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.
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.