Does the stress of the holidays have you running rampant? I get it. I think it gets us all to some degree. You would think after years of surviving the holiday season we would have all of our ducks in a row and everything would just go smoothly for once. Would somebody please let me know when I can expect this to happen?!?
I know in some parts of the country this time of year is filled with beautiful fall colors of burnt orange, striking reds and golden yellows. People are pulling out their fall sweaters and leggings and those cute knee-high boots. Well here in the northland, fall has come and gone. We’ve traded in our leggings for longees and Carhart bibs with winter boots. In fact the ground is covered white right now, the north-east wind is blowing right off that big ol’ Lake Superior and putting a horrid chill in the air. Enough to make you want to run inside as opposed to doing anything productive outside. Well I guess we come to expect it every year, just never really sure when it will hit. I do love the changing of the seasons however. We traded in our bear dogs for coon dogs then for bobcat dogs all within one months time! Cat season will last the rest of the winter now, hopefully we can get 1 inch of fresh snow everyday and have amazing conditions for it! (Ha! A girl can dream right?!?)
There is something quite magical about this time of year. I’m not really sure what makes it feel this way, but it is something I look forward to. It’s also that time of year when family and friends get closer to one another. Oh, and all the yummy desserts! Maybe that’s what it is! Well here is a recipe for you to try out. It is called Pumpkin Dump Cake, however I was out of pumpkin, so I cooked up a Hubbard squash I had lying around and used that. Hubbard squash gets rather large! It was our smallest one and I put it in a nescoe to cook it, and it didn’t fit!! JUMBO! So needless to say I put up quite a bit of squash as well as made this dish! This is a super easy recipe to make, and it tastes delicious! You will ‘wow’ your crowd with it and you won’t stress about making dessert because it’s so easy! I promise!! The cake itself is about the consistency of a pumpkin pie, then you sprinkle a dry cake mix on top of that. Then place pecans over the cake mix, then top it off with thinly sliced butter pats evenly spread over the cake. Once baked, the butter melts into the pecans and toasts them into this buttery rich toasted pecan flavor that will just leave you craving more!
So if you are looking for something that feeds a crowd (makes a 9×13 pan) tastes amazing, and best of all is super easy to make, give this recipe a try! It’s the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving with a taste right in between pumpkin pie and pecan pie. If you give it a try let me know what you think!