Happy Sunday, friends! Welcome to my weekly lifestyle post called Sunday Mornings at Home!
It is finally feeling a little like fall, y’all, in Texas and I love each breeze.
Sitting outside with morning coffee is one of my favorite activities…but speaking of favorites….
It Is time for me to sing my song…my own lyrics to the tune of My Favorite Things…
“Pumpkins on porches, And golden sunflowers, autumn leaves falling, spice candles for hours, pumpkin spice coffees, fall festival flings, these are a few of my favorite things!”
I hope this gets us all in the mood for a wonderful Fall Sunday…so let’s get our favorite beverage and settle down for Sunday Mornings at Home1
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: ONE GREAT RECIPE IS ALL IT TAKES
Last week, my daughter took me to one of her favorite eateries in Abilene, TX….Hickory Street Cafe.
This home cooking menu is built around one great recipe of Zucchini Bread…and it is delicious.
The bread is the star…it comes with meals, is a side you can order separately, and available in loaves to walk out carrying for later.
I was fascinated with how each menu item complimented the bread…or vice versa. And I love eateries in old houses with tea room settings.
But, this got me to thinking…
If I built a menu around my pumpkin bread, what would it look like?
I think I missed an opportunity…after all…my pumpkin bread won an award from a Dallas newspaper and has been complimented by Texas restaurant owners.
I have tweaked it over the years, until I got it just right and now I am making my own Pumpkin Spice seasoning.
But, I suppose at my age, that cooking it for family and friends and the smiles it brings is enough.
One of my grandsons was excited last week to include it in his school lunches.
In case you missed it, here is the recipe:
Gigi’s Pumpkin Bread (Use to be Pam’s, but now I like my Grandmother name!)
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I like the rich flavor of saigon cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon of cloves (or can use pumpkin pie spice)
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs (room temperature)
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla
2/3 cup of water
2 cups of sugar
1 can of pumpkin or 2 cups of fresh roasted pumpkin (it is good both ways, but exceptionally good with the fresh pumpkin)
Mix all dry ingredients together…sift if you still sift…and set aside. Mix together the sugar, oil, water until smooth. Add eggs one by one. Add the dry ingredients and eggs alternately mixing well after each.
Add vanilla at the end and mix well.
This recipe will make three of the traditional loaf pans, or two larger ones. Bake at 350 for one hour…don’t over cook or it will be dry. I have also made an oatmeal, cinnamon, and brown sugar streusel topping and put on it and that is really good for variety.
I also have one of these pans and use it when I make this for gifts (and it is on sale!). NORDIC WARE BOTANICAL PUMPKIN LOAF PAN.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: MORE FALL HOME DECOR
I helped my daughter do a little fall home decor while I was there.
Her husband really got into it and with his talents turned their back patio into a pumpkin patch setting.
I started with the front door with flowers , hay bales, and pumpkins on either side of the door and an autumn door mat.
One of our readers named Nancy D, sent her fireplace decor in with this note: “Just wanted to share my fireplace. I couldn’t wait to decorate for fall. The antique copper tub was my Mom’s, I added a knitted pumpkin, velvet and real pumpkins. This will stay thru to Thanksgiving.”
It is lovely Nancy and I really love that you have your antique copper tub from your mom.
This is our second reader-share on home decor. Anyone else? I would love to see and share your decorations…just send to email@example.com!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: TIS’THE SEASON FOR COSTUMES
I have told you before that I have a precious grandson who LOVES to dress up…all year long!
Here he is wearing what we brought him from our Alaskan cruise…each grandchild received a gift from our trip.
However, this time of year, the stores are stocked with costumes and this guy always wants to come home with one…last week…here are a couple of his additions to the collection…
He has no idea who Tim The Tool man Taylor is…but he liked the tool set and the working man look!
Of course, I adore his creativity!
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: PERSPECTIVE
As we enter a new week, I encourage you to choose to see beauty around you.
I took this picture one evening as a storm was brewing and just loved he color.
But, when I showed it to a friend, she said…how can you enjoy this picture with those power lines.
I honestly did not notice the power lines…just the beauty of the clouds.
Be the one who sees the clouds and is not bothered by the power lines…there is beauty all around.
Any thoughts from this Sunday Mornings at Home? I am slowly getting back into my life, so I hope to have more fun for you this week.
Enjoy this glorious fall day….and……
By Pamela Lutrell
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