recipe……pumpkin bread……

i bake……a lot. that actually may even be an understatement. during fall and holidays, my home usually smells of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar…..all the good stuff. baking (cooking too) brings comfort to me……i bake if my babes have had a particularly rough week at school, i bake in the time of mourning, i bake for ones’ happiness……

every fall i bake pumpkin bread……one thing to know about my baking, i never add salt, even in the butter, always no salt, always unsalted butter…..unless of course if im making something with salted caramel.

this pumpkin bread is so heartwarming. it is insanely good….the flavors marry one another in this eternal bond……..the bread is moist and perfect in so many ways. i love it in the morning with my coffee, my babes enjoy it topped with some homemade whipped cream……its good stuff folks……it freezes very well too (up to 3 months)

 

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3 1/3 c. organic flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp organic cinnamon

1 tsp organic ground nutmeg

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 c. organic granulated sugar

1 1/2 c. organic brown sugar

1 c. vegetable oil

4 organic, cage free, eggs

2/3 c. water

1  15-ounce can of organic can pumpkin

this recipe yields 2 loaves, which you will want 😉

preheat oven to 350. grease loaf pan (standard size 9x5x3 could use other sizes, just adjust bake time accordingly). in a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. set aside.

in a large mixing bowl, combine both sugars and oil. beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well mixed. add eggs and mix well. alternately add flour mixture and the water (starting with the flour mixture and ending with the flour mixture) to sugar/oil mixture beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. beat in pumpkin until mixture is mixed well.

spoon batter into pans, spreading evenly. bake 50-60 mintues, time varies depending on oven and what size breads you are baking. bread is done when toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. cool in pan for 10-20 mintues and remove loaves from pans to cool completely. you should allow the breads to rest overnight (wrap in plastic or put in gallon freezer bags before you do)….however, we have not been able to wait that long to do so.

to store: bread keeps in fridge (wrapped) for up to 1 week or put loaves in freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.

make this bread folks……its fall in a bread. play around with some ideas…maybe top with a streusel, a light frosting….cream cheese, toffee nut, dulce de leche? just a thought.

 

 

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…….Oct.20th……

the sun was bright this morning….no breeze, no songs of birds. the sun started to fade, a breeze picked up and the earth was alive with singing birds, it was almost spring-like. my heart danced….i do enjoy the cloudy skies…..always have.

i opened every window i could to allow nature in my home….the scent, the coolness, the shadows of gray skies against my snow white walls. things were a bit different today. my sweet baby wanted his mama all day…….he is as busy as they come, a lot like his older brother when he was quite young. but he wanted to nurse all day…..linger in my arms a bit longer……twirl his little fingers in my hair to put hisself to sleep.

as i watched him frequent the open window, it was so picturesque. the breeze gently moved his messy hair about, his little chubby hands on the screen as if to grab every piece of nature and keep it all his own. he heard the birds talking and he pointed his little finger out…..”where are you little birdie” as i imagine his thoughts. the clouds moved faster to cover the sun and he would run back to me smiling.

as i watched his every perfection, i knew that i wanted to capture that very moment…..the way he stared at me, his magical little being.

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far from a “perfect” picture….but this is what is perefct to me…for me

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his face of intent

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he has his daddys feet….little porkchops is what we lovingly call them

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his gentle little hands that will one day turn into those of a man…a bit rougher, tales of hard work, no longer fitting into the palms of his mamas hand

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his sweet face….his perfect eyebrows

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his face of hurt feelings……

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………love

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dissecting his lunch and mashing it between his fingers

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my heart…..my sweet Sparrow Moon

….fall fashion im diggin’…..

2 posts in 1 week…..pretty rad. im stoked with what this season brings….cooler weather, cozy fires, dressing the part. i cant wait to bring out my scarves, my boots, my cozy sweaters…..the following photos im using to refresh my own wardrobe.

oxblood nails + stacked rings are just a few of our favorite fall accessory trends!

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this is toatlly me, holding a coffee mug, nails painted a rich winter red and the different variations of the rings is super cool….i could maybe, just maybe, pull it off if i was a tad younger 😉

Fall Booties! I only have one pair from Victoria's Secret that are extremely uncomfortable. I need more of these!

 

 

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flattery.ca Literally wear mine all the time, best booties ever!!!

 

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both photos above showcase some super rad booties…..i would love a pair or 2…

There's something really appealing about this scarf. It doesn't take itself seriously, the lace makes it seem more delicate :)

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really diggin’ the lace incorporated with the fabric on this scarf

grey infinity loop; anthropologie

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i am a huge fan of anthropologie and this scarf is no exception…

Plaid infinity scarf with leather snap placket?! yes please!

System63 on Etsy

i LOVE plaid….always have….go take a gander at this girls shop on Etsy…System 63….she has some seriously rad things over there and she is obviously crazy talented

Superdry Lumberjack Hood - but the price >.

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speaking of plaid……i think i need this….i mean, i know i want it, but i need it

Style Scrapbook: Plaid Jacket + Dress + Wide Brim Hat

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love….

H&M Fall Fashion Trends - Classy Grey Jacket #H&M #Jackets  Get a 20% H&M Coupon Code here - http://www.thriftymoment.com/search?h=%23hm

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my style….completely….love h&m

Best gray, taupe and brown nail polish colors! stylingmyeveryday.com

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i love me some nail polish…..apparently passed that trait on to my girls. “me time” is not too often as i am a busy wife and mom of 4….but when/if the time arrives, i lock myself in the bathroom and paint my fingernails and tootsies. it makes me feel good, its that extra accessory for me but without spending and insane amount of time. the color board of nailpolishes above i feel like were put together just for me….brilliant colors

butter LONDON 'Steampunk Ball' Nail Lacquer Collection (Limited Edition) ($60 Value) | Nordstrom

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the butter steampunk collection is pretty lovely and i must say how much i love this brand. if i can afford it and nail polish is in the budget, i usually buy butter/london or essie. great polishes!

one of the reasons i love to blog is to share my ideas and thoughts, like hopefully others out there live in the same dream world where money isnt a concern and we can afford all of these outfits and such…..the following outfits live in my dream in my dream world……..;)

Casual Outfit Ideas for Women 2014 | Casual Plaid Outfit, plaid shirt, tan scalf, Skinnies and Brown Knee ...

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my outfit for apple picking…

2014 fashions for women:Black sweater, jeans, black bag, glasses and shoes for ladies

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my outfit for casual saturday….

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outfit for date night…..really need more date nights…..

it’s not just the look of things, but the colors, the atmospheres…..that make fall “fall” i know im walking away from this post with tons of inspiration…..xoxo

 

……Home Tour, Country Living, Baked Goods

how do i decorate? what style do i gravitate towards? what color/s do i use in my home? click on any/every photo to enlarge…

let me first off state that i adore the Country Living magazine, as long as i have known about it, i have adored it. got it from my mama….one of my dreams is to be featured in a publication….fingers crossed. i love that Country Living scours the blogging world to find future homes to showcase and i can only hope that one day, i will have that home they are looking for…..fingers crossed again. my current camera does not have all of these fancy options to achieve a “perfected” look, but if i dont get my ideas and such out there, however will i be noticed, shabby camera and all? so i would like to start with my decor theme. i love love love gray and white, with earth tones here and there. i love industrial, french chic, farmhouse, eclectic….all rolled into one.

change of course here…..one of my passions is baking. i host bake sales at my home and use what is currently in season. majority of what i bake/make is organic. i never use boxed mixes, i have quit using dyes and start my baking days a lot of the time before the sun decides to wake. i know it sounds cliche….but i put a little love in my baked goods and i am very pleased with how well my bake sales do and the amazing amount of positive feedback i receive really just makes my heart happy. i will share some pics of what i bake

so there you have it….home tour, Country Living, baked goods

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my home is about 75 years old with a lot of original work and this fireplace is one of them. i adore our fireplace. i dont do a whole lot of decorating for halloween and i only add a few touches of “fall like” decor. which means more muted colors and some leaves here and there.

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the framed picture is a Goodwill find priced at $3….the vintage print is currently priced at $40 online….score! the “O” represents the intial of my last name. i bought it at Hobby Lobby for $2.5 (it was heavily clearenced) i painted it a gray shade and sanded it down to achieve more of a vintage look. i bought the terrarium at Home Goods clearenced down to $4 because it was missing a couple of glass panels, i simply added a birch log (thank you Mother Nature) and some ivy from my local nursery. i love this terrarium, it does a lot of hosting of vignettes throughout the year and i love the rustic look of it. the glass bottle was another clearence find at Target, i love the French text of it and how it looks like an oversized apothecary bottle. i threw in some twine….because i love twine

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this owl is huge, heavy and one of my most prized possessions….i should say obsession. he is perfect, original price tag of $40, bought it for $15 because he has a slight chunk missing in a place no one will look……he is completely rad.

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love him…..

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bought this candle lantern at Goodwill with Pottery Barn tags still on…..$2….score

 

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built-in bookshelves, one of the originals in my home and it is the perfect space to display my oddities, collections and totally rad finds.

 

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i bought this little $0.88 pumpkin and painted it a matte black shade, put it on a cloche base and used some live moss as fillers…..love the contrast.

 

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my feather loot collected on my walks is a nice homage to nature and using an au naturel look in the home….its simple but i love the statement.

 

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a dried hydrangea from my garden that diplays another natural aspect that i really try to bring into my home…..displayed in a petite vintage square cake pan. the colors are serene and have a slight look of fall

 

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a little collection of books that i like to look in for inspiration. the Vintage by Nina book is my all time fave and seems that everytime i look into it, there is something new

 

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a sweet little nest adorned with some lovely fall leaves

 

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another cool owl….this one a bit more playful, not as serious as the other, but still a ridiculous price i paid of $4 at Home Goods….the stuff they clearence trips me out sometimes

 

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this is a cool statement piece i have hanging on my living room wall. meant to look like an idustrial, rustic chandy. i took a vintage wood frame that was a horrid brownish color and painted it white and sanded some areas to achieve a bit of a worn look. i begged,pleaded, whined nicely asked my husband who jumped with joy 😉 and nailed the frame to the ceiling for me. i had this dome shape accent piece that was not created for what i am using it for, but that makes some of the best design pieces (which I bought for $4….and it is huge), i hung up some real crystal accents i borrowed from my real chandelier and voila! a super rad design piece. please excuse my tiled ceilings…….ha!

 

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close up the frame

 

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close up the crystals

 

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one of my favorite purchases is this antique physicians table that i bought for a mere $20….it has these secret drawers and cubbies…..love

 

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i bought this vintage inspired cylinder bottle set at World Market. i dipped some of my feathers in gold paint and placed them in the glass bottles for chic look. i really love how the feathers turned out

 

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close up of feathers

 

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another view of my bookshelf

 

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industrial rustic type chandy

 

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another view of the fireplace

now onto the baked goods…….

 

homemade cinnamon roll….not yet frosted, but it was so delicious without

caramel marshmallows….yes, homemade

vanilla marshmallows….and again, yes, homemade

 

double chocolate and triple vanilla cupcakes

homemade graham crackers with homemade marshmallows

there is a lot…..a lot more where they came from…….

thank you all for reading and following along, i am quite grateful! xoxo