#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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Beat in egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.
- Mix all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) together in a separate bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- 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.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.