Monday, November 5, 2018

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and a Birthday

 Our teatime today is on a rainy day, and I'm setting it up in my living room.  Please join me for some pumpkin spice tea and some pumpkin cream cheese bread, won't you?

I want to thank everyone who read my post on My Beloved Mom.  Your thoughts, prayers, and condolences are so appreciated during this time of sadness and loss.  

 One of my favorite tea sets is this one that I bought from Ross years ago.  

 My calico teacup is so pretty for Fall, too.

This Johnson Brothers Olde English Countryside transferware platter is another favorite.

I saw a pillow at Kirkland's recently and went home and sketched out a design that resembled it.  I made a envelope style pillow, but this time used one rectangle of 42" long by 18 and 1/2" wide.  by doing it this way, there aren't any side seams.  First I found the middle and appliqued my design, leaving it kind of shabby.  The pumpkin base is made from osnaburg fabric, and then on top, I used an old sweater that my sister sent me.  After I appliqued,  I then did the envelope sytle in the back and stitched the top and bottom easy!

Yield: 1 large loaf, and one mini, or 4 mini loaves, 6 cakelets, and 2 mini bundts

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaves

This is my daughter, Molly's,  favorite bread that she likes to give as gifts. It's so nice to bake some, and store them in the freezer to give away.  The addition of the cream cheese layer is a nice touch!


For the Bread:
3 and 1/3 cups flour
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 and 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup oil
4 eggs
1 lb. can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup water

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Topping:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon butter


For the Bread:
Grease 1 regular size loaf pan and one small, or a mixture of minis.
Sift together the flour, pumpkin  pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
Beat together sugar and oil until light.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Beat in pumpkin.
Add dry ingredients, alternatively with water to the sugar/oil mixture until it is well blended. 

For the Filling:
Mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.

For the Topping:
Mix the dry ingredients together and cut in the butter until it resembles cornmeal.  Set aside.

Spoon half the batter into each prepared pan. 
Spoon a layer of filling over each. 
Sprinkle with half the topping. 
Add the rest of the pumpkin batter.  Finish off with rest of topping.
Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes for small loaf,  and 45 minutes for regular loaf.  Use a toothpick to check to see if it comes out clean.
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 Today is Harper's 4th birthday!!  Doesn't she look adorable dressed in her butterfly wings and fairy dress?  Her party was at the Butterfly Gardens, which is a magical place with the prettiest butterflies that I've ever seen!  Of course, Harper was the cutest butterfly ever!

What little girl wouldn't love this mushroom fairy house birthday cake?! 

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Oh My!! That sounds delicious...combines two of my favorites- pumpkin and cream cheese!
    Your little butterfly/fairy is just darling. She is as cute as can be. We have a four year old grandgirl, too....she is growing up way too fast. I am pretty sure you feel the same way.
    Have a great week, Kitty. xo Diana

  2. Harper is darling! How did she arrive at her 4th birthday so soon?!

    This bread sounds amazing. If I had cream cheese in the house...

    Love the pillow! Using the sweater adds a lot of texture and interest.

  3. I love your pretty pumpkin pillow you made Kitty. The pumpkin cream cheese loaves sound so good too. Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy your week

  4. That pumpkin bread sounds delicious, and I love your pumpkin tea set. And your pillow! You did a great job. Your sweet 4-year-old butterfly is adorable, and what a great place to have a party. Have a good week.

  5. I love your pillow Kitty! I've seen so many this season that have the 'shabby' unfinished edges in the appliques and the sweater makes a perfect pumpkin. Harper is the most adorable butterfly I've ever seen and that CAKE is a work of art! Great minds (and taste buds ;) think alike, I just had a slice of pumpkin loaf cake with a cuppa this afternoon, but your teaset and platter is much pretty than my everyday mug. ♥

  6. Happy birthday to your beautiful Harper! Oh the cake is adorable but nearly as adorable as she is. Love your pumpkin tea set. So cute. The pumpkin bread sounds so good. I have been saying that I was going to make a pumpkin roll and simply have not done it! I find myself wanting to do so much Kitty that I just flat out overwhelm myself! LOL! The pillow is so pretty! Girl, you are too creative. Hope you are feeling lots of love from your friends Kitty with the loss of your dear mama. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. Happy Birthday to Harper. I can't believe that she's 4 now. The mushroom fairy house cake is almost too cute to eat!

    I'm loving this week's pumpkin-themed tea. You did a fabulous job reproducing the pillow design!

  8. What an adorable pumpkin tea set and the pillow you made is beautiful! A perfect setting for your delicious pumpkin bread. Just made a different pumpkin bread recipe today :) Molly is adorable! Happy birthday to your little cutie :)

  9. Happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday God bless you happy birthday to you ... Harper

  10. I have been thinking of you and praying for you, my friend. I do trust you are feeling Jesus very near to you during these difficult days. That sweet little girl is just precious! And, I am going to try the recipe. :) I think my little mother-in-law would love this. I try to make her as many sweets as I can. She LOVES sweets. She only weighs 110 pounds, so we spoil her and give her whatever she wants. God bless you and keep you.

  11. What a precious birthday girl! And we've all been thinking about you my friend. NOW...I may have to copy your pillow design. I've wanted something like this and much rather have pillow covers. I have WAY too many throw pillows already! You are so smart!

  12. Oh to be a little girl again with all the new ways to celebrate a birthday.
    I see with our grandkids, nephews, nieces that there are many fun places for a birthday celebration.
    Harper's sounded and looks just beautiful.

    I noticed your adorable pumpkin pillow right away in the photo and here you made it!! It's lovely.

    I bet the cream cheese really adds to those pumpkin loaves, for flavor and moistness. Yours look wonderful for the season.

    Much Love to you, dear Kitty~

  13. Oh Kitty, my mouth is watering just reading this recipe...and I adore the lovely little bundt pan minis! Your darling tea set is just perfect with those lively browns too....I just love fall colors so much. Harper is the sweetest thing and is just adorable in her butterfly fairy dress. I been keeping you close to my heart, dear friend...HUGS! ♥

  14. Everything looks so inviting! I'm wild about cream cheese with pumpkin! Can we even believe Harper is 4 already???? How did that happen? She's a darling little butterfly. Sure do love your pretty pillow too. Thanks for sharing all these lovely things with us. hugs to you. XO

  15. Your little birthday fairy is adorable! fun to see your grands, Kitty. I've made a similar pumpkin cake/bread. I think I need to get baking. You are inspiring me!

  16. Your home looks so cozy and what a great bread to enjoy this time of year. Harper is truly a sweet butterfly. You can read her excitement in her face and body language. ♥

  17. Oh Kitty, your pillow!! How clever and how cute!! It seems like everyone is making pumpkin bread right now, I've got to jump on the band wagon! Your recipe sounds perfect! What a cute little butterfly you have :)

  18. Your tea time is so cozy there in your room. I love the new pillow you made. I do admire you ladies who can sew. I never really got into that hobby although my grandmother and my mother were great seamstresses. I remember my Auntie P could sew any thing.
    The pumpkin cheese loaf looks delicious and would be wonderful with a cup of tea. Wish I could join you, my friend! Happy Birthday to your little Harper! Hugs to you.

  19. What an amazing post!Happy Birthday to your adorable Harper!That stunning cake is unique!I also love the beautiful calico teacup and the other gorgeous china you showed.The pumpkin cheese loaf is so cute and yummy.Pretty pillow!Best wishes,dear Kitty.God bless.

  20. Kitty, that pumpkin/gourd tea set is so sweet! I need to make that bread! Interesting how the topping is in the middle and on the top! :-)

    Your little granddaughter looks so cute and happy in her fairy wings! And that cake - too delightful!

  21. Happy Birthday to Harper! She's adorable! Your autumn-themed tea party looks so pretty and delicious with that cake. I like the pillow you made - well done!

  22. Kitty,
    Looks scrumptious! Pumpkin is my favorite!!! I attended a cooking class at a local bakery last night and we made a pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling. It is delicious! Harper is so cute in her wings!!! I love your fall decor, the pillow is adorable!!! and the sweet little brown teacup (I've been using the teacup you gave me and of course I think of you each time I use it. The cute little pumpkin is in my dining room as well!!!) Today I am starting my catch up in blog land....boy I have a lot of visits to make!!! Have a lovely weekend my friend. You've been in my thoughts and prayers....

  23. Hi Kitty,
    I love your pillow, great job! You Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread looks so good, I love the mold! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  24. Kitty, that pumpkin bread looks and sounds yummy especially with the cream cheese filling. Might be a hit at Thanksgiving dinner! I am so sorry for your loss, Kitty. It is so hard to lose a parent no matter how old you are..Take care..Judy

  25. Harper has gotten so big and ahe is a little beauty. Love her cake. That is amazing. xo

  26. Oh, my goodness, Harper is 4 and such a cute! And my WORD, just look at that cake! ♥

    Your pillow is AWESOME too - well done, ma'am!!!!


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