Monday, October 10, 2022

Fun Fall Projects Courtesy of the Local Thrift Shop

One summer day I was strolling through the thrift shop and came across this lovely loaf pan.  My thoughts turned to autumn and how nice it would be to make a loaf of pumpkin bread that not only tasted good, but looked pretty too.

I know the Nordic Ware brand makes some beautiful baking pans.
Having never used one before, it seemed like a good opportunity to try it out.  The pan looked as if it had never been used and the price was only a few dollars.  An internet search tells me that they go for much more than that at places like Williams Sonoma.

Once home I hopped on the Nordic Ware website and printed off this recipe for a Spiced Pumpkin Loaf.  I tucked the pan and the recipe in the cupboard and waited patiently for autumn's arrival.

Today was the day to pull it out of that cupboard and spend a little time in the kitchen baking.

There you have it.
One pretty and tasty Spiced Pumpkin Loaf.
Brett & I shared a slice to see how it turned out.
He claimed we needed a few more slices just to be sure we liked it.

Before we got carried away and ate the entire loaf, I put it under cover for safekeeping.
That domed cake stand was another recent thrift find.
I decided I wanted one and the next time I was thrifting, there it was.  Just waiting for me.  
The dome part is very heavy.  Perhaps that is so we think twice about how hard we want to work before going back for another piece?

Another recent thrift store find was this silicone squirrel and acorn
mold.  When I saw it a little light bulb went off.

A little more time in the kitchen to make some little fall soaps.
I had some simple soap making supplies from another time I made soap.  It was just enough to do these.  Since they are white, I added some grated nutmeg to give them little flecks of brown and to add a subtle fall fragrance.

A Very Happy Thanksgiving To My Canadian Friends.



  1. I've never seen a loaf pan like that and it sure made a beautiful loaf! Wow! I know you are glad you got it. The soaps are neat too.

  2. What a beautiful loaf of deliciousness!!! Happy fall!

  3. What great thrift store finds! That is a beautiful loaf pan. I really can't believe that you and Brett shared a piece. Shared a piece?! He really is longsuffering. 😁 The soaps are so cute and how clever of you to sprinkle nutmeg on them.

  4. What a lovely loaf of pumpkin bread - not only delicious, but oh, so pretty in that thrift store find. The soaps are cute, too, and how great that you could use up supplies you had on hand.
    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving - a quieter day today after the family hullabaloo yesterday (which I wouldn't trade for anything).

  5. I don't think I've ever seen a loaf pan like that one. So cute. I will keep my eyes open for one like it at the thrift store.
    The soaps are cute and very Autumnal. Good idea adding the nutmeg.

  6. I love that loaf pan. Perfect for fall breads. I've never seen a pan like that either.
    Those little soaps are so cute!!
    Everyone seems to find such great things at thrift stores. The one around here has just junk. Most things people donate are the things they couldn't sell at yard sales!

  7. That is a beautiful loaf pan - what a lucky find! I'll bet your pumpkin bread was delicious, too.


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