P.S.  Halloween is in a few weeks and we surely need a few treats, food or otherwise.  October is also Oktoberfest and I want to share a pretzel recipe with you:

Soft Pretzels

for 8 servings

  • 1 ½ cups water, warm
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons oil, divided
  • ⅔ cup baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • coarse salt


  • In a bowl, mix water, salt, and sugar until combined. Add yeast and let rest 5 minutes until yeast starts to foam.
  • Add flour and 2 tablespoons of oil and mix thoroughly until a dough forms.
  • Remove the dough and use the remaining oil to cover the bowl.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • Cut dough into 8 pieces and roll them out into thin ropes, twisting the two ends to form a pretzel shape.
  • Add baking soda to a large pot of water and bring to a rolling boil. Boil each pretzel for 30 seconds per side.
  • Transfer pretzels to a baking sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Enjoy!

Now for something sweet:

Pumpkin Bread

for 12 servings

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, oil, pumpkin, honey, and water, and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Sprinkle the whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, and salt over the wet ingredients and fold until the batter is well combined.
  • Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and smooth the top into an even layer.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully unmolding.
  • Let the loaf sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before slicing.