That's how much pumpkin bread I baked today.
(What? Did you really think I remembered to weigh myself after staying up waaaay too late watching election results, eating wasabi peas and drinking red wine? When your child is up at 6:01am, you barely remember who you are, let alone what you are supposed to do at that time of day.)
Seriously though, I think it's time for Weigh-In Wednesdays to be put on hold. And I'm counting on some major pounds coming off as a result of the surgery - not only do I have to fast for two days before, but I'm guessing the fibroid is a good 2 lbs. I mean, it has to be huge, right? And the doctor is removing it, so it's like instant weight loss. Excellent. And I'm guessing (hoping) some abdominal fat will break free during the operation and fall on the floor of the surgical room, giving me more instant weight loss. So once all of the fluids they pump me with ebb away, I've got my money on at least a solid five pound loss. Obviously, this will be countered by the fact that I am going to sit on my dead, lazy arse for the next several weeks, likely indulging in cookies and other delicious snacks, but just let me have my moment, okay?
We will resume Weigh-in Wednesdays probably around the first of the year. I see no point in starting 6 weeks after my surgery, since that puts us directly in the middle of the holiday season, and I don't really want to think about counting calories when surrounded by Christmas cookies, fancy cheeses, and turkey with all the trimmings. So I hate to be all cliched, but it will be a 'New Year' thing. Sorry. I'll probably burn calories just trying to battle my way on to the next available treadmill at the gym, the place is so bloody crowded that time of year. ::sigh::
Back to the pumpkin bread. It is amazing. Let me say that again: aMAZing. Totally delish. And I've baked a fair number of pumpkin breads in my life, and this one, by far, tops it. So without further adieu, here is the recipe, courtesy of allrecipes.com:
PUMPKIN SPICE BREAD
3 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 (16oz) can of solid pack pumpkin
3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 cup water
In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, and eggs. Add pumpkin, mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients; add to the pumpkin mixture, alternating with water. Pour into 2 9x5x3 (or 3 8x3x3) greased pans and bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes (55 minutes if you use smaller pans.) Wait for your entire house to be filled with a wonderful aroma. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing; cool on wire racks until completely cool. Slather fancy European butter on a slice and watch Oprah. Love life.
Pretty good, huh?
Scotty loved it, too. (I'm sure the 3 cups of sugar helped.) I gave him part of mine and he mowed through it like a hungry bear. He is the best little snacker; he hangs out shoulder-level with me (while I sit on the floor) and he takes one delicate bite at a time. He is very serious when he snacks. It's hard for me to not snack on his cheeks when he is so close and cuddly.
Speaking of snacks, my friend Deana came up with a Nobel Peace Prize-winning idea, since it promotes good feeling between moms and their toddlers, and between toddlers and other toddlers. She calls it "Baby Chex Mix" and it's nothing short of ingenious. When your child has a good pincer grasp and can chew solids, this is the perfect snack food. And it takes them a solid 10 minutes to eat it (meaning more time for moms to talk to one another.) Just a tip though: serve it in spill-proof containers. Deana's little boy Jackson literally had Baby Chex Mix strewn on my floors from one end of the kitchen to another yesterday. Aside from Deana crawling around on her hands and knees, apologizing profusely while picking up teeny-tin, it was a huge hit with the kids. (This is why God made brooms.)
BABY CHEX MIX
Dried fruit for babies (like the Gerber or Earth's Best line), such as dried apples, mango, pineapple, and apricot.
Mix all together. Watch as your child eats and eats and eats and eats...(and watch carefully, since raisins can be a choking hazard.)
At our preschool Halloween party, I have never seen so many quiet, well-behaved children all snacking from their bowls in the same room. It was downright magical. Way to go, Deana!!