Pin-spiration

When Pinterest first burst on the scene, I remember reading everyone’s Facebook posts and thinking it was so silly.  Why on Earth did I need another social media site?  And then, the posts of jubilation over the latest craft/recipe/trend switched ones moaning about how they wasted so much time online already and Pinterest was such a vortex for them with all the pretty pictures and ideas and recipes… And yet, somehow, I started an account against the warnings.  Why?  Simple. There are pictures.

Go Reds!!!

On Friday afternoon, it was dreary and chilly and I needed pumpkin.  Badly. During quiet time, I flipped on the computer and started my list. First up, cookies!!

I made of batch of Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and a batch of Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies. Pennies on a Platter, I tip my hat to you. The oatmeal cookies were the perfect amount of sweet and I took the snickerdoodles with us yesterday on a trip to see the Cincinnati Reds play with friends. In an effort to not devour 4 dozen cookies in a weekend, I froze half of each batch.

While I was baking cookies, I threw a pound and a half of raw almonds in the slow cooker with 10 Tbsp melted butter and 2/3 cup powdered sugar. I kept seeing ideas for sugared almonds all over Pinterest, but didn’t want to tie up my oven for hours, so I cooked them in an uncovered slow cooker for about 2 1/2 hours. The kitchen smelled heavenly between the butter and sugar in the slow cooker (bonus: caramel on the bottom of the cooker!) and the cookies in the oven. When I took the almonds out of the slow cooker, I placed them on a lined baking sheet and sprinkled a mix of cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves over top and then mixed them up with my hands. So. Good.

I also made a smaller batch with chili powder, salt, pepper and paprika for Matt. I’m trying to jazz up those packed lunches he gets from home. Do you feel like you pack the most boring lunches? Gosh, I do! I bought Matt a new lunch box and that didn’t even help me feel like my lunch skills were very good yet. Perhaps I should try the Bento box thing?

Today, we started with pumpkin pancakes.  It was supposed to be Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, but we got home from the game past my bedtime and I couldn’t imagine starting dough at 1030pm… I’ll save it for another day. We ended with meat loaf, fried potatoes and apple pie. It was a great weekend, but starting tomorrow morning, I’ll be at the gym working off all these calories. And then cleaning my house. Amazing how quickly chaos accumulates when Mama is in the kitchen. Amazing.

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