Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Smell of Pumpkin

Nothing quite says fall to me like the smell of pumpkin. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin pie - it just screams comfort, doesn't it? I love pumpkin seeds, displaying pumpkins, carving them. They just automatically bring a smile to my face. They immediately put me in a comfort zone, one in which I really never want to leave.

I like to display seasonal pictures around my house as I'm sure a lot of you do as well. And harvest scenes are one of my favorites. In Nunnie's Attic we sell a lot of miniature prints and pictures typically for dollhouses. But, I thought I would share an idea we got one time from a customer. She bought a few pictures to hang in her cubicle at work. Her cube consisted of 3 half-walls. She couldn't hang any pretty pictures due to the weight and she wanted to display seasonal pictures and ones of her family. We can make any picture into a miniature and frame it for you. Our prints ended up working really well for her and she was able to hang more than one in the space she was provided. Please take a minute and see what pictures we offer.

In the meantime, let me share with you one of my MOST favorite pumpkin recipes. This recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen (my idol) and is one that I have been making for years. Enjoy the fall and get out there and pick some pumpkins!!

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

Serve with fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!!


Mary said...

OK, it's only 7:30 in the morning and I want cake! Now! Thanks alot, Julie. LOL I'm going to browse your shop now; maybe it will make me forget cake!


Super Mom said...

Morning, JAG!

That recipes sounds SO good.

Sandi said...

Absolutely!! Pumpkins make anyplace feel like fall, and there's nothing better than pumpkin pie. :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sounds so good, Julie! Thank you for coming by to see me so often. I'm having a hard time visiting everyone, but wanted to come by.

I have been in cubicles many times before & it does make a huge difference to put up some pictures & personal things in there.

Come & visit me anytime!


Counting Your Blessings said...

I just broke out the pumpkin spice potpourri yesterday! Now, finally, I'm feeling a bit more Fall-ish. Your receipe for pumpkin cake sounds delish! I've been using the one from Mr. Food for years. Maybe it's time to "spice it up" =) Blessings... Polly

BittersweetPunkin said... I absolutely have to make that cake! Looks divine!I am a pumpkin junkie too....I try to add it to everything! Pumpkin pancakes are my favorite...I have a great whole wheat recipe somewhere..
Thanks for sharing that yummy recipe!
Blessings for a wonderful day!

Bethany Hissong said...

Yum! I love pumpkins...I am designing a bulletin board for church today and am using some on it (sounds exciting, huh?!). I was just telling the kids this morning that we need to gather some for our front porch. They were all excited at the idea of carving them again!

Cris said...

Oh I love gooey cakes! And this time of year pumpkin treats go so well!

Penny Carlson said...

That pumpkin sounds sinfully delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Back Through Time said...

I think I will have to make this very soon!! It sound great! Thanks for sharing it

Flea Market Queen said...

Yum...the cake looks so delish!
I want some now...

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

From one pumpkin lover to another, I'm making yummy sounds at my computer and wondering if 9:00 in the evening is too late to go to the store, buy the ingredients, and then come home and bake...okay, guess I'll have to settle for a store bought cookie and print that recipie out for the weekend :) Thanks for the recipie!



Emilie said...

I love gooey butter cake. (It's a St. Louis tradition, you know) I will have to try it with pumpkin. Maybe a Halloween treat?

Becky said...

Gonna have to try this out! TY for sharing!