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March 2017

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Okay, I’m out of vacation mode, I’ve done all the laundry and put away our suitcases. It’s time to get back into the kitchen and back onto this blog. The baby is down for her morning nap, and these naps have usually been running 2 hours, so it’s the perfect time to post this recipe. I might even have time to have a quick nap before she wakes up!

One of the things I’ve been trying to work on is eliminating food waste in our household, by using leftovers more creatively and by using ingredients more effectively. For example, tomato paste. Most of my favourite pasta recipes or stew recipes call for 1 or 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, so I’d go out and buy a can of tomato paste. I’d make the recipe, and the opened can would sit in the fridge until it grew mold and I threw it away. A can of tomato paste is only about a dollar, but still, what a waste! So with tomato paste, I try to make a few recipes within the week that call for tomato paste so that I can use up the can.

The same applies for pure pumpkin puree. The pumpkin puree that I buy comes in a huge can. The pumpkin pie that I make only calls for one cup of pumpkin puree, so what do I do with the rest of the can? Well, I decided to make some sort of pumpkin cookies recipe. It took a few tries and some not-so-good batches, but I’ve tweaked the perfect pumpkin snickerdoodles recipe. These are currently in our cookie jar and I am devouring them! Sadly, I can’t eat pumpkin pie anymore because of all the dairy in it, so this will be the primary use of my cans of pumpkin puree now.  Does anyone have any good dairy-free recipes that call for pumpkin puree?

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Print Recipe
Serves: 15-18 cookies Cooking Time: 15-18 minutes bake time

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • CINNAMON SUGAR
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

1

Using a hand mixer, cream butter, white sugar, brown sugar and pumpkin puree together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

2

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon in a separate bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing as you go until just incorporated. If the dough is a little too wet, add a little more flour in, a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be only slightly sticky and firm enough that you can mold them into balls.

3

Cover the bowl with the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for an hour or in the freezer for 15 minutes. I usually chill it in the freezer while I clean up the kitchen and preheat the oven.

4

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a small plate mix the cinnamon sugar ingredients together. Preparing baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.

5

Roll the dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon of dough). Coat them with the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on the baking sheet a couple inches apart.

6

Bake for 15-18 minutes until they are firm to the touch. Let them cool and enjoy!

 

Featured/ Life

First family holiday!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long absence. After my last post where I was debating whether or not to go to Mexico this year, we actually did decide to do a last minute trip to Mexico! The days leading up to the trip were a whirlwind of preparation, getting my baby’s passport, packing, and stressing out. Let me tell ya, packing for a baby is a whole new ballgame. Diapers, swimming diapers, wipes, a million outfits, blankets and cloths….it was quite the process!

I have to admit though, plane rides are not fun with a baby. I don’t know how other moms do it, but I could not find a comfortable way to get her to nap or to nurse her on the plane. It was hot, the armrests were too high to be of any help, and every time she started to doze off the flight attendant or pilot would make an announcement and it would wake her right up again. Thankfully, it was just a 5 hour flight to Cancun so it wasn’t too bad. Now that I have that flight under my belt, a 1 hour flight to Calgary in a couple months to visit my sister will be a piece of cake.

We stayed at the Royalton Riviera Cancun and it was by far, the most baby friendly and kid friendly resort I’ve ever experienced. There were kids and babies everywhere.  We joked around that we could have a pretty decent ‘car show’ with all the makes and models of strollers that were there. The resort was also 15 minutes from the airport which was a huge bonus. I don’t know if I could have handled a long bus ride after the 5 hour plane ride with a baby.

I would highly recommend this resort to anyone travelling with kids but would still like to enjoy fine dining and good drinks. The food was excellent (much better than at Secrets or Dreams resorts that I’ve been to), there were plenty of bars with high-end liquor, and there was a coffee shop that rivalled Starbucks with excellent pastries and coffees. There was an amazing kids splash park that would keep any child entertained for hours, and there were plenty of cabanas and loungers with umbrellas so that you could keep your baby in the shade.

This isn’t a post about travelling tips with a baby because I am so new to this, but I do have two tips to share. These two things definitely made the trip so much easier and more fun for us. 1) We packed our DockATot. This ensured that our baby still slept in a familiar setting and that her sleep wouldn’t be disrupted. Baby E continued to sleep through the night with one night feeding and she had good daily naps. Her noon naps were often 2-3 hours long! Which brings me to my second tip. 2) Book a swimout room! When Baby E had her 3 hour naps in the middle of the day, my husband and I were able to enjoy the sun in our swimout pool right off our room. We dead bolted the room door to ensure that cleaning staff wouldn’t walk in and set up our baby  monitor. It was so awesome. Baby E was able to get out of the heat and nap during the hottest part of the day and we were able to enjoy the sun.

Travelling with a baby meant early mornings and early nights but we had a good routine going for us:

6:30AM – I would wake up, get ready, go get us a cabana in the shade, grab a coffee from the coffee shop and have some “me” time with my coffee and a book. The husband would sleep in with the baby.

8AMish – The husband would text me when the baby was up and I would return to the room to feed her and dress her while he got ready. We would then head to either the buffet or one of the a la cartes for breakfast.

9AM – 11AMish – We would hang out in our cabana, enjoy some drinks (the bar opened at 10AM), and people watch. Sometimes the baby would need a little cat nap so I would lay down with her in the cabana for a nice nap. After she woke up, we would change her into her swimming diapers and a swimsuit and my husband would take her into the kids pool.

11AM-12PMish – Around this time, the baby would start fussing and it would be time for her noon nap. It would also be getting super hot at this time, so we would head back to our room. I would feed her, change her out of her swimsuit and put her down for her nap in her DockATot. After she was down, my husband and I would head out to our swimout pool to float around, drink and read. The drink servers came right up to our swimout to take our drink orders so we didn’t even have to leave our pool. Baby E would always nap for 2-3 hours for this noon nap, so my husband would just grab some burgers and fries from the pool grill and we ate on our patio/swimout.

2PM-3PMish – Baby E would get up. I would feed her and then we would head to one of the a la cartes for a late lunch, then either back to our cabana for more people watching and swimming, or to one of the many outdoor bar areas to have some drinks and people watch.

5PMish – Time for another nap back in the room. This one is usually a short one, 45 minutes to an hour, so my husband and I would hang out again on our patio or in our swimout.

6PMish – Baby E would get up and we would head out to dinner. This resort doesn’t take reservations for the a la cartes, just first come first serve, and the restaurants opened at 6PM. We were usually there right at 6PM, so we didn’t have to wait for a table.

After dinner, we would head to the lobby to hang out and watch the entertainment. My husband would grab a scotch or cognac from the lobby bar, and I would grab a sparkling wine from the lobby bar and some pastries from the coffee shop. We would hang out until about 8PM and then it would be baby’s bed time.

8PMish – Back in the room, bath for baby, and bedtime.  Sometimes the husband and I would just go to bed too or read or watch movies in bed. Sometimes the husband would head to the sports bar for his “me” time and I would just read in bed.

It was such a relaxing holiday! I am glad to be home, but I am not enjoying the mountains of laundry that we’ve been doing! I’ve shared some pictures of our trip below. I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule of recipes soon!

Happy to be on holidays!

 

Napping hard in her DockATot

 

View from our swimout pool – and yes, I read Danielle Steel. I love formulaic, mindless reads on vacation!

My early morning “me” time with a coffee, a book and an amazing view.

Early morning poolside naps.

Afternoon drinks, people watching

Watching the Zumba class was pure entertainment

Swimout selfie

Pre dinner martinis at the martini bar

Pastry shop

Liquid lunch

More martinis

Breakfast with a view

Ice cream shop at the resort – too bad baby E and I aren’t doing dairy 🙁