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Pumpkin Patch + Pumpkin Pie Bars

Posted Oct 18 2010 12:00am
 Good Afternoon!

I think (knock on wood) that the kinks with the picture function has been fixed and I am back in business.  Whew. 

So yesterday we took the kids to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.  It seems to be a ritual here in Portland and we jumped on the bandwagon.

The kids had a great time and we took a hayride, picked pumpkins and partook in a few tasty treats that they were selling-- Kettle Korn and Caramel Apples!

Zoe with her Pumpkin.
The kids and I at the Pumpkin Patch. 

The Hayride.
After going to the Pumpkin Patch my son Emmet asked if I would make him a Pumpkin Pie.  He LOVES Pumpkin Pie and often asks to have it for breakfast.  I figure pumpkin is actually pretty good for him and he actually eats it so he has something in his belly before heading off to school.  I am a pretty good rationalizer. 
Anyhow, I ended up making a healthy version of pumpkin pie.  I made Pumpkin Pie Bars and I got the recipe online at

Pumpkin Pie BarsIngredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
2 eggs
3/4 cup evaporated cane juice sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2.In a medium bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Mix in flour. Fold in oats. Press into a 9x13 inch baking dish.

3.Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, until set.

4.In a large bowl, beat eggs with white sugar. Beat in pumpkin and evaporated milk. Mix in salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Pour over baked crust.

5.Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, until set. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 113
Total Fat: 4.5g
Cholesterol: 28mg

And yes, that is what Emmet had for breakfast this morning!

So I have to tell you that my kids absolutely love Roasted Cauliflower and I have made it several times these past weeks.  It is so easy to make and delicious.  Cauliflower is my new best friend.

Simple Roasted Cauliflower
1 head of cauliflower, cut into pieces1 tbsp olive oilsea salt and fresh cracked pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat pan with olive oil and then add cauliflower and seasonings.  Stir the cauliflower to coat it with the olive oil.  Pop in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes depending how crunchy or smushy you like your cauliflower.  Remove from heat and serve.

Our meal consisted of Seared Sea Scallops, Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Squash and Winter Slaw. It was the perfect end to a really nice weekend.
On another note, I have got a big project coming up- Painting!  It looks like we are through the inspection period and that we are going to purchase the home that we are currently renting.  We are getting a brand new roof and furnace/ac unit so it will be like a brand new house in a few short weeks.  I will just need to do a little painting in two rooms.  Right now it is a deep burgundy color which is nice but dark and it is the first thing you see when you walk in the home.  So I am undertaking quite a project because I need to prime and then paint.  I have had a tough time picking out colors and my husband is so busy that he won't even engage me in the conversation so I was left to my own devices and have been discussing paint with anyone who will let me!  One nice woman who goes to Taekwondo Class helped me pick out Asian Jute for the front room.  She has used it in her own home and it was exactly what I was looking for sort of a goldy, greeny, yellowy color if that makes any sense. 
Asian Jute
This is the color that I am using for the living room and will have to do a before and after picture.

Excuse the mess but this is the burgundy color I am talking about.  I am not saying that it is not a nice color it just is a bit dark and I want to make the house a bit more cheerful.  Therefore, I picked out a fun GREEN color for the dining room.  I am a little worried that it is going to be a bit TOO cheerful but again I will see what you guys think.  It is just paint after all and you can always change it.  Right!!
I am off to pick up the kids from French and then off to Taekwondo.  I hope everyone has a great rest of the day and I am so happy to be back in business. 
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