Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pumpkin shortage?

I can't believe its been almost a month since I posted last.  I'm so behind on everything these days!  I apologize for being so behind on reading everyone's blogs!

I'm now 29 weeks along and I can't believe how fast time is moving.  We're still waiting on the delivery of the baby furniture, but we've made good progress getting the baby's room ready.  Its amazing how much money we've spent on this baby between baby monitors, furniture, etc!  And it hasn't even been born yet! Crazy!

The past few weekends we had company visiting.  One of those weekends my best friend came for our seasonal girly get together.  We had such a great time watching chick flicks, shopping, and sewing.  I got started on making 4 of these fall place-mats- I still need to get the binding sewn on.

I also made the second quilt top for the woman who is paying me.  I had originally picked out blue/green/red dog fabrics and she thought it was too boy.  Well she was right and her sister-in-law had a girl!  So off I went to the shop and found some new fabrics.  I requested she go shopping with me to avoid what happened last time, but she said she just wanted me to pick it out.  I sure hope she likes it!  Here's the top and the backing fabric.
I love the animals!! :)

Then I finished up my project pure quilt.  I was so flattered that Vickie at Spun Sugar Quilts was inspired by my orange/Pure combination and wrote a post about it!!

I went with a brown minkee dot border since I'm obsessed with the stuff.  I quilted the top to the batting to give it some dimension, then tied the top/batting to the backing which is also a brown minkee that has lines on it.  I was really happy with it until I washed it and the yarn I used to tie the quilt frayed into a mess.

So I cut the ties and redid it with a white yarn I had used in the past that I know won't fray (Patons Grace 100% mercerized cotton).  I was happy the ties didn't show on the back side at all.  I guess the minkee is plush enough to hide the white.
Now I love it!!!  It doesn't seem like tying is done all that often, but I really enjoy this method when working with minkee backs.  Here is my tutorial if you are interested in giving it a go.  Its my new favorite snuggle up quilt and completely puts me in fall mode.

The weather is gorgeous today and all these fall projects put me in the mood to bake pumpkin orange spice bread.  I thought this would be a simple task, but 2 grocery stores and about 10 phone calls to grocery stores later I learned there is a canned pumpkin shortage!  What?!  Apparently 2 years ago, there was a problem with the specific pumpkin used for baking.  Libby's, the main manufacturer of canned pumpkin, production is 2 years out so this year is the year where they can't keep up.  I finally found a store around here that had some and I bought 7 cans.  I suggest stocking up now for Thanksgiving (if you can find it)!! 

Here's the recipe if you'd like to make this delicious dessert like bread:

Pumpkin Orange Spice Bread
1 3/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinammon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1 egg
1 tablespoon orange zest
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar

1) Preheat the oven to 350 deg
2) In a large blow, combine flour, baking powder, cinammon, baking soda, cloves, salt, and ginger.  Mix well and set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk pumpkin, milk, orange juice, egg, and orange zest and set aside.
4) In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light a fluffy.  Gradually add flour and pumpkin mixtures alternating each, beginning and ending with four mixtures.  Blend until smooth.  
5) Pour into an 8" loaf pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.  Bake 1 hr or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely. 

Well I hope to be back caught up soon in blogland!! :)


Katie said...

If this second quilt doesn't pass, I'll take it! Those animals are too cute. The placemat fabrics are really great, too. Looks like you're keeping busy, even if you're not blogging much about it. And the bread looks delicious. (I baked cookies earlier today to warm up the house, then the hubby decided they needed to be for halftime at our nephew's football game...maybe I should go see if I can find some canned pumpkin!)

Stacy said...

It's about time for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.... I might have to stock up.

Your quilts looks lovely. I adore the baby girl one!! So cute.

How are you doing? It seems like forever (well, because it has been) since I last saw you. Hope you'll show pictures of the baby's room once it's done.

---"Love" said...

As I'm sure you've noticed, I rarely make anything in fall colors, but that may have to change! I LOVE those placemats! They would go perfectly with my Vernonware Tam O'Shanter plaid dishes in exactly those colors! I rarely use those dishes, but that may have to change!
The baby quilt is very sweet too!
It's so good to hear from you again; I wondered if you had escaped this bunch of rascals! *wink* Do take care of yourself and get lots of rest! ---"Love"

canuckquilter said...

You've been busy! Love the owls on your placemats, love the snuggly quality of your minkee-backed quilts, lovely baby quilt...We haven't seen the nursery but I'm sure that's lovely too!

Yours is the second blog I've read this week that referred to a canned pumpkin shortage. I have a couple of cans in the pantry that I had better hold on to for pumpkin pie in November!

Fer said...

Love love love it all! I know how you feel, blogging (and reading blogs) can be a real effort at the moment - especially when you'd rather be nesting!

The pumpkin bread sounds lovely, although canned/preserved pumpkin is not very common here. I wonder if it would still work if I boiled and mashed a pumpkin?

a good yarn said...

Fantastic projects - I love them all! Yes, those little animals are cute as buttons. A canned pumpkin shortage - that's going to cause some grief. Your loaves look amazing. Thanks for the recipe. We don't have canned pumpkin here but that's okay we cook the fresh kind and drain it. Ann :-)

Beth said...

We were just talking about the pumpkin shortage at work this week. Since my kids love pumpkin pie and all things fall, I better hunt down some cans of pumpkin now. Your bread looks fab! I can almost smell it. Sam washome from school this weekend and we went to the pumpkin farm. Little too early for the pumpkins but I got a pumpkin soup mix and she loved it!

Love your baby quilt. Love Minkee anything, but I really love your quilt. We have the pure charms in the store now, so far I have controlled far....
Great to hear from you, sounds like all is well and you are busy busy. Enjoy!

Tricia said...

Mmm pumpkin bread! I heard there could be a shortage this year but I didn't believe it until now. Thanks for the heads up! I have one small can of pumpkin on hand for my dogs (they love it!) but I'll have to pick up some more for pies and things!

I hope she likes this quilt! Especially since you offered to take her with you to pick out the fabric.

seventhsister26 said...

I love that pumpkin orange you have in that minkie quilt;) I am so ready for Halloween. Will have to try your recipe;)
Happy Quilting!!

Sandy said...

I made two loaves of the Pumpkin Orange Spice Bread yesterday, and it is delicious!

The whirlygig quilt looks amazing with the soft and cuddly minkee. The baby girl quilt is adorable, and I love the placemat fabric -- what a hoot.