12 November 2013

Hiking, Pumpkin Bread, and Frida Oh My!

My daughter is today's guest host.

Hi, this is Sara!  I'm writing from my study.
 I am the new guest host-writer for Butterfly and Bungalow!
First, my mother promised something pretty.

This postcard is from Christine McConnell at Artdecadence;
she had a Halloween giveaway on her blog.
This is her Etsy Shop.  She sells original art prints, digital collages, and photo-montages.

We would like to thank Christine for the lovely print and postcards! It was very thoughtful and we appreciate her kindness. Your art looks amazing in our home.  This one is in our study, and the butterfly postcard is in my room.

Thank you, Christine

She sent us Frida postcard collages and a butterfly postcard!

She also sent us a print of the Elephant on the Moon, which we placed in a frame.  My mom did not trim it.  Christine's signature and number remains,
because an 8 x10  fit perfectly inside an 8x10 mat. 
You can get a great look at the elephant print in her shop.
(Unfortunately my mom took this photo with her camera.)

I love the elephant with the hatter hat.  He looks like he traveled to the moon with his suitcase.  It's so Alice in Wonderland.
All Christine's art is whimsical, and the colors go beautifully in our home.

I need to
 to eat gluten-free. We find recipes on the internet and we create our own.  But we also have found many good recipes in You Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free by Roben Ryberg.

Yesterday we made pumpkin bread, but it's a slightly modified recipe.  Here's ours.

Pumpkin Bread made with Oat Flour

3/4 cup of canned pumpkin
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of canola oil
2 tsp of Vietamese cinnamon

1 beaten egg
1/4 cup of Greek vanilla yogurt or buttermilk
1 and 1/4 cups of oat flour
1 1/4 tsp of baking powder (It calls for 1/4 tsp more, but I think I can taste it.)
1/2 tsp xantham gum
1/2 tsp of kosher salt
3 tsp of molasses

Mix the dry ingredients
Mix the wet ingredients
add the spices

and cook in a loaf pan for or until the toothpick is clean
In my gas oven, the loaf takes 40 minutes to bake at 350 F. 

The pumpkin bread was great after we went on a hike!

It was a two mile trail around a mountain, and I took some amazing pictures with my new Iphone! Some of you may know that with the Iphone 5c, you can take pictures with effects. You don't have to waste your time downloading, because there is a photo editing device inside the camera roll when you click on pictures!

I took some great photos with chrome and faded effects!

This is my version of Peter Pan.

Thank you ladies!  ♥♡♠♤♣♧♦♢

Also, please check out my Pinterest page! Here is the link below!

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  1. Thank you for the lovely post. My daughter would never even consider writing on my blog, but she did let me feature her house.

    Keep up the writing.

    1. Thank you for a lovely comment! I am so happy to be a part of butterfly and bungalow!


  2. Hello Sara, you did a beautiful post! Love your pictures with your phone. My daughter has a 5 Iphone, but not sure if it's a "c", but her takes great pics as well. I have a mobile iPod and it does not take good pictures at all, maybe it is time for an update! Thank you for sharing with us today. Hugs, Diane

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment! Thank you, I love my new phone! Hugs!


  3. Great post Sara!! Love the art work AND the elephant print especially! Your photography skills ROCK! I know your mom is proud of YOU! Hope to see post from you again! Now to see if I have enough ingredients to make that pumpkin bread. Vietamese cinnamon?

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment, and I will be posting again soon. Vietamese cinnamon is a spicier than regular cinnamon, but regular cinnamon works just as well!

      Thank you!


  4. Wonderful guest post, Sara. And I'm so honored that you chose to share it at Art @ Home. Thanks for linking-up! Oh, I do love the postcards and art. :D I love the elephant with the hatter hat, too. Your photography is wonderful, and I like your Peter Pan shadow! I try very hard to eat gluten-free foods because I have many allergies. Thanks for including the pumpkin bread recipe. I will definitely try it! Have you ever tried Cup 4 Cup flour? It is a bit pricey, but it is very, very good. I use it when I want to bake something special!

    I see our state flower! Although we no longer liven Arizona, I'll aways consider myself a Zonie. Arizona is the home of my heart!

    Super post, Sweetie!

    Ricki Jill

    1. Thank you for the wonderful suggestion and the sweet comment! No, I have not tried cup 4 cup flour, thanks for the recommendation!


  5. Great job guest blogging, Sara! Now I want some pumpkin bread! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Fabulous post Sara, I think you are an amazing host. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

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    1. Thank you! I hope to post more pictures soon!

  8. Wonderful post Sara! I agree with you that the elephant on the moon is very Alice in Wonderland-ish. I love it!
    What a wonderful landscape for a hike. It is so different from where I live. Just looking at those images make me feel warm because when I look outside I see lots of white snow around me. :)
    I think you may have inspired me to do something with some overly ripened bananas that are on my counter! Thank you for that.

    1. Your welcome and thank you for the sweet comment! Lucky! You see white snow, just a week ago it was 90 degrees outside! The elephant is very Alice in Wonderland! :)


  9. Hey there Sara! Jen here from Apple and Orchard! What a lovely post! The art work is amazing! Love Frida and the Elephant. I, too, have to eat gluten-free...I am allergic to rice as well...crazy, I know. This pumpkin bread recipe is perfect since oats is on my go to list of grains. Oat flour brings yummy sweetness to my quick breads! I will definitely try it! Thank you! xo Jen

    1. Hi! Thank you for the sweet comment. We were very impressed with the artwork as well! Having to eat gluten free is a bit annoying sometimes, but you get used to it. Your welcome! :)


  10. This post was wonderful! You must take after your mother ;)
    What a wealth of informative knowledge. Thank you!! *hugs*

  11. Oh, the picture taken during the hike took me so far from home, lovely!

  12. That is so nice of you to do a post on your mother's blog. My daughter won't even read my blog and I can only post the back of her head not her face. Your pumpkin bread looks delicious and I love the photos you took on your walk. I love seeing where other people walk as your hike looks so different to where I live (near Toronto, Canada).


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