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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread



This is a favorite bread to give away and a favorite to get. I do a lot of gift giving at Christmas. We give gifts to family, church staff, preschool workers, teachers, neighbors and others. I have to come up with a lot of gifts. Fresh baked bread is a favorite to give to many as a way to say Thank you. Try it out.



  • 3 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 to 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts



  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, stir the eggs, pumpkin and oil; Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.
  2. Spoon into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 70-80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.

This will also make 6 of the small decorative loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until toothpick or knife comes out clean.

This recipe is a Taste of Home recipe that I adapted for me.




Where Do I Go To Quit by Lynn Autry



looking unto Jesus




Do you have those days that you are ready to quit? I have those days. Days when you do not meet the expectations of others or they do not meet yours. The pressures get heavy. Nothing seems to be running smoothly. Quitting is looking pretty good. In Hebrews 12, the writer says we are to ” run with endurance the race that lies before us”. On difficult days, my mind says “run, I can’t even crawl right now”. So what is running anyway? Running is to move beyond where you are. It is to escape. It is to go steadily by spring steps so that both feet leave the ground. When we move, something happens. The Bible says we start enduring. We are then able to withstand the hardships in our life. We move and then we endure.

So how do I start to move to what is before me? The next verse is the key. The writer of Hebrews says, “keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” We have to look to Jesus. It is easy to look at what is not right in our life. This can be very demanding of our time. The writer says to take our eyes off of what is wrong in our life and look to what is right. Jesus is the perfect in our life. He is the author of our faith. He is the author of the plan of our life. When we have many holes in our life, Christ fills our holes. He fulfills us.

We can look to Jesus who took on the battle of sin for us and endured the pain of the cross. There is nothing we will face that will compare to what Christ did for us. We can have joy and feel joy on a day you want to quit by looking to Jesus. He kept His eyes on the Father’s plan for Him. He moved toward the cross. When His life got hard, He endure the cross for us. This is what moves us forward when quitting looks really good. This is what gives us joy.