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Pumpkin bread recipe

We took a trip to the local arboretum for a fall pumpkin exhibit and found several recipes posted (including this pumpkin bread recipe) that used pumpkin as the main ingredient.

Pumpkin patch
The many varieties at the arboretum.

Making bread from scratch can be somewhat time consuming but around Christmas or during the holidays baking can be fun for the whole family, especially is you have guests coming into town.

recipe for pumpkin bread
Try this pumpkin bread recipe!

Ingredients:
4 egg yolks
1 cup oil
2/3 cup water
1 can pumpkin puree 15oz
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp nutmeg
2tsp baking soda
3cups flour

Directions:
Mix egg, water, oil, pumpkin. Add spices and flour mix well. Pour into loaf pan bake 350° for 50-60 minutes.

Enjoy!

Cadbury egg flavors

The most familiar and most sought after Easter holiday treat… the cream filled chocolate egg! Did you know that the cream filled egg dates its origins back to the 1920’s? It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the Cadbury brothers introduced the tasty Easter themed treat to the world as we know it today! You might even think that the Cadbury is Made in the USA, however, a fun fact is that the chocolate is actually Made in Canada.

The original cream filled egg is a milk chocolate shell with a cream filled fondant, however, as time has passed by so has the vision for the original dessert. Other flavors and different sizes have been introduced making it a semi-versatile chocolate treat.

The flavors that you’ll find sitting next to the cash register or in the chocolate isle of your favorite store include:

  • Caramel Egg – Crack open a Cadbury Caramel Egg and you’ll find a soft gooey delicious caramel center! This egg has been around since 1994!
  • Cadbury Creme Egg – This is the classic egg that everyone is familiar with – open one up and you’ll find a soft center that is white and appears to have a yellow yolk…it’s nothing but sugary sweetness that goes perfectly with the thick milk chocolate shell!
  • Chocolate Creme Egg – Chocolate shell filled with a rich chocolate creme in the middle – perfect choice for the chocoholic!  This one joined the lineup in 1999!
  • Mini Eggs – the Cadbury Mini Eggs are  just a smaller version of the creme egg.  Many people prefer this size as it’s easier to manage thanks to its size!

Discontinued flavors include:

  • Peppermint Egg (last produced in 2010)
  • Dream eggs (white chocolate on the outside, chocolate on the inside – last produced in 2010)
  • Giant Creme Eggs – (last produced in 2006)
  • Border Creme Eggs (last produced in 1981, this was a chocolate egg shell with chocolate fondant inside)
  • Berry Creme Eggs (last seen in the late 1990s)
  • Mad About Chocolate Eggs (last produced in 2010)
  • Creme Egg Twisted (looked kind of like a candy bar but with the classic egg fillling…was very unpopular and was last produced in 2011)

There is no information if these eggs discontinued, but they are no longer listed as official flavors by Cadbury:

  • Orange Creme Eggs – a favorite of many, these eggs recently disappeared from shelves and are not listed on the Cadbury site!
  • Mint Creme Eggs (they have a GREEN yolk!)
  • Caramilk Egg (supposed to taste just like a Caramello)
  • Marble Egg (meaning a mix of chocolate and milk)
  • Cadbury McFlurry (yes, a McDonald’s version of the egg, only produced in some countries)

Valentines Day Cooking Ideas

The typical thing to do on Valentine’s day is cook a meal – or at the very least a treat – for your loved one. The problem is that it’s hard to figure out what a good romantic recipe idea is! There are however certain basic easy flavors that relate to Valentine’s Day – once you find these, you’re well on your way to making the perfect Valenday Day Menu!!

  1. Chocolate – Really, anything chocolate. I do not exaggerate! Chocolate is the main, and i mean THE MAIN flavor of Valentine’s Day.  Good choices include:
    • Chocolate Truffles
    • Chocolate Cake
    • Box of Chocolates
    • Chocolate Mousse
    • Chocolate Tart
    • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  2. PastaSpaghetti and Meatballs is a CLASSIC romantic meal.  Think “Lady and the Tramp”…you know, the movie where the two dogs were eating a bowl of pasta and they both picked up a noodle and sucked it until they realized they both had the same strand!!  If you’re not so crazy about spaghetti, another solid standby is lasagna…a comfort food that is filling and complicated, and goes well with chocolate!  🙂
  3. Salmon – This is a good choice because many women prefer a lighter meal.  Salmon is the perfect choice as it is not too light a fish, but rather is quite filling – and very healthy!  Pair with some asparagus (which is a known aphrodisiac) and you have a great meal!  If you don’t like baked salmon dishes, a great romantic alternative is smoked salmon.  A bit of smoked salmon on a baguette with a bit of cream cheese is a classic hors d’oeuvre and is quite fancy without being too complicated.
  4. Oysters – If you want to go a little out on a limb and have something a little different, well this might be your choice.  Raw oysters on the half shell are known worldwide to be aphrodisiacs – scientists have actually confirmed this!  It is even said that the famous lady’s man Casanova ate 50 oysters for breakfast!  Of course, remmeber, you should always be careful when eating any kind of raw shellfish or seafood!
  5. Champagne – OK, this is not exactly a food, but something that you can have during your meal! Champagne is a classic romantic Valentine’s Day beverage.  If you’re not crazy about champagne, a little sparkling wine is a good substitute.
  6.  Creme Brulee – This is a food item you might consider for dessert if you’re not crazy about chocolate.  Everything about Creme Brulee says fancy – the name, the look, the taste! It’s a very romantic dessert, and exceptionally delicious.  If you’re eating at home you can make it yourself fairly easily (takes about an hour), if you’re out, all the finest restaurants are likely to be serving it!
  7. Cheese, Grapes, Nuts – This is another excellent hors d’oeuvre to serve while you’re finishing up making your romantic meal…and it really takes almost no prep time.  A nice arrangement of cheeses, some grapes, and some biscotti on a platter is all it takes!
  8. Steak – Steak is also another traditional favorite meal for two.  I’d recommend being careful with this choice however as if you’re having hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and dessert, steak might be a little bit filling…you don’t want to leave your meal holding your stomach! A nice small piece of properly cooked steak however is a luxurious meal that will be remembered! Try filet mignon for something unforgetable!
  9. Duck – If you want to try something a little different, seared duck is a fancy, classic romantic choice.
  10. Veal Chops – Served grilled with some small red potatoes and a nice sauce is a delicious meal choice!

Best Eggnog Flavored Foods

A classic Christmas flavor is eggnog, but what many people do not know is that you don’t just have to have plain old eggnog! Around Christmas time you’ll find all sorts of Christmas flavored goodies! Here are some of the best eggnog flavored foods out there that you’ll want to try with that special someone… 😉

1. Eggnog flavored cupcakes – great gift to bring to your parents house on Christmas Eve or Christmas day!
2. Eggnog flavoed coffee- They have special holiday blends of coffee that go right in your K=cup – the eggnog flavor is a don’t-miss holiday treat!
3. Eggnog Smoothies – restaurants and shops are all whipping up special eggnog flavored shakes!
4. Eggnog flavored gumballs – a special holiday treat that you can get right on amazon!
5. Eggnog flavored pancakes! – start your morning right – simple recipes can be found with a quick google search!
6. Eggnog Truffles – you lie truffles? Try these this Christmas!
7. Eggnog Icecream – make this yourself with part icecream, part brandy or whiskey, part cream, and a dash of nutmeg!
8. Eggnog Popcorn – yup, they make it alright!!
9. Eggnog pudding – delicious!
10. Eggnog French Toast – breakfast!!