Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Orange Cranberry Bread

I made this recipe today! Wow! It is so good! AAA+ If you need to bring something to a potluck, or to family event this is really good. Maybe, you like to bake some for gifts. I baked mine in two smaller pans...rather than one large pan. I also put some extra cranberries on the top of the batter before it was baked. It is from Pinterest.


Sweet orange bread dotted with fresh cranberries and drizzled with an orange glaze! This bread is perfect for the holiday season!

yield: 1 LOAF

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 70-75 MINUTES
total time: 95 MINUTES



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Whisk into the flour mixture. Set aside.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Fold in the cranberries. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 70-75 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. If your loaf starts to get too brown drape a piece of foil over the top to finish baking. I did this during the last 10 minutes of the baking time.
  6. Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife. Carefully remove loaf from pan. Let cool completely on wire rack.
  7. While the bread is cooling, make the orange glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the bread. Cut and serve.
Note-store the bread, wrapped, on the counter for 2-3 days.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

On the First Day of Thanksgiving

We did the big shopping trip today, I found that Safeway had really good sales on all those food stuffs we needed for Thanksgiving. 

My left foot is killing me....and my face looks awful this evening. Oh will get better!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Vintage Ceramic Rose Canister

Via Pinterest

My junking hobby strikes again. A beautiful vintage ceramic rose canister....  My find is square shaped (5 1/2") ...but just the same. This lovely thing is a 1920's to 30's Japan made item.  The surprising thing is that it has no chips. I made a happy home for it in my craft studio, and holds some snacks for me. I love it!

Now, a little update on my visit at my Dermatologist. I had the Levulan blue light treatment on my face. It was very painful, and continued to be very painful for 48 hours. There was no numbing done. My entire face was beet red, swollen, hot, and painful. I found those first 2 days miserable. I took ibuprofen and had ice for holding on my hot skin. It is now 3 days, and I am better. I still look terrible..but it isn't painful.  I am very red in the spots where my skin had cells that would become cancer in the future. I am hopeful that I will have a good outcome following healing.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vintage Thanksgiving Turkey Shakers

Today I got out my box of vintage ceramic turkey shakers, and some larger turkey figures. How many do I have? There are enough shakers to fill a large shoe box. I have been buying them at Goodwill for a number of years...I only find them with the thanksgiving stuff, this time of the year. The price is right...very inexpensive.

I used to decorate a very large table for Thanksgiving dinner, and all the turkeys fit nicely along the center...with candles and a floral display.

I managed to create a flock of turkeys onto a platter, and put the rest around the autumn themed living room.

I am going to reduce the decorations for fall, and Halloween. These are staying with me....after is just a shoe box full.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vintage Kitchen Tools Wreath

The past week I have been thinking about doing something fun with my vast collection of vintage kitchen tools, and spice tins. I want something that is not seasonal, and shows off these thing in a unique way. I did a search on pinterest and found several ideas. I like this wreath! Now I have to look for a large square frame, twig wreath, grapevine wreath, ...or ?  Maybe something round that I could add chalkboard paint in the center, for a fun idea.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Old Scrapbook Cover Reused

I reused this old scrapbook cover for the cover of my Soul Book 2017. I cut it down to the size I wanted....I made sure to center this wonderful cover on the front. I have a few vintage scrapbooks on hand to upcycle into crafts. I also have a few old books with interesting covers to reuse. I even made a handcrafted book cover into a Kindle cover.