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Features 09 Porcupine quillwork


Local artist Cari Tabor shares how she learned to work with porcupine quills and her love for the art form.


Healthy habits for the New Year


Hit the ski trails


Our staff writer Bria Barton takes a deep dive into habits to keep you mentally healthy through another dark, cold winter. The Bemidji area boasts many cross country ski trails for any level of skier to enjoy.

Larisa Cooks: Pumpkin treats

We’re carrying some pumpkin deliciousness over to the winter season with four different dessert options for the holidays.

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hen I was younger I was fortunate to have a mom who loved to craft with my sibling and I, and one of my favorite crafts we did was make homemade snow globes. This is something you can do with children of all ages during these cold winter days by letting them pick out the figures for the inside of their little glass blizzard and a fun colored glitter for the snow. The first snow globe I made as a child was with a ceramic Cinderella and clocktower with blue glitter in an old glass peanut butter jar. The newest one has a camper ornament I found at Hobby Lobby, in a clear jar with silver glitter. The results were simply magical, just as I remembered.

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The intricacies of

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& Cari Tabor’s desire to share the craft story & photos by Jillian Gandsey in Bemidji Editor

Have you seen a dead porcupine on the side of the road lately? If you have, Cari Tabor would like you to give her a call. No, really. An unfortunate end to a porcupine’s life can supply quillwork artists like Cari — a

Leech Lake band member — with thousands of quills to work with. “It’s a tradition for Ojibwe people in this area and I think we need to get it out there and let people know that it’s not as hard as it seems and that they should do it,” Cari said. She learned from renowned local

quillwork artist Mel Losh but her interest in the craft began far before she took one of his workshops. Cari’s grandmother — Susan Jones Paquette, a woman she’d give anything to talk with now — was Ojibwe and she grew up around her art and other Indigenous artwork.

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“My parents had quill boxes sitting around the house and birch bark garbage cans and stuff like that,” she said. Cari’s the youngest in a big family and her grandmother passed before her interest in the arts took off. Susan made just about everything, Cari said, including birch bark canoes. She was a known healer in her community, too, with people coming to her for medicine. So without her grandmother to learn from, she started out gathering quills and birch bark and messing around with them, but never could pull off a finished product. But then she heard elder and famed quillwork artist Losh was having a workshop at his home to pass on the art to others. “I was working full-time, have kids at home, my husband works and we have different schedules and it was like this might be my only chance, I have to do this,” Cari said. So she made it happen. Cari went for eight hours a day for two weeks to learn the craft from top to bottom. “It was the best thing I ever did,” she said. It took her awhile — about a year — to actually get started following the workshop, but then she set up a craft room in her home and got to work. “I just put all my supplies all around me and I just started doing it and I just went back to it and back to it and back to it,” she remembers. “I just love it. I can’t get enough.” She works mostly in the evening hours and on weekends. During the day, she works in human resources for the Leech Lake Band. Cari studied graphic design at Bemidji State, which she said certainly helps her in creating designs for her boxes. She also dabbles in beadwork and quilting, and recently has been working on deerskin mittens with winter on the brink. Cari’s dedication to the quillwork craft is proven, though. Her work was featured in the Aazhoomon exhibit in 2017 and in Mazinigwasso in 2018, both hosted in Watermark Art Center’s Miikanan Gallery. She also scored big at the Minnesota State Fair winning fourth place in 2018, and third place in 2019 in the Fine Arts Competition — the “largest juried art show in the state.” There was no competition in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m pretty proud of these guys,” Cari said of her state fair ribbons. “They’re bigger than the boxes.”

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“I have a feeling more people are doing quillwork now because sometimes it’s a race to the porcupines.”

submitted photo With her growing success also came her desire to pass on the craft. She’s taught about 40 others through workshops and community classes. “I love doing the demos and I like doing

the workshops and showing people how to do it,” Cari said of her quillwork. “It should be out there. And I have a feeling more people are doing quillwork now because sometimes it’s a race to the porcupines.”

The interest has grown in her own household as well. Her 6-year-old son Noah and 12-year-old daughter Cecilia often join her in the woods to gather birch bark or help her to pluck quills out of porcupines. Winter 2021

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The process begins with gathering materials, which is twofold. The boxes Cari creates are made from birch bark and decorated with quills. She only collects bark during a particular time of the year. “It’s late June, early July, when you first get that real humid day,” She said. “I’ve heard people say, ‘when the wild roses bloom that’s when the birch is ready.’” There’s a three-week period when you can get a cleaner bark, which is what she likes to use for her boxes. Some artists like when the bark isn’t its cleanest and has a red film on it, as it can be used for etching. Collecting quills is a year-round activity and often involves roadkill. Cari will get a phone call or a text alerting her to a porcupine that unfortunately didn’t make it across the road. She’ll also get calls from neighbors or farms saying they have a porcupine for her to harvest quills from. According to National Geographic, porcupines have 30,000 or more quills on them. Cari said she can spend up to three hours plucking quills one day and come back the next for another three hours. The quills are all different sizes and not all of them are usable. After plucking, they go in a bag and sit in the garage for at least a couple weeks. “I usually do that right away because sometimes there’s little critters in there and so I like to make sure those are gone before I go back in,” she said. From there, the sorting continues. She pulls out all the fur and then they get a Dawn dish soap bath. She soaks the quills, lets them dry and then they are ready to be used. For a lot of the quills, though, Cari will dye them different colors using a commercial dye on the stovetop. Then she can use pinks, purples or greens to make the woodland floral designs she puts on her boxes.

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Then comes the time to create the box that she will decorate with the quills. Using a piece of PVC pipe, she’ll form the top of the box and then sew the bark pieces together with nylon thread. “I walked around Menards and said ‘what can I use that’s sturdy?’ and so I figured out a little system for myself to attach the top to the sides and I sew the sides and I let it dry,” Cari said. Once the box is assembled, she’ll again soak the quills to make them flexible. “When they soak they become like rubber bands and you can flop them all around and you can do different things with them,” she said. That’s how she’s able to bend them and make them into flowers or critters for her designs. Once they dry, they’ll stiffen up and stay however Cari’s twisted them. Once the design is complete, she’ll bend the quills down on the inside and put a birch bark liner on the inside of the top of the box. Depending on how intricate her work is, or how big the box is, one can take up to 30 or 40 hours to make from start to finish and that’s not including the gathering of bark or quills. “The possibilities are endless with the design,” Cari said. “(Mine) are more floral patterns but I’ve seen and I’ve done just like a medallion style pattern or animals or bugs.” n

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“Depending on how intricate her work is, or how big the box is, one can take up to 30 or 40 hours to make from start to finish and that’s not including the gathering of bark or quills.” Winter 2021

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We asked around the Pioneer’s newsroom for podcast suggestions for the winter edition of inBemidji and we weren’t disappointed. We’ve got everything for movie and music enthusiasts to those interested in business and beyond.

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Listener-suggested topics get a deep dive with an enthusiastic host Hosted by Dan Cummins

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A comedy show focused on paranormal subjects, unsolved mysteries and aliens Hosted by longtime friends Nile and Kyle Film reviews by critics David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Jeff Cannata Movie reviews by critics Christy Lemire, Alonso Duralde, Matt Atchity and Ben Mankiewicz

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2021 Healthy Habits to consider in the

New Year by Bria Barton in Bemidji staff writer A lot has happened this year. Looking back, sometimes it feels as if the people we were in 2019 aren’t the same as those now living in 2020 — a year that has been filled with significantly more stress, anxiety and lows. As we prepare to put this year to bed, there is growing talk of New Year’s resolutions, as the anticipation arises for the chance at a clean slate — a new beginning in 2021. For many of us, there’s hope that this new year, coupled with our resolutions, will bring about lasting positive change and personal growth. Unfortunately, resolutions can be tough to stick with because — as the saying goes — life happens. Reportedly, a quarter of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week, and 60% of people abandon them within six months. And in our neck of the woods, cold dark days certainly don’t provide ideal conditions for physical or mental improvement. Winter blues can play a role in unfulfilled resolutions, as these shortest days of the year can trigger feelings of sadness, lethargy and lack of motivation. So how do you overcome this seemingly inescapable cycle in order to kick off the new year right? Here are eight healthy habits and tips to consider adopting into your lifestyle to avoid those winter blues and to encourage stress relief and mindfulness throughout your day.

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If meditation teaches us the skill of mindfulness, mindfulness helps us be happier by keeping us focused on living in the present.

Some of the more popular meditation apps are Calm and Headspace.

Did you know you’re more likely to follow through on your goals when you write them down? You might be reaching for your phone’s Notes app, but in this instance, good old fashioned pen and paper should be the vehicle for first expressing your motivations. The reason? Because, when writing down your goals, you’re programming them into the hard drive of your subconscious mind, which, in turn, motivates you to take action. In fact, a psychological study on goal setting at Dominican University in California found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing

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We spend huge portions of our time on the go, thinking about things that aren’t right in front of us. It’s really no surprise given the constant stream of stimuli we are presented with throughout the day. So when it comes to meditation — a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts — it can be strange to sit in silence and do nothing but acknowledge your innermost thoughts and feelings. But once you get past the awkwardness of being fully engaged with yourself, meditation can be a powerful tool in developing a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline

and healthy sleep patterns, as well as reduced levels of stress and increased focus. While learning how to meditate, it’s normal for the mind to wander from thought to thought. As a result, the practice also encourages one to learn mindfulness. Mindfulness teaches you to notice your mind wandering, and bring it back to focus on the task at hand. Essentially, it’s a skill that allows one to be aware of their thoughts and make a choice on where to focus their attention. If meditation teaches us the skill of mindfulness, mindfulness helps us be happier by keeping us focused on living in the present.

Write it out

them down. It’s recommended that goals be written clearly and in the present tense, as if they’re already a reality. For example, don’t write “I want to be rich,” but instead, write “I am rich.” By setting such an intention and putting it out into the universe, you’re given the power to manifest them. But don’t worry about the size of the goal, as accomplishing any one — be it big or small — provides a burst of dopamine, the brain chemical behind motivation.

Find a hobby

Dedicating time to a purposeful hobby that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Realistically, most of us do have free time, but we just don’t spend it wisely. After a long day or week at work, it can be difficult to motivate ourselves to do more than plop down in front of the television. However, as it turns out, dedicating time to a purposeful hobby that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research even shows that people with hobbies, such as knitting, woodworking, painting, fishing and baking, are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood

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and depression. One study found that over 80% of knitters with depression reported feeling happier when they knitted due to an increase in their dopamine levels. But if you’re unsure about what hobby suits you, you may need to take a look at your current interests, along with activities you enjoyed as a child — whether it be sports, arts and crafts or dancing. If you’ve ever found yourself saying “I’d love to try…,” take that as a cue to try a potential hobby.

The first and last hour of our days have the power to make or break the hours that follow, which is why we should be wise in how we choose to spend our time. Ideally, for the first hour of the day, we should spend it setting our agendas and goals, along with taking the time to nourish our bodies for the day ahead. And for the last hour, we should spend it preparing to rest our minds and bodies. Perhaps, sip on a warm cup of chamomile tea while reading a couple chapters of a novel. During these times, it’s smart to avoid television, phones and social media. Because, in the morning, we want to be proactive, not reactive. In other words, we don’t want what we see or hear to influence our mood for the rest of the day. And at night, we don’t want our minds to be filled with thoughts that might disrupt our rest. Take these sole hours to develop morning and bedtime rituals that are geared toward positive inward focus on oneself.

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When our noses are in a good book, our minds are catapulted into another world, and outside stressors can seem to disappear.

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Dr. Seuss even once wrote,“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” And as it turns out, he was right, because now, science is backing the power of reading for its abundance of health benefits. Research has found that, along with improving memory and empathy, reading can help with reducing depression and stress. In fact, according to a University of Sussex study, a simple six minutes a day of

reading has shown to reduce stress by 68%. But if you find yourself having trouble dedicating time to reading, there are ways to fix this. First, carry your book everywhere you go, as the opportunity to read can present itself throughout the day. And if you’re prone to getting bored, read multiple books at once. Additionally, audiobooks are a great way to get in some “reading time” when you find yourself working out or commuting to work.

• Your energy is low and you sleep more than usual. • You feel apathetic, unmotivated and bored. • You are less interested in friends and activities you usually enjoy. • You feel irritable, moody and your relationships suffer. • You overeat, gain weight and have cravings for carbohydrates.

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One of the best ways to improve your mental health is through your gut.

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Winter blues can often spell out cravings for more sugar and refined carbohydrates than usual. And while it’s OK to give into these cravings now and again, it’s best to feed your gut a serotoninboosting diet to help yourself beat the wintertime funk. Gut bacteria manufacture about 95% of the body’s supply of serotonin, which influences both mood and GI activity. So as it turns out, one of the best ways to improve your mental health is through your gut. A healthy diet should emphasize vegetables, fruit, protein sources and healthy fats. Packaged or sugary foods, an excess of alcohol or caffeine, and refined vegetable oils should be limited or avoided.

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best foods to lift winter blues include:

• Lean proteins, such as turkey • Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, flax seeds and walnuts • Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries • Folic acid in leafy greens, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, oranges, lentils and soybeans • Vitamin B-12 in lean beef, eggs, cottage cheese and yogurt • Vitamin D in milk, egg yolks, mushrooms and fish that have bones • Dark chocolate and bananas

Think of it as an opportunity to reset and refocus ourselves in order to better evaluate our lives. Nowadays, we live in a technology-driven world overrun by screens and social media that make it hard to find a moment of peace. We’ve grown so accustomed to this lifestyle, without really considering the implications it can have on our mental health. For example, in one study, researchers discovered one in three people felt worse and more dissatisfied with their lives after visiting Facebook. But, luckily, with just a click of an off button, we can easily fight our addiction to screens by powering-down and learning to appreciate living in the moment. A break from our technology for a period of time is said to help remove unhealthy feelings of jealousy, envy and loneliness. Think of it as an opportunity to reset and refocus ourselves in order to better evaluate our lives. Of course, you don’t have to scorn all technology to embrace powering-down; but set a time limit for yourself when responding to text messages, checking notifications and scrolling through social media each day.

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Realize that e k a m s p e t s l l a sm for big victories It takes a good amount of time to change the habits — good or bad — that we’ve grown accustomed to. After all, almost every habit that we possess  is the result of many small decisions made over time. That’s why, in changing our habits, it’s best to start out small and break down large goals into smaller goals. You want to avoid the big picture and create small, achievable goals that will allow you to see your progress more clearly. It’s important to reward yourself with achieving these goals because having something to look forward to trains the brain into creating motivation. To visualize your success, change your perspective to view each small step as a descent filled with various rewards and big victories, instead of a tough climb met with adversity. n

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Items that help combat

winter blues:

Sun lamps: People with winter depression often have an

abnormally high level of melatonin, but light therapy can bring it down to normal. Light therapy involves sitting close to a light box for 30 minutes a day, usually shortly after waking up.

Aromatherapy: Although aromatherapy isn’t a replacement for therapy or antidepressants, scents are known to have the power to lift moods, regulate emotions and improve sleep. Some plant-based scents provide much-needed connections to the earth — connections that can be hard to come by in winter. These include lemon, lavender, jasmine, peppermint and rose. Meditation apps: Opportunities to meditate are just a tap

away since there are now phone apps dedicated to relaxation. Some of the more popular meditation apps are Calm and Headspace. Calm is $70 annually with a seven-day free trial, and Headspace is $13 monthly with a seven-day free trial, or $70 annually with two-week free trial. There are also free apps like Smiling Mind and Insight Timer.

BOOKMARKED February is the month of love and we could all use some love stories to get us through the winter so for Bookmarked this season, we’re featuring some of the best romance novels published in the past year. Happy reading!

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A guide to the Bemidji area’s

by Polly Keith Scotland special to in Bemidji A mecca of spectacular cross country ski trails can be found in the greater Bemidji area. The more than 100 kilometers of first-rate trails are developed, maintained and groomed by the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club. Learn about the eight scenic locations and a challenge to ski all of them in a single day.

BUENA VISTA SKI AREA (25 km) 19600 Irvine Ave. NW, in Bemidji

Buena Vista is the host for the Minnesota Finlandia and Snowjourn ski events. Buena Vista sits “on top of the world” on the Laurentian Continental Divide. This geographical distinction means water south of the divide flows to the Gulf of Mexico and water north to Hudson Bay. A vast network of intermediate to expert cross country trails skirt nine lakes and traverse a forest of assorted hardwoods and majestic pines as it snakes around the 1949 Dickenson family’s alpine mountain resort. 22 | in Bemidji Winter 2021

MOVIL MAZE (14 km)

Five miles north of Bemidji on 12285 Wildwood Road NE Built in 1979 for the first Minnesota Finlandia, (a 100-kilometer event that went from the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues, through the Maze to Buena Vista, and back to Paul and Babe on the following day), has some of the most challenging terrain. Ranging from easy to intermediate to most difficult, the trails have a great blend of rolling hills, steep climbs and fast descents. Skiers enjoy traveling past Norway pine, black spruce bogs, oaks and maple trees. A new warming lodge, with electricity and a fireplace, was dedicated in December 2019.

THREE ISLAND LAKE COUNTY PARK (30 km) 12 miles north of Bemidji North trailhead: 7015 Three Island Road NE South trailhead: 7007 Island View Drive NE Three Island was deeded from the state to the county in 1967 for recreational use. Based on archeological discoveries, possibly dating as far back as the Early Woodland Period of 1000 BC to 400 AD, Three Island was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. From the confluence of Three Island Lake and Turtle River, the relatively flat trails loop and curve through a diverse forest of cedar, old-growth white pine, quaking aspen, spruce, balsam fir, red and jack pine. The park is recognized as a management area for the protection of the ruffed grouse, golden-winged warbler and the woodcock. A shelter without running water or electricity is available for rent.

C.V. HOBSON FOREST TRAIL (7 km) Established at 11399-9951 County Road 20, in Bemidji

Named for a former geography professor, this Bemidji State property, was founded in 1948 for the advancement of environmental research and for the enjoyment of recreation. It is part of a school forest program. Rated easy to intermediate, the double tracked, classic skiing only trail circles past tamarack bogs, red and white pines and Lyra and Lynn Lakes. There are two rustic cabins, only one of them rentable after vandals broke the windows in the south hut.



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LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK (16 km) 3401 State Park Road NE, in Bemidji

The park, established by the state in 1923, spans the northern edge of Lake Bemidji. Rated easy to intermediate, a vast network of four trails weaves its way from the shoreline, past a forest of mature pines, hardwoods and bog lands that were settled by American Indian tribes for generations. A rustic log cabin shelter and a sanitation structure, built by the CCC, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Candlelight skiing is a popular winter activity.


MONTEBELLO CITY TRAIL (4 km) 1115 23rd Street NW, in Bemidji

Next to Neilson Reise Arena is an easy trail located right in the city. The 75-acre pathway is the only one with lights, making it perfect for night skiing. The Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club conducts a Sunday Ski School program in January for beginners on this gentle course.

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2900 Division Street West, in Bemidji The Lumberjack Trail is the site of many high school cross country ski meets. The course is perfectly manicured for both classic and skate skiing competitions and is open to the public.

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Four miles west of the intersection of Highway 71 South and Beltrami Line Road Fern Lake Loop was developed on land within the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. The two loops were developed during planned forest management tree harvests, in cooperation between the Minnesota DNR and the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club. The easy to intermediate trails have two challenging hills on a course that twists between rows of red pine mixed with oak. Scenic overlooks of Fern Lake in the west and Lake Marquette in the east are visible in the winter.


In 2019, Nate Haskell organized the first Tour de Bemidji for all interested skiers. “I wanted to create an event that would be a challenge, but not a competition,” Haskell said. “I thought it would be cool to try to ski at every trail system we have in the Bemidji area on the same day. The event forces skiers to get out and ski locations they normally don’t go to.” Twelve skiers started the inaugural debut, but only four completed the daunting event. In 2020, the idea grew in popularity by word of mouth. For 2021, Haskell said, “My plan is to hold the tour after the Birkie (100K Birkebiner ski), so that would make March 6 our target date.” During these COVID-19 times, the 3rd Annual Tour de Bemidji will be virtual and open to anyone who wants to ski the mecca of trails, in a single day, for an unprecedented legendary challenge.


The Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club depends on volunteers to groom and sustain the area’s Grant-in-Aid (GIA) trails for the enjoyment of many. All money generated for the support and maintenance of high-quality trails relies exclusively on the purchase of the Minnesota Ski Pass. A Greater Minnesota Ski Pass is required on all trails receiving GIA money and all State Park trails. The pass can be purchased by calling 1-888-MNlicense or online at www.mndnr.gov. The cost is $10 per day, $25 per year or $70 per three years.


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1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon milk 1 tablespoon sugar 1 15-ounce can pumpkin 1 8-ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed 2 3.4-ounce packages instant vanilla pudding 1 graham cracker pie crust 1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Directions: In a medium bowl beat softened cream cheese, tablespoon of milk and sugar until well blended. Stir in half of the container of Cool Whip and spoon into the bottom of the crust. In a large bowl whisk pumpkin, cup of milk, both packages of instant vanilla pudding (dry, do not make into pudding first) and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until well blended and mixture is thick. Spread over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for four hours or until firm. Before serving, spread remaining Cool Whip on top of the pumpkin layer. Note: For homemade graham cracker crust just follow the directions on the side of the box of graham cracker crumbs. 26 | in Bemidji Winter 2021

Pumpkin Whoop ie Pies

Ingredients for Pumpkin Cookies:

2 large eggs 2 cups sugar 1 cup oil 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 15-ounce can pumpkin 3 cups flour

Filling Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 3 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat and set aside. In a large bowl, mix eggs, oil, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin and mix until blended. Add flour, baking powder and baking soda to pumpkin mixture and mix until well blended. Use a medium ice cream scoop, drop dough onto the prepared cookie sheet about one inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. While cookies are baking, make cream cheese filling. In a medium bowl, add butter, cream cheese and vanilla and blend with a mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Make sure cookies are completely cooled before assembling. Flip half the cookies over so the flat side is up and using a small ice cream scoop, scoop a dollop of the cream cheese filling onto the flat side of one cookie and then take another cookie and place the flat side on top of the dollop of filling and gently press together so filling spreads to the edge of the cookie. Refrigerate the cookies at least 30 minutes before serving. Winter 2021

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3/4 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup evaporated milk 2/3 cup flour 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 small container whipped topping

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Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and evaporated milk and whisk until smooth. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and whisk until combined. Pour dry mixture into pumpkin mixture and mix just until combined. Use a cookie scoop to scoop batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each muffin cup with 1/3 cup batter. (Make sure you fill at least halfway — these will deflate a bit when they are cooling.) Bake for about 20 minutes, until cupcakes are set. Let cool in the muffin pan for about 30 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a serving tray or plate and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. When ready to serve, top cupcakes with whipped cream and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

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1 cup pumpkin puree 1 large egg 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup oil 1/4 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for cream cheese filling: 1 large egg 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons flour

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, egg, brown sugar, oil, sour cream and vanilla extract. Fold in the pumpkin spice, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until just combined. Pour 2/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. In a medium bowl mix all the cream cheese filling ingredients together until smooth. Pour the cream cheese filling on top of the batter, spreading it out gently with a spatula. Pour the remaining pumpkin batter on top, carefully spreading it as well. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

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