Monday, September 30, 2013

"Starbucks" Pumpkin Bread with Crumble Topping




Good morning! I hope that you had a great weekend. Mine was fabulous. The weather was beautiful, I spent a lot of time reading and relaxing and then did a little baking.

I LOVE pumpkin and the more I can use it the better. Pumpkin bread is a favorite around my house and I know that many really enjoy the spicy pumpkin bread from Starbucks so when I came across a few "copy cat" recipes on Pinterest I thought I would try one instead of my standard recipe. 




This recipe did turn out very similar to the bread at Starbucks, it is delicious, moist and has the perfect amount of spices. I think the "secret" ingredient is the cardamon, I do not usually add that to my recipes but I think it makes a great addition. I also added a little crumb topping, for no other reason than that I had some leftover from another recipe, but it does make the bread buttery and delicious. 




Starbucks Pumpkin Bread with Crumb Topping

Recipe from: Copy Cat Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Crumble topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
7 tbsp cold. butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x5x3 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl add the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, all spices. Shift the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl mix the 2 eggs, the oil, and the vanilla then pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well. DO NOT OVER MIX. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with crumble topping. Then bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then cool on a rack. 

NOTE: If you use pumpkin pie spice in place of the other spices use 2 teaspoons




Do you have a "go to" pumpkin bread recipe or a pumpkin recipe that you always make in the Fall? I am always looking for new recipes to try and although I have a nice long list of them on my Fall Pinterest board but I am always open to more. 



I hope you have a beautiful day! Happy Fall!




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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Favorites from Taste, From the House of Edward, Simple Details and More


Image from TASTE

Good morning! Another Friday and the first official in Fall. To me Fall weekends are all about football, food and relaxing. This week like many before I find myself drawn to food and photography.

 Taste the Williams Sonoma Blog has a recipe round-up for game day. Great ideas for dips, sides and mains. I think I would enjoy one of those little sliders and a brownie or two while my husband watches football this weekend and I lounge with a pile of magazines. 

Paris is always a good idea and spending time in THIS apartment featured in Traditional Home would make it even better!




I love botanical illustrations and have always been a fan of illustrator Mary Delany, imagine my surprise to learn that there is a huge data base of not only her illustrations but many, many more at the British Museum. Pam of Simple Details Blog used several in an interior project she recently completed and shares the tutorial on Simple Details blog to locate, print and frame them to use these in your own home. If you like botanical illustrations I have a collection of them on my Pinterest board. For more information on Mary Delany visit HERE.



Visiting Pamela at From the House of Edward is like visiting a wonderland, not only is her writing magical, melodious and magnificent her blog is like an enchanted forest filled with beautiful art, writing, books, people and things. Recently Pamela featured this portrait of her beloved dogs, Edward and Apple painted by artist Kevin Nichols. If you would like a portrait of your pet or yourself for that matter Kevin does commissions and you can contact him, HERE

Image from The Terrier and the Lobster via Chris Craymer

If you like fashion and Fall than you will LOVE this beautiful shoot by Chris Craymer on The Terrier and Lobster Blog.

Image Christelle is Flabbergasting via Pinterest

I discovered two new blogs this week.  Photisserie combines a love of photography and pastries, the perfect combination if you ask me and Christelle is Flabbergasting a unending feast for the eyes. The blog is filled with tasty treats, beautifully styled food and photos.

Jeanne at Collage of Life shared this great article, Loosing is Good For You and Cupcakes and Cashmere shared The "Busy" Trap

Have you seen the amazing series on PBS, Earthflight? It is a fascinating look at birds around the world using special "birds eye view" cameras and other techniques designed and invented by John Downer the filmmaker. It is must see television.


I just finished The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, excellent as are all of her books.

I hope that you discovered something new here this week and if you have something to share please do I always enjoy learning about new things.

What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever they are I hope that you have a great one!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Maine Finds and The Fabulous Find

Good morning! As you know from yesterdays post I spent the last week in Maine and in addition to taking in all of the breathtaking views I did manage a little shopping.



After all a person needs a souvenir or two to remember their trip by. I visited the boutiques, a flea market, and even a thrift store. Although I saw many things I was limited by space, I brought a small suitcase and frankly I did not want to ship anything home. I should have rethought that but I guess there will be more for next time. 




One of the things I always buy is art and these are the pieces that I found. Two water colors which are about 30 years old and I think pretty well done, although I am no expert. 




And two small acrylic painting of walnuts because they felt like Fall to me. What do you collect when you travel? Art, dishes, silver, blue and white pieces, bags, vintage clothing? 



The thrift store that I mentioned above is a must if you are in Kittery, Maine. It is a wonderful shop that I chanced upon called The Fabulous Find and that is what it is, "a fabulous find." As you open the door you feel as if you are stepping into quaint boutique and are greeted like an old friend. The store is beautifully decorated and merchandised and it is filled to the brim with antiques, art, linens, needlepoint pillows, books, clothing and more.




There are beautiful tablescapes that look as if they are awaiting a family to sit and enjoy a holiday dinner. Bookcases filled with vignettes of books, art, transfer ware and more. Chairs artfully arranged with needlepoint pillows where you feel as if you could curl up with a book from the nearby bookcases and while away the day with a cup of tea. In addition to the home decor there are clothes, shoes and bags for both men and women.

 The store is staffed by the most delightful,  friendly and helpful ladies who are proud not only to tell you about their store but also to tell you about the difference they are making in their community.

The Fabulous Find, after paying it's administrative costs has donated over $300,000 to local charities including but not limited to, the Center for Wildlife, New Hampshire SPCA, The Animal Welfare Society, Footprints Food Pantry, Fuel and More, Kittery Womenade, A Safe Place, York Hospital's Community Health Connection, Kittery Holiday Baskets and Seacoast Repertory Theatre in 3 years! 

I am always ready to shop and even more so when the profits benifit so many animals and people in need. If you find yourself in or passing through Kittery, Maine please stop at The Fabulous Find, not only will you find something fabulous you will be helping so many in need. 

The Fabulous Find 
122 State Road
Kittery, Maine


Do you have any "Fabulous Finds" from your holidays or places that I need to visit on my next trip to Maine? I would love to hear your suggestions!

I hope that you have a wonderful day!


NOTE: I have no affiliation with The Fabulous Find, I was simply taken by the kindness and hard work of the ladies that run this store. I was not paid by them and all opinions stated are my own. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Maine Farmer's Markets



Good morning! Aside from the beautiful scenery of Maine, the quaint towns, and of course all of the sea food one of my favorite things we did was visit the farmers market. 




We frequent one where we live but this one felt different. Probably because this market which was held in Bath sold everything from produce, to flowers, and artisan bread, 




fresh cheese, soups, seafood, 




eggs, meats, milk and more!




Every booth held something delectable and beautiful!




There were even things that I had never seen, different colored beans, interesting squash




and mushrooms of so many varieties. 




Have you ever head of the "hen of the woods" mushroom? Me neither. 




Aside from the interesting foods, and beautiful flowers,  the people there were so friendly and knowledgeable. Each person that we met was eager to share their produce or cheese and to explain how to grow it or to prepare it. 



If I ate mushrooms I now know how to grow many varieties in my own garden thanks to the explanations of not only the proprietor of this booth but to her customers. 




Although I love my own farmers market I do wish it had more of these beautiful products, and quite honestly the cheese monger and the doughnut maker. 




Tell me, do you go to the Farmer's Market in your town? Is there anything special that you go for or do you simply go to take advantage of the fresh local produce?




I hope that you have a beautiful Fall day!

If you find yourself in Bath, Maine make sure to stop at the Farmer's Market and if you do please let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Maine, My New Favorite Place




Good morning and happy Fall! I am back from a wonderful adventure to Maine. It was my first time visiting both New Hampshire and Maine and I am sure that I am not the first to say this but I will anyway, I could move there tomorrow. 


Both states are beautiful, laid back, filled with friendly people, picturesque villages, scrumptious food and tons of history. 



We were there for business but tacked on almost a week of extra days to explore and it was heaven. No agenda, just long days wandering aimlessly along the coast seeing one more beautiful place than the last. 





There are already trees turning beautiful shades of red and orange and I would guess that we are weeks away from what is considered "peak season." Perhaps those were the early birds.Whatever the case I am sure that it will be beautiful over the next few weeks.




The weather was perfect, sunny days and cool evenings. 






As you know lobsters are everywhere, as is any other seafood you can think of. That was lucky for my husband as he is a huge fan, me not so much. Don't worry though I did not starve, I managed to find many treats to eat and if you follow me on Instagram than you were able to see them. 





Have you been to Maine? New Hampshire? I know several of you live there or have houses there, what are your favorite towns to visit? Places to eat? 




Do you have any "must see" places to visit? Have you been to any of the islands? 




As I mentioned I fell in love with Maine, my husband has always liked it and has often spoke of buying property there, and by the end of the trip we were looking at real estate. We did not buy anything yet but one never knows. 





I hope that you have a great day and a wonderful week! I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Maine. 


ALL photos taken by me. Pine Cones and Acorns



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