Pumpkin Dessert recipe

My mom always made this delicious moist cake in the fall.  But why wait?  I think it tastes good all year!

Here is the list of ingredients you’ll need for Pumpkin Dessert: 1 box yellow cake mix, 1 & 1/2 sticks margarine, 3 eggs, 1- 14 oz.can pumpkin pie mix, 2/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. **If you cannot find pumpkin pie mix, buy canned pumpkin and use the recipe on the back to make it into pumpkin pie “filling”.  Usually you just need to add: sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.   Oven: 350 degrees.
The Recipe:
  the crust: 1 box yellow cake mix (RESERVE 1 cup cake mix)
1/2 cup (one stick) margarine, melted
1 egg
Mix well and press into lightly greased 9″x13″ pan.

the filling: 1- 14 oz can pumpkin pie mix
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
Combine until smooth and pour over crust.

the topping: 1 cup reserved cake mix
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup margarine (1/2 stick)
Place ingredients in a bowl.  Using a pastry blender
or 2 knives criss-crossing, blend the margarine into
the dry ingredients until it resembles crumbs.
Sprinkle crumbs over filling.  Bake @350 for 45-50 mins.
Or until cake feels slightly firm to the touch.
Serve with whipped topping!



Fall Wreath

I made this wreath after I saw a similar one in a classy store.  That wreath had real apples on fresh greens and it was beautiful.  I’d love a wreath like that, but it isn’t practical for me.  I prefer something that will last, but still have the same basic appeal.  ooo…no pun there!

I bought a grapevine wreath, some inexpensive plastic fruit from a hobby/craft store, and some leafy greens.  A note here: faux fruit can be very pricey.  I passed up the section with individual, large fruit at $5.00 apiece, and scouted out smaller versions.  I also varied from the “all apple” inspiration and included small pumpkins, gourds, artichokes, etc.   Not only did that save me money, but it also gave me the “Fall” look I wanted.

Then, all I needed to do was assemble it with hot glue.  When making wreaths, I usually keep stems long and apply hot glue to the stem, then insert it into the grapevine wreath.  If I find I need more glue on the side or bottom, I’ll add more.  Adding greens to tuck in around the fruit helps to cover anything I want to hide.   There are times I need to use wire to attach items.  My wire of choice is green 24 gauge.

There are many ways to make a wreath like this “your own”.  You can add fall leaves, a bow, pine cones, sunflowers, raffia, or other items from nature.   You can use a different base wreath than a grapevine too.   Happy crafting!