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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pumpkin Spice Everything!
A Recipe & A Giveaway

I don't know about you, but Spice Pumpkin is my favorite fragrance of all. It doesn't have to be autumn either ~ though it is especially nice this time of year. Whether its a candle, a soap or a freshly baked prim (you prim artists know this well), I just can't get enough Pumpkin Spice all year round!

The only drawback is that all those spicy fragrances leave us Blakneys craving fresh baked bread ... and I usually feed the craving by baking Pumpkin Bars. This recipe was the very first baked item that I ever learned to make from scratch and I always enjoy making it again and again. I posted it last year but it just seems a perfect time to share it again.

It is sooo good ~ especially for cool mornings now that we can warm up our ovens and make our kitchens nice & cozy.

Photo credit goes to Colton Blakney ~ Photographer in the making


What you'll need:
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup canned pumpkin

What you'll do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs. Stir in sugar & oil and mix well. Sift all dry ingredients and add them to the egg/sugar/oil mixture. Mix well. Add pumpkin to the mixture and stir well again. Pour into a greased 12x8 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool completely. Then you can cut them into squares. They hold their shape nicely and look great on a nice serving plate.

All done! My boys & husband just love these so much that I have to make two batches if I intend to have one.

Well Kay at The Rustic Cottage is hosting a giveaway for two bars of her delightful handmade soap in her new fall scents of Pumpkin Spice and Chia Tea. They are just so nice and I believe she sells them in her Etsy shop too. So stop by her blog for a visit and be sure to sign up for this fun contest!



marie said...

Oh my...pumpkin bars!! They sound delightful! I can't wait to try them. I love the smell of pumpkin spice too...there's nothing quite so homey and cozy.

Have a joy-filled day!

Heather said...

Oh YUM! I love pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing. Mmmmmmm....I imagine that pumpkin scented soap would be heavenly! blog was crashing because of sitemeter. Don't know why, but I took it off, so you should be able to visit now!

Recetas de Cocina said...

I think those "cool mornings" are gonna get a little bit warmer with this delicious recipe, thanks.

mary said...

I can't wait to try these pumpkin bars. I love the smell of pumpkin spice too! I love everything about this time of year. Have a fun, blessed week with all of your sweet boys.

Linda said...

That sounds like the perfect fall recipe! Can't wait to try them!!

Kindra said...

It's been awhile since I visited! I just got back from a rainy vacation and now getting back to blog mode. :)

I'm with ya on the wonderful smells and tastes of fall. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It is saved to my new recipe file. :) I kept on forgetting blog recipes here and there and I thought I better just save them in the computer somewhere. :)

Have a blesssed day.

simple~needs said...

those bars look great!!

pumpkin is also one of the scents that men like the best too. :)

Farmchick said...

MMMMmmmmm..... I love the spicey fall scents too! Your bars look wonderful! I have a soy candle that I make that is very popular this time of year called Harvest is yummy smelling like something baking without the calories!! lol Have a great day!!!

Pam said...

Pumpkin spice scents are a favorite around here! The recipe sounds like another winner; I'll be giving it a try! Thank you, Lea.
Hugs and blessings,

Peper Creek Gatherings said...

MMM! The bars look yummy! Can you mail me some :0) JK -I'll for sure use your recipe tomorrow. Have a blessed day!! Justina

Mammy's Stitches said...

Hi Lea, Thanks so much for sharing this receipe I made a batch will have to make more lol they came out great. I came across your blog by reading other blogs. After reading your receipe had to try it out they are delicious.
Peace and Blessings
Chery.....Snatch JOY!

Wendy said...

Yummy I can smell them baking!!! I love all things pumpkin spice as well!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!! Have a great day!~Wendy

Renna said...

First of all, please tell Colton, that is an exellent photograph. He captured the subject SO well that I am now starving for pumpkin bars! ;-Þ

The recipe looks so easy and sounds so yummy. I even have all the necessary ingredients on hand (love when that happens!). I see these in our near future. ;-)

sheila from life @ #17 said...

I am so trying these this weekend...we actually are having a little bit of cool-er weather...only in the 80s...and nights in the 60s...amazing...oooooeeeee :)

bookworm said...

Oh those sounds wonderful. I've copied the recipe down and plan on making them very soon. Pumpkin is a favorite of mine!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

YUMMY! I love pumpkin anything too! I will have to share my pumpkin bread recipe with you soon. Although you probably have several! LOL!
This is such a wonderful time of the year!
Blessings to you!

Katy said...

I love pumpkin spice stuff too! Those pumpkin bars sound GREAT!!! I copied down the recipe! Thank you so much Lea! xoxo

Julie said...

YUM!! I think we all have pumpkin on the brain--I posted a pumpkin recipe yesterday, too. It must be fall!! hope you're having a wonderful day. julie

Gathering Hope said...

Thank you Ma'am, I'm gonna try these. Yummy Pumpin Spice:)

Renna said...

Thumbs up on the pumpkin bars!

Lea, I made your recipe for tonight's dessert. They are yummy, and being devoured quickly! ;-)

I don't have an 8x12 pan, so I poured the batter into my 9x13 pan. Thinking the batter looked too thin in that pan, I decided to move it into my 8x8 pan. As a result, mine are probably a little more cake-like than bar-like, but the taste is the same-delicious!

I'm thinking these would be good with a cream cheese frosting. ;-)

LINDA said...

Oh, my! I do love punkin bars--especially iced. Oh and frosted creams too. Oh and bread pudding and rice'n raisins---I think it is definitely time to bake. Yummy!
BTW--I put 20 new recipes on my blog and am currently researching some heart-healthy ones. Busy. busy. I invented a Cuban pulled pork taco that was so good. Forgot to take a picture so will have to make it again. Darn my good luck....
Pat Colton on the back for me. I think he shows great photographic talent!!

Jubilee on Earth said...

Yum! I am absolutely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Deb said...

Hi Lea! Looks like a great recipe, I'm going to try it too. When I do I'll let you know how it came out. Tell Colton he's quite a photographer. I pray your family shares a wonderful weekend. Deb

Pat in Tenn said...

I also love anything Pumpkin !! Spice pumpkin makes it even better.

You have now got me in the mood for baking pumpkin bars and/or bread today.

Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit.


Toni said...

These pumpkin bars sound wonderful! Thanks for posting the recipe! Tanks for the info about the giveaway too!! I`ll go check it out!!I wish you many blessings Lea!!!!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Me again! You've been tagged!

naomisnotions said...

Yummy! I saved that one! I made cup cakes today, but I will have to try those Pumpkin Bars!!! thank you! :)

Oh, and Colton is great with the camera! :)


KKJD1 said...

Pumpkin bars look yummy! I too love candles of pumpkin spice. Hows school going? My days have been very long. Just cant seem to get into a good grove. Or maybe the work is just harder and the boys are having a little more trouble. Either way I have not been able to blog at all. Hopefully soon things can get into a somewhat normal schedule.(I hope)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Karen

This Country Girl said...

Oh that sounds delicious! I love pumpkin spice scent too! I also love the smell of cinnamon! Those are the smells of home for me!

Have a great weekend and tell Colton he did a wonderful job on the photography!


Debra said...

Oh I Love pumpkin bars! Thanks for this recipe!!

Debra said...

Hi Lea!
Colton is a good photographer! I wonder if he would like a blog of his own? I think Micah would have liked that when he was younger.
Your recipe looks so good, I'm going to copy it off, and soon post one for brown bread from my grandma. It's a really old recipe, but so good!
Love, Debra

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hi Lea,
I believe those yummy bars will be a hit at my house!! Myguy LOVES pumpkin bread, and pumpkin pie so pumpkin bars are surely right up his ally! Thanks for sharing.
Love Lea

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Oh, these look and sound wonderful! I can't wait to go into the kitchen to make a batch! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend, blessings, Kathleen

CathyJean said...

Yummm! Your pumpkin bars look so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Pumpkin spice is a favorite scent of mine too!

Nancy @ Homemade Blessings said...

These sound so delicious! I will definitely be trying some this week!

Thanks so much!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

YUMMMMMMMy I love the smell as well. rofl! That looks soooo good. cherry

Cherry's Jubilee said...

YUMMMMMMMy I love the smell as well. rofl! That looks soooo good. cherry

jan said...

I can't wait to try these bars. I have been in the mood for something with pumpkin in it.
I also love the way it makes the house smell.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I'm with you on the smells of fall and pumpkins, love the photo! I'm gonna try this out soon, were having a fall fun night, complete with a hay ride, good food, bon fire and a open house. Thanks Lea for sharing one of your favorites with us!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Lea!

Pumpkin Spice is my all time favorite to! Thanks for the recipe!!! I am sure it will fill my home up with goodness when I make them! Happy Fall to you to sweetheart!


Rose Mary said...

These sounds great~I've never made them with brown sugar before!


nyafarmgirl said...

MMMMhhh I just love pumpkin bars. Yours looks absolutely yummy! Thanks for mentioning my giveaway your a sweetheart! I just love visiting your blog it always warms my heart!

Annie said...

Happy Fall!..... I love pumpkin anything! I love to bake esp. this time of year and will have to make your pumpkin bars!
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to blogging after losing my Grandmother, but I am back now and have alot of catching up to do!


Nilcéia Antonioli said...

I loved cooking!
Kisses from Brazil, Curitiba City ( South America)=)

Julie said...

Oh, Lea!
Pumpkin Spice is my favorite, too!
It's such a comforting fragrance -- not too fruity or overpowering, just soothing and homemade!!!

I usually try to make it to Bath & Body Works during their "semi-annual clearance sale" and I buy that fragrance in the little cans for just $1 (they normally sell for $5) I load up and spritz the house year 'round!

That pumpkin bread sounds delicious. I'll bet that our children would love to make some with Mommy. I don't bake with them NEARLY enough!

Tell Colton that he took a great picture!

I'm off to paint.... the high today is only supposed to get to 80!!!! Yay!

Many Blessings,