Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cousin Nancy's Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

Today, I didn't oversleep and I did my four mile walk, before 9:30! I've really gotten addicted to doing the four miles of walking! This morning, while I was walking my second set of two miles, Tony walked into the trailer and said, "I'm gonna start calling you—Nance, the Four Miler!"

I want to thank everyone, that has commented about our 'wasp war!' This morning, Mari's comment convinced me to paint the ceilings sky blue— in Outer Space and on our front porch.

This evening, Jon and Sandy Wolfmueller, called me on their speaker phone, and our conversation was fun! "Cousin Nancy, we wanted to call you about your wasp invasion," Jon said. "Sandy and I were talking to Scott and Julia S. today about your wasps, and Julia told us that painting your ceilings sky blue, will cure the problem! The wasps get confused, thinking the paint is the sky, and they won't build nests! She told us that it works, and her family for several generations have done that."

"Jon, that is great news! This morning Mari, of the NoMads, left a comment, on my blog, telling me to do it, too! I think I will use spray paint. And, that pretty pink wasp catcher, hanging on the front porch, is working! In fact, I just told Tony."

"Good," Jon said. "What's Tony up to?

"He's headed over to the garden right now. He has just finished tracking a chicken."

Jon laughed! "Did you say Tony was tracking a chicken?" Then he laughed, again!

"Yes. Her name is Beth. We named her after a good friend of ours."

"Why did he track a chicken, I mean Beth?" Then he starts laughing, again and so does Sandy, in the background.

"Beth has made a nest somewhere outside the pig pen, and she has been sitting on some eggs, and we don't want the varmits finding them, and killing Beth to get to her eggs."

"I see," Jon said. "What else is going on?"

After telling Sandy and Jon about tomorrow's possible happening over in Bandera, and inviting them to join Carol, and us, I said, "Well, I talked to Kink today. He called to tell me that tomorrow night, David Hartstein's documentary—'Along Came Kinky,' about his 2006 Gov run, is airing tomorrow night in Austin, at the Paramount, and it is already sold out! It's part of the SXSW deal! I can't wait to see it."

"We know," Jon and Sandy said. "David spent a lot of time working on it—at the bookstore."

"I love David!" I said. "He is so nice! Years ago, he adopted Jimmy Stewart from us, one of my favorites, and then a while back, he adopted Harrison Ford from us! He is really a nice guy."

"We know, we like him, too." Jon and Sandy said.

"Oh, Jon!" I said. "I want to bring y'all some Fairy Tale Pumpkin seeds! Remember, Grace A. brought us that gigantic pumpkin, last week, and Carol killed it for us. She cleaned it and then cooked it! She brought us some of its seeds for planting, the innards to freeze for future use, and the best tasting pumpkin bread that we have ever eaten! In fact, it is the best bread that we've ever eaten! Carol is a gourmet cook!"

"We want the seeds, Nance..."The three of us visited for a little while longer, and then we said our goodbyes to one another.

Here is Carol V.'s Pumpkin Bread recipe—which I now fondly call, "Cousin Nancy's Secret Pumpkin Bread Recipe!" I hope that all of you will try it, because it is absolutely the BEST!

Cousin Nancy's Secret Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

1.5 (I don't know how to lower case the 1/2) cups of 100% whole wheat flour
.5 tsp. sea salt (I use Alessi)
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of pumpkin puree
.5 cup canola oil
2 eggs from Beth—beaten, but don't let her see you doing it!
.25 tsp. nutmeg
.25 tsp. of cinnamon
.25 tsp Allspice
.50 chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Mix togethter, but don't mix too thouroughly. (Use a spoon, not an electric beater.) It'll make the bread tough. Stir in nuts. Pour into oiled loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes.

For the spread (Don't use Greek strained Fage Yogurt, as Cousin Nancy thought she was eating.)

1 block of low fat cream cheese
.5 cup of butter or Smart Balance spread
1 tsp. lemon extract
Powdered sugar to taste

Mix with electric beater or Vita Mix machine for just seconds! Just keep adding sugar until it's as sweet as you like it!

I hope that all of y'all will try Carol's, I mean my Pumpkin Bread recipe! You'll love it! I promise! Thank you Carol!

Tomorrow morning, Tony and I are going to Kerrville to do the Harley Show, and then eat breakfast at Randy and Lisa's Save Inn Restaurant! Y'all have a great evening!

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