September 2012 Newsletter
Kitchen Project of the Month


 Recipe of the Month 




 Pumpkin Cake with cream cheese frosting



1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin

2 cups white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 eggs, beaten

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt



1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4-2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 teaspoons milk



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Beat pumpkin, sugar, oil and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add eggs and mix well.

4. Combine dry ingredients, except nuts (if using) and gradually add to pumpkin mixture, beating until well blended.

5. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan/dish.

6. Bake for 35- 40 minutes or until center tests done.

7. Cool completely before frosting.

8. (I keep mine in the pan-- I use a glass Pyrex baking pan).

9. The frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth.

10. Gradually add sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.

11. Add milk and beat until frosting is the spreading consistency you desire.

12. Frost cake

Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist

It's Almost Fall! Use fall's brisk and breezy days to conquer deep-cleaning chores for a clean and comfortable winter home, and wrap up summer's outdoor areas. This Fall Cleaning Chore Checklist will help you prepare home and hearth for the coming of winter.

Outside the House:

Summer is almost gone and has left its mark on the outside the house. Time to come inside for winter! Outside of the house tend to these fall chores:

  • Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, outside toys.
  • Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime bare wood first.
  • Check caulk around windows and doors. Follow manufacturer's recommendations to re-caulk if needed.
  • Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Install weather-stripping, door thresholds if needed.
  • Wash exterior windows.
  • Drain and store garden hoses. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. In hard-freeze areas, have sprinkler systems blown free of water.
  • Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary. In cold-weather areas, consider installing heating cable to prevent ice dams.
  • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary.

Inside the House:

Autumn is the perfect time for "spring cleaning". Deep clean now to take advantage of good weather, and face the coming of winter and the approaching holidays with a clean and comfortable home.

  • Focus on public rooms: living room, family room, entryway, guest bath.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Vacuum drapes and window treatments. Clean window sills and window wells. Vacuum baseboards and corners.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture, or have professionally cleaned if needed. Move furniture and vacuum beneath and behind it.
  • Wash interior windows.
  • Turn mattresses front-to-back and end-to-end to equalize wear.
  • Launder or clean all bedding: mattress pads, pillows, duvets, blankets, comforters.
  • Schedule professional carpet cleaning early this month! Warm October afternoons speed carpet drying.  
  • Prepare the kitchen for holiday cooking. Clean and organized kitchen cabinets, paying particular attention to baking supplies, pans and equipment.
  • Clear kitchen counters of all appliances not used within the last week. Clear counters look cleaner--and provide more room for holiday cooking.
  • Pull refrigerator away from the wall, and vacuum the condenser coils. For bottom-mounted coils, use a long, narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris.
  • Wash light-diffusing bowls from light fixtures.
  • Inspect each appliance. Does it need supplies? Stock up on softener salt now, and avoid staggering over icy sidewalks with heavy bags.
  • Check and empty the central vacuum's collection area.
  • Clean electronic air cleaner elements monthly for most efficient operation. Wash them in an empty dishwasher (consult manual for specific product recommendations).
  • Clean or replace humidifier elements before the heating season begins.
  • Inspect washer hoses for bulges, cracks or splits. Replace them every other year.
  • Check dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris or birds' nests! Make sure the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use.
  • Schedule fall furnace inspections now.
  • Buy a winter's supply of furnace filters. Change filters monthly for maximum energy savings and indoor comfort. 
  • Drain sediment from hot water heaters.
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