Archive | August 2013

Thought for the Weekend

Short and sweet:
“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil. It has no point.” ~Unknown


Pumpkin Bread (or muffins)

In an effort to speed autumn along, I thought I would make some Pumpkin Bread.  Really, it just sounded good, and I had a can of pumpkin in the pantry.  Instead of loaves, I made muffins.  Muffin tins are a pain to clean, but it’s easier for little hands to handle a muffin than a slice of bread.  Muffins are also easier for the hubby on his way to work.

This recipe will make 2 regular loaves, 3 or 4 small loaves, or about 30 regular muffins.  The changes I made are in parentheses.   I hope you like it!

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Pumpkin Bread

3 eggs

3 C sugar (2 1/2 C, will reduce further)

1 C oil (3/4 C applesauce, 1/4 C oil)

2 C pumpkin (used 15 oz. can)

3 C regular flour

1 teaspoon each: cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg (omitted and used dash of cloves)

1/2 teaspoon each: salt and baking powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat eggs.  Add sugar, oil, and pumpkin; mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix well.  Put in pans and bake.

Regular loaf– 1 1/4 hours

Small loaf– 50 mins.

Regular muffins– almost 25 mins.  (start checking after 20 mins.)

Serve plain or with butter or with cream cheese.

The Best Birthday Present

If you were turning two, what would you want for a present? Well, if you were our son, this is what you would get:

swingsetYep, your daddy would buy all the pieces,  build it, and help you play on your new swing set in just a couple of days! Talk about excitement, we hear “whee” (for slide) and “wing” (swing) any time he sees it or thinks about it.  It’s much easier than driving 10 minutes to the nearest park just to swing. Now, being out in the Georgia summer with direct sun until mid-afternoon isn’t a top priority for this mommy, but the change of pace and enjoyment are worth it.  😉