Notes from the Camp Kitchens

Wow! Where did summer go? The end of summer brings fall, my favorite season. I love the colors. Where else can we see the extraordinary beauty of God's creation? I love the cool crisp fresh air, another gift from God. I enjoy pulling out sweaters and sweatshirts that were packed away last spring. These days especially make me feel thankful for everything I have -a warm home, warm clothing,  good food to eat, etc. All these, too, are gifts from God. I love the smells of fall, especially when baking. :) Cinnamon, pumpkin, apples, nutmeg. Here is a family favorite recipe that is my all time go-to in the fall. 

Pumpkin Eaters Bars  

CRUST:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts ( if allergy concerns, omit and add  1/2 cup oats instead)
  • 3/4 cup softened butter 

Mix on low until crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Pat the rest into the bottom of a 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

 

FILLING:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup milk 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 16 oz can pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

Beat all together until smooth. Pour over crust and spread to edges. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. Bake at 350* for 30 - 40 minutes. Test center to check if it's done.

 

*** This makes a great bar to have with a cup of coffee or tea. I also use this as a holiday dessert. I double the filling recipe and serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. YUMMY!  Enjoy!

 

Take time for yourself this fall to get out and enjoy the beauty of all that God has given us! Happy Fall Y'all!

 

Sincerely,

Jan Soltis

Camp Hiawatha Hospitality Coordinator  

Jan@VLMcamps.org