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Tasty Thursday – Oooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

I am a huge pumpkin fan when it comes to Fall baked goods! A few weeks ago I sampled an Oooey Gooey Pumpkin Bar at Williams Sonoma and it was delish! I decided to try my hand at a similar bar for our recent Pumpkins & Pong party and they were a huge hit! Warning, these go fast and are delish!!

INGREDIENTS

For the crust:

1 package (1 lb. 2 oz.) spiced pecan pumpkin quick bread mix – this is one place I cheated! I was given this mix as a gift and thought this would be a great use for it! Next time I will try and make this one on my own!

1 egg

8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

 

For the topping:

Williams Sonoma suggests using their fancy Pumpkin Pecan Butter that retails for $11.95. That makes this dessert, coupled with the bread mix for the crust, almost $25! That seemed insane to me so this part I winged but it turned out fab!

1 can Libby’s Pumpkin (do not use their Pumpkin Pie mix!)

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbs brown sugar

1 8-oz bar of cream cheese, softened

splash of lemon juice

2 tsp vanilla

3 eggs

1 stick unsalted butter

16 oz. powdered sugar

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.

To make the crust, combine the WS bread mix, egg, and melted butter until the ingredients come together, 1 to 2 minutes in a mixer. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Press the crust down until it feels compact.

To make the filling, in an electric mixer if you can, combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and brown sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, vanilla, and melted butter and beat until combined, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and beat well, about 2 minutes.

Spread the filling over the crust. Transfer to the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Do not overbake; the center should still be a little gooey. To test for doneness, gently shake the pan; you should see a slight jiggle in the center. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for at least 20 minutes, then cut into small bars (these are rich!).

ENJOY!!!

 

Happy Halloween!

We’ve been MIA for a few weeks but we promise to back a comeback soon with regular blog updates!

First off, our thoughts & prayers are with everyone who was in Hurricane Sandy’s path this week. We were lucky to have only lost power for one day and we didn’t have any major damages to the house. For our dear friends in NYC and NJ we are thinking about you!!

After having our first experience with a leaf blower this afternoon our deck and driveway are clear and ready for trick-or-treaters. Tonight is our first Halloween in the burbs and we’re ready and waiting with a LOT of candy!  Unfortunately our carved pumpkins didn’t weather the storm so we have some plain guys sitting on the porch and lots of minis. We had some fantastic stencil orders though – monograms, It’s a Boy, It’s a Girl, and here’s my favorite … Will you marry me! We can’t wait to get photos of these masterpieces!!!

 

Before I power down and start attending to the little ones on the street I wanted to repost something Melissa Joan Hart posted on Facebook the other day about Halloween. As a mom-to-be and a very nervous trick-or-treat giver (How much candy do I give out? What do I say?!) this really struck a cord with me!

“In a few days, a lot of creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech. They are thankful in their hearts and minds. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy. The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism. Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It’s everyone’s Halloween. Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child. “

Happy trick-or-treating!

Custom Pumpkin Carving Stencils!

Last week we sent out our invitation to the Bank Family 3rd Annual Pumpkins & Pong party. This is one of my favorite parties of the year! It started duing business school, hence the pong element, but is a great way to celebrate Fall. We have a basement full of friends participating in a pong tournament and deck full more of people carving pumpkins. At the end of the night we have an applause-o-meter review of all carvings and annouce a winner! Plus, this is my excuse to cook up a Fall feast of goodies – harvest quesadillas, roasted apple & squash soup, chili, homemade bread, spiced cider, pumpkin pie, apple crisp, and more!

In all of this excitement we decided it would be natural to extend this to Weddings & Wellies. I couldn’t be more giddy  to announce a new product for the holidays – monogrammed pumpkin carving stencils! We’ve seen billions of cute ideas on Pinterest for painting pumpkins but if you are still apt for carving and want to blow everyone away this year (are you planning your carving party now?), order a custom monogram or design! Some of our favorite ideas: single letter monograms, traditional 2-letter monograms, college abbreviations, Sorority and Fraternity Greek letters, and of course, wedding monograms! Email us with your request and we’ll get your stencil out before carving season!

 

Stencils are $5 each and printable at home! Chipboard stencils are available for $12 and are reusable! Please allow 2 days for all orders plus USPS shipping time for chipboard stencils.

 

Designs property of Weddings & Wellies; photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

weddings and wellies - October 17, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Hi Melissa! You can purchase stencils in our etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WeddingsandWellies?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Melissa - October 9, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Hello

I’m interested in the printable stencil. What do I have to do? Thanks!

Painting Must-Haves

I have spent a lot of time painting lately – closets, trim, mailbox posts, front door, etc. and I have come across a few must-have items!

I have always used Gojo soap in the studio as it is tough on letterpress paints – it works the same for home paints as well! If you tend to get paint all over your hands (and feet and legs and arms…) like I do then you will love having a bottle of this under the sink!

Frog Tape! It most definitely costs more than typical blue painters tape. Pay the extra money, please! I saw an ad for Frog Tape on HGTV and decided it was worth trying and let me tell you, it is amazing! All of your lines will be beautiful and straight. I hired a handyman to paint our living room and master bedroom and have been fixing all of his lines because he used blue tape. It’s not worth it, please please please trust me on this one!

Any other great painting tools we should know about? Please share! Good luck DIY-ing!

Red Carpet Faves

Happy Monday! I have to admit, I did not watch most of the Emmy’s last night, we are in full unpacking mode so the night got away from us (and the Pats were playing…). Either way, I’m more of a check out the gowns in full detail on Monday morning type of gal! I think this is my longest list of favorites in a long time! The colors were vibrant, necklines beautifully flattering, and everyone looked just stunning! Take a peak below for some Monday morning eye candy!

 YELLOW makes me happy:)

Julianne Moore, don’t you love her? wearing bright banana Dior Haute Couture

More Monique and more citron! Julie Bowen in Monique Lhuiller

Claire Danes – not only wearing citron but pregnant wearing citron – LOVE! Of course it’s Lanvin!

I’m wearing ORANGE pants today, coincidence?!

Padma Lakshmi in Monique Lhuiller

More orange crush – Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuiller

Dazzling CLASSICS

Kerry Washington sparkling in Vivenne Westwood

Jessica Pare in Jason Wu

New momma, Giuliana Rancic in Romana Keveza

This looked STUNNING on, the photo does not do it justice so I hope you saw it last night!

Julianna Margulies in Giambattista Valli

I’m posting this one for color Heidi – the underwear look is not my style but the fabric, color and neckline are stunning.

Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier

 All images from NY Daily News

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