It is a beautiful evening…I am loving the color. This time next week it will be dark and I can light candles at my desk!

This year’s Project Runway got me thinking about mixed patterns because I loved Mondo’s designs. He was brilliant with his ability to mix patterns beautifully, but it is the kind of design aesthetic that can easily go horribly wrong.

Today, in my very small way, I attempted to mix it up a little. I put this silk boyfriend pinstrip (Marshall’s) with a Dana Buchman leopard top (Kohl’s). It seemed to work. This is a very conservative color scheme, but maybe I will get a little braver next time and try a bolder move. I don’t believe Mondo needs to feel threatened!!

If you are in the mood for fall and to mix it up, try my favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

(Road Trip again tomorrow!)

Perfectly Wonderful Pumpkin Bread

3 ½ cups of flour

2 t. soda

1 ½ t salt

1 t nutmeg

1 dash of cinnamon

1 Cup Canola Oil

4 eggs

2/3 cup Water

1 Can of canned pumpkin

2 Cups of sugar

1 ½ tsp. Vanilla

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Take two loaf pans and spray with non -stick spray. Add dry ingredients to the oil, water, pumpkin, sugar, and eggs.

Pour Batter evenly in two pans. (Watch out the batter tastes great!) Mix together one half cup of dry oatmeal, two Tablespoons of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture on top of both loaves.

Bake for one hour.

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