Hi everybody! Long time no-see!
Some of you have probably been wondering where we’ve been the last few days, since it’s been a full week since we last posted, but we promise we haven’t suddenly given up blogging, and we have good reasons as to why we’ve been missing in action. Well really, we have one reason, and it is that we’ve been crazy busy this past week! Ok, so we realize that’s a somewhat lame excuse, but perhaps if we give you a run-down of our lives these last few days you’ll have a better understanding…
Tuesday: Exam #3 (nailed it, by the way ;))
Wednesday: Exam #4 (last exam of the year- hellooo summer!)
Thursday: Mini road trip to Toronto to celebrate a couple of birthdays with a chocolate-making party (yes, that happened- more on that later)
Friday: Mini road-trip home from Toronto then PACK. (We’re moving houses for the next school year- it’s amazing how much random and useless stuff you accumulate after only two years in a place!)
Saturday: Up super early to volunteer all day at a track meet, rush home and quickly pack up last-minute stuff, throw it in the van and rush home to baby sit.
Sunday: Spring cleaning/un-packing (read: gut all cupboards, closets, and bedroom, get rid of everything you don’t need/use/wear and then fill them all back up again with stuff from London house)
So, as you can see we’ve been a little pre-occupied with life these last few days- some of it boring, some fun, and some completely overwhelming and exhausting! In fact, neither one of us has hardly been on our computers at all! We’ve missed Simple Sunday, and Heather’s Meatless Monday (sorry, Heather…) but now that our lives are starting to settle down somewhat, we will be back to a more regular posting schedule.
And as a sort-of apology for our prolonged absence, we bring you chocolate!
Chocolate pumpkin bread, to be more precise. And yes, we know that making pumpkin bread this time of year is completely out of season. The thing is, that if we didn’t tell you there was pumpkin in this loaf you would never know it! So it’s really more like chocolate bread, and is chocolate ever out of season? (The answer would be no, it is not)
And while we’re on the topic of chocolate, we think that this is the perfect time to fill you in on the chocolate-making party we attended in Toronto. (Pretty good segue, don’t cha think? ;)) A couple of the girls on the team have birthdays right around the same time, so we decided to combine them and move our celebration to Toronto for a fun little change of scenery. One of the girls found this amazing business that sends a Chocolatier to your home and teaches you and your guests how to make chocolate!
First, our lovely instructor Cocoa Kelley (don’t you love that name?) gave us a brief history on chocolate. It was first made by the Ancient Incas and Myans, who used the cocoa beans to make a drink called “Chocolotal” (please forgive us if we misspelled that!) Fun Fact: in ancient times, before be-heading someone, they offered them a drink of chocolatal to help them relax. So considerate of them, right?
Anyways, after the little history of chocolate was over, plenty of chocolate making/eating ensued, and of course we got to bring quite a large stash home with us!
Best. Party. Ever.
So now that we’ve got you thinking about chocolate, you’re going to go and make this delicious, chocolate (and pumpkin) filled bread, right?
Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 45 min
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp coffee granules (optional- intensifies the chocolate flavour)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c. pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1/4 c. coconut oil, softened
1/4 c. date paste
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/3 c. milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c. chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients (all the dry ingredients). In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add the pumpkin, coconut oil, date paste and maple syrup and stir until smooth. (There may be a few lumps from the coconut oil- that’s ok). Add the milk and vanilla and stir again until the mixture is smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until everything is combined. Add the chocolate chips and give it another quick stir, until the chips are evenly distributed and there are no dry spots in the batter.
Pour the Batter into the prepared pan and bake on the centre wrack for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Have you ever been to a chocolate-making party? What is the coolest party you’ve ever been to?