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)
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