Pumpkin Everything!

The time is near…pumpkin everything!  Labor Day Weekend not only kicks off back-to- school, but the celebration of Autumn!  I love Fall…  It is such a magical time of year!  The humidity disappears, leaving a calm and crisp feeling in the air.   Autumn is my time.  I feel most alive when the leaves are turning warm hues and the smell of pumpkin spice fills the air…

This year, my family appears to be beckoning for Fall a few weeks early!  To top it off, I believe Wifey is the ring leader!  Wifey lives for Halloween! Each year we haunt the farm for the kids and their friends.

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I enjoyed being a bit “Wicked” last year…
This year’s theme is Dracula! We spend weeks preparing scenes, creating the scavenger hunt, and decorating!  Wifey enjoys adding a few new “toys”, as she calls them, to the collection each year.  Let me tell you, these are not toys!  They move, glow and talk…CREEPY!  We love creepy and scary, but no worries, we keep the blood, guts and gore to a minimum.

While Wifey is playing with her toys, I live for pumpkin everything!  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup…the list is endless.

 

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Baking pumpkins after harvest…
My daughter El loves pumpkin ANYTHING!  She has been begging for pumpkin and white chocolate cookies.  I keep reminding her that it is not September 1st.  Tonight, she was determined to make those yummy autumn treats!  I not only appreciated these yummy treats, but the little blog topic that was born out of her kitchen adventure!!

 

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

  • 2 1/4 C flour
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt (optional)
  • 1 C (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 15 ounces of pure pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 C white chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate works well, too!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees/line baking sheets with parchment paper

Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.  Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy.  Beat in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla extract.  Slowly add the flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoons onto the baking sheets.img_2343

Bake for 15-20 minutes until edges are lightly brown.  Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes.  Remove and place on a wire rack.  Makes 5 -6 dozen cookies.

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Eat and Enjoy!

September is the doorway to the season that awakens my soul…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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Rise and Shine Breakfast Cookies

This weekend, I felt the pull to create a breakfast cookie, filled with health and wellness!  As much as I love eggs, toast and bacon, there are times I need something fast.  I have never been a fan of cereal, for it doesn’t fill me up for long.  Before I am finished with morning chores in the barn, my tummy is already asking for more!  Plus, I have three teenagers that eat…constantly!  Having healthy choices for them is always my goal.  If teenagers see freshly baked cookies on the counter, they disappear instantly!  They don’t even think to ask what healthy goodness I might have hidden in these morning treats! These cookies are filled with such amazing goodness…shhhhhh…don’t tell the kids!  Enjoy! Continue reading “Rise and Shine Breakfast Cookies”