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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Nut Bread

I can’t even express to you how good this smells while it’s cooking. Me - YOW!

This is a good make-ahead for the holiday weekend. Leave of the glaze and it makes for a great breakfast bread. (However, I’m pretty sure it won’t make it very long.) It’s also super-easy to make.

*downloadable recipe included

Homemade Pumpkin Nut Bread

Pumpkin-Nut Bread

  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup pecans (roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup golden raisins (I plump mine in white rum)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Start by mixing the first 3 ingredients together in a large bowl until well incorporated. Add the salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.  At this point, alternate adding the flour with the buttermilk and eggs. Once everything is well mixed use a large spoon to stir in the nuts and raisins. (see below, for plumping instructions)

Transfer batter to a bundt  pan (affiliate link) that has been lightly greased and floured. Cook in the center of your oven at 300 degrees for 60 minutes. Prepare glaze.

Remove pan from oven and let it cool for 15 minutes before you flip onto your plate.  Glaze top and sides with off-set spatula or butter knife.

Cinnamon Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanila
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp milk

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. It’s a bit stubborn at first (using a fork helps) but if you keep at it, it will get nice and smooth.  Use as much or as little as you like. Glaze will set much like an icing.

Pumpkin-Nut Bread

*To plump your raisins measure out 1 cup of raisins and cover with approximately 1 cup of white rum (use dark rum if you use regular raisins).  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 4 hours.  Raisins can also be plumped in hot water if you prefer.


Printable Recipe Card



Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 01/19/2016 - 8:29 am

Hi Margo! Thank you for stopping by! I’m so glad you like the site!

Margo King - 01/16/2016 - 6:09 pm

I just love your ideas

Kitchen Tour part 2

Here’s the rest of the tour. I’ve listed the fixtures and other items below. If you have any questions about details I may have missed please feel free to ask!



Farmhouse Sink - Ikea

Bronze Faucet with pull down sprayer

Light fixtures:

  • Over Sink - similar)
  • Pendant - glass shades
  • Recessed lights

Rolling cart - Ikea  (Threshold from Target

Counter-tops (birch butcher block)- Ikea

Framed print - Etsy - Paragon Vintage Prints

  • This is a 25-year-old book page that was the first purchase I made when I started dreaming about the new kitchen! I was the inspiration for the black, white, and gray.

Back-splash storage system - Ikea  (totally worth it!)

Paint colors:

For the trim and upper cabinets, I chose a slightly warmer white to keep it from being to “chalky” looking once everything was put together.  And, for the wall, I wanted something with just enough color to highlight and brighten the white. The pearl gray look of the walls turned out even better than I hoped! If I had one regret, I wish we had gone darker for the lower cabinets. I had originally chosen something darker, then chickened out at the paint counter. Shoot!  Well, I can always go a little darker later.

Opening the wall into the living room was the best decision. The kitchen was so dark before. I could turn on all of the lights and it was still a bit like a cave.  Now, with the wall gone, there seems to be more light everywhere! I hardly need to turn a light on to prepare dinner. And, when I’m cooking, the boys can sit at the extra wide bar and I still have so much room to spread out!!

Stay tuned for upcoming tutorials for my rolling trash bin, Ikea hack cabinet, DIY pantry back plates, an up-graded soap dispenser and more!


Come see me over at Wow Us Wednesday!  Between Naps on the Porch,  Remodelaholic, and over at Something to Talk About


Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 10/05/2021 - 2:47 pm

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I just painted the existing cabinets. The vertical ridges are part of the original cabinets.

J.C. - 08/19/2017 - 6:37 pm

Are these new cabinets or did you just refinish old cabinets? On your end cabinet near the range, the vertical ridges were originally in the cabinet or did you add them?

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 07/19/2017 - 2:38 pm

Thank you Sarah! I started off by lightly sanding them then, I used Kilz as a primer for the upper cabinets and the lower cabinets are painted with a primer+paint color. (They have all got 2 coats of paint.) I rolled as much of the area as I could and hand-brushed the rest. (I didn’t want to spray them because the paint has to be pretty thin to go through the sprayer.) I hope this helps!

Thanks for stopping by! - Jennifer

Sarah - 07/16/2017 - 8:49 am

Great Looking kitchen! What was the painting process of the cabinets so you no longer see the wood grain?

Best of 2015 » White Tulip Designs - 01/01/2022 - 10:24 am

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 07/22/2015 - 10:20 pm

LOL! Trust me, it was a long drawn out, painful process. But, it was so worth it…when it was finally over! Thanks for stopping by!

Lauren - 07/22/2015 - 12:26 pm

Such a lovely space! I love that you painted the lower cabinets a different color from the uppers. Want to come makeover mine next? I’m dreading that job. Haha Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 07/16/2015 - 10:52 am

Thank you Mary! Glad you like it. It was definitely a labor of love. ~ Have a lovely day!

Mary-In the boondocks - 07/16/2015 - 9:45 am

T Hat is one beautiful kitchen! Ilove the openness and airy feel to it. My favorite feature would have to be the pendant lights! Great job!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/16/2015 - 8:34 am

Thank you, Melissa! I’ll be there!

Melissa Vera - 06/15/2015 - 8:01 pm

I so want an farmhouse sink. Your kitchen looks amazing. Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty hope you will come back and link up again next week.

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/12/2021 - 11:04 am

Thank you!

theartinpartyplanning - 06/12/2021 - 8:49 am

I love how this turned out! The light is perfect!!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/17/2015 - 10:35 pm

Hi Brenda,
Nice to meet you! Moving the hinges inside were an afterthought. (After I had painted them white.) So, I used a basic wall hole spackle to fill them in. I can’t remember the brand of the hinges but you should be able to find them at any hardware store. The basic hidden hinges are much less expensive than the soft-close.

Good luck with your bathroom! (I would totally keep the cabinets!)

Thanks for stopping by!

mrsben - 03/17/2015 - 9:26 am

Beautiful transformation! Perhaps you can answer two questions for me about your cabinets. a)I noticed they originally had visible hinges and it appears they now don’t. May I ask what you replaced them with? b) Prior to painting, did you apply a Wood Filler first to eliminate the Oak wood grain to prevent it from showing through? THANK YOU so much.
P.S: I am doing some renovations on our bathroomS and am just wondering if my present vanities are worth keeping. Though solid wood and in excellent condition; they definitely could use a face-lift. ☺

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/16/2015 - 5:04 pm

Thank you Dee!

Dee - 03/16/2015 - 1:38 pm

This is gorgeous, and I just love the farmhouse sink! 🙂

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/08/2021 - 12:46 pm

Thank you Beverly!!

Beverly Roderick - 03/07/2021 - 10:42 pm

What a lovely kitchen! I love the colors you chose and the butcher block counter tops. It all works so well together.

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/06/2021 - 10:27 pm

Thank you!!

Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods - 03/06/2021 - 7:58 pm

Kitchen makeovers are my favorites! Y’all did such an awesome job!

Thanks so much for sharing on Show Me Saturday. I can’t wait to see what you share this weekend!

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 02/04/2021 - 8:01 pm

Thank you so much!

Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod - 02/04/2021 - 4:47 pm

Jennifer - We have been following along your kitchen tour. Y’all have done a magnificent job! We love your inspiration art piece and that sink is swoon worthy! We appreciate you linking up with 2 Bees! See you next week!

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 02/02/2022 - 4:59 pm

Thank you Angie! I’m happy to be share!

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 02/02/2022 - 4:59 pm

Thank you so much Linda! (I would highly suggest this gray it seems to be slowly creeping throughout the rest of our house and it really shows off white trim.)

angie - 02/02/2022 - 4:47 pm

Beautiful kitchen!! Great job on all of it! Thanks for sharing on Something To Talk About Link Party!

Linda - 02/02/2022 - 2:34 pm

Your kitchen looks super! Thanks especially for sharing source details. Love the gray walls. It just might be the one we have been looking for to paint our hall walls. Have a good day! Linda

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 12/31/2014 - 7:46 pm

Thank you, Beth!

Beth - 12/31/2014 - 7:37 am




Photo by: Carol Ann Burns at Foxbrier Farm

Up until this week, we’ve had a glorious fall in the upstate of South Carolina. The colors of the leaves this year are extremely brilliant. My roses and a hardy red geranium were still blooming in my yard 2 days ago. Our November mornings and nights have been cool and the mid-days are brisk and breezy. Last week, we had a huge yellow-orange harvest moon. A few of the straggler Canadian geese are flying overhead in V formation. All of this makes me happy that I live in a place that has such distinct seasons.

If you don’t live in the upstate, come for a weekend and spend time outside. We are in a beautiful sliver of the Carolinas that is tucked snugly below the Blue Ridge mountains and within a comfortable driving distance of the beach. Listen for the leaves crunching under your feet, and don’t forget to smell the roses that are still blooming with a lovely scent.

To learn more about the South Carolina Upstate area check this out!

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