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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

pumpkin bread puddingI love bread pudding, no, I really love bread pudding. I think it is the one desert that I just cannot pass up, though I am a bit of a purist. I don’t usually like things added to it or unusual flavours, this is the one exception. I love that it tastes like autumn and is not overly sweet. I don’t feel bad at all about letting my kids eat big servings as it’s full of yummy goodness and not that much sugar. In fact, when I gave some to the babe, she started doing a happy dance with a big grin plastered onto her face. Speaking of the babe, she has not been settling down well at night (she has never been a good sleeper) and she has not been staying asleep well, so I need to go finish up that tutorial for the little fabric birdy while my hubby has all the kiddos occupied since my normal blogging time (evening after the kids are in bed) is shot helping the babe get some rest. Here’s the recipe, I hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

  • butter for the baking dish
  • 8 ounces of stale french bread, sliced 1/2″ thick and then into cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, whole milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt.
  4. Add the french bread and let it sit for about 20 minutes to soak the custard mixture in.
  5. Pour mixture into the buttered dish.
  6. Bake on a baking sheet until it is firm and a toothpick or knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, approx. 60 to 70 minutes.
  7. Serve warm or room temperature, or even cold either plain, or maybe with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.
  8. Enjoy!

UPDATE: The tutorial for the fabric bird is here in my side bar. Enjoy! I’d love to see any birdies you make.

food • Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 • 7 Comments »

Sweet Little Fabric Birdy Tutorial

finished bird.jpgHere is the tutorial for this sweet little birdy. I have not done a tutorial before so I hope this one is ok. Please make as many as you want for personal use, but please do not sell any birdies made from this pattern. Let me know if there are any problems with the tutorial and I’ll see what I can do. I crocheted chains for the hanging loop and legs, but if you don’t know how or don’t want to, you could use any kind of ribbon or string. Hope you enjoy, I’d love to see any birdies you make. Download Pattern (pdf)

Supplies you will need:

  • fabric scraps for body and wings
  • yarn for hanging loop
  • yarn for birdy legs
  • decorative button for loop
  • two buttons for eyes
  • two buttons for feet
  • embroidery floss for wing
  • poly-fil or wool for stuffing

bird cut out pieces.jpg Cut out two body pieces and two wing pieces using the pattern pieces. bird making wing.jpg Center the actual size wing pattern piece on the back side of the wing fabric. Fold the fabric around the pattern piece and iron. Slip the paper pattern piece out. I’m sure there are better ways of doing this but it is what I ended up doing, feel free to do this however you wish. bird hand embroider wing on.jpg Place the wing on the right side of the body piece and using a running stitch, attach the wing to the body (I removed two strands of the embroidery floss and used the rest so that it would not be too thick). Make sure to leave a small opening in order to put some stuffing into it. Repeat for the other side. bird stuff wing.jpg Add a small amount of stuffing into the wing and then finish stitching it up. bird crochet hanging loop.jpg Crochet a chain of approx. 40 stitches (you can make it shorter or longer depending on where you want to hang it) using your hanging loop yarn. When you chain your last stitch, using a slipstitch, connect it to the chain about 2/3 of the way down. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch your button on. bird stitch button on hanging loop.jpg Using the tail, thread it through your decorative button and secure it to the chain behind the button. bird crochet leg.jpg Crochet another chain using your leg yarn (I was using a thicker yarn so I only needed four stitches) to the length that you want. Finish it off leaving a tail long enough to stitch a button on. bird stitch button on leg.jpg Thread the tail through your birdy feet button and secure to the chain behind the button. Repeat for the other leg. bird sandwich pieces with loop.jpg Place bird bodies right sides together and sandwich the decorative hanging loop in the middle. You want the single chain (the bottom, not the handle part) peeking out the top of the birdy head. Pin around the birdy making sure that the hanging loop is in the middle so as not to be accidentally stitched when joining the two sides together. bird stitch together.jpg Using a 1/4” seam allowance, machine or hand stitch all the way around the bird leaving an opening at the bottom big enough to turn and stuff the bird. bird turn right side out and stuff.jpg Turn the bird right side out and stuff. I used a small chopstick to make sure the stuffing filled out the beak and tail. bird stitch up with legs.jpg Take a needle and thread that will blend in with your main body fabric and start stitching up the hole making sure to add the legs in as you go. bird finished legs.jpg Take a moment to breathe, we’re almost done. Grab your eye buttons and some thread that matches the buttons. bird stitch eyes on.jpg I stitched the eyes by holding both buttons in place and starting at one side, going through the button, through the head, and through the other button and just stitched them both on at the same time. When I was done I wrapped the tails of thread around the buttons to hide them. You are now done with your birdy. I hope you enjoy him.

tutorials • Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 • 14 Comments »

Sweet Fabric Bird

finished bird.jpgSome weeks it seems as though I don’t have a spare minute to breathe let alone craft, but after going for a while not creating anything, I get a serious itch. I am working on decorating my girl’s room and this is one project for it, a sweet little fabric bird. It was so windy today I had a really difficult time photographing him, he just wanted to fly away, so the picture is not brilliant. He is a sweetie though. I used a vintage sheet I picked up at a thrift store, and some vintage buttons. The wing is made from some fabric from one of the babe’s dresses that she outgrew. He has cute little crochet legs and wooden button feet. I really enjoyed working with vintage fabrics, buttons, cotton yarn, an alpaca blend yarn and hand embroidering as well. I think that is a lot of his charm is that he is a hodgepodge of materials. I’m hoping to have a tutorial up by tomorrow in case anybody wants to make their own cute birdy. UPDATE: The tutorial is now available here.

crochet, home, nature, sewing, thrift store finds • Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 • 11 Comments »

A Date with my Hubby and Art Wires

barn.jpg It’s a very rare time when Hubby and I get a day by ourselves, but my mom generously offered to watch the three bigger kids while we took the babe and went off for the day. As anybody with kids knows, sometimes it is really hard to get an adult conversation in while they are still awake. Since the babe doesn’t talk yet, we were able to spend the whole day talking, while we were actually awake enough to think straight. We drove 40 minutes away to a town that has a few nice things to do. On the way we saw this fantastic barn and some gorgeous trees (most of the ones where we live went straight from green to dead because of all the snow, no autumn colours).orange trees.jpg We walked around the historic downtown for quite a while and stopped at a local brew pub for a quick lunch. It was so nice to be able to get out in the fresh air, it was a gorgeous 70°, and do lots of walking and talking. After some more walking we went to a bookstore where we were able to leisurely browse through some books and magazines until I almost jumped out of my skin as a mouse scurried by my feet. I do not like mice, I do not do well around mice, mice are not my friends. I have an irrational fear of them and seeing this little guy put me on edge. They say that the best way to face your fears is to jump headfirst, right? I’m seriously considering going to a pet shop to hold the mice because I really do not like being controlled (through my fear) by these little guys. Anyway, that’s another story…buffalo.jpgOn the way home we saw a bunch of buffalo, they are truly magnificent creatures. Then we passed one of the windmill farms near us. Some people complain that they are an eyesore, but personally, I think they are beautiful and calming. I often think it would be nice to grab a blanket and a book and sit in the middle of a windmill farm. Not really a possibility, but still.windmills.jpgOh, and on Sunday I tackled one little project. I hung some art wires (well, cotton yarn) for the boys to hang some of their artwork. I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, but I just never got around to it. Now for less than a quarter, the boys have somewhere to arrange their never ending supply of artwork, and it adds some nice colour to their walls as well.art wire.jpgI’ve got lots planned for this week, so it if goes according to plan, I’ll have several fun things to share with you.

family, home, kid's art, nature • Monday, October 26th, 2009 • 7 Comments »

Birthday Bunting

birthday buntingI am in the middle of last minute crafting for my little one’s fifth birthday, and this is one project that is now complete. She is growing up so fast, and boy is she excited about her birthday. I am not a big fan of buying a bunch of decorations to be used for one day and then to be tossed, so I was thrilled when I saw the idea of making homemade decorations that would last indefinitely. It is such a simple idea, I don’t know why I never thought of it. This bunting is made out of vintage fabrics, with some more handmade bias tape. My little one is so excited and loves the idea of decorating with it. I love the fact that years down the road she will be able to look at these decorations and have such wonderful memories of all the birthdays gone by.

family, home, sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, October 8th, 2009 • 5 Comments »

A Favourite Chair

climbing on chairThis is one of my favourite chairs. My mom and I found it at an antique store in town last year and she gave it to my daughter for Christmas. At the moment my four year old daughter uses it at the table as she couldn’t quite reach high enough, but soon it will be passed down to my 14 month old. She’s getting antsy in her highchair, I think she just wants to be right up to the table with the rest of us. I love that it takes up so little space, and it’s the perfect height so that little ones don’t have to eat with their hands up by their ears. I love the pale green that it was painted and the fact that it is worn on the edges. It had a life before it came to live with us, and besides, I would much rather find a piece that has a history than just purchasing something new. I think it adds much more charm. I love pieces with a history whether I know exactly what it is or not, and I really love that it will have a life after my little ones when we pass it down to their little ones.

home, thrift store finds • Friday, September 25th, 2009 • 2 Comments »