As a child, my mom always made what I consider to be the world’s best pumpkin bread around this time of year and ever since I have been hooked on just about anything pumpkin! Her pumpkin bread is moist and delicious and ADDICTING! While it is almost a shame that pumpkin bread isn’t baked throughout the year (this recipe is made with canned pumpkin so it is readily available anytime), I think making it available for a “limited time” helps it keep it’s magic.
This year I convinced my mom (love you, mom!) to share her recipe with me, and you, and I have been baking it with my son with hopes that he too will have delicious and magical memories of his mom and pumpkin bread. The recipe has been given a twist to make it gluten free, but if gluten isn’t an issue for you just use regular flour and omit the xanthan gum.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Get it while you can!
- 2/3 c softened butter
- 2 2/3 c sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 16 oz can pumpkin
- 2/3 c water
- 3 1/3 c gluten free flour
- 2.5 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 3/4 c raisins
- 2/3 c chopped nuts (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease 2 loaf pans and line the bottom with wax paper.
- Cream together softened butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy.
- Add eggs, water, and pumpkin and beat together.
- Blend in flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, and cinnamon.
- Stir in raisins and nuts (optional).
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until baked through. (Check with a toothpick)
- The recipe has been given a twist to make it gluten free, but if gluten isn't an issue for you just use regular flour and omit the xanthan gum.
My Dearest Autumn,
Oh, how I have missed you so! It’s been a long, hot summer and I have eagerly been awaiting your return. It has officially been fall for almost a week now, but it was just yesterday that I truly noticed your presence. The air was marked with a cool crispness that did not exist the day before, there were leaves on the ground for the first time, and it just felt different.
Thoughts of getting the boxes filled with fall décor out of the attic and decorating the house with pumpkins, gourds, and all things autumn played on repeat in my mind all day. I longed to stockpile pumpkin butter from Trader Joes, to snuggle by the fire, and to cozy up with sweaters, scarves, and boots. However, I feared that you would sneak away in the night and because of this, did not give into my urge to decorate for fall.
Alas, my fears proved true and as temperatures shot back up into the high 80’s today, my heart broke. Nevertheless, I was happy you were here, even if it was only for a flicker in time. Enclosed are photos of some of our times together – I will cling to memories of years past to get me through this seemingly endless summer.
Do you remember the fall tables we set with No-Sew Burlap Table Runners?
Do you recall some of the autumn desserts we made? Such sweet memories for me!
Autumn, please come back soon, and stick around for a while. I will embrace you with open arms.
As mentioned in our last post, we won a trip to the Bethenny Frankel show and launch party in New York City! Our trip started very early on a Thursday morning. We had a quick and smooth flight, landed in New York, and grabbed a car into the city. We were blessed with a very comical driver from Haiti. Luckily, he knew all of the short cuts and side streets that helped us avoid the rush hour traffic into the city. He was very happy to stop for us so we could pick up a cold bottle of bubbly to kick off our trip! The afternoon in New York was gorgeous! And the weather throughout the trip was amazing!
We arrived at the W in Times Square. We quickly freshened up before meeting my sister and friend for drinks and a bite to eat. While looking for just the spot on Restaurant Row, we ran into the filming of HBO’s Girls.
Up at 6:00AM on Friday morning to get ready for the show. We arrived down at the lobby for our transportation. At that point, we learned that there were many, many winners. And we were surprised at the size of the contest. There were many contests that had gone on around the country, ours was the online contest where 9 winners and a friend would be chosen. But Bethenny had done a tour around the country over the summer and she granted trips to people from those tours as well. What a treat for so many people!
We decided to bring Bethenny a hostess gift. Dawn made her famous and insanely delicious gluten free, soy free, and dairy free carrot cakes and Christine, her gluten free, soy free, and dairy free lemon poppy seed cakes. We lugged those puppies across the country in hopes to get them to her.
The night before, Christine’s sister, who met us in the city for a visit, worked the heck out of this bow making it just right for Bethenny (thanks, Marie)! When we had to go through security, we looked at each other and got nervous. Luckily, we didn’t have to open it! Phew!
After the show, we grabbed a bite to eat, and headed back to our hotel room for a quick nap – and we mean quick! It was off to the cocktail party to meet Bethenny!
In the entrance of the event, these words were projected on the wall – they’ll be the contents of the show!
Of course, it was a fully stocked Skinnygirl Cocktails bar!!!
Bethenny entered the party surrounded by an entourage of good looking men and women all dressed in her theme color – hot pink! They were playing her theme song, which turned out to be the theme of her tour – “Calling All My Girls”. It’s a catchy one! We’re still singing it. The old school entertainment was Salt N’ Peppa! HELLO!? They were great!
We were so honored to have the chance to meet Bethenny! She was extremely friendly and just as you’d imagine her to be! Christine was telling her everything she needed to (her mouth is moving – as usual)!
Before the night ended, we had the chance to say a “thank you” and give Bethenny a hug. Then we went back to our hotel room and ate left over cold pizza and calzone, rented an extremely predictable love story, and hit the hay! It had been a very, very long day!
The next day, we finished our stay in the city off with a visit to Central Park and New York’s Fashion week.
Thank you to those who joined us on this amazing and fun journey! We enjoyed your company. The show that we attended will be airing tomorrow, Monday, September 16, 2013. We hope you’ll watch it!
Hello, All! We hope August was good to you! Our’s went fast, and was not the “down time” that we anticipated or needed. Instead, we might have been busier than ever. However, we learned a lot about our business, what we really love to do and what we want to focus on in the future.
When we started this business/blog, we knew it would be a combination of things – DIY projects, recipes, entertainment and party ideas, and other ways to inspire our readers. We certainly hope that we’ve done that. But we felt that we needed a better focus. And so we set out to find out just what that “focus” was. After meetings with friends, and business associates, we did figure it out and we are thrilled and can’t wait to share that with you. Stay tuned to learn more about it. It’s coming very soon!
The first of August, I left my career of seven years as a Program Consultant for a physical education curriculum company to pursue my business here at Simply Tangerine. I also needed to be a little more available to my children as they started kindergarten and preschool.
I removed the training wheels from my daughter’s bike and my husband taught her how to ride. He also taught her how to play golf – my personal fave, and even bought her a set of pink golf clubs!!! We also took part in one of America’s favorite past times, baseball, and watched the Yankee’s beat the Padres. I loved it more than the Padres fans I was with, but I got to see Mariano Rivera pitch one of his last games before he retires. He’s the best closer in baseball!
Before school began, we took the kids to Disneyland for a couple of days. It was so much fun. I never understood why people wait for their children to be of a certain age to do that, but I think I get it now. It’s actually more fun for you to watch the children’s reactions when they see their favorite characters or go on the infamous Disney rides. It was a blast and I can’t wait to go back!
In July, I entered myself and Dawn into a contest to go to New York for the launch of Bethenny Frankel’s new daytime talk show. The contest was to tell them in less than 300 words why you’re her biggest fan! If you’ve read our story or know anything about us, this business was founded while sipping Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka. I’ve been watching Bethenny since her days on Martha Stewart’s Apprentice. And I’ve read her books. So, when the marketing group that was running the contest contacted me, Dawn and I were together and we explained to them just how much we admired Bethenny’s drive and persistence to pursue her dreams. And we could identify with her entrepreneurial spirit! She told us that this could be the one and only call we would get, or we could be hearing from the show. The next call we got was from the show, telling us that we won! We were together again when we got the great news, and we had to put them on hold so that we could scream! We were so excited!
And stay tuned to see what the next phase of Simply Tangerine is. We’re back and we’re excited!
Dear Simply Tangerine Readers,
Would you believe it if we told you that Simply Tangerine is almost a year old?!?! We can hardly believe it either! We have had so much fun with you on this adventure and can’t wait for the great times ahead!
To celebrate, we are going to take some time off to slow down, recharge our creative batteries, and spend some time with our kids before the school year begins. We have a number of projects in the hopper and we can’t wait to share them with you. Don’t be surprised if we post something here and there while we are on “vacation” – we love Simply Tangerine so much it’s hard to stay away, but expect us back full steam ahead at the beginning of September.
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