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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Simple Pleasures and a recipe share.....

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:11

Dayle, from A Collection of This and That, has a wonderful link share every Thursday called, Simple Pleasures, and I'm so happy to be participating this week for my first time.

I chose the Bible verse above, because I have honestly been struggling with disciplining my prayer life for quite awhile now.  A lot of struggles have been hitting me one after the other and instead of sinking myself into prayer and trust in the Lord, I've been wallowing in despair and sadness.

When I started thinking about my Simple Pleasure for this week, the first thing that I thought of was pumpkins.  I've been making all sorts of yummy goodies since October using this humble squash.  And, pumpkins naturally make me think of Autumn and harvest.  So I went to my favorite online Bible resource, Bible Gateway, and searched on the word Harvest.  This verse from Hebrews really spoke to me, because discipline is exactly what I need and has been the hardest thing for me to do.  Reading this verse and it's promise of righteousness and peace for those who practice discipline is exactly what I needed to hear.  Isn't that the more important and special Simple Pleasure of all?  When the Bible speaks to you about what you really need to hear?

And, since I have been making so many pumpkin desserts lately, here is one that I made yesterday.....and has definitely been a Simple Pleasure for my whole family.....Spiced Pumpkin Fudge.  It is simply delicious and smells heavenly!

Spiced Pumpkin Fudge - 
(original recipe can be found here at All Recipes)

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Line 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil.

  • Combine sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, pumpkin, butter and spice in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 10 to 12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees F to 240 F (soft-ball stage).

  • Quickly stir in morsels, marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until morsels are melted. Immediately pour into prepared pan. Let stand on wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cooled. Refrigerate tightly covered. To cut, lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Makes about 3 pounds.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you try the Spiced Pumpkin Fudge.  It's really yummy!  Also, be sure to visit all of the wonderful blogs who are sharing their Simple Pleasures at A Collection of This and That, you will be be happy you did!

Project Simple Pleasures2

God Bless, 


  1. di, you have no idea how much I enjoyed this post. The verse was just what I needed to read tonight. I agree. Finding the exact thing we need in God's Word is there for the taking, the ultimate simple pleasure. Thanks so much for linking up today, and welcome!

    As for that fudge ... there went my diet. It looks divine.

  2. Isn't it amazing what the Lord gives us through HIS word - just a reminder of how faithful HE will be to us through the discipline. I can't help but say Lord, teach me quickly. The pumpkin fudge sounds really tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Di! I just loved your comment on my blog yesterday and shared a portion of it in my post today. I can so relate to what you wrote today for Simple Pleasures. I need to spend some time on that verse. Have a great day today!

  4. thank you for this post....and the recipe.

  5. So glad to have you joining in today! That very verse has spoken to me recently, as I attempt to discipline my children in such a way that we will all have peace. I love it when we hear exactly what we need to when we dive into God's Word.

    I cannot *wait* to try the fudge! I've made pumpkin fudge before, but I think the white chocolate morsels make this WAY more desirable. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I share this simple pleasure with you. Thank you for the scripture and the recipe too!

  7. Di, Your fudge sounds delish and I love your gnarly pumpkin!

  8. Oh my! I love pumpkin everything. And never, ever have I seen a recipe for pumpkin fudge. This sounds absolutely divine. Darn! I don't even know if we can get white chocolate here. But I will be saving this recipe and definitely be on the lookout. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes for a beautiful day. :) Tammy

  9. Sounds very yummy I will have to try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Love your "harvest" post. I too struggle at times with my prayer life. But God is patient with us and waiting for us to come to him in prayer and petition. Keep the good faith. I am sooooooooooo going to make your fudge!! I am happy to have found your blog.
    Blessings and peace!

  11. It is good to know that God does not give up on us. I love your pumpkin, the skin is amazing. I've never tried pumpkin in a sweet dish before.

  12. Beautiful post. This scripture really spoke to me today and that pumpkin fudge looks YUMMY! Something sweet to make the medicine (discipline) go down.

  13. Hello Di, it's nice to 'meet' you :-) I also need to work on dicipline in my prayer life! I have never heard of pumpkin fudge but it sounds great and looks wonderful! Thanks for the recipe. I want to try this :-) blessings..Trish

  14. I struggle with discipline also. Thanks for sharing the verse. And the recipe! I've been on a pumpkin binge lately myself. Pumpkin butter, whoopie pies, etc. I'v enever heard of the pumpkin fudge. I'm going to have to give it a try!


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