In our household, our roles and duties are strictly delineated. I do all the cooking. My husband mows the lawn and shovels the snow. I do all the laundry. My husband changes the Diaper Genie (I actually refuse to learn how so that I’ll never have to do it). I do all the grocery and household shopping. My husband builds and fixes all the things. This arrangement may seem traditional but it works for us. When I cook, I’m basically cooking for him and when he builds things, most of the time it’s something for me. Like when I found an old secretary’s desk for sale for $80, and he refinished it for me for Christmas.
Old Secretary’s Desk
Refinished Secretary’s Desk
Refinished Secretary’s Desk
Or like when I said I needed a beer caddy so I can bring a few beers out to the deck, he built me one and he even let me choose which stain colour I wanted.
Which one would you choose?
I chose this one!
And when I said I had no wine storage, he built me a wine rack for above the fridge, complete with a stained glass backing that lights up. I mean, what else can a girl ask for?!
My favourite place in the house
I have never attempted to crossover into any of his duties. I wouldn’t know how to start the lawnmower, I don’t know how to open the Diaper Genie, and I don’t know which shovel to use to shovel the snow. But sometimes, the husband surprises me and cooks or bakes in the kitchen. For my collection of recipes, I have a few of my favourite cookbooks of all time stored in my pantry, and this blog serves as my diary of personal recipes. For him, he has this tattered grey plastic covered notebook that he keeps in the garage, and there are a few of his favourite recipes jotted down in there. I have no idea where he got these recipes from – he says they are either from his mom or from some random place on the Internet.
Anyway, he decided to make a banana bread the other day and it was sooooo good. I was pretty impressed! It was super moist, and it was the perfect snack to have with my morning coffee. Although I appreciate his efforts in the kitchen, this doesn’t mean that I’ll be learning how to change the Diaper Genie any time soon!
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?
Serves: 15-18 cookies Cooking Time: 15-18 minutes bake time
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp pumpkin puree
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
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Using a hand mixer, cream butter, white sugar, brown sugar and pumpkin puree together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
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.
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.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a small plate mix the cinnamon sugar ingredients together. Preparing baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
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.
Bake for 15-18 minutes until they are firm to the touch. Let them cool and enjoy!
Does anyone else feel like November is just going by too fast? Next thing you know, Christmas will be here! I feel like I’m behind on putting Christmas decorations up. So far, I just have my front entry way decorated, but I haven’t had time to put my wreath up on the front door or put up my Christmas tree. I have it written down in my to do list, but I keep on putting it off day after day. The goal is to get all the decorations up before the end of the month!
Christmas decorations are up in the front entry!
The baby is down for her morning nap, so I have a couple hours. Instead of putting up the tree though, I’m in the mood to make some cookies. With Christmas around the corner, I’ve decided to make some Ginger Molasses Cookies. I’m hoping that the smell and taste of these cookies will get me in the holiday mood and give me some motivation to put up the Christmas tree. These cookies are deliciously soft and chewy and are my personal favourite. My husband still prefers my Snickerdoodles over these ones, but too bad for him.
Oh, let’s talk about wine pairings! There are a couple of types of wines that would go very well with these ginger molasses cookies. For all you white wine lovers out there, a nicely chilled German Riesling would pair well with the spicy notes of the ginger in this cookie. My personal favourite is the Dr. Loosen Riesling. For all the red wine lovers, the bright acidity of a Pinot Noir would pair well with the richness of the molasses in this cookie. I haven’t found a Pinot Noir that I absolutely love yet though – anyone have any recommendations?
Give this recipe a try and please send me your Pinot Noir recommendations!