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!
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.
As 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.