October Baking and Road Trips

A few posts ago, I shared a bunch of recipes for what to do with excessive amounts of apples. At the end of last month, I actually baked four more loaves of apple-based breads and thought I'd link to those as well. I didn't really change either of these recipes so I'll just link directly to the sources. If you want your home to smell amazing or are really craving fall baked goods, I highly recommend baking up a loaf of Wishes & Dishes Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread or The Idea Room's Great Harvest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. I skipped the oil entirely on the pumpkin bread and used 1 whole cup of my homemade applesauce - it turned out delicious! 

Cinnamon Apple Pie Bread - was sliced and frozen! 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread - 2 loaves were sliced and frozen, 1 loaf traveled to NH!

For our last mini-adventure of October, we drove to New Hampshire to visit some of my family. My dad grew up in Keene and my half-sister and her husband live just outside. Keith had never met them or spent much time in New Hampshire, and we're already looking forward to visiting more in the future. I love living on the east coast and the fact that you can drive through four different states in four hours! We drove halfway through Connecticut after Keith got off work Friday evening and stayed at a hotel, then dropped off our pup Aurora at a boarding place near my sisters Saturday morning. We spent the rest of that day exploring Keene (super cute downtown), hiking, and then had a lovely dinner in Vermont (just twenty minutes from them). Unfortunately Keith came down with a cold that evening, and we had to pick up Aurora by lunch from the boarders, so we didn't get much time with them on Sunday.

View out the guest room window in New Hampshire

Hiking and exploring remnants of an abandoned house

Fall in New Hampshire is lovely! 

My other mini-adventure of the trip may have been that the return drive Sunday was my first time driving in almost four months (and first time driving in New York)! It took about thirty minutes to not feel quite so strange, but driving with this much of a baby bump definitely felt weird the entire time. I can't wait for more future road trips with baby Fraase in tow! That may be naive of me, but as someone who grew up taking long road trips with a family of six (one was a month long), I feel pretty well prepared for the chaos of three plus a dog. 

I'll end this post with one more fall baking recipe. I technically baked this bread in November, but since I'm on a recipe sharing kick anyway, I thought you all might enjoy! Of all the things I've baked in the past month, I have to say this Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bread along with the Apple Hand Pies are my two favorites! I changed up the ingredients of this pumpkin bread a bit more from the original recipe, so I've noted those revisions below. 

Produce

1 cup Pumpkin puree
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Peanut butter
1 tsp Baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 cups whole-wheat white flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

I also think this bread would be great with the addition of 1 very ripe banana, dried cranberries or even chopped nuts. The original also says to bake for a shorter amount of time, but I recommend 50 - 55 minutes and checking with a toothpick or knife before removing. My loaf took almost a hour to bake but came out very moist and delicious! Enjoy!