Monday, November 29, 2010

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We did. I am always relieved when the turkey comes out of the oven, and I realize I haven't ruined it. It tasted very good this year, and to my delight and surprise there was a gravy packet in the turkey! I am now a loyal Jenny-O customer.

We put our tree up on Friday and decorated the house. It looks great. I may try to put a picture up in a few days. Today I wanted to talk music. I am a musician. I love music. And I really love Christmas music. I still have the first Christmas carol book I played out of when I was 7 years old. I have very fond memories of listening to Christmas music growing up. My mom was partial to Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, and Evie. Over the years I have collected my own favorites. Here they are in no particular order:

                                                Christmas - Michael W Smith
                                                Christmastime-Michael W Smith
                                                It's the Thought That Counts - Twila Paris
                                                Peace On Earth - Casting Crowns
                                                One Christmas Eve - Wayne Watson
                                                A Christmas Story - Point of Grace

I must say, Christmas by Michael W Smith is probably my favorite. It came out shortly after Russty and I were married. Listening to it makes me feel like a newly wed again. What are some of your favorites?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin Bread

I mentioned yesterday that I might be trying a pumpkin bread recipe. My mom loves pumpkin bread, and she has mentioned several times that she has had trouble finding it in the Walmart bakery this year. Well, the thought of my mother wandering through the Walmart bakery not finding pumpkin bread broke my heart. Of course I pulled every cook book I owned off the shelf, and made finding a good recipe a priority.

As it turned out , I only found one. It is very good. I have set one loaf aside for my mother, and the other we have been nibbling off of all morning. Here it is. It goes really well with coffee.

                                            Pumpkin Bread

                                            1&1/2 cups sugar
                                            1/2cup oil
                                            2 eggs
                                            1/3 cup cold water
                                            1 cup pumpkin
                                            1/2 chopped nuts
                                            1 3/4 all purpose flour
                                            1 teaspoon baking soda
                                            1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
                                            1 teaspoon cinnamon
                                            1/4 teaspoon salt
                                            1/2 cup chopped dates

Cream together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, then add water and pumpkin. Sift and add the flour, baking soda , nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves. Wrap in foil immediately to retain moisture.

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving  tomorrow? I think I am. I have reviewed the turkey and gravy tutorials on, my turkey is thawed, and I am ready to wrestle it into submission tomorrow morning.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Banana Bread

I love baked goods. Cookies, cinnamon rolls, muffins, 'em. Give me a muffin and a cup of coffee and I am happy. I have a very tasty banana bread recipe I thought I would share today. I baked it last night so we could have it for breakfast this morning. Yes, I had it with a cup of coffee, and yes, I was happy. Here it is:

                                  Banana Bread
                                  1 cup of butter or margarine
                                  1/2 cup of white sugar
                                  1/2 cup of brown sugar
                                  1 cup ripe mashed bananas
                                  2 cups all-purpose flour
                                  2 eggs
                                  1 teaspoon baking soda
                                  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                  1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Cream butter and sugar, add all other ingredients. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Serve warm with butter or cream cheese spread ( and coffee).

I might be trying my hand at pumpkin bread tonight. We'll see. Do any of you have any recipes that go great with coffee? I'd love to try them.

Monday, November 22, 2010

My First Post

I have been wanting to blog for a while. I look at other people's blogs and think "wow, that would be fun". Then the reality sets in that I would have to write about something. That presents a problem since I tend be shy. So this is an experiment for me. Can I come up with things to write about? We'll see. It should be fun.