Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Sumtumn: Word Counters

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks a number between 12 and 74. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with.

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 The September number is 22. 
It was chosen by Me.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme Sumtumn.

~ Today I'm talking about celebrating sumtumn season. Never heard of it? That's probably because you don't live in my head. Lucky you.

~Sumtumn is a hybrid of summer and autumn. I was always team summer, when I lived near the ocean. Now? Team sumtumn.

~ Yeah, I made it up, genius, right? Long overdue, someone had to. You know those days, daylight's shortening and weather's in limbo.

~ The not still broiling summer days but not yet crisp autumn days deserve a name. They're my favorite days of the year.

~ You know, three outfit days. Long sleeves with shorts in the morning, switch to short sleeves in the afternoon, sweatshirt for evening.

~ To recipe developers, it's the best of both worlds. Summer fruits are still out, but pears and apples are showing up too.

Lemon Pie Cake with Strawberries is a summer celebration. Just 6 ingredients are needed for this lemony cake studded with fresh strawberries. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake
Lemon Pie Cake with Strawberries
Lemon Pie Cake with Strawberries is a summer celebration. Just 6 ingredients are needed for this lemony cake studded with fresh strawberries. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cake

~ We used to just call this "sleeping weather". Turn off the air, open the windows to that gentle breeze and sleep comfortably.

~ Sumtumn is a short season, friends, so be sure you're celebrating every glorious day from the last week in August through September.

~ Truth is, as much as I'm team sumtumn, I'm actually quite fickle. Build an ocean in my backyard I'm back, team summer.

~ A quick point of order. Does sumtumn count as a word, since it's not one officially, dictionarily? If not? Sorry (not sorry).

Here are links to the other Word Counters posts:

Messymimi’s Meanderings 
On the Border 

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Lemon Pie Cake with Strawberries

1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup lemon lime soda
1 can (21 oz) lemon pie filling, divided
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped

2 TBSP lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar

fresh strawberries for garnish

*Grease and flour a 9 X 13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Mix the cake mix, soda, and 1 cup of the lemon pie filling until fully incorporated. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup fresh strawberries.
*Bake about 35 - 40 minutes, just until the center springs back to the touch. Cool completely.
*Whisk together the remaining lemon pie filling, lemon juice and powdered sugar. Spread over the cooled cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
*Store, covered, in the refrigerator. 


  1. You’re killing me. My mouth drools, my eyes water in sympathy and my stomach growls in protest. But oh, that looks so good.

  2. Tell me who I need to contact to make sumtumn an official word and I'll be on the job.

  3. I love Sumtumn! Here, of course, it's longs sleeves and long pants in the morning. And in the afternoon. And definitely in the evening. But NO FROST YET!!! Bonus!

    1. Hope that frost holds off for you, not quite time for full on Autumn quite yet.

  4. wowow what a great recipe...I'll be trying it very soon! Now- here in the Pacific Northwest we are experiencing a
    different sort of weather. I think I would call it Smokehell. I cannot complain tho as so many people here have lost their homes, their animals and sometimes have lost thier loved ones.Have a lovely day baking!

    1. I can't know what it's like to live through these fires, nor to have to deal with the loss in their wake, but my heart breaks whenever I see the news stories. I hope you stay safe.

  5. It's a word now! We get about 3 days of sumtum here in the swamps, where we really only have two seasons, wet and hurricane.

    Hope you get plenty of sumtum this year!

    1. Be careful, I hear there are a whole bunch of hurricanes brewing out there in the gulf right now.

  6. Sumtumm. I'm in mourning over the end of summer, for so many reasons. Didn't it just start? What happened? I accept the winter squash and fresh, early apples. But the "F" word - frost is looming. Too soon. Too soon for sumtumm or whatever is going on this year. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. I agree summer seems like it just started. Maybe that's because I never made it to the beach this year, or saw my family. Hope your frost holds off for a while. Mine too (although it's not in the forecast for us yet.

  7. Your pie cake has me drooling! So pretty!

  8. I like the concept! And I think, in English, whatever you use to convey a meaning is a valid word.


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