Friday, September 24, 2010


This morning I began my day by adding a few more Fall touches to my inside many of you realize by now I love crows....and the color black.... and my Salmon Falls Pottery....and the color orange....
and pumpkins....especially ones that are grown in the shade of teal blue'green....which happens to be my favorite, orange and teal....yup it's quite a color combination....
My cousin Eve, who is a professional photographer (yes, you are) has taken many of the photos you will find displayed in my home....
my little owl vignette.... and yes Eve also took the photo of the owl. Thank you Evie.
I have received numerous requests for the Pumpkin Bread recipe which I blogged about yesterday and I am only too happy to share.
~ Pumpkin Bread~

4 Eggs-farm fresh

2/3 cup water

1 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)

1 16-ounce can pumpkin

3 1/3 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

Pinch powered cloves

3 cups granulated sugar

Beat eggs. Add oil, water and pumpkin and mix well.

Sift flour. Measure and sift together with sugar, soda, salt and spices. Make a well in the center of these ingredients and add pumpkin mixture to this. Stir well. ( I confess I did use my Kitchen Aid Mixer) Turn into 2 large well oiled loaf pans. Bake 350 for 1 hour. Place loaf pans on cooling rack. Once cool, remove and wrap in foil or plastic wrap and store or freeze. ~I do realize spices are pretty hefty in price, however I do believe it is wise to use quality spices in this recipe and not ones purchased from the Dollar Store. (I use Dollar Store Spices for craft projects). Just my personal opinion.
My copy of Marjorie Standish's cookbook Cooking Down East is 33 years old, it was a wedding shower gift. I have used this cookbook more than any other (yes, that even includes Martha, Ina, Julia and many more. If you happen to spy a copy at an antique mall, flea market or yard sale, grab it- you won't be disappointed.


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Thank you for sharing the pumpkin recipe. Your decorations are inspiring me to get rolling and get out my own. I'll have a busy weekend cleaning and decorating.

Farm Girl said...

I will try it just because it sounds so incredible. I do love all kinds of breads anyway. :) Hey, thanks, I don't know if I am a multitask-er or I just get bored easy or what. I am a I am I think a jack of all trades and a master of none. :) I love all of your pottery. Is it from the place that is in Maine? It looks very pretty with all of the fall color. I really like how your table looks too.
If you got all of that great stuff at the dollar store I am going to have to have a shopping trip.
I might even try the goodwill next door but I never find anything.
Have a great weekend

henbogle said...

I love that cookbook! Mine is 25 years old, and I received it as a birthday gift from my mother the year I graduated from college. Where have the years gone! My favorite recipe in the book is the Doughnut Muffins recipe. YUM!

Verde Farm said...

You have made me a crow lover. I am going to find some this weekend. Your house looks absolutely filled with fall. Love it!

Gail said...

Beautiful fall decorations!

I love pumpkin bread. I had a lady that used to bring me tiny loaves, they were delicious.

from me to thee......... said...

I took a can of pumpkin out of the cupboard last night, wanting to make pumpkin bread today....and found your recipe !!!!! LOVE breads with my afternoon coffee. Thanks, Linda

Missouri Gal Nicole said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love your fall touches in your home. Even the crow! I've been thinking about dragging my fall stuff out, just haven't gotten around to it.

Doris said...

Can't wait to try the pumpkin bread. Sounds delicious. Love the crows and the pumpkins. Lovely displays

Jenny said...

The girls got STYLE! (-: Lovely touches in your home Julie. If we had Pumpkins over here, I'd be tempted to try the bread recipe! (-:
Well, we might have some around Halloween time I guess......

A New England Life said...

Isn't it funny how we use some cookbooks a lot more than others? I have The Joy of Cooking cookbook and I've never used it once, yet some people swear by it. We've used the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook quite a bit though!

I'm going to compare this recipe with my Pumpkin bread recipe. I've been thinking about finding something better for quite a while now.

Hope you're keeping cool Julie!

Jacque. said...

Hey Julie...I love all of your fall decorating! And, that pumpkin bread recipe is a must-try, for sure! Thank you for sharing! It's definitely fall here, and I am enjoying this weather much more than the heat/humidity. Only thing is, winter is closer...ugh. Anyway. Love coming here to read your blog.

Eve said...

I love your fall touches Julie! If I had a million I would hire you to come decorate my house! Wouldnt that be SUPER FUN!!! Thanks for loving my photography! You're my #1 best customer!!
Does your mom still have her pumpkin cake recipe? that was my best and most favorite recipe until I lost it!!! How does one lose a recipe????

Kritter Keeper said...

julie, amy tried to find a crow she liked at the fair but to no avail...i kept pointing them out and aggrevating her to death over was hilarious. had no clue you were her inspiration! anyhoo, that recipe is very similair to one i use. love pumpkin bread! and your friend is a very good that owl!