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easy pumpkin bread recipe

I started to write this post about 100 times. I don’t know why it was so hard, but it was. It was tough and time was tight.

First, I thank you a million times over for your emails and messages. It’s wonderful to know you care and you wonder. I like that. I like it so much.

So, here goes.

No, I’m not pregnant.

Yes, I took a break.

And, yes, everything is good. It’s great even.

easy pumpkin bread recipe

Taking an even longer break was a delicious thing I didn’t know I needed until I took an inch. And, well, you know how that goes. Inches so quickly turn into feet, yards and, quite suddenly, you’re miles away from everything.

This little respite was sort of exhilarating in the way that only something you’re not necessarily supposed to be doing can be. It felt like running out the back of my middle school arm and arm with my best friend for the first time. It was a breath of fresh air and truly liberating to know breaks are always possible. Breaks, mind you, are needed. That’s sort of how this went.

easy pumpkin bread recipe

But there is more.

Wedding season is winding down for K and he is gearing up for more personal projects. Maeve started preschool and is learning bits and pieces of foreign languages. She is currently obssessed with classic stories like this one and this one too. She sings along with me! It’s amazing and she is absolutely delightful– a bundle of wild red curls and endless enthusiasm.

And, me? I went back to school too. It’s only a brief frolic through the classroom, but it’s a big deal for me. I have a new career now. It’s strange and wonderful. I’ll still be writing in my spare time, but it’s not easy to pay bills this way.  And, besides, my fuzzy toddler brain does not generate solid pitches the way it should.

easy pumpkin bread recipe

I couldn’t be more happy about the change. For years, I feared it. These days, I embrace change in all its craziness. So, if you need anyone to help you with your real estate needs in Seattle, don’t hesitate to call. Yes, real estate. While some friends might be surprised, you shouldn’t be. Isn’t real estate the natural transition for a recovering lawyer and food writer? Indeed. I think so. It’s been a longtime passion and something I didn’t allow myself to pursue. Until now. Now is the time.

easy pumpkin bread recipe

There, it’s off my chest! I hope you will continue to visit me here. I can’t promise I will blog daily or even weekly, but I’m ready to return here with some regularity. I’m pumped, really. I love autumn and all its flavors. I love trips to the pumpkin patch, warm pumpkin bread, and easy squash pasta. It’s a good time to stay inside and watch the rain fall while baking every recipe out of this book.

I also made a batch of this super simple pumpkin butter, which I recommend. Slow cookers are the new black.

But, enough about me. How are YOU?

Tell me everything, but start with what you are you doing for this fun holiday. I can’t wait to hear!

Happy Halloween, friends!

Oh, and if you need a spooky laugh, please see these. They will make your day.

 

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43 Comments

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    Robin – CONGRATS! It is such a brave and wonderful thing to actually take a pause, reevaluate, and choose new direction. I can completely relate. We’ve finally settled here in Santa Barbara and I could not have planned or prepared for the crazy journey that it would become…but now, embracing the new passions, directions, and unexpected bits of daily life, I’m finally at a place to pursue the things that bring me joy, drive, and contentment. I am so excited for your new venture, and by chance I have a friend who is moving to Seattle in a few months and is in definite need of some real estate! :) I will send him your way!

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Jess,
      It’s been fun to hear about your transition too. Santa Barbara is high on our list of “maybe someday” places to live. I love following along with you. I wish you all the best! And, I totally understood when you talked about taking a break from blogging etc:)

      Please do send your friend my way. I’m in the process of picking an agency right now. It’s surprisingly harder than I thought. I keep walking out of interviews thinking I love them all. I guess there are worse problems, right? Ha!
      xo
      Robin

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    I’m so happy to hear you’re doing great and congrats on your new career! You will be fantastic, I just know it. Beautiful pictures! I love M’s little outfits :)

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Nicole,
      I’m also cautioning Maeve against mixing her prints, but she insists. She’s got her own style. Nice to be back here and in touch again. Thanks for your comment! Robin

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    Yay! Glad you’re back and all is well. Wishing you much luck in your new adventures!

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Thanks, Shelley. How are you feeling?! A bit of an adjustment, eh? xoxo Robin

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    Lovely pictures! I’d love to see such wonderful pumpkin fields.

    Maeve is a pretty little girl.

    Happy Halloween!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    Wow Robin! What exciting news! I’m sure you will be a smashing success in real estate. It seems like this is a good time to start – the market seems to be pretty hot. Certainly have missed seeing your posts but good for you for taking a break. I feel like I am limping along with my own blog and I really should just step back for a few months to get my mojo back. Anyway, please let me know next time you come to the Bay Area, would love to see you. xo

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Dana,
      Thanks for your sweet comment. I’d love to see you again. I hope you are enjoying life in the Bay Area. I saw the picture of your wide open door today and I breathed in a big gulp of fresh air. Well, I did so in my mind. Wish I was there too!
      xo
      Robin

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    Welcome back Robin! I kept hoping for a new post from you to pop up in my Google Reader, and low and behold, today my wishes were answered! How exciting for you – best of luck in this new venture! And little Maeve is becoming quite the gorgeous little lady! That hair!
    I celebrated Halloween on Saturday with friends and made my own Paperbag Princess costume. No one could believe that my “dress” was made out of brown paper and packing tape! It was lots of fun – I might just share a photo or two in the near future. Tonight, I am getting together with family to watch a scary movie and eat popcorn and treats. So fun!

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Amanda,
      Your costume sounds AMAZING! I’m so impressed. Have a great Halloween!
      xo
      Robin

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    congrats on the new career! that is so exciting! I love these beautiful pictures!

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Thank you. Feels great to be back!

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    glad you’re back. you were greatly missed.

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Thanks, Ann! So nice to be back again :)

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    So great to see you back here, and congrats on this new path! A new career! How exciting. I’ll look forward to your posts…whenever they come :)

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Kasey,
      Thanks for your comment. It’s good to be back! I hope you and that sweet baby bump are well! xo
      Robin

  • October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    So glad you’re back. I have to try this olive oil pumpkin bread. Your other recipe for apple pumpkin bread was fantastic, so I can’t wait. Congrats on all the changes. Are you allowed to sell a house in Port Orchard? (A girl can dream…ah, someday!) XOXO

    • redmenace
      October 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Carrie,
      It was a loaf of the olive oil bread I brought to you a few weeks ago, I think. Yum! I hope you enjoy it.
      And, YES, I would be happy to sell your house in Port Orchard, but only if you agree to move a whole lot closer. xo

  • October 30, 2012 - | Permalink

    Love your blog and recipes! Glad to have you back. Hope this next step in life goes well for you :)

  • October 30, 2012 - | Permalink

    So good to hear from you, and what exciting news!!! Little Maeve is as adorable as ever and I’m so happy for your big change. We are still waiting for fall to come in SoCal, but for the most part will still take 77 degrees when we get it. :) loving all the pumpkin recipes though, and excited to tag along and read about your real estate journeys! <3

  • October 30, 2012 - | Permalink

    Congratulations to you, Robin! I am excited to hear about your new ventures. I have certainly missed you, but I heartily applaud you doing what is right for you and your family, for listening to your needs and responding to them. Three cheers for you!

  • October 30, 2012 - | Permalink

    Congratulations for your decision. I have it clear, my family comes first and as you may have noticed already, I haven´t been blogging lately too much. My “baby” girl quit her permanent job to go back to London and attend a master there, in the meantime, she will visit all the British designers she loves instead of sending her cv through mail. I think it´s a very good decision, her time in Madrid was over, she needed a change and if she doesn´t do it at 26 she won´t ever do it again, so….I´ll miss her again terribly….I feel the emptiness again….that “thing” inside your stomach…I´ll enjoy my boys, my husband and Carlos, my 22 years old who comes home from College every Friday to spend the weekend with us. Maeve at school already…can´t imagine…
    Happy Halloween. I don´t celebrate it in Spain, besides, my dad died a 31st Oct. 13 years ago tomorrow.
    A big hug to you.
    Marialuisa

  • October 30, 2012 - | Permalink

    I kept hoping that you’d be popping by again for an update! So happy for you, Robin and congratulations on starting something new.

  • October 30, 2012 - | Permalink

    I’m so excited for you! I’m a big believer that life doesn’t have to be about just one pursuit. Since my husband works evenings, we celebrated Halloween early. We carved pumpkins, dressed up as Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, and went to dinner and a movie: http://jademsheldonphotographyblog.com/2012/10/31/all-hallows-eve/

    • redmenace
      November 3, 2012 - | Permalink

      Jade,
      I LOVE those photos! You are one of the most creative people. It’s so fun to hear from you!
      xo
      Robin

  • October 31, 2012 - | Permalink

    Good luck on your new career. I know it will be a success…anything you do with passion should be. I am hovering around the same ideas – going back to school, making a shift etc… Especially after I read your piece on how you quit being a lawyer :) Life is short and we should take more risks. And be more living the life rather than spending hours in front of the computer. I find myself in that “blah” mode very often lately, maybe time for a break as well. If we ever move there, you will be my real estate agent (and if I keep in my career change direction and things go well, Seattle is one of the top three cities I can move to pursue that. I will let you know!)

    • redmenace
      November 3, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Ilke,
      I always love hearing from you and talking about this subject as well. It is SO easy to feel blah and complacent in work. So so easy! It makes it that much harder to change. I heard recently, however, that the most creatives ideas are born of boredom. If that’s true, you may find a lightbulb of inspiration going off soon!

      And, yes, please move here! We can bake together and I’ll be sure to find you your dream home in the Emerald City:)
      xxoxoxo
      Robin

  • November 3, 2012 - | Permalink

    Oh what sweet photos! Congrats on the changes – sounds very exciting, and sounds like you’re happy, too! I’ll tuck that little bit of info. away if/when we decide to buy a house in Seattle instead of renting. Hopefully, not too terribly far in the future. Happy weekend!

    • redmenace
      November 3, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Megan,
      Funny, I was just thinking of you as I was putting a panful of granola into the oven. I hope you’re doing well. SO lovely to hear from you. I would love to find you and your sweetheart your dream home in Seattle. Of course, you’ll be staying here. How could you ever leave? Also, been following along on your cookbook adventures. Delighted for you!
      xo
      Robin

  • E Ross
    November 3, 2012 - | Permalink

    Red!
    I’m glad for your new venture and for your adventure into the pumpkin patch! I couldn’t help but think of the many adventures we took to play Scrabble and write silly poems — you know, taking a break from the rigors of… Yeah. Ah, nostalgia. Anyhow, hope you sell loads of homes to loaded people who love you as they ought. I love you already, but am a bad friend who regularly plays a disappearing act. Perhaps this, too, shall change.
    xoxo Em

  • November 4, 2012 - | Permalink

    So nice to see you again! Congratulations on the life changes, sounds awesome!

  • Kelsey K
    November 4, 2012 - | Permalink

    Love this. I’m encouraged by your choice to rest–something I struggle with. What fun that you’re getting into real estate! xo

  • November 5, 2012 - | Permalink

    Good for you! A hard-earned and much-needed rest leading into an exciting new real estate venture (that’s my family’s business!) Looking forward to whatever you post with whatever frequency and wishing you all the best for the exciting new venture.

  • stef
    November 5, 2012 - | Permalink

    thank you so much for sharing with us, this next step of your career…i wish you only the best :-) also so glad that you took a wonderful break, those are so hard to come by on their own. sometimes you just have to put your foot down and take it. enjoy the rest of this lovely season!

  • November 6, 2012 - | Permalink

    Oh, you are such a great inspiration for me. I hope you will keep up with your fantastic blogging!
    Thanks Helena

  • November 15, 2012 - | Permalink

    congrats, robin! it’s so rewarding when you listen to what your insides are telling you :). best of luck with the new journey.

    • redmenace
      January 14, 2013 - | Permalink

      Thank you so much! ox

  • November 18, 2012 - | Permalink

    I really like your blog, I think I will always come.

  • December 28, 2012 - | Permalink

    Hi Robin,

    I know this is a late comment (being I’ve been busy too) but I want to tell you that ever since I stumbled upon your blog early this year, I do from time to time visit! True, so don’t worry, I think all of us who’ve come to love your blog will check in every now and then and be glad for any new updates.

    Have a blessed 2013!

    Love,
    Cath

    • redmenace
      January 14, 2013 - | Permalink

      Cath,
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. That means a great deal to me:) Happy New Year! xo Robin

  • January 6, 2013 - | Permalink

    congratulations! yay for change + growing! excited for you + what’s to come.
    a

    • redmenace
      January 14, 2013 - | Permalink

      Thank you! I hope you’re well. Happy New Year!

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