And The Winners Are… (and a consolation prize)

by Stefani on 25-October-2008

Without further ado, here's what the wise and powerful number generator had to say: 

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So, Ms. Commenter Number 8, Cynthia of Hippie Housewife, you have won the gorgeous Bridgeman Pottery butter dish! 

And, commenter number 170, Christine of My Life With Boys , you will soon be the proud owner of "Knead It, Punch It, Bake it!"

Ladies, please email me with your mailing information, and I will get your goodies to you. 

Our thanks to every one of y'all, for playing along. I can't tell you how much fun it was for us to see so many folks stopping by to say hello. Come back and chat sometimes okay? No more lurking about. It's much more fun to sit a spell and shoot the breeze with ya!

We all thought that it would be nice to be able to give something to EVERYONE for participating. My oldest said, "maybe we could send 'em all a ribbon or something?"

Well it's a nice thought, but it might pose some execution problems. 

Instead, we thought we'd share our secret for two of our favorite quick breads… in keeping with the theme, you see. 

One of the winners of my last contest told us about her family's "homemade bisquick." My little taste testers were immediate fans. 

It goes like this: You just mix 10 cups of All Purpose flour (I changed ours to half whole wheat, half white flour),6 TBL of baking powder, 1 TBL salt ( or maybe a little less), then cut in 1 1/2 cups of shortening (I use the Spectrum Shortening now). 

We've used it for biscuits and waffles and pancakes of course, but decided to do a little experimenting with it. 

After some trial and error, we came up with a couple of great go-to recipes… Pumpkin Bread and Banana Bread, using our "Bisquick". 

Quick Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread: 

1/3 cup Canola oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
1/4 cup water
2 TBSP flax seed
1/2 cup honey
2 1/2 cups homemade (or store bought, if you must) Bisquick. 
2 tsp ground cinnamon
and some "fun stuff" if you like, (try either 1/2 cup raisens or 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips and 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts)

Heat your oven to 325 F. 
Mix the water and flax and allow to set. 
Mix together the oil, pumpkin, egg and honey. Add in the flax/water mixture. Now add your cinnamon into the measured out Bisquick and mix, then fold that into the pumpkin/honey goo. At this point you can add in your "fun" ingredients, if you choose to. 

Pour into a greased 9X5 pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

And now for the Banana Bread: 

In the above recipe, substitute about 3 good sized mashed ripe bananas for the pumpkin, 1 tsp vanilla for the cinnamon. The rest is exactly the same! Both of these recipes work great as muffins too. 

Again, thanks so much for playing along everyone! We hope your weekend is warm, toasty and delicious!

Oh, and p.s. You NEED to check out Molly's "One Good Loaf" journey, and share it!
Penny in VT October 25, 2008 at 8:24 am

Awesome! Congrats to the lucky winners and thank you so so much for all the yumminess soon to be in happening in our kitchen!

I’m new to your blog, and *love* the recipes- I’ll be making homemade bisquick ASAP!

Cheers – Penny

Penny in VT October 25, 2008 at 8:28 am

oh, can I ask a question about the bisquick? How do you store it and how long does it last? Can you freeze it?

Thanks so much, sorry to be a bother!


Stefani October 25, 2008 at 8:33 am

Hi Penny, not a bother at all, I should have included that!
We just store ours in a big container in the pantry, but then we go through it pretty quickly ( it lasts us 3-4 weeks tops).

I understand that you can also store it in the fridge, but I’m not sure about the freezer. Maybe try to freeze a little, wait a few days or a week or so, and then try to bake with it and see if it still works properly. It seems like it would be fine.

All of the ingredients are things that you can store in the pantry, so it seems like they’d be fine that way mixed together too, but I guess if you think you’re going to store it for longer than about a month, go ahead and put it in the fridge.

Penny in VT October 25, 2008 at 8:37 am

Thank you! and that makes sense, since you store the boughten kind of bisquick in the pantry, it makes sense that you would this too.

I think you should rename it – “Blue Yonder Baking Magic Mix” or something… LOL

yum yum yum thank you again!

Qalballah October 25, 2008 at 9:44 am

Well that’s a nice consolation prize but can I have the ribbon??


Alissa October 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

That’s an awfully nice prize as well. Thanks for the recipes 🙂

Amy October 25, 2008 at 9:56 am

Thanks for more delicious looking recipes and congratulations to the lucky winners!

Ginger October 25, 2008 at 10:17 am

It worked! I made a loaf of your bread in my bread machine and it came out ok!
I used a 1/2 cup less flour (because my machine is small) and I used butter because I haven’t bought the shortening yet but it turned out alright. I’m going to work on tweaking it in the weeks to come but I think it’s going to be a good everyday bread for sure! It sliced up wonderfully!
I tried to make pumpkin butter also but it didn’t turn out too good. I’m not sure what I did wrong with that.

jessica October 25, 2008 at 10:30 am

These recipes look great! I’m going to whip up some pumpkin bread later.

Kerry October 25, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Can’t wait to try the pumpkin bread recipe. Thanks again for sharing!

Cynthia October 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Oh wow, thank you!! This is so exciting. 🙂

I’ve been planning to make pumpkin bread sometime; this recipe sounds delicious.

waldorfmama October 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm

thanks for the great recipes, stefani! can’t wait to try them. and i was inspired by your ‘giveaway’ to do a ‘giveaway’ myself. come on over to and check out my OSTHEIMER giveaway! 🙂

Christina October 25, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Hiya Stef! Even though I didn’t win your awesome giveaway (no hard feelings :), I passed on a kreativ blogger award to you via my site…go check it out! Hope you and the little men are enjoying your weekend!

Linn from Australia October 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you for the recipes, they look yum. But what is “Bisquick”?

Stefani October 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Hello Linn! So sorry, I should have made that clear for our international visitors…
Bisquick is a baking mix. You guys probably have some version of it… you can make biscuits (not what we call cookies… maybe you call them scones?) by just adding water or pancakes by adding water and egg. Does that ring a bell?

sandi October 26, 2008 at 12:06 am

Ahem, I have been a lurker I’m afraid. Now that my husband set me up with own blog I promise to be a contributor. Thanks very much for the great recipes and congratulations to the winners.

Mary Smith October 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Your pumpkin bread is getting me ready for the fun after Halloween!!!

Toni October 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Made the pumpkin bread today. I actually made them into muffins. The kids LOVE them. I put regular chocolate chips int hem. It is very good. It was so easy that I am gonna make the banana tomarrow if no one eats the bananas.

Kat November 18, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Sounds scrumdiddlyumptious. Must make some and quick!

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