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Simple & Delicious Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Simple & Delicious Pumpkin Cake Recipe

An amazing indoors way to celebrate the beautiful fall weather is to stop going for apple picking and just making a delicious, mouthwatering pumpkin pie. It’s just so much better than hayrides and roasting some s’mores. Moreover, you could not have a tastier treat for after dinner, enjoying some Sunday night football than this out-of-the-world recipe. And it’s simple, without any special ingredients, hassle-free, and it’s just perfect! This recipe is great for true pumpkin pie fans who want the very essence of the pumpkin flavor, the spice and a bit of tanginess without anything else getting in the way!

But Why is This Pumpkin Pie Recipe Great?

There are a couple of reasons why this pumpkin pie cake recipe will become an instant favorite and fall staple at your household. First of all, the pie will be packed with a concoction of wonderful flavors along with two big cups of pumpkin puree. In addition, you are going add all the best fall ingredients in your kitchen, such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger.

The cake will turn out super moist, like sticking to your fork! To make it even more delicious you are going to add a mouth watering, smooth and silky cream cheese frosting. Lastly, because the cake is single layer, you can easily pack it take to parties, game nights, tailgates etc.

The Pumpkin Cake Recipe

The recipe is quite straightforward and you can’t go wrong with it. If you have ever baked a spice cake before, the preparation is similar to that in terms of texture and taste. Plus you are not going to need more than two bowls! However, even if you haven’t baked in a while, this recipe is still easy than a ton of others!

Let’s go over the ingredients and then the method.

As mentioned, the ingredients are simple and easy, it’s a homemade cake after all.

 

Here is what you are going to need:

 

  • Flour – (Go with all-purpose flour) because the cake already as a thick and wet batter.

 

  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda – Common household ingredients that help the batter rise

 

  • Cinnamon and Spice for the Pumpkin Pie – These are necessary ingredients to make the cake. You can prepare the spice at home by adding half a teaspoon of ground cloves, ground ginger, ground allspice and ground nutmeg. Don’t forget to add half a teaspoon of cinnamon.

 

  • Vanilla and Salt for Added Flavor – You can add salt as per taste and buy the vanilla extract from any local grocery store.

 

  • Cooking Oil – Layer the base of the baking pan with an even spread of cooking oil to make the base of the cake smooth and moist.

 

  • Eggs – Add 2-3 eggs for the structure of the cake.

 

  • Pumpkin – Along with 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree, you will need to add 1 regular can of pumpkin. Use the entire content of the can to avoid waste.

 

  • Sugar – You can mix some brown and white sugar for taste

Instructions: 

  1. Take two bowls
  2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in the other
  4. Mix both the dry and wet ingredients together
  5. Take a 9 x 13 baking or cake pan and pour the mix in, spreading evenly
  6. Bake it
  7. Let it cool down for five minutes and then make the cream cheese frosting
  8. Put the cake in your fridge for 30 minutes
  9. And voila, it’s ready for eating

 

There you go – everything you need to have and know about how to bake a wonderfully delightful pumpkin pie cake.

October Fun on Long Island

October Fun on Long Island

Visiting Long Island during October will make for a scintillating experience. The weather is a mildly cold, perfect for having some fun outdoors! There are just so many things you can do apart from enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

Although the temperature will remain in the mid-range, if you do plan for outdoorsy activities on Long Island, it’s important to wear a couple of layers and bring a pair of hiking boots or shoes, especially if you want to experience the botanical garden in all its glory. Mentioned below are some interesting and exciting activities you can do.

Beautiful Long Island Landscape Hike

If you want to go out for a long, yet exhilarating and mentally stimulating hike, then Long Island is just the place. There are a variety of amazing trails that you could go on, for example, the Garvies Point Preserve. The preserve will nicely lead you down towards a pristine beach where you can take a breather and enjoy a mini picnic.

Moreover, Garvies also has spectacular refuges for wildlife in Long Island, like the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You can hike down to this national wildlife refuge, go to the shoreline and experience a huge gathering of different waterfowl.

Apple Hunting and Picking

As soon as fall hits Long Island, the place becomes an apple haven. There are a variety of orchards open to the public. You can go there with your family to pick hordes of fresh apples right at their peak. You can hunt for as many apples as you want and either eat them raw or make some fresh juice. There is no shortage of delicious recipes that have apples as the main ingredient.

Similarly, there are different farms of different fruits such as pumpkins, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries corn, tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, etc. However, each harvest will depend on the time of the year, apple picking is great for October.

Look for Your Own Pumpkin

There are also plenty of pumpkin farms you can visit on Long Island, and some of the farms also feature corn mazes as well as pre and post Halloween events. While you can buy already-picked pumpkins for Halloween, there are also farms where you can go out for some pumpkin picking. You might end up picking the biggest pumpkin on the farm!

One of the most popular pumpkin picking farms on Long Island is Brightwater’s, located near Bay Shore. If you want to pick organic pumpkins, then you can go to Organics Today, which is a 3-acre farm. If you want to experience the thrill of navigating through a corn maze, you can head straight to Fairview Farm located in Bridgehampton.

A Weekend Escape in Long Island

Another great way to enjoy a fall weekend in Long Island is visiting the popular Glen Cove Mansion. The mansion was built back in 1910 and is an award-winning structure. You could also go to the iconic Oheka Castle, located in Huntington.

You could also plan a weekend getaway for some wine tasting at the popular Long Island Wine Country or visit the Hamptons (you would really enjoy it since all the summer crowd is already gone). The Long Island Wine Country features serene bike trails and cozy villages.

Have Some Fun with Your Pooch

If you have brought your canine companion along for a visit to Long Island, you would be relieved to know that there are several places designated for dogs, you can play with your pooch all day long or take him for some exploration. Plus, there are also off-leash parks and places where your dog can run wild.

 

 

So, there you have it – some of the best places to visit and fun things to do while you are in Long Island this fall. Some amazing October fun on Long Island for locals and tourists alike.

Monster Mini and Golf Glow-Long Island’s Glowing Miniature Golf Courses

Monster Mini and Golf Glow-Long Island’s Glowing Miniature Golf Courses

Monster Mini Indoor Golf Course                                                                        

If you’re looking for some place spooky, fun and invigorating all at the same time, then there is nothing better than the Monster Mini golf course. Located in Deer Park, Suffolk County, the Monster Mini golf course offers a creepy and thrilling indoor experience. The place is ideal for kids, especially if it is their birthday. And, it glows in the dark!

The decorations at the place gives it a sweet look. The monster theme adds a bit of a thrill to the place and the decor is quite suited to the overall context of the indoor golf course design.

The staff is friendly and accommodating. It is truly a state-of-the-art facility with climate control, decorated with luminescent black lights that glow in the dark.             

The facility is an 18-hole mini golf course that provides a strong sense of adventure. However, it isn’t just a mini golf course. The place also has a video game arcade, mini bowling alleys, a laser maze, glow-in-the-dark mini laser tag, and a prize center.

There is no question it’s a one-stop avenue for having some fun. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you will definitely have the time of your life playing some glow-in-the-dark golf. And since it is indoors and air conditioned, there is not much you can ask for. Take your kids with you, or plan a school trip with your students, the Monster Mini golf course caters to all.

They also have private event rooms that have Haunted Mansion themes where management can organizes birthday parties.

Golf Glow

Located in East Garden City, in Roosevelt Field Mall, Golf Glow is an exciting and fun mini glow in the dark golf course. You can find it at the kids play area in the mall, right next to Lens Crafter. It is a real stress reliever, especially when you have kids with you, so just get a club and start playing!

The 27-hole mini golf course is completely dark with dark light, so you will not be playing in any natural light – which adds a bit of thrill to everything. The golf course is set through a series of twisted hallways and rooms and every hole provides a different playing experience. There are mini windmills you play through, as well as motorized blocks and inclines, etc. There is even an anti-gravity loop-the-loop.

With virtually no light, you are going to have to navigate through the entire golf course via the glow-in-the dark arrows. And remember it’s like a maze! Plus, there are some surprises there too; you can win a glowing treat if you manage to put a shot through the Plinko-style hole.

Once you become better at putting holes, you can test your mettle against the three difficulties at the laser maze. Your kid is going to have to cross the laser maze without setting a laser off, which is tough! All in all, a fun and memorable experience.

Bethpage Ballpark: Home Of The Long Island Ducks

Bethpage Ballpark: Home Of The Long Island Ducks

One of the most famous ballparks in the US, Bethpage Ballpark, is in Suffolk county, New York. Boasting 6,002 seats, it is an avant-garde facility that the Long Island Ducks proudly call their home. Bethpage ballpark opened for business back in 2000 and saw a staggering reception of fans and games throughout. Since its opening, the ballpark has welcomed more than seven million fans and has experienced a sellout more than 670 times.

Among a slew of the ballpark’s modern amenities and features, the place offers twenty luxurious VIP suites, a huge restaurant bar with a 126-seating capacity and a batting tunnel indoors.

Before the ballpark was fully constructed, the management decided to name it Suffolk County Sports Park. However, during the same year, the EAB, short for (European American Bank) bought the naming rights. They renamed the stadium “EAB Park” when it was inaugurated in 2000. However, in 2001, the name was changed again when Citibank bought the stadium from EAB. And in 2001, it was renamed to Citibank Park.

In 2010 however, the BFCU (Bethpage Federal Credit Union) invested in the ballpark and became increasingly involved. With the agreement, the BFCU changed the name of the stadium from Citibank Park to Bethpage Ballpark. Moreover, the BFCU has the rights to the name of the stadium.

Fast forward to 2017, Steve Bellone, who was one of the Suffolk county executives, and was also the representative of the Long Island Ducks as well as the Department of Public Works, proposed an innovative plan to revamp the stadium’s lighting system. He introduced the LED field lighting integration for Bethpage ballpark.

With LED-powered lighting becoming the primary source of lighting in the playing field, the 2000-watt metal Halide bulbs which were used since the ballpark’s inauguration, were removed. This was a great idea when you talk about energy savings. Not to mention, the new LED lights offered better illumination for both fans and players.

Furthermore, enhancements like getting Kentucky Bluegrass for the playing field and revamping the luxury VIP boxes, and more enhancements to the restaurant bar were done in 2017. The Bethpage ballpark has been home to more than a thousand mainstream events since 1999. The ballpark welcomes all manner of sports events such as lacrosse, professional soccer, charitable concerts and events, corporate seminars and events, high school baseball, youth clinics and camps, Freedom Fest concerts, three Atlantic League (All-star) games in 2002, 2010 and 2018.

An independent and professional baseball team, the Long Island Ducks (a.k.a Quacker Jacks) forms a major part of the ALPB (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball). The team was named after the animal primarily because duck farming was a major industry in Long Island.

The ballpark is located at 3 Court House Dr, Central Islip, NY 11722, USA.

Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

Nassau County Museum of Art

History and art are the next best thing to knowing and understanding our beginnings. What
better way of preserving our heritage than in a museum. Now, I know most of the
millennials think museums are a waste of time, and the internet makes everything so much
easier for us.
However, taking a trip down memory lane, is a much better experience than hitting the
search button. That is what the Nassau County Museum of Art offers. A place full of culture
and so much history, it’s like being back in time, and yet, still in the 21 st Century.
Museum Beginning
William Cullen was the original sole owner of the estate. Cullen was a patron of the arts,
poet, lawyer and political activist. In 1900, Lloyd Stephens Bryce purchased Bryant’s Upland
Farm and commissioned the architect Ogden Codman, Jr. to design Bryce House, on an
elevated site, overlooking Hempstead Harbor. Nassau County Museum of Art is that house.
In 1969, four years after the last owner, Childs Frick passed, the estate was purchased by
Nassau County with the goal of establishing the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art,
administered by the county’s Office of Cultural Development. The Museum became a
private not-for-profit institution in 1989, and is now governed and funded by a private
board of trustees.
The 145 acres surrounding Nassau County of Art is designated as a nature preserve. Marion
Cruger Coffin, a member of the American Institute of Landscape Architects, initially designed
the beautiful landscape in 1925. The original blueprints of this beautiful landscape are
housed in the Museum’s archives, along with photographs of the garden, taken in the
1930s.

The Museum

Located about 25 miles east of New York City, in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island, Nassau County
Museum of Art’s main building, is a three-story Georgian mansion. Designed in the Gold
Coast architecture of the late 19th century. Nassau County Museum of Art also houses the
Sculpture Park, architecturally-significant restored trellis, rare tree specimens, marked
walking trails, and the Formal Garden.
Considered among the nation’s largest, most important suburban art museums, Nassau
County Museum of Art strives to expand the understanding of art and culture through
exhibition and educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Exhibits
Over 500 permanent collections from both American and European art are housed by the
museum. The collection encompasses both 19 th and 20 th century art pieces through many
generous contributions. The Nassau County Museum of Art also presents yearly rotating art
exhibitions, many of which originate from their collection.
Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Roy Lichtenstein, Larry Rivers, Chaim Gross, Robert
Rauschenberg, Moses Soyer, Robert Indiana, Auguste Rodin, Georges Braque, Alex Katz,
Frederick Warren Freer and Irving Ramsey Wiles are some of the many artists included in
the collection.

The Formal Garden


One of the most breathtaking exhibitions of the Nassau County Museum of Art
was designed in the 1920’s by Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America’s leading landscape
architects. She designed this garden at the height of her career. Coffin’s overall plan for the
garden was to strengthen, clarify, and enhance the existing arrangement of walks, flower
beds, hedges, and entrances, using rectangles, circles, and arches to mirror the shapes
found in the symmetrical design of the estate’s mansion.
She also predicted that over time the garden would lose its beauty. In her efforts to
maintain her legacy, she taught the compositions of landscape architecture. Upon the
purchase of the estate in 1969, the garden was declared a public garden. Its maintenance
was dependent on private donations and volunteers.
The Roslyn Landmark Society, in 1989, restored the beautiful teak trellis, and in 1993,
extensive brick path restoration, including the restoration of the garden, which was funded
by New York State’s Environmental Quality Bond Act. Actual restoration of the garden began
in 2000.
In present day, the garden offers an elegant space to be admired by lovers of landscape
architecture. But most of all, a place to stroll, sit, and enjoy nature; a sanctuary of well
thought out reconstructed brick paths, perennial borders, and intricate boxwood designs in
four garden rooms, demarcated by yew “walls.” It is an ideal spot to be studied by historic
preservationists.

Sculpture Park


Nassau County Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park is considered one of the largest public
exhibition public parks in the Northeast. With around 40 sculptures, the majority of which
are permanent collections of the museum, lay well situated on the 145 acres of the Nassau
County Museum of Art.
Others include the prestigious venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the
Museum of Modern Art and many other galleries. Tom Otterness, Richard Serra, Mark di
Suvero, Manolo Valdes, Allen Bertoldi and Fernando Botero are just some of the artists
whose work is to be seen on the grounds.
Educational Programs
As part of the community, Nassau County Museum of Art provides a variety of educational
programs. The after-school program, for example, provides tours to the museum’s
exhibitions, and, customized workshops for specific interest groups can be arranged.
Another of the museum’s community outreach programs include the Autism & the Arts &
Creative Expeditions. The program was created in 2007, for the sole intention of
encouraging communication in children with autism.
Workshops are led by teaching artists, trained in art therapy, who encourage children with
autism to express themselves through conversations around works of art in their galleries,
and in hands on painting, drawing, and sculpture projects. The launch was made possible
through the collaboration between NCMA and the North Shore Autism Circle.
Visitor Information
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor. Admission
to the main building is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), and $4 for children ages 4-12.
Hours for the main building are 11 am to 4:45 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Docent-led tours of the main exhibition are offered at 2 pm each day; free with museum
admission. Meet in the lobby, no reservations are needed. Family art activities and tours are
offered Sundays from 1pm; free with museum admission. The Museum Store is open
Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4:30 pm.  Visit www.nassaumuseum.org for more information.

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