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Pumpkin Bread + Books I Love

I wanted to share a few things today that I have been loving lately.  Around Canadian thanksgiving,  I made this gorgeous pumpkin bread and thought I should share.  And it is easy-peasy to make.

I also wanted to share some books I have been loving lately.

First, here’s the recipe for the pumpkin bread.

pumpkin-breadIngredients

One 15oz can of pumpkin puree
1 2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil (melted butter or coconut oil is a fine substitute)
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or mixed spice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sultanas (optional but makes a sweeter loaf!)

Method

Preheat oven to 350F and ensure oven rack is placed low if you have a small oven, or in the middle if you have a regular sized one.  Grease bottoms of two small loaf tins (8×4), or one big one (9×5) and place parchment paper on the bottom.  I trace mine out before hand so it fits in perfectly.

In a bowl mix pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla & eggs until well mixed.  Stir in remaining ingredients except for the walnuts and sultanas.  Once the mixture is well combined, fold in sultanas and walnuts.

Pour mixture into pans and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  It took me approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes for the big loaf tin.

Cool 10 to 15 minutes on wire rack before removing from the tin.  Let cool for two hours or so before slicing.  And enjoy with a cup of tea.

And here are the books.

all-souls-trilogydiary-of-a-witch

The All-Souls Trilogy is amazing for people interested in history, witches, and a bit of academia.  It was nice to find a series regarding witches, vampires, and daemons, geared towards adults.  If you are a fan of the Elizabethan era, I would suggest you do read these, as the second book is based during that time.  I think I enjoyed this series so much – and I have read it three times – because the author, Deborah Harkness, is actually a historian, so there are a bit of fun facts thrown in while you read.

The second book was a bit of an odd find at my local bookshop.  It is a fictional story, however, it does bring you into the darker parts of Scotland’s history – the witch trials.  The book is mostly in diary form which I love.  I must warn you that some parts of the book are truly violent and if you are squeamish or easily disturbed by violence (and sexual violence) against women, this is not the book for you.  I must say this book surprised me in its quality and I hope you do pick it up.

As you can see, these books do have a bit of a witch theme, and I suppose being halloween, it seems a natural selection however I must admit I have a fondness for the history of witches so I tend to read about them a lot.

I hope you all have a great Halloween/Samhain.

Thanks for reading.

Jacqueline

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April 2016 Favourites

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Batiste  Dry Shampoo in Blush

This dry shampoo works just like the original Batiste, but with a much prettier scent.  I first picked this up years ago because the original was sold out.  I was scared that the scent would have an overwhelming rose scent, but it is more like understated soft floral.  Perfect for Spring.

Nivea Soft

This is my most recent discovery in terms of skin care and I am truly glad I found it.  Although I have mostly oily skin and this cream is a rich, thick moisturizer, it is literally the best I have ever used.  It keeps my cheeks moisturized and sinks in my t-zone quick without leaving my skin greasy.  It is also a great base for my makeup in the morning.  Another perk is that it has literally healed my eczema on my hands.  I have just been rubbing the remaining cream on my hands after moisturizing my face and my hands are now almost completely eczema free and soft!

Lavanila “The Healthy Deodorant” in Vanilla Lavender

If you are a natural deodorant user, you need to buy this deodorant.  It wears like a traditional deodorant, not a gel or liquid like most natural deodorants.  Lavanila also have a wide range of scents, as well as a more powerful version for active (or extra sweaty) ladies.  The only con is the price – this costs about $20 – but so worth it!

Garnier Micellar Water

I decided to test this micellar water out since it is much cheaper than the Bioderma micellar water, which I absolutely love.  The Garnier one is just as good, but only $8 to 10 dollars – I got mine on sale.  If you do need a good makeup remover, do give this one a try.  They do have a waterproof makeup version as well.

Marc Jacobs Honey

This perfume has returned for Spring.  It is my signature spring and summer scent.  It is a sweet/floral scent and is absolutely gorgeous.  If you are in the market for a new scent for spring and summer, I definitely recommend it.

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer in Cocoa Radiant

I am not normally a Vaseline kind of girl, but this is the easiest moisturizer ever.  Spray and rub – put your clothes on, no greasiness at all.  If you are a lazy girl, or just hate having to wait ages to put your clothes on after moisturizing, pick this up.  It also comes in two other scents, but the cocoa radiant is definitely my favourite!

Hope you enjoy.  Did you have any favourite products for April?

Jacqueline