Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Celebrate The First Day of Autumn

dollarphotoclub_71252516-1024x6834Today, is the official FIRST day of Autumn.  Although I am not a fan of the cooler weather, I do love my hoodies and the change of seasons.  When I think of autumn, the first thing I think of is pumpkins – Halloween jack o lanterns, pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving dinner and lots of family time.  11996915_949883638403142_5370507881681270529_n

I always wanted to be one of those woman who loved to bake and was good at it. Baking was never one of my strong points and I used to think it was cooking, till my daughter politely told me only some things were okay.perfect-pumpkin-bread

I wanted to have YUMMY smells floating through the house. This time of year, it would be pumpkin ANYTHING and then right around the corner are those awesome holiday cookies. The bakers in the family were my aunts and my grandmother. My mom was the cook – she could whip up great meals in no time.

So here is a recipe courtesy of Club 31 Women, I am going to make this year… Moist, sweet, and full of all those autumn spices you love. Serve your friends and family by sharing one of the extra loaves of homemade pumpkin bread.

Serves: 3 loaves
Ingredients
3 cups pumpkin puree
1½ cups vegetable oil/applesauce
4 cups white sugar
6 eggs
4¾ cup all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1½ tsp salt
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
1½ tsp ground nutmeg
1½ tsp ground cloves

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour 3-9×5 loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs until well-incorporated.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Gradually pour into the pumpkin batter a little bit at a time, stirring after each addition until the mixture is well-blended.
  • Divide batter evenly between the loaf pans and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  • Allow to cool completely in pans before removing the bread. Run a knife around the edges of the bread in the pan to loosen.
  • Store any remaining bread in plastic wrap.

Wouldn’t these make a great gift? I mean who doesn’t love food for a gift, right? What is the best way to make this look even more special, put it in a Thirty One Thermal Tote. You could deliver it warm from the oven or all cooled off. The thermal tote has a front pocket perfect for slipping a little note to let the recipient know just how special they are to you.4847569A0000_alt

If you try this recipe, let us know how it turned out. Share your best recipe with us so we can highlight it and you (and your business, if you are a business owner).

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

September Basics

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Where is September going? In just a few short days, it will officially be autumn.  The Jersey Shore has been hit with some hot humid weather so it is hard to believe that it is actually the middle of September.

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Being in direct sales, I always feel like September is a restart.  Thankfully, every month we get to wipe the slate clear and start again.  I just came off an awesome 3 months in my business with personal and team volumes back to where they used to be.  So, I was riding on the high of summer unlike the past when I was in Vacation Veronica mode. But the reality was, my numbers for September during the BEST special of the Thirty One year were not where I wanted them to be.  I have been working hard to turn them around by putting forth a little more effort…. actually going back to basics.

I know it can get old, right?  Many times, I have written off a month when my numbers were not where I wanted them to be and began focusing on next month.  It always seemed easier to get excited about something NEW coming then to WORK in the here and now.

I was a Doubtful Debbie for a long time.  Never really taking some of the suggestions to heart OR doing any of them.  Never really trying. Playing the “comparison game”.  This time, I let the doubts linger for a day or two and then I kicked it into overdrive.  Sat in my office to do “money-producing” tasks.  Yes, that means picking up the phone – making calls and texting.  Calling people just to thank them for their support of my business.  I have been sharing my business with EVERYONE! Well, almost.

Occasionally,  I slip back into the “JOB” mindset.  Yes, I work a part-time job. Although, I don’t want people to see it instead of my business when they think of me.  I ran into an ex- co-worker from WAWA.  She asked me if I was working.  I said yes and proceeded to tell her about my part-time job!  OPPORTUNITY  MISSED!!!!  I called my hubby to tell him I was on my way home and had an AHA moment.  I had only causally mentioned Thirty One, I mean I was wearing a Thirty One t-shirt so did I really have to say it?  DUH???  I guess so because she asked “are you still doing Thirty-One”? OMG!  How did this happen?

When I started with Thirty One, I told everyone about my business.  I am not sure when the mindset changed and the worse part is I didn’t even realize it.  I LOVE my business.  I LOVE making a difference in the lives of others.  The passion is still there BUT I began thinking “people know what I do”  so I don’t need to say anything.  WRONG!!!!!  Talk about an AHA moment.  As I struggle with health issues, I have found I need to PRACTICE sharing about my business when people ask me what I am doing.  I say practice because it is a habit  I got out of and need to desperately get back into.

Thirty One pays the bills (or a lot of them) AND I want it to be the ONLY thing paying the bills.  It affords me the opportunity to spend time with my family and make my own schedule. It is my business!  My part-time gig is just a part-time thing – nothing permanent.  It has helped to fill the gaps as I struggle with health stuff. Or, do I hold onto it out of FEAR?  That is a scary question.  Do I not have enough faith in the fact with God’s help I can make my business a success?  Did the mindset change when I lost some of my faith and I didn’t even realize it?  WOW!  No, I am not going to try and answer these in this blog…

I just wanted to share my thoughts with you… maybe you are having an off month, maybe you are desperately seeking to have your own business but hold onto a JOB out of fear, maybe you need to change your mindset?  Whatever the struggle, there is still time this month to KICK out of the old mindset and bring in the NEW.  Almost sounds like a New Year’s Eve blog, huh?

What do YOU need to do different in your business?  Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!