Thursday, September 6, 2012

Prelude To The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

    Whilst wandering the aisle of my local department store I stared in utter disbelief at the maze of Christmas decorations beginning to dawn the shelves. Stopping for a mental calculation...three months... Less than Four months until Christmas! As a devoted and beloved member of the late season lovers I can't help but feel the excitement begin to rise! The possibilities! The chance for sharing and the time for caring. With my new found "free time" I can truly indulge my crafting bone. Crafting and cooking:) After all first things first! One cannot implore the crafting world on an empty stomach!
     I'm craving orange today! Anything pumpkin and spice! Chocolate chip zucchini bread was a hit, and there is plenty in the freezer to hit the spot during nose nipping winter months! can never be too soon to bust out a fresh pan of pumpkin bars! Here is my coveted recipe, use it wisely and be careful not to hoard the entire pan to oneself!

 Pumpkin Bars:

2c. all-purpose flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. each, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 tsp. each, salt and cloves
1 c. oil
2 c. pumpkin
4 eggs


2 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. softened butter
1 3oz package softened cream cheese
1 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla


    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease sheet pan. Bars are made by combining all ingredients and beat on low until moistened. Pour onto greased pan and bake for 45-50 minutes revelling in that warm pumpkin smell! Let cool completely before frosting. Frosting is made by combining all ingredients and whipping until smooth. Frost and cut into bars. Add chopped nuts if desired. Store in refrigerator.


    While your bars are cooling head into the back yard with some orange spray paint, assorted size logs, sagebrush branches cut into various lengths, jute, ribbon and your imagination to create your own decorative pumpkins:) Two weeks until the first day of FALL!



  1. Ah, I can't wait to start cooking with pumpkins! And don't even mention the "C" word yet! I will be like 36 weeks pregnant and I'm freaking out about how I will get everything done!

  2. I am sorry:) Christmas is certainly a cuss words at times! Try this bread! I ate it by the panful when I was pregnant! Thanks for stopping!

  3. I will be adding these to my fall baking menu this year! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Please try them:) They are sooo delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. What fun recipes. I look forward to making them as I enjoy cooking/baking. Thanks for linking up to the Getting To Know You blog hop! :)

    1. Hi Sherlinda! I love to hop with you:) Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping!

  5. Yummy. Pumpkin bars are my favorite fall treat. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

    1. I know! I am so ready for Fall comfort food! Thanks for the hop!

  6. Yummmm! I am so excited for this season too- can you believe I am almost done Christmas shopping already???? I did it early so I can devote all my attention to baking and crafting too, since my little one is finally at the age where she can enjoy such things. These pumpkin bars sound great, and so does chocolate chip zucchini bread...thanks so much for linking up at Sweet Saturday :)


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