Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Recipe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies...Amazing

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg (I use more)
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Stir in the walnuts if desired. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown.

Try instead of chocolate chips:

cranberries(fresh or dried) and white chocolate chips,

cranberries and orange rind and a little fresh squeezed juice to the batter,

add a pecan to the top and drizzle with chocolate.

Let me know what you like best.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Favorite thing....

Those of you who know me really well are thinking that this post is going to be about
Cheese. You are so close, really? Same color even, but the truth of the matter is I have this seasonal obsession with


OK, OK, maybe...its not just seasonal.

I love all things pumpkin. Pumpkins, pumpkin color sweaters, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin chocolate chip bread, carving pumpkins, picking pumpkin, growing pumpkins, the dried curls on the end of pumpkin. I think you are getting my point.

Thanks to this great obsession I'm going to share some of my pumpkin things with you.

Heather and I went to a pumpkin patch yesterday. I highly recommend this.

Pumpkin patches rock!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

What happens in VEGAS...

Vegas...lots of fun and a little work.

I went to a Vision Conference in Las Vegas this week for work. It was an amazing place. Lots of lights, amazing architecture, and shows. The best part was the further belief in myself being a beautiful person with out the perfect plastic body, $495 dollar Jimmy Choo heals or wasting hundreds of dollars to wake up with the worst headache of your life.

I stayed in the Treasure Island.

Most amazing Creme Brulee ever, EVER.

The conference was in the Venetian. Brandi and I self toured Planet Hollywood (funny story), The Bellegio, Caesar's Palace, the Mirage, the Wynn, Fashion Show Mall, Flamingo.