Better Than Bakery Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grandma June's Recipe)

When my brothers and I were little my Grandma June would bake Pumpkin Cookies all the time. Pumpkin was pretty much a staple in her house so it didn't matter what time of year it was there was always pumpkin cookies. My grandmother also took care of my brothers and I when we were little to help my dad out. So we spent a lot of time at her house. A lot of memories of my Grandma consisted of always baking some kind of sweet treat for us. 

My grandpa would walk me to preschool and kindergarten when I was little and my grandma would always be waiting after school to bake cookies with me. This is probably why baking cookies is more of a comfort to me than anything. It brings back memories of my grandma. 

When I moved away from Utah I realized that it is literally a Utah thing to have pumpkin cookies on shelves all year long. People in Utah just love pumpkin everything. So if you ever move outside Utah you need this recipe incase a strong pumpkin cookie craving comes on because you will be sadly disappointed that its really only a seasonal thing everywhere else which is totally expected but still really unfortunate for the pumpkin spice addicts! 

 

Grandma June's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

  •   3-3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cup unsalted, softened butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 1/2 small can of Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 bag of Chocolate Chips (she used mini chips to not over power the pumpkin with chocolate)

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AS WRITTEN OR COOKIES WILL NOT COME OUT CORRECTLY

  1. set oven to 350 degrees
  2. grease pans
  3. Mix together butter, sugar and vanilla
  4. Gradually add each egg making sure each one is mixed in thoroughly.
  5. Add flour by the 1/2 cup. Let each halve mix for 30 seconds on medium speed (4-5)
  6. Add pumpkin
  7. While pumpkin is mixing into batter sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice and clove.
  8. Add salt, cornstarch and baking soda (yes just do it.)
  9. Add chocolate chips. Use 3/4 bag if regular size.
  10. Spoon by the tablespoon on to pan and Bake for 12 minutes or until the bottom edges look brown.

TIP: Odd as it may seem she added the salt, cornstarch and baking soda after the pumpkin and the cookies have always turned out amazing. Also, she sprinkled a little pumpkin pie spice on each cookie before putting them into the oven.   

Enjoy!

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies 

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Okay so here is the deal. These little holiday cookies will most likely knock you over. They aren't super sweet but you can definitely taste the pumpkin spice in them plus they're iced with cream cheese. I mean... It sounds like my kind of heaven... Pumpkin and Cream Cheese. It was always meant to be. 

With today being elections day I chose to use the heart cookie cutter because america needs a little more love and a lot less hate. 

These cookies were made for a few Sisters that I visit teach in my ward and you wouldn't believe this but I accidentally delivered some cookies to the WRONG HOUSE!!!  I was so sad!!! So someone else is enjoying these cookies :( which means i'll be making more in the future! 

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These were probably the easiest Sugar Cookies I've ever made for using cookie cutters. Every sugar cookie recipe I've used with cookie cutters has always ended up with botched looking cookies so this one has won me over!

Now they don't look like " Pumpkin Spice " but they sure smell and taste like they are! 

My kids helped me with these cookies and they had the best time! 

 Plus icing the cookies are always a favorite of my kiddos. My 5 year old helped with icing and she did such a great job!  Also sprinkling pumpkin spice over the cookies made it that much better!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies 

Cookies:

  • 5 1/2 cups flour + 1/4 cup ( divided )
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted, softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon amaretto creamer
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  1. Cream butter, sugar together then add eggs gradually allowing mixer 30 seconds per each egg to be mixed in.
  2. Add amaretto creamer (you can use vanilla as well) and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Add flour, salt, cream of tartar ( adding only 1/2 cup of dry ingredients per 1 minute of being mixed in at a medium speed. )
  4. Using your 1/4 cup and flour a flat surface and roll out cookie dough then cut cookies. 
  5. Grease pans and  bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. 
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.

Icing:

  • 1 - 8 ounce pkg cream cheese
  • 1 - 2 lb pkg powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract 
  • 1/4 cup milk
  1. Mix all ingredients together, then refrigerate. 

Enjoy! 

7 Thanksgiving Traditions You need to start this year!

7 Thanksgiving Traditions You need to start this year!

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and every year I feel like Thanksgiving is mostly made up of cooking and sitting around which is totally fine but it got me thinking. I want the kids to look back and remember the fun memories we had together. When I was a child our thanksgiving literally consisted of 20+ people squeezed into a kitchen snacking on finger foods and starving at the same time. My parents had a lot of mouths to feed plus relatives so the last thing they could do was entertain the kids and with a family of 7 kids we were kind of expected to entertain each other. Well to sum it up we all got a little bored. So this year I decided to make a time schedule for meals and prepare things ahead of time so I can spend a little more time on Thanksgiving day playing with the kids instead of getting them out of the kitchen. 

1. Movie Marathon -  Yes a movie marathon! I mean you can keep the movies playing all day long while you come and go. However there is a list of a few sentimental films that I think are thanksgiving appropriate. Obviously you know what the first one is going to be:

  •  Planes, Trains and Automobiles,
  • Rocky
  •  The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Friends season 8 episode 9 - The one with the rumor
  • Son-in-Law

Thats just a few to get you started! 

2. Try a new Recipe - Scour pinterest there is 1000's of recipe on there that I know would make for the perfect dish on thanksgiving or maybe you might be interested in trying a gluten-free thanksgiving for any guest that you might have over who have allergies. 

3. Break a wishbone - Now if you haven't been doing this well... Just hop on the band wagon and get on it! This is an old time american thanksgiving tradition plus its kinda fun!

4. Holiday Wassail - I love cider and this one just tops my list. Its like drinking all your Thanksgiving and Christmas dreams in a warm mug. 

5. Create a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal after watching the movie!       ( Buttered toast, popcorn, pretzel twists and jelly beans! ) The kids will love it!!!

6. Let the kids help make butter while the food is cooking. - Here and there you will be in the kitchen and if you absolutely cannot get the little ones to leave have them shake heavy whipping cream in a mason jar. They'll be doing it for a while and it will keep them busy allowing you to get things done. Plus who doesn't love fresh butter on those hot thanksgiving rolls!!!

7. Make Pilgrim and Indian photo props to take pictures with! Such fun memories to create and the kids will remember it for years to come!

 

If you have any traditions that are an absolute must let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear about them! 

Cal Poly Pumpkin Picking

Cal Poly Pumpkin Picking 

We had so much fun picking pumpkins this year at Cal Poly! We attempted to go last year on opening day and thousands of people showed up with their wagon so it was a no go for us! We even tried looking for parking but with 2 kids plus myself being 7.5 months pregnant it just wasn't in the books for us. So this year we decide to wait a couple weekends after opening day to go. And it was a hit besides the guy who tried cutting us off the gave us some pretty crude hand gestures but all in all it was an awesome morning. 

The girls LOVED the pumpkin patch and they did not want to leave either. You can guess that when it was time to leave they we're not very excited about that but knowing that they could hold their own pumpkins on the way home helped perk up their moods a bit. 

Ivy's attempt at picking up pumpkins that we're almost bigger than her little self was hilarious and also impressive. 

Imogen is always knows how to have a good time. 

They also had a little pumpkin patch for kids which mainly consisted of smaller pumpkins and little setups for pictures. It was adorable and the kids loved it! 

We had an awesome weekend! We went home and carved our pumpkins Immy wanted Witch feet on hers so daddy carved her out some witch feet. Ivy was asleep so I just carved a little kitty face and we painted a little tiny pumpkin for Artis' first halloween! We are so excited for Halloween this year especially because 3 was the age that Imogen understood what was going on and she could say trick-or-treat! Plus we have a little street in our neighborhood that all the house get together hand out candy while making their house look AWESOME! They play movies outside others create little haunted walk throughs. The last 2 years we've had to drive over about 6:00 to ensure we could get a good parking spot otherwise your practically walking miles and miles to get up a giant hill (Torrey Pines) to go Trick-or-Treating. We also made pumpkin cookies and they were delicious!  As for today our sweet Sunday we've just relaxed and napped a lot while Sky studied for his final. It also rained which is a huge blessing here in Souther California and its finally starting to feel like Fall 82 degrees is the hottest it should get this week with a few rainy days! We're excited to get out the warmer clothes.

I hope everyones weekend went well.

Autumn Pumpkin Pick up Free Printable

Autumn Pumpkin Pick up Printable 

I know your thinking that is ADORABLE and I need it! Yes it is adorable and Yes you can have it! Printable downloads are the best! Its the easiest way to decorate the house for almost pennies alone! You can keep this cute Autumn printable out even through thanksgiving! The printable is from the cute Emmie at www.mysomedayinmay.com and the cute mock up is from www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com

5x7 Autumn Pumpkin Pick up

8x10 Autumn Pumpkin Pick up

Only 17 days left till Halloween & 41 till Thanksgiving! I love the holidays! 

Sophie McMahan Halloween Coloring Pages

Sophie Mcmahan Halloween Coloring Pages 

Hellooooooooo! This month has been so fun! I can't tell you how many halloween coloring pages me and the kids have printed out and colored but its been a lot! Just look at these cute boo's! My favorite are the bicycle riding pumpkin heads! Can you say adorable!!!!! Be sure to click on each photo so it can open up - right click - and save! Yay for Halloween!!! 

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October Calendar Download

October 

October Calendar

So I am a few days late on posting this cute calendar download but I'm better late than ever! I can't believe its October! Where has the time gone but also it feels like it took forever to finally get here! How does that even happen? I dont think we'll ever know! We have so much planned this month! This weekend we are heading to Big Bear Lake to get our real first experience of the autumn weather this season and indulge in the fall foliage. Its been since Autumn 2013 that I have seen any kind of autumn weather besides leaving turning from green to dead so you can imagine how excited I am!

We are also picking pumpkins from Cal Poly farm store in pomona from their pumpkin patch they do every year. We have a friend from our church that manages the store and its a huge hit each Autumn season. Hundreds attend every year and you wouldn't believe how crazy it gets! People have to park miles away toting their kids in wagons and strollers just to pick these amazing pumpkins!

And we can't forget going to Oak Glen cider mill for apple cider donuts and Snow Lined Orchard for apple picking. The girls love apples. Ivy has always been a huge fan of apples we find her sneaking into the kitchen getting her late night snack or her " late night apple " every night. And as gross as it may be finding apple cores sitting on her dresser in the morning it is nice knowing she likes to pick healthy snacks. Speaking of healthy snacks this last week Imogen also learned about apples at school. She talked all week long of Johnny apple seed and how " An apple a day keeps the doctor away " wouldn't you know she can't get enough of apples now. So 10 dollars worth of honey crisp apples later we have two healthy little eaters! Yay for that! 

With that being said I hope you have an incredible autumn season! Enjoy the fall foliage wherever you are and eat lots of pumpkin anything this season! Be sure to click the button below the calendar image above to get your October Calendar download! 

 

Fall Printables

Fall Printable Download

Because it's Friday and tomorrow is the first day of October I am starting the weekend off right and thats with giving away some seriously cute downloads! You can never have enough cute and fun Fall Printables! Feel Free to click the button below each Fall Print to download the image. 

Enjoy!

 

 

3 ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

3 ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

Delicious and Simple

Only have 25 minutes? Great! Your in luck! These Donuts are SO easy and so heavenly tasting it will be your go to treat plus who doesn't love donuts? But the best thing is that YOU are making them which means you get the first taste of amazingly delicious warm donuts! Who doesn't love warm donuts?! I love warm donuts!  Everyone does!

Literally I cannot emphasize this enough. MAKE THESE DONUTS. I made these for a get together and they were gone within the first 10 minutes! 

A little tip though. Do not wash the donut pan in the dishwasher. Hand wash and towel dry. You'll thank me later. 

Fresh Hot out of the oven coated in a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.  My house smelled like a bakery.

I tried brown sugar and cinnamon as well as granulated sugar and cinnamon and both tasted amazing! You can never go wrong coating donuts in sugar!

3 Ingredient Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts 

 

  • 1 can Pumpkin
  • 1 box Spice Cake
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • Cinnamon Sugar mixture (Brown sugar & Cinnamon or Granulated sugar & Cinnamon)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix pumpkin, cake mix and pumpkin pie spice together. 
  3. Grease your donut pan so that the donuts easily release.
  4. Cook for 12 minutes.
  5. After taking them out of the oven coat them in the cinnamon sugar mixture while donuts are hot. 
  6. Eat or let cool.  

Enjoy! 

 

The Ultimate Fall Movie Playlist

The Ultimate Fall Movie Playlist

The most wonderful season of the year is here. My favorite at least. As the days become shorter and you find yourself inside hiding from the crisp autumn air, snuggling in your favorite spot,  watching movies is always the perfect way to end the day. I for one love to watch a good film. Just the other day I for the first time watched American Beauty. It was an interesting film to say the least but at the same time there were so many parts that I felt myself being drawn into. Overall it was incredibly well written. I found myself thinking of all the films that I want to watch this season and the list I came up with is a good one. Each film reminding you why this season is the most beautiful. I do have to admit, watching some of them takes me back to my days living in New York. If I'm being honest New York plus New England have some of those most beautiful climate changes in the whole country. There is something so fascinating and yet intimate about being in a city that never sleeps to stop and see the changes of the season. And New England. Trees for miles and miles and miles.

With that being said having a good movie list is essentially vital. Be sure to have pumpkin spice anything on hand plus tea. You'll thank me later.

 

  1. Autumn in New York
  2. Dead Poets Society
  3. You've Got Mail
  4. Practical Magic
  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  6. St. Elmo's Fire
  7. Planes Trains & Automobiles
  8. When Harry Met Sally
  9. To Kill a Mocking Bird
  10. Time Travelers Wife
  11. Away We Go
  12. Rushmore
  13. Little Shop of Horrors
  14. Garden State
  15. The Worst Witch
  16. The Halloween Tree
  17. The Others
  18. Frankenstein
  19. Beetlejuice
  20. Hocus Pocus
  21. The Witches
  22. Lost in Transition
  23. Halloween Town
  24. Love Story
  25. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

 

And a few of spooky films because its a must.

 

Happy Autumnal Equinox

Autumn Tea + learning how to make your soul happy

Autumn Tea  

+ learning to make your soul happy

  1. Hot Apple Cider Tea 

  2. Pumpkin Spice

  3. Red Velvet Chocolate 

  4. Peppermint Chocolate

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These are my favorite teas to drink all year long but especially during Autumn.  They're delicious to drink with or without adding anything to them. My personal favorite is adding Amaretto creamer just a teaspoon to the red velvet chocolate or peppermint chocolate. The pumpkin spice is amazing with a hint of anise or eating it with a piece of caramel black licorice. And of course the apple cider adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or even teaspoon of caramel creamer. The possibilities are endless. 

And although I don't get to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea like I could pre-motherhood, sitting in my favorite spot with a good book and a journal to doodle or jot down a thought in a moments time is still one of my favorite things. 

I think when you become a mother you tend to put yourself last always. At least for myself if I cannot get all my chores done then sometimes I feel as though the things I want to do the most get put on the back shelf so to speak. When in reality at some point in the day we all really need to stop and just be one with the universe and take time to just live. To just enjoy each second. 

In a world where time never stops somehow

we must find the will to just make the time to make our souls happy 

I think humans are really just the robots of everyday life. When do we ever we stop? Do we just keep going and going and going until the fire within ourselves slowly turns into a small flicker of light then eventually burns out?

We need to force ourselves to slow down and enjoy life. One day we will look back and realize the little things were big things.

" The faster we live, the less emotion is left in the world. The slower we live, the deeper we feel the world around us. "

I think we owe it to ourselves to be able to indulge in all of life's mysterious and wonderous moments. Starting with doing the things we love the most. That is why I am making a list of all the things I want to do, things that make my soul happy. A simple list that I can go to pick a few things to do when I'm having a crazy moment something that will calm my soul.

  • painting
  • reading
  • writing
  • photography
  • running
  • yoga
  • listen to music
  • meditate
  • take a nature walk
  • unplug from the world
  • drink tea
  • pray
  • write a book
  • enjoy silence
  •  learn the act of not caring. Really it is freeing. 

The list is endless but this is my list. Life is too short to not treasure each minute because really whether it be good or bad each second we are alive its all a learning experience. Look for the good in all things. 

" She who is brave is free "

 

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies 

I'm pretty sure the entire world has heard of minimal ingredient recipes. And they never fail! So I'll make this quick. These are GOOD BROWNIES! Not kidding. 

  1. O N E - Brownie Box Mix 
  2. O N E - Can of Pumpkin Puree

 

 

Yep. THAT'S IT!

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They are thick. So you'll need to really mix the batter well. You can add water if you want too. 

I only cooked them for about 15 minutes. I made sure to spray my brownie pan with coconut oil (or whatever you prefer). If not they'll likely stick to the pan and apart. 

I made a Pumpkin Spice glaze and drizzled it over the brownies and they were delicious! The brownies are super moist.

So cute though! The owl pan is from World Market also! 

Pumpkin Spice Macarons

Pumpkin Spice Macarons

I'll just start out that these were delicious. They may have not been super pretty but they were delicious! And Yes... Skyler approved of these as well so they get that Sky Stamp of approval!

My friend from church told me that she uses a little cheat sheet with drawn circles on parchment paper under another sheet of parchment paper that is used so she can make perfectly circle macarons. Her macarons are gorgeous. This is my 3rd attempt at macarons so I say these are okay..

Obviously not gorgeous but they did turn out delicious and I only had to impress the family so it worked! 

I have used this recipe in other variations and it is a reliable recipe as long as you remember to whip the crap out of your egg whites. I'm talking STIFF PEAKS. My last blog post on Lavender macarons I had several people tell me their cookies turned into a runny mess. Your egg whites must be thick like whip cream consistency. Use a kitchen aid, hand mixer whatever you have that isn't your own hand or you will be sitting there forever. 

Pumpkin Spice Macarons

Ingredients:

  • 275 g. ground almonds (almond flour)
  • 250 g. confectioners' sugar
  • 6 egg whites + half egg white (separated as indicated in instructions)
  • 210 g. caster sugar
  • a few drops food coloring or food coloring gel
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 

Filling:

  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp clove

Materials:

  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheets
  • Piping bag fitted with 1/2 inch round tip (you can also use a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off.)

Sift almond flour & confectioners’ sugar together in a bowl to remove any lumps, set aside. In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the 6 egg whites to a foam (or soft peak stage). Once they are foamy, add a third of the granulated sugar, whip for another minute until sugar is dissolved; add another third of the sugar, whip for another minute; finally add the remainder of the sugar and whip for one more minute. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the sifted mixture of almond flour & confectioners’ sugar into the egg whites. Add a few drops of food coloring as desired; keep in mind that the color fades a bit while baking. In a separate small bowl, whisk the remaining ½ egg white until frothy; then add to the final mixture, folding gently to slightly loosen the batter.

Transfer the mixture to the piping bag fitted with the round tip. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, pipe macaron rounds 1 ¼-1 ½ inches. Lightly tap the sheets so the macarons spread fully.

Preheat oven to 300° Fahrenheit. Allow the macarons to sit uncovered until they form a thin shell on the outside (so you can lightly touch the macarons without the batter sticking to your fingers). This will take anywhere from 10 minutes up to an hour on very humid days. Bake for 15-17 minutes until they form a slight crust.

Allow to cool completely on baking sheet. Remove carefully & sandwich your favorite jam, frosting, or filling between two cookies—a little filling goes a long way. These should be stored covered in the refrigerator. If you can practice enough self-control, wait to eat these until they’ve spent the night in the fridge. I don’t know what it is, but something magical happens to these bad boys overnight & they taste twice as good the next day!

Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties Copycat Recipe

Hogsmeade Pumpkin Pasties 

Pumpkin Pasties - Harry Potter

Clear back to 4th grade (I just turned 25) I remember sitting in school listening to Mrs. Scoles read Harry Potter and the Philosphers(Sorcerers) Stone. And the magic started then for me. I think there was a huge obsession with witches at that time in my life. I actually recall reading any kind of book that involved witches. In school I dressed up as a witch for the book The Little Witch for a book report as well as making a diorama of a witch scene from the book The Witches. With that being said I took a liking to the entire Harry Potter series, so when the movies came out you can imagine how fun it really was for myself as a little girl. 

In July I started the books over this time listening to them on Audible. I am currently about to finish The Goblet of Fire but can I just tell you how awesome it is listening to the books! I am a mom of routine which means I have a lot to do. So what better way to fold laundry or run on the treadmill than to listen to Harry Potter while I do it!

This last weekend we had a Harry Potter marathon. It started Friday and ended Sunday Evening. So Friday while Imogen was at school I baked Hogsmeade Pumpkin Pasties we also made Butterbeer to go with our Pumpkin Pasties. They were delicious! Imogen couldn't believe that we were eating the same food that Harry Potter had eaten while on the Hogwarts Express his first year on his way to Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry. He bought them when he had realized that Ron did not have much to eat on their train ride. 

 “What she did have were Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life.”

 

You can bet that as soon as that bell rang Friday afternoon Imogen ran like the wind so we could race home to get our Harry Potter Marathon on.

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Both of my girls loved them and I know that Artis (the 7 month old) would have too had he tried them. And if you've read my blog before the ultimate judge of all my cooking is Skyler(husband) his opinion counts and I will say this. Nothing that does not get his approval makes the blog. So that should tell you just how delicious these were. Not to mention incredibly simple. 

Pumpkin Pasties Harry Potter

 

They are literally handheld Pumpkin Pies. Served best when warm. And of course eaten with a mountain of whip cream even though they really did not need it at all. 

Hogsmeade Pumpkin Pasties

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Copycat Recipe 

 

  • 1 Cup Pumpkie Pie Puree 
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 3-4 Chocolate chip Morsels (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Kerrygold unsalted butter 
  • 2 eggs
  • Pre-Packaged rollout pie crust.
  • Clove Spice & Brown sugar 
  1. Pre-heat oven at 350
  2. Mix pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and butter (softened) together.
  3. Roll out Pie crust. Using a circle cookie cutter or mason jar lid cut as many circles out of your pie crust as possible. 
  4. Mix egg mixture together to make and egg wash. Then brush the egg onto the cut out pieces of crust. 
  5. Cut an opening in the middle of your cutout pie crust for the pie crust that will be used to cover your pumpkin. ( I made a lightening bolt. )
  6. Place a tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture in the middle of the pie crust. After doing so place another circle cut out pie crust on top. Use a fork to seal the ends together.
  7. Sprinkle on ground clove and brown sugar over your egg washed pie crust.
  8. Place your pumpkin pasties on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Serve Warm with lots of whip cream!

Enjoy! Let me know how you like it!

 

 

Autumn Tree

Autumnal Equinox 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

This is my season people. I love everything about it and that fact that I live in SoCal is a complete travesty as I dont get to see real Fall Foliage but I am not going to let that ruin it for. This is why for the last 3 years I have taken it upon myself to change things up a bit. Yes that is in fact a fall tree. I love it. And I dont care what any thinks about that. Seriously though. I get people telling me how crazy it is that I put up my Halloween or Autumn decorations in mid August but I have a few facts in my eyes that proves why I am not actually all that crazy. 

  1. Everyone associates school starting with Fall. Even the schools do! You go back to school in the Fall. Everyone does except for those poor souls who start in July (sorry guys!) They always have out their cute fall leaves and some apples (yes i know of course there is apples schools associates apples with teaching and teachers and all that jazz!) Because! School starts at the beginning of Fall. See I am not so crazy!
  2. I live Southern California. The land of Summer is what I call it. I feel backwards here and lets face it. Its 90 flipping degrees in December here. If I waited for a change of weather to decorate for the change of season we would skip all the holidays and decorate our houses with flip flops and and sunshine all year long. That is a no go for me. 
  3. Everyone loves pumpkin. You think you dont but I assure you, you do. 
  4. My kids love fall. We even just celebrated my 5 year olds birthday. What was her request for a birthday cake? A witch cake! I tell you its genetic. The love of Autumn is genetic. 
  5. You can't tell me that somewhere inside you, your heart does not flutter even the slightest when you see pumpkins and fun decorations fall food that smells incredible. 

So yes! I decorated mid August. Call the decoration police on me! My kids love it and guess what? That tree up there^^^ yea, my husband bought that for my BIRTHDAY! August 8th. (Thanks Babe!) Yes he even supports it. He's a good man for sure. 

So I wanted to share my Autumn wonderland here inside our cute little house. And I know your going to ask so I will beat you to it first. My house is normally very decorated and I think because of that reason my kids are so use to seeing things like this everyday that they dont touch them out of the sheer fact that its just " normal " to them. Anyways I hope you enjoy.

p.s. I am fully aware Autumn does not start until September 22nd. 

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Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie

So yesterday I had a major sweet tooth and needed to fix it some way or another. So I looked in the pantry for what I could use and literally I had these few ingredients on hand. --- Backstory we got back from Vacation a week ago today. So we pretty much only have staples in our house. Nothing out of your normal fruit, veggie, protein, cereal, almond milk grocery list. --- So it was Sunday and we don't believe in going out on Sundays just for the fact that we dont like working on Sundays so we don't feel like we should make others work on Sundays by going out and buying things. However if you do thats okay to each his own. 

This was the easiest and probably the healthiest pie I have ever made. Seriously. I am not joking there really isn't anything remotely close to being unhealthy for you in it. And actually after figuring out the servings 1 serving of this pie is the equivalent of 1 serving of fruit! So take that normal pumpkin pie that is amazing and delicious! 

Did I mention that you can eat this plain. Like the dough? Yea. Just the dough if you wanted too. There are no -- ZERO -- eggs in this recipe. I know your like thinking alright just tell me whats in it already. If your like me I sometimes totally just scroll to the bottom to get the recipe... * hides face * totally guilty.. Hey! But if you have 3 monkeys climbing all over you everyday all day long then sometimes scrolling through to get the recipe for what they're about to eat is A-Okay with me! :)

HERE IT IS!

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie

 

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 2 bananas
  • 1.5 cups coconut flour
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Dairy Free Chocolate Chips or cacao Chips

 

  • Parchment/ Wax Paper
  • 9x12 pan
  1. Set oven to 350 Degrees. 
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Mix Pumpkin, Bananas, Coconut flour and maple syrup together.
  4. Fold in Chocolate Chips
  5. Using your parchment paper press down pumpkin mixture into a glass pan so its even and reaches all edges of pan. 
  6. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. 
  7. After its done, cool for 10 Minutes. And Enjoy!

ALSO! If you want to get fancy you can add Paleo Whip Cream! 

  • 1 can full fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  1. Make sure to refrigerate Coconut Milk for at least 8 hours ahead of time. 
  2. Mix Coconut Milk, Vanilla and Coconut sugar together in a mixer at 8 speed for about 5 minutes so its stiff. 
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  4. Then serve. Make sure to refrigerate remaining.

Hope you enjoy it! 

Felt Leaf Autumn Garland - with FREE Autumn Leaf graphics

Autumn Leaf Garland 

Autumn Leaf Garland

Soo... I know its July.. But technically almost August. With today being July 29th and all we are what... July 30th - July 31st - AUGUST! like 2ish days away from August we are basically hitting Autumn soon... Well not really here in Southern California. I can kiss those dreams goodbye. HOWEVER! when I lived in New England you bet come mid August people consider that Fall! The cider mills start up again, orchards are ready for apple picking and here and there you can find a pumpkin! So I declare August OK to start thinking about Autumn. My husband thinks I'm absolutely crazy which I am completely Okay with. If its one thing I am crazy about it is Autumn. We got talking actually on the whole subject when he started talking trash on my pumpkin spice tea that I made after my bubble bath tonight and I got thinking. I have loved Autumn forever. As a child Halloween was my favorite holiday - still is. As I got older and my love for school grew I associated the beginning of the school year with Fall which again made me love it. 7th grade came and thats when I realized my love for photography because of my obsession with taking photos of leaves. Some of my favorite memories happen in the fall. 

For me Autumn is the equivalent of New years Day. My whole year starts fresh the first day of Fall. And actually I celebrate the Autumnal Equinox just like others celebrate any other holiday. There's a whole lot of pumpkin involved along with bringing out all the Autumn decorations (actually if I'm being totally honest I decorate before the first day..) This really isn't an obsession its more of me just expressing how much I love it. See I am currently stuck in one those unlucky places on this planet that does not have an actual Autumn. No leaves fall. You trick-or-treat in the heat and thats where things get complicated. I was moved from the most beautiful place in this country for Autumn (New England) where I had the opportunity to take sunday evening, back road trips through miles and miles of gorgeous crimson, burnt orange and more shades of brown colored leaves on trees than I can count. Moved to Sunny Los Angeles. Ha.. now I am grateful for the opportunity but you can bet that after this chapter is over I am moving back to a place where seasons exist. 

Tonight Skyler and I were discussing my love or as he says my obsession and how far back it goes. I got my first debit card at 15 years old. I still own it even though its been expired for years. I designed my card and on the card is an Autumn tree. We discussed as teenagers most have their favorite band poster on their room wall. I had posters of Autumn leaves. I could go on about this but the point is. is that I love Autumn. And I dont think theres a problem at all with that. It makes me happy. Its refreshing. " Life starts all over again when it gets Crisp in the Fall " F. Scott Fitzgerald -- He knew exactly what he was talking about.

SOO during this month of July I started a project that literally took all month long to finish with vacation, kids and just a lack of time it took that long. I did finish it and it is the perfect piece to add to my fall decor and honestly I do keep up a few things here and there all year long that remind me of fall and I think this one might be a keeper. 

This really was a simple project it just takes a lot of patience. 

I used about 5 sheets of felt fabric from Hobby Lobby and I traced paper leaves on each piece of fabric. I did as many as I could as I wanted the garland to be long. Note- your fingers get dirty with all the tracing with a black marker and its really unavoidable. Although if you have a cricket or silhouette (not sure how those two are actually spelled) this project will take maybe 2 hours tops if you choose to hand sew the leaf veins. 

Here below are the leaves that I used to trace for my felt leaves. Click on the button link below to get your free leaf graphics.  As far as materials go this really was as simple as it gets for something that turns out so beautifully. 

  • Felt Fabric - whatever colors 
  • Embroidery string 
  • scissors 
  • permanent marker
  • Leaf Graphic - cut out to trace
  • sewing machine if you want to sew all your leaves together or you can also string all the leaves together as well as hand sew the leaf veins. 
  • Patience and Time

Hope you love it! Let me know how yours turns out!