The Olivia Baby Quilt
{family} The Christmas Photo

hello there, pumpkin

I hosted bookclub monday night.  We had read The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.  (Wonderful book that I probably would not have otherwise picked up.  It's engaging historical fiction set in Iran in the 1700s.  Reminded us all a bit of The Red Tent.)

Our bookclub is small enough that hosts serve a full meal.  I made Rachel's Pasta Carbonara (Rach, I use this all this time, thank you!), a green salad with  "olive garden" dressing, some toasted garlic bread, and pumpkin cake for dessert. 

why, hello there, mr cake. I'd like to introduce you to my belly.

I used this recipe, but decreased the sugar to 1/2 cup and used a whole can of pumpkin. I also threw in some more cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp cloves, baked it in a bundt pan baked for 45 minutes.  The frosting is a mix of cream cheese (about 2oz), 1/2 stick butter, milk and powdered sugar.  Oh my, this was good.

And, by golly, he seems to know it. 

(I didn't notice the face on this cake until after I took this photo.  And now I can't stop staring at it!  I can't decide whether to laugh or be creeped out.  ha.


Michelle Price

That cake looks delicious! I think it's taunting me....


Ooooh, that cake looks delicious!!


That is a funny little face!!!! It makes me smile.


Yummy! We've been doing a lot of pumpkin here lately, too!


I just drooled on my keyboard....


I am definitely trying those recipes! I love anything with pumpkin!


Love the happy face cake! Sounds like a fun night with crazy yummy food.

UK lass in US

I read that book a while back - I'll have to keep an eye out for the Red Tent.

The pumpkin cake looks delicious. I think that's just one of those instances like a gingerbread man - you have to eat the face first to put them out of their misery. Anything else just isn't humane...

Patty Boyd

Yum, yum!


oh, that looks so good. I love that face!

mary smith

Thanks for all the great recipes, especially the pumpkin cake one!


Yummy! I love all things pumpkin.


Wow!! Pasta carbonara?? It is delicious!!! And also this pumpkin cake seems to be great!!

If you need some italian recipe... just ask me! Ok?


I'm laughing! And I want to know who ate that piece - that might have been a bit creepy...


I make the cake yesterday using your version of the recipe. Everyone loved it. I will be making it again. Thanks

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