My Favourite Pumpkin Loaf

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The moment the leaves begin to turn I can't help but crave homemade baking, especially if it's pumpkin! When the time for colder air, warm sweaters and crunchy leaves comes around, one of my favourite things to bake is this delicious chocolate chip pumpkin loaf. A good friend of mine baked this yummy loaf for me after having both of my babies, and I've been in love with it ever since!

It's super easy to make, extremely moist and oh so delicious. You can make it in a loaf pan, or in muffin tins (just adjust your bake time). 

This recipe freezes like a dream for 2-4 months so it is worth making. My kiddos love it. 

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Recipe:

2 cups pumpkin puree

2 cups white sugar

1 cup oil 

4 eggs

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 or 1/8 tsp ginger (depending on how much of that flavour you like)

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips (I prefer 1 cup or none at all for a less sweet loaf)

Directions:

Mix pumpkin, eggs, sugar and oil.

Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl.

Add dry ingredients to wet, mix well.

Bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes. Bakes 2 loaves.

Once baked, allow to cool then enjoy a slice my favourite way... with a cup of tea! 

Holy Guacamole!

During the warm summer months my family is all about eating outdoors and easy snacks - enter guacamole. We eat this more than I care to admit because it's fast and easy. Whether you're eating it with chips, fish or a taco- you won't have anyone complaining. 

Making Guacamole isn't really a science, it's more of an art. Everyone likes their guacamole differently: more salty, spicy, no purple onion, not too much cilantro. You get the idea.

There really is no right or wrong but here is how we make ours.

Ingredients:

3 Ripe Avocados (I always grab a paper mushroom bag at the grocery store to help quickly ripen my avocados)

Cilantro - Fresh and chopped to your preference. 

Jalapenos - The heat is up to you, keeping the seeds in your jalapenos always dials up the temp.

Salt - To taste

1 - 2 Limes

Tomatoes - Seeded

Purple onion - Diced

I like to mash up my avocado first, then add the lime and salt.

I add the jalapenos and purple onion next.

Add the cilantro.

Once I'm happy with the flavour I add fresh diced tomatoes. I always seed my tomatoes so the guacamole doesn't get too liquidy!

Happy Dipping!