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Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars with Cheesecake Icing

First of all, I want to lift up my thoughts and prayers for the people of North Carolina and South Carolina that have been effected by the weekend storm.  It has caused extreme flooding and my heart goes out to all the people that have lost their homes and businesses.  I pray for their safety as the waters subside.

I guess I have finally joined the pumpkin craze here in the USA.  This time of year I do expect to see pumpkin rolls, cookies and muffins in the grocery stores.  However, this year I have been really amazed at the new pumpkin products I have seen.  As I was preparing this post, I could not think of anything in particular that I wanted to share with you. However, Mr. D came to the rescue and suggested I share something pumpkin.

We had torrential rains all weekend here in the foothills of North Carolina.  Thankfully we haven’t had lots of flooding but a few large trees have fallen in the area and caused power outages.  I think the brunt of the rain and flooding occurred in the eastern part of North Carolina and South Carolina.

When it is rainy for a long period of time my appetite definitely increases and I start thinking of luscious things I want to make.  I think these pumpkin oatmeal bars would be a great rainy day treat.  I love the idea of using sugar substitute and adding the oatmeal to the bars.  This would definitely be a great possibility for Mr. D or any one that is diabetic.

I discovered this recipe in my Hungry for Home cookbook by Amy Rogers.  It was submitted by Cordelia Be. Anderson of Charlotte, N.C.

pumpkin 2

In page 2 of the recipe below, the second item is 1/4 cup of butter, softened but not melted.

pumpkin 1

I am not a big fan of pumpkin but I do like it combined with cream cheese.  Well, that is a crazy statement.  I like just about everything combined with cream cheese.  I think I will keep these ingredients on hand so I will have a great option for our next rainy weekend.  I love the idea of freezing the bars but that probably would never happen at our house, especially on a rainy day.

I hope that you are safe from the weekend storms and enjoying the beautiful autumn season. Thanks for stopping by.

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