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Make Ahead Pumpkin Cake

Need a fall dessert that everyone will love? How about one that you can make days ahead of time? We can all use one of those recipes around the holidays, right? Well, look no further.


Don't serve this cake the day you bake it. It's good the second day but the third day is worth waiting for. I know it's sounds strange but it only gets better with time. The trick will be keeping it around until it's at it's best. 
2 sticks butter, softened 2 3/4 cups sugar 3 eggs 3 cups flour 1 can pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon all spice 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare bundt pan with shortening and flour.  Mix dry ingredients.  Add the rest mixing well.  Pour in pan, top with nuts. (They will end up on the bottom)  Bake 1 hour & 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes,  Turn out on cake plate.  When  completely cooled, cover …

Running~~~~~

J2 & J3 have been running and putting in a lot of miles.

This morning they ran a 5K race, their second in the last two weeks. It was a chilly Oklahoma October morning with temperatures near freezing.

They finished in 26 minutes finishing 14th & 15th overall and 4th & 5th in their age bracket. Yea!

After the race, they mingled with greatness ~ greatness by teenage guy standards, for sure!

R2-D2 was the real thing,  built and radio controlled by the man in the background  with all the moves, lights and sounds.  Amazing.

Captain America & a Twi'lek were also there.

Then they were lured to the dark side  and made friends with a Storm Trooper

and some of the Oklahoma City Thunder Cheerleaders  (dark side only from a Mom's perspective) They were in heaven!

And finally decided that they didn't move fast enough  and needed to get away on a pair of police motorcycles. ;)

What a FUN but cold morning in Downtown OKC.

for while bodily training is of some value,  godline…

October Occurrence

It has been so busy here on the farm and I haven't posted much.
A full fall update is in order.

We've had an abundance of rain this year which has blessed our pastures with green grass.  It's finally starting to fade now as cooler temperatures come in. 

The cattle and pigs have gone to butcher which means we have full freezers and fewer to feed at chore time.  This has been very nice!


The summer garden is gone but the fall one is coming along.  We are trying some late "summer" veggies too like green beans and squash.  We'll see if they can produce before the morning dew turns to morning frost.

Sweet D is the only horse in the pasture.  Bobbi wasn't getting much riding and she was too good of a horse to waste.  She's now living where little boys can ride her everyday.  We're really happy about that.  It does feel strange to only have one horse though after having five!  D has adjusted to it very well.  She stays busy five days a weeks riding Engl…