Pumpkin Drop Cookies

Adapted from the Betty Crocker Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 C butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 3/4 C packed brown sugar
  • Flax eggs (2 Tbsp Flax meal mixed with 6 Tbsp water whisked then let stand 15 minutes) Or 2 eggs
  • 2 Cups Pumpkin Puree(I had one cup spaghetti squash one cup pumpkin on hand)
  • 2 1/2 C Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Clove
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1 C Hemp Hearts(Or any kind of nuts of Chocolate chips would be amazing)

Heat oven to 375º F Cream butter and sugar together then Beat in the flax egg and Pumpkin pumpkin.

Mix Dry ingredients in separate Bowl.

Combine wet ingredients to dry and mix.
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Fold Hemp hearts into the dough
Use two small spoons to drop dough 2 inches apart onto parchment paper or oiled cookie sheet.

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Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Cool a few minutes then remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

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These make super light and fluffy cookies. They feel almost like cake more than cookies, Very delicious! Their not overly sweet either I think adding chocolate chips would make these perfect.

Photo of the cookies in my cookie jar. The tag was from Justine and Sue of Les Farms wedding Favor. Now this made a beautiful photo but I don’t suggest putting these in a cookie jar like the one I have their very moist cookies and will stick one on top of the other. Id probably put parchment paper or wax paper between layers of cookies in a container.

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Nature Walk looking for Salamanders and Snakes.

It was a nice day a few days ago and hubby and I decided to take a walk down the trails on our property and go looking for reptiles and Amphibians or as most people call it in the reptile world “Herping”. Hubby had found some the day before so we thought we had a really good chance of being able to get some photos of them.

These are some of my most favorite photos. Even though their not very clear or crisp. Seeing my husband and our little dog walking along the trails just fills me with so much joy I cant quite put it into words. He was one of the many reasons I wanted us to move to the country so he could be happier and have a more quiet life. I love seeing how much more relaxed hes become since we’ve moved and how much happier he is.

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Red back Salamanders are in breeding season right now and we managed to find 20 of them while on our walk.

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We also found this cool looking Mushroom

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And this Smooth green snake we found under a piece of Plastic. Beautiful little guy. I’m glad we got to have a look at him.

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Korean food : Healthy and Delicious!

Everyone knows that I love food you just have to look at me to know this! I also have a deep love for world foods and will often immerse myself in different cultures learning about their foods. For a week Al and I ate nothing but Korean food and I have to say it was amazingly delicious. I don’t have a lot of photos and most aren’t the best quality as every evening hubby would come home from work and we would settle ourselves in bed and watch an episode of Kimchi Chronicles and then get up and go cook something to eat for supper. Which means I had no light to take photos of my food! The first photo here did turn out nice. This is some Bulgogi that I made served with lettuce leaves and rice as well as some lovely rolls and homemade potato salad our friends Paul and Karen brought over for us to eat. I love having guests over and feeding people and we had a lot of fun both eating and then going to the barn and working with the horses.

The recipe for Bulgogi is available here: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/bulgogi

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This meal was also made with friends. I went down to visit my best friend Jessica and her husband in the city and stopped at an Asian food store to pick up supplies to make korean food that I didn’t have access to in the country. So Jessica’s husband asked if I would make him some Bibimbap from leftovers he had in the refrigerator.

You can make it any way that you like but here is a basic Bibimbap recipe

http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/bibimbap

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While I was in the city I visited another one of my friends who is an Urban homesteader/prepper. Shes Anonymous on the internet so I wont name her but I’ve lived with her while training at work and worked with her for three years prior to this and she is the most amazing person ever and I love her kids as if they were my own. They are the kind of people that if my house was bigger I would move their whole family in to live with me.  We got together along with two other friends of ours and made Kimchi(Fermented nappa cabbage). Hubby was really happy when I came home with this!

This isn’t the recipe I followed but most likely the one I will try next time I make some. I absolutely love Maangchi’s recipes.

http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/easy-kimchi

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Dont be fooled by the look of this. It looks gross but it is DELICIOUS!. Its called Ddeokbokki(hot and spicy ride cake). I added bean sprouts and shrimp to mine

Recipe can be found here http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/ddukbokkie DSC_0677

Fall is coming, Why not make Pumpkin bread!

My mother was over and dropped off a few things from her garden and at the same time asked me if I wanted the last of her Pumpkin Puree from last years harvest. Since Pumpkin season is almost upon us I agreed as I had just found a little Toaster oven(Our oven was broken and not working) and wanted to bake some Pumpkin Bread. I Proceeded to thaw out my Pumpkin Puree and get started on the ingredients. I used the recipe from

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pumpkin_bread/

I love the look of Pumpkin Puree don’t you?

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I sifted all my dry ingredients(The Zucchini in the back is because I also made a loaf of zucchini bread adapted from this recipe)DSC_0784

All sifted and stirred for good measure.

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Something here looks off doesn’t it? Turns out the other package of frozen Pumpkin Puree I had was actually spaghetti squash. But I just shrugged and threw it in anyway. Its a squash just like Pumpkin! I’m nothing if not willing to experiment.

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Once the wet is all stirred mix the dry into it and mix well just don’t over stir.DSC_0771

Not the other thing is I didn’t have any Walnuts so I used what I had on hand and mixed half crushed almonds and half Hemp seeds. DSC_0772

Now with these I folded them in with my rubber spatula instead of stirring. DSC_0773

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Now place into a greased Bread pan and pop in the oven!

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Or in my case a Toaster oven!

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And once its ready take it out. I had just one small burnt spot as unlike an oven this was fairly close to the heating element.

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Let cool slightly then remove from bread pan onto a cooling rack.

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Once cooled a bit more slice and serve with some butter and enjoy the wonderful Fall flavor!DSC_0788