Not your average Pumpkin Bar #recipe

I had a can of pumpkin I hadn’t used so I decided to Swagbucks search a delicious recipe. I ignored all the ones that called for cream cheese icing. I quickly found one on Baked by Joanna that seemed to satisfy my needs: it looked like a different take on the smooth and tasteless pumpkin recipes you usually see.  The recipe called for black pepper and brown sugar, what an interesting combination; I had to try it.

[I did make a few changes: I used Walnuts instead of Pecans and there was no cinnamon/sugar sprinkled over them.  I used 1 teaspoon each of Ground Nutmeg, Ground Ginger, and Ground Cloves instead of the generic pumpkin pie spice.]

If you try this recipe, let me know if you made any changes and how it tasted!

Pumpkin Pie Bars / Cook Time: 30 minutes / Yield: Serves 24

 Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup First Street unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp sugar 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9″x13″ baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper ensuring that there is an overhang on both sides. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Using a large bowl, whisk the butter and light brown sugar together until incorporated. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk. Then whisk in the pumpkin until all the ingredients are combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour mixture to complete the batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and use the spatula to spread the batter evenly throughout the pan. Now if you’d like, sprinkle the pecans over the top of the batter. Mix together the remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with the sugar and sprinkle over the entirety of the batter.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center has just a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before removing and slicing into 24 bars. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
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Amazon has it all

I love Amazon. My infatuation started with DVDs and free shipping. Now its about all the price advantages of buying various and sundry items that you can get on the website. We have bought water filters for our fridge, an organic baby bouncer, and lots of diapers, both cloth and disposable. I have even used their subscribe and save program to save extra percentage on certain items. It is fantastic.

Did you know they have a baby registry too? To make it more advantageous for you moms and dads out there, Amazon is offering a giveaway of the Britax B-agile system through various blogs! Check it out and enter:

A Surprising Favorite

I am not a sharer, ask anyone. This is especially true when it comes to the internet. I said to myself that I would not be one of those people sharing personal information and pictures. Yet here I am, entering contests and uploading pictures, and doing the occasional blog post.  The reason I say I am not a sharer is because I am going to share a commercial that struck my heart;and I am going to share it via YouTube. Please don’t stop reading; I am usually turned off by videos from that outlet. Never the less, the commercial is hugely popular it seems, since it was made by a well-known company trying to get your attention.

And it did get my attention, not so much because of the commercial, because I tend to ignore those. In fact, I am usually oblivious to the usual tv fads and trends since I only use Hulu to watch my favorite shows. But it was Hulu itself that got me hooked on this commercial because it played for what seemed every commercial break as I watched a mini marathon of “Grounded for Life”. It caught my attention because of the holiday song and the pretty ladies singing…in a mall…that I recognized!! It gave me goose bumps and a welling-up inside.

So here it is: T-Mobile’s “Home for the Holidays” ad. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. <Video>

P.S. Thanks to Jen from Life with Levi for finding and posting about this fun commercial so I could stop obsessing about it!

 

 

He’s at it again!!! Huge #giveaways

The Baby Guy Gear Guide is at it again….I don’t know how he does it. He is having a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway bonanza. Each giveaway will blow you away. There are items from such great companies as:

[follow-up] Vitamin coffee, whoops!

So this is what I saw at the bottom of my cup, hardly melted at all.  Now I know for next time:

Don’t take your pills out over your hot beverage, most importantly,

you will have to fish it out, either before or AFTER. Your choice!

 

NO, I am not talking about a new, hip coffee product for your health. Hmmm, and yet that idea could have some potential.

This morning after warming up my water coffee (half water and half coffee because my husband makes it Swedish strong), I went to get my vitamins out of my pillbox. As I was tilting the box to get out the pills, my vitamin fell…into…my coffee cup.  Well, in the time it took for me to decide not to try to fish it out, it had already started melting. I decided to embrace the accident and mix it into my coffee. It was going to melt together in my stomach anyway, right?

It wasn’t all bad; at least I remember to take the vitamins today.

Vitamin coffee, whoops!

NO, I am not talking about a new, hip coffee product for your health. Hmmm, and yet that idea could have some potential.

This morning after warming up my water coffee (half water and half coffee because my husband makes it Swedish strong), I went to get my vitamins out of my pillbox. As I was tilting the box to get out the pills, my vitamin fell…into…my coffee cup.  Well, in the time it took for me to decide not to try to fish it out, it had already started melting. I decided to embrace the accident and mix it into my coffee. It was going to melt together in my stomach anyway, right?

It wasn’t all bad; at least I remember to take the vitamins today.

Just in time for the cold weather: wooly event

Sophie and Momma is having a crazy cute Wool event, including longies and slippers and wool wash, among many items. Check out the cozy wonder of wool and enter to win some great items for baby.

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