Mel's Perfect Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

If you’ve ever eaten dinner at my place, there’s a high chance the recipe I’ve used is from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. This woman is a wizard of recipes and has kept me alive through college and early marriage. Her recipes are approachable and delicious and I love this recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread, especially now that we’re well into the fall season! This recipe can also be found on her website.

A delicious slice of Mel’s Perfect Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Mel’s Perfect Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Yield: Makes 2-3 loaves

Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups (12.5 ounces) white flour

1 cup (5 ounces) whole wheat flour (white wheat preferred)

3 cups (22.5 ounces) granulated sugar (see note)

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

1 cup canola, vegetable, avocado or melted coconut oil (see note)

4 large eggs

2/3 cup water or buttermilk

1 to 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pans or three 8 1/2-inch by 4 1/2-inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mix flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Set aside.

In a medium bowl or in a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together canned pumpkin, oil, eggs and 2/3 cup water (or buttermilk) until well combined and stir into dry ingredients, just until the dry ingredients are moistened and no dry streaks remain.

Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter in prepared pans.

Bake the bread for 50 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the bread from the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Run a knife gently around the edge of the bread and turn the bread out, right side up, onto a wire rack to cool completely.

This bread freezes beautifully. After cooling, wrap the bread in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of tin foil. Freeze for up to 2 months.

NOTES

This bread tastes best when it has cooled completely for a few hours and tastes even better the next day.

Over the years, I've decreased the sugar and the bread still tastes delicious. The ingredient list calls for 3 cups, but I often use 2 cups for a slightly less sweet bread.

You can easily replace part of the oil with applesauce (many commenters in the thread below have done so with great results). My favorite is 1/2 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup oil.

If you have trouble with the chocolate chips sinking to the bottom of the loaf, try tossing them with the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients.

A loaf of Mel’s Perfect Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread with the recipe written in a Golden Coil Planner

We’ve created a printable recipe card of this recipe for you to add to your Golden Coil planner. Tape or paste it into your existing recipe page or tuck it safely in the pocket at the back of your planner. Click the image to download!

Enjoy!

xo - Emily

Guess Whose Planner?

We’re getting into the Halloween spirit over here at Golden Coil and are having way too much fun imagining how our favorite characters would use their planner! We’ll be revealing a few more characters this month, but can you guess whose planner we’re featuring today?

Hint #1: Their To Do List

Mystery character’s Golden Coil Planner to do list

Hint #2: Their (Jam-Packed) Schedule

Mystery Planner character’s schedule in their Golden Coil Planner

Did you guess correctly?!

Hermione with her Golden Coil Planner

That’s right! It’s the incredible Hermione! And bonus points if you guessed it’s her third year where she was taking multiple classes at the same time of day. Phew! Good thing she had her Golden Coil planner to keep track of everything. :)

Stay tuned for our next mystery planners!

Uploading Calendars to Your Customized Planner

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Uploading your Apple or Google calendars is a simple and convenient way to customize your Golden Coil planner. Once uploaded, your calendar events will be printed throughout your planner so that you don’t have to write them in by hand. Talk about simplifying your life!

How to Upload Events from Google Calendar

To upload your Google Calendar, you’ll need to create an .ics file. This is easiest to do on a desktop. 

  1. First, open up your Google calendar. Click on the gear icon and choose “Settings.” Select the calendar you want to export. Once that calendar is selected, click the blue “Export Calendar” button in the settings. 

  2. A .zip file will be downloaded to your computer. Open this .zip file and an .ics file of your chosen calendar will be inside. Drag and drop this .ics file into the indicated area of the “Events” page of your planner customization.  (Note that if you exported multiple calendars, there will be an .ics file for each calendar inside your .zip file and each .ics file will need dragged and dropped individually in order to upload them to your planner.)

  3. Your calendar will upload and automatically open the “Events” tab for you to review and approve. Check through and make sure all of your events have uploaded.

That’s it! If you need more help, here’s a video we created of this process.

How to Upload Events from Apple Calendar

To upload your Apple Calendar, you’ll need to create an .ics file. This is easiest to do on a desktop.

  1. Open up your Apple Calendar. Make sure the calendar you want to upload is selected. Select File, then Export, and Export. Name your .ics file and select where you’d like to save it. Click on the blue Export button. 

  2. Go to the location where you’ve saved your .ics file. Drag and drop the created .ics file into the “Events” page of your planner customization. (If you have multiple calendars you’d like to upload, you will need to export each calendar individually and then drag and drop the corresponding .ics file.)

  3. Your calendar will upload and automatically open the “Events” tab for you to review and approve. Check through and make sure all of your events have uploaded.

Done and done! We’ve also created a video tutorial of this process if you need more help.

One thing to note when naming the events in your calendars: the character limit for the monthly view is 16 characters. If your event name is longer than that, it will be cut off in the monthly view. However, the character limit for the weekly and daily views is longer, so a longer event name will not be a problem there.

Golden Coil Planner with uploaded birthday calendar printed weekly view

Getting to Know Our Founders

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Whether you’re brand new to Golden Coil or have been with us for a while, we thought it would be fun to sit down with our founders, Trisha and Michelle, and get to know a bit more about them and the spark that launched their customizable planner company.

Growing Up

Trisha and Michelle had an imaginative and full childhood. With five other siblings, there was always someone to play with or recruit into a new club. For their mother, Amy, seven kids meant seven schedules to keep track of and coordinate. “I always remember the huge calendar she had hanging on the wall and we were each color-coded,” says Michelle. Amy also had a planner she carried along with her as she took them to their various activities while also directing at their local live theatre.

An Idea Sparks

Although most of their siblings had grown up and left the house by 2014, Trisha and Michelle knew planning still played an important role for their mother. They were shopping together for a Mother’s Day gift a few years ago when they decided to find a planner that would perfectly meet the needs of their mom’s new schedule and obligations. “There were a lot of good options out there and they were so close!” says Michelle. But as they continued to search, they came up empty-handed. They found that they both had different ideas of what elements would create the perfect planner, but most importantly, they realized the best person to decide what should be in their mother’s planner was their mother. “She’s the only person who knows how her life runs and how her brain can plan,” says Trisha. Which is what sparked the idea to create a fully customizable planner. One that could start and end at any point of the year and could be organized and formatted to fit a wide range of needs.

Business Advice

Starting a business was not a novel concept for the Zemp sisters — they’d grown up watching their dad’s entrepreneurial path. When they pitched him their idea for a customizable planner company, he told them it was the best business idea he’d heard in a while. Encouraged, they worked through the next challenging months of finding the right printing company, working with developers to create a streamlined website, and getting the word out. Despite the difficulties, they found they’d created a business that they enjoyed running. “Michelle is incredibly organized and I love doing creative work. We get to do things we love within our business,” says Trisha.

Their advice for others starting a business? “Just do it,” says Trisha. Many would-be entrepreneurs hesitate to jump into a pursuit because of all of the uncertainties that come with starting up. “You don’t know what you don’t know until you start doing it,” Trisha responds. “You have to have some serious grit to just do it. If you want to start a business, just go for it because there’s never a perfect time.” Michelle’s adds, “We knew we’d always be thinking about this company if we didn’t try it. If you fail, at least you know. If there’s something you really want to do and can’t get off your mind, try it!”

How To Use - Daily Layouts Part 1

Are you a daily planner? If so, you are in the right place! We have a total of four daily layouts to choose from! Here’s a How To Use for our Hourly & Half Hourly layouts! Sharing Part 2 soon!


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HOURLY LAYOUT

Our hourly layout breaks down your day by the hour (hence the name, hehe). There are also spots for you to write in your priorities for that day as well as your to do list and ay notes you might have!


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HALF HOURLY LAYOUT

If you need to schedule out your day by the half hour, this layout is for you! To fit the half hour increments, we’ve had to remove the priorities and to do list, but there is still a section for note taking!


REMINDER!

We are unable to print/bind planners that exceed our 242 page limit, as this is the total amount of pages that will fit on the largest coil that we have (and the largest we can get). This equates to a 6-month daily planner with a few extra pages. A planner that has 242 page is approximately 1.5 inches thick.

If you would like to have a year's length planner, we suggest planning weekly and then adding extra pages that have the elements of the daily planning pages that you love.

xo - Trisha & Michelle

How to Use - Goals Page

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Are you wondering how best to use our goals pages for making, tracking and accomplishing goals? You’re in the right place! Here’s a how to!

MEET OUR GOALS PAGE!

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Let us know in the comments how you use this page!

xo - Trisha & Michelle

How To Use - Assignments Page

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The air is feeling more cool and crisp here in Utah, kids are back in school and as much as I hate to say it…summer is coming to a quick close. But with the change in seasons comes a new attitude of learning and growth! For those of you who are students, we have a great +page to help you keep all your assignments organized! I wish Golden Coil had been around when I was in school - I could have used this page! :)

Meet our Assignments Page!

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xoxo - Trisha & Michelle

1 Layout 2 Ways - Vertical 2

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Not only do you get to choose a layout that works best for you, but you also get to choose how best to use that layout! Here’s two ways you can use our Vertical 2 Layout!

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xoxo - Trisha & Michelle

How To Use - Home Care & Reading List!

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With our big launch on Aug. 1, we released a bunch of new +pages! We've already shown you how to use our Event Planner, Grocery & Meal, Mood Tracker, Travel, & Wellness pages (check those out HERE!), but here’s a how to on our Home Care & Reading List pages!


xoxo - Trisha & Michelle

Summer Bucket List

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We’re aren’t ready, but summer is quickly coming to a close...Don’t get too busy that you forget to finish your summer bucket list! Here’s a couple ideas for how to end your summer with a BANG!

Host a backyard BBQ! - Invite your closest friends and family over for a backyard BBQ! Have everyone bring a side dish and a game!

Rent paddle boards or kayaks! - Gather the family, rent some paddle boards or kayaks, and head to your favorite swimming hole! Bring a picnic lunch and some snacks to enjoy on the water!

Have a picnic! - Pack a picnic lunch and head to the park! Bring games, puzzles, and books to read. It wouldn’t hurt to take a nap in the shade!

Volunteer at your local animal shelter! - This one’s for you animal lovers! Spend an afternoon giving back to your community by sending some time with a bunch of furry friends!

Tube down a river! - If you live near a tube-able river, tube it! Bring snacks and plenty of sun screen and enjoy a nice leisurely float.

Side-walk chalk drawing contest! - Gather the kids (and adults) and have a side walk chalk art festival on your own driveway! Designate judges and give prizes like “Most Creative” and “Most Colorful” to everyone that participates!

Family Bike Ride! - Put on your helmets and pump up your tires! There’s nothing better than a family bike ride around the neighborhood! It’s always fun to play a game of I Spy as you cruise!

Play in the rain! - If there’s a warm rainy day, don’t stay inside!

Outdoor movie night! - Set up a projector and white sheet, lay some blankets out on the lawn and watch your favorite movie! Don’t forget the popcorn!

Be a tourist in your own city! - Spend a weekend exploring all the fun things in your neck of the woods!

Farmers Market Trip! - Head to the farmers market and stock up on fresh locally grown fruits and veggies or gather ingredients for dinner!

Camp in the backyard! - If can’t find the time to go on a real camping trip, set up a tent, build a fire and roast some marshmallows in your own backyard! It’s a lot less effort, but can be just as fun!

Stargaze! - Head away from the city lights and spend a few hours stargazing! You can also check online to see if there are any meteor showers in your area!

xo - Trisha & MIchelle

10 Things To Throw Away Immediately

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Keeping our planners organized is one thing, but keeping our homes organized is a whole different ball game! One of the best tricks to having an organized home is to have less things to organize! Here's a list of 10 things to throw away on the spot - you don't even have to think about it! When you see these things around your house, don't hesitate!

1. Socks with Holes

Honestly, we don't even wear them! So why keep them around? Save your toes some time and some grief by throwing those hole-y socks away the moment you spot that dreaded hole. Oh, and while you're at it, throw away it's match; nobody likes an unmatched sock. 

2. Pens that don't work

There is no amount of chicken scratch that will get that pen to work, I promise. 

3. Grocery Bags

For some reason we all feel like we should keep the plastic bags from the grocery store. Granted, they have some great uses, but do we really need 60 of them? Instead of becoming grocery bag hoarders (🙋🏼) let's recycle or use re-usable bags! 

4. Broken Toys

Not only are they not as fun as they used to be, but they are also a potential choking hazard. If you don't plan on fixing it, discard it! 

5. Bent bobby pins

Bent bobby pins don't work in your hair, so there isn't much use for them. Also, is there anything more painful than a bobby pin that has lost its rubber end? Ouch! 

6. Junk Mail

There is nothing like thinking you've got a great pile of mail to dig into, only to find that it is all junk. How did you people even find my address? If you know it is junk, it's best to throw it away!

7. Expired Credit Cards

Chop them into pieces and say goodbye! 

8. Empty containers

No need to keep those pesky empty containers: shampoo/conditioner, salad dressing, make up...etc. By the way, which kid put the empty milk carton back in the fridge?! 🙄

9. Broken Crayons

Sometimes, two is not better than one. Broken crayons are too short in one piece, let alone in two! 

10. Expired Things

That expired medication? It's dangerous, throw it out! Expired food? It's nasty, throw it out! Did you know that your makeup expires? Throw that out too! 

11. BONUS - Garbage

This one is a total no-brainer. We all keep it around though. Walk through your house, and you will find receipts, used sticky notes, popsicle sticks, clothing tags, candy wrappers, etc.. just laying around. It's garbage, but hasn't made it to the can. Don't wait, throw it in the nearest garbage can!

How To Use - 5 of Our Newest Pages!

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With our new covers, layouts, and features, we are launching nine new +pages! Here’s how we’d use five of them!

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Which pages are you most excited about? Leave a comment below!

xo - Trisha & Michelle

1 Layout 2 Ways - Horizontal Half 4

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Meet our newest layout Horizontal Half 4 (launching Aug. 1st, 2019)! This might just be our favorite layout yet! We are both counting down the days until our planner is out and we can re-order new ones with this incredible layout. We’ve been so excited about this layout, we thought we’d share two amazing ways to use each section!

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STICKY NOTE SPOT:

Use this space for either a sticky note with your shopping/grocery list OR as a mini journal for that week!

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TO DO LIST:

You can either have one long to do list, OR split them up between personal and work!

PRIORITIES:

Use this space for either this week’s priorities OR long-term goals & priorities!

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GRATITUDE:

Use this space to write down what you’re grateful for OR ways you can show gratitude to others!

BLANK LIST:

Use this spot to meal plan for the week OR as a next week preview!

HABITS:

Use this space to track your habits OR as a simple chore chart for your family!

Comment below with how you’d use this layout!

xo - Trisha & Michelle

5 Books Every Working Woman Should Read

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Here are 5 books you should be reading if you’re a working woman!

  1. HOW WOMEN RISE - How to break the 12 habits that are holding you back from your next raise, promotion or job.

  2. SECRETS OF SIX-FIGURE WOMEN - Strategies to up your earnings and change your life.

  3. LEAVE YOUR MARK - How to land your dream job, kill it in your career and rock on social media!

  4. LEAN IN - Reigniting the conversation around women in the workplace.

  5. GIRL CODE - Unlocking the secrets to success, sanity, & happiness for the female entrepreneur.

Have you read any of these amazing books - do you have any other book recommendations? Leave a comment!

xo - The Golden Coil Team

New Layouts & Pages Launching Aug. 1st!

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We’ve got tons of new features and layouts coming August 1st! Here’s a sneak peek of ALL ten of our new layouts and pages!

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This just might be our favorite layout yet! Perfect for you task oriented planners that don’t need a big weekly view!

 
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You asked and we delivered - an event planning page! Perfect for planning baby showers, birthday parties and book club meetings!

 
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Now you can track your groceries & meals on one full spread! There’s even snack planning!

 
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Our home care pages make it easy to keep your home in tip top shape throughout the year!

 
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Keep track of how you feel throughout the year with our new mood tracking spread!

 
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Keep track of all your online orders here! You might wanna keep this page hidden from your spouse…jk!

 
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Many of you have been using the bucket list pages as a reading list - but now you don’t have to!

 
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Staff paper pages for all you amazing musicians out there!

 
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Planning a trip! Use our travel pages to keep track of everything from activities to accommodations!

 
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To help you reach your wellness goals!

 

All of these new pages & layouts + 6 new covers are launching Aug. 1st!

xo - The Golden Coil Team

5 Tips for Staying Inspired

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  1. GO OUTSIDE - talk a walk, sit in your back yard, have a picnic at the park, go on a bike ride, etc. - just get outside and bask in the sun!

  2. UNPLUG - put your phone, tablet, and laptop away! Use this time to think originally instead of bouncing off the thoughts and ideas you see online!

  3. BRAIN DUMP - write down all those thoughts & ideas floating around in your head! Once you’ve finished, read back through and highlight all the ideas you love! P.S our brain dump pages are perfect for this!!!

  4. STEP AWAY - when you are feeling uninspired by a project, give yourself some time away. Read a book, watch a movie, take your dog on a walk, or call your mom. By the time you are ready to come back to your project, you will have a new outlook and energy!

  5. IMPRESS YOURSELF - do something you thought you couldn’t do - but this doesn’t mean you have to do it perfectly! Try a new hobby (painting, rock climbing, or piano) and celebrate your ability whether or not you are amazing at it.

xo - The Golden Coil Team

Six New Covers Launching Aug. 1st!

We’ve got some exciting things coming August 1st! Along with some fun new layouts & +pages, we are launching SIX NEW COVERS! Introducing…

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MEET PECAN!

A pretty warm brown for those that love neutral tones. We love the way the gold foiled logo and golden coil complement the creamy color of this cover - and don’t get us started on the linen texture!

 
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MEET PAPRIKA!

Where orange & red meet, our Paprika linen cover is vibrant, yet simple! At first, Paprika feels like a fall color - but it fits in nicely with sunnier summer days too!

 

And now what you’ve all been waiting for! Our 2019 patterned covers!

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MEET SUNSET!

A calming ombre pattern that brings to mind summer sunsets. Sunset is perfect for someone that loves color and pattern, but wants something simple & beautiful!

 
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MEET NAVY BUFFALO CHECK!

Our classic Buffalo Check in a new color! We love the painterly feel of the watercolored lines in blue. This pattern makes us think of summer-time picnics and blue jeans!

 
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MEET CACTUS!

A fun brush stroke pattern inspired by desert colors! With a nod to the classic stripe pattern, Cactus is perfect for those that think out of the box.

 
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MEET ERIN WILSON!

Our design contest winner, Erin Wilson created this stunning floral pattern! With the warmth & flowery feel of spring & summer, mixed with the wind of fall and white of winter, this is a cover that won’t tire all year long!


Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked hard to bring these new covers to you!

xo - The Golden Coil Team