Friday, October 2, 2009

Folks, We Have a Winner!

So I'm on Facebook last night and I see that one of my dear friends and faithful readers has found a can of pumpkin and is making pumpkin squares. And another sweetheart friend of mine sends me a message on Facebook telling me that another store in the area now has pumpkin.

Can I just tell you? . . . I am elated. Thanksgiving is saved!

Yet another national crisis has been averted thanks to the power of the blog.

Now, on to the winner. First let me say thanks to all of you who submitted recipes. Some of these are definitely going to be filed away for the great Thanksgiving feast, that's for sure.

But since we can only have one winner--yes, kids, that is how life works--and I am fickle and couldn't decide, I let my family weigh in on the decision. They are, after all, the ones who will get to eat the fruits of my pumpkin labor this weekend when I make the winning recipe.

Drumroll please. . . . The winner is . . .

Bridget of Every Day Faith! Bridget submitted a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe that everyone around here agrees sounds absolutely divine. (We're suckers for the chocolate chips, so you might want to tuck that one away for future contests.)

So, Bridget, in honor of YOU, I'm going to make those yummy muffins this weekend and report back on Monday. Don't let me down, girl. And I'll be putting two cans of Organic Pumpkin in the mail to you. Enjoy!

And now, on to more important issues of the day, like whether Chicago gets the Olympic bid or not.

Carry on.


  1. Carry on??!! LOL. My favorite line from "The Devil Wears Prada"!!
    I found a shortcut. I was in Sam's yesterday and they were giving samples of mini-pumpkin muffins from the Atlanta Bread Company. Because of YOUR BLOG, I was hungry for something pumpkiny. And oh my, are they delicious!!! Easy peasy too. : ) Congratulations to Bridget. Carry on....

  2. Your blog came up in a discussion at small group last night. Of course, we were talking about PUMPKIN. We were at my friend's coffee place for our meeting and she gave Craig a pumpkin shake to try and from there we talked about the pumpkin shortage. I still haven't remembered to look at our store here. I'll try to check it out today.

  3. Thanks Shelly! I think I'm going to make the Hazelnut/Pumpkin recipe on saw in your contest...sound too good. My kids love the muffins too, but without the walnuts. Hope you and your family enjoy them.

  4. ps...there are so many grammatical errors in that comment, I'm embarassed!! But I'm seriously watching LSU and Georgia play football and can hardly stand it...BIG LSU FANS HERE!!!

  5. So I checked out our Kroger, and sure enough, no pumpkin.

    HOWEVER, I was in Williams Sonoma tonight--THANKS to you!!--and there was definitely NO shortage of pumpkin in that store. Pumpkin butter, pumpkin curry, pumpkin this, and pumpkin that. And OOOOOEEEEE they had a sample of some pumpkim squares that were OUT OF THIS WORLD:

    Pumpkin Dessert Squares

    1 box yellow cake mix
    1 jar Pumpkin Pecan Butter from W-S
    3 eggs
    1 T flour
    1/4 c. sugar
    3/4 c. butter
    3 T milk
    1 t cinnamon

    Reserve 1 cup of the cake mix and set aside.

    Mix remaining cake mix with 1/2 c. melted butter and 1 egg. Press mixture lightly into bottom of a 9 x 13.

    Mix 1 jar pumkin butter with 2 eggs and 3 T milk and pour over cake mixture in pan.

    Mix to a crumble the reserved cake mix with 1 T flour 1/4 c sugar, 1/4 c soft butter and 1 t cinnamon. Crumble over top of the pumkin layer.

    Bake 35-40 min at 350 degrees.

    P.S. I bought the pasta maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid!! Wahoo! Thanks be to you and mom for my special gift! :)

  6. Bridget, I'm going to try that cheesecake recipe too! Sounds yummy!

    Jodi, I know what you mean about W-S, but they don't have just plain old canned pumpkin. I LOVE their pumpkin butter though. And those squares they make are amazing. Mmmmm.