Three Things I’m Loving

Happy Friday everyone!

Let’s get to it. Somehow everything I”m currently loving is fall themed and I think this will probably be the pattern for a while.

1) Candy apples with sprinkles

one half gone…

I picked this up on my apple picking trip. Normally I’m not a fan of caramel or caramel apples, they’re too chewy but the sprinkles really caught my eye. And apparently the same goes here and here.

But it was honestly delicious, and I couldn’t get enough of the apples + caramel + sprinkle combo.

2) Pumpkin Chai Tea Lattes

These are delicious. I’ve had some long days this week because of extra tutoring shifts and class and coming back and curling up with a mug of this in my hand has helped me unwind.

3) The Pumpkins on my Front Step!

They just add a nice autumny touch and are a cheerful greeting anytime we come home.

Now I’m looking forward to the weekend.  My parents are coming to visit so that means delicious dinners out, a football, a Ghost tour, and so much more. I’m excited to relax and spend time with them after a busy week.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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Pumpkin Yeast Bread

When ever I feel antsy or restless, I flit around the house. I barely sit still long enough to watch tv from commercial break to commercial break, or read a chapter in a book, or browse at stuff online.

I blame this on the fact that at school, I always feel like I should be doing something even if I really just need to relax. I’ve gotten a lot better at relaxing and winding down but sometimes I just need a release. Exercise is usually that release but I can only push myself in a workout so many times a day.

So I bake or cook. And one of my favorite energy releases is baking bread. Whether is a kneaded bread or a no knead bread, I love it. In the spirit of fall, I was craving something pumpkiny but didn’t want a pumpkin quick bread. It’s great in its own way, but I was just not in the mood for it.

With some quick googling research, I found this recipe from King Arthur Flour.

I made a couple modifications like adding whole wheat flour and a touch of molasses, but the kneading was the key to my happiness. And the delicious taste of this bread.

Make it, then slather on some butter on warm slice.

 

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Makes 1-2 loaves

1/2 cup warm water
2 packages (2 tablespoons) active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups puréed pumpkin, either fresh or canned
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 1/2 cups (approximately) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon molasses

2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, stir yeast into water to soften. Add milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, 2 cups white flour, 2 cups wheat flour, molasses, sugar, salt, ginger and cinnamon to yeast mixture. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes.

Gradually add remaining flour, a little at a time, until you have a dough stiff enough to knead. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, adding flour as necessary, until you have a smooth, elastic dough.

Put dough into an oiled bowl. Turn once to coat entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Turn dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface. Divide dough in half. Shape dough into loaves and place in well-greased 10 x 5-inch pans or, shape half into a loaf. (I did both but liked the free form loaf better). Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven. Loaves bake about 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Three Things I’m Loving

Whoops, guess I never published this on Friday so you all just get an extra treat today.

Are you enjoying the weekend? I know I am. I’m enjoying this beautiful weather and the start of fall wayy too much, I just want it to stick around forever. Which is probably reflected in what I’m loving right now:

1) Honeycrisp Apple Yankee Candle

Apple candles are my favorite especially in September/October when the weather is still a little warm but cool and crisp in the morning and evenings. I love me some pumpkin spice and similar scents but it’s not quite the right season for those just yet. In a couple weeks, yes. For now, I’m just being patient and loving this candle.

Wow- sorry for the rant. Also, this is the first time I’ve lived off-campus and can burn candles, woo-hoo!

2) Acorn Squash

So I know I touched on this a little yesterday, but I had it for dinner again and omg so good. This time it was just baked with salt and pepper but just as delicious. Acorn squash is also a little more manageable than butternut or spaghetti squash (mainly in size) but I’ll be breaking out those soon too.

3) My clean yoga mat.

Since I’ve been practicing yoga a lot more recently, I noticed how dirty my mat was (and am ashamed to say it hadn’t been cleaned since I received it for a couple years. Last weekend, I scrubbed it with good old soap and water and now am noticing a new gleam to it plus it smells fresh! Definitely something I plan on doing a lot more often now.

Now tell me: What are you loving?

Have a great weekend!

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Hi! I'm Kristina and a college student who loves food, eating, fitness, and variety of other fun things! I have a combined love of food and fitness and trying to balance it all into my busy life. FoodNook is my way of documenting my experiences and adventures in navigating healthy living on my own and trying out new things.