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Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies
Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

I’m always trying to make sure that my healthy food intake is more than my “Not so healthy” intake.

Making sure I’m balanced and trying to go back to my 20 year old body seems to be my Theme for the last…um “few” years. So I’m always in the search of the best recipe or something different. Thanks to the online world there’s always something I can try out and make it my own.

I’d like to share my version of a Healthy “Fall Cookie” So yummy that you have to resist eating them all!! Here’s My version of a Spiced Pumpkin Cookie.

First off gather everything you need…..

Ingredients-Pumpkin Cookie

 

Now that you have your Ingredients and your baking tools enjoy making the fail-proof recipe. 

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies

Here’s a BAKING TIP I like to use an ice cream scoop to drop my cookies, that way they are all the same size and look nicer. With these cookies I used the back of the scooper to flatten them before baking.

BAKING-Pumpkin Cookie

One important factor is that you have to consider your oven and how it usually bakes. I tend to like my cookies a little on the softer side so I tend to barely bake these for 20 minutes….However, my husband LOVES cookies extra crispy and borderline burnt at the bottom so I do make a batch that’s baked for about 25 minutes.

So Make it your own and Enjoy! Here’s to Making Life Memorable one healthy treat at a time…..

 

October Fun

October Fun

Its October and the countdown of every even in my life has began.

You might laugh but this is no laughing matter for me…it’s serious and crunch time has officially started with events galore on the horizon.

This is the time when I bring out the iPad and crank up my pins on Pinterest. Whether I do them all or just a few is besides the point. I know they’re there and I’m confident that I’ll eventually get around to it.

October is the beginning of Fall in my book and the preparation of costume season for Halloween.

One of my favorite things to do is have little crafting sessions with the girls with “Fall Themed” crafts.

I’m not sure how we’re going to do it this year with Jennah being in 3rd grade and overworked between homework and activities. But I really hope that I’ll get around to doing something fun like this with the girls.

Leaf

I would love to go around in our Garden and have the girls collect all sorts of Leaves from the ground.

I’d probably bring down some paint and have them dip the leaves in the paint and make imprints on Paper. Maybe even glue the leaves too. Have actual leaves and imprints would look pretty and introduce them to different “Mediums”.

CUPCAKE
 
 
 
 
 
 
Off course always on the agenda is baking and decorating cupcakes…. These are a few of the designs we’ve made in the past.

It’s time to get more creative and see what the girls can come up with this year….

Perhaps we can make a whole graveyard?? Who knows….

 
 
 
 
 
 

All this aside this month requires a great deal of creativity and skill because it’s off course costume season for the whole family!!

I think we’ve done every kids of costume from purchasing to making….and it’s time we go all over it again….

Here’s a few samples of what we’ve done in the past and I can’t wait to get started all over again!
COSTUMES

I’ve always wanted to have a little Halloween even of my own but with our November birthdays and Christmas preparations I’ve always thought it’s overloading myself.

pumpkin
But we do have one major tradition that we always do and that’s the carving of the pumpkin…. We all go to Sultan and buy a really nice American pumpkin and get all creative in carving it.

Off course Zeenah is assigned to gut it all out, while Jennah is the one that draws out the design and I have the pleasure of carving it all out.

I would like to get more creative and do several pumpkins but unfortunately they don’t last very long because of the heat and they do start to smell.

Maybe this time around we can Paper Mache a Pumpkin…or several pumpkins.

There are just so many ideas that I can’t wait to try out ad share with all my readers. And hopefully in this process I help in Making Life Memorable for you too!!

Potato Balls

Potato Balls

One of the staples I have in my freezer are potato balls. I make a whole bunch for quick dinners, lunchbox food and random no fuss play date food.

It’s a fairly easy recipe just a little time consuming.

Ingredients:

4 Potatoes (boiled & Mashed)
1/4 cup Milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Egg beaten
1/2 tablespoon oregano
Salt, Pepper
Bread crumbs

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together except for the breadcrumbs.

Roll the potato mixture into bite size balls and coat with breadcrumbs.

Place onto a cookie sheet and freeze for 1 hour. You can then place them in ziplock bags or freezer containers for up to 6 months.

To Cook:
Heat oven to 275 degrees Celsius

Drizzle Baking sheet & potato balls with olive oil.

Bake for 20 minutes.

(alternative cooking method is off course frying but I don’t particularly like fried food)

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I love this cake because it’s extra moist so if I bake it a day in advance it doesn’t dry out by the time I serve it at my girls’ birthdays.

I also use this same recipe as I do my vanilla either 24 cupcakes or 2 layered cake.

Ingredients:
2 Cups flour
1 3/4 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon baking Powder
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Salt
1 3/4 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Eggs
3 Squares (3 ounces) Unsweetened Chocolate

Directions:
Preheat oven 175 degrees C (350 degrees F)

Melt the Chocolate in a saucepan at low heat mixing continuously. Make sure you don’t “cook” the chocolate. Remove from the stove and let it cool.

In a bowl mix all ingredients except egg & Chocolate with an electric mixer until completely combined.

Add Eggs and chocolate and mix for an additional 2 minutes.
ChocCupcake
 

For cake use two 9inch round pans (greased & floured) Bake fore 30 minutes

 
For Cupcakes Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool before frosting.