Pumpkin Bread, Hunter Boots and Scarves

I know, I know; it's August 27. The official start of fall is still a few weeks away -- it happens on September 23, to be exact -- but in my mind, it has already arrived.

On Monday, I posted a photo of my pumpkin bread on Instagram (username is ablondeambition, if you like to keep on with folks on that platform), and had a few people ask about the recipe. I love sharing anything food-related, so here it is.

'Better than Cake' Pumpkin Bread
1-2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 can pumpkin
1/4 cup of vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup melted, unsalted butter

  1. In a large small bowl, combine the flour, sugar (white and brown), baking soda cinnamon, salt, baking powder and nutmeg. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, pumpkin, oil, unsalted butter (melted) and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. 
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
I've decided I'm definitely going to take the plunge on a pair of Hunter boots this fall. I figure, they'll probably be worn a lot if it gets nasty again this winter, so I may as well invest. And, if Mother Nature goes against the almanac and surprises us with a calm winter season, then I'll wear 'em anyway. Now the hard part...which color to buy? I'll probably go with basic glossy black to start and branch out with a fun color next time if I like them!

Scarves. Can you ever have too many? In my opinion, no. I've got my eyes on several, including these:

Cheetah Red Accent Printed Scarf

Soft Navy Jacquard Scarf from Zara

Lush Leopard Scarf from Forever 21

Tinley Road Faux Fur Infinity Scarf from Piperlime

Veronica Scarf from Banana Republic

Is fall on your brain, too? When does fall start in your mind?


  1. What a great recipe! I'll have to pin it to one of Pinterest boards. :) I'm in agreement on the Hunter boots -- considering doing the same thing, but the color choice -- what a decision!

  2. I totally count the month of September as fall!

  3. We are going to decorate our house for fall this weekend. Once the Pumpkin Spice food items start hitting the stores, it's fall in my book:) Definitely agree - you NEED a pair of Hunters. I've wanted a pair for forever, but haven't taken the plunge yet. I like the classic black, but also love that purple pair. Gem colors are so fun for fall!

  4. Scarves are so my jam for the fall. I cannot wait for it!!

  5. OMG I am dying over that cheetah print with accent scarf - like already added it to my cart!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. ohh i love those burgundy hunter boots! such a pretty color! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  7. Hunter boots are seriously the best! The one thing I would recommend though is looking at the travel boots because they are so much lighter then the original ones (which are heavy)!

    Crumbs & Curls

  8. LOVE me some pumpkin bread...I always kick off fall with a big batch of bread for myself and for other friends! Nothing like smelling pumpkin spice to make me get in the fall mood. Loving all of those scarves...I'm looking for a few new fall ones to add to my collection and these are just perfect!

  9. yum pumpkin bread, i want fall so badly but not winter, just the perfect fall day.

  10. You are going to LOVE your Hunter boots! I have definitely got my mama's money worth out of them! (they were my Christmas present), and honestly, whatever color you get- goes with everything! I have the purplish color you posted!

  11. ooh.. i love your scarf picks! i cannot wait for fall. just wanted to let you know - the zara scarf link leads to the pink blush site. :)

    1. Oops!! Okay, try again! Thank you for the heads up!! xoxo

  12. Love the recipe. Might be good for a fall gameday tailgate party.

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  13. Oh my goodness that pumpkin bread looks great! I've been dying to get some Hunter boots for the rainy season out here.

  14. Just writing down the ingredients I need at the store for this pumpkin bread! Noticed in the directions it calls for water. How much? :)

  15. Thanks for the recipe! My bread is baking as I type:) And Erin, I also was unsure of how much water to add, so I went with one tablespoon...I can't wait to see how it turns out!


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