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Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I am finishing up processing most of our garden harvest at this time, but I still have not taken care of my pie pumpkins yet.  The reason being, I still have a huge container of frozen pumpkin puree in my freezer from last year's harvest! 

Needless to say, we are going to be eating lots of pumpkin this month.  My first pumpkin recipe was pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.  This probably isn't good for you.  So make a batch, let everyone at home have one, and take the rest to work to share with your coworkers.



The original recipe for these pumpkin bars comes from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, but I have modified it so that I could use the ingredients I prefer.

Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients:

4 eggs
2 cups raw sugar
1 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Process:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F a…

How to Upcycle a T-shirt Into an Off-the-Shoulder Top

I sewed this in less that an hour, and it turned out pretty cute.  I took one of my husband's t-shirts that he wasn't wearing anymore, and modified it into an off-the-shoulder top.

All you need is:

T-shirt
Elastic (3/4" width or less)

1.  Cut off the top of the t-shirt at the tops of the sleeves and across the chest.

2.  Cut off an inch or two from each sleeve.

3.  Put narrow hems in to finish the edges of the sections you cut off.

4.  If you'd like, you can bring the sides of the shirt in somewhat so that it has a more fitted look, and cut some off the bottom if you'd like the shirt to be shorter.

5.  Measure yourself around your shoulders.  Take that measurement, and subtract 2" from it.  This will be the length of the elastic for the top.

6.  Measure your upper arm, and subtract 1".  Cut two pieces of elastic to this size for the arm holes.

7.  Use pins to mark the off-the-shoulder top into quarters.  Mark the sleeves the same way, and mark all 3 pie…