I almost titled this post The things I do for you but that sounded too much like complaining. You see, I had promised long ago that I'd take a picture for the recipes on that blog when I make them (as I did not have a digital camera when I posted the earlier recipes).
I made these pumpkin bars to take to the Parent's Day celebration where Christopher lives on campus. I had them all nicely covered with Saran Wrap when I remembered... the picture! Fortunately, it came off easily and I could keep my promise.
I LOVE this pumpkin bar recipe and so does everyone I've served it to, you can find it... here. Since I stock up on cream cheese when it goes on sale, it is a very inexpensive way to serve dessert to a lot of hungry people.
I am so glad that Anna is blogging again. I missed her. I recently found out Bloglines is shutting down soon and while I switched to Google Reader, I had recipes saved on Bloglines. A lot of them were from Pleasant View Schoolhouse!
I don't mention often enough how much I appreciate you all who read this blog. Your kindness, generosity, and friendship are so valued. From your kind words, to your generosity, to taking the time to enter Amazon through my widget (which adds up!).
My son was asking me recently how many people read this blog. I don't know exactly but the numbers I do have access to surprise me as they are high for this type of online journal... for I break many of the rules of having a successful blog. As I told him, I write about my life and my interests instead of concentrating on one segment of Blogdom.
I have watched the numbers go up and then drop suddenly when people who come by to read about one subject... for instance deepening the pantry... suddenly realize I'm spending a week about books to be followed by pictures of tea cups and even the occasional homeschool post.
Then there are those who decide to Follow or Subscribe during the week and they hit Sunday Afternoon Tea which quotes... the Bible For Goodness Sake! :-)
What have I learned in these years of writing? To just be me and people will either stay or go... and over time more stay than leave... becoming friends... even those who lurk. If I were to write to please, then this would no longer be easy or fun and I'd have given up long ago. It would require too much thinking.
I have turned down multiple offers to increase the traffic of Coffee Tea Books & Me (nothing was a good fit) and I even stopped reviewing books for publishers when it got in the way of reading for enjoyment.
Except for writing quite often, I break all the rules and who is left in this fifth year of blogging???
I do take blogging breaks from time to time but life has a way of giving me something to talk about... in the midst of good times and bad times, seasons of tears and seasons of laughter, holidays and everydays... I appreciate you. Thank you, muchly.