Awesome Autumn Weekend

What a great weekend!  After a early morning spent working on Saturday, the rest of the weekend was spent having fun.

There was a trip to the Farmers’ Market:

So many things that I want to have!

Mmm, baked goods!

Grains! I ended up getting lentils from this stand

And puppies! I resisted the cuteness, though.

Then there was the baking of refreshments for fellowship time at church.  I made a Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Glaze and tried a new recipe for Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Dried Cherries.

These cookies make me happy inside

Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

From My Baking Addiction

yield | 48 cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter; softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin purée
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries; roughly chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line your baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.
3. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture; combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in white chocolate chips and dried cherries.
4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Storage: Cookies store well in an airtight container for up to three days.

Notes: Get creative! Add in whatever strikes your fancy, I can imagine a variety of chocolates, nuts, and dried fruits will really make the flavors and textures of this cook truly amazing.

And then Sunday included the Arnold Days Parade.  Sam marched with his middle school band in the parade.  Russ, Ike and I and the dogs went and enjoyed the sights.


Russ and the dogs hangin’ out
Ike is ready for the candy throwin’ to start!
It’s a goat. Wearing a hat and sporting a doll “rider”. I love it!
Yay! Sam! The band played so well! (Yes, I am a proud mom.)

The rest of Sunday was spent reading the paper, watching football (well, some of us checked our eyelids for holes while the football was on), then the making of red beans and rice using some andouille sausage we bought at the farmers’ market.  There was also cornbread and salad, if you must know.

Whew!  What a great weekend!  And now I’m off to bed to read some more of my new book, Fall of Giants.


The end! Beep, beep!

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