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Spiced Pumpkin Bread

I love baking and every fall I look forward to making my favorite recipe: Spice Pumpkin Bread. I usually bake my first batch around Halloween and continue making it all the way through the New Year. I can’t remember where I first saw this recipe, but it is pretty simple and it’s always a hit at the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table! So today, I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 16 oz. can solid pack pumpkin (I can never find a 16 oz. can, so I buy the 15 oz.)

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter and flour two 9 x 5 x 3 in. loaf pans.

Beat sugar and oil in a large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin.

In another large bowl, sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder (Here, I add an extra sprinkle of cinnamon).

Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions.

Divide batter equally between prepared pans and bake for 1 hr. 10 min. (I always start with 45 min. and then add time in 5 or 10 min. increments from there).

Let cool and enjoy!

If you try this recipe, please let me know what you think!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane

Thanksgiving Traditions

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and was able to spend time with family and friends. We spent the day at my aunt and uncle’s house, indulging in non-stop eating and drinking. Needless to say, I was in a food coma halfway through the evening and am not even hungry this morning. My aunt cooked a beautiful 18-pound turkey for 16 people and it was absolutely delicious! My favorite part of the meal, however, is always the stuffing – maybe because of all the bread that’s in it. I can’t forget dessert, though! We had the traditional apple and pumpkin pies, but being the Italians that we are, we also had a huge tray filled with sweet Italian pastries from Brooklyn and my family’s favorite after dinner drinks – Sambuca, Grappa, and Disarrono. We came home completely stuffed and I went straight to sleep. Oh, and did I mention I won the pool for the second football game?! Yay for dumb luck!

Two of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions, however, have nothing to do with food. The first one we do between dinner and dessert. A few Thanksgiving’s ago, my aunt brought out this game called Table Topics, and we’ve played it every year since. You have a stack of cards with questions on them and pass them around the table. The person asking the question has to pick the person they want to answer the question. Some examples of questions: “If you had one million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?” “If you could own any business, what would it be?” “What life experience has made you the strongest?” I love this tradition because it is a great way to get to know your family and friends better.

My second favorite tradition is one that we do every holiday after dinner and dessert and, of course, a few drinks. We play a card game called Screw your Neighbor. Everyone starts with $3.00 and if you lose a round, you have to put a dollar in the pot. When you run out of dollars, you’re out of the game. The object of the game is to try to have a higher card because the person with the lowest card has to pay. So if you have a low card, you can pass it to your neighbor and hope that they have a higher card…basically you screw your neighbor. It’s a really fun game and if you win the jackpot, then it’s even more fun!

How did you spend your Thanksgiving this year and what are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

I hope everyone has a safe Black Friday! Happy Thanksgiving! xo…Alane

Things I’m Thankful For…

I can’t believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving. It feels like summer just ended! I love this time of year – the feeling of holiday cheer in the air, the Christmas music playing, even the hustle and bustle of last minute shopping. I especially love Turkey Day – spending time with family over a large table of never ending food! So today, I thought I would take a moment and share with you some things I am thankful for…

What are you thankful for this year??

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving! xo…Alane