Wednesday, October 19, 2011

a tale of pumpkin bread & a broken nose

while the pumpkins have been displayed around the house for a few weeks
& the mums have been on the porch long enough that they're actually struggling to hang on, 
fall doesn't officially begin at our home until the first loaf of pumpkin bread has been baked.

caroline has been kindly asking for her favorite treat for several days. she & i locked pinkies in an official pinkie promise yesterday before she walked out the door. the promise being that she would indeed walk in the door to that glorious smell.

i had fully intended on going all pioneer woman on ya'll & photographing the process. or at least featuring a slice of the glorious bread on a plate, maybe a few crumbs placed strategically around. as real life would have it, i was in such a hurry that i just dumped all the ingredients in a big bowl at once. no mixing dry ingredients first. no whisking the eggs before adding them. & if truth be told, i popped those babies in the oven before the oven was completely preheated. & friends, this is old school pumpkin bread. complete with bleached white flour. 
i hang my head in shame.

60 minutes later, my kitchen smelled like heaven & despite myself, i had two perfect loaves of chocolate chip pumpkin bread. clearly a fool proof recipe. this was given to me years ago by a friend & i'll gladly share with you.  it yields two loaves so you can share the love with your neighbor.

Pumpkin Bread
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 c sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs
1 can pumpkin ( not filling)
1 c oil
1 c water
1 pack mini chocolate chips

bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes. yields 2  9 inch loaf pans

i'm heading out with madison this morning 
to have, her as the orthopedist put it,  "whoa, that's most certainly a broken nose" nose reset.

while her nose is obviously broken,with it's extra dent down the center
& leaning off to the right
complete with her shiner
& swollen face
the child is much much more disappointed that she will not be allowed
to compete in their final competition saturday.

last night as we sat around the dinner table
dan prayed & thanked the Lord for our blessings,
& asked that "everything be straightened out today".....

"straightened out"?
i cracked up out loud during that prayer.
the guy loves a chance to throw a corny pun
( see what you're missing out on savannah?)

since we're going down in a blaze of glory with our old school pumpkin bread,
i thought she might need a couple more comfort items when she gets home today.
please don't judge me.


leigh ann m said...

It would have to be a very special neighbor for me to share my pumpkin bread!! haha--we have the same recipe!! xoxox

Douglasfam said...

sweet mama! sometimes ice cream just does the trick! working on some pumpkin bread myself today! with regular old white flour! shame!

Sally Bufton said...

Sounds like a good time at your house ... except the nose and that is is a huge OUCH!!!! Love the pic of the girls behind the bread!!!! Beautiful!!!!!

Jen Kershner said...

That poor girl! I cringed just reading about getting her nose reset. I haven't made my annual pumpkin chocolate chip bread yet. I will have to see how your recipe compares to mine which was also given to me by a friend several years ago. Hope your girl is indeed straightened out and comforted by all those yummies.

Jboo said...

Wow -- can almost smell that pumpkin bread!

Hope your cheerleader feels better today. Dan is a funny man! :)


Birdie Pearl said...

So sorry about Madison. Thank goodness she has you as her mama to help her through. Well, you and all those goodies. No judgement here - looks like a sick day at my house! Take care and thanks for sharing the pumpkin bread!

sle said...

Praying all is well with the nose and the school workload!! Will be making that bread soon! xoxoxo!!

Hillcrest Acres said...

The pumpkin bread looks delicious!!!!! Hope everything goes well with the nose resetting.

Talia said...

Oh, poor Madison. The pumpkin bread looks amazing. I think making it is on my weekend 'to do' list!

No judgement here -- I would have done the very same thing.

3 Peanuts said...

I will pray for Madison today. And I am not judging. Not at all. I would taste test any of this fromt he pumpkin bread to the ice cream:)

But I am getting chubby just looking at all that yummy comfort food!

Susan R said...

I suspect the Good Lord enjoys a bit of straight talk and a bit of humor every now and then. Maybe Dan wasn't really meaning it the way it came out. I remember helping some friends from college move and a group of us youth all gathered together to say a prayer and the one saying the prayer said something like, "please bless us all to have a smooth move." Several of us started laughing during the prayer.
By the way, I love the pumpkin bread...I'm trying it. Anything that you can add chocolate chips to is a good recipe in my book. I add chocolate chips to my banana bread and to my chili.

Debby said...

Oh sorry about the nose. I hope it gets taken care of soon.
Any way that she wil be able to compete? Sad.
Pumpkin bread and goodies look yummy.

Lulu and Co. said...

I just purchased my cans of pumpkin and chocolate chips...but still need to whisk, dump and bake my bread!!
Sending your daughter lots of sweet hugs! Hope her nose heals quickly! The treats would definitely help me~ you are a good mom!!!

Kat said...

I LOVE pumpkin bread. I hope Madi's appointment goes well. I need make a few loaves myself. Love it with a cup of tea! Hope to see you soon. Been busy with Mom and Dad the last few weeks.

Suzanne said...

okay...we cook alike (dump in at once is my favorite way) and no apologies necessary when it comes to comfort food/snacks. I'm so sorry for sweet Madison. Sending hugs your way too...since moms feel every bump, bruise and broken bone that happens to our babies:)

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

Oh poor thing....I broke my nose in 6th grade and I thought my life was over. HA!
I can only imagine being in highschool. Yikes. the poor dear :(

I am most definitely NOT judging you for white flour and chocolate. Who would do such a thing!! ;)

Hugs for everyone!


Alecia said...

Oh, I can't WAIT to try that yummy lookin' pumpkin bread!!! :-) I might just have to got to the grocery store this evening and get the stuff...I have friends visiting...I could give them a loaf for their hotel room!

Dan...hilarious! I hope Madison does well and has fast healing in Jesus name!

Kelli said...

No judgment here! I laugh out loud at Dan's prayer...that's hilarious! I hope your girl feels better soon and that she has some peace with those tests coming up. Gotta make myself (and Rondell) some of that pumpkin bread.

Maggie said...

Ugh having it "set" back in place just send chills up my spine... I have a pumpkin muffin recipe ya'll might like. And this can be put in a loaf pan.

1 box of spice cake mix (don't add any oil, eggs, NOTHING just the dry mix itself)
1 can of regular pumpkin (Not FILLING)
1 bag of Hersey's cinnamon chips
Bake at 350
** When your mixing it, it may seem you need to add a liquid or something but don't just keep mixing. The pumpkin takes a while to mix together.

Ruth Grigson said...

So sorry about Madison! I hope she heals quickly. There's a little something on the way to your house that may be a little pick-me-up for all you ladies.

Your pumpkin bread looks delicious! If you do need a recipe made with whole wheat bread, I can email you mine. I've been on a mission to find a good one, and I think I finally did. I learned the hard way that pumpkin bread needs some sugar, otherwise, what's the point?!

Lindsey said...

A broken nose is most definitely no fun...but it looks like you have some great "medicine" for her to come home to!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

That pumpkin bread sounds divine!! And you know, a broken nose (and missing competition) most certainly deserves lots and lots of icecream!! xoxo

Jodi said...

Oh, I am so sorry for sweet Madison; so not fun! I am sure the sweets help, how can it not! :)I will be thinking about her.

The pumpkin bread,....definately going to make, YUM!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Take care and hugs to Madison!

Curtis said...

Paige the pumpkin bread looks yummy, in your recipe you did not say what size can of pumpkin you used.... is it the 29oz. can or the 15.5 oz. can? just wondering, want to make this for company coming this next week end!!
Blessings to you and yours..... and so sorry about the broken nose =(....
Curtis & Sherrie