Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies


Hello again! Are you having a good November? I certainly hope so! Before I talk about these delicious Pumpkin Cookies that are a little taste of fall in every bite, I would like to give you a quick update on my little corner of the world. I hope it is okay.

The home project is going well. It felt so good to let go of "stuff" that has taken up space and collected dust over the years. Fortunately, our house has a lot of storage space. Unfortunately, it has been fully utilized. Therefore, it has been a time-consuming and tedious project to sieve through every box and bag with a fine-tooth comb. The one day that I actually enjoyed the chore was the day I went through the collection of my children's artwork and school writing assignments. They were priceless and made my heart melt. If they were the only memorabilia I could keep, it would be fine. As a mother, they are the possessions that mean most to me. That was a good cleaning day.

With the exception of a couple of child-proof cabinet hooks, the daycare supplies and gear have been long gone. Even now, as I walk through the house, I am thrilled that it feels like a home, not a place of business. But with that being said, I have kept in touch of a few of my former clients. The children seem to have adjusted to their new schools nicely...I had no doubt that they would. I have been lucky over the years and have had a great group of children and families to work with and wish them all well.

My husband and I started to tackle our DIY list. First, is painting part of our main floor. Once it is done, we will move onto the next project. I am looking forward to it...whatever it may be. We will have something to focus on this winter other than the frigid weather! Woo-hoo!!

Pumpkin Cookies

Now, onto the star of the day. These simple cookies are crispy-chewy, buttery, with an essence of pumpkin pie. Cookies with all the works are great and wonderful, but sometimes, I am in a mood for no frills deliciousness. Enter these Pumpkin Cookies (sorry of for the incredibly uninspired name). For those of you who are on an egg free diet, you are going to like these as they are eggless cookies. What is in there are pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Even though there is a very small amount of pumpkin puree in the recipe, just one quarter cup to be exact, it is essential. Do not omit it!

You may be asking, "What am I supposed to do with the rest of the pumpkin?" I know it seems a little wasteful to use only a fraction of the can, but do you know that you can freeze the unused portion? Yep!! You can!

Pumpkin Cookies

To freeze, just place the puree in a heavy duty zip lock bag, pressing all the air out prior to sealing. In fact, you can store the pumpkin in quarter cup serving per bag. And the next time you want to make these cookies, just pull out one bag from the freezer and defrost. Frozen pumpkin puree has a shelf life of several months. When defrosted, there may be some excess moisture, but dabbing it off with paper towels should suffice.

Enjoy! I hope to see you back here soon!

Pumpkin Cookies

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Pumpkin Cookies:

1 1/4 leveled cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 leveled cup pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, salt pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add half flour mixture. Blend slightly to incorporate the flour. Add remaining flour, blending until crumbly. Add pumpkin puree. Stir until just blended. Drop by rounded tablespoon, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.  Allow to cool on baking sheets for a minute prior to placing on cooling rack. To prevent cookie from softening, store refrigerated in an airtight container. Makes about 20 cookies.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Italian Turkey Sandwich and Guest Posting

Italian Turkey Sandwich with Marinated Zucchini and Onion


Hello dear friends! It's me. I miss seeing you here! Hope you all are well!! I took a little time from my hiatus to be a contributor at Reasons to Skip the Housework. I shared an Italian Turkey Sandwich with marinated zucchini and onion. Not only is it delicious but also a perfect way to use up some of those leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Can you believe that it is exactly three weeks away? Soon many of us will be elbow deep in turkey and will be looking for ways to use it up. Hop on over to RTSH to see how this sandwich is made.

Miss you all! Take care!

Thao  ♡

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

My Taste of Italy and an Announcement

breakfast food on a white patio table


Hello everyone and happy fall!! It's been a while since we last met here. I missed you all! I am back with a few things to share. 

If you follow this blog regularly, I apologize for making you wonder where I have been. It has been a busy month and will continue to be so in the upcoming months for me. To backtrack, my husband and I went on our dream vacation to Italy in September. It was all that I expected and more, and I hope to return someday. I especially loved the Tuscany region with its rolling hills, old stone farmhouses, statuesque cypress trees, vast olive groves and grape vineyards. It truly was my happy place. A close second was the Amalfi Coast with its majestic walls of houses that seem to grow out of and blanket the steep hillsides above the sea.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Cioppino and Soup Sunday



Well friends, it's Labor Day weekend and that means we have reached the unofficial end of the summer season. Waah waah! I'll have to start thinking about pulling those turtlenecks out of storage soon, as cold temp is not my friend...neither is heat...nor humidity for that matter. Thinking about cold weather gets me thinking about hot comfort food. And nothing warms me up better than a steaming hot bowl of soup.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Healthy Snacking with Perfectly Simple

As you may know, I am a daycare provider. My job requires a lot of energy and stamina to keep up with the pace of a houseful of children and a 10-hour workday. I try to take good care of myself because when I am a better me, I am a better caregiver. It starts with my diet. Now, I'm a food blogger, so I do my share of splurging, but I also try to balance it out with healthier eating options, like eating plenty of fruits and veggies and choosing nutritious, wholesome foods. And when I feel the need to snack, I try to choose a healthy snack like ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple nutrition bar. During the work day when I am feeling little drained, I grab myself a bar to help reenergize and keep me going. Perfectly Simple is made with simple, wholesome ingredients that refuels and leaves me feeling good so that I can go on taking care of others. #FeelGooder

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad (Kabobs)

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad


Can you believe that Labor Day is only two weeks away? Already? The summer has flown by! In preparation for the big end of summer weekend, I am sharing a tasty and easy grill recipe that is perfect for any type of gathering.

These kabobs are my twist on potato salad. Never had potato salad on a stick? You should really try it! All the key elements of a chicken and pesto based potato salad are here: potatoes, a creamy base, onion, tomatoes, chicken, and pesto sauce. In keeping with the fuss-free nature of the dish, I opted to use jarred pesto sauce. If you want to take the time to make your own, knock yourself out and whip up a batch!