Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sofie Marie's Punkin' Cookies

Dear fall weather and accoutrements,
I refuse to let you go. You cannot just appear in October and steal my heart and then leave at the end of November. I have had enough. Therefore, I will be continuing to make all sorts of dishes having to do with fall veggies, pumpkin num-nums, and cinnamon. Take that, winter.

In the spirit of keeping the fall season alive, I want to share a delicious recipe from my friend Sofie. 

Sofie's Punkin Cookies

What you'll need:

1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white sugar
½ cup canola oil
1 egg
2 cups chocolate chips (preferably semi-sweet (or dark!!! That was my addition); milk chocolate is kinda overpowering)
What you'll want to do: 

So you’re in your kitchen, itching for something made of pumpkin that tastes like heaven, while simultaneously feeling lazy. 

Problem? No way, sister! 

Take the above eleven ingredients, dump ‘em in a bowl (no particular order! No separating dry and wet ingredients!) and mix ‘em together. 

Heat your oven to about 375°F. Line your dirty baking sheets with parchment paper—easiest cleanup ever—and scoop little balls of pumpkin joy onto your baking sheet. 

Stick ‘em in the oven. Hungry? Don’t worry, they’re done baking in 10 minutes. 

Ten minutes?! How is this possible? 

I’m not a scientist. I can’t tell you. I can only tell you that they will melt in your mouth and make a special place in your heart forever. The end!
PS: If you’re feeling special, mix together a cup of powdered sugar, a dab of milk, vanilla extract, nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl and drizzle it over your pumpkin cookies. 

How easy was that?

Long live the fall. 

An October Day

October started off with a bang: Girl's weekend in Maryland.

Sweet group of friends at Butler's Orchard.

Dear friend, Lindsey.

With dear friend, Lauren.

The whole gang.
Fall is my favorite.

We spent the afternoon eating good food, watching the 6 hour BBC Pride and Prejudice, and breathing the pure, clear air of the Maryland burbs. It was a favorite fall weekend of 2011 :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011


I put my arm around a lady who lost her husband several years ago and is still moved to tears when she hears a song that brings him to mind.

I sat and cried with a dear friend as she told me about her broken heart over the miscarriage of her baby.

I decorated for Christmas with a sweet friend who is going through one of the most difficult seasons of her life and is fighting to see God's goodness in the midst of so much pain.

Mighty Jesus, bear us over,
There to kneel before Thy throne.
May we join the saints forever
Praising Thee, and Thee alone.

Hallelujah, hallelujah,
Hallelujah, to the Lamb!
Hallelujah, hallelujah, 
Glory to the Great I Am.

Oh friends, you are not alone. 

God has not forgotten you, abandoned you, or rejected you. 

He will bring you through these times soon. Seek him, even in the pain, and you will find him. And one day, very soon, together with those who are His, we will be singing "hallelujah" together. 

Your Redeemer lives.