Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, September 23, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 23, 2017 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“Scarecrows, corn in rows, pumpkins on the vine...
leaves curl, wind swirls, fall is right on time.”

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot 
cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.”

 It felt sort of fall-ish this past weekend, we walked 
Sierra Madre with mist falling on our heads and I 
actually turned the heat on one day last week. My 
son-in-law, Chuck, the family weather prognosticator 
says we should expect rain and I certainly hope he’s 
right. I’d really love something other than me and 
our hose to water the trees. I keep telling them to 
hang in there, rain’s coming!

We love fall...we really do! College football is back, 
USC has won both their games – that last one being a 
real cliffhanger and then that final field goal. Pshew! 
There are pumpkin spice lattes all over the place and I 
have devoured a scoop of Baskin-Robbins Pumpkin 
Cheesecake ice cream twice! Soooo good! And we 
even had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, including 
Pumpkin Cheesecake. Trader Joe’s has pumpkins for 
sale, just in case you’re wanting a few.

 All our fall stuff is out and it’s looked like Halloween 
at our house since September 1st. The pumpkins 
down the street at the Parker’s are enormous and 
have another month to go before they start turning 
them into fantastical creatures. The picture here 
doesn’t do justice to the size of this baby... it’s huge!

 We’ll be seeing scarecrows all over town soon after 
the Creative Arts scarecrow workshop last Saturday. 
We are a creative and imaginative bunch here in 
Sierra Madre. 

 All this talk of pumpkins has made me want some 
pumpkin bread and now that it’s cool enough to 
think of turning the stove on, I’m getting out the 
flour. Here’s my recipe, which is actually one 

I got from my sister-in-law, who lives in Las Vegas. 
She makes tons of it for friends, neighbors and 
Mah Jong buddies and shared it with me. I’ve made 
different recipes of pumpkin bread for years and 
years and hers is the best one ever. I’ve adapted it a 
little, can’t help myself!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Lightly coat two loaf pans (those foil ones are dandy) 
with cooking spray.

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 15 oz. can solid pack pumpkin

Put all that in your electric mixer and blend till it’s 
totally combined. Set aside.

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. cinnamon (generous)

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. baking soda

. tsp. salt

. tsp. baking powder

Mix all that together then add to the pumpkin 
mixture, mixing till it’s totally combined. You can 
add a handful of dried cranberries, a Granny Smith 
apple cut in chunks, raisins, nuts (I like pecans for 
pumpkin bread), pretty much whatever you like to 
find in bread. Or nothing at all if you’re a purist!

 Divide between the loaf pans and bake till a tester 
inserted in the center comes out clean. About an 
hour or so. Transfer to racks to cool and remove 
from pans. Wrap in foil or cling-wrap and guess 
what, this freezes beautifully! You can double this 
recipe, which makes about 5 loaf pans, or you can 
make a whole bunch of small loaves and consider 
yourself ahead of the game if you’re a Christmas 
baker. You’re house will smell divine and people will 
beat a path to your kitchen to ask when they can have 
some! Think how many loaves of bread that giant 
pumpkin would make! Awesome!

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 “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter” 
is now available at Sunrise Books + Coffee at 
Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene –

just down the road on Sierra Madre Blvd.

 Kindle readers, give yourself the gift of the Emma 
Gainsworth Adventures:

 “Just Dessert: A Fall Fantasy” – “The Intergalactic 
Pumpkin Battle” – “The Lost Amulets”

 They’re on on my book page!

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During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police 
Department responded to approximately 298 day and 
night time calls for service. 

Wednesday, September 13 

A residential burglary occurred in the 500 block of 
W. Orange Grove Ave. At about 3:25 p.m., officers 
responded to the home to find that unknown 
suspect(s) had entered the rear yard through an 
unlocked gate, sometime between 8:30 a.m. on 
9/10/17 and 3:00 p.m. on 9/13/17. Suspect(s) 
entered the home by breaking a rear stationary glass 
door. Several rooms were ransacked. The suspect(s) 
left through the same smashed glass door and fled in 
an unknown direction. At this time the loss of items 
has not been determined. Case to Detectives 

Thursday, September 14 

At about 10:55 p.m., officers conducted a traffic 
stop on a vehicle for traffic violations in the area of 
Baldwin Ave. and Orange Grove Ave. The officers 
determined after field sobriety tests that the driver 
was driving under the influence of alcohol, he was 
arrested and transported to Pasadena Police jail. 
Case to Pasadena DA’s office. 

Friday, September 15 

A traffic collision occurred in the 100 block of W. 
Sierra Madre Bl. at about 1:48 p.m. The driver of 
a vehicle driving west bound was reading a text 
message and drifted into the right hand side of the 
lane and struck a parked vehicle. The driver was 

Saturday, September 16 

A vehicle travelling westbound with the driver 
apparently asleep at the wheel in the 00 block of 
W. Grandview Ave. collided head on with a parked 
vehicle at about 1:35 a.m. The driver was cited, no 
one was injured in this accident.

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