Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe

There’s a recipe that I’ve had in my baking arsenal for longer than I want to admit to.  I look forward to making it every year when the leaves start turning and the temperatures drop.  Actually, I don’t look forward to making it as much as I look forward to eating it. It’s a dressed up pumpkin bread, officially named Harvest Loaf Cake.  (Maybe that’s why I like it so much – it’s as much “cake” as it is “bread”!).  It is sweet, pumpkin-y, and loaded with yummy chocolate chips and walnuts.  (If you’re crazy, you can leave the walnuts out.)

Today I’m going to share with you this perennial Field family favorite.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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Combine the flour with the baking soda, salt, and spices.  Cream the butter, gradually adding the sugar. Beat until it’s nice and fluffy.  Then add the eggs.

While beating at low speed, add dry ingredients alternately with the pumpkin, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

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Stir in the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

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Turn into greased loaf pan.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts.  Bake at 350 degrees for 65-75 minutes.  Cool.  Drizzle with glaze (optional, but one of the best parts of the recipe!).

Now here’s the very hardest part of this recipe:  Let bread stand 6 hours before cutting.  If you can do that, you’re a better woman than I am!

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Harvest Loaf Cake

1-3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 cup butter (or margarine)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup canned pumpkin

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Grease the bottom of a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.  Combine the flour with the baking soda, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, cream the butter.  Gradually add the sugar while beating. Blend 2 eggs into butter/sugar mixture and beat well. At low speed, add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter/sugar/egg mixture, alternately with the pumpkin.  Stir in the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the walnuts. Turn into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 65-76 minutes, or until center of loaf is done. Cool. Drizzle with glaze. Let stand 6 hours before cutting.  Makes one 9 x 5 loaf.

Glaze

Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar,1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.  Blend in 1-2 tablespoons cream and stir to make a thin glaze.

Simple Faux Roman Shade Tutorial

My husband and I recently bought our first home and have been working our tails off renovating it. The bulk of the work has gone into the kitchen, which was a touching homage to outdated 80s and 90s style. Thankfully, there weren’t any major issues to repair, but from the heavily worn-out blonde laminate flooring to the honey oak cabinetry to the baby blue countertops–yes, you read that correctly–it needed some serious updating.

After installing new dark wood flooring, repainting the cabinets to a crisp white, replacing the light fixtures, sink, and especially the unusual countertops, we had a fresh-looking kitchen that was a lovely blank slate . . . but it was in serious need of some color. A bright and happy curtain on the picture window above the kitchen sink seemed like a great way to introduce some personality to the room.

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Since I have no plans to actually use this curtain as a true Roman shade, I came up with a simpler, easier way to create the look of a Roman shade with much less work involved. It was quick and easy and only took about an hour to pull together. And I love the vibrant color and pattern it brings into my kitchen!

Start by measuring your window–mine was 53″ horizontally, and I wanted my shade to fall about 17″ vertically. Add 2″ to your horizontal measurement for seam allowance, and 3.5″ to your vertical measurement for seam allowance and to sew a ‘pocket’ for the curtain rod to pass through. (So, for my window, this came to 55″ x 20.5″.) Iron your fabric well, and make your cuts. (My fabric happened to be 55″ exactly, including selvage, so I only had to cut the vertical measurement.)

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On to the sewing! We’ll start with the two horizontal side seams. Fold the short sides (the 20.5″ long sides) in 1/2″ and press; fold in another 1/2″ again, press, and pin.Image

Use your sewing machine to stitch down both sides, close to the inner folded edge.

If your fabric has a top end (mine didn’t), fold the top long edge in 1/2″ and press. Then fold it in another 2 inches, press, and pin. Stitch along the lower folded edge, creating a pocket.

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Now fold up the bottom edge 1/2″ and press, fold another 1/2″, press and pin, and stitch (just like the sides).

Done with the sewing! You should have a nicely hemmed rectangle, ready to hang. I used a tension rod to hang this in my window space. If you like, you can of course leave the curtain just as it is, hanging straight.

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Or if you prefer the Roman shade look (I do!), it’s simple to do. Just find a ribbon that coordinates with your curtain fabric and cut two pieces of it that are twice the length of your curtain, plus a few inches (I just draped the ribbon over the curtain after I hung it up, let it dangle a few inches past the curtain length, and cut it). Loop the ribbon over the curtain, cinch it up until it’s a length you’re happy with, and tie a bow. You can either roll the fabric a bit inside the ribbon loops, or just fold it a little so that it sits nicely in the ribbons, and you’re all set!

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If you’d like to see more pictures of my kitchen renovation, DIY projects, etc., come visit me at Maybe Matilda!

— Rachel —

(Linking up this post at Brassy Apple, Making the World Cuter, Keeping It Simple,)

It’s a Cowboy Christmas at Bungalow Boutique

This year we’re celebrating a Cowboy Christmas here at Bungalow Boutique! We’re getting ready to welcome lots and lots of cowboys to town for the annual Cowboy Poetry and Bukaroo Fair, so we figured it would be appropriate to welcome them cowboy style.

So here we go with our Cowboy Christmas:

We’ll let you come in for yourself to see all the other great cowboy Christmas products – like our glitter pistol ornaments, real leather saddle ornaments, and felted cowboy hat ornaments.

And for you non-cowboys, rest assured – we have plenty of darling Christmas decorations and inspirations for you as well.  Here’s a sneak peak,

‘Tis the season.  Stop in to see us soon if you need a little Christmas spirit.