Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg! You can almost smell this bread through the screen, can’t you? The girls and I baked these loaves a few weeks ago, but oh my, looking at these pictures makes me want to get back in the kitchen today and baked another batch! I just might!
You might remember that last year I posted our family’s favorite recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Bread. It’s a recipe I’ve made since my oldest was very little. It’s a super-moist quick bread, and my “go-to” for fall gifts. I love it and will continue to bake it every year. But I’m always up for trying new recipes and recently I came across a new one for Pumpkin Bread at the Refresh Her blog. If you’re a Christian woman looking for daily doses of spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational encouragement, you need to visit Denise’s blog! She has a library of recipes, devotionals, and tips for home décor, modest fashion, and entertaining. You will be refreshed!
This. Bread. Is. Delicious! I will definitely be baking it again! Find the recipe here!
Not only did I love this new recipe, but I also liked Denise’s idea of baking the loaves in smaller pans to have extras to share with neighbors. After the summer months of neighbors being in and out of town for travel, I’d been feeling the need to make some quick visits to check in with them and see how they were all doing. We had a couple of new families move in, and some other neighbors that I knew had health problems, so I decided to deliver some little “Welcome Fall” packages.
I wanted to include something fun to use, something yummy to smell, and something sweet to eat. So, for a couple of weeks prior to the visits, I was on the lookout for good deals on kitchen towels and candles. Between TJ Maxx and dollar stores, I collected towels and candles at just $1-$2 a piece. That took care of something to use and something to smell. As soon as I tried the new Pumpkin Bread recipe, I new that was my something to eat! I also looked through my ribbon basket and found plenty of ribbon in fall colors, so there was no new expense there.
I get these clear plastic containers at Sunday Dinner and keep them on hand for meal deliveries, baked gifts and leftovers to send home with guests. I’ve even used them to package birthday and baby gifts with cute colored straw. They have so many uses! The kitchen towel, candle, and mini pumpkin loaf all fit perfectly in the box.
Below you see the finished products, lined up and ready to deliver. I took this picture before I remembered to add a little tag to each. They were just punched out of scrapbook paper that read, “Happy Fall!” and our family name.
Because our neighbors all have garages and it can be difficult to know if they’re home, Joel and I sat out on our front porch one Friday afternoon (he’s home early on Fridays) while Wilton did his sidewalk chalk on the driveway. This allowed us to see people pulling in their drives after work. We were able to know for sure they were home and catch them before they got settled in their houses. I felt like this didn’t catch them off guard as much, since they saw us out while they were driving down the street.
I don’t post this to pat myself on the back and show something good I did. Not at all. I just know how much it helps me to get theses ideas and promptings from other friends and bloggers, so I figured I would pass it on to you as well. I’ve been terrible the last year about not keeping up with my neighbors, and this was a helpful little way to reengage and strike up some conversation.
Next week I have many more fall recipes to share! In fact, I’m just going to go ahead and call it RECIPE WEEK! So, be sure and check back.
Have a lovely fall weekend.