Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gooey Pumpkin Bars

I may never make a pumpkin pie again. Just had to share this with everyone.

Gooey Pumpkin Bars

CAKE  (Bottom):                                                                  
1 -16.5-oz box yellow cake/
     extra moist pudding in the mix
1/3 c. Plain flour
1/3  c. Sugar
1 egg
1 stick butter, melted (8 Tbsp)

Pumpkin FILLING:
1- 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1- 15-oz can of pumpkin puree
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 16-ounce box confectioners'
 sugar (3-3/4 - 4 cups)
1 stick butter, melted

It is very smart to gather all the ingredients first.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch metal baking pan. I used a Pyrex dish and reduced the temperature to 325.

In the large mixing bowl of an electric mixer, add the plain flour and sugar, use a wire wisk to combine together. Add cake mix and whisk some more. Add the egg, and butter and combine with mixer. It will crumble and be dough like. Press into your greased pan. Set aside.

Now make the filling, in the same large mixing bowl that you used for the cake bottom.  Beat the softened cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth.
Add the 3 eggs, one at a time beating until combined. Now add the pumpkin puree and vanilla beating until well mixed.

Dump in confectioner's sugar and beat until combined.  Add the melted butter, and beat well.

Finally, add the cinnamon and nutmeg, if using, (my family loves it without spice) and beat until incorporated.

Pour the filling on top of  the prepared cake dough and bake for 40- 50 minutes, in a preheated 350 degree oven. Watch closely as the center should not set completely.

Place on a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Cut into squares and top each piece with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy! Refrigerate left overs.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Over 500 Year Old Angel Oak Tree Near Charleston Is A Must See

Angel Oak Tree Image courtesy of AngelOakTree.com

If you are visiting Charleston, SC we have found something that you must check out while you are there. It's called Angel Oak Tree and it is thought to be 400-500 years old and some people even think it may be as much as 1,500 years old. It is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana). The tree was severely damaged from Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but did recover. We are not sure if recent Hurricane Matthew did any damage. Please call before you visit. See Google Map below so you can plan your trip.

It is open 9-5 Monday through Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. Their Gift shop closes at 4:30.
For more information, call 843-559-3496 or visit their website at: http://www.angeloaktree.com/
Also there is more information on this tree here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Oak