Posts made in October, 2014

Sunday Quote just visited Colorado

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote just visited Colorado

“It is fashion now in writing to have every man defeated and destroyed. And I do not believe all men are destroyed. I can name a dozen who were not and they are the ones the world lives by.” ~John Steinbeck, Journal of a Novel

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Fall Recipes

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog, Bready or Not, maple, pumpkin | Comments Off on Fall Recipes

It’s pumpkin time! And squash and apple time! Plus, it’s legitimately maple time. Last year I gathered my past fall recipes. Now that my recipe content is split between and LiveJournal, I really wanted to post those recipes again. The list now includes the 2013 posts, too.

Pumpkin Pie Bars5_sm

Mini Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Glaze
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Pumpkin-Molasses Freezer Pie with Ginger Snap Crust
Maple Spritz Cookies
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Maple Fudge Bites
Pumpkin Gnocchi
Pumpkin Poppers
Overnight Crock Pot Apple Butter
Butternut Squash & Chickpea Salad with Almond Butter Dressing
Pumpkin chocolate chip brownies
Pumpkin-applesauce bundt cake
Candy corn cookies
Halloween party bundt cake (cake mix)
Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin cranberry breakfast cookies
Pumpkin roll bars
Pumpkin spice smoothie

Also, on Pinterest I have a wide array of boards including a Bready or Not board and a pumpkin board where I try to list the amount of puree each recipe calls for. It probably won’t surprise you that I have a devoted space for maple recipes, too.

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Links of the Week

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in anthology:poem, Blog, clockwork dagger, holy taco church, online publication, pumpkin | Comments Off on Links of the Week

I’m still wandering about the internet, though not in the frantic style I was a few weeks ago (thank goodness!). I’ve actually been working on FICTION again. It feels good! These past few days, I tore apart a story I wrote back in August, one I mentally worked on for months because the subject matter intimidated me. That makes me feel even more accomplished now that it’s coming together.

I wrote another new story at the end of September, too. That one is being critiqued right now. I hope to start work on those edits soon. I love this later stage of revisions… once I figure out what I’m doing.

New poetry publications:
“Grandfather and Granddaughter (Age 5),” Devilfish Review
“Nisei” and “Seeds” (reprinted), Mythic Delirium Anthology; available in all formats

Socializing in happily geeky ways:
SF Signal: Words We Learned From Genre Fiction

– Over at the Holy Taco Church, I amp up the pumpkin spice goodness with Pumpkin Cheesecake Sopapillas, which use fast ingredients from the store.

Guest blogging about the book:
“Romance in the Clockwork Dagger” at Reading Between the Wines

Really nice mentions of the book: Sleeps With Monsters: Books, Redux by Liz Bourke with a lovely mini review

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (2 Loaves)

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, pumpkin, quick bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (2 Loaves)

I declare this recipe to be just about perfect. Oh yeah, it tastes good, too.

Pumpkin Choc Chip Bread

I love recipes that use up a full can of pumpkin. It makes things tidy. No worries about measuring it or stashing a bag in the freezer. Even more, this recipe makes TWO loaves of bread. Serve one, save the rest for later! Or serve them both. These things are easy to eat. They might go fast.

Why, you ask? The bread ends up tender and delicious. Kept chilled in the fridge, it doesn’t get horribly tacky as some pumpkin baked goods do.

I made this using shortening instead of oil, chopped pecans for the nuts, and Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips, but the recipe has a good bit of flexibility. You could even do one loaf plain, the other loaded!

As for me, I looooooove Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips. They are big and luscious, plus I love supporting a California company.

Pumpkin Choc Chip Bread

I found this recipe in my King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion Cookbook but it is also shown on their website as Easy Pumpkin Bread. Take a look at that star rating! I’m not the only one to fall in love with this recipe.

Pumpkin Choc Chip Bread

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (2 Loaves)

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: chocolate, holiday, pumpkin, quick bread
Author: Beth Cato


  • 1 cup vegetable oil or 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 15 ounce pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans optional
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips could also substitute chopped candied ginger, golden raisins, cranberries, etc


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9x5 loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the oil/shortening, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and water.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and vanilla, stirring to combine. Mix in the chips and nuts, or whatever add-ins you choose.
  • Spoon batter into the prepared pans.
  • Bake the bread for 60 to 80 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Remove the bread from the oven, and cool it on a rack. When it's completely cool, use a knife to loosen the loaves and plop them out. Wrap bread in plastic wrap and store it overnight before serving.


    Pumpkin Choc Chip Bread

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    Sunday Quote welcomes pumpkin spice season

    Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote welcomes pumpkin spice season

    “I think that science fiction, even the corniest of it, even the most outlandish of it, now matter how badly it’s written, has a distinctly therapeutic value because all of it has as its primary postulate that the world does change. I cannot overemphasize the importance of that idea.” ~Robert Heinlein, 1941

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