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This week I am thrilled to bring you not only a fabulous, Fall recipe, but a beautifully hand-crafted topiary giveaway as well!

Charlotte Swank is an artist at thru-and-thru, with her professional training and background in horn playing. Today, Charlotte brings her love of art to every piece she hand-crafts for her shop, Spice Grove Designs. Charlotte gathers top-quality spices and collects lovely vintage and upcycled pieces to create one-of-a-kind home décor pieces and scented note cards. She is modest when it comes to her designs and work, but anyone who's seen her pieces in-person speaks of how each item smells wonderful and exudes quality.

I hope you try Charlotte’s Pumpkin Football bars. And don’t forget to enter to win the fabulous burlap topiary ($65 value!), made just for STRUCTUREbags. Find the entry form at the end of the post. Thank you Charlotte!

Here is Charlotte, speaking from the heart: 


spice grove design football pumpkin bars

Football season is well under way and so are the traditions at the Spice Grove household! We love our Sunday night ‘pizza picnics,’ which include a blanket on the living room floor while eating pizza and watching the evening game. We also love the yummy treats and smells that fall and football bring to the house! From scenting the house with simmering spices, to favorite recipes made with love, cinnamon is front and center this time of year. One of our favorites are Pumpkin Footballs. 

I grew up with my mom making these pumpkin bars frequently because they were gobbled up quickly and are easy and pain free to make. Since I got married I fashioned them into something we can take to tailgate parties with our friends. Our kiddos love them now too. They love to be in the kitchen helping stir and taste when we make these! 

spice grove design football pumpkin bars


What you’ll need:
2 cookie sheets with lips on them
1 large bowl
Large spoon
Football shapes cookie cutter or knife to cut football shape
Piping bag with tip or small Ziploc bag


1 ½ cups of applesauce (this originally called for 1 ½ cups of canola oil but we’ve made it a bit healthier!)
29 oz. of pumpkin (make sure it’s pureed pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling)
6 eggs
3 cups of flour
1 ½ tsp. of baking soda
3 tsp. cinnamon
2 ½ cups of sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
12 oz. chocolate chips

Mix ingredients together. (I like to mix the wet ingredients first and then add the dry ingredients. But the beauty of this recipe is you don’t have to separate them out if you don’t have time. I’ve made them both ways and they turn out great either way.) Pour into two greased cookie sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool and cut into football shapes. Make frosting while cooling.


6 oz. softened cream cheese
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ stick of butter or margarine
2 tbsp. cream or milk

Mix frosting ingredients together. Put in a piping bag with a thin tip. (If you don’t have a piping bag simply use a sandwich size Ziploc bag with a tiny hole cut in one corner of it.) Pipe on laces on your cooled football shapes.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that these freeze really well and taste just as good out of the freezer as the day you make them. Make up a batch and freeze half for later!

I hope you’ll try our Pumpkin Football Recipe – thanks so much to Brenda at STRUCTUREbags for allowing me to share it with you!


What are some of your favorite smells of Autumn? What pieces do you love from Spice Groves Designs? Leave a note below to let us know. Then, be sure to stop by Charlotte’s shop and Facebook page and let her know you found her thanks to STRUCTUREbags.

Enjoy the season, and, Go Army!

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