Friday, September 17, 2010

Fall is here!

The nip is in the air! It is definitely sweater weather. Take a walk & smell the air. It is full of harvest! The corn is drying, the leaves are changing color, the farmers are out in the fields & the ovens are starting up again. I have had my oven off for most of the summer but not any longer! It is time to bake bread, cookies, pies, brownies & so much more. i think today I will start with pumpkin bread. Oh the smells that waft from my oven. Cinnamon, cloves, & pumpkin! Next week I will add my favorite pumpkin bread recipe-so easy & so yummy! Here is one the cookbooks that I have for sale! I love old cookbooks!
Here it is! My favorite pumpkin bread recipe-I think it is from a cookbook called Amish & Mennonite Kitchens.

Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups pureed pumpkin
2/3 cups water
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp
baking powder
3 cups flour

1. Combine sugar, oil, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon & salt. Beat well.
2. Add remaining ingredients & mix well.
3. Pour batter into 2 loafe pans which have been generously greased. I like to put mine into 1 bundt pan for a fancier presentation.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let cool for 3 minutes & take out of pans to finish cooling.

 I have one in the oven as I type & it smells heavenly!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

This was a tree skirt that I made for my daughter Ashley. She likes the brighter Christmas colors.  Now I have to get the fabric out & make a 3rd stocking-one for my grandson. I have made several of these tree skirts for my family. It is fun to pick out fabrics for each one. It is a quick gift that hopefully will turn into an heirloom. I have had mine for 15 years already! How many of you still have ornaments or nativities from awhile back. I have the Angel from when I was a child to put on the top of my tree. My mom gave it to me  a few years back. She was going to throw it away! What a waste-so I rescued her & keep her for my tree!