Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! I have been busy ordering last minute gifts and planning Christmas meals. It always goes way too fast.
Ever have one of those “where in the world did the day go” days ? Yesterday was one of those and I’m completely to blame. I tend to go a 100mph. My husband would call it being “A Hubner” – which he has adopted (and loves BTW) since marrying me. Need/want something done? Do it now. Don’t wait – not even for a second because you may or may not waste time. We can’t take the chance. Don’t think too long – just do it. It’s a little ridiculous sometimes. For instance: My mom went to a concert a few nights ago where someone was playing the tin whistle. She came home and said, “it was just beautiful…you should try and play it”. 5 minutes later a tin whistle was ordered and 2 days after that I’m a proud owner of a Celtic flute. I currently can play “Muffin Man” , “Danny Boy” and Gus Pike’s theme song from Avonlea.
So yesterday I had work out of town which is always a family occasion. We tried to enjoy the 55 degree weather while driving in the car but it was a little hard. Somewhere in our 90 mile trip I came up with the brilliant idea that the kids would like a tent for Christmas. I remember seeing them on Land of Nod years ago. I started thinking… “I took sewing in 4-H. If I can sew a complete business suit I can certainly sew a tent”. And so it begins… “Let’s stop at the lumber yard and get some wood for the tent.” “Might as well stop and buy some curtains – I think they would be cheaper than material and they’d already be hemmed…” Go in and buy them, get in the car and decide I hate the color of the curtains. Decide to keep them for now – thinking I could return them tomorrow…Looking at the plan again and realizing I need curtains with the tab at the top. Shoot – why didn’t I look at it better? I could have just returned them right away and saved myself a trip… Get home and work a little bit before laying Little Miss down for a much needed nap. Decide to go and see what the material store has less than 2 weeks before Christmas on a Saturday at 4pm. Not even a parking spot. Try a different store. Just as bad. Ollie and I decide to try it anyway. Find the perfect material – an entire bolt – for cheap! I gather up all of my thread that I need and the bolt of tent material. Stand in line forever while a lady coughs up a lung literally 4 inches from my neck. I’m about ready to have a panic attack – but we make it through. Barely. I get up to the cash register and the nice lady says, “I’m sorry miss, but even though this is for the whole bolt, you still have to have it measured out in the back…” Whaaaat? To the back of the store we go…to get a ticket. Number 115. They just called out 99. Nope. I guess we’ll skip the material. I’ll just get the thread for now. Back in line which now curved further through the store. Nope. I’ll come back tomorrow. Finally make it back home in time to throw a frozen pizza in the oven and make a salad. The kale salad makes up for the frozen pizza – doesn’t it? While the pizza is in the oven I sit down to look at different material online as well different patterns for the tent. I actually look up Land of Nod and find exactly what I want for $80. Thinking back to the day I had and the money already spent – I order the stinking tent. I’ll return the supplies tomorrow. On a Sunday before Christmas.
After the kids went to sleep, I looked through some material that I had on hand. I found some canvas duck cloth that I had bought for another idea I had years back. Not enough for a tent – but plenty for a grocery bag…and I start to look at patterns for bags… I’ve got a real problem…
Ok – Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread
I used half of a can of pumpkin which is about 1 cup.
This pumpkin bread didn’t start out by being “brown butter” pumpkin bread. I left the butter on the stove for too long and it browned – and smelled so good!! I forget why I don’t use browned butter for more things!
Make sure your coconut flour is sifted.
This makes 1 big loaf or 2 small loaves. Or 2 mini and 1 small 🙂
I sprinkled a little bit of raw sugar on the bread about 15 minutes in. I have found that if I sprinkle it on before it goes into the oven it just soaks in and then I don’t get the crunch.
Nice knife mark.
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 4 eggs
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground clove
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 cup pumpkin
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Brown butter in a saucepan.
- Let cool slightly.
- Mix eggs, maple syrup, eggs and butter together.
- Blend in pumpkin.
- Add in almond flour, sifted coconut flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Pour into butter greased bread pans.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes or knife comes out clean.