There was something deep down inside of me that just NEEDED to make something from pumpkin. So...onward with the pumpkin bread.
This recipe is for a big batch! But I made it so large because what the heck are you going to do with half a can of pumpkin...this recipe uses it all! I ended up with a large loaf of bread and 12 big muffins. Lots to share!
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease your pans.
Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend well:
2 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 c. canned pumpkin (one regular-size can)
1 c. apple sauce
1 c. water
2 eggs (to make vegan: use 2 T Ener-G Egg Replacer and 8 T of water)
Combine these ingredients in a separate and larger mixing bowl, stir well:
3 1/3 c. flour (I used some white and some whole wheat)
2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1.5 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1.5 t. powdered ginger
1 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
OPTIONAL 3/4 c. walnuts
Add the liquid mixture to the dry and stir well. Pour the batter into the pans and place on the center rack of the oven.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Muffins: approx 20-25 min. Loaves: approx 60-75 min.
As promised, today's designer is hubs. We're both hoping that you weigh in on his column yesterday...and the fashion dilemmas we need solved. Remember that each comment you make will enter you to win today's drawing!
We decided to go have our inspiration be the spa bathroom model home he's just about finished building. Check out the glass tile accents in designer colors, rain-dome shower, and (my favorite) the STEAM BATHTUB. Yes, that pod-looking thing is a hot tub with jets and enclosed steam room. Plus it has a whole music system built in. I need to give it a test run!
So today's give-away is The Spa Ring. Check it out...it looks like the shiny white tiles and spa blue glass tile accents! The stones are absolutely brilliant and perfect. Made from a vintage clip-on earring, this gem is now a wonderful cocktail ring. Adjustable ring. Perfect! $39 suggested retail value.
To win leave a comment on any (or every) blog post between now and Wednesday, November 4th. I'll draw, at random, the winner at the end of the day on Wednesday. The more comments you make, the better your chances of winning! Then check back here on Thursday the 5th to see if you are the winner.
Last week's drawing winner is Stephanie who said: "Love the ring! Thanks for the great giveaway chance!" Email me your mailing address, Stephanie, and I'll send the ring out to you asap. email@example.com.
This week's guest blogger is someone who is better known to my dear readers as "hubs." Yes, it's my dear husband Anthony. He's a great sport, going along with my shenanigans and traveling all over the country on quests for vintage jewelry.
This photo was taken the day before we got married on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I love it because it's SO Anthony...his shades, white undershirt, and the peace sign!
I can't wait to get your feedback on his below article. :)
Be sure to check back tomorrow because hubs has designed a great give-away that you're going to love. It's the same color as spa bathroom in the luxury model home he has for sale in Loudenville, NY.
Sometimes good, often times bad, and sometimes indifferent, I have a live-in stylist. She has an opinion about my clothing, sunglasses, hair style, and pretty much everything else related to my appearance.
I'm a guy who doesn't invest a whole lot of time on my appearance, but I like nice Italian shoes and leather jackets. So I consider myself a pretty snazzy dresser. My stylist would agree - sometimes.
It's those other times, where we disagree, that I'd like the opinion of others. Below are the three most controversial items that my stylist has deemed fashion "don'ts." Please let me know where you come out on these.
Motorcycle sunglasses - Ok, so she bought me a great pair of Ray Bans that I normally wear, but sometimes I can't find them and I put on an old pair of shades like these. They're functional wrap-arounds. My stylist thinks they're corny.
Painter-style denim - I go for comfort when I'm on a construction job-site. I don't want to be wearing a suit or my Lucky jeans in those dirty environments. So I wear baggy painter-style jeans. The stylist thinks they're dated and make my legs look chopped off and short.
Black leather, no-lace sneakers - This might be the item of most contention. I find them simple, classic, and comfortable. She hates them!
Readers, help me out here and help us to break this stalemate. What do you think?