Easy and Pumpkin Bread, words rare to see in a sentence together. Last night, I ran out of some of my homemade Pumpkin Pie Cookies (stay tuned for more on these!) and wanted to make a new Pumpkin Treat. Pumpkin Bread is one of my hubby and I’s favorite fall treats. Used to, we would just pick up a slice from Starbucks or some other cafe while we were visiting. This year, I started dabbling in creating my own recipe’s and knew an Easy Pumpkin Bread was something I wanted to come up with. When you think of bread you think yeast, having to have the right amount of baking powder and soda, you stress over it rising correctly, etc, etc. With something you eat while relaxing, you don’t want to stress yourself out before it’s even done. So take a deep breath, stop your endless browsing through recipe, after recipe trying to find a simple Pumpkin Bread to bake up. You have found the one you need and I bet you already have most of this at home!
This recipe creating process was almost the perfect cooking moment. I was super excited thinking “YES! I have all the ingredients!” and got started. Mid-way through I realized I was out of Eggs. So off to the store I went at 10pm at night for a carton of eggs. I had gotten myself so excited for the bread, I wasn’t waiting. We never run out of eggs! So after the store, I got back to work and I was so anxious for it to cool down enough for me to eat it. My house during the cooking process smelled better than any pumpkin candle out there. Which made the trip to the store worth it.
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 Cup of Sugar
- 1 2/3 Cups of Self-Rising Flour
- 2.5 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
- 4 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 Cup of Canned Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
- 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil (or canola if you prefer)
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- 2 Eggs
What a small ingredient list! :)
How to Prepare:
- Mix your Sugar, Flour, Cinnamon, and Pumpkin Pie Spice together in one bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk together your Pumpkin, Oil, Water, and Eggs.
- With a large spoon, slowly stir your Dry Ingredients into your Wet Ingredients until it’s well blended.
- Pour mixture into a greased Loaf Pan (most loaf pans are 9X5).
- Bake 60-65 minutes on 350 Degrees or until done in the center.
- Carefully Remove from Loaf Pan to a Cooling Rack until it’s cool enough to slice.
All that’s left is to enjoy!
Feel free to share this recipe around. I know so many people who skip out on yummy recipes just like this one because the ingredient list is a mile long and they spend hours in the kitchen. it doesn’t always have to be that way.
Let me know what you think! What is your favorite fall treat?
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Pumpkin? Love it.
Crumbs? Love it (when it isn’t in my floor).
Cake? LOVE IT.
The Fall season is upon us, and as I have mentioned a time or two before, I LOVE Fall. Not just because the temperature is pure perfection, but the food is even better. Pumpkin is everywhere in everything, because it’s fantastic. Especially in desserts. When I saw this recipe from Cookies and Cups I HAD to bake it up.
This is my first fall dessert post, and I can easily assure you that it won’t be the last. In fact I already have one planned out to cook next week! But anyways, on to this delicious, fall flavor filled, Pumpkin Crumb Cake.
Not only does it taste amazing, chances are, you probably already have most of the ingredients. The ingredients are simple, which also makes this an easy and affordable dessert.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of All Purpose Flour
- 2 Cups of Sugar
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup of Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
- 1 Cup of Milk
- 1 15oz can of Pumpkin
- 1 cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
- 1/2 Cup of Butter
- 1 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice (Optional)
How to throw this all together:
- Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees.
- Make sure and spray a 9×13 dish down with some cooking spray.
- Whisk together your flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. I recommend putting on an apron! :)
- In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, mix together your Sugar and Butter together, until it’s nice and mixed up. Then mix in your eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin.it already smells delicious at this point
- Mix in about 1/3rd of your dry mix, followed by half of your milk. Keep alternating your dry mix and milk, ending with your dry mix. Mix it for about a minute until it’s thick and smooth.look at those delicious looking swirls!
- Spread it evenly into your pan.I thought my festive yellow pan went well with the pumpkin cake
Time for your crumb mixture:
Take a pastry cutter or two knives and cut all of the crumb ingredients together.Then take the tops of your fingers and form little crumbs.
Then spread it all over your cake mixture.
*I added the pumpkin pie spice. The original recipe does not call for it.
Now all you gotta do is bake any where from 45-55 minutes depending on your oven. Just check it with a toothpick and make sure the center comes out clean.
Enjoy it :) It tastes awesome fresh and leftover through out the week.
Let me know what you think below. Do you love pumpkin as much as I do, or do you have another favorite fall flavor?
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When my husband got his new job, boy were we thrilled. God had blessed our life SO much by giving him the job. My husband’s pay more than doubled, he now would have insurance, and it meant we could finally start planning the next stages of our life. Well, a week or so later when we found out my husband would be working 2nd shift, my heart sank. I loved our life of dinners together every night, staying up late on Friday’s, and seeing my husband from 3:30 until bedtime. We had grown accustomed to first shift living and the change had me devastated. My friend who had been doing it for years and my husband both assured me that it wasn’t the end of the world and that we would adjust. I felt bitter towards the shift change but knew this job was what was best for our family. I began to focus on the positives and get creative with our new schedule. My husband got to train 8 weeks on First Shift and we cherished it, but by the time Second Shift came around, I was ready to make the best of it and had some plans set up for our new life. When we first got the news, I searched for articles about 2nd shift living and shockingly didn’t find much help. Thankfully I was creative and I had my friend to go to for advice. So for the other women out there who are in a similar boat, here’s some tips to get you through it. I am lucky enough to be able to stay home and work on my writing, so your lifestyle may be a bit different, but I know you can benefit from these ideas no matter what kind of lifestyle you have set up. It’s all about making it work and doing what you have to do. These things work well for me and my husband:
Try and get on similar Sleep Schedules: I know for some with Kids in school, this one can be tough. But when you can do this, I highly suggest it. I get up with my husband everyday and we still go to bed together shortly after he gets home. Some people like to stay up all night and then sleep until it’s time for their husband to leave. Which ever way works best for you guys, follow that plan. My husband is tired when he comes home from work, so we like to head that way when he gets home, and then we set an alarm to get up a few hours before he has to head to work. So we spend an hour or so together after he gets home, and then some time before he goes to work and then I do my normal routine after he has left. At first it may be hard to make yourself wake up when you know you don’t have to rush off some where and the hours are there for you to keep sleeping, but it’s so important to make time for your marriage. So set that alarm and force yourself out of bed when it goes off. You’ll wake up shortly after and you’ll be happy about the time you get to spend together. Trust me, I hate the days that we over sleep and I barely get to see him. It gets easier as your body adjusts to waking up at a new time.
Make Dinner for Lunch: I have always found great pleasure in cooking a nice dinner for my husband every night. When second shift came around, I thought our dinner days were over since he wouldn’t be home during dinner time. Wrong! I could still cook and I could still have dinner with him. Our dinner would just be at noon instead of 6 o’clock. I do try and stick to simple but delicious homecooked meals during the week that are quicker to cook because you don’t want to spend all of your with your hubby in the kitchen. I have really been liking slow cooker meals and any time I can prep ahead, I do. Then on the weekends I make my more elaborate dinners that take more time.
Make the most of your time: Do as many household chores and errands that you can when your husband isn’t home. It’s important to make the most of your time together. By getting everything done when he is at work, you can spend the time he is at home, cuddled up to him, not worrying about having to spend a couple of hours at the Grocery Store. Make every second with your husband count. Make the most of it. Don’t dwell on work or how much 2nd shift sucks, make your time together as pleasant as you can. Enjoy it. That way when he has to return to work on Monday or later in the day, you can say that you enjoyed time with your husband that day. When he’s home and you have the time to spend with him, enjoy it being together. Keep things that keep you apart (like errands and girl time) for the time he is going to be apart from you anyways.
Midnight Date Night: My husband and I used to go out every Friday night and then spent the weekend in, being lazy. When my husband went to 2nd shift, our date nights seemed to be over with. By the time he got off, surely everything had to be closed. So we had to schedule our dates for the weekend days. Which meant if something else was going on, we would just have to forfeit our special 1 on 1 time together. Wrong again. Believe it or not, there are some restaurants in almost every city in the world that stay open late. In our town we have Applebees and a local eatery. So on some Friday’s we meet up when he gets off work and have ourselves a little midnight date night to kick off the weekend. I still get dressed up and he takes nice clothes to change into after work. You don’t just have to go out either, you can always cook a nice romantic meal or sit out some chocolate covered strawberries with some wine and have it right at home.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate: Anytime I give marriage advice, Communication is always something I advise. No matter the situation. So of course it wouldn’t be any different here. Communication is key and one- if not the most- important things in a marriage. Always communicate with your husband. Talk to him about his day, about yours, any feelings you may have and vice versa. Me and my husband talk about everything. Serious things, normal things, silly things. I think it is one reason why our marriage is so strong. I praise communication. It can and will get you through anything. The more you talk, the more you connect, the more you learn. When my husband has a break, we talk all the way through it. If I think of something I want to tell him, like something funny on TV or something that may have happened, I just text it to him. Even if he can’t reply back right away, it let’s him know I think about him, and I still get to share moments of my afternoon with him.
I hope these 5 tips helped you in some way. I know they certainly turned a less than perfect situation into a decent one for us. Of course I would much rather him be on first shift, but I have learned to make 2nd shift work and found ways to enjoy it. Marriage is about adjusting when different things in life come up. No matter what happens in life, our spouses will always be there, no matter what. So hang in there, I know it sucks now but you will adjust and you will get through it. And remember, 2nd shift doesn’t have to last forever ;)
How do you and your spouse handle changes? Do you have any more advice for 2nd shift wives? Share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you!
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There are so many National Days for so many things. Many of them are made up on Social Media but some of them are actual official celebrated days, such as National Coffee Day. When I read about National Coffee Day I was quick to participate. I find it perfectly fitting for Monday too. I myself even woke up with some Monday blues, but then I headed to my espresso machine for a mood and much needed energy boost. Normally on these “national days” that were created on Social Media, I just admire others posts about the subject but for this official celebrated day, I had to share my morning caffeine treat. A delicious, perfectly sweetened, perfectly flavored, DIRTY Chai Tea latte with a hint of vanilla!
And my fellow coffee lovers, I know quite a few places, like Krispy Kreme and McDonald’s, are giving away FREE cups of coffee. So if you are out and about today, stop and get a free cup of caffeine delight.
What are you enjoying on this delicious day? Did you manage to snag a free cup of coffee?
Since my husband has started working 2nd Shift, quick meals have become something I have learned to embrace. We now make dinner for lunch so my husband can enjoy a nice home cooked meal everyday. They cut down on prep time and cooking time and gives me more time to hang out with my handsome hubby before he leaves me for the day. Since I love to cook, I wasn’t up for just eating frozen food everyday that we heat up (nothing wrong with it, it just takes away a piece of my passion). I quickly learned that Slow Cookers are where it’s at. You prep it all the night before and when you wake up, it’s all ready to dig into. I rarely cooked in my slow cooker before, so I grabbed an old cook book (Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade: slow cooker recipes) my mom bought me years ago that was centered around slow cooker meals. The Cherry Chai Chicken really stood out to me because I love fruit infused meats and I absolutely LOVE Chai Tea lattes. Since I am about saving money at the grocery store, and knew I wanted to buy some Chai Tea to make some lattes now that fall has arrived, the recipe seemed even better. So I quicky wrote it down on my meal list. I ended up tweaking the recipe some to make it cost effective, to alter it to my family’s liking, and to fit my 10 quart slow cooker vs a 5 quart one that the original recipe called for, I will note any changes.
What you need:
3 Chicken Breasts (the original recipe called for thighs, I prefer boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
Salt and Pepper
1 cup of Frozen Pitted Cherries (most bags are around 2-3 cups, so think smoothies for leftovers!)
Half an Onion Sliced (or diced up, my husband likes to pick out his onions so slices make it easier for us)
3 Chai Spice Tea Bags (original recipe called for 2)
1 cup of Cherry Preserves (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup)
2.5 cups of 100% Real grape Juice (the original recipe called for 1/2 any port wine for a 5 quart slow cooker)
1/2 cup of water (the original recipe did not use any water)
Let’s get cooking:
- Sprinkle some Salt and Pepper onto your Chicken Breasts and then broil on the lower rack for about 6 minutes. This allows the skin to get a nice firm outer layer.
- Layer your Onion Slices, Your Cherries, and your tea bags at the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Pop your chicken on top of your layers
- Mix up your juice, your preserves, and water then pour it all over the chicken.
- Cover and cook on Low for 4-6 hours.
- Take your chicken out and sit it aside (covering it up with some foil ensures it will stay warm)
- Remove your tea bags (Tip: Press them with a spoon to get a little more of the absorbed flavor back into the dish)
- Put your juice mixture into a pan and bring it to a boil. Cook until it gets to a thickness you like and pour it on top of your chicken.
and that’s it! I served it with some easy flavored rice which paired well with it but the original recipes suggests serving it over some noodles (worth a try!) The chicken was packed full of flavor and will not disappoint, I promise!
If you tried out the original recipe, let me know how it turns out!
Do you guys use your slow cooker meals often or is it a rare occasion in your house?
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