The beauty of spring bursts in a rainbow of color as the plant world comes to life again.
Summer is replete with long, carefree, fun-in-the-sun days.
And then there’s fall. It’s true every season is special and unique, but a lot of people admit to being partial to fall.
The way the routine of daily life settles back down after the spontaneous days of summer is comforting. The bountiful harvest of late-season produce and the impressive variety of pumpkins and gourds. The crispness in the evening air. The gorgeous colors as the leaves trade their lush greenness for hues of red and yellow, orange and brown.
Let’s not forget football, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, hayrides, and sipping hot chocolate while watching the sunset.
There is an abundance of things to love about fall.
Around our place, we get into fall in a big way. From the fall scented candle that surrounds us with the aroma of autumn, to the bright splashes of orange that adorn the front landscaping—and the fireplace mantle and many other flat surfaces within our home—to the sampling of every pumpkin-flavored recipe we can dig up. Oh, and let’s not forget pumpkin-shaped finger Jell-O, pumpkin-shaped and decorated sugar cookies as well as every variety of candy corn we can scrounge up. Fall colored candies are a must too.
And so as not to miss a second of immersing ourselves in everything autumn, we honor this favorite season from mid-September through Thanksgiving.
One of the recipes we make no less than three times each fall is Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. This delectable dessert also works well in the form of cupcakes.
Pumpkin Sheet Cake
Preheat oven to 350˚.
Combine and mix:
- 1 c. vegetable oil
- 2 c. sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups canned pumpkin (not pie mix)
- 2 c. flour
- 2 t. baking powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- ½ t. salt
- 2 t. cinnamon
- 1 c. nuts (optional)
Pour into greased jelly roll pan (15x10x1). Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool and frost.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 – 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 stick of margarine, softened
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- ½ c. nuts, sprinkled on top (optional)
Spread frosting over the cooled cake (or cupcakes!). Cut into pieces and enjoy.
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