Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. ----- Ernest Hemingway

Thanksgiving Blessings



For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For hearth and food

For love and friends,

For everything Thy grace sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. We are having a lovely cool weekend in Southern California - perfect Fall weather to attend the Vintage Flea Market in Old Town Tustin. Let's have a cup of tea in my garden and take Bentley, my studio assistant, to Tustin to the Vintage Flea Market and look for inspiration for Fall flowers to paint along the way.

Old Town Tustin is a delightful little town located in the midst of urban California. The homes are adorable cottages located on large lots with wonderful gardens. Lots of the homes have carts in front filled with flowers, fruits and vegetables for sale. Everything is on the "honor system" - customers leave money in a basket or jar and pay for the purchase. The basket with persimmons "for sale" caught my eye. Note the jar on the bench filled with quarters.

Finding Inspiration . . . . .

Here . . . . .

There . . . .

Everywhere . . . .

I was so inspired by the colorful fall colors and the persimmons for sale that I pulled out my sketch pad and watercolors and painted the little wheelbarrow filled with Fall flowers. It was located next to the bench with the basket of persimmons. I am sorry that I forgot to take a photo of the wheel barrow to show you.

It turned out that the Flea Market was not until Sunday. . . . . let's head back home to bake pumpkin bread and as promised I will share my recipe with you.

Warm pumpkin bread and a cup of hot tea are wonderful refreshments for a relaxing time with family and friends before the holiday rush.

I think that you will find this recipe for pumpkin bread easy and delicious and it makes two yummy loaves so you will have one to share with family or friends. I am a creative cook and tend to tweak recipes - you may want to stick with the traditional recipe the first time around .

Pumpkin Bread

1 (15 ounce )can pumpkin

2/3 cup water ( I use apple juice)

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

3 1/3 cups all purpose flower

3 cups of sugar ( I use l cup of brown and 2 cups of white for a spicy flavor)

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350. Spray or butter 2 8X5 loaf pans.

Beat pumpkin, oil, water and eggs until smooth.

In separate bowl sift flour, sugar soda and spices. Add to pumpkin mixture - add nuts and mix well. Pour into pans and bake 55 minutes - one hour until wooden pick comes out clean.

P.S. I also add 1/2 cup raisins along with the nuts.

Relax and Enjoy!

Wishing you and your family a Peaceful and Blessed Thanksgiving and may this lovely Moravian Blessing say it all:

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And Bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee
And Bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who follow my blog. If you would like to see me paint something special or have any questions, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

P.S. Next week we will decorate for the Christmas Holidays and will paint together a little door greeter sign for Christmas.

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