Fall. I love everything about it. Everything. The colors. The crisp air. The football. I know that for all technical purposes fall has not yet arrived, but given the brisk morning temps so far this week, who could tell?
I love the palpable sense of change in the air of a cool autumn morning. Pregnant with hope. Knowing that all things will soon grind to a halt, lying dormant for the duration of the chill, with the security of springing to life in due season.
I love wrapping myself in a warm sweater and frolicking with my girls in the legions of leaves lowered by my beloved trees. I love coming home to the aroma of a simmering crock pot and relishing every warm, inviting bite. I love settling in with my sweetheart on a cool, dark night and reading a book together by the soft light of the living room lamp.
I. Adore. Fall.
These autumnal conditions have also left me craving one of my mother’s most enduring confectionary creations: Harvest Bars.
2 c. pumpkin
2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
½ c. chopped English walnuts (optional)
1 c. oil
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon (heaping)
1. Beat eggs slightly. Add all remaining ingredients. Beat until well-mixed.
2. Spread in 13 x 9 cake pan (greased). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes. Let cool. Ice with vanilla butter cream frosting. Top with nuts.
So go ahead. Pour another cup of coffee and enjoy a warm slice of heaven, reveling in the changes to come.
“O my soul, bless God! God, my God, how great you are!
beautifully, gloriously robed,
Dressed up in sunshine,
and all heaven stretched out for your tent.
You built your palace on the ocean deeps,
made a chariot out of clouds and took off on wind-wings.”
Psalm 104.1-3 (The Message)
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