Pretty Pretty Pumpkin…

Good Morning on this chilly October Monday!  October?  Really?!  I guess so.  And you know what October calls for….PUMPKINS!  🙂

Let’s be honest…I haven’t carved a pumpkin since I was a child.  Every year I think to myself, “We should carve pumpkins this year.”  And every year comes and goes without a jack o’lantern on our front step.  Then something wonderful happened this year.  Karen Dondelinger showed me some pictures of the pumpkins she paints.  They were adorable!  And quite naturally I thought, “One of these pumpkins would be perfect on our front step…and there would be no carving necessary!”  HA!  As you can see from the photos below, trying to pick one was difficult.  So…there are 3 to be shared among my friends!  If you have any interest in buying one of these festive pumpkins (many other designs I am sure), reach out to Karen. or 319.330.9724.   She is as wonderful as the pumpkins she sells!



And while we are on the topic of pumpkins…I have another FAVORITE to share with you.  Remember Martha?  Martha from the Ivy Bake Shoppe?  Well, it has probably been 3 years now since she gave me her Pumpkin Bar recipe.  These bars are incredible!  In fact, I made a batch for the Hawkeye Homecoming Game this weekend and they were gone in a flash.  Good thing I saved some extra in the fridge at home!  🙂  YUM.  If you are looking for a guaranteed hit, you can thank Martha for this one!


  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Can Pumpkin
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt


  • 3 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • 6 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease jelly roll pan.

In a large mixing bowl, add vegetable oil, sugar, and eggs.  Beat smooth.

Add pumpkin, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, four, and salt.  Beat smooth.  Pour mixture onto greased jelly roll pan and bake for 30 minutes.

In another bowl, prepare the frosting.  Beat cream cheese, milk, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth.  Set aside or refrigerate until ready to frost.

Remove pumpkin bars from oven and let cool completely.  Frost bars and refrigerate to let frosting set.

Sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon if desired….

Cut bars.  Share.  Enjoy!

Indulge.  In Life.  In Love.  In Food.


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