We have so much to be thankful for, I’m reminded of this each and every day. Last night, I was watching a sermon by Andy Stanley on our DVR and was reminded that it is truly better to give than receive and of the everyday blessings that surround me. If you aren’t familiar, Andy is the pastor of a very large community church here in Atlanta. He is a powerful and relatable speaker who has a thoughtful way of taking the word of God and making it applicable for our modern day lives. It’s tops y’all! I went to his church for years and years, but even though we don’t attend any longer (and simply adore our new church home); I just love that I can still here him speak from the comfort of my couch, it’s like he’s talking to moi! Check him out on Your Move if you are so inclined, it will speak to you.
Ok .. I digress … I woke up this morning convicted to find ways to say thank you to those around me for the blessings I have in my life and ever mindful that my problems are definitely “first world” or “rich people” problems as a middle class American. So what does any working mom do on the last day of school before the Thanksgiving break? She takes to baking homemade pumpkin bread at 7 am!
Along with delivering Lil B to school this morning, a loaf of warm bread went to the gals at the front office desk as well as his toddler teachers. I simply wrapped each loaf in parchment and string. Then, I used one of the printables I shared over here to add a note that said “I am thankful for YOU!”. I don’t even care how the bread tasted … it smelled divine! This bread is great warm for breakfast or served beside dinner; and it also makes a great hostess gift! The third loaf of this batch is going with me tomorrow to visit my 94 year old Nana and take a sweet surprise to the nurses that care for her.
This bread has been a go to staple in my fall kitchen for years now. The recipe is from a Jr League cookbook and organization I was affiliated way back when. I’m thankful for that cookbook and the gals that put it together … it’s been a pinch hitter for parties and dinners many times! Best of all … it’s so super simple and is almost bad bake proof!
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of corn oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 cup cooked pumpkin
- 3 cup sugar
- 3 1/3 cup flour
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Beat the eggs well.
- Add corn oil, water, pumpkin and mix well.
- Add sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Beat after adding each one.
- Stir in pecans (optional)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
- Cool for at least 10 min. I add powdered sugar to the top. Makes 3 small loaves.
Y’all enjoy! Hope your Thanksgiving holiday is off to a great start!