Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ginger Pumpkin Bread

Here's another recipe for Pumpkin Bread. This one has chocolate chips and candied ginger.

You can see in the photo that it's a teeny bit undercooked. But I don't mind that-I like it better a little under than over. 
I served some (without the ginger) for my quilt group meeting at my house this month. I forgot to take a photo of the table or the food. So maybe one day I'll pretend like I'm a food stylist and do a fake photo shoot…um, probably not, but I'll just tell you that it looked festive.)

I did package up some of the Pumpkin Bread, along with my two favorite Halloween candies, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Candy Corn, to share with some friends I visit every month. Black plates and checkered ribbon- also a favorite combination of mine. 

Ginger Pumpkin Bread
Makes 2 loaves (Inspired by )

2 C Unbleached White Flour
1 1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
2 1/2 C White Sugar
3/4 C Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 tsp. Fresh Ginger, grated
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp.Baking Soda
2 C Pumpkin, canned or cooked
1/4 C  Coconut Oil
3/4 C Applesauce
4 Eggs
2/3 C Water
1 C Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 C Candied Ginger (chopped semi-fine)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9x5 loaf pans.
Combine flours, sugars, baking soda, salt, and spices in large bowl.
Combine wet ingredients in medium bowl.
Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Stir in chocolate chips and candied ginger.
Divide batter between the two prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in loaf comes out clean.
Cool 20 minutes. Turn out to wire rack to cool completely before wrapping in foil.

We'll enjoy a slice or two while watching Arsenic and Old Lace (the old black& white movie with Cary Grant) while we wait for a few Trick or Treaters.

Make it a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cool Days/Warm Colors

Have a Wonderful Day!

P.S. The color was NOT enhanced in these photos. The full-tree photos were taken a week earlier than the others and the colors have gotten more intense. The Japanese Maple is blazing red and orange today! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Update on The Weaving Project

We continue to get lots of positive feedback on our installation at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

This is our wall of 500, made by students at Alcott, Dickinson, Rosa Parks, Explorer, and Redmond High School, along with friends and family too.

This smaller piece of 64 weavings are the some of the ones I made...

And these are some of the HUNDREDS made by visitors to the museum.  Visitors are invited to make one and add it to the installation, but most artists wanted to take their treasures home with them. This wall now has over 300, so it's getting to be almost as large as our installation of 500 on the adjacent wall.

The Weaving Project is on display until December 1st, FEBRUARY 2nd!!!! so you still have time to make a CD weaving to add to the piece.

It's been gratifying to hear from people around the world who are making CD weavings! It enlarges the idea of community that I hoped the project would express. Thank you to those of you who have taken time to let me know- I've heard from or seen the work of students, teachers, and individuals in Israel, Colombia, Australia, and many states in the United States. Wouldn't it be awesome to see them all together?

We are looking for another display opportunity once the show closes at BAM, so let me know if you have any ideas.

Make it a Wonderful Day!