New Recipe and Sports

I'm sorry that it has been a while since my last post. We haven't had too much going on that is worth reporting. We are both working a great deal. Nate is getting into the busier part of the quarter. Our weeks fill up quick with work, homework, Nate doing things at his fieldwork church and I am leading a Bible study with some of my girlfriends from the seminary.

I have come across a new excellent recipe. When Nate and I were at Concordia Wisconsin we really enjoyed the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread from the BBC. I saw this recipe posted on one of my friends' (Karen Garkie) wall on facebook, I thought I would give it a try. It was sooooooooo good. It tasted pretty much the same as the bread from our past. So Good!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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■3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
■2 teaspoon cinnamon
■1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
■1/2 teaspoon allspice
■1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
■2 teaspoon baking soda
■2 teaspoon salt
■1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree (15 ounce can)
■1 cup vegetable oil
■3 cups sugar
■4 large eggs
■1 teaspoon vanilla extract
■2/3 cup water, room temperature
■1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.
2.In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3.In another large bowl, whisk together the oil and pumpkin puree. Add the sugar and whisk to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and water. Stir in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.
4.Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix. Divide between the two prepared loaf pans and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking time. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.

Source: Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

This weekend was Oktoberfest at the seminary. It is a night where they feed all the the seminarians and their families. There is a live German band and free beer flowing. We had a great time hanging out with our friends. The night ended with us sitting around a fire with our friends and the Cardinals winning their game that night.

Speaking of the Cardinals, this has been very exciting! Of course, as you all know, I am a very big fan of the Cardinals as a native of the most wonderful city of St. Louis. If there is one thing for certain, the city of St. Louis loves the Cardinals. President Obama was in town and regardless of how people thought about him, for or against, the Cardinals game that night had more publicity that day. The Cardinals have made it a long way this post season. Since our little friend the "rally squirrel" showed up he has caused a big commotion in the Lou. A great thing that has come from the rally squirrel is that Cardinal Glennon, one of our Children's hospitals, sold rally squirrel t-shirts raising over $150,000 for a playground in their hospital. This last series has been hard for me. I have a special place in my heart for Milwaukee but when the Cards are playing the Brewers, there is no contest in my book. Great job Brew Crew. I am so excited to be in my hometown with my home team going to the World Series!


Looking for 11 in '11!

That's all for now. God is good!