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Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Loaf.  This loaf of pumpkin bread is made with 1 cup of pumpkin and 1 cup of applesauce. It just screams fall! It is full of goodness, sweetness, and happiness.


I found this cute finger play poem for Jayd and we loved it!

We sat down and welcomed Mr. Pumpkin.

Mr. Pumpkin

by Ruth I. Dowell

Mr. Pumpkin! Well, hello! 

wave hello

You’re back again this year!

I see your eyes; I see your nose;

point to eyes then to nose

 You’re grinning ear to ear!

trace grin on face with finger

Inside we’ll put a candle stick

curve left arm around like a round pumpkin

To make a lantern light;

put right hand into curve of left arm

 Then, set you on the old front porch

move left (curved) arm onto floor or lap

And let you shine all night!

hold both arms up, palm up


There is a Mr. Pumpkin (goodbye) that is absolutely adorable for the next up and coming holiday of Thanksgiving. You must check out her book!


I am truly loving this book and this pumpkin loaf.

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin bread

I follow Kneaders on Instagram and they have had a count down for the release of their pumpkin bread. For the last five days I have seen pictures of their pumpkin bread on their feed. It made me want to make it and so I did. I was so glad I did, because I was in charge of bringing some bread to an activity and so I knew it had to be this bread.

And…. a new month is coming tomorrow. September. The start of Fall. The start of all things pumpkin. I love pumpkin season!

pumpkin bread

pumpkin bread


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Maple Butter

Maple Butter

maple butter

“You are the bread to my butter, and the breath to my life”

-Julia Child

I love breads! I mean really love them! On almost any diet… I still to have my breads! I think of those who give them up for their diets or to be healthier and I think they are crazy!! I mean come on… who doesn’t love a good roll with their dinner, soup, or meal!

And for breakfast… who doesn’t love a big stack of pancakes, or french toast, or muffins!

Me… I just love them!

I wanted to share this recipe with you! It is very simple, yet it can enhance any meal! It is Maple Butter.

It is a creamy butter that can take any ordinary bread, roll, or toast and make it taste like gold!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

pumpkin chocolate chip bread

I have spent my morning in the kitchen… baking and cleaning.

 Cleaning… you ask??

Yes…  we got our granite countertops replaced and because of the replacement I have fine little pieces of wood all over the inside of my cabinets. I also have not cleaned them out since my husband added kitchen hardware to our cabinets and drawers.

I sooooo wanted to be brave like Sam from The Junk House and install the kitchen cabinet hardware myself…

but it so was easy to have my husband and father complete the task for me.

Before… I got home from an errand they had all the holes drilled out!

However… I would highly recommend using a installing template… I know it made it super easy for them!

I found mine at home depot!

I love how the kitchen is coming along.


While I was cleaning away… I had the aroma of this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

baking in the background.

It smelled heavenly!

Then I tasted it.

It was heavenly!

Rich pumpkin and chocolate chips… baked into a bread loaf!

After a long time cleaning… it was nice to sit down and eat a piece of pumpkin chocolate chip bread!

Okay… maybe two pieces of bread.

pumpkin chocolate chip bread

Here is the recipe…

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

By Carrie Perrins

*adapted from Marci Coombs 

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 {16 ounce} can pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 {3 ounce} pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • mini chocolate chips {about 1 cup}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 bread loaf pans with shortening and flour.

In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add the next 9 ingredients. Mix until combined.

Pour into bread loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let sit on counter for 10 minutes. Then remove from bread loaf pan and let sit on wire rack until cool.

This Bread is best fresh… eaten on the day it is baked! pumpkin chocolate chip bread pumpkin chocolate chip bread

This pumpkin bread was truly… moist and flavorful!

pumpkin chocolate chip bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread at its finest.


In case you need more pumpkin recipes… you can follow me on this Pumpkin Everything Pinterest Board.

Orange Cinnamon Bread

Orange Cinnamon Bread

orange cinnamon bread

Orange Cinnamon Bread

Today in Arizona the temperature is going to get to a high of 108! It is still hot here… and we Arizonans are wondering if it is ever going to cool down. We are all saying it. I wish it was cooler. It is soooo hot!!

It is not cooler. But for most of the country… you are probably experiencing cooler weather. Am I right??

You are getting out your fall decor. Setting up some pumpkins maybe.
I only wish that were the case here. We are still swimming in heat!!!

I wanted to do some fall baking. Yet… still incorporate the Arizona summer heat. So….I came up with this.

Orange Cinnamon Bread.

Summer meets Fall.

This bread is delicious! It is made from a cake/muffin mix and it couldn’t be more sweeter!

orange cinnamon bread

Here is the recipe…

Orange Cinnamon Bread

By Carrie Perrins

*adapted from The Gifts of the Kitchen


  • 1 pkg. cinnamon swirl crumb cake and muffin mix [just the dry cake mix]
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange peel

Orange Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 tsp. grated orange peel


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bread pan.

For bread, combine muffin mix, and contents of topping packet from mix into a large bowl. Break up any lumps. Add egg, orange juice, and orange peel. Stir until just moistened. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 35o degrees for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Loosen loaf from pan. Invert onto cooling plate and let cool. While cooling, combine the three ingredients for the orange glaze and mix.

[If glaze becomes too thin, add more powdered sugar. If the glaze is too thick, add more orange juice.]

Once the bread is cool, drizzle it with the orange glaze.  If desired, garnish with orange slices.

orange cinnamon bread


We really enjoyed this bread. I especially liked the outer crust. I would take a bit of an orange slice and piece of crust and oh my goodness. Heaven in my mouth.

Yes… I am sad to see summer go. It seems to be lingeringly here in Arizona… but I know that fall is soon around the corner. I couldn’t be more excited!


Let us remember the summer… and look forward to the fall.

Hope you have a great week!