Monday, November 1, 2010

Its November, Are you Sure??

Happy November! Can you believe that its already November?
Its almost scary how fast time goes by, makes you want to stop and enjoy the little things in life! 

How was everyones Halloween?
Mine was fun and low key...
I made Chicken Wild Rice soup and Pumpkin Brown Sugar cookies(I will post recipe's at the end of the post) and my Mom came over and we passed out candy! 
I gave away all of my candy- which was the goal! 
We had a ton of teenagers come through and for some reason that just bugs me! 
We even had some come back through twice AND they weren't even dressed up! 
I withheld candy from them...LOL
Here are a few of my favorite Trick or Treaters...

Look at this silly Bunch!!

 Sweet little cowgirl!

Thats little precious Jackson in there!

 Sweet Brookes-
Precious little Shark!

Look Princess  Evelyn!

I am officially about to be in FULL Christmas craft mode! 
I have way to many projects going on in the ole' craft room and not one is even remotely complete! 
There is no progress in the Christmas Card creating (2 seconds to deciding not to make them)....
There is a half made Christmas ribbon wreath that lets be honest has to be made with the sewing machine and that thing just stresses me out...
There is a half made book page wreath....
There is a box of Christmas Present creation that have ideas but nothing has been done.....
There are 2 Christmas Subway arts that have been started and thats it....
There is stuff everywhere up there...
Which all wraps up to say the craft room looks like a WAR ZONE! 

Speaking of Christmas bring on the red cup...
I can smell The Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's now! YUM!!
Whats your favorite Starbucks Christmas drink???

Recipe Time....
Pumpkin Spice Cookies

makes about 3 dozen cookies

For the Cookies:

2 1/4 cup bleached cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softenen
1/3 cup pumpkin puree

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

For the pumpkin-browned butter frosting:

5 Tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

4 1/2 Tablespoons heavy cream

1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Candied Cinnamon Walnuts:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup whole walnuts

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Reserve a bit of the flour mixture and toss with walnuts, set aside.
 Combine sugars and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fluffy and lightened in color. Add the pumpkin puree and beat until completely combined. Add in eggs one at a time; allowing each to fully incorporate before adding the next. Stir in vanilla extract.

Add in the flour mixture alternating with sour cream leaving the mixture streaky after each addition. Gently fold in nuts.
 Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the frosting:

Heat the butter in a saucepan until lightly browned but not burned, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in milk and vanilla. Add a bit of confectioners’ sugar to make a paste then add the rest in slowing, whisking until fully combined. Fold pumpkin in completely.

To make the candied walnuts:
Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat until dissolved. Stir in walnuts and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the liquid reduced and the walnuts are glazed. Stir in cinnamon and pour nuts on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to cool completely.

To finish:
Frost cooled cookies with creamy browned butter frosting and garnish with candied walnuts.


michelle ellis said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are too cute - all those crafts, trick or treaters, and baking! You are a busy girl!!

Fashion Meets Food said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I cannot wait for the red cup.... its so weird but I pretty much love the red cup. Loving the walnut recipe!


Victoria said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

their peppermint mocha is my ALL TIME fave drink!!! i cannot wait till it arrives (and the red cups!!).

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