Friday, February 15, 2013

Pumpkin Bread

1 cup shortening or (2/3 cup oil)
3 eggs
1 #303 can pumpkin (16-17 oz. or 2 cups)
1/3 cup water
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix shortening, eggs, water, and pumpkin. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients; add to pumpkin mixture and blend well. Add nuts and stir. Bake 325 degrees for 1 hour. Makes 2 regular loaf pans or 6 mini-loaf pans.

This is my sister, Ann's, recipe, and she makes the bread each holiday season. Using 6 mini-loaf pans, she bakes them for her neighbors. This past Christmas, we 4 sisters, a niece, and one of her friends, got together to bake for the upcoming holiday. The following pictures are of the pumpkin bread.

You might find you like this tradition. Why not give this recipe a try? Bake your own Pumpkin Bread, and make enough for your friends and neighbors. Wrap them in colorful paper and ribbons and take a child with you when you deliver them. They will remember it as a special act of kindness, and hopefully, carry on the tradition in their own homes one day.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Birthday, Caroline Valentine

Today is my niece's 10th birthday. She was born on Valentine's Day, so it seemed natural that she was named Valentine. She complains however that her special day always falls during the middle of the week; she just needs to get used to celebrating her birthday for several days! She can have a party on the weekend, and cake and ice cream and presents on the 14th, as well.

This picture was taken at Thanksgiving of 2012 in the country around her aunt Sue's in the little community of Lingleville, Erath County, Texas. Her favorite color is pink. She is in the accelerated class of her 5th grade and smart as she can be. She enjoys her brother and sister, their puppy, helping in the kitchen, and making cookies at my house, especially at Christmas.

I used a scrap kit called "Ice Cream and Cake" created by Rainy at Sweetz, and SC_Sketch 321 from Scrapbook Challenges.



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