Saturday, October 28, 2006

corners, felt cat, & a recipe

I am very thankful to Blogger for allowing me to post pictures today...Thursday and Friday I was not so fortunate, oh well. I really feel like I'm running out of interesting corners lately, so this is it. In the sunroom again, where the light is the best on these dark dreary days we've been having lately, one of my cross-pollinated gourds on an urn...

As you see, I have not put a lot of effort into my fall decorating.

This tiny glass greenhouse holds an African Violet I picked up the other day for $1 ~ what a deal!

On the chimney cupboard, a felt cat I made from instructions that were in the October 2000 issue of Country Living. It can be made with an opening in the top to hold treats...

Mine, I just sewed shut to be used as a decoration...

And, I have to share with you the recipe for these dark chocolate chip pumpkin bars, which are so moist and delicious. I did not note where I found the recipe so sadly I can't give credit to whoever it was.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares

  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 2 c. pumpkin filling
  • 1 - 2 c. (dark) chocolate chips

Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray, or butter. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together dry ingredients. In another bowl cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, beating well; add pumpking filling and mix. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and blend. Add 1 cup chocolate chips & mix together. Spread into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes.

Sometimes when it comes out of the oven I sprinkle another cup of chocolate chips over the top, let them melt and spread like frosting ~ very yummy and extra chocolatey!

14 comments:

  1. hello kitty - I love felt and blanket stitch - don't know why - I just do...

    I also really like Victorian terrariums/green houses - a happy home for the African Violet, I am sure....

    You've done better than I, I haven't decorated...

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  2. I just love your home. So pretty but comfy and welcoming. I made one of the cats for my mom. I love yours. Clarice

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  3. The photograph of the african violet in the greenhouse is just lovely Debbie. I love african violets and have quite a few. I once read that a pale yellow one had been developed. It was a few years ago...but I've never seen them. The article said it would take a few years to propagate them and then collectors would buy them for large amounts of money until they become common.
    I think your home always looks wonderful. I love the recipes you share too. Each one's been a keeper!

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  4. Your sunroom is beautiful and I love the mini greenhouse!!
    Those pumpkin bars look incredible. Phillip loves dark chocolate so I think I will have to surprise him with these!
    Kelli

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  5. Anonymous4:09 AM

    I love the tiny greenhouse, it`s so beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing the recipe with us, it sounds delicious ;-)

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  6. Lovely things, as always. I liked the embrodery cushion at your rotting chair. Lovely! And the flower, the violet, is nice. I have some of them too.

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  7. The dark chocolate chip pumpkin squares look delicious - can't wait to try the recipe. Your 'orange pecan scone' recipe from May '06 is now a family favourite! What a cozy corner in your sunroom with all your books and beautiful needle point cushion and that view! Just gorgeous!!

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  8. Anonymous1:16 PM

    Love the little cat decoration that you have hanging. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Love your corner & that glass terrarium thingy!!!

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  10. I planted pumpkins but they didn't "take." I plan to plant gourds next time. I love the way you put them on the urns. It just looks so right. The cat is a cutie. I may do one of those. I have tons of felt and no other projects in mind for it.

    Now, about those pumpkin bars. See, I just gained 5 pounds reading the recipe! I can already tell that winter blogging is going to demand a gym membership. (they look yummy...extra chocolate you say?)

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  11. I planted pumpkins but they didn't "take." I plan to plant gourds next time. I love the way you put them on the urns. It just looks so right. The cat is a cutie. I may do one of those. I have tons of felt and no other projects in mind for it.

    Now, about those pumpkin bars. See, I just gained 5 pounds reading the recipe! I can already tell that winter blogging is going to demand a gym membership. (they look yummy...extra chocolate you say?)

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  12. Lovely things, as always. I liked the embrodery cushion at your rotting chair. Lovely! And the flower, the violet, is nice. I have some of them too.

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  13. Your sunroom is beautiful and I love the mini greenhouse!!
    Those pumpkin bars look incredible. Phillip loves dark chocolate so I think I will have to surprise him with these!
    Kelli

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  14. hello kitty - I love felt and blanket stitch - don't know why - I just do...

    I also really like Victorian terrariums/green houses - a happy home for the African Violet, I am sure....

    You've done better than I, I haven't decorated...

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Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb

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