This time last week, I came home from our vet’s office in tears. Our dog Abby had been sick for three days, and the prognosis wasn’t good. She was in awful shape – weak, not eating, not wagging her tail – all things that are way out of character for our loving, energetic girl. Last Monday was our third office visit with her in four days, and I was so upset when we left that Eric had to leave his car there and drive us home in mine. Those of you that don’t have pets may not understand this, but Abby is part of our family. She’s been with us since she was just a little four and a half pound puppy, and we sometimes (and by sometimes I mean more frequently than I should admit) refer to her as Clara’s big sister. As you can imagine, we were both distraught (though, admittedly, Eric handled it much better than I did). We had to leave her there so she could receive treatment via IV, and I was so glad to have her home and snuggling with us that night.
After a long ten days since that first vet visit, I’m happy to say that our sweet Abby is doing much better. She’s not completely back to normal, but she’s on her way there thanks to the wonderful veterinarian and all the people that treated and took care of her. Everyone at the office was so kind and helpful that I wanted to thank them properly. What better way to do that than baked goods? Not to mention, I definitely needed the time in the kitchen to clear my mind and cheer me up.
These pumpkin bars are full of awesome, which makes sense since pumpkin and butterscotch are involved. Add white chocolate chips to that combo, and you’ve got a pumpkin dessert that’s hard to resist. These don’t have quite the same texture as other blondies I’ve made, but that’s largely due to the fact that pumpkin seems to make every baked good a little fluffier than it’s non-pumpkin counterpart. I know not everyone is a fan of nuts in their baked goods, but I think these would taste fabulous with pecans or walnuts mixed in. This is a great recipe to have for fall gatherings because it’s simple and perfect for sharing.