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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June Color Challenge And A Recipe

The color challenge for June is pumpkin! I like any reminder of autumn, especially this time of year, so looking for appropriate fabrics was a joy. Go look at the nice variety of pumpkin blocks at Jen's linkup right here.

12-inch block

I did struggle a bit with the pattern and was positive none of my points would match up. In fact at some point I began to question Jen's instructions, but of course in the end, Jen's brilliance became evident. Yes some of my points weren't perfect, but the points police have not visited here in a long time, so I felt safe.

Two 6-inch blocks

I've been making at least three blocks each month, in both the 12-inch and the 6-inch, so I should have an interesting layout at the end of the year!

Pumpkin is an ingredient in many of my autumn recipes, but here is an icebox cake for summer that hits the spot! And it's easy to make with a cake mix as the main ingredient. I use my KitchenAid for this, but a hand mixer works just fine.

Caramel Pumpkin Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
3 eggs
1/4 cup water
15 oz can pumpkin

1 cup caramel ice cream topping 
8 oz Cool Whip
1/2 cup toffee bits (either Heath Bits O' Brickle or Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits)

Whisk cake mix and spices together; add eggs, water, and pumpkin and beat about 2 minutes. Pour into a  prepared 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until cake springs back when touched and/or toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan completely.

Poke about 30 shallow holes in cake. Pour caramel topping into holes and all over cake. Spread Cool Whip to cover cake and sprinkle toffee bits all over. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving, then dig in!


  1. Pumpkin base desserts are very popular here and we cook them alot. But, so far i have not tried pumpkin cake. Looks different, thanks för the recipe,

  2. Very fun blocks. Definitely lots of points, but if you missed any, it's hard to tell. I think you are definitely safe from the point police.

  3. Your points look perfect from here!!! Cute blocks, Linda!!!

  4. In the end, when the quilt is all put together, no one is going to notice those points. I have to really watch when I trim my Flying Geese units; I don't have a large BlocLoc Flying Geese ruler, or I'd use that. I use my Creative Grids and I've figured out now how I need to position it so I don't trim it wrong and lose points, but it's been a journey. Your blocks are fun with those fabrics! Hard to believe July is here!

  5. I love that top block, but I have to admit that staring at it makes my eyes go a bit wonky. I cannot imagine piecing all that together and sewing it.

  6. Pretty blocks! This pattern is great, and I love your color combo!

  7. Those are pretty blocks, Linda! With the number of blocks you're making, you should have a good size quilt in the end. And yummy cake recipe, too! I love anything pumpkin!

  8. I love your blocks. Especially the one with black in it! Hugs


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