Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dogs in Clothes, Danged Cold, and Pumpkin Bread (& Bobby Flay's Throwdown Pumpkin Bread Pudding)

It's 7 degrees out there; well, I think it's soared up to 9 degrees. Lawd! Unseasonably cold. I usually am pretty tough and will go out to walk the dogs in all kinds of weather, but this morning, I declined . . . because, just because!

GMR is taking Maggie and Jake (Psycho Dog and Fat Boy) to Lake Junaluska. Lawd! I broke a rule - I never dress my animals in clothes, but this morning we actually put one of GMR's sweatshirts on Jake; and one of my fleece jackets on Maggie. Laughing! But, when the temps are in the teens or below, and when wind chills are lower, drastic measures are called for. GMR had to bundle up, too, in layers. But Maggie Psycho Cutie is about to go nuts with cabin fever, the shorter walks around the cove are not enough for her. Oh the sacrifices we make for our animals - or should I say the sacrifices GMR is making, since he's taking them and I'm here in the little log house: teeheehee.

Instead, I'm going to turn on some Christmas music and bake some pumpkin bread, and maybe do some online Christmas Window Shopping . . . too cold to go Real Store Window Shopping. Lawd!

Soon the little log house in the cove will fill with the sounds of Christmas music and the aroma of spice. Ahhhhhhhh!

Then, I will settle in front of the fire to work on Rose & Thorn - our new issue is out January 15.

Soon, I will have to really sequester myself to work on VK III - do you know I'm getting mail from readers asking me not to stop writing about Virginia Kate? To stop saying "the final Graces book" ...? Makes me smile, but, dang, far as I know this is the final Graces book. Of course, I guess I can't predict if something else will happen in the future with VK writings - just don't know.


What's happening in your world? What are you up to today? And did you put down your Christmas wishes in the post below? I'm having so much fun reading those :-D


Okay, time to put on the Christmas Music, and to gather my ingredients for Pumpkin Bread.





Oh! And for those of you who like Bread Pudding (which I admit I do not), GMR is going to prepare Bobby Flay's "Pumpkin Bread Bread Pudding" out of some of the bread I make . . . I found the recipe on someone's blog out there in blogland, so click up there, or find it on Food Network.

The Blogger's pumpkin bread recipe is a bit different from mine, but you can find all kinds of recipes for pumpkin bread. In my recipe it calls for water, I use orange juice instead of water, and I put in lemon and orange zest and I add walnuts or pecans to mine.... no raisins since GMR hates them.

My recipe doesn't call for butter, either, as hers does, but instead oil. Whatever recipe you use, it'll taste good!

Y'all have a great day  . . . Happy Day!

22 comments:

Anita said...

Sounds like one heck of a day to me! And pumpkin bread...I might just have to make myself some of that! Hope you have a fantastic day!

Kittie Howard said...

Ahhh, sounds delightful, smells good, too. Hub loooves bread budding. (I'll omit my feelings toward the gooey stuff.) But I'm feelin' a bit guilty (a rare event!) that he's off earning the bread, on a project out in the cold, so hmmmm, using OJ sounds tempting...What do I want for Christmas (that moola buys)? That wifi Kindle! (Hope hub, the packrat, doesn't want any of his stuff I tossed, teehee!)

Kathryn Magendie said...

GMR never made it to Lake J! He instead stayed in Maggie Valley and walked down below in the valley -- :-D ...

Bread Pudding, yeah - it's gooey - bleah! but people seem to love it - not I said the Kat

Teresa said...

Sounds like a beautiful day to me. Warm and inside (except for poor GMR and the pups).

16 here this morning when I went out.

My Christmas dream already came true. ;-)

demery bader-saye said...

It sounds so cozy and wonderful in your little log cabin! Enjoy the pumpkin bread (and GMR can enjoy the pudding!) and being together with your pups inside your little Christmas cocoon :) It's sunny and cool here in Austin, Christmasy enough, but I have to say I miss the snow and cold from my Pennsylvania winters. We moved to TX about a year and a half ago after 12 years in PA.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Am taking photos as I bake :-D and it smells WONDERFUl - made a test bit of the first batch - ohhh it's gooooood!

second batch I made a bit different -with honey whiskey ....we'll see!

listening now to Trans Siberian Orchestra - the Beethoven one that I love!

Marguerite said...

Seven degrees sounds horrid! Lawd! But it sounds like you're making the best of it. Tell GMR to check out my Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe. It's better than Bobby Flay's. lol Stay warm, cher!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Kat .. not quite that bad here - but still doesn't thaw during the day .. but the North of England, Scotland et al .. are in the grip of a monster freeze up.

Sounds like you're in the ideal place, especially with GMR around to take the dogs out .. enjoy the scenery .. and the Christmas music and the pumpkin bread .. if you've any left by now? Cheers Hilary

B. WHITTINGTON said...

I can smell the spices and feel the warmth of your kitchen in this blog. Now, have to get off here and bake something spicy and sweet. I'm thinking cranberry bread because that's what I have the ingredients for.
Blessings on this wintry day. COld here in Oh as well. BUT it's 20 or so.

Diane said...

Really cold here and I am tired of snow too! Some kind of crazy snow belt has landed on us and won't budge!!! :O)

Karen said...

Seven degrees!!! That's crazy! It's in the 30's at night here in sunny FL!

Hey, put the hot cocoa on and I'll be right over for your pumpkin bread. :)

Titus said...

Yum! I'm making those. I have a leftover pumpkin.

Unfeasibly cold here too. Bedroom officially colder than the freezer.

Ann Best said...

Christmas music and pumpkin bread sound like just the thing for such a dang cold evening!! And I thought we were freezing at 30 degrees (daytime temp) here in Harrisonburg, Virginia. But it IS cold; at least that's what my old bones tell me!!

What awesome photographs! Especially the tree limbs with that spot of red--a red bird I assume? And the pumpkin bread pudding--makes my mouth water!
Ann Best, Long Journey Home

Lori said...

I can just imagine the joy, warmth and smells in your home as you baked and listening to Christmas music...a perfect thing to do when it's cold like this...it's been cold here too and now it will warm up a bit so that it can snow some more tomorrow. Sigh. Hugs to you dear Kat. XX

jeannette said...

Wow, that's cold! In Calif. I would call 48 degr.F.(at 10 pm) unseasonably cold Pumpkin bread sounds a good idea, because I didn't use the pumpkin I bought for Thanksgiving (my dear daughter has energy for 2 so she made 2 pies before I was even up:)

Carolyn V. said...

That pumpkin bread sounds SO yummy! And the picture with the little red bird is amazing! Just one little spot of red. I love it. Have a great time hunkering down. It's getting warmer here today, but we're getting a storm on Sunday. Maybe I'll make that recipe that day. =)

Deb Shucka said...

Your day sounds perfect. I love the cardinal picture, and am envious you get to look out your window to see one.

What's your favorite Christmas music?

Susan R. Mills said...

Yikes! It is cold there, huh? Hope you saved me some pumpkin bread! :)

Suldog said...

Cool coincidence to one of your photos. The first thing I saw when I went to the kitchen to make coffee in the morning was a lone cardinal, bright red against all of the gray and such outside. The vivid red was startling, and he was kind enough to just sit on the fence railing a few feet from our window for the whole time I was making the brew.

Catherine West said...

Ooo, I love bread pudding! I'll have to try that one out tomorrow! That picture of the cardinal is simply amazing! I hope you enjoyed your day and kept warm! I like looking at your snow pictures, but I'm glad we don't have any!

Jan O'Hara (Tartitude) said...

I'm not a big bread pudding fan, but I love pumpkin in baking. One of my kids' favorite desserts are double chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon icing. I substitute apple sauce for oil and use only about a Tbsp. of margarine in the icing, so not that bad for you, either.

Enjoy your day! That GMR sounds like a keeper.

Toyin O. said...

The pumpkin bread looks yummy.