Saturday Sursee :: Pumpkin Bread

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I am dashing off to a wedding of the daughter of a dear friend and sending you this Sursee for Pumpkin Bread.  This is a fantastic recipe that I make for Fall,  package up for Thanksgiving Sursees for Neighbors and then bake again during the Christmas season.  I love that I have the card in the handwriting of the cook, Shirley.  Such a great lady.  Such a great recipe that she wrote down for me once.

It is not the most healthy.  But.  It is good.  So try it?  Make it today and think of all the things for which you are thankful.  Then share with your family or a friend.


Pumpkin Bread

 Pumpkin Bread


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbl vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 16 oz can pumpkin


  1. Whisk all the dry ingredients together
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients together
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  4. mix well and then pour into 2 Loaf pans greased and floured (9 1/2 x 5 1/2 pans)
  5. Bake at 325 for 1 to 1 1/2 hours
  6. Test with a toothpick in center
  7. Freezes well
  8. Can add a cup of chopped pecans if you want!
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Mentoring Matters :: What Does It Look Like to Celebrate Advent with Older Kids ?

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I think sometimes online there is a dearth of information about what life looks like in a house full of tweens and teens.  So many write about the days when the kids are little, but not so much about when the ages of their kids end in “teen”.

I can understand why.  Parenting teens is tricky and twisty and not always so spelled out.  I knew what to do when they were little and were nursing or toddling.  What about later when they are driving and kissing and grumping and then suddenly sweet and needing a hug? Sheesh.  Not so easy.  Not so much conversation online.

So when my friend, Jacki , from The Jesse Tree Project, asked me to write about what it looked like to celebrate Advent when I had older kids, I said yes.  Here are a few words from someone further down the road.  Or maybe we are on the same road and you need a little encouragement that you did a good job.  Clap, Clap. Gold Star for you, Mom! Go over and read the rest of this article on The Jesse Tree

Saturday Sursee :: Write a Thanksgiving Note with A Freebie From Susan Branch

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Hey y'all, Here is a fun Sursee for you.  A beautiful, FREE, printable stationery sheet from Susan Branch- one of my favorite artists!  On her website she has a place where you can download for free- stationery, book marks, or desk top … [Continue reading]

Kids’ Artwork for Thanksgiving- A Must Have Decoration

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  I am dashing this off to you in hopes that you will take a moment to engage your kids and their artistic talents for a little Thanksgiving Art.  The point here is it doesn't have to take a lot of time.  Or supplies.  It doesn't have to be … [Continue reading]

Saturday Sursee :: A Little Music for Thanksgiving

Hymns for Thanksgiving

  I love music and I especially love music that heralds a season and helps get me into the mood.  Cue some "Silent Night,  Holy Night" and I get all dreamy for Christmas.   Oh, and the gorgeous strains of  "Christ the Lord has risen today … [Continue reading]

Make where you are a Happy Place

Happy place

Don't spend your life getting back to a place where you were happy. Make where you are a happy place. Words spoken true from a dear friend.  I love the word picture of this quote.  A happy place can look so different for each one of us. Happy … [Continue reading]

Saturday Sursee :: The Jesse Tree Project

Jesse Tree Project

  Hey friends, Today is November 1st!  Woo-hoo.  So excited about my Sursee Saturday today as I want to share a good friend of mine with you today, Jacki Rucksdashel.  Jacki has a passion for sharing God's truth with her family and … [Continue reading]

Kingdom Thoughts :: Thinking Like a Daughter of the King

Kingdom Thinking

Read this scripture recently which really got me thinking about my identity. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we … [Continue reading]

Sursee Saturday :: Finding the Surprises Everywhere

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    Ka Pow!  That is what this pumpkin screamed at me.  Look at me!  Look at the creativity of your God. On your weekend look for Sursees all around you.  I found this one at the mall.  Wow! What can you find today that will … [Continue reading]

Meditate and Memorize

I Chronicles 29-11-14

  11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 Both … [Continue reading]