Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Eat It

A trip to the Supermarket this morning informed me that I need to start prepping for Halloween and Thanksgiving. You have to admire the commercial engine that keeps this country running. I guess summer is well and truly over but at least now I can make pumpkin spice cookies and it won't seem out of place.

On my list of things to learn is "bake from scratch". No more cookies from a bag or refrigerated tube. With practice comes less mess so I didn't shower the kitchen in flour this time. And even if I did, there wouldn't be any photos of that.

I love this recipe. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves have a very strong smell and it perfumed the entire house.


Here's my small army of cookies waiting to be glazed. They taste like mini-pumpkin pies with frosting. Also, those green oven mits rock. I could probably put them in lava and wouldn't feel the heat. Almost.


And no ziploc bags or Tupperware containers for me anymore. La! Martha Stewart would be so proud. Yes, I went the extra million miles and made up these decorative cellophane bags. All that's missing is the dorky "From the Kitchen of..." tag.

Okay, I'm not that bad... yet. I think I'll just stamp them with my signature "Eat it."


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Pumpkin Spice Cookies (courtesy of my friend Angela)

INGREDIENTS:
Cookie:2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie mix)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly. The flatten part is important because these cookies hardly spread when they bake. If they're too thick, they tend to get soggy.

3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Let the cookies cool and dry completely, then drizzle glaze with fork. Again, let the glaze dry completely.

4. To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve a consistency you like.

Yields about 3 dozen cookies. I usually get about 40 or so.

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pampering

Monday was one of those blah days, so I called the boy at work and told him I needed to be pampered and wooed. He laughed. After a few minutes of convincing, he got the message that I was indeed serious.

He came home laden with Thai food (yummy), gourmet cupcakes and roses. I was able to take some pictures of the flowers this morning but the cupcakes ... not so much. They didn't last very long.

I loved that this bouquet was full of different roses. My preference in colors changes every year it seems. For the longest time, only red would do... then pale pink. Lately, I've been drawn to the vibrant yellows and oranges.

Normally, I wouldn't have had time to take all these photos but I forgot to wash my bathing suit so no pool for me. Instead, I spent the morning cleaning. There's something about having a neat and tidy house ... so relaxing and serene.



Now I can go scrapbook! I know, I know. Apparently, I'm still being pampered. *grin*

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Boy's DDR Video

Ummm.. Here's a video of the boy wonder in action.



I am so gonna burn for this.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Dance Fool! Dance!

Looking for ways to improve his footwork in soccer, the boy looked to what all the elite soccer players use: Dance Dance Revolution. "What do you think?" he asked me.

"GET IT!"

A friend of his graciously lent us her game so that we could try it out. The dance pad is huge! And the music. Argh. Why must it be so technoish? Ick.

Ever so wise, the boy started with the training level. Which is below Beginner. On with the dancing! Oh dear. Although the game will tell you where to place your feet, it won't tell you what to do with your hands. At first, he started marching and then as the moves got faster, he converted to flailing about. After a few songs, he was actually doing fairly well and got a little cocky.


"I think I'll try the Standard level", he said and waited expectantly for the music to start. I wasn't watching the screen since I was taking photos, but the footwork got more frenzied and then the swearing started.

"Oh shit..... OH SHIT!!! Oh MY GOD! SHIT SHIT! !@(*$&!^^^!!!"

Things got progressively worse as the feet flew off the mat and he almost fell over a few times. I know I did... from laughing so hard. In the end, the score was pretty dismal.

101 Boos!


This is going to be a fun few weeks. *grin*