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Friday, October 24, 2014

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are the perfect fall treat. They are easy to make and my family loves them. My husband loves a cake type cookie, so he especially loves it when I make these. They are moist and full of fall flavors {pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg} I really like them with cream cheese frosting, but most of my family likes them plain. I've included the frosting recipe for those of you with my good taste:)

Click here for a Printable Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. pumpkin
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

With a mixer, cream together shortening and sugar. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix just until moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cream Cheese Frosting: {Optional}
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, softened.
2 t. milk
1 t. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add milk and vanilla and mix. Mix in powdered sugar.

A few notes:
*I use butter flavor shortening.
*Instead of measuring, I either use a small can, or 1/2 of a large can of pumpkin.
*I usually use a large can of pumpkin, so I put half of it in a zip-top baggie and stick it in the freezer for the next time.
*I like to stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
*Don't over cook them, or they will be dry. They should not be gooey, but still look moist on top.
*You will probably only need 1/2 of the cream cheese frosting, unless you double the batch of cookies. I like to store store the extra in the freezer in a zip bag. It's perfect for Chocolate Chip Walnut Brownie Cupcakes, Carrot Cake, Cinnamon Rolls, Cream Cheese Braid, and Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls.

A few of my other fall recipes:

What are your favorite fall treats?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mini Wooden Dresser

As a young tween, I had an obsession with miniature things. I would save my money and buy small furniture. I would set up the different living areas in the top of a partitioned jewelry box, that's how small the furniture was.  I never played with figurines, I just liked coming up with different ways to arrange the furniture. The obsession has faded, but I still like mini things. 

I've had a couple of these little mini wooden dressers hanging around forever. I never really knew what I wanted to do with them. Well, I finally figured it out and I think it turned out pretty cute. I love the look of the stained wood contrasted with the painted drawers.

Mini Wooden Dresser

A few years ago, I bought a little console thingy to hold all our cell phones and things that needed to recharge. {It's that red thing with the sunglasses sitting on it.} It was handy until the cord went out and it would no longer charge anything. The problem was I'd started storing all the kids ds games in the drawer. So since I didn't have anyplace else to put them, I kept it.  Even though I no longer liked the red and it no longer worked.

Desk Area Makeover
Then I remembered the little wooden dresser and knew it would be perfect to hold all the kids games AND it would take up less space.

Here's the plain wood one next to the remade one.
Mini Wooden Dresser
I rummaged through the craft room and found the little knobs for the feet. Then I set to work staining the sections that I wanted stained. Then carefully painted the drawer fronts and base. I left the inside parts of the drawers unfinished. Once it was all dried, I hot glued the knobs to the bottom. Then I gave it a couple coats of lacquer.

Mini Wooden Dresser
It's perfect storage for all our small things. The bottom drawer fits the ds games and styluses. The middle drawer holds spare sd cards and memory sticks. And the top is mostly empty, but ready when I need a spot for something small.

Mini Wooden Dresser
I just added a few wire baskets to corral other stuff and and the area's got a whole new look.

Now tell me, did you like to play with miniature stuff as a kids? Or am I the only one?
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Garlic Knots Recipe

 This time of year, I love baking. Especially rolls and bread sticks. There's nothing better than a fresh hot roll with your dinner. At our house we like a lot of Italian foods like spaghetti, shrimp linguine, lasagna and ravioli. And we always have some kind of roll or bread stick as a side. This is one of my favorites. These garlic knots are soft and chewy. The butter topping is so flavorful and tasty.

 They freeze well, so if you have leftovers then just pop them in the freezer and pull them out the next time you need a quick side to your meal.

Click here for printable recipe

Garlic Knots Recipe

1 1/2 c. warm water
1 T. honey
2 1/4 t. yeast
2 T. olive oil
3 1/2 - 4 1/2 c. bread flour
1 t. sea salt

Garlic Butter Topping
2 T. butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t. italian seasoning
1/4 t. garlic powder
2-3 T. parmesan cheese {the kind from a jar}

Mix together warm water, honey and yeast. Let stand 5 minutes. Combine oil, flour and salt with the yeast mixture. Knead 5 minutes. {I use my kitchenaid} Cover and let rise until double - about an hour.

Divide dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a bread stick, then form it into a knot. Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes.

While rolls are baking, combine garlic butter topping ingredients into a saucepan. Melt butter over medium heat. Brush topping onto rolls with a pastry brush. Bake a 2-3 more minutes until golden brown.

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