Hello Christmas Eve tomorrow. Snuck up fast – it seems. But doesn’t it always seem that way?
My sweet neighbor, Edgar – age 9 – 10 I think, rang the doorbell and gifted me this piece of beautiful refrigerator door art! He’s one cool kid for sure. Thoughtful + talented. His parents and sister, same.
I laid out a strand of chunk lights across my mantle. Blue and green combo is the color from my childhood. The color of our outside house lights back in the day. I love the color combo. For whatever reason reminds me of the song, Silent Night.
A dear friend of Peter’s, Garth, who lives in the Denver area – sent this pic. His is the balcony at the top with the Choose Love light art. Very nice.
Uncle Jack’s wreath this year. Classy beautiful. I may try and create one next season.
Easy-does-it pumpkin bread recipe is just sweet enough, super moist and has the perfect additions of spices. A caterer friend gave this recipe to me years ago. It’s hands down easy to throw together – and the best pumpkin loaf ever. Including loaves from high end bakery shops. Makes 3 loaves. Keep one. Gift one. Freeze one.
Playlist is another collection of 5 songs with an eclectic spin in performance. Hope you have the time to listen to it.
As always, thanks for being here. I appreciate you. And Happy Holidays to you and yours!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT CHRISTMAS?
EASY-DOES-IT PUMPKIN BREAD
Fantastic bread to enjoy and/or impress as a gift. Freezes well.
- 1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (I use Libby’s)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
Preheat oven to 350* Grease and flour 3 – 7 x 3 loaf pans OR use the slick Pam + flour baking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugars until well blended.
In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove.
Stir dry ingredients in with the pumpkin mixture until just well blended. Don’t over stir.
Pour into prepared loaf pans.
Bake for about 50 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.
MUSIC TO YOUR EARS