Barbara Schlesinger is one of the favorite bakers for the Mesquite United Methodist Church Woman’s Annual Bake and Craft Sale. Her pumpkin bread is among the first to go and she makes a bunch. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Barbara Schlesinger is one of the favorite bakers for the Mesquite United Methodist Church Woman’s Annual Bake and Craft Sale. Her pumpkin bread is among the first to go and she makes a bunch. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Barbara Schlesinger is one of the favorite bakers for the Mesquite United Methodist Church Woman’s Annual Bake and Craft Sale. Her pumpkin bread is among the first to go and she makes a bunch. In fact just three hours into the sale the mouthwatering bakery was sold out and the women raised a tidy sum of close to three hundred dollars for the cause.

Schlesinger first obtained the recipe for her pumpkin because of a school project her son’s fifth grade teacher’s wife thought the kids would enjoy. She came in and taught the class how to bake the bread using her recipe and sent them home with it. Her son attended school at Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agora Hills, CA. The bread was such a hit with the family that Schlesinger has been making it ever since.

Beautiful hand-made items such as these quilts were available for bargain prices during the Mesquite United Methodist Women’s annual craft boutique and bake sale. Volunteers work tirelessly all year creating merchandise to sell in the boutique. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Beautiful hand-made items such as these quilts were available for bargain prices during the Mesquite United Methodist Women’s annual craft boutique and bake sale. Volunteers work tirelessly all year creating merchandise to sell in the boutique. Photo by Teri Nehrenz.

Most of the hand-made merchandise created all year by the members was sold out as well but there were still a few bargains left to purchase such as beautiful quilts, plants, crocheted items, key chains, aprons and other miscellaneous items.

Shoppers walked away happy, some having waited all year for this sale and others here for the first time. Most all of them found that one of a kind item that is perfect for their hard to shop for loved one; the early ones leaving with the tasty treats, even some that have been a tradition for 40 years.