Happy Thanksgiving Day! = Be Thankful & Recipe Rewind: Chocolate Pumpkin Cup Cakes

Farmers’ Market Seasonal Squash CKatt 2015

“Be thankful,” My friend Charley likes to say this on Thanksgiving Day to everyone. Charley’s reminder is that everyday is a day we can live with gratitude in our hearts.

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Have a peaceful day wherever you may find your self.

Charley “Be Thankful.”

♥️ Chocolate Pumpkin Cup Cakes Recipe Rewind from October 2014 for the full post. This post was for Halloween. But I think they are great treat for Autumn.

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I was asked to bring a pumpkin bar dessert for an upcoming Halloween neighborhood street party. “There will be no desserts. ” said my friend.  oh gosh almighty when I looked up pumpkin bars the pics (hundreds of them) didn’t inspire. 

-Soooo I fretted about baking for people I don’t know and gave myself the option of punting – bring store-bought baked goods. (Okay, it’s a fail-safe back-up plan.)

However, as fate would have it, I found a recipe in Country Living Magazine that I skimmed through nervously at the insurance estimate place for my car. (Don’t ask.) How to turn an unfortunate circumstance into a better day? Find an inspirational recipe. From Country Living Magazine online here is the Chocolate Pumpkin Witch Cupcakes recipe link. I followed the steps to the letter. Yesterday I had two taste testers who gave it the thumbs up! This was a practice run before the big event on Halloween, Feast of All Hallows, Samhain (for any neo-pagans).

Here’s a link to the recipe: http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/chocolate-pumpkin-witch-cupcakes-recipe-clx1014?click=recipe_sr Retrieved October 24, 2014

These Chocolate Pumpkin cupcakes are moist, rich, and the pumpkin is not too much.  Everything worked. This recipe makes a fluffy batter. They are totally cute when finished with witches hat and clever details.  It’s a winner and good enough to eat without frosting. 

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A Contemplative Life = Season’s Change – November Garden View

The Leavers and The Left Behind © CKatt 11-12-2021
Lake Harriet Sunset CKatt 11-2021

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Kiss Me Rose = Grandiflora – Held Over in October

Kiss Me Rose – Grandiflora © CKatt 10-19-2021
Kiss Me Rose Grandiflora

October was milder than usual for Minnesota. While the drought continues farmers do not have enough feed for their animals. The cost of hay has gone up as the supplies are smaller. The corn however is doing okay despite the drought. The leaves are dry on the trees. The color is still spectacular. The temperatures have gone down to the 40s and 50s Fahrenheit. In a more normal range.

Last year at this time in October we had 6-9 inches of snow! Surprise. Surprise. As this Kiss Me rose was still blooming last week, I went around the rose garden and added some more beauties to my collection. Here’s hoping that snow stay’s away until November.

“Grandiflora” is a term coined in 1954 to describe a new rose developed from a cross between hybrid tea and floribunda roses. Grandifloras tend to carry their flowers in clusters on top of tall stems. The flower size is a bit larger than floribunda. ~ University of Illinois Extension

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Champagne Wishes Rose – A Bit of Bubbly = National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day October 21, 2021

Champagne Wishes Rose © CKatt 8-28-21
Champagne Wishes Shrub Lim – 2012
Pumpkins at the Farmers’ Market © Ckatt 2021


Cakes © CKatt 2021

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is today. It might be nice to celebrate this day with a little something sweet! Autumn finds this delicate Champagne Wishes Rose a sweet reminder of August and Summer as the temperatures dip lower. There’s a chill in the air.

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Rainbow Sorbet Rose and Bee = Garden Gifts

Rainbow Sorbet Rose © CKatt 9-9-2-21
Hybridizer Rainbow Sorbet Rose © Ckatt 9-9-21

Rainbow Sorbet is another Hybridizer Rose. (What is a hybridizer? When a person pollinates two different roses to create a new rose, the rose then is called a hybridizer.) Rainbow Sorbet’s name is another rose in my garden list that is part of the food category. Roses have a long history of hybridization.

,Thanks to the gardeners and volunteers of the Minneapolis Parks Board who maintain the Rose garden at Lake Harriet, for this year’s crop of roses. Hope you enjoy this collection as it appears on my blog.

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Take a moment to pay attention today wherever you find your mind, body & spirit.


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