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Nov 21, 2012

Pumpkin Butter Bars Plus Blessings!


I am a little exhausted!  The day before Thanksgiving is just as busy for me as the actual day, because  I try to get several dishes made early and prepare for the work on Thursday.  Today, I made a spinach dish, sweet potato casserole, cornbread for dressing, and two desserts…I will put the turkey stock on in the crockpot before I go to bed tonight!
I thought I would share a new recipe for those of you looking for an alternative to pie.  One of my students gifted me a jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter.  I was scared to open it early with few people around…there is always a chance I would eat the majority of it…so it has sat in my kitchen staring at me for a couple of weeks!
Then on Sunday, I opened the Taste Section of The San Antonio Express News and VIOLA!...there was a recipe for Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Butter Bars made with this same brand of pumpkin butter.  So, I made the risky decision to go without a pie on Thursday and made the bars instead.  You can click on the recipe, but here are the pictures to help you along:
I love to get my spices for a special meal ground fresh at the grocery.  They taste so much better and are really less expensive than those in bottles.  For this recipe, the fresh cinnamon adds so much to the flavor.
You will need to reserve one cup of the cake mix and use what is left to make the crust first.  Press it into a pan like this:
Your filling will look like this and is made with the pumpkin butter...the minute you open the jar, the smells of Thanksgiving spices jump right out!!
I used my food processor to make the crumbly crust topping...it is important that your butter be cold and cut into pieces:
It will look like this after processing:
The recipe says to cook it for 35-40 minutes, but I thought the top looked very brown at 30 minutes, so I removed it early.
Set aside to cool!!  Then I made some cookies to be ready today for when my eldest son gets home from college.  I so wish my youngest son was here...I miss him terribly...but he is still out of the country until Christmas!  Then I will make cookies for him...
My final cooking today was making Southern Living cornbread in our grandmother's cast iron skillet.  This will be used for Cornbread Dressing on Thursday!


Whew!  I am tired...now I will sit down with a cup of Twinings Ultra Spice Chai Tea (perfect for this time of year) and sample those bars.  Never serve guests without knowing how it tastes!  (Guess what?) The bars are phenomenal!!!! I just took a bite...  I will save this recipe!
Have a wonderful day everyone!  And please let me remind you how thankful I am for all of you who come by this blog.  YOU are a blessing to me.  Here's to you...may joy overflow abundantly throughout this holiday season!
Now, make sure on Thursday, if you have some time, to
 visit the bloggers of Katie's Favorite Things Blog Hop!!!

http://katherinescorner.com/2012/11/22/thursday-favorite-things-blog-hop-63/


10 comments:

  1. Ooh, I can just imagine the aroma coming from your kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  2. All of your dishes sound delicious! With only the 3 of us this year, we've decided to just go with takeout. It should be a relaxing day tomorrow!

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  3. OK I'm drooling over the slice and cookies!! And I'm very thankful for that:)) xo

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  4. Ok, I'm coming to your house for Thanksgiving. That looks so yummy!

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  5. oh my..all of your recipes look and sound so good! I love cookies!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Im following you from Katherines Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. =)

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    1. Welcome Melissa!! If you see anything you want a recipe for...just let me know! Have a great Thanksgiving...I love cookies too!!

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  6. Nice brooches. Never heard of Hotter before. Interesting.

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  7. How fun. I love everything pumpkin! I a visiting from Katherine's Corner! Happy Thanksgiving. xx

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  8. I loved the photo of Twinnings. I have learned to love that brand after years of having tea with our British security guards. Recently we discovered that Twinnings ships to APO's. So we are fully stocked! Thanks for the Thanksgiving day post! 16 days and a wake up till I am home on leave in the Nation of Texas.

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  9. 1great photos my friend
    2 love all of these yumminess
    3 thank you for sharing
    4 I love cornbread!
    5 i'll be making this
    6 Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.
    7 xoxoxox

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