Pumpkin Squares

pumpkin squares reCake Mixture:
1 box yellow cake mix, reserve ¾ cup.
1 stick butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten

Blend the butter and egg into the cake mix and press into a greased and floured 9x13x2” pan.  Use the back of a tablespoon to pat this mixture evenly over the bottom and 1” up the sides of the pan.

Pumpkin Mixture:
1 large can pumpkin
3 eggs, lightly beaten
½ c. brown sugar
¼ c. white sugar
2/3 c. evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Ginger
½ tsp. Ground cloves

Topping:
¾ cup cake mix
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
½ -1 cup nuts, chopped, optional

Gently mix the pumpkin, eggs, sugars, milk, and seasonings.  Pour over unbaked mixture.  Blend the reserved cake mix with sugar and butter.  Roll into walnut sized balls and place over the pumpkin mixture.  Sprinkle with nuts if desired.  Bake at 350 for 55 minutes.

Serves 18, 2 x 3” squares.  Prep time 20-30 min.  Can freeze.

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Apple Cider Mimosas

golden cider mimosaThese are delicious and so easy to make.  September is a time for apple cider fresh from the orchard.  It’s always fun to stop, kids pop out of cars, smiles are on all the adult faces.  This year we thought we’d see the smiles on the faces of our family by purchasing our own cider press and pressing our own apples.  The cider was so sweet and refreshing and the family gathering around was priceless!  You don’t need to go to this extreme for your cider.

1 quart of cider                                                                                                                     1 bottle of champagne (to your taste)                                                                                 1 T. cinnamon                                                                                                                     2 T. sugar

Mix cinnamon and sugar in a shallow flat rimming dish.  Pour water into another flat rimming dish, enough to be 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep. (I used refrigerator containers).  Dip the champagne flutes into the water then the cinnamon sugar mix.  Pour about half the glass full of champagne and top with cider.  cider mimosa

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