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Easy Pumpkin Bread

What can I say? It is nearly Thanksgiving and other than chocolate, my head is filled with thoughts of pumpkin delights. This easy pumpkin bread comes together quickly and has a nice mellow texture and flavor. You can add all sorts of wonderful goodies to it like chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, cranberries, whatever tickles your fancy. Or enjoy it plain!

Pumpkin Bread ingredients

Start by mixing sugars and spice - and everything nice.

Add eggs, butter, milk and pumpkin.

Add flour mix and whip it up.

Pour mix into a greased bread pan. Isn't this one pretty? Thanks, Hubby!

If you are a chocolate freak like me, this is where you realize chocolate chips or chunks would be really good and stir them into part of the batter.

Finally, the bread is ready to bake. (Please ignore the few chocolate chips giving away my chocolate addiction and the fact I forgot to add them until the batter was already in the pan.)

Hot out of the oven and ready to be devoured.

Yum!

Pumpkin Bread
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup milk
1 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.

Mix together sugars, cinnamon and spice. Add in eggs, milk, butter and pumpkin. Mix well. Add in flour mixture. If you want to go crazy and add nuts or chocolate chips, now would be the time to do that (as opposed to after you have the batter in the pan and end up poking things through the batter with your spoon – not that I have ever done that).

Bake for about an hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool. Thank yourself for making the bread from scratch and enjoy!

Happy Entertaining!

Shanna

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The party go-ers.

Hubby and I drove four hours one way last weekend so I could attend a Tea Party being held by some of my favorite cousins.

Hubby’s incentive was to escape to one of his favorite stores where he could drool over guns and hunting gear without an uninterested female tagging along asking inane questions or spouting off stupid jokes about the store in general.

We both were quite pleased with the arrangement!

My cousins Twylia, Nancy and Bonnie played host to all the women in the family for an afternoon tea party. It was marvelous. We all converged in Twylia’s new home, which has a fantastic view, and spent two hours chatting, laughing, bonding and catching up with one another.

Then there was the food! Scones, quiche, fresh fruit that was so flavorful, tea sandwiches and decadent desserts as well as some really tasty tea! The table was set beautifully. The three hostesses pulled out their mom’s  china and tea sets. It was so special to use those dishes because it made it seem like a little bit of Aunt Louise was there enjoying the party right along with us.

We all were asked to wear a hat and that in itself was a hoot. Those who didn’t have hats were able to choose one from a vintage collection Nancy borrowed from a friend.

Aunt Robbie

I think my most wonderful Aunt Robbie had the best hat: stylish, sassy, and spunky – just like her.

Nancy and her nieces.

Young and old alike gathered. Nancy is so much fun, even the younger crowd catches her enthusiasm.

Then there were those who just can’t be serious. Ever. These are my kind of people to hang out with!

I really mean ever.

I hope when I am nearing 80 that I have as much fun as Aunt Robbie. She really is an inspiration! And Julie, Sweet Julie, is always loads of fun.

I highly recommend spending time with your favorite group of girls. It really does your heart good. Thank you to all who attended and made the afternoon fun and especially to Twylia, Nancy and Bonnie for hosting!
Your Devoted Tea Drinker,

Shanna

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