How to Feel Like it’s Fall in Arizona and the World’s Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

World's Best Pumpkin Bread

It’s not always easy to tell it’s fall here in Arizona.  The weather is still in the upper 90’s, and there aren’t any beautiful maple or oak trees turning red and gold around the valley. But we all know it’s fall.  You can just about feel the excitement in the air.  It may be in the 90’s, but it isn’t 110 and for that we are thankful.  We are also holding our breath.  Have we had our last day of 100 plus degrees yet?  It’s too early to tell.  Even so, we know it will be soon. But, there are other ways for us to feel like it is fall.  Here are just a few that help get us into the spirit:

1. Hang your dish towel with the fall leaves on it in the kitchen.

2.  Go to the dollar store and buy as many fall leaf garlands as you can afford.  Place them all over the house.

Fall Decorations

3.  Get out your cookbooks and bake every pumpkin recipe you can find. Take some pumpkin bread to share with your neighbors so they will know it is fall, too.

Pumpkin Scones

4.  Go to Starbucks and get a Pumpkin Latte.  Make sure to drink it with the air conditioning on high in your car.

5.  Watch the movie,  “You’ve Got Mail”.  Enjoy all the colored leaves and pumpkins at the beginning of the movie.  Be like Tom Hanks and send someone a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils.

6.  Go to the grocery store and buy a cute little mini pumpkin to decorate your kitchen.  Try not to look at the Christmas trees that are right next to them, so you don’t think you missed fall completely.

7.  Get out your red apple scented candles, and light them at night to experience that fall coziness.

8.  Stick scarecrow lawn ornaments all over your yard.

9.  Buy orange, yellow,  and burgundy colored mums and plant them in your flower pots outside.

10.  Turn the air conditioning down in your house so it feels a little cooler and remark, to the nearest family member, “I think the weather is starting to cool off, don’t you?”

So you don’t need to feel sorry for us.  We have plenty of fall here.  And, anyway, it doesn’t matter, because we are just happy we made it through another summer!:)

World's Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

World’s Best Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 c canola oil
  • 3 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
  • 3/4 c water
  • 3 1/3 c flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 small can pumpkin (or 1 2/3 cups)
  1. Mix all ingredients together until just moistened.
  2. Pour into 2 loaf pans.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour. Time varies due to size and shape of pan and oven.  Check often with toothpick for doneness, and do not overcook for best results.
  4. Let cool, then wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use.  Freezes well.

Recipe courtesy of Vicki Poor


About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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10 Responses to How to Feel Like it’s Fall in Arizona and the World’s Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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    • cookazido says:

      Thanks so much for posting this on your blog, Martha! That means a lot to me. I hope you get to make the pumpkin bread. It is a recipe that has been in our family for years. I’ve made it so many times, and it is really easy. You just dump it all into a bowl and stick it in the oven.

  2. I love all things pumpkin, this looks amazing!

    • cookazido says:

      Thank you, Anne! It really is the best pumpkin bread I’ve ever had – it’s so moist. I bet I’ve made this recipe at least a 100 times. I love all things pumpkin, too, except pumpkin pie. Isn’t that weird? Thanks for stopping by.

  3. LFFL says:

    I am in LOVE with pumpkin bread.

    • cookazido says:

      Me too! I think this is one of the best I’ve ever had. I may be just a little bit prejudiced as the recipe has been in our family for years, but the reason I like it is because the balance of spices is just right, and it practically melts in your mouth as it is so moist. Thanks for your comment!

  4. I completely agree: “You’ve Got Mail” is a wonderful, wonderful fall film.

    And, thanks for the pumpkin bread recipe. I have a heavy orange pumpkin sitting on my kitchen counter right now, ready for pumpkin pie…and, now, pumpkin bread.

    • cookazido says:

      “You’ve Got Mail” is one of my top 5 favorite movies. I never get tired of watching it. I hope you enjoy the pumpkin bread. You can add nuts if you like them. We tend to just like it plain. If you need to know how to roast a pumpkin I saw that Teresa at Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen has a “how to” post for that. Are all the leaves changing where you live yet? It must be so beautiful this time of year. Thanks for your comment, Ruth!

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