Two pumpkin recipes this week!

Is it too much pumpkin?

I still have many cans of pumpkin in my pantry so. Prepare yourselves.

Anyway, let’s talk about making mornings easier today.

Because I get my kids out of bed at 6:15 and we’re (trying very hard to be) out the door at 6:55.

Three kids.

That’s 6 shoes that inexplicitly go missing in the middle of the night. Every single night. How does this happen? Why is one shoe outside if the other is under the bed?

I. Don’t. Understand. It.

Tell me I’m not alone. Tell me you have also found yourself sneaking into the neighbor’s garage at 7 am because your kid swears he left his shoes there.

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Pumpkin Pie Fudge! The taste of pumpkin pie in an easy to make candy. This fudge is perfect for gifting!

This post originally published on November 27, 2008. Wait. Have I really been blogging that long?! Anyway, I’ve updated the photos, the words, everything. Enjoy! 

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was fabulous. Didn’t leave my house at all.

Okay, well, I ended up at In-n-Out once but besides that, I only left for dog walks.

I spent Saturday binging on crime documentaries. You guys. Have you seen There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane? It’s a must watch but be warned: I sobbed through the last 20 minutes.

I also watched Who Took Johnny, Audrie and Daisy (another must watch – especially if you have teens), and I started The Staircase. If you’re also into these sorts of documentaries, please leave me suggestions! I’m obsessed right now.

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Mummy Oreo Truffles are a spooky twist on the classic Oreo Truffles. Use Pumpkin Spice Oreos and white almond bark to create these little mummies! These are the cutest treats to bring to Halloween parties!

Mummy Oreo Truffles - use Pumpkin Spice Oreos to make the cutest Halloween treat!

Heeeeey guys! Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe how close we are to Halloween? I haven’t even put out decorations.


I got them out. And put them all on a table in my living room. Weeks ago.

And they are still on that table.

I haven’t even switched my Pyrex wall to fall colors and you know that is the highlight of every season for me!

Life has just been so crazy lately! Maybe I’ll have sometime this weekend to get it sorted out. Or maybe I should just decorate for Christmas because who know when I’ll have time for that!

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Autumn Squash Soup (Panera Copycat) - this is the best fall soup and so easy! Vegetarian and full of butternut squash and pumpkin!

Heeeey guys! I feel like I haven’t talked to you in forever. I’ve been in a weird funk the past month and haven’t been cooking or blogging or anything. And then that post I put up Monday was written months ago. Which is why I shared a cole slaw recipe in fall. It’s fine, cole slaw is delicious all year long! Especially with barbecue!

Speaking of, I had the best barbecue over the weekend at Black’s BBQ down in Austin. I was down there on Friday morning for a work thing and then when it was time to come home and get the kids, I realized I wasn’t ready to be back in Killeen so I grabbed them and we drove back to Austin and had barbecue and ice cream and stayed out way past bedtime.

The brisket was seriously spectacular. And the mac & cheese? Uhhh-mazing.

And then the ice cream was from Spun Ice Cream which I’ve been dying to visit for months. They do the liquid nitrogen thing and I think it is the coolest thing ever. Plus, they use local dairy and only the best ingredients.

I had the horchata ice cream (I’m obsessed with horchata right now) with peanut brittle. So good. And they gave me a punch card which means I now have to stop every time I’m down in Austin.


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Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

Are you still loving pumpkin?

Okay good, me too!

Today I’ve got these yummy Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies! Pumpkin and white chocolate is one of my favorite combos in the fall. Something about the earthy pumpkin with the super sweet white chocolate just makes my mouth happy.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

For the cookies, I tried out the Monk Fruit In The Raw® for the first time. You guys know I love the In The Raw® family of sweeteners for my coffee every morning and I’ve really enjoyed trying all of them in baked goods this year.

Monk Fruit In The Raw® is made from delicious vine-ripened monk fruit. It has 0 calories and it’s perfect for coffee or tea. And since it measures cup for cup like sugar, it’s perfect for baking!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

The cookies are fabulous. I made them on a Saturday and my kids immediately started claiming them for their school lunches. As if they were going to last that long!

It’s a really simple recipe and thanks to the Monk Fruit In The Raw®, the sugar content is really low compared to other cookies. I did use 1/2 cup brown sugar but only because it makes the cookies a bit chewier than they would have otherwise been.

Seriously, you have to make these before fall ends!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

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Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies - the most delicious pumpkin cookies recipe! A must make!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw® Bakers Bag of 24 Packets of Monk Fruit In The Raw®
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin puree. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda. Slowly add this mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  4. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.


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