Jumping into Fall and Winter

What students love most about the season

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Scarves, pumpkins, cups of coffee, the changing colors, kids jumping into piles of leaves, sledding, and most of all, Halloween and Christmas. These are the types of things most people get excited for when the weather turns colder. Teens are more than ready for chilly weather, pumpkin cheesecake and Christmas presents. Even though the fall weather took its time this year, kids were already wearing clothes to help keep them warm by Thanksgiving.

“I’m a sweater type of guy,” said Mike M., and he is surely not the only one who was waiting for an opportunity to show it during the fall.

In case people would like to get in on a little baking during the ice and cold weather, here are some recipes that are sure to make cold winter days feel warm and cozy.

Mrs. Thayer:

Pumpkin Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 c sugar
  • 1 c canola oil
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  1.  In a bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil & pumpkin. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, & salt and them gradually add to pumpkin mixture.
  2. Lightly coat jelly roll pan with cooking spray and pour mixture in.
  3. Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting-
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 package powdered sugar (about half of a 2 pound bag)
  • Beat ingredients together in small bowl until smooth.

Hunter Bartels: 

Pumpkin Cheesecake


  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare Graham Cracker Crust; set aside to cool before using.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract.  Add sour cream and whipping cream; beat, on low speed, just until smooth.  Mix in cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and flour.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition; beat in pumpkin puree. Do not over beat the mixture. You want to avoid beating air into the mixture. Too much air will make the cheesecake fall.
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared graham cracker crust, using the back of a spoon to spread evenly over the crust.
  5. Place cheesecake in center of middle oven rack.  Position a baking pan filled halfway with hot water on lower rack.
  6. Bake 15 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake approximately another 70 minutes or until edges are light brown and center is almost set.  NOTE: There should be no wet spots or liquid areas in the center of the cheesecake. Remember that a cheesecake continues to cook when it is removed from the oven.
  7. Cool cheesecake completely on a wire rack before refrigerating.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours before cutting


Everyone looks forward to some kind of food when fall and winter are in the air. For Maddie E., it’s pumpkin pie. “I think it’s because we only eat it this time of year,” she said. “There’s nothing exciting in fall. All I can think of is Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie.”

Johnathan C. feels the same way about pie, but it’s cherry pie, not pumpkin. “I like it because it’s amazing,” Johnathan said. “My mom makes the best pie during fall. She gets in the mood.”

Pie wins again, but it’s back to pumpkin for Emmanuel H-G. “I love pumpkin pie smothered with whipped cream and chocolate on top and hazel nuts, because during fall is the only time I eat it,” Emmanuel said.

Moving on from fall food to winter treats, some CCS students have different favorites when the snow falls.

In addition to food, students enjoy other activities during fall and winter.

“I like Halloween because I enjoy candy,” said Edwin D-LC. 

For Allison O., fall brings one of her favorite sports. “In the fall, I like volleyball because everyone on the team is fun, and they all have a good time,” Allison said. When volleyball ends, she goes into basketball.

In addition to sweaters, Mike M. likes other things about cold weather. “I also like the sunsets and when the trees change colors,” Mike said. “It just looks nice. I also like drinking coffee in the mornings and seeing the Jack O Lanterns light up at night.”

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