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 michelle@himamma.com
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