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Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings

Ingredients
TOPPING:
• 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons cold butter
• 1/2 cup chopped pecans

• CAKE:
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
• 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 slice) equals 209 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 184 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions
1. In a small bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans; set aside. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the sour cream, pumpkin and vanilla; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture. Beat on low just until blended. Spread the batter into two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 325° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Enjoy your Pumpkin Coffee Cake!

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Madison Birthday

“Iowa Lodging at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a Country Inn and Dubuque area bed and breakfast located near Dubuque, Iowa” />Quiet Walker Lodge bed and breakfastI enjoyed my 60th birthday this past Wednesday by going to Madison, Wisconsin. I ate at a fabulous place called Muramoto. The shushi was some of the best I have ever had and the plum wine was excellent. Prices were reasonable for lunch and I would highly recommend this place if you are ever in the mood for some good sushi.
Besides lunch, I toured the Olbrich botantical gardens and saw three plants that I am hoping to get for my garden. The Persian Pearl Tulip and Checkered Fritillary were two of my favorite ones. For a shaded area, the Lenten roses were great bushes for accent color. I am sure the gardens change with the seasons and I am looking forward to going back in July to see the summer colors.

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Mound Bread

Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast DubuqueRecently I traveled to Sinsinawa Mound to tour the Mother House of the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters. This exquisite site is the world headquarters for the sisters and the retirement home for those who are aging. It was a fantastic place to visit. I had heard about their famous breads and I was not disappointed when I tried several of their specialties. The “Mound Bread” became famous for its homemade flavor in the 1960s and ’70s. People who visited Sinsinawa Mound wanted more of the bread to take home and share with family and friends. As word spread about the bread, the demand continued to grow. Today, close to 70,000 baked goods are sold to friends and guests every year. The money from the bread helps support the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters as they continue their mission of preaching and teaching the Gospel.

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EAT!

Some of Our Favorite Places to Eat!

We are always looking for great places to enjoy a good meal. One of our favorite places is the Fireside Grill at the Diamond Jo in Dubuque. The atmosphere is very romantic and the food is great. Carol enjoyed her birthday this Friday at the grill. She had prime rib. It was so tender it melted in your mouth. She especially liked the asparagus and the variety of breads. It is a little pricey, but well worth it for that special occasion.

Another great place is Breitbach’s Country Dining. This is a causal dining restaurant in the town of Balltown. It is the oldest restaurant in Iowa and has been open since 1852. The Breitbach family has run the place since 1855. They serve Midwestern dishes and German ethnic food. The pies are awesome and were shown on Food Network. Portions are ample and the atmosphere is friendly and casual. Balltown is not far from QWL. So if you are looking for an experience, we suggest stopping by Breitbach Country Dining. It is a favorite of our guests.

If you are looking for a good hamburger, we suggest Champs in Dubuque. The portions are good and the price is reasonable. One of our favorites is the fish sandwich; load with flavor and hearty portions make it a great selection.

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