Now it's officially winter. The winter solstice has happened, and it's nearly Christmastime. It has felt like winter for a bit longer than that, though. We had our first (and only) snow back in October, the trees lit up on campus a week after Thanksgiving, and since then the days have been progressively shorter while the hours spent on work have grown progressively longer. Unfortunately, that doesn't leave as many daylight hours in which to bake and photograph, so most of my holiday baking has taken place after the sun has gone down. So it's not to say that I haven't been baking- I've made several pumpkin loaves, loads of gingerbread cupcakes, and holiday cookies galore- it's just that I haven't had pictures to share.
But now that I'm home, that all changes. I woke up this morning to the smell of a pumpkin chocolate chip loaf baking in the oven. Mom did a lovely job- it was just cool enough to slice when I made my way downstairs for breakfast. The recipe that I used at school was from Food Network, since I was baking with fresh pumpkin. I would always substitute the seeds for chocolate chips though!