At my local book club meeting, we spend the first half hour visiting and enjoying refreshments provided by the hostess. So, I'm going to think of this blog post as our social hour. Since it's autumn at the beginning of A Single Thread, I've got some wassail and pumpkin bread for you!
Wassail2 quarts apple juice
2 cups orange juice
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
12 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
Mix all ingredients and simmer in a crockpot for 2-3 hours. Before serving, remove cloves and cinnamon sticks with a strainer.
Pumpkin Bread2/3 cup oil
2 cups sugar
16-ounce can pumpkin
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3-1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup chopped nuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.2. Grease two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans.
3. In a large mixer bowl, mix oil, sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin and water.
4. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices to flour and stir well to combine. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir until smooth. Stir in nuts.
5. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
6. Cool in pans for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.
While you enjoy your wassail and pumpkin bread, I'd love for you to share with the group what autumn is like at your house. I'll go first.
At my home in Colorado, autumn is yellow, and brown, and green. We live in an evergreen forest, so the dark green contrasts nicely with the yellow and brown of autumn leaves. Our Rocky Mountain maple leaves turn yellow as do our quaking aspen leaves.
The scrub oak (or Gambel oak) leaves just turn brown and so do the acorns.
The chokecherry leaves turn yellow, and the berries turn from green to red to dark red. If you want to make chokecherry jelly, pick them quick before the bears do!
In the fall, Coloradoans trek higher up into the mountains to see the beautiful yellow aspen leaves contrasting with the dark evergreens. The best time to view the aspens is the last two weeks in September and the first week in October (more or less)! Very few leaves turn red or orange, so it's exciting when we see those colors.
Part of the fun of being in the Quilters' Book Club is learning about other quilters who live in different parts of the United States as well as all over the world. In the comments section, please tell us what autumn is like in your community. If you feel comfortable, let us know what state or country you're from.
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