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And So It Begins…

September 7, 2011

Like many of you, we’ve been experiencing our first bout of fall weather over here—temps in the 50s and 60s, chilly mornings and nights.  It’s the perfect weather to pull out…

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…the pumpkin collection! Remember last year, when I went a little crazy stocking up on pumpkin?  You didn’t think I’d leave them behind when we moved, did you?!?  These cans are practically family to me…in that I seem to be having a hard time getting rid of them.

Hey-o!

But seriously, this is about a third of my stash.  It’ll be all pumpkin, all the time from now on.  The dogs are eating pumpkin for breakfast and dinner.  I’m forcing Ryan to wash his hair with it.  How else do you think he gets this great texture?

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Pumpkin, pumpkin, the secret is pumpkin!

Of course, I’m not opposed to more traditional uses of it as well.  This pumpkin bread is simple, easy, and delicious:

Classic Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1.5 cups sugar

1.5 cups pumpkin

1 cup, 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 and 1/4 cup flour

1.5 tsp. baking soda

1.5 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.  With a mixer, beat together eggs and sugar until smooth.  Add pumpkin, oil, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.

In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Whisk well. 

Slowly add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix until combined.

Divide between two greased loaf pans and bake for about 50 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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Mmmmm…I enjoyed a piece hot out of the oven:

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I know, I know—some people are probably sick of pumpkin already. But how can you be sick of something so tasty?

Hope you have a great day!

ps- I’m probably going to be making some changes to the blog later today/tonight, so bear with me if the blog is going through some funky moves for a while.  It’ll be back to normal soon enough!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2011 1:29 pm

    I hoarded a bunch of cans too and have 3 of the big ones left in the pantry. I keep delaying opening one b/c the big ones are a commitment to finish!

  2. September 7, 2011 1:44 pm

    I can’t wait to go to the store and stock up on pumpkin. I think I’ll have to do it when I have a car to use because I’m not sure I can carry that much pumpkin back from the store. I’m expecting to go overboard.

  3. September 7, 2011 2:05 pm

    Amazing. For the past week I’ve been walking around at work almost chanting “pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin” (with the occasional ‘acorn squash’ or ‘butternut’) thrown in there. People think I’m crazy, but I’m READY.

  4. September 7, 2011 2:27 pm

    YUM. I still have a single can left. I can’t wait to make a yummy pumpkin soup.

  5. September 7, 2011 3:14 pm

    I have another use for all that pumpkin we stocked up on last year … pumpkin ale! Nick brewed a batch a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait to have one next month after Peanut arrives.

    • September 7, 2011 3:21 pm

      I know, I saw!!! So jealous that we won’t be tasting any of Nick’s brew samplings this fall!

  6. September 7, 2011 5:48 pm

    Mmmm, I could never be sick of husband. I am so looking forward to all the comfort foods that come along with the arrival of Fall!

  7. September 7, 2011 5:49 pm

    Ummmm…what the heck?! I have no idea how husband got subbed in where I meant to say pumpkin — I’m never sick of pumpkin or my husband haha — crazy how fingers do their own typing sometimes 😀

    • September 7, 2011 6:27 pm

      Hahaha…I get sick of my husband WAY before I get sick of pumpkin 🙂

  8. patti permalink
    September 7, 2011 6:27 pm

    Yum – My mouth is watering for pumpkin 🙂 The bread looks so good. As soon as it cools down here, I am going to make it. Yes, it finally got over 80 in Seattle. It is in the upper 80’s this week, just as we are starting back to school!

  9. September 7, 2011 7:16 pm

    Remember last year, when I went a little crazy stocking up on pumpkin? = Yes, I do!!! Wow, it’s been a year.

    And that bread looks stellar!

  10. Emo permalink
    September 7, 2011 8:48 pm

    Yay, pumpkin! You know what that means: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/its-decorative-gourd-season-motherfuckers

  11. September 7, 2011 9:14 pm

    Yeah pumpkin! I totally stocked up last year like a crazy woman – you’re in good company 🙂

  12. September 8, 2011 12:00 am

    I already warned Tony that I’m buying and ass load of pumpkins when we go to the farm this year. I’m NOT kidding either. I’m so ready…bring on the pumpkins!

  13. September 8, 2011 12:29 am

    I do not think I could ever get sick of pumpkin!

  14. September 8, 2011 3:08 pm

    Can never get sick of pumpkin. This looks delicious!

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