Refinished antique dresser

I posted a picture of us hauling furniture to our other house on Instagram and received a few comments about my refinished dresser. I just finished it in the last week, with Ross’s help, because everything takes longer with a newborn!

Finished dresser in the trailer

A few months ago Ross came home with a hideous dresser he found on the side of the road. He thought I could refinish it and switch out the drawer pulls and it would be a great little dresser for our baby girl. I was dubious. It was painted a horrific pukey-pink and the wood was super chipped and the handles were in the shape of a cinnamon roll. My primary concern was that someone peed in it, or an animal was living in it or something, because it was on the side of the road.

The pink paint (underneath) and cinnamon roll handles

From what I can tell though, there’s really nothing wrong with the dresser itself. The drawers are clean inside! It was just the outside that was turning me off. We looked at the stamp on the inside and it was stamped Lea Line Leads. Lea Line Leads furniture was trademarked in 1949 but that’s about all I could find out about it.

As I brushed the first coat on

I used wall paint that was left over from George’s nursery (a very light cream color) and wiped it on with a brush then rolled it on for the last few coats of paint. To give it the antique look I knew I needed to scuff it up, but there was no way I was going to run a sander and risk waking the baby, so I grabbed my acrylic craft paints and folded up some cardboard for a straight edge. I dipped the folded edge in brown and black paint and just willy-nilly scraped the cardboard across some edges. It is easy to overdo it though, so resist the urge to cover every corner. Stand back and wipe some paint off with a wet cloth if needed.

Antique-ing with acrylic paint on cardboard

Every time I attempted to work on it, baby Jonna gave me about 10-15 minutes before she started crying, so Ross finally took pity on me (it sat half finished for weeks) and finished it for me, adding the drawer pulls. We bought these super cheap drawer pulls on Amazon ($1 each!!!) but beware, we’ve had to re-glue the diamond part of two of them with Loctite – no biggie though.

Close up of my paint job

I almost forgot to take a before pic so I’m glad I snapped one before I took the handles off. Without before pictures it is hard to understand the level of ugly. Now it looks like a totally different dresser.We love the end result!

Finished dresser sans handles

Finished dresser!!

Antique stores haul

As I mentioned in our camping trip post, we had two straight days of rain so we had to find indoor stuff to do. Luckily I have the best husband in the world who let me  drag him around to a bunch of stores. Buuuuuuut, there wasn’t anything else to do….as far as alternatives so there’s that. Okay, he could have went and sat in a bar. I’m happy to say he didn’t do that….

Since I really don’t have much time to do Christmas shopping or birthday shopping or similar spur-of-the-moment shopping trips, I ran through a mental list of people I needed to buy gifts for, for a few different occasions. We also ran to a few consignment stores because everything was $1 and I found a handful of things for myself and the kids (slim pickin’s). But all in all, I was pretty happy with our sudden shopping trip and the deals I found…hopefully everyone loves their gifts as much as I liked them…

My best friend is having a girl and although we didn't know it was a girl at the time of purchase I had my hunches (timing of ovulation and all that) - Google it.

My best friend is having a girl and although we didn’t know it was a girl at the time of purchase I had my hunches (timing of ovulation and all that) – Google it.

I bought these from a tiny attic store where a mom and her five (5!) kids sold homemade soaps. Glad to help. Here, take my money.

I bought these from a tiny attic store where a mom and her five (5!) kids sold homemade soaps. Glad to help. Here, take my money.

I had to dig, dig, dig, to find these Banana Republic shorts for $1. They are super worn and a bit big but who cares...it's $1 and I've already worn them once!

I had to dig, dig, dig, to find these Banana Republic shorts for $1. They are super worn and a bit big but who cares…it’s $1 and I’ve already worn them once!

This hobo bag was $1 and I can never have too many large purses/satchels, because KIDS!

This hobo bag was $1 and I can never have too many large purses/satchels, because KIDS and their CRAP!

Again with the $1 clothing items. This is a large but oversized can be cute. I promise I'll wear it soon....

Again with the $1 clothing items. This is a large but oversized can be cute. I promise I’ll wear it soon….

George wanted yet ANOTHER stuffed animal, and we couldn't say no because it was so cheap. Consignment stores are like stuffed animal graveyards.

George wanted yet ANOTHER stuffed animal, and we couldn’t say no because it was so cheap. Consignment stores are like stuffed animal graveyards.

The antique store wanted a bit too much money for the gold purse I wanted so I settled for this coin purse (it's a gift).

The antique store wanted a bit too much money for the gold beaded purse I wanted so I settled for this beaded coin purse which was practically free at a whole $1.

How cutesy and feminine are these vintage dish towels! LOVE.

How cutesy and feminine are these vintage dish towels?! LOVE.

Vintage flour sack - this could be used for so many things. It's huge too!

Vintage flour sack – this could be used for so many things. It’s huge too!

Vintage flower-print apron

Vintage flower-print apron

This vintage apron is a gift but for a split second I thought about wearing it for Ross. Naked. Bahaha I KID I KID!!!

This vintage apron is a gift but for a split second I thought about wearing it for Ross. Naked. Bahaha I KID!!!

Vintage scarf with fur ends. I know people are generally opposed to fur...but I liked this scarf {covers eyes}

Vintage scarf with fur ends. I know people are generally opposed to fur…but I liked this scarf {covers face}

This was not cheap. It's a pristine vintage wool coat and I LOVED it. But it's a gift.

This was not cheap. It’s a pristine vintage wool coat and I LOVED it. But it’s a gift.

I feel like we made the best use of our rain days. We got a ton of gifts purchased and fun stuff for the kids too. We found an old Operation game from 1964 in perfect working order (George loves it) and a somewhat recent version of Guess Who. Yep, those were $1 each. They almost are paying us to take it off their hands at that price.

There’s a lot to learn out there….

Sometimes I like to dig into subjects I feel dumb about to clear up some of the complexity. (Within reason…I have no desire to vet out car engines or optometry, for example). Case in point somehow without my permission or intention I’ve somehow soaked up some useless car battery knowledge …when I’m driving [safety first!] instead of texting I text Ross voice memos… I’m such a nerd!! But we never see each other so this is our only convo really…and I was kind of proud of myself:

Yeah so…my coworkers make fun of me for listening to the “radio” – like the dial up old school radio wave type of radio. I’m on board with Pandora and Spotify, sure, of course, but I like the randomness of the radio a little bit! Oh and I actually win contests a lot too….but consistently made fun of, I am…

So along the lines of random knowledge-acquiring I took a free online course about investing from Morningstar and it was really helpful. I’d advise everyone to take it…because it’s free and it’s so relevant to understanding businesses today! I discovered Morningstar when I was a student and it helped me in some of my accounting and business courses. I learned about balance sheets, annual reports and how businesses must publicize their financial position (if they’re publicly traded). Morningstar is an awesome resource for learning about a public company’s financial health and you would be surprised at how much of a business’ information is publicly available.

You can’t always believe what you read on sites that cover “financial news,” but Morningstar has great reporting and for awhile I was granted free student access! News reporting has really changed and there is a lot less fact-finding, and unless you are reading board of directors reports or SEC filings, you are never going to read meaty financial news. That is why I love Morningstar – it’s a thorough platform for reporting on a business’ financial outlook, for stuff that won’t necessarily come up on Google.

Awhile ago I took this free retirement planning online course from Stanford. Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about free online financial education. One of the things I’ve learned is annuities are NOT the answer to all retirement woes. The more I learn about insurance and “protection policies” the more I realize most of these products are built to generate sales, and are not necessarily backed up with anything substantial. It’s like some marketing person came up with the financial products we hear about today such as annuities or reverse mortgages. Quite honesty, in many cases, you are better off socking your money away in savings than you are buying a policy where you have to fight to receive benefits. How much energy will you have to fight a big insurer when you’re 80 years old and in desperate need of payout? At that point, if someone wants to conveniently lose your money in a pile of processing and demand excess substantiation and delay claim payments you rightfully deserve…I’m sure there are countless ways to make it happen.

This comes from personal experience fighting a very large insurer who steadfastly refused to pay on a healthcare policy for which I was covered at 100 percent. I’m French and Norwegian so I’m a bit riotous and stubborn by blood, so I fought tooth and nail until the policy paid, but it left me with zero faith in policies or the organizations that create, manage and sell them. It took me two years, assistance from the Federal Employee Benefits Security Administration and advocacy from my employer to force them to pay. In this case as with anything involving money, knowledge is power!

For even more retirement and financial education, UMN offers some free courses online as well! I legit cannot think of a reason people don’t check this stuff out. It’s free and so beneficial.

Now this rain and cold absolutely needs to go away. It is killing my summer buzz. I had that summer buzz going for two days…now it’s gone again. 🙁

Imitation Nadia Cakes salted caramel cupcakes

I’m heavily addicted to Nadia Cakes salted caramel cupcakes. They are the best cupcakes I’ve ever had in my life. So rich that you really only need one and you feel totally satisfied. Eventually I want to be able to make a semi-close version of these at home, which should save me hundreds of dollars a year!

I found a salted caramel cupcake recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and it was pretty easy. I doubled it and it only made about 25 cupcakes or so, so I’m really glad I doubled the recipe. It was a great recipe but I’d recommend you read through all the recipe instructions (don’t just skim) before starting. I never do this…haha.

Beating the butter and sugar with a mixer

Beating the butter and sugar with a mixer

Apparently the eggs were supposed to be room temperature – and I wasn’t prepared for that. My first idea was to stick the eggs in my jean pockets to warm them up (bahahaha) and I did walk around like that for about a half hour, #weirdo but then I realized I could just soak them in warm water. So that was fine, but just reading the recipe thoroughly beforehand would help avoid stuff like that!

Raw salted caramel cupcake dough

Raw salted caramel cupcake dough

Next time, I’m going to put some of the caramel frosting inside of the cupcakes, as the Nadia Cakes version has filling and it makes all the difference. Also, Nadia Cakes uses a cream cheese frosting mixed with streaks of caramel…so I’m going to try making that frosting instead of the straight caramel frosting that was on the recipe. I’m so excited to make these again!

Filled cupcake tins before baking

Filled cupcake tins before baking

I gave away most of these to neighbors, daycare and sent some to work with Ross because I couldn’t have all of this delicious in the house. But the couple that I had were totally worth the calories!

Finished salted caramel cupcakes...ready to eat!

Finished salted caramel cupcakes…ready to eat!

The best credit cards (and how to use them)

Credit card companies are at war for your dollars. Well, they are at war for your debt, to be precise. Having debt of any form means you are indebted which means servitude. It means you are no longer “working a job for yourself everyday,” you are “working to pay the credit card company you owe.” It might feel like you have a choice on where to spend it when you receive your paycheck…but you won’t have a choice someday down the road. It’s like living in a big house that the bank owns…”we’ll let you live there and play pretend, but for that privilege we’re going to charge you more than twice the purchase price of the house by the time your 30-year mortgage is over.”

Debt is a huge business – making money off of peoples’ debt is very lucrative. A nicer way of referring to the business of trading unfortunate folks’ servitude is debt securities. One of my brothers is a debt collector and told me debt is sold, resold, then resold again, because companies can turn around and collect more and more money on that original debt…because it keeps growing. You can start your own debt collection business just by finding some debt to buy then trying to collect on that debt. The sad part is he said most of the severe debt is healthcare related….umm healthcare reform anyone?? I just saw a news report on a helicopter company that flies your newborn to the hospital when their heart stops but then bills you twice your annual salary for that favor.

Debt is all around us through, starting with the houses we live in…and no one can seem to “start small” with their house and instead they go out and buy a house for as much as the bank will write the loan. Your mantra should be “just because I can doesn’t mean I should.” I have this romantic notion that everyone would live in a home they built with their own two hands…like my grandfather did. Yes, maybe he used newspapers for insulation and maybe the structure wasn’t what it could have been, but imagine the pride he felt and how carefully the family took care of the house. So much of that pride is missing from homes these days, because no one puts the work in so the value is not there. I read that you go to “your bank” for a mortgage, and then almost immediately they turn around and sell that actual note or promise of payment to another company, although you continue to receive your statements from the original lender, your debt is being traded the entire time, to see who will pay the most for it on the odds you never pay it down. It changes the way you think about banks.

My Grandpa Karl Douglas (R) and younger brother Clark (L)...Karl built a home out of a shack when he married my grandmother, then the original shack owner revoked the sale, forcing my grandpa to return ownership of the property after he had built the house. He never forgot that and never owed anything to anyone ever again.

My Grandpa Karl Douglas (R) and younger brother Clark (L). Karl built a home out of a shack when he married my grandmother, then the original shack owner revoked the sale, forcing my grandpa to return ownership of the property after he had built the house. He never forgot that and never owed anything to anyone ever again.

Credit card companies offer up rewards for your debt dollars…hoping you either go spend-crazy with your credit card for the sake of rewards or hoping you roll over your current debt into their credit card program. The only way to take advantage of this debt shitshow is to pay off the entire balance every month and use a cash back rewards program….which I’m sure credit card companies hate! Don’t worry, there are plenty of indebted folks making sure credit card companies stay profitable. If you only charge what you can afford to pay off each month, you are actually making money #intheblack without actually incurring any debt or servitude. But it’s not easy to do.

  1. Credit cards (and technology) make it too easy to spend. You can save your credit card info on every site you buy from so it is already there next time you decide to buy something; you can PayPal that shit to death until you are over your monthly income all of a sudden.
  2. You have to swear to yourself you will never pay a dime in interest no matter what. Develop a plan of exactly what you will do if you accidentally overspend. Do not run to mommy or daddy…your parents will have hardships in the future guaranteed and you probably have more energy and are more able-bodied than they are. Plus the whole self-respect thing. Do you have a savings account you will pull from? Do you have an asset you can sell on Craigslist or eBay? Do you have a quick cash gig you can do on the side such as moving furniture or bar-tending?

It’s critical you pay off your balance every month. How critical? If you find yourself unable to pay off your balance, don’t even think about accepting the “loan” from the credit card company, you must get another job immediately…I don’t care if you are cleaning shitters or driving for Uber. You don’t want to owe anything to anyone…that shit doesn’t go away and only gets bigger. It’s like “…herpes…that shit will come back to you…

With that in mind, I looked for a long time for a great cash back rewards personal credit card and found it in American Express Blue. A lot of rewards programs are only temporary (for the first year) or they charge an annual fee, which is ridiculous. Or the rewards are not very transparent…like points or miles…which don’t always add up the way you think they should. I made about $400 dollars in cash back last year, which I’m tremendously happy with…it’s free money from a CREDIT CARD COMPANY! #winning The only caveat is some retailers don’t take American Express, because their transaction fees are higher (the fee the store has to pay to the credit card company for the transaction, on the off chance they don’t make any money off of you on that purchase/you pay it off). Because of this, I also have a Visa (no rewards program) that I only use to pay the water bill each month and whatever else pops up that I can’t put on my Amex.

It is important to note length of ownership of the credit card is of foremost importantance on your credit report. I’m not obsessed with my credit report or score because that’s just dumb but I do understand and pay attention to factors that influence my credit score including:

  • The longer you own a credit card (and pay off the balance), the better. People who shift money (debt) from credit card to credit card are literally killing their credit score. While I’ve only had my Amex for about 5-8 years I’ve used the same Visa since I turned 18. Never, ever add more cards for the sake of rewards…unless you plan on owning those 8-10-15 cards for the rest of your life. Also, I might discourage you to cancel a card for the same reason, unless you have an overabundance of credit cards.
  • Each time you apply for credit or a loan or “see if you’ll be approved” it dings your credit score. If you do this more than once per year, I’d say it’s a pattern that is noticeable and will downgrade your credit score. It’s basically saying you’re seeking out financing often…which essentially means you’re financially unstable.

For our rental business, we knew we didn’t want to get stuck in a situation where we couldn’t use our card everywhere, like with American Express Blue, but we also wanted cash back rewards, not points or miles, without an annual fee. We eventually found the Bank of America Cash Rewards Business MasterCard and it has done pretty well for what we need it for. In the last year we’ve redeemed about $100 cash back so not as lucrative as the Amex Blue but we’re very happy with it.

There’s a lot more to be said about credit cards and their benefits and pitfalls, but I think this post is my longest ever so I’ll stfu. Yay for cash back!

New-in-packaging upholstered headboard score (!!!!)

In the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I have to say my husband scored a #hellava deal on a brand new upholstered headboard. Yep, like the kind you see in Home Goods, West Elm and Pottery Barn for over $1k…that kind. For under $100. USD. Yep. We already have a beautiful cedar headboard that Ross made [♥], but we don’t have a headboard on the guest bed downstairs, and we wanted a really snazzy one for staging the rental or rehab or investment property or whatever we’re calling it these days…all our eggs in one nest-egg basket, is what I’m calling it. Also, everyone should have an upholstered headboard because…well nevermind. I’ll tell you when you’re older.

This headboard solidified my love for all things K-Bid. Not to mention they bring it out to your car/truck and load it up for you, which is key when you’re just a lil’ old me picking up the husband’s equipment, tools or furniture and you barely made it there in the truck without denting something and you have trouble with the tailgate.

The key to finding cheaper stuff is it takes patience and effort, and some level of strategic thinking to buy stuff on a slow day or when the weather is shit (or when it’s really nice outside). Finding a deal takes more effort than shopping online in bed, saying “Ooooh I want that one” and clicking the buy button. If you’re not at least looking for stuff at auction, estate sales, garage sales [only good neighborhoods] Craigslist or consignment, you have too much fucking money and I don’t want to know you.

Here is what the listing looked like on K-Bid.

Here is what the listing looked like on K-Bid.

Here's the same exact headboard for $300!

Here’s the same exact headboard for $300!

What it looked like when I picked it up. Well hello... come to momma.

What it looked like when I picked it up. Well hello… come to momma.

Case in point, I just bought two big 7×10 and 9×12 area rugs in pristine condition off Craigslist. The one lady lived in Maple Grove and she was selling her area rug and couches because [wait for it] the pattern on her newly purchased drapes don’t match them. My dad laughed, hard, when he heard that and said it reminded him of his ex-wife. The second one 😉 . Redecorating is fine but you have to do it strategically…you can’t just purchase drapes that tell the rest of the room to fuck off. She was selling a new rug from Target for $80…originally these exact rugs are $160…so 50% off and it was in perfect shape because their kids are big and they had too big of a house for much foot traffic anyway.

The second rug was from a lakefront home in Wayzata…and this neighborhood was just ridiculous. I’m all for lake living, but not when your house is a monstrosity that is three feet next to your neighbor’s monstrosity. The lake was pretty damn polluted, too, if it has a green tint that I could see through the frozen ice. This rug was obviously not a box store buy, because it looks like a legitimate carpet that was created for a special room – it is binded at the edges in a way our box store rugs are not. It’s beige (I want neutral rugs…so I don’t have to redecorate the room #laughcry) and it doesn’t even have a scratch. I really want to use them in our house but Ross talked me into saving them to stage the rental first. So…looking forward to that day, when all the swank stuff comes to live at our house. Until then….

Saving money on food by substituting ingredients

One of the ways we save money on food is simply by working with what we have to make recipes. It saves money by using up whatever’s available in the kitchen to piece together recipes.

We also try to substitute wheat for white in anything we make – or mix half white and half wheat. For example, we’ll use part wheat flour in recipes that call for all white flour, and we’ll make spaghetti and most pasta dishes with wheat noodles, or half white and half wheat noodles.

One way I try to keep desserts a little healthier is by using oatmeal in cookie recipes and bars. It usually doesn’t affect the flavor but oatmeal has fiber in it and works just as well as flour.

I also keep dry milk on hand (it comes in a box and lasts forever) just in case we run out of milk and a recipe calls for milk. It doesn’t taste like milk so you wouldn’t want to drink it straight.

I wear this apron while cooking; it was a bridesmaids gift! I am the only one not looking at the camera... #durr

I wear this apron while cooking; it was a bridesmaids gift! I was a brunette at the time but I’m the only one not looking at the camera… #durr

I also stock up on cans of evaporated milk and try using them in cream soups or in place of cream in recipes if we don’t have cream – we just rarely have cream in the house.

Here are some of the things we often run out of and the substitutions we use:

I’m sure there are more things I’ve substituted…I just can’t think of them all now. I basically just try to stay creative in the kitchen and if I don’t have one ingredient…I try to work around that ingredient or substitute something crazy! You would be surprised at what you can still make without all of the ingredients on hand.

 

Mom’s saving money again

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So I’m changing George’s diaper and grabbed a cloth diaper. We have been traveling a lot so we’ve been using regular diapers lately, for both George and Julius. So this was the first time I’ve put a cloth diaper on George in quite awhile.

George: “Uhh…Mommy?”

Me: “Yes George?”

George: “Are you saving money again?”

Me: :::dying laughing:::

Obviously Dad explained to George that we use cloth diapers to save money…but I cracked up at this randomness coming out of George’s mouth. “There she goes, saving money again…” 😉

Bauer Brothers Salvage haul

We went to Bauer Brothers Salvage for the first time on our way to a birthday party, thinking we would be there for an hour or two tops. We even brought the kids with, which was just silly. It was way too cold in there for them and they clearly didn’t have as much fun as we were having.

We only made it to the first floor out of five floors!

We only made it to the first floor out of five floors!

I kept telling George “Look at those stained glass windows!” and he had zero reaction. We just decided to come back when we had an entire day to look around, when we didn’t have the kids, and to bring the truck and trailer. We can’t wait to go back. We have a gigantic list!

You can find just about anything there...storage, decoration, architectural materials...

You can find just about anything there…storage, decoration, architectural materials…

My favorite part of the trip was seeing super-expensive items that we had purchased on Craigslist for next to nothing. Right when we walked in, there was a cast iron clawfoot tub for $1200. The only difference is we had to clean ours. We also saw the exact same cast iron farmhouse sink we have, for a $1k price tag. This made me really glad we drove all over the state to find rehab materials on Craigslist; it was totally worth our time and gas money.

They had a huge collection of cool knobs and hardware...I WANT

They had a huge collection of cool knobs and hardware…I WANT

We left with two items which was all we could fit in the truck. We bought a buffet for the “pantry” corner and a medicine cabinet for the downstairs bathroom. They were willing to make a deal on the buffet because it had been there since at least 2014 and they wanted it gone. We were actually looking for one with a counter for additional workspace but those were all $1k or more and Ross said he can just split it in the middle to add a countertop and back/sides. I’m not sure when he’s going to have time for that but it was such a deal and the perfect width, so we couldn’t say no!

We need to clean up our buffet a bit but we got a deal on it

We need to clean up our buffet a bit but we got a deal on it

We almost got into a bidding war for the medicine cabinet. A party of three came by and started touching it so I stood closer to it and said it was mine. With a warm smile of course. The Bauer Brothers worker had to come by and haul it so we had to wait, but I put my arm on it possessively. They started asking what we needed it for and who was “doing the work” for us….what a laugh! I pointed at Ross and said “He is!”

#diy = do it yo’ damn self

Our new medicine cabinet from the side

Our new medicine cabinet from the side

We are going to use this in the downstairs bathroom

We are going to use this in the downstairs bathroom

Pumpkin bread from leftover pumpkin guts

I wanted to do something with the leftover pumpkin from pumpkin carving, so I decided to use the new breadmaker and make pumpkin bread. I also cleaned and roasted the pumpkin seeds, which are my favorite snack (outside of Reese’s) every Halloween season.

George picked out the stencil and daddy broke out his fillet knife

George picked out the stencil and daddy broke out his fillet knife

Our awesome cat pumpkin...Ross loves cats ;)

Our awesome cat pumpkin…Ross loves cats 😉

I used this tutorial from FlouronmyFace.com on how to best clean your pumpkin seeds, salt and roast them. It turned out great – but I’m glad we didn’t make that much because they are so addicting. The first night I woke up so thirsty because of all of the salt. Waking up with dry mouth is the worst.

For making pumpkin bread, I used this recipe for a yeast pumpkin bread for a breadmaker. I left out the ginger because I hate it – I have flashbacks of acid reflux while pregnant with Julius and I was told to drink ginger tea, which is disgusting, imo, so I puke in my mouth every time I smell or taste ginger. I used half white flour and half wheat flour to make it healthier and added a little extra water to be absorbed by the heavier wheat flour.

The baked pumpkin pieces in our baby bullet ;)

The baked pumpkin pieces in our baby bullet 😉

Pureed with a little hot water

Pureed with a little hot water

I baked then pureed the pumpkin chunks in our baby bullet because our blender broke a few years ago and we just never bought a new one. Everything we would need to make in a blender we can make in the baby bullet. It never got enough use from the 6-9 months you need to make baby foods, anyway.

George helped me mix ingredients...for 2.5 minutes

George helped me mix ingredients…for 2.5 minutes

The breadmaker was a challenge. I was tripped up because 1) I mixed up all of the ingredients first, which is wholly unnecessary, and 2) we came back from a long walk and it had over-risen to the glass on the top of the breadmaker, so I hit “stop.” Then the only way to bake it was to start the whole mixing and proofing process all over again.
#wtf sooo…I need a little practice with the bread machine.

I used half white flour and half wheat flour and it worked fine...I added a little extra water

I used half white flour and half wheat flour and it worked fine…I added a little extra water

On the bright side, the bread machine works, I just need to get my baking game solid. Also, I’ve learned you shouldn’t even use carving pumpkins to bake, as they are usually overgrown, and the best pumpkin for baking is found in the smaller pumpkins. Which explains why Ross thought it was nutmeg or cinnamon bread. #wheresthepumpkin

Finished nutmeg/cinnamon [pumpkin] bread

Finished nutmeg/cinnamon [pumpkin] bread