Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Team Pumpkin: October Poetry

This month our poetry group picked the theme Pumpkins. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe it's a gift because today's my birthday, but I'm pretty happy to have my (rhyming) say about pumpkins. They take quite a beating right about now. Not so much because people don't love them, probably because bloggers and websites pluck them way too early, starting to post pumpkin recipes in the summer and keeping it up steadily straight through October.

The Monthly Poetry Group, poems by multiple bloggers based on a theme. This month's theme, Pumpkins. | Graphic property of | #poem #poetry

Not me. I have a hard fast rule, all things Halloween, including pumpkin recipes don't start until October 1st. But then, well, all bets are off. 

 Team Pumpkin

Little seed so small and brown,
planted in the Spring. 
Burrow deep into the ground,
happiness you'll bring.

In the patch grow big and round,
green to gold to ripe.
Soon the kids will be farm bound,
October's favorite hype.

Corn maze, cocoa, a hay ride,
caramel apples too.
Picking and choosing with utmost pride,
ends in holding you.

Jack-O-Lantern you'll become.
And recipes, a slew.
I'll be making more than some,
pies and cake and stew.

Pepita Harvest Bars are an interpretation of the classic seven layer bars incorporating all of the flavors of the Fall Season. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert
Pepita Harvest Bars

Oh, I've heard it, the boo-hoo,
complain and whine and groan. 
"Too many recipes, too soon too".
Please! Quit your insufferable moan.

'Cause on my blog . . .

For one month out of every year,
I'm sorry happy to publicly say, 
I'm "team pumpkin" and to be clear,
and that's (more than) OK.

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry from some of my friends:
Dawn of Cognitive Script shares Pumpkins.
Diane of On the Border shares Pumpkin Time
Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares 4 Little Pumpkins.

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Pepita Harvest Bars       

Printable Recipe

1 1/2 packages Chips Ahoy Thins Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
3/4 stick butter or margarine, melted
1 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup cranraisins
1 cup Pepitas, roasted and shelled
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

*Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Mix the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and press into the bottom of the pan.
*Sprinkle the prepared crust with the white chocolate chips followed by the quick oats, then the cranraisins and last the Pepitas. Whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Pour over the top.
*Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until the top is bubbling and has browned. Remove from oven. 
*Allow to cool for 15 minutes. Gently run a knife around the edges. Cool completely before cutting.


  1. Ahhh - I cannot wait! This weekend, we're doing exactly what you described with hay rides, a maze, etc. So fun. :) But I hate pumpkin flavored ick.

    1. Have a great weekend. And don't forget the haunted house.

  2. Definitely more than okay! Love this, Karen!
    And HaPpY BiRtHdAy, my friend!!!! We October babies are the very best!!! <3

  3. This sounds like it would also work for Thanksgiving. Happy birthday and happy pumpkin eating! Alana

  4. My birthday is the 17th, and I'm a pumpkin girl too. :) Recipe looks terrific!

  5. Great poem and even better recipe. I could have these. I’m excited to try them as soon as I’m up and about again.
    HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!������

    1. So glad you're recovering. Hope you're back to healthy soon.

  6. The other day while at the supermarket Tim saw large whole pumpkins and said what the hell is with them I had to explain they are for Halloween and he said but that is an American thing not an Aussie thing

    1. I didn't realize you didn't celebrate Halloween there, it's definitely huge here.

  7. These look so good. Really different. I love pumpkin everything!

  8. Happy birthday! I love pepitas, and your bars look awesome.


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