This post originally published on March 14, 2011. Photos updated on March 1, 2016.
I avoid the Irish soda bread trend every Saint Patrick’s Day. Partly because I’m a party pooper and only do themed posts for the super important holidays but mostly because every other food blogger has a post about soda bread going up about this time. Plus bread with raisins? That doesn’t even have yeast? Not my thing.
As I mentioned in my recent post about pasta with raisins, I’m trying to be more open-minded with food and even though I was convinced this was going to come out as a hard disk filled with sugary-sweet raisins, I forged ahead. (It’s also a good idea to ask someone you really trust for a recipe!)
I cannot tell you how shocked I am! This bread reminds me of something, maybe a biscuit? It’s soft and fluffy inside with little pockets of sweetness from the raisins and richness from the butter. I’m not sure you could make a better bread, to be completely honest. And I threw it all together in about 15 minutes! Seriously.
One of my favorite things about this time of year is the food.
We don’t have the super cold weather that we had last year in Colorado but it’s still chilly enough to enjoy a nice warm bowl of soup. Plus, we’ve all been battling colds and what is better than soup when you’re feeling a little under the weather?
I picked up Progresso Rich & Hearty Creamy Roasted Chicken and Wild Rice at Walmart recently and it is one of my favorite soups. It’s comforting and delicious and is perfect for cold and rainy days like we’ve been having down here in Texas.
I love Progresso soup because not only are they tasty but they’re also made with fresh ingredients so you can feel good about feeding them to your family.
Typically I go for sandwiches with my soup but this one, since it’s so hearty, really goes well with these light and fluffy Angel Biscuits.
Angel Biscuits are different from your typical biscuits because they’re made with a yeast dough. You let the dough chill for a while and the biscuits turn out fluffy and delicious. They are perfect with butter and honey or jam spread on them or really delicious when dunked in soup!
For more info and recipes featuring Progresso soups, click here! Let me know in the comments which variety of Progresso soup is #foodforyourmood!
First up: This is the best pumpkin bread I’ve ever had.
Now that the important stuff is out of the way, can we talk about how proud I am of myself?
I’ve bought 4 Christmas presents. And I feel like I am ahead of the game. I know some of your probably started your shopping last December 26th but man, this is early for me.
Nothing has actually gotten here yet but they are ordered, I have a pretty good list of everything else I need to buy, and I’m feeling super prepared and pumped for the holidays.
I even got excited about going to buy a Christmas tree because my hair girl was telling me about a Christmas tree farm around here. And then shortly after I sent my husband a text that said, “OMG WE HAVE TO GO CUT DOWN OUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE!” I realized that we have a fake tree.
Back to the bread!
Seriously, this Pumpkin Beer Bread has changed my life. The recipe makes 2 loaves and after polishing off the first one by myself, I almost had a complete breakdown when the husky decided to eat the other one.
I called it beer bread but let me recommend that you use a hard cider instead. I know, why call it beer bread then? Because you can totally use any beer you enjoy. But I don’t like beer and buying a 6-pack of beer seemed like a really big commitment for someone who doesn’t like beer. The cider worked wonderfully. I used a seasonal cinnamon one – so perfect!
I don’t even know how to explain how delicious. So soft, so moist, perfectly spiced!
I have a giveaway for you on this lovely Tuesday morning!
But first, I have to tell you what I did for my first day of freeeeeeeeeedom (aka the day all the kids went to school).
The husband is actually home right now which is a first. I’ve had kids in school for 4 years now and he’s never been home for it. So he was able to walk the kids to their classrooms with me and then we went and sat at Starbucks for coffee. I don’t think I’ve sat down in Starbucks and had coffee in… well, probably since I worked there. In 2006. Then we ended up having froyo for lunch together.
I know this is, like, regular everyday stuff for normal people but I’ve spent a lot of time alone with kids these past few years (thanks deployments!) and it’s weird to be like a real person who gets coffee and is able to hunt for Pyrex without saying “STOP TOUCHING THAT!” over and over again.
Thankfully, the kids all loved their first day and are looking forward to going back today. Fun fact: Fat Baby (who’s not a baby) said his favorite part of the day was “sleep time”.
Did you notice the gorgeous cutting board under this Maple Bacon Bread?
Yeah, that’s the giveaway! Get excited.
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I was lucky enough to receive the Teak Cutting Board and it is absolutely perfect. When I’m not using it, I’ve been displaying it on my dining room table because I just want to look at it all the time. It’s extra large at 24×18-inches and peak is naturally resistant to water which makes it easier to clean and maintain.
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It has maple and bacon so of course it’s delicious! And I love yeast breads that are supposed to be rustic looking because you really don’t have to pay a lot of attention to shaping and slashing and all that. Just form it into a ball and let it do it’s thing.
This loaf would be perfect toasted with jam, great for sandwiches, or just on the side of dinner.
I am having the worst writer’s block recently. I have several recipes that I’ve made and photographed but I just can’t come up with anything to talk about.
My life is so boring right now, guys.
And yeah, I know my life of Pyrex-hunting, dog parking, and grocery shopping in Colorado Springs wasn’t exactly exciting but it was more exciting that my life right now.
We sold my husband’s car before the move and it’d make no sense to buy another one because hashtag deployment so we’re toughing it out. Which means I’m home all. the. time.
And uggggghhhh, I’m so bored.
Anyway, I’m gonna tell you the story of selling my husband’s car.
Also known as the day I almost killed my husband. Twice.
It took months to convince my husband we needed to sell his car. (Which is a total exaggeration because we only had 6 weeks to prepare for the move but whatevs.) He was convinced the Army would pay to have it shipped. And I was all, “Bro, I’ve been waiting for a referral from Tricare since October – the Army isn’t paying for anything they don’t absolutely have to.”
So literally 3 days before the movers came, he finally agreed.
Our neighbor told us to take it to Carmax (which I highly recommend – they were awesome) and after they looked at the car, made an offer, blah blah blah, my husband says, “I think I threw the registration out.”
Yeah, he cleaned the car out before we drove down there and threw EVERYTHING out. EVERYTHING.
So we drove the 30 minutes home, dug threw the trash (that was already at the street for pickup), found the registration and drove back.
And then he realized he didn’t have the title either.
So back home we went but he didn’t remember seeing the title in the car so we tore apart the house because at this point, I’m panicking. I didn’t know what we were going to do if we had to move this car with us.
Around this time I also realized that I’m a hoarder because while tearing apart my closet, I found prescription packaging from, like, 2006. And paystubs from earlier than that.
So he eventually found the title. In a bag that went to Afghanistan with him.
And then, 5 hours after starting this ordeal, we finally got rid of the dang car. And then got Chinese food as celebration of not having to take a 15 year old car with no a/c on a 2 day drive to Texas.
Anyway, Glazed Lemon Bread!
I finally remembered to buy baking powder and baking soda and all that! And this was delicious. In fact, I had a perfectly Paleo day yesterday and ruined it with a slice of this. Because I have no willpower.