Family Pecan Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

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My Gammy has a trove of family desserts that she keeps safely in our family recipe book. The book is worn from years of use and dates back to the past 30 years. Each recipe connected to an important memory in my mind. My favorites are the ones centered around a holiday or celebration. It’s wonderful how a recipe can transport you back in time.

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It would not be Thanksgiving without the Pecan Pumpkin Dessert. It is really the best of both – a crunchy pecan crust with a smooth pumpkin filling. It’s easy to make as long as you have the patience to bake in layers. It may not be as traditional as a pumpkin or pecan pie, but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

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I love how Thanksgiving is a time for family and grateful wishes. So I couldn’t resist the chance of passing this recipe along to you and your family. My hope is that you love it as much as my family does!

Recipe:

2 cans (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin

1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 pkg. yellow cake mix

1 cup butter (melted)

1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Frosting: 1 pkg cream cheese, 1 & 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1tsp vanilla, 1 carton Cool Whip

Directions:

Line a 13×9 baking pan with waxed paper. Coat the paper w/ cooking spray, set aside. In a bowl, combine pumpkin, milk + sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Pour in pan. Sprinkle with dry cake mix and drizzle with butter. Add the pecans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Invert onto a large serving platter. Remove wax paper. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar + vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Frost dessert. Store in refrigerator.


Lowe Pumpkin Party

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Last weekend, Kev and I decided to celebrate the Fall season with a Lowe Family Pumpkin Party. It was a party for everyone to just enjoy good food, company and pumpkin carvings. One of my favorite parts was being able to connect with friends we haven’t seen in a while.

My grandmother always throws the best get-togethers so I tried to make sure that I had all of her party essentials. Some of my favorite memories are from our family parties. My grandmother is the best hostess – the food is always hot, conversation flowing and laughs galore.  For our party, we had home-cooked meals, desserts, appetizers and gift bags. We also had a photo booth available for everyone to take photos together.

During the party, I was able to stop and see my friends enjoying their time while we were all together. I had this overwhelming sense of happiness to be able to see their smiles.


It’s Fall Y’all

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall,” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I couldn’t have said it any better myself; I just love Fall. It’s a season that I look forward to all yearlong and hate to see end. It’s one of new beginnings and reminiscing on past moments –  that crispness in the air brings back so many memories.

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Memories of my family visiting North Carolina and fall festivals.  To road trips with my dearest friends and hiking in Tennessee. To making fall decorations and baking delicious treats. And to carving pumpkins and going on hay rides – just to name a few.

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Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year.  To get into the spirit of things, 1. I consult my favorite magazines for inspiration. 2. Look through old family photos taken during the Fall and 3. make a Fall Bucket list to remember all of my favorite fall activities.

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch
  2. Decorate pumpkins
  3. Drink apple cider (or make it – if I’m feeling fancy)
  4. Paynes Prairie picnic
  5. Newberry Cornmaze & Hayride
  6. Fall decorations
  7. Baked pies and pumpkin goodies
  8. Front door decorations
  9. Go to a Fall festival
  10. Football game

So far I have a few things crossed off the list already, including a miraculous Gator football game!  More Fall loving to come in the next few weeks!

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