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I live in Marblehead, MA and love to knit and spin!  I host the Knitting by the Sea podcast on YouTube.  I am Saratogaknitting on Ravelry and Instagram!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Secret Pal!!! and Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Here is our Thanksgiving turkey! We had some issues between my husband and his mother regarding the "doneness" of the turkey, but once those were resolved we sat down to a wonderful meal!

The following day there was a surprise in the mail! My Secret Pal sent me a package! As you can see, Shadow had to investigate! And this package came all the way from Wasilla, Alaska! I can't believe it! How fun!

The package contained two BEAUTIFUL rovings to feed my spinning addiction. The colors are wonderful! My daughter has already claimed whatever I might make from the turquoise roving since she has a pillow exactly that shade! And the multicolor is fantastic, beautiful greens with yellows, reds browns - I couln't resist!

Here is some of it spun up - I had to get right to my spindle! Oh yes, my wonderful pal also sent me the marvelous book Spin to Knit! I have been hoping to get my hands on it! It is wonderful with great photos and explanations for new spinners. Also some teriffic patterns - I love the sweaters and the hats! There was also a bag of Heath Bar Bites but those are long gone!

The Rowing Cat and I looked up Wasilla on the internet and found a great little video about the town that we watched! She can't believe that my pal is from the town where the Iditarod Race starts! She's loved the Balto story forever thanks to the animated video!

Thanks so much to my Pal! You're keeping me busy!

Here's the recipe - This was given to my daughter by her Kindergarten teacher and we have made it every year since! Thanks Mrs. Schrader at Jerry Thomas Elementary in Jupiter, Florida!

Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1/2 lb. canned pumpkin
1/3 cup water
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Cream sugar, oil and add eggs. Add pumpkin. Add dry ingredients alternately with water. Grease two 8 x 3 3/4 inch pans. Bake at 350 degrees for and hour or until done.



anne said...

i'm shocked that there was disagreement in the family! i wouldn't imagine aunt joan to argue! hope the holiday went well and everyone is doing great out there!

ps i'm excited to try the recipe. lex and i made some a couple of weeks ago, but it calls for 3 cups of sugar and that seemed rather rediculous!

Holly Jo said...

Wasilla? That's only 30 minutes from Anchorage. I've probably crossed paths with this knitter. Small world. Can't wait to try the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you liked the dose of fiber! I had a hard time parting with the heath bites though... :)SP9

cps said...

Beautiful turkey!! We were given a Turkey from my husbands work and it had the pop up timer in it. Well, it popped up after two hours of cooking a 13 lb. turkey ( I don't think so) So out came the meat thermometer and we cooked it another two hours. Turns out the popper was inserted side ways about an inch from the surface of the meat. After it fully cooked we had a great meal.
Beautiful roving. In my spare time (ha ha ) I have been messing around making Chiangora. Since I have a pet grooming buisness I have access to as much dog hair as I need. But it goes VERY slowly as I do it all by hand. Keep up your beautiful work:)