The last two weeks have been pumpkin weeks for me. I first made pumpkin squares, which disappeared quickly, as they seem to be everyone’s favorites. I’m reposting the recipe here, as it will be part of the Thursday Recipe Exchange tomorrow. That will feature Pumpkin Cookies and possible a Pumpkin Cream Pie, which I found much more satisfying than regular pumpkin pie. I’m off to buy those ingredients now to see if I can recreate it. Until then, you can start with these amazing goodies:
Originally posted 10/2011:
These are a favorite. By the time you read this post, half the pan will already be gone to friends. The other half goes to work tomorrow for our morning meeting.
- 4 eggs
- 1-2/3 cup sugar
- 1 cup oil or butter
- 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie filling)
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice (less if desired, I like them spicy)
mixing bowl & 13×9 baking dish, greased
Beat eggs, sugar, butter & pumpkin together, add dry ingredients, mixing well. Spread into baking dish, bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Cool & frost (frosting below). These are rich, so I would cut them into at least 24 squares.
- 16 oz cream cheese, room temp
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
Mix together cream cheese, sugar & vanilla. Mix until smooth.
You can frost & freeze in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy.
Every once in a while I write about how things you find in the kitchen can work to improve hair and skin. Oat flour, olive oil, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice are all things I’ve used with great success for healthy skin and soft, shiny hair. I have very sensitive skin, so I’m always on the look out for things I can use without a lot of chemicals in them. (You can read about my journey from irritated skin to beauty in the kitchen here.)
I was googling something the other day, can’t even remember what it was – definitely not looking for beauty tips – and stumbled across this from Dr. Oz (of the Dr. Oz show) and I thought, “sounds interesting”:
Spice Up Your Skin
As your skin ages, not only do wrinkles appear but the fresh dewy look of youth is replaced with dullness and even dry patches.
When combined, the spices cinnamon and nutmeg can soften fine lines and make your skin glow. Nutmeg actually lightens age spots by turning off melanocytes (pigment cells), while cinnamon helps plump skin, filling in fine lines and minor wrinkles.
Nutmeg & Cinnamon Face & Body Wash
To make this inexpensive, skin-rejuvenating wash, take 6 teaspoons each of ground cinnamon and nutmeg and run through your coffee machine’s filter. Pour the mixture directly into a warm bath and soak in it. Or allow the mixture to cool and use as a face or body wash that you can leave on and let penetrate your skin for up to 10 minutes a day.
I actually mix 1/4 tsp of cinnamon with my oat flour mask (now I really am an oatmeal cookie). The one caution here is that cinnamon, like ginger, brings on the heat and using too much can irritate the skin. I don’t think I would do a straight mixture and leave it on for 10 minutes, but for me it works well in combination with the oat flour. I haven’t tried the “bath tea” yet.
Do you have anything from your pantry that has worked its way into your skin or hair routine?