Sunday, October 4, 2020


here, there and everywhere this time of year!

 Now I'm not one of those who tip over backwards when they announce that the Pumpkin Spice in every way shape or form has been spotted as the season approaches, and just to be clear, I don't tip over frontwards or sidewards either!  I do however love the real thing scattered around, or quite precisely placed around in the home, indoor and out, decor.  After all, what would autumn be like without a display of pumpkins.  It surely wouldn't get my vote.  

That brings me to the foodie part of the pumpkin, my favorite part.....  pumpkin pie, a special pumpkin dessert, pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting, oh.... and pumpkin cake with the same.  Makes my mouth water just typing it all out!  I love the breads of fall, zucchini, apple, pear and yes pumpkin!  I found an easy pumpkin bread recipe on Pinterest but I wasn't crazy about the fact that it had 3 cups of sugar and a cup of oil in the ingredients list, sooooo, I changed it up a bit and this is what popped out...      

Let's just say, oh so good!  It turned out super moist and is tasty with our without butter or a frosting to sweeten it.  You can of course add either if you like and it would be more perfect!   Here is our version of the recipe~ 

"Easy Pumpkin Bread" 

Gather your ingredients, preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease two bread pans.


3 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 15 oz can pumpkin
1 cup applesauce
4 eggs
2/3 cup water


In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, applesauce, eggs and water, mix well.  Add each dry ingredient to wet mix, mixing in between.  When nicely mixed, spoon mix into your two bread pans.  The mix will be quite thick so the easiest way to smooth the top of your loaf a bit is to jiggle your pans a bit.  Pop them in the oven and set your timer for 60 minutes.  Check for doneness with your toothpick in the center trick and it's good to see the sides of the bread pulling away from your pans a pinch.  When done, let cool for about ten minutes and flip to pop them out of the pans.  Be absolutely sure to test the first piece while it's still warm from the oven.  You surely wouldn't want to offer someone a piece and not know it was good!

Just a couple little footnotes ~ I'm going to try the next batch using Cinnamon Applesauce and I also think I'll use 1 cup sugar and 1 cup brown sugar.  I'll be sure to let you know how it tastes!

Now this is totally off the subject of pumpkins and food but wanted to share as well.
I know I've said before that I will be sharing more here on my Blog, and I am also well aware I haven't been very diligent about doing that.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in the FaceBook game and shamefully I have to admit, that's where I've been sharing, reading and as of late becoming very disheartened by all of it, so.....  here it will be.  This is where I'll share photos, stories, offerings from the Lane and well.... all the newsy stuff from life as it is, here on the Lane!  
I am in hopes that you'll choose to follow along as we share and also that you will comment and interact with us here.  I've made some changes to the format and I will continue to make a few more in the coming days.  I am toying with going to a private format where you will be able to see our page by invite only.  You would just have to let me know via email to add you, I would follow through and your would receive all of our posts directly to your inbox.  You could of course unsubscribe at anytime.  My thinking is it might make it seem like a better place for you to want to visit and comment, more like a personal visit right here in our Keeping Room with a bunch of good friends.  Please let me know your thoughts.  

Now, I will bid my good day to you with one last photo.....
Stay safe, stay well and enjoy this beautiful season of Autumn.

From the Lane,


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