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Pin Me ~ Week Five ~ from my Recipes Board ~ Pumpkin Cornbread

4 Feb

So I hadn’t planned on doing another pin from my recipe board so soon….but sometimes necessity wins out.

The motor on the furnace blew and it’s C-O-L-D. Making something in the oven at least heats up the kitchen a bit so that’s why I went in search of a yummy recipe. And I found one in this Pumpkin Cornbread.

If you love pumpkin as much as I do, head over to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen for all matter of yummy pumpkin goodness.

crumble with butter

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup cornmeal
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon molasses

Directions:

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Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8×8″ cake pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, brown sugar, and cornmeal; set aside.

dry

Dry ingredients

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, lightly beat the eggs, and then stir in the pumpkin, oil, and molasses.

wet

Wet Ingredients

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined, and then pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top.

mixed

Wet and dry ingredients combined

Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

baked

Fresh from the oven

Recipe Note:
This recipe makes 12 cornbread muffins, reduce baking time to 10 to 12 minutes

crumbly

Crumbly goodness

After trying it with and without a dab of butter, I decided to drizzle some honey over the top. YUM!

honey

Drizzled with honey

Happy Thang: Eating pumpkin….anything.

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Welcome Out of Town Guests

26 Oct

Out of town guests.  

You either love ’em or hate ’em.

I happen to LOVE playing host to out-of-town guests. It’s a lot of fun to stay up late playing board games or hang out on the patio furniture in the morning, sipping coffee and enjoying a good conversation.

Depending on if you will be spending time with the guests for their entire visit or sending them to do some stuff on their own, here’s some hints and tips for making their stay memorable.

1. If you have a photo of the two of you having fun in the past, put it in a bedside frame. They’ll get a kick out of remembering the good times you’ve shared.

2. Ask them what their favorite drink or snack is and have that available. A little comfort from their home or normal routine is well…comforting.

3. In the guest room, have a couple of books that highlight your town or state. A few recent magazines to flip through and some funny DVDs for them to unwind at the end of the day is always appreciated.

4. Make up a little basket of all those things you have forgotten when you travel: toothpaste, tooth-brush, floss, deodorant, soap, lotion, hair gel, razor, Tylenol, tissues, mints.

5. If you are sending them out to explore on their own, be sure to have maps and review with them where they will be going. Let them know about any discounts or tips for getting around.

6. Make home-made muffins or brownies for those early risers or late night snackers.

 7. Bring them to your “Cheers” (you know the place you frequent and everyone knows your name). They’ll enjoy the extra warmth and great service that gets extended to you.

8. Don’t focus on the tourist stuff only. Take them to a farmers market, an out-of-the-way store that only locals know about or an area where they can appreciate the current season (for instance, the folks visiting this past weekend were from the south, so a quick ride to a town that had beautiful trees with gorgeous fall leaves was a real treat for them, not to mention photo ops galore)!

9. It’s nice to go out to restaurants, but a delicious home cooked meal is always appreciated.

10. And most importantly, don’t forget the small chocolates on the pillow.  

Happy Moment of the Day: A one-liner joke courtesy of Reader’s Digest

“I often wonder about people who live in tropical destinations. What do their screen savers look like? …”

Banana Bread…yum!

10 Apr

Cait, who writes the Pretty and Fun blog, asked via a Tweet today if anybody had a great banana bread recipe. I promised her that I would blog the world’s GREATEST banana bread recipe. I’ve made it in a bread pan and I’ve made it in muffin tins. I leave the nuts out (just personal preference).

This recipe comes from the Delicious Amish Recipes, People’s Place Book No. 5 by Phyllis Pellman Good. If you’ve never been to the Amish country, you must go. Good people. Good food. Good times.

4 cups ripe bananas, cut fine
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

1. Cream bananas, eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla together until smooth. Stir in nuts.
2. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
3. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, blending just until all ingredients are moistened. Do not over-mix.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes in a greased pan.

Then try to wait until it cools just enough that you won’t burn your tongue and enjoy!