Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Pumpkin Bread

By; Elise Bauer : simpyrecipes.com

Make this great Pumpkin Bead, great for the holidays or anytime of the year!


  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pumpkin purée*
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 4 ounces (1 stick, 112 g) butter, melted (can sub 1/2 cup light olive oil)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • Optional Orange Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

  To make a puree, you’re need a small sugar pumpkin to cut in half horizontally, scrape    out the stringy stuff and seeds with a large metal spoon, on a foil or silpat lined baking       sheet. Bake at 350F about 45 mins to 1 hour till soft, let it then scoop out the fresh.   Whatever you don’t use freeze for future use. Also you can roast or boil them til ltender if you should work on pumpkin pieces fresh whatever you don’t use, freeze for future use. Also if you can roast or boil them till tender if you should work on pumpkin pieces.

Next: Preheat the oven in a loaf pan at {350F  180C} butter the sides of a 8 X 4 X 3 inch loaf pan. Place in the middle of the oven.

Next, place the melted butter, beaten eggs, sugar, 1/4 cup of water, pumpkin puree, orange zest, molasses, mix them all together. Next mix the wet and dry ingredients till there is no dry flour in the batter. Be careful to not over mix! If adding pecans or walnut then stir them in.

Next: Pour the batter into the pan and smooth off the top, then bake at 350F  {180C} depending on your oven and pan from, 45 minutes to 1 hour. { dark pans cook quicker than a light pan } You can also poke in the center of the loaf to see if it comes out clean.

When done remove from oven let it cool for 5 minutes Then work around the edges of the bread with a blunt dinner knife gentry to separate it out of the pan.

Invert it to loosen it from the pan and put the loaf on a rack to cool completely.

Glaze: If you plan on using the glaze, place the orange juice, powdered sugar, vanillia, and zest into a medium bowl whisk together till smooth, if too thick add a little water, too thin, add a little water. Wait till bread completely cools before glaze or slicing the bread….

Best to use a serrated knife to slice. 

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Buddy Holly


Buddy Holly

Read Retodee’s great column on Buddy Holly, on her site, Retrodee’s Guild To The Best Era Ever! A great musican and songwriter from the 1950’s! And you can listen to Buddy’smusic on the Jukebox if you like.

Standard 50’s Music!

The music and stars listed here are mostly of rock n roll of that was out when I was growing up, But there was a lot of great standard music from the area and music stars with hits on the radio, Like the great Pattie Page who sang the great “The Tennessee Waltz”  “Old Cape Code” and more. The Four Lads had a number of hits like “Moments To Remember” “No Not Much”. and others.

The great Nat King Cole had “Unforgettable” The Lovely “Mona Lisa” “Too Young” “Smile” Perry Como had hits like “Catch a Falling Star” “Papa Loves Mombo” “Round and Round” Who sang standards better than Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart” “Witch Craft” “Tony Bennett” “Because of You” “Rags to Riches” “Cold Cold Heart” “Rosemary Clooney” Come On-My House” “Mambo Italiano” “Dean Martin” “That’s Amore”.
Yes They were very much a part of the wonderful 1950’s and many more,the 1950’s would not be the same without their contribution of great standard music!

Dee’s vintage clothing tips!


Retro Dee

Anyone who really wants to find out about vintage clothing originals, how to read up and spot labeling tips.
Take a quick ride over to Retrodee’s for part one of a four-part series to show you the lowdown on getting it right with vintage clothing!

you’ll be in vintage fashion with her intensive how-to tips!
You can read much more on her site below on the “Cool Posts” link. Enjoy your vintage visit..
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Elvis Presley

On the 41st year of Elvis Presley’s passing, I have fond memories of him in the 1950s. My friends and I thought he was the coolest looking guy with the long sideburns and he wore his collar up and dressed unlike anyone on the scene at the time!

It was amazing to see him perform on the Ed Sullivan show and the girls loved him and the guys wanted to be like him! What great songs he sang like, I’m All Shook up, Don’t be Cruel, Love Me Tender, and more.

It was Elvis that got me more interested in wanting to play a guitar and make music, he woke us up and rocked us with more great music from him early films like, Love Me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, the list goes on. You can listen to Elvis on the Jukebox There are a number of his great hits there.

Yes Elvis began it all for me and many more at the time! When I think back to there was some great music made then by many great stars like Buddy Holly, and many groups who were rocking back then! Thanks for the great music Elvis!

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Retro Games!

monopoly board game on brown wooden tabletop

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When we weren’t playing ball or riding our bikes or exploring other things, we would go outside by my friend’s house a few doors down, and sit on the ground playing board games like, “monopoly”, “checkers” and others. some times we played marbles, or flipped baseball cards against the wall! Some days your winnings piled up! And the next day you would lose most of them.

It was a fun way to spend a summer afternoon, there was quite a number of board games at the time and my friend had most of them it seemed! Other board games we played were, “Cheyenne” a game from the tv show at the time, and also “Gettysburg”. and it was the first board war game based on a historical battle.

And there was also” Leave It to Beaver Money Maker Game” and many more! Yeah summer was never a boring time for us back then, I don’t think there was a kid on my block who was not doing something outside in the summer, and most of the time the boys played together and the girls did the same, but there were lots of times we all played together, I’m glad I grew up when I did and, I bet most of us from that time might agree on it,

The Monastery Grounds!


in the 1950s, I lived right across the street from from the Church Saint Michae’s It was was built on 12 acres of land and went 2 blocks lwest to east some, and 3 blocks north to south! It was the biggest Chruch in the country at the time and many attented mass there on Sundays and many were married there over the years and my oldest sister was married there also in 1958, it was built in 1869 and completed in 1875.

I moved there when I was 4 years old and still remember when they first put down tar for cars to park in one section, and the other section was dirt with trees and it was fenced in the entire length, so as I got older that’s where the kids in the neighborhood would gather to play, and we would play stickball down where the cars parked after Sunday services. It also had basketball hoops on each side of the parking area.

On the other end is where we would play baseball, the city would add a back stop later on but the bases we made with any decent size rock we could find for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base, but we did have a home plate the city also added. Many times you could spend most of the day there, only to go home for diner then back again to play a game.

And I remember summer days shooting off those toy water rockets that had a launcher and when you pumped it up it took off straight up and we could have sworn it was headed into orbit! And of course, that’s where the city would dump those wonderful mountains of snow! from around the city and seemed to last a year in the cold winter!

I’m not kidding it took forever for them to melt and they were large and seemed to go on forever and  the truth is, we didn’t mind if they did!  Oh but what fun we had making snow forts and making up sides to have snowball fights! The Church is still standing there but no longer active with membership it was upgraded for the area highschools for sports and looks nice and on the south end part about 3 blocks away from there are condominiums built on the land a number of years ago very nice looking.

So very once in awhile when I’m in the area I say in a quiet whisper “Hello to  Saint Michae’s Church” Thanks for the memories!

NewYork Skyline!

I went out for a walk today and about 15 blocks from my home is a place to sit and take in the views of New York City! There’s a lot to see and on a nice day you just sit and stare and never get tired of the sights!

And at night in the early evening, it lights up such a beautiful sight to see! You can see Times Square lit up! I Wanted to share this with you!

The McGill’s Farm

several bunch of grapes

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In the 1950s my friends and I would go down the to a family farm only about 4 blocks away it was a farm well-known back then and named The McGill’s family farm! I don’t know the whole history of it but it was a great place to go in those summers of the 1950s! You could find, apples, peaches, pears, raspberries, and those wonderful blueberries!

Sometimes we would bring a brown paper bag or carry what we could  but most of the time we ate the fruit before we made it home! We really weren’t allowed on the farm but it wasn’t a fenced in kind of farm and you could just walk right in but if the owner saw you he would chase you off.

Many times my sister and I would go down for fruit and other kids on the block that we knew, and my cousins who lived in the building next door from my famliy, and my Aunt would make applesauce from the apples and even the green ones! Yes there’s nothing like fresh fruit right from the farm!