Momma Mel

I’m Back…

August 29, 2011
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So after a year off (!!!) I’m back to the blog! I now have an almost three year old girly girl and a nine month old busy boy, so things have been busy around the house. I’ve decided to share some of the things that I’ve been working on- crafts and cooking- and will attempt to do better about keeping up with it.

I’ve undertaken a pretty big task recently. I decided to actually put all the cookbooks on Nana’s shelves to use, and there are quite a lot of them! My plan is to make at least one recipe from every cookbook, try the food, share the recipe and a little bit of the story behind where my mom (Nana) got the cookbook. So without further ado, here is recipe number one!

1982 Show Me Missouri Cooking for Company Cookbook

Nana was a Medical Technologist at Menorah Medical Center at the time she bought this cookbook. She says she bought it from a coworker who was selling it to raise money for cancer research. It’s an interesting little cookbook (that looks like it hasn’t really gotten all that much use out of it) that has little historical comments spread throughout the book.

Pumpking Bars by Lois V. Hays, Adair County (Kirksville)

2 cups of sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

4 beaten eggs

2 cups canned pumpkin

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon (I used pumpkin pie spice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix in order given and bake in 12×18 inch greased jelly roll pan. (Yes, I am that much of a beginner that I had to ask Pappy (my dad) what a jelly roll pan looked like. At least one of us knew…) Bake for 20-25 minutes (and don’t forget to turn the oven on- after my timer went off after 20 minutes and it still wasn’t even close to being done, I realized I never turned the little knob to ‘bake’. Ooops)

After bars are cooled, frost with:

1 (3 ounce) package of cream cheese

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 cups powdered sugar


The first time I made these, I was planning on making the frosting and icing the pumpkin bars the next day after I bought some cream cheese. By the next day, there was only half a pan left. By two days after making them, they had disappeared. We decided to just sprinkle them with some powdered sugar and chow down. These were nice and moist, stayed together and weren’t too crumbly, and tasted great! However, if you are looking for a pumpkin bar recipe that tastes strongly of pumpkin, this is not the recipe for you. It had just a hint of pumpking flavor, but still tasted ‘fallish’ with the pumpkin pie spice and hint of pumpkin. I’ve had a request to make them again, and Nana went so far as to get out some more pumpkin and put it on the counter. And then point it out to me. Twice. So I’m pretty sure it was a hit!

I’ll keep you posted on the icing…


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A little bit about me- I am a Mom and a Wife as my full time job. We are a homeschooling family with four kids. I love Jesus, reading, crafting, tea, and nerdy stuff.