Friday, November 28, 2008

Our Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread

As I mentioned last night, Beth made six loaves of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread to give to each family at our Thanksgiving gathering yesterday. This girl loves to bake! I see baking, especially any done in the evening, as work. She sees it as relaxation, much to the delight of her father and brothers - and occasionally our church family, as she makes cookies for Bible study every now and then.

I had seen an idea in Paper Crafts magazine for making bands from decorative papers to go around a loaf of bread, so I decided to try those for our breads. I found a leaf I liked on a kids' craft site, printed it out and copied it onto a piece of posterboard for my template. I cut two leaves for each loaf of bread, one from a textured card stock and one from a parchment-look card stock. On the parchment leaves, I used a background stamp of falling leaves, then embossed them with gold. I inked the edges of the other set of leaves with brown ink, then glued one embossed leaf to one plain leaf and added a button with a piece of crochet thread tied through the holes.

The paper band is made from two different patterned papers, cut in 12" strips and adhered to a strip of the textured card stock, then sewn with a zig zag stitch. The edges of the paper strips are also sponged with brown ink.

I put each loaf into a cellophane bag, tied it with a twist tie, and attached the paper strip, adhering the leaf sets last. I was very pleased with how they looked, although I feel that I need to play with the best way to attach them to the bags. I was in a hurry by that point, so I just had to do the best I could with it. But overall, I liked it and plan to do it again. This was my first time to make something from a magazine picture, and it was much simpler than I thought it would be. You never know how something will turn out till you try!

I'll post Beth's recipe for the pumpkin bread in another post later today!


  1. Those are simply adorable!!! What a thoughtful gift, on both accounts!

  2. Those are so cute!!

  3. I love the look of those decorative bands on the bread! That really dresses them up!


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