Pumpkin Bread Day

It is fall and one of my favorite things about fall is pumpkins. Each year I have a tradition of spending a day making pumpkin bread. I love pumpkin bread for breakfast or dessert, but the recipe I have makes a HUGE batch. So I share with my teammates at work and fellow third grade teachers. After the first year of doing this I was told that I must continue. It’s a good thing I like pumpkin bread so much! I made two batches this year (6 medium loaves) and plan to take 4 loaves to work tomorrow.

To try this great Pumpkin Bread follow the recipe below:

Pumpkin Bread

Makes 3 medium loaves

In a large bowl combine:

  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs

Using a sifter add:

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp clove
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix everything well. Pour into a greased medium loaf pan. Bake at 350 ˚ F for 1 hour. Allow to cool for ten minutes. Then carefully remove from pan and cool for an additional 10-20 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

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Outdoor Pumpkin

I was scrolling through my Jane app a few weeks ago (If you don’t have the Jane app and you love a good deal you NEED to check it out) and I saw several people selling decals for pumpkins. They were so cute! I thought about buying one, but then I realized the design that I liked the most I could make myself on my cricut…SO I ran to Hobby Lobby and bought a fake outdoor pumpkin. I already had the outdoor vinyl (amazon is always the best place to buy vinyl). I used the high gloss black vinyl for the big “R”. It is a 5 inch School House font. Then I used the mate black vinyl for “the” and “uff”. I cut these out on 3 inch Jasmine font. I then used painters tape to carefully transfer them to the pumpkin and set the pumpkin outside.

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At the end of the season I can store this beautiful pumpkin in the attic with all of my fall decorations. No need to buy someone else’s vinyl decal. No need to put it on a pumpkin that you will throw away at the end of the season. Spend a little bit more money and have a pumpkin that will last for years and years to come!

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Bread vs. Dessert

I love bread! I always have. My mother could and would tell you that my favorite part of a meal is bread. My favorite restaurants have good bread. I love bread!

A few months ago I saw a pin on pinterest (that I cannot seem to find again) that said, “The bible should be your bread, not dessert.”

I don’t know about you, but I eat bread in some form or another multiple times a day. I might eat a small dessert (cookie) once a day, but I only eat big, heavy desserts on special occasions.

I want my bible, my prayer life, my walk with God to be a daily part of my life. I want it to be my bread, not my dessert.

John 6:35 says, “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'”

I hope that you have or will make your bible, and your relationship with God your bread.

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The lesson above was part of my introduction to the women’s ministry fellowship at my house a few weeks ago. I made homemade banana and pumpkin breads for us to snack on. We had a wonderful time talking with one another, but let me tell you, inviting women over to my five room house was hard work. It is a tiny house and needed a lot of cleaning (because I had slacked off for awhile). I added some new fall decorations for the fellowship also.

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The R was 50% off at Hobby Lobby. I added some raffia and a fall floral piece with a burlap bow. I hung it on an old barn door my husband found in a pasture somewhere. The pumpkin with flowers is a cheap $1 pumpkin from Target (used for trick or treating normally) spray painted ivory with a $3 mum from Home Depot in it (black potting container and all is inside of the pumpkin).

The house looked great and I was proud to show it off to the ladies of Atco Baptist Church.

Pumpkins!

It is October and it is time for PUMPKINS!

I love pumpkins (however I do not love pumpkin pie–texture thing)! I have several pumpkins around my classroom and home, but I want to share some pumpkins you can make yourself.

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This little  pumpkin is a real pumpkin (a few dollars at most grocery stores). It has been drawn on with a black sharpie and raffia is tied around it’s stem. Super easy! Super CuTe!!!

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This pumpkin was filled with cheese puffs last year during Halloween (bought at Ingles). When the cheese puffs were gone I washed it out really well and spray pained the outside orange. Then I used my cricut and black vinyl to cut the circles and name out. This year it is full of candy!

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My last pumpkin (for now) is a burlap door hanger I made. I cut a pumpkin shape out (two times-front and back), stapled the edges (about every 2 inches), filled with grocery bags (preferably brown bags), paint the outside of the burlap (tempera paint is what I used), and attach string to hang!!! This pumpkin is on my classroom door and makes for a very welcoming fall entrance!