Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Frosting

Happy Fall Readers,

It's cold, wet and dreary here in Ohio so it's  a good day for this delicious pumpkin bread. While surfing Pinterest I found two great recipes and one fascinating baking tip! 

 combine your wet ingredients
 now the dry

pour into prepared pans
(while bread is baking write blog post)

*Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 1/4 cups oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 pkg. cook-and-serve vanilla pudding (small boxes)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Blend oil, eggs and pumpkin. Combine other ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Bake in 2 greased/floured loaf pans at 325° for 1 hour or until done with cake tester.

  • 1 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese (regular or light), softened
  • 1/4 cup  butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

Blend softened cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add in vanilla and cinnamon, blending everything well. Gradually add confectioner’s sugar a cup at a time, blending mixture after each addition. 
 baking tip - if you place a slice of bread on your bread or cake it will stay moist while it cools, you can read more about here and here.
look at the speckles of cinnamon in the frosting its so good!!!!

sliced and ready to eat!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I'll see you here soon at Decor & Harmony!

*Click on the recipe title to read the original recipe.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crunchy Orzo Salad

Hello Readers,

How are you? 
The other day while browsing the web I began searching for salad recipes and I came across a  really good one Asian Noodle Salad it has everything flavorful and healthy in it, but of course I have to make it my own so here is my version.

 Don't be intimidated by all the pepper, yellow pepper, spinach, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, garlic, ginger root, green onion, broccoli slaw and red onion
 cook the orzo according to the package
 roughly chop and toast 1/2 cup of cashews
 make your dressing
1/4 cup of soy sauce
the juice of one lime
1 tablespoon of agave nectar
1/3 cup of olive or grape seed oil
2 tablespoons of sesame oil

 slice green onion, chop peppers, grate ginger root, chop spinach, chop cilantro, mince garlic clove and pour in the entire bag of broccoli slaw, the slaw gives the salad crunch and a little snap!
to assemble the salad add pasta and veggies to a large bowl and combine
 don't hold back on the cilantro it really makes the salad
 add cashews
this dressing smells so good the sesame oil and cilantro really gives this salad a robust flavor

once the salad is tossed you can also add tomatoes, doesn't it look good? Look at the colors pretty :)
If you have never cooked with ginger root give it a try it really gives  your food some added zip. I use a box grater and I grate the ginger root it's easy to do. 

If you're tired of making the same old traditional pasta salad try this one.

 Give this salad a try it's so delicious!!! 

Be sure to stop back later this week I'm baking Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing!

Thanks for visiting Decor & Harmony!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Preparing for Fall

Hello Readers,

I can't believe October is knocking at the door can you? Earlier this year I posted photos of my backyard with much excitement and now it's time for the the not so fun stuff.........cutting plants back, putting away pots, planting bulbs and so on. 

I remember planting  these zinnias

and now it's time to pull them out along with the coleus
every year this Japanese Maple looks wonderful  great color and foliage 

and then it turns to crap fried and dry :(

my copper pot is ready for plants

and now it has to be put in the shed

all of this has to be cut back, this is going to take a lot of time I hate this part  

look at the sky Old Man Winter is coming!
put down that darn camera and let me in the house
 it's cold out here

are you getting ready for the change of season?

thanks for stopping by I'll see you soon!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pumpkin Streusel Cake

Hello Readers,
How are you? Can you believe Fall is here and it's time for all things comforting! I baked a Pumpkin Streusel Cake the other day and I want to share with you the recipe. I have probably baked this cake a dozen times or so, it's really yummy too. 

gather ingredients



add streusel

BAKE!!! The house smells of pumpkin and cinnamon
 as treat I baked the cake for my's a great way to start a Monday don't you think?
"I hope she plans on grilling chicken, I really don't have a taste for cake today."

Pumpkin Streusel Cake
Makes 12 to 16 servings
1cup packed brown sugar
2teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3cup butter or margarine, softened
1cup chopped nuts
1package DUNCAN HINES® Moist Deluxe® Classic Yellow Cake Mix
1can (16 ounces) solid pack pumpkin
1/4cup butter or margarine, softened
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. For streusel, combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Cut in 1/3 cup butter with pastry blender or 2 knives. Stir in nuts; set aside.
3. For cake, combine cake mix, pumpkin, eggs and 1/4 cup butter in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Spread half of batter into ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Sprinkle half of streusel over batter. Spread remaining batter over streusel. Top with remaining streusel. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Have a great day.....go out there and enjoy the sunshine while we still have it!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bored With Breakfast

Hello Readers,

I've decided to switch up my breakfast routine usually I have egg whites and spinach served with pita bread, but I've reached my quota of egg whites. While searching Pinterest I've discovered some really good breakfast ideas so this is what I'm having today.

I hope this breakfast will sustain me until snack time............
I have also discovered one of the yummiest snack bars called KIND bars have you tried one yet? 

If you're ready to try something different for breakfast click here for some tasty ideas.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Spinach & Mango Smoothie

Hello Readers,

I want to share with you a great smoothie treat! Now before you say "YUCK" it's really, really good!

I use very simple and healthy ingredients and with a press of a button you have breakfast in a glass.

Spinach, mango, skim milk and 1/2 packet of Weight Watchers French Vanilla Smoothie mix

Blend 2 cups of  spinach and 1 cup of skim milk

Do you see my sweet Sadie in the background :) add mango chunks and smoothie mix 

add ice cubes to your glass

pour into glass and enjoy, this smoothie is sweet and frothy and it's 3 Weight Watcher points of goodness.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good Wednesday.