Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day tomorrow! Yes, it is a US holiday, but this is me ignoring countries and borders, and inviting you wherever you are, to share in the gathering of hearts. And heck, have some people over for a big, delicious meal, too. 🙂
I’ve made pumpkin bread to take to our little gathering…the details of which are still being worked out. Little details such as at whose house, and who will be attending. Nothing like last minute planning. Again. This is how my family does things. And I’m deeply thankful for them.
My pumpkin bread recipe:
- 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- 1 t. baking soda
- 2 t. baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 t. salt
- 2 c. white sugar
- 1 c. vegetable oil (or half unsweetened applesauce)
- 4 eggs
- 15 oz. pumpkin puree (homemade or canned)
- 1/2 c. water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line with parchment paper three medium loaf pans, or two 9×5 inch loaf pans, (the smaller pans work better for me). Stir together the Bowl #1 ingredients. Set aside.
- In a large bowl (Bowl #2), beat together sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Stir in contents of Bowl #1, adding alternately with water. (‘Add alternately’ means to add the remaining ingredients in portions a little of each at a time. For example, add about 1 c. dry with 1 Tbsp water, several times, until there’s nothing left to add.)
- Divide batter evenly between the prepared loaf pans.
- Bake for about 40 minutes (up to 60 or 70 minutes for larger pans). Use toothpick test for doneness. For best flavor and slicing, store wrapped overnight before serving.
Does anyone besides me have to wipe away tears at the last scene in Raising Arizona, with the Thanksgiving dinner?
Black Friday is for Football!
The morning after Thanksgiving, you’ll find me at the football stadium, shivering in the grey, chilly weather, and cheering the Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas. It will be a sort of rematch of the game with the awesome finish two years ago. Texas has a different coach this time around. For Kansas, this will be the last game for a beloved, talented, competitive group of seniors, and the farewell game for our hard-working coach of the past four years. Lots riding on the line for both teams.
There is no cold like stadium cold. When it is 50 degrees and cloudy, it feels like 20 in the stadium. We froze at this game two years ago. That’s why my video was shaky at the start. I couldn’t stop shivering. This year, I’m prepared, with a totally awesome ‘Aldi Find’, a wearable sleeping bag!
Unfortunately, my family has strongly hinted that they won’t sit with me at the game if I wear this, so … other options are being considered.
After the game I’ll shop some of the best-ever small businesses, that just happen to be less than a mile from the stadium:
- Best vintage clothing store–Wild Man Vintage
- Best fabric store–Sarah’s Fabrics
- Best place in Kansas for British goods–Brits
- Next door to Brits is best of the rest of Europe–Au Marche
Update: Looks like I’ll do a little online small business shopping, too. Tilly and the Buttons is having a Black Friday sale on her sewing patterns. ❤ Link: https://shop.tillyandthebuttons.com/collections/all