Pumpkin Bread

No photos - we ate it too fast.

Another great recipe - original found here.

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread

The best pumpkin bread you’ll ever taste.
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, really soft, half melted really
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 16 oz can of pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray two medium loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the wire whisk attached, dump in the sugar. Take the butter and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, so that it is half melted. Dump it into the sugar. Add the eggs. Cream these three ingredients together on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until fluffy. Add the pumpkin and combine well.
  4. In three batches, add the dry ingredients and mix gently until each batch is just incorporated. Scrape the sides between each batch.
  5. Pour half of the batter into a one of the prepared pans. Fold the pecans into the remaining batter and then pour it into the other prepared pan. Bake side-by-side for about one hour or until an inserted knife comes out clean the top is golden.
Yields 2 loaves.

Welcome October

I love to decorate for Halloween in October. This year I decided to add two pumpkin topiary to the front porch utilizing the flower pots from the summer. The boys helped pick out the right sized pumpkins and then we stacked and fixed them together. Then I applied some of Stampin' Up! seasonal Decor Elements to the pumpkins. After Halloween I can remove the spiders and still keep the pumpkins for November.

I thought I'd go with a snake and spider theme this year. I like the Spiders crawling up the pumpkins, they are kinda creepy. I also found some larger spiders at the dollar store to hang above the pumpkins. They are attached to wire and they sway nicely with the wind.

Some of you may remember the snake wreath I made from last year. I touched up the paint on the wreath an hung up the creepy thing and then topped off the door with another Halloween decor piece applied to the door. We had our carpets cleaned the other day and the carpet cleaner guys really liked the wreath and so I'm considering that piece of decor a WIN.

I couldn't resist adding the crow silhouette to the bottom of the double garage door. It's a small detail and at first glance looks pretty real. I do a double take every morning and a few neighbors have as well. The dogs in the neighborhood are also fascinated with this addition. I might have to remove it!

Inside I've kept it fairly simple with pumpkins in jars and dishes.

We are loving this fall weather and now that it's not so hot spending much time outdoors. Happy fall!

Carving Pumpkins!

This afternoon I took the boys to Chris' office to show of their costumes and trick or treat the many many cubiucals. They had a great time and came home with a ton of candy. Benjamin's costume was a bit too scary for the little kids and he made a few of them turn and run away.

Tonight the boys and I gutted and carved pumpkins. I made the boys gut their own pumpkins this year and I think I may have made Benjamin sick. Gotta learn how to do it sometime, right? In the end the pumpkins turned out great. Andrew was very please with his, he worked very hard on it. We are now ready for the Trick-or-treating.