#4: I love when we go to Starbucks together usually when we go shopping.

I realize this sounds a little, I don’t know, suburban America. I am not always out shopping at Abercrombie or Hollister (in fact the smell of those stores makes me sick and we don’t shop there. Ever.) and getting $4 lattes with my daughter. But we do live in the ‘burbs and we do occasionally like to go shopping! I know my girl: she takes after her dad and loves coffee! Because we don’t do this activity that often, when it does happen, B. loves it. And I sure enjoy doing it with her.

My boys are different stories! Right now their favorite activity with mom involves me standing on the outside of our trampoline and throwing a football to them as they bounce to see who can catch it first. They could do this for hours. I’m good for about 20 minutes.

This is a blog about family and food, so I have to post this awesome recipe! This is an old one from a precious woman named Mary Helms (mother of Tim Helms). She is with Jesus now, but when she was here on earth she made it a better place. On a fall weekend while I was in college, a group of us travelled from Lynchburg to Charlotte. We started off with an amazing meal at Tim’s house. Mrs. Helms made chicken pot pie and these homey cookies. I got the recipe for both dishes and still make them all the time. You have to try these cookies. I’d say they are “fall” in a cookie!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
A fall treat we have every year
  • ½ c. butter at room temperature
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2½ c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. each: nutmeg, cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 c. mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) together in a separate bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Drop the dough by the teaspoonful (or use a small ice cream scoop) onto a baking sheet lined with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.



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