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I think one of the things I have enjoyed most about writing this blog and being a part of the Polish Pottery community, is learning of the other things we each have in common. I love to cook and create things in my kitchen, but I also enjoy creating in other ways too. I have closets full of yarn, fabrics, and buttons. Cupboards with my acrylic paints, Tole pattern books, brushes, blank boards and projects that I’m going to get to one day. I also have bags of books yet to be read. There just is never enough free time to get so many things done. I giggle when I find one of my Pottery Sisters on another Facebook site buying fabric, or commenting on a beautiful golden retriever. I laughed the other day when I made a comment on a post that referred to one of my favorite all-time shows, Doctor Who. One of my closest pottery sisters knew immediately what I meant, and that made my heart so happy.

I stumbled upon Doctor Who one night when I couldn’t sleep. I was channel surfing and I came upon this show, and it totally sucked me in in the first few moments I watched. I had no idea what it was, but it was so good. I now know my first experience as a WHOVIAN was an episode called Blink. It was scary, funny, and totally engrossing. What came next though is truly dear to me. The next day I told my kids about this great show I watched the night before, and I had them watch an episode with me. Matthew didn’t care for it, but my youngest Jonathan loved it. We decided to start watching the series at the beginning of the reboot, and we watched everything there was till we were caught up. This then became our ritual Saturday night, Doctor Who, a big bowl of popcorn, and the two of us sharing something, just the two of us. If you have kids, you will understand that it’s hard to find something that you can bond over, share and enjoy. Let’s face it, I don’t play video games, I’m not into legos or Pokémon, so this was a way of connecting one on one. I am so lucky that I have something with each of my kids that is ours alone. Those times are priceless to me. Now that they are all adults and starting their own families and lives outside of my house, I know what I have given them a great foundation. It’s what we are supposed to do as parents, create great adults out of these precious babies.

And remember, whatever you do, DON’T BLINK!

Today’s recipe is one that my boys ask for every fall. There are only two things they like made with pumpkin, pumpkin pie, and chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. It’s a recipe I got from my cousin in law Kim. It takes two full loaves or a ton of muffins. I make the muffins most of the time, but when you have Polish pottery that bakes so well and is gorgeous too, it’s a no brainer! The bread was baked in this stunner of a piece by Zaklady, Love loaf pan regularly $87.99 and is on sale for $69.99. It is being served on a Blue Harmony platter regularly $78.72 and is on sale for $62.98. This small platter is perfect for a loaf of bread. Also pictured are the best accompanying patterned vase, candle holder and teapot in the Mod Floral design. Make your table dance and your food sing with these beautiful pieces!

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From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Cousin Kim’s Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • Four eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups of pumpkin purée
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or pure vanilla
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350

Cream together the sugar, oil, and eggs till light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, water, and vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl mix salt, cinnamon, flour, ginger, cloves, and baking soda. Add flour mixture into pumpkin mixture in thirds, mixing well between each addition. Add chocolate chips and mix well. Pour batter into two prepared loaf pans and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let sit for 15 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
For muffins fill muffin cups up to 3/4 full and bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I loved making this recipe with my kids, they enjoyed filling the muffin pans with batter. It was one of those things that let us be in the kitchen, all together, making memories!