Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great Grandmother's Pumpkin Bread

My recipe collection can be categorized quite simply. I possess only three types of recipes. With endless adjectives, most folk break their collections down from breads to soups and everything in between.  

I have only these: 
  • Recipes from 1-3 generations back 
  • Recipes I have collected in every town I’ve visited 
  • Recipes for my animals

See, I absolutely adore talking with people. I love to watch the reactions on their faces to my life long project. It’s a study on human kindness. Recipes give me the perfect equation to document my soul’s delight, watching people smile. 

My son and I enjoy baking and then sharing our baked goods with friends, family and neighbors. I have found that to get and absolute honest smile from anyone, baking and sharing have to be done for no reason. Giving, with no strings attached, continues to baffle folk. This practice used to be common and now, it is my personal mission to bake, share and relentlessly cause random smiles.

Today, I will share with you, my Great Grandmother’s recipe for pumpkin bread. It’s simple to make and we use cupcake tins with baking cups. It’s easier to share and takes a quarter of the time to bake, compared to a loaf pan.

Pumpkin Bread
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup corn oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, vanilla and corn oil, then fold into dry ingredients. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. If using muffin tin, bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Classic Movie Night

Sunday night is classic movie night in our home. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is what I know we will be humming this Monday morning, as we get ready for the day. We started a tradition several years ago of a Sunday Movie Night as having time where we all come together and enjoy each others company. We typically order or make homemade pizza and watch a movie together as a family. We do not watch a lot of tv in our home, so this is a special treat for the girls. Sunday Movie Night was a tradition that my parents started when my sister and I were little. I wanted to incorporated it into our family traditions with our daughters. 

Over the past week my husband and I continued thinking of films that are considered classics and really it is ongoing list. I think it is much easier to think of various novels and stories that fall into the category as a classic.

Here is a list that we created for future Sunday Classic Movie Nights. Do you have a favorite or can think of another movie that might fit the category of a "classic"? If so, please share. 

Granted a few are newer than others but in terms of classics these rank pretty good. 
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Singin’ In the Rain (1952)
  • Sound of Music (1965)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Bright Eyes (1934)
  • A Christmas Story (1983)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • The Black Stallion (1979)
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • The Great Race
  • Modern Times
  • Time Bandits
  • Forrest Gump
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • Back to the Future
  • Oliver Twist
  • It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  • The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
  • Lassie
  • King Kong (1933)
  • Little Women (1933)
  • Anne of Green Gables (1934)
  • Heidi (1937)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
  • The Little Princess (1939)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • The Secret Garden (1949)
  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • Charlotte's Web (1973)
  • The Three Musketeers (1974)
  • The Adventures of the Wilderness Family (1975) and sequel (1978)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and sequel (1979)
  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) and sequel (1978)
  • The Four Musketeers (1975)
  • The Bad News Bears (1976) and sequels (1977, 1978)
  • Annie (1982)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Amazing Kids!

Reaching out and helping others is a way that parents with children/teens are increasingly making volunteering a regular part of their life. Volunteering can run the gamut, whether it's delivering meals, helping to gather canned food for a food pantry, making handmade cards for a senior community, making knotted fleece blankets for an animal shelter, or sharing random act of kindness.  For parents who want to spend time with their kids and teens hanging out with teens, while still contributing to their community, volunteering as a family/group is an ideal activity that will not only help instill values but it develops our future adults’ compassion, gratitude, and empathy and sense of community responsibility. 
One trend that has started in our community are teens getting together to help make a difference. It is a wonderful way for the teens to have fun but also helping another person. It creates an impact and allows them to take responsibility in a positive way. 
One example that took place locally was a group friends from a ballet company/class got together one evening and hosted a Sole Hope Party. Each person brought a pair of old/too small blue jeans and a donation of medical supplies. The blue jeans were cut at the party into what are called “uppers”. These “uppers” are made into shoes for children. Jiggers are a serious problem in Uganda; the jiggers burrow into the soles of children’s feet and lay eggs, which then hatch inside the feet and damage the tissue of the foot, causing great pain and infections. 
The teens loved getting together, they chatted, listened to music and each of them knew that they were working together to make a difference for another community. 
Modern Handmade Child is starting a new section called “Amazing Kids!” We encourage you to share with us families/kids/teens that are making a difference in the community. In return we would share their passion on MHC. To learn more please contact

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter 2014 issue out now!

We're back!  After an extended break, the MHC Team has regrouped, and we are excited beyond belief to present you with our brand new Winter 2014 issue!  Jam-packed full of ideas for how to make this holiday season meaningful and enjoyable for you and your family, from adorable fashions and inspiring interviews, to fun crafts and delicious recipes, you will find it all right here in the Winter 2014 issue of Modern Handmade Child.  Just click on the cover below to view!

* In getting things up and running again, there have inevitably been a few bumps along the way.  Unfortunately, we are still facing a some minor technical glitches with the way a few of the pages are displaying, which we are working on resolving, but we couldn't wait to share our new issue with you!  Enjoy!

Editor of MHC

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Join the MHC Art Journaling Project

Do you like to draw? We are starting a yearlong art journaling project at MHC. Each Monday, we will share five ideas/thought starters to do with your children at home. Art journaling is a great way for kids to express themselves, share what is on their mind and learn new art skills and techniques in a collective place.

The MHC art journaling is a time that we hope your family will enjoy drawing, sharing and continuing to make memories together.

Artwork can be collected in various forms, a few ideas include:
  • A bound journal
  • Handmade journals
  • Blank spiral notebook
  • 8 ½ X 11 sheets of paper and placed in a 3 ring binder
  • Large index cards an hole punched and placed on a ring
If you have other collective ideas of how to place your drawing, please comment below so that we can all learn and share.

To kick off our first week…here is our first weeks list.
  • Sunshine
  • Birds
  • Draw something that you are thankful for.
  • Meet the _____  (place you last name)
  • Leaves

Attempt to expand your children’s art mediums from, say, sketching with pencils to water colors, acrylics, or chalk. One idea might be to create an impression of the same idea, say sunshine, and use a different medium for it every day, and then compare it in the journal. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt and Garlic

There is nothing better after carving your fall pumpkin than roasting the seeds for a delicious treat. Below is one of our family favorites. 

Happy Roasting!

  • pumpkin seeds from your freshly carved pumpkin
  • grape seed oil (or olive oil, butter, vegetable oil, canola oil etc.)
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Powdered garlic or crushed garlic (optional)
  • Baking sheet
  • Spatula
After you have separated the pulp and the seeds from the newly carved pumpkin, place the pumpkin seeds in a colander and rinse under cold running water to remove and separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp. Stir with a spoon the pumpkins seeds so that the water drains off the seeds, as much as possible in the colander.

Drizzle your baking sheet with grape seed oil (or your preferred oil type) and stir the seeds around the oil so that they are all coated. It is recommended to go light on the oil so that it does not make the seeds soggy or take a much longer time to bake. You can always add additional oil if needed.

Spread the pumpkin seed evenly on your baking sheet one layer, sprinkle with sea salt and stir well. If you like garlic, sprinkle garlic powder (or crushed garlic) over the salted pumpkins seeds and then stir around in a single layer, so that the pumpkin seeds are covered.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.  Take them out, give them a stir, and place them back in for another 10 minutes. Our family tends to like them a little more toasted so your timing may very a bit in terms of your roasting taste.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Finds: Birdhouses – All Shapes and Sizes

Birdhouses play an important role in the conservation of birds and have different physical and behavioral needs thus there is not one type of birdhouse that would be suitable to all. The types of birds that will nest on a yard or property are largely determined by the habitat.  Below are few birdhouses that can be enjoyed by many. 

  1. Birdhouse Trailer - Shasta Bird house - Blue/White birdhouses by Birdhouse 20
  2. Wood Bird House Rustic Birdhouse Recycled Metal Flower Simple and Sweet Lime Green, by BaconSquare Farm
  3. Window mounting wren bird house, Cedar Bird House, Wooden Wren House, Natural Finish, Outdoor Birdhouse by Built at Home by John
  4. Redwood Balloon Birdhouse by aveart
  5. Rustic Birdhouse - License Plate Birdhouse - Spoon Birdhouse - Primitive Birdhouse by Rural Originals
  6. Mosaic Stone Bird house and Feeder by Winestone birdhouses

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