Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Frosting

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This cool weather and the beginning of fall has had me craving pumpkin for dayyys. Yesterday, when I came across this relatively simple melt-in-your-mouth soft cookie recipe I knew what I would be doing during nap time. And oh my, was it worth it. They are soft and yummy on their own, but when you add the frosting it’s like you died and went to heaven. UGH. SO GOOD.

So obviously, I had to share it with you, in case you have been on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin recipe too. ;)

Original Recipe from Better Homes and Garden

Ingredients:

2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
4 cups all-purpose flour

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (add until you get desired consistency/firmness)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl beat the 2 cups of butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder,baking soda,salt,the cinnamon,and the nutmeg. Beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in flour.

2. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set.

3. For frosting, in a small saucepan heat the 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting on cooled cookies. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.

Better Homes and Gardens

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Chocolate Butterscotch Cereal Bars

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!! My little family is gearing up for a big barbecue this evening with friends and family. I love how focused on family and freedom this holiday is. It’s not about presents, hidden eggs, chocolate or anything “extra” (well, except maybe fireworks…but are those really “extras” or are they necessities?). Anyways, if you are looking for a reeeeaally easy treat to bring to your freedom celebration event (or any event) try these bars out! Making a recipe correctly the first time around is an extremely rare occurence for me. Extremely. I make two to five mistakes every time. HOWEVER, this recipe was a different story. 100% right and 100% tasty the first time.. I got this recipe from my mother-in-law after listening to my husband daydream about these “A-MAZING” treats she used to make for him when he was a kid. And believe me, they were worth the daydream!

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You need:

1 cup sugar

1 cup Karo corn syrup

1 cup peanut butter (you can use crunchy or smooth – I used smooth, because I had smooth)

3 cups Rice Crispies

3 cups Cheerios

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

 

How to make ‘um:

Measure out all ingredients. This recipe moves fast, so having the necessary ingredients already proportioned is hugely helpful. Use butter to coat a 13×9 pan. Set the pan aside. Mix sugar and corn syrup in a big saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring. Once it starts boiling, immediately remove from heat and add peanut butter. Stir together until smooth. Stir in cereals. Once they are mostly covered with the sticky stuff, press it all into the buttered pan.

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together using the microwave…1 minute, stir, 30 seconds, stir, repeat until smooth. Spread mixture over the top of the cereals. Cut into bars , then refrigerate (cut before refrigerating, or it gets very hard).

Once the chocolate is set and all ingredients have cooled, (1 or 2 hours) take them out and try to eat just one…I dare you. :) I do not recommend storing them in the fridge after the initial setting time. Storing them on the counter allows the mixture to get the perfect crunchy-gooey consistency.

I hope you enjoy them!!

Here are the steps in pictures, if you are a visual person like me. :)

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Week 1

I have lived in Colorado Springs for one week today. Wow!!! I have been blessed with the presence of family, the beautiful mountains… and the most amazing, God-written love story that I never could have fabricated for myself. I’m living in my uncle and aunt’s basement and loving being around my cousins. Connor is living in our soon-to-be first home! Connor works hard during the day at car detailing and I spend the days running errands or fussing over non-important wedding details. When Connor is done with work for the day we skype. JUST KIDDING!!!!!! We walk around our condo together, holding hands, and dream about the coming months. God is SO GOOD! I absolutely love the condo. It is SO perfect for a first home. SO PERFECT!

We currently have 2 beautiful non stick frying pans and an AWESOME 18 piece pyrex set. Love it.

During my first week in Colorado Springs, I have watched Kira and Jacob graduate from 8th grade (all my pictures were blurry for both occasions),

eaten pizza on the floor of our condo while watching Despicable Me (Yes, we used towels as backrests),

gone thrift store decoration shopping and put time into making that condo a home,

cheered on the Sky Sox baseball team,

ohhhh and GOT A JOB!!!! A couple of months ago my aunt Julie kept encouraging me to apply to the charter school her kids go to, and I kept avoiding it because I felt like I was so under-qualified to work in the English department of an awesome school. But I submitted an application for an English Aide position anyways and they contacted me this Monday, asking if I’d like to interview. So the next day I left 30 minutes early, took the wrong exit/wrong street/wrong everything, skidded into the parking lot, hair askew from the, yep, rolled down window and showed up at 10am sharp. I immediately loved the place. The lady who interviewed me was precise, concise, and direct. About 20 minutes after walking in, she shook my hand and offered me the job. With so much joy and thankfulness, I accepted. I start August 1st, which is absolutely perfect because Connor and I get back from our Wedding extravaganza on July 27th!! God could not have done a more perfect thing.

The most most most important thing I have learned this past week is that God prevails. I want him to ALWAYS prevail in my life. And that Love, as God intended it, is absolutely mind-blowing. It is nothing short of what I would consider magic.