Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pumpkin Bars---Happy Birthday, Shelby from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch—Virtual Party!

Shelby's birthday pumpkin bars 9-29-12

Pumpkin Bars for Shelby’s Birthday!

Today is Shelby’s birthday---you know, the mastermind, baker and cook extraordinaire from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHELBY!  Shelby is a fun gal who blogs mostly about the delicious food she makes for herself and her husband, Grumpy.

A few of her fellow blogger friends and I got together (virtually) and thought it would be fun to surprise her with a virtual birthday party, just to show her a little bloggy linky love and besides that if/when I ever meet Shelby in person, she’s the type of person who would be like my BFF ;), or we’d at least be fellow food-lovers and we have just having boys in common.  Shelby has raised two boys who are in their 20’s. I learn a lot from her wisdom.  We all decided to make something from Shelby’s blog.  YUM!

I had a hard time deciding, but thought since it’s her birthday, it would be fun to do one of the cakes she has posted.  There were a lot to choose from, but fitting for the time of year and the fact that Shelby changed the cake she originally took this recipe from and made it a little healthier, I decided on these pumpkin bars.  For my own good, I halved the recipe she posted.  Good thing, because the bars are really good and I would be stuck eating a whole 15x10 sheet pan of pumpkin bars! ;)  Just kidding.  But my boys won’t eat it, Kevin will though, and probably Scott.

Pumpkin Bars 

When I saw that the pumpkin bars were made in a 15x10 sheet pan, I knew it would be easy to halve the recipe because I have a 1/4 sheet pan.  In case you didn’t know, the 15x10 sheet pans are called 1/2 sheets.  Get the link above to look at Shelby’s pumpkin bars and the recipe, I didn’t change anything.  Okay, well, something small—it was just with the cream cheese frosting—I added more powdered sugar.  But other than that, I followed the recipe (halved) exactly.  Those pumpkin bars are great!  I was tempted to add chocolate chips or nuts.  But wanted to stay true to the recipe.  I will be kicking it up with both the next time I make this super-easy cake.  As bars in a sheet pan, this is perfect for a crowd and they came out of the lightly sprayed pan like a dream.

Pumpkin Bars 2 Check out all the other posts on behalf of sweet Shelby’s birthday!

Megan from Megan's Cookin'

Jenny from Mad Rantings of Andrew's Mom

Suzanne from Thru the Bugs on My Windshield 

Pam from Living Rancho Delux 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHELBY!

7 comments:

Shelby Law Ruttan said...

Ok, so you really did put tears in my eyes Katrina. So many they haven't stopped coming. You don't know how much it means to have a friend like you - and we have never even met! What's funny is yesterday, when I was reading Grumpy the "birthday suggestions" and I said this one is from Katrina, he knew exactly who I was talking about (even funnier he said "oh no"). LOL Thank you so much and I can't wait until the day we can actually meet up in person! Love you!

Andrew's Mom said...

Thank you for thinking of me Katrina to participate. Great looking pumpkin bars. So happy to be a part of Shelby's birthday celebration!

Barbara Bakes said...

Such a fun idea! Love that you made one of Shelby's recipes. I have a 1/4 sheet pan too, but never thought of halving a recipe. You've opened up all kinds of possibilities now.

Megan's Cookin' said...

The bars look perfect! Thanks for letting me join in on the birthday fun!!! :)

Suzanne said...

I knew you would have something sweet and yummy that I couldn't resist! This just may be on the menu tonight. YUM! And thanks so much for putting on this virtual birthday party for Shelby! It's been so much fun!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

these look simply gorgeous!!! perfect birthday food!
Mary x

April Tuell said...

First Suzanne, now you! You all are so sweet to do this for Shelby. Those pumpkin bars look absolutely delicious, and I so want one with my morning coffee right now. :)