Pumpkin Bread

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Feeds: 6-8 people. Yields 2 large loaves.


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2  cups pumpkin
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Combine all dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients. Fold in optional ingredients Mix until smooth and pour into 2 greased 9×5 inch pans. Baked at 350°F for about 1 hour (until toothpick comes out clean).

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

The perfect fall dessert – a combination of cheesecake and pumpkin pie! (I have made this three times in the past 2 months…)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Feeds: 6-8 people


  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • graham cracker crust
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 ground cloves
  • 1/8 ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time. Pour one cup of batter into crust.

Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg into remaining batter. Stir gently until well blended. Spread over the cheesecake batter in crust.

Bake 35-40 minutes, until center is almost set. Allow to cool and then refrigerate for 3-12 hours. Top with whipped topping before serving.

Banana Cake

I get excited when I buy too many bananas, and we can’t eat them before they become overripe. That’s because it means I get to make banana bread or banana cake. If you don’t have the time to use your overripe bananas now, just freeze them and soften them up in the microwave when you are ready!

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Feeds: 12-15 people (depends on how much they like banana cake and therefore how big they cut their pieces!). Yields 1 sheet cake.


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  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed overripe bananas (2-3)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla. Gradually add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the bananas.

Cook 20-25 minutes at 350° in a greased 10×15 baking pan. Toothpick should come out nearly clean (remember it will continue baking in the pan even after it has been removed from the oven).

Banana Cake

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar

Cut butter and cream cheese into 1 inch cubes to make it easier to integrate them. Then mix all of the ingredients. Use 3-4 cups of powdered sugar based on the desired thickness. Generally, if your house is hot, you may find your icing too thin, so you may need to use closer to 4 cups of powdered sugar. Ice the cake once it has cooled.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing