Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vonnegut

(Blogging from my phone lately and running into issues with the blogger app. I thought this published earlier.)

This week (Nov 11th) marked the birthday of my favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. I always like to celebrate by sharing some of my favorite quotes of his. In high school, I hoarded stacks of index cards with quotes. I also had a chalkboard wall in my bedroom that was constantly full of the same. Pinterest makes it even more fun!







Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Wishing all service members, past and present, and their families a very Happy Veterans Day. I am proud to be a lifelong member of this community and to know so many wonderful folks who have sacrificed for the nation. Thank you!



Monday, November 10, 2014

recipe | (the best) pumpkin chocolate chip cookies


My favorite part of fall is breaking out this recipe every year. I know that pumpkin recipes don't have to be limited to only one season, but it's better for us all not to have these things around too often. On the other hand, pumpkin is a fruit (Hubs and I had a long discussion about fruits vs. vegetables--we are 80 years old) so this recipe is basically healthy. 

These cookies are SO good. They're soft, full of chocolatey walnut-y deliciousness, and not too sweet. We might sneak a few before the glaze goes on, but if you can wait then it really puts them over the top. The original recipe my mom gave me is huge--5-6 dozen depending on how big you make them, so I've halved it to protect our collective blood sugars/waistlines.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
yields ~2.5 dozen

Ingredients
1-1/8 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 a regular-sized can of pumpkin puree (just under 1 cup if you use a bigger can or use your own)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet or dark)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
-1/2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

*homemade pumpkin pie spice: 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 2 teaspoons ginger, 1.5 teaspoons all spice
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. 
  3. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts with a rubber spatula. 
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a greased or non-stick baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand for 5 minutes then transfer to wire cooling rack.
  6. Once cool, drizzle glaze over cookies.
  7. Enjoy! And try not to eat them all in one sitting. 

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(I'll be posting two entries today since I didn't end up posting one yesterday. I totally meant to, but time got away from me and blogging via phone is really sub-par!) 

Bullet points, just because.
  • We had a pretty low-key Sunday. I started the day with my weekly meal planning session and grocery shopping trip. The commissary was empty this week--hallelujah for non-payday weekends! ;)
  • Later in the day, Hubs took the Big Girl to the library and movies and the Tiny Girl and I did some relaxing and watched this week's installment of The Roosevelts. Have you watched any of it? So interesting! Hubs and I are big fans of documentaries.
  • For dinner we had this delicious chowder again. It was even better than last time and I thought that was super good. This time I actually cooked the onions in the bacon grease instead of subbing in olive oil. So worth it. So, so good.
  • After the girls went to bed I whipped up a half batch of these muffins after zesting a couple lemons a little while back. They were okay--probably would have been better if I didn't accidentally put in the amount of salt required for the full batch. And if I remembered that I'm not actually a huge fan of raspberries in my muffins. Oops!

Life may not be super exciting these days, but I definitely feel busy all the time!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Haircut

I finally got my hair updated today! Pregnancy was awesome to my hair, but postpartum hair? Not so great. Also it has been falling out all over the place which is gross and sad. I had the color refreshed (went redder, but hard to photograph) and cut off some length, because the baby has really mastered grabbing everything in sight (but not letting go). It feels so much healthier--just in time to battle the cold, dry air moving in these days. 


 
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