“Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet – to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become.”
A weekend should always be spent with the people you love the most, the people who let you get a little rowdy, the people who help you get over yourself. Happy birthday to two of my lovely ladies, who have seen the good (and bad) of me this year. You are the weirdest people I know and I couldn’t imagine life without you kooky kids.
Bitch about how everyone is too busy and then hear some guy say, “Dinner?! Yes of course! How does three weeks from now sound to you?” after looking at his planner.
Say, “Whatever, who needs that guy? He’s a modelizer.”
Spend three weeks planning said dinner, send 3543 emails to get 4 fu#*%g friends together, an hour on the phone with the restaurant to get a good table at a decent hour (Ok, just, any table. Okay, 9:30. Ok.) and then…
Cancel at 9:27 because “Oh my god I’m just so tired. Would you be upset if…”
Sigh, it’s so sad but yes, all of us New Yorkers are walking cliches. I’m definitely guilty of saying all of these things, especially the ones listed above.
In all honesty, do you need another Pumpkin bread recipe? I mean, it’s the first thing you probably learned to bake. The easiest too. I’ve featured Pumpkin Bread on this site countless times too. So why, WHY WOULD I DO THIS TOO YOU?
Because you can’t stop pinning these darn recipes and it looks like pumpkin exploded all over your screen.
Because another fellow blogger posted this recipe and hey, it looks so pretty and surely hers is better than yours.
Because sometimes you are too lazy to reach out for your trusted baking book.
Because digging for that recipe notebook with your go-to-Pumpkin Break recipe is too far.
Because this one lets you dirty only two bowls and requires no stand mixer. Hallelujah.
Because you are already online and look, someone has taken the time to write this out for you. God, the Internet is grand.
Am I right or am I right? Grab your goods, let’s get to baking.
Easy Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts
- 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp buttermilk (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9”x 5” standard loaf pan.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs lightly with a fork. Add butter, pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix until almost blended. Stir in walnuts. If the batter looks dry, add in 2 tablespoons of buttermilk until just incorporated.
- Transfer batter into prepared pan. Bake for an hour, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe from the lovely Jenn a la Bake or Break but with walnuts, not pecans.
You’re gonna think I’m a major weirdo but I’ve got a confession…
I’m addicted to my morning workouts. I know, I KNOW. I won’t lie, leaving my warm bed, venturing into the dark morning, sweating it out before 7am. Who does that? Well, I do and let me tell you why it is the best thing ever. Endorphins. Alone time. Sweating. Did I say endorphins? It took me about two years to get used to, to be honest, but I couldn’t do without them now. I like to mix it up with a few runs and time on the ellipical, plus stretching. I’ve been wanting to add in a few Soul Cycle classes too.
The trick to a successful morning workout all lies in a killer playlist. A boring one will bring you to snoozeville, when what you need is LOUD, CATCHY JAMS to get you going. This one below is one of my favorite spins on that damn “Stay the Night” song which I am a fan of. NO JUDGMENT. My favorite trainer, Charlee, introduced it into my life and I can’t live without it.
Are you a fan of morning workouts? Or are you a night owl?
The thing about hosting your own Thanksgiving is that there is little room for trial and error. Unlike your mother and grandmother who have years of experience, chances are this is your first or second time hosting your own turkey rodeo, which can be very intimidating. How long are you supposed to defrost the turkey? Are you serving too many carbs? Not enough carbs? Who’s bringing the booze? Now I gotta think about PIES. You are joking.
However, after spending a few turkey days away from home, I’d like to think I’ve mastered the art of surviving Thanksgiving.
- Prep the weekend before. And by prep, I mean test out new recipes. This coming weekend is the perfect time to get the kinks out of your recipes, allowing you plenty of time to sweat, curse and drink in frustration without your guests silently judging you. Pies, turkey, sides, bread. Do it all and save yourself the embarrassment.
- When in doubt, buy more wine than you’d think. The thing about Thanksgiving is that it is all HURRY HURRY HURRY THEN WAIT. You’re rushing around to get all the things made and then you realize, you have two hours before you can eat. So, bring out the wine, grab some games and amuse yourself while that bird gets toasty.
- Dedicate one person to the turkey. That brings me to the star of the show, the turkey. Save yourself the stress and dedicate one person, whether that be you or your bird-savvy friend, to roasting the bird. They have no other duties besides getting that bird on your table. A well roasted yet to dry yet perfectly crisp bird needs all of you concentration so don’t short change it. Make one person the bird man and let her work her magic.
- Prep pies the night before. I’m a firm believer in Thanksgiving pie. There is nothing better than sitting down to a heaping slice (ok, maybe two) of freshly baked pie after a carbolicious meal. It’s the things musicians write love songs about. But, it’s so easy to forget about the pies or just give up on them when you realize you’ve got 10 other dishes to make. My tip is to get the doughs rolled out, primped and fillings ready to be baked the night before. Prebake your crusts, divvy up your fillings in containers and create a hand-written list with baking times for each pie.
Now, do you need some menu planning help? I’ve got you covered with a few top recipes and a handful that I’m looking forward to trying out.
1. Pumpkin Chocolate Tart 2. Pumpkin Bundt Cake 3. Carrot Cupcakes 4. Chai Spiced Cheesecake
That’s it, guys. Thanksgiving is like a marathon – you’ve gotta train, practice and then ride it out. Anyone can do it, and can do it well.
Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve got my own Thanksgiving meal to sort out. You know you are an adult when you’ve got a Google Doc with guests and meal options dedicated solely to one meal. A sure sign you are now an adult, right?