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Perfected the pumpkin cookie recipe!

Woahhhh whata morning!!  Accomplished thus far

Now that is one productive morning :)

Onto the baking adventures!

Up first was trying OhSheGlows baked banana donuts.

I followed the recipe to a T except for adding a touch of agave to sweeten things up (probably 1 tblsp?).  I also made up a quick peanut butter “icing” using peanut butter, water & agave (microwaved it to warm up and stirred until a drizzly consistency)

Oh heck yea!

Oh heck yea!

Half iced/half not…. these were  a-freakin-mazing! 

The Man woke up just as they were finishing up and he was so uber-happy it wasn’t even funny :)  I tasted both with the pb icing and without, both were delicious…. Angela is a genious!  If you haven’t tried these I highly recommend doing so….. soon.

Next up was round 2 of the pumpkin cookies I had made a few weeks back… this time some canned pumpkin was gettin’ thrown in the mix as was some cream cheese!!

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pumpkin butter (about 1 tsp per cookie)
  • LF cream cheese (about 1 tsp per cookie)

Combine the dry ingredients (flour, oat bran, brown sugar, baking powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice).  Then begin stirring in the egg whites, soy milk, pumpkin and agave.  Stir to combine.

Coat baking pan with cooking spray and plop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto pan, I made14 total cookies.  Made an indentation in middle of each cookie (use your thumb if ya want!).  Bake in a 400F oven for 5 minutes, lower temp to 375F and finish another 2 minutes or so til done.

While cookies are still very warm, top each with a small blob of cream cheese (since the cookies are warm it was warm through and be easier to spread)

Almost done!

Almost done!

 

Then top each with a small blob of pumpkin butter. 

Perfection!

Perfection!

 

At this point I popped them in the fridge to let the cream cheese and pumpkin butter “set up” — after about an hour I got to tastin’ and holy yum these were incredible!!! The bites of cream cheese mixed with the pumpkin-y flava was insanely delicious, this put my first try at these to shame :)  I love them, and not sure if I’m willing to share hahahaha.

I did a quick calorie calculation and am estimating each of these puppies clocks in at about 90 cals… honestly, not too shabby!

Do any of you use pumpkin in a favorite baked goods recipe (cookies, bread, cakes)?  I’d love to get more ideas because I love this stuff!

The Man and I then did a ton of cleaning around the house including kitchen, floors, vacuum, we all know how that goes….

After all that I had worked up quite the appetite :)  So I grilled up (in the trusty George Foreman) a peppercorn turkey sammie with mozzarella on an Light Italian Flat Out.  Alongside I decided to give the swiss chard a test run based on an idea I learned at the Farmer’s Market.

Washed a few leaves of chard, added to a medium heat pan with 1tsp EVOO.

Now you see it, now you don't

Now you see it, now you don't

Added these once the chard had cooked for a few

Pretty basic

Pretty basic

Here’s how it turned out (sprinkled with a bit of Parm)

Lovin' this lunch

Lovin' this lunch

So what did I think??  I really liked the flavor of this basic recipe!!!!  I am looking forward to cookin’ the gratin using the rest of the chard later this week :)

Well, after 2 pumpkin cookies + 1 hershey kiss I gots to get goin’!  We are headed to The Man’s parents soon for some football and chili so I hear…. see ya tonight!

Pumpkin + Cream Cheese Oats!

Today calls for a celebration — 1st pumpkin oats of the fall season that is!!!

I woke up so excited for this this morning (yea, I’m wack like that) and even though it is STILL raining and gross out (what’s up with this weather Richmond?) I knew that I had a fantastic brekkie to start my day and all was well! :)

But not only did I decide that it would be pumpkin kinda day, but that cream cheese was going to have to be added to the mix… bc I am obsessed. Period.

Here’s how it went down:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk + 1 cup water
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp LF cream cheese
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice

Stove-top style whoop whoop!  Just cook the oats in milk/water for a few minutes, then add half the banana, pumpkin, spices and pumpkin butter to finish cooking.  Swirl in cream cheese at the end.  Top with rest of banana, some pumpkin butter and pumpkin pie spice :)

Fall surprise

Fall surprise

They turned out wonderfully!! I loved the swirl of cream cheese throughout the oats – uber deelish :)

I also made some pumpkin spiced iced coffee to go with (coffee + vanilla soy milk + pumpkin spice) — easy peasy.

Lucy Dog was BEGGING me to let her model her favorite doggie shirt for you guys this morning (she can be so persistent!!!) hahaha.  So she posed, like a statue?

Statue Dog

Statue Dog

Here’s a close up of the shirt

Not normal.

Not normal.

At the end of the photo shoot Lucy was pooped and just wanted to be left alone! What a diva ;)

Give me some space lady!

Give me some space lady!

Hi.  My name is Stephanie.  And I buy clothing for my dog.

Phewwwww it feels so good to get that one off my chest hahahaha.  But for real, I got a few of these around the house for fun, and she actually gets excited when I go to put one on her… not sure why? 

Well, The Man is still sleeping and probably will be for a while considering it’s his only day off all week :/  I think I’m gonna use this morning to do some baking in le kitchen.  I have been dying to make OhSheGlows banana doughnuts and also to try making my pumpkin ‘cookies’ again with some modifications! 

Plus we are headed over to his parents later for chili and football and I’d love to have some treats to bring along!

 I’ll be back later to share how everything turns out :)  Happy Sunday peeps!

Chili peppers galore!

Hey fellow bloggin’ buds – how is your Tuesday?!  I’ve been very productive here on the work front and can’t believe it’s lunchtime ALREADY?!?!  I love these kind of days :)

Check out what my co-worker brought in for us from her garden today!

3 kinds!!

3 kinds!!

I am so excited to use these fresh peppers — thinkin’ that they may have to go into tonight’s dinner :)  Thanks Steph (we share the best name ever haha) !!!

Onto lunch – which consisted of leftover Moroccan fish + Couscous from last night

Second time round yea!

Second time round yea!

And some of the pumpkin cookies I made Sunday which I really really am likin’ the more I eat them — still figuring out what modifications are needed for next time… ? I wonder if I can somehow add cream cheese to the mixture since after seeing Jenna’s post this morning it sounds like the most superfab combo evah!!  haha ;)

Fancy plate?

Fancy plate?

 

On the agenda after work today is

  • CARDIO 3 CLASS!!! (love this one)
  • Chicken sausages, onions, peppers (including some of the newbies!) with roasted garlic potatoes
  • Chillaxin’ with my man <3

Have a fab Tuesday whatever you may be doin’ and see ya tonight!! :)

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Haha stumbled across this lovely while goin’ through my weekend pics…. who does this?!

What am I doing?! haha

What am I doing?! haha

 The sis and I set up camp post VTech game and got to bein’ our computer lovin’ nerdy selves….always a good idea a few beers deep eh? ;)  Anyways, I think this pic is haaa-larious so I just hadta share!! :)

Onto today… Monday… everyone’s fave right?  I was okay with it because I am back at the office this week and getting things organized and using my skills from training to start a superfab project (not superfab in the “Dark Chocolate PB is superfab” kinda way but more like “I get to do different work and change things up a bit which is superfab”) — got me?

For brekkie to get the day started I made some oat bran (per usual) and decided to use the Barney Butter and chia seeds that Brandi sent me the other day! 

oatingred

Oat bran, naners, vanilla soy milk, barney butter, chia seeds = winner winner oatmeal dinner brekkie!!!

Got to the workplace after battling some serious a.m. traffic (grrrr) and the morning has flown by ever since.  Gettin’ in a quick lunch as we speak

Leftover salad topped with buffalo chicken deli meat & sharp chedder

Buffalo chicken + sharp cheddar = flava fiesta for the mouth

Buffalo chicken + sharp cheddar = flava fiesta for the mouth

Leftover Parm noodles

Easy peasy but still tasty

Easy peasy but still tasty

Pumpkin butter “cookie” and M&Ms (round 2, had round 1 bout 10:30 this morning haha :/)

These cookies got better today after sitting in the fridge overnight hmmmm?  Currently re-evaluating how much agave/spice will be necessary next time.

Round 2- KO!

Round 2- KO!

After a quick bite it’s time to head over to the post office to mail Lynne the pumpkin butter so she can get to tryin’ this stuff :)

Tonight’s agenda includes a potential workout (depends on how late I end up working…. got double duties going on and lots to do) and the following for din (!!)

  • Moroccan fish w/ tomatoes & olives
  • Cous cous w/ pine nuts, feta & roasted peppers

Hope everyone is truckin’ through their Mondays with ease and see ya’ll tonight! :)