Oct 16, 2017

{Exciting News and the Pumpkin Recipe I promised}

Well let's start with the exciting news!!!

 Grandbaby #6 is on the way!

We are so excited. Our family is growing by leaps and bounds. Our youngest daughter shared that she will be adding another sweet baby to our family. Blessings just keep a coming!

Just seems like this sweet girl was born yesterday and here she is going to be a big sister. Join me as we pray for a healthy pregnancy for our daughter and a healthy baby.

"Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children". Proverbs 17:6

Well, as I have promised I have the recipe for you for the pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and caramel sauce..

This is so easy to make. I do little things ahead of time that helps me in the kitchen when baking as I am sure you do too.

Isn't that just a pretty pumpkin orange?

I like to go ahead and grab all my ingredients and get them on my counter for starters.

I also grab all bowls, cups and spoons that I may need along with a wet dish cloth to clean up any spills I may have. I always grab a big bowl to toss empty cans, containers, carton's, egg shells, or etc. in as well so I can easily toss.
Love my Rachel Ray baking dishes.

And...while I am waiting on my (whatever to bake) I usually treat myself to something. LOL!

And it just happened to be this delicious Gourmet candy corn. Do you see that it has chocolate and cinnamon in it? I had to discipline myself so I would not eat the whole bag at one time SO I....

Went outside and picked some flowers and made myself a pretty bouquet. The only good thing about the temps still being hot is that I still have flowers blooming.

And...I love my Rachel Ray pots and pans too! Easiest dishes I have ever seen to clean up so good!

Soon as I took my bread out of the oven I began to make my caramel sauce. Caramel sauce is so easy to make but mercy you gotta watch it close. IT WILL BURN!
 You can't be texting with your daughters while making caramel sauce! LOL!

While the bread was still warm I poured my caramel sauce over the top and just let is drizzle down the sides.
I've made lots of pumpkin bread in the past but this was really the most moist recipe I have used.

Now for the Recipe: I found this recipe on Pinterest but changed a few things...which I am bad to do...Yikes!

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ sticks butter, melted
1 (15 oz.) can of Pumpkin
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 5x10 loaf pan with Pam or whatever you like to use.
In a medium size bowl mix together by spoon or whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Put that aside. 

In another bowl place your two sugars and melted butter and stir well. Add your pumpkin, vanilla and eggs and mix well. 

Now take your dry ingredients and add a little at the time to your wet ingredients and stir as you add. At this point is when I added 1 cup of chocolate chips.  Mix well and pour into your loaf pan and bake for about 50-55 minutes. 

Let cool for 5-10 minutes before turning that wonderful smelling bread out onto your favorite plate or pretty dish. 

If you want to add the caramel glaze add it while the bread is warm.
 You can google Caramel sauce for recipes.

You can add nuts, top it with powered sugar or cream cheese frosting. 

And...it is so dang good! 

Next week I will share my Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting topped with pecans. GOOD GRIEF! I am seriously going to have to QUIT baking! 

Sneak peak....

 I hope you will make some pumpkin bread during the holiday season. Make yourself a loaf and one for a gift. Be a blessing to someone this week. 

 O Taste and see that the Lord is good....
Psalm 34:8

Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Oct 9, 2017

{Tea Party Anyone?}

Tea Time can be any time, anywhere, and with anyone. Right?

First things first though and it was a field trip to the fair with this sweet grandgirl.

Needless to say she had a ball.

To see through the eyes of a child with excitement is nothing short of a miracle that God allows us.

After the field trip I carried her to lunch which she could pick anywhere she wanted to go. Burger King is was. 
Of course we watched a couple of cartoons at home and then it was time for a LOW TEA

To the grands play room we went and our tea party began. 

I must share with you my Kyleigh's take on raspberry hot tea (warm for her). She sipped on it just a bit as she ate her shortbread cookie. I knew by her facial expressions that THIS was not her favorite so I said "Ky, you don't like the Raspberry tea?". She shook her little head no and said "Nana, I love the tea cup though but I would rather have a coke!"
Well, she didn't get a coke but she did get some good old fashion sweet tea, COLD. LOL!

Our next adventure was playing kickball in which she kicked the ball in the fishing pond.  Yes, we are well rounded women in my family. We can have a tea party one minute and play kick ball the next! Herb picking was next. I had an abundance of Oregano that needed harvesting so she picked and washed.

You know, one really doesn't have to spend a fortune, or have the nicest things, or even decorate with the finest to make memories that will last a lifetime. All it takes is LOVE.

Stay tuned as I will be sharing the Pumpkin Bread with caramel sauce that I talked about making last week. YES, I did add some chocolate chips. Let's just say that I had my own TEA PARTY

I hope that you all have a great week and remember, "Today is the day that the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it".
Psalm 118:24 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy 


Oct 2, 2017

{A Little Fall Y'all}

Even with temps that will be rising to 84 degrees today I am "MAKING" myself say, "There's no place like Fall, there's no place like Fall". 

Oh the smell of pumpkin spice has me wanting to make myself a pumpkin pie and eat the whole thing by myself! I have one daughter that loves pumpkin pie as much as me so I would have to share with her...

I've already had several pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice tea, and yes, a pumpkin muffin with nuts.

I found a recipe I am wanting to try and it's called Pumpkin Bread with a Caramel Glaze. Is that CRAZY or what?I love ANYTHING with Caramel. Dang, I will just lick it off my fingers.

OOH, I wonder if I added some chocolate chips to the pumpkin flavored batter if that might be good too?

Yeah, I think I am having a craving for something sweet today.

Have you decorated yet for Fall? Are you the more traditional Orange Fall kind of gal or do you like to use different colors?

What special activities do you do in the Fall?

I always decorate my kitchen for Fall whether anything else is decorated or not. Guess that is where I spend the most time at huh?

Last year I added a little Fall to my living room and a wreath to my front door. A few years ago I decked out my front porch with fall but I have not had the time this season to do that.

I've noticed that now it takes me all day to do what it used to take me 3 hours to do! Anyone else feeling me here?

It seems that this time of the year throughout the end of December is so very busy for everyone. Of course as a friend reminded recently, "Everyone is busy all the time but we all take the time to do what is really important to us". That my friends is so very true. 

In light of what happened in Vegas may we simply be THANKFUL for each day the Lord gives us. 

I hope that you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the FALL...even if your temps are HOT.

I'm joining Linda at Life and Linda for her Dishing It and Digging It


Hugs and blessings, Cindy