Sunday, October 17, 2010

I love Sundays......

It is so nice to have a whole day off to putter around aimlessly.....After church, I came home and read for a while, took a nap and then when upstairs to create....Took a break, made some Carrot Pineapple bread and then back upstairs. Working makes me really appreciate my time at home. It is the best place on earth.
I finished some witch atc's first. Missy (littlemessymissy.blogspot.com) is having a little swap....I needed to make two cards but I made four. It has been months since I have made an artists trading card. These are collaged and painted and I really enjoyed myself. No time crunch today!!!






Then the quick bread....The house smells so good....This bread is almost like carrot cake, but easier to make.....









1.5 cups of shredded carrots...(mine are from our garden and I put them in the food processor)
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple
3 eggs
1 c brown sugar
1 c white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c vegetable oil
mix this all together and then add

3 c flour
1 tsp salt
1tsp baking soda
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
chopped nuts
raisins

mix in the dry ingredients until moist. Grease two big loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees until done....about 50 minutes. Raisins and nuts are up to you....I just throw some in until it looks right......
Walmart sells this really yummy squeeze bottle of Honey Butter....It isn't thick, it is more like a glaze..It is awesome on quick bread. Yum, yum..










I ate a small piece and then jumped on the treadmill for three miles...We are still doing the Biggest Loser at work and there are 5 more weeks...I have lost eleven pounds. I am so tired of eating food I don't like all that much all day long. Mostly I eat oatmeal, fruit and vegetables and a little chicken and albacore....it gets old. I cheated once big and ate a hamburger...Sometimes you just have too...This bread just smelled too good to resist and it is a nice break from all the zucchini bread I have been making.


After the treadmill I made some polymer clay gnomes for my friend Rianne in The Netherlands. She is the one who made me the cute little tags and cards for my swaps....She and her little girl like gnomes and had seen some I made before so I offered to make them....Hope you like them Rianne....









Happy Sunday all.......

21 comments:

Laurie said...

You got a lot accomplished! The Atc's are so cute, as are the gnomes! I will try the bread while we're here in Iowa. Thanks for sharing the recipe Melinda.

Patty said...

Those ATCs are really cool you are so creative! Just a bundle of incredible ideas.

Miss 376 said...

Oh, that bread sounds and looks delicious.
Cute little gnomes too

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You sure got a lot done just "puttering" around. Sounds more like full force to me. Love the gnomes and the ATCs. Looks like a fun swap.

Maria said...

I can smell the beautiful bread all the way over here. YUM !!!!!

OH I just LOVE those gnomes and mushroom and I am sure Rianne will too. If not they could fly over to Aussie. LOL

Joanne Lendaro said...

that bread looks fabulous, yum!! Congrats on the weight loss, it is soooo hard, and a break once in a while will help keep you going or so I've heard! lol!! The gnomes are just too stinkin cute!!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

You had a busy (and fun looking) Sunday! The bread looks and sounds amazing! I will need to try that one for sure..
Cute gnomes!! Is there aNythiNg you can't do?? Wonderful!

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Pat said...

That bread recipe is wonderful.....would like to try it soon. I"m glad you had a fun day making things and resting.

purplepaint said...

Hey Melinda! I've missed you! Love your ATCs and your little gnomes!!! Marva

PeggyR said...

Sounds like a great weekend. Love the ATCs and the bread sounds good. The gnomes are darling...I have a garden outside with gnomes in it...Peggy

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

A very productive day off. You even squeezed in a nap.

The bread sounds delicious. Might have to try that soon. My guys all love carrot cake (and you have to have butter on it).

Sometimes the good for you food gets boring. My boys (22,11) love chicken or turkey burgers. They are very good on whole wheat rolls. You can add lettuce, tomatoes, onions without adding any guilt. I add grated onions to mine to keep them moist. It may not be the same as a big juicy beef burger but they are delicious.

Jo said...

wow, you can sure get a lot done! i love love love the ATC's ... serious coolness ... and the little gnomes just rock!

Jamie said...

Sounds like a great day! Sad to say, but I usually dread Sundays because they are full of student papers and lesson plans.
Your bread sounds great!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Wonderful ATC's! All your creations are so unique and special.

Tina said...

quick bread i love the sound of that. I can almost taste the fresh warm flavour through my screen!! mmmm

Laurie said...

You do more in one day than I do in a week, LOL! I want some of your energy!

MOLLYE said...

Hi Melinda, It is always a sweet treat to visit you. The bread looks wonderful. Hugs, Mollye

Stempelientje said...

Hi Melinda! Today is pretty much my first day back in blogland-I am still not in a crafting mood...
But the gnomes look ADORABLE!!! This morning they were trying to get in my home,but unfortunately they had to leave again-they didnt fit through my mailbox- tomorrow I can pick them up at the post office.
I hope they like Holland,and I promise I will take good care them! :)
Thank you so much of me and my little girl!Those act of kindness makes such a difference to our lives.
Thank you so much Melinda!!
((Hugs)) from Holland!

Dollybird said...

Those are adorable! I love their little red spotty hats <3

Incipient Wings said...

the ATC's are so pretty, i love the colors you used on them.
the carrot bread ...ohhh, i think i would have had so much more...i admire your restraint!
thank you for the recipe.
now those little gnomes are beyond adorable..you sure got alot done in one day..and you got on the treadmill!!
you rock!