Thursday, November 6, 2008

playing catch-up

Yes, indeed, I have lots to catch up on! Where did this week go? It just flew right on by...

First things first: I've been so excited to pick my winner for the gender guess give-away! You all were so sweet to comment and leave your guesses, and like I already said, I loved hearing what everyone thought-- now, here is your due reward for all of that careful thought you put into those guesses.
Aaaaaand, actually, I know I said only those of you who guessed right would be getting a prize, but I just couldn't leave all you other people out. See how much I LOVE you all?? So yes, those of you who guessed "BOY" (15 total) were entered into a little drawing all your own! Let's start with that one.

the names go carefully into a bowl....

I screw my eyes shut tight (no pictures of that, it's no-make-up day), mix 'em up real good, and pull out a name:

And yay, it's the lovely Morgan, from over at Mrs. Priss! Here is your little prize, courtesy of the all-too-addictive-and-fun Etsy:

A sweet set of blue-bird notecards

(actually, on this particular prize, I was completely torn. Would you rather have this instead?? I think I'll leave it up to you...)

Just e-mail me your address, my dear, and I will have it shipped directly to you.

And now for the 10 of you who guessed (correctly, yay!) "GIRL".
A different set of names.... same bowl. But see, you can tell these are the "girl" names, because the bowl is wearing a cut lil' bow this time!

Eyes shut tight again and another name is drawn, and this time, it's...

Sweet Karen, from over at (has a nice ring to it, doesn't it)! Hooray! How fun! And here's what you've won, also found on Etsy (or, The Place of Treasures Untold):

A lovely little pink birdie dish

I believe I already have your address, having asked your lovely daughter-in-law for it at some point, so your little giftie will be on its way quite soon.
Thank you, everyone, for playing along. You're all darlings!

Now that we have the prizes taken care of, it's time to post another belly shot. Here is my 21-week belly, taken on Sunday when I looked nice and presentable :)

I feel quite large lately, in all honesty, but that's ok; it means our little girl (whee, I love being able to say that) is growing healthy and strong. Of course, that doesn't account for the extra padding on my bottom and thighs, but I've chosen to ignore that part of my body until after the baby arrives. No problem, right?

Last but not least, I know I didn't post a Tasty Tuesday YET AGAIN, but I actually did have a recipe I really wanted to share this week! So I'm just going to go ahead and do it two days late. You'll be glad I did, trust me, when you taste this bread. I think I ate a whole mini-loaf myself (hmm, come to think of it, THAT could account for the butt and thighs...).

Pumpkin Streusel Bread

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/3 cup sherry

Streusel Topping:

2/3 cup brown sugar, packed

2 Tbsp butter, slightly softened

3 1/2 Tbsp flour

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Sift together dry ingredients. Set aside. Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, eggs, and pumpkin puree. Beat well.

Mix pumpkin mixture with flour mixture and sherry. Blend just until ingredients are combined.

Pour into a greased and floured 9x5 inch loaf pan.

For streusel, cream butter with sugar. Add flour and ginger. Blend with hands to form small crumbles. Add walnuts.

Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to finish cooling.

Just look at that beautiful orange batter. It stays this lovely color when baked too.
As you can see, I actually like to bake mine in mini-loaf pans (found in the foil pan section of any grocery store) because the little loaves make such perfect and fun gifts to pass out. Also, I doubled the recipe (it uses up one whole smaller can of pumpkin that way), which makes 5 mini-loaves. Just remember to set your bake time for less, since they will get done faster!!

And, enjoy. This recipe is one my mom made for one of her amazing Christmas Open Houses, years ago, and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. Whether you want to keep it and eat every single crumb by yourself (and I wouldn't judge you if you did), or tie a pretty bow around it and make someone else's day with some home-baked goods...

... you will find that this is a perfect fall/holiday recipe too yummy to make only once.

Whew! That's enough for one day. Don't worry, those Disneyland pictures are still coming, as well as a blog about the Amazing and Wonderful week of adoption festivities...

just not today. :)

P.S. Look at what I saw in our paper this morning as I was flipping through the "Go and Do" section!

So exciting to see some names I know!! Ashley and Colleen are both such amazing photographers, and I couldn't be happier for them. Congratulations, girls! Do go and check out their show if you get a chance.


alyssa said...

Wow missy! You got like 5 posts done in one! :) Congrats to the winners!!! Also, I love your pic!!! And it reminds me that fall is here and makes it that much cuter :) And that bread looks AMAZING, I have some leftover pumpkin puree so maybe I will make that.

See Sherm Blog said...

WOOOO WHOOOO!!! I don't know if I commented on the "its a girl" post. In my mind I did... I just don't know if that transfered to the computer. :-) So anyway... CONGRATS! And you look AWESOME by the way! Love your outfit. I think tight fitting tops on prego bellies are just the cutest. Showing off the belly is way better than hiding it in a big 'ol baggy shirt! :-) You are my inspiration to remain cute and stylish through out my pregnancy.

And thanks you so much for the little shout out!!!! I just saw this in the paper when I got into town tonight, but had a number of people text message me about it all day! So I guess its offical. The show is actually going to happen.

wishcake said...

Such lovely prizes you picked out! Isn't etsy the greatest thing ever? I need to stop spending all my paypal money on new stuff. Heehee.

And you're looking absolutely gorgeous, my dear! You and your cute little baby belly. Could you outfit BE any cuter? Love the long necklace. So pretty.

I'm so excited for Colleen and Ashley! I hung out with Ashley today (yay!) and I know they are both going to do so well. I only wish I could be there!

Tristan said...

you look so adorable! and you are just too sweet to include us "losers" though I still lost..yay for morgan!

thatmom said...

Talia, I am so excited! Thank you.

BTW, you look terrific in that side shot!


Morgan said...

Yay! How sweet of you to do a separate drawing for the losers, hahaha! I would love either one of those prizes... birds are my weakness. :) Thank you so much!

And umm, you and your belly... the cutest thing ever. Your outfit is to die for! I think my arms would be the only thing fitting into leggings right now, haha.

Lydia said...

those prizes are so cute!! the birds are adorable. Yay for morgan and thatmom!
Ok I love your outfit and your pregnant belly. I want to rub it! lol
Miss you gorgeous!

Kourtni said...

Talia... oh my gosh, woman. You look amazing!! That picture... your hair is even slightly blowing in the wind. You look like a model! And uh.. yeah I second what Morgan said about the leggings. I tried some of mine on a couple of days ago and I looked like a giant stuffed sausage. You look amazing.
Now you just have to name that baby girl! Can't wait to see what you pick!

Jerusha Abigail said...

oh my goodness. everything about this post was wonderful! first off, those prizes! i'm loving the little birdies. too adorable! and how sweet to include the losers in there as well. :)
and you, my goodness sister you are gorgeous! i'm seriously in love with your shoes! may i borrow them at some point, please? :)
and i can totally attest to the yumminess of that bread! delicious! perfect for fall that's for sure.
can't wait for your other posts coming up!
i miss you, sister

*CPA* Su said...

Morgan wins EVERYTHING!!! =P LOL!! Ok-that's mature! Congrats to both winners...those prizes are adorable!

And you, my dear, are STUNNING!!! I'm totally going to come steal those uber cute ballet flats from you! And I 2nd Kourtni's comment...can't wait to hear the name you guys come up with this always pick the cutest names!

YAY for Pumpkin Streusel Bread...I've been dying to make it ever since one of your sis's posted about it! Another fabulous Talia recipe, I'm sure of it!

sarah marie p said...

You look sooooo adorable! Love the dress and the leggings -- and the flats too! Your baby bump is the cutest!

And yummmm that pumpkin bread looks GOOD! maybe I'll copy your idea for X-mas gifts!

hope to see you tonight!

Sunny said...

What cute prizes! I wish I won. ;) And you look absolutely wonderful! I have a gray dress that I just bought black leggings to wear with but haven't actually tried it on together to see if I even like it. Now it's going to look like I copied you. ;) Your pumpkin bread sounds so yummy. I will definitely want to try it sometime soon.

Sarah said...

Wow you look so great, and your writing is so nice!

Ashlei Paige said...

I shall now pout relentlessly because I didn't win. *Bottom lip*

alyssa said...

I'm making your pumpkin bread this afternoon :)

Design Gal said...

First, you look soooo cute! And thanks for the recipe! Oh, and I'm jealous you guys got to see the art exhibit in real life!

Misty said...

your bread sounds amazing. in fact, I believe I will make some today!

I am playing catch up too...

Misty said...

p.s. you look amazing!