the oven for about 1 hour.  Do the toothpick test and if comes out clean, you are set.  Let it cool for about a half hour  before transferring to a cooling rack.

It is mighty tasty when it is slightly warm.  We finished this loaf in about 3 days (don't judge, it was just too good not to eat! :P) and it was just as moist on the third day - a sign of a good bread, I believe.  Enjoy & Welcome FALL! :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Getting excited!

T-3 days until my Mom and Sister arrive on the west coast!!  Needless to say, I am VERY excited!  I have a lot planned for when they come, including a trip to Mount Rainier & tours around Seattle.  It has been about 5 months since I have seen my family, so it will be a great reunion!  These next 3 days need to go by really quickly.

In other news, my garden is starting produce some goodies.  I was worried that we might not get much from our garden this year.  It's been a learning experience learning to garden in the west coast.  The weather is very different from what I am used to on the east coast.  My cherry tomato plant has lots of little tomatoes on it and my zucchini plant is producing nicely.  I have gathered 3 zucchinis thus far!  Therefore, I am looking for zucchini recipes to use them on.