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Spice Cookies

The email said “Spruced-Up Spice Cookies.”  I have to be honest.  I am sort of an instant gratification girl when it comes to baking.  I want to make the dough and plop whatever in the oven and have baked goods shortly there after, maybe an hour or so if I am talking breads.  I am… Continue reading Spice Cookies

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Baking Without Sugar

As the holidays approach, my oven is going non-stop.  I love to bake.  My favorite ingredients in autumn are pumpkin and apple and cranberry.  Because both my parents are diabetic, I spend a lot of time trying to make my tried and true recipes better.  I know how is it possible to make something better.… Continue reading Baking Without Sugar

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

I have never before made a trifle.  I went out and bought a cheap plastic bowl to make this one in as I didn’t even have a bowl for it.  I also, as I have mentioned many times, altered the recipe I found to make myself happy. First off, I made my own gingerbread.  … Continue reading Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

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Pumpkin Soup with Bleu Cheese and Bacon

Let me start by saying my family gets annoyed with my soup attempts.  They do not believe that a soup course is necessary with big family meals.  This year, though, we were eating Thanksgiving dinner later – around 3:30 pm – due to work schedules.  I served the soup at 1 pm as a way… Continue reading Pumpkin Soup with Bleu Cheese and Bacon

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The color pumpkin is one of my favorite colors.  Case in point, the shirt I have on for the big concert tonight – I have floor tickets to see Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood – is pumpkin colored.  My most requested baked good is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  My favorite season of the year… Continue reading Pumpkin

Art · Just my Thoughts · Triple Eight Challenge

Creative Self

Okay – so as part of the Triple 8 Reading Challenge and as a year long workshop, I am reading Celebrate Your Creative Self by Mary Todd Beam. I have been patiently awaiting the mail delivery of my book and have had a friend tell me the basic concept. Unfortunately, one of the promises I… Continue reading Creative Self

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Crushing on … Pumpkin

I am crushing on … pumpkin. The GPP Street Team\’s Crusade #12 is what are you crushing on. Well, I am – as always at this time of the year – obsessing and crushing on pumpkin. I love the color – a true pumpkin, not a burnt orange but a pumpkin orange. I would easily… Continue reading Crushing on … Pumpkin