It’s that time of year again! Autumn is quickly approaching, and it’s time to break out the jeans and jackets, service the combine, and attach the grain cart – it’s harvest time!

I can already feel the days getting shorter, which isn’t necessarily a good thing when there’s plenty of work to be done. There’s no set 9-5 schedule for farmers, especially during this time of year. Days and well, nights, can get long during harvest season, so I like to surprise the guys by taking them a treat in the field every now and then.

I got the recipe for this dangerous dessert from my sister-in-law after she brought them over to our family Thanksgiving several years ago. After one bite, they quickly got added to my go-to recipe box. They have always been a huge hit!

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy harvest season!


Harvest Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients – Pumpkin Bar

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups pumpkin, canned

1 cup vegetable oil


• Sift first 6 ingredients into mixing bowl

• Add eggs, pumpkin, and oil

• Mix until blended and creamy

• Bake in ungreased 10×15 jelly roll pan at 350 for 25-30 min.


Ingredients – Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz cream cheese

6 T butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp milk

1 tsp vanilla


Mix all 5 ingredients for frosting until creamy

Spread over cooled bars.

Harvest Pumpkin Bars


Lana Hoffschneider

Lana HoffschneiderAs mother of 3 young children, my duties on the farm are on an “as needed” basis. I am a helper who can be found in the feedyard, helping move cattle; in the field bringing lunch, getting parts or taking pictures – my favorite; or in the office helping with bookwork. Since the hours of a farmer’s work are long and unpredictable, my primary job is to care for the children and try to keep up with their schedules. My husband and I are part of a farming business that includes 3 other family members and consists of raising corn and soybeans, and feeding cattle. Agriculture has always been a part of my life. I grew up on a dairy farm, earned my degree in agribusiness from UNL, and worked in agribusiness as an ag loan officer and an animal pharmaceutical sales rep. I continue to be involved with the agriculture organizations FFA and 4-H, I am an ag-in-the classroom pen pal, and am proud to be a CommonGround volunteer.



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