Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October and November Memories

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday! September is fading fast!

Here's hoping some of you, my faithful readers, might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your blog written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #39!

October brings to mind many memories of beautiful scenery and wonderful harvests from my home state of Illinois. My mother wrote of her memories in the book "Flavors From the Past", which you will find on my top bar of books. 
"Halloween was not a celebration that I remember as a child, other than it being a religious observation at the church (All Saints Day). We didn't drfess up, nor did we go house to house for tricks or treats.

One of my memories of fall is the pumpkins and squash. We grew these on the farm, sometimes planting them out in the cornfield, as they took up a lot of room for the garden. We would peel the pumpkins and the squash, and then can them. We just mashed the pulp of the pumpkin or squash, and packed it in a pint jar, which would be the right amount for a pie. I remember especially the long neck squash. They produced so much squash that it took only a few to get a good batch. I don't remember when I ever carved a pumpkin for Halloween....the pumpkin was for food."

Pumpkin Bread (my Grandmother's recipe - Elizabeth Weiland)

3 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
2/3 cup water
2 cups mashed pumpkin
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
1/2 cup nuts
1 tsp vanilla.

Beat eggs well, and add sugar, oil, water, and pumpkin, beating after adding each ingredient. Sift flour, soda and spices, and mix well. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and nuts and stir. Pour into greased loaf pans, and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Makes three loaves.

Give the recipe a try. Grandma would be pleased! I'm linking this to Grantham Lynn for the Linky Party.

Now it's your turn. Find a picture that inspires you and write an entry in your blog, then come back and link in. This is a writing exercise for those who want to practice!

Linda Kay
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