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Iced Pumpkin


                                                                        Submitted by Molly Marley

                                                                        With so many recipes featuring pumpkin this
                                                                        time of year, it is hard to know which ones
                                                                        are worth pulling out the Kitchen-Aid for. I
                                                                        found this recipe on Pinterest several years
                                                                        ago, and trust me when I say this one is a
                                                                        crowd pleaser that will stand out among all
                                                                        the tired variations of pumpkin bread at any
                                                                        holiday gathering.


                                                                        • 2 cups butter
                                                                        • 2 cups sugar
       pencils. There were approximately enough rations for 2,080-2,160 people.   • 2 tsp baking powder
       There was even a morgue.  The air-conditioning system could filter out   • 2 tsp baking soda
       radioactivity, a 150—kilowatt generator was powered by a 319-horsepower
       diesel engine, and there was an underground fuel storage tank that was   • 1 tsp salt
       built to hold 10,000 gallons of fuel. The building also could use an auxiliary   • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
       water system if necessary. The Cold-War era building still contains the   • 1 tsp nutmeg
       original mechanical systems, only having maintenance repairs as necessary.
       However, with the end of the Cold War in 1989, the Civil Defense   • 2 eggs
       authorities deactivated the shelter and removed all the rations, medicines,   • 2 tsp vanilla
       and supplies, including some body bags. (Just a little gory!)
                                                                        • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
       In 1995, students moved into the new Yeso Elementary School just to the   • 4 cups flour
       west of Abo Elementary. Abo was closed due to increasing maintenance
       cost and the high cost of removing asbestos from the underground   ICING:
       structure. However, the underground structure is still used for storage   • 1/2 cup butter
       and training for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, another   • 1/2 cup brown sugar
       interesting chapter to Abo’s underground as well. Artesia’s pilot school
       served its purpose in history.                                   • 1/4 cup milk
                                                                        • 1 tsp vanilla
       PHOTO ABOVE:  A young boy works on his studies in one of the three
       hallways of Abo Elementary School. The U-shape layout made it easy   • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
       for teachers and students to make their way around the school.
       PHOTO LEFT:  Construction of Abo Elementary School began in 1961.   Directions:
       Courtesy of the Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center
                                                                        Preheat oven to 350 degrees • In a large bowl,
                                                                        beat the butter • Add in the sugar, baking
                                                                        powder, baking soda, salt and spices • Mix
                                                                        the dry ingredients then add the eggs, vanilla
                                                                        and pumpkin • Gradually beat in the flour until
                                                                        combined • Drop dough onto cookie sheet
                                                                        and bake 10-12 minutes

                                                                        For the Icing:
                                 Keepsake Ultrasound                    Heat ½ cup butter and ½ cup brown sugar
                               Gender Reveal & 3D-4D                    in a small saucepan until melted and smooth
                            Schedule an appointment today at            • Transfer to medium bowl and stir in ¼
                                       cup milk and 1 tsp vailla • Beat in 3-4 cups
                                   575-562-7003                         powdered sugar • Ice cookies and sprinkle

                                Roswell  •  Artesia  •  Hobbs           with cinnamon
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