Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Autumn is my favorite season, and I can’t believe it’s already here! Summer just flew by, didn’t it?

I bought a huge 3-pack of pumpkin while I was at Sam’s Club a few weekends ago, and last night Weston asked for pumpkin bread. Since breakfast bread is always better the next day, I thought it was a great idea to make it last night so it would be moist and wonderful this morning.

Oh, and it is. Yum.

My favorite recipe is a classic–the Betty Crocker original Pumpkin Bread recipe. No matter how many recipes I try, I keep coming back to it. I usually omit the nuts and raisins and add in a cup or two of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  This time I didn’t add those lovely chips, because Weston begged me not to. Silly chocolate hatin’ child. It still turned out wonderful.

I like to make this recipe in a cake pan instead of bread pans and then slice it into squares once it’s cool. It just seems easier to me. If you want to try it like that, just cook it for about 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees F.

What pumpkin confections have you been making? Anything you’re hoping to try? My next project is pumpkin cake doughnuts. They keep popping up all over Pinterest, and they look lovely!

Long Lasting Shea Butter Lip Balm Recipe

One of the first things I noticed about this lip balm recipe was its ability to stay put for a long time. The next thing I noticed was how soft my lips felt even after the balm had worn off.

This recipe makes a firmer lip balm than you might be used to, but it still goes on nice. As a bonus,  it holds up well in your pocket.

What you need:

1 oz beeswax

2 oz shea butter

1 oz castor oil

lip balm tubes or pots

Mix the ingredients in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 15 – 20 seconds, stir, and repeat until melted*.  Pour into tubes or pots. They are ready to use as soon as they’re cool. 

*I’ve never tempered my shea butter for this recipe, and I’ve never had trouble with crystallization, but if you want to, you can heat this up very, very slowly in a double boiler until it’s melted. 

Toy Review – Target’s Our Generation Dolls

Chelsea’s 6th birthday has come and gone–unbelievable. Where does the time go?

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Anyway, for her birthday she wanted an American Girl Doll. The thing is, Jake and I didn’t want to buy a six year old a $120.00 doll. I felt like she needed a ‘starter’ doll. Something like an American Girl Doll, but not something so expensive that I would cry if I walked into her room and found it discarded in the corner with a rat’s nest for a hairdo.

I did a little research and found Target’s Our Generation Dolls. They got great reviews, and many people said they were perfect for girls younger than American Girl’s recommended age eight.  I browsed the website with Chelsea, and I asked her which doll she liked. She picked out the super adorable auburn-haired Eva.

The next day while at the mall, Jake took the kids to the food court and I made a little trip to Target. They had one Eva doll. I bought it and a backpack to store the doll in.

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Chelsea opened it on her birthday and loved it! She’s not great with it. I have found it discarded with a rat’s nest for a hairdo on a few occasions, but the doll’s hair brushes out very easily, and that’s nice. She seems pretty sturdy, and though she’s not quite the same quality as American Girl, she’s pretty close.

The best part? I’ve already made like a gazillion outfits for her! So much fun!

Let’s See If I Remember How to Post, Shall We?

Hello!!!!!

If it’s not five things, it’s fourteen others! The main reason I haven’t been on is because I was having computer issues–issues that almost needed to be handled by a specialist. Instead, being the mighty procrastinator I am, I did everything I could to fix it myself, and then stuck it in the corner to gather dust while I tried to ignore it. Eventually, when my need for a computer went from inconvenienced-without-one to desperately-needing-one, I finally got the rascally monster fixed.

So I’m back. Again.

A little update on my Camp NaNoWriMo–I reached my goal at 60,000 words!!! Yay!!! I didn’t get it verified because my computer crashed. The. Very. Next. Day.

But all was not lost, I had just saved the entire manuscript online. Not that it did me a lot of good there, but it was safe and happy, and I’m so glad to be reunited with it again. I’ve almost finished the entire novel, and I’m scrambling to get my ducks in a row for NaNoWriMo in November.

Another update–we’re homeschooling again this year. We are using Sonlight/I-Like-My-Read-Aloud-Books-Better curriculum.  I’m using some of theirs, and we’re reading lots of mine. Hello, Narnia! The kids are loving it, as I rather expected they would. There’s something pretty wonderful about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

My children need fed, so that’s all for now. More soon! Promise!