Pumpkin Cake

This cake is perfect if you are looking for something a little different then pumpkin pie. I especially love it the next morning for breakfast.

2/3c. veg oil
1/2 c. applesauce
3 eggs
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (libby's is best)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl add oil, applesauce, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla. Beat until creamy

In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add to pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined.

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan

Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto plate. Serve with whipping cream.

What Is That?

For the past few weeks I’ve been walking the girls to school with some of their friends. I don’t know why they think this is so much fun, personally I would rather take the bus, but its good exercise and they enjoy it. Well now that Halloween is over and people have started putting out their Thanksgiving decorations we have walked by a few homes with these large inflatable turkeys. A few days ago my littlest one says to me

“What’s that on the chicken’s nose? Is that a worm?”

Not remembering what that hanging things was called, I just said

“No, it’s just a thing and it’s not a chicken, it’s a turkey.”

Now apparently she didn’t think my explanation of the snood (and yes I had to look that up) was very good because a few days later when we walked past it again she looks up at me with her hand over her mouth, a horrified look on her face and says between dry heaves

“Is that a booger?”

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've had many pumpkin chocolate chip cookies over the years and none compare to my mom's recipe. These are nice and moist with just enough cinnamon. Other cookies I've tried always seem to dry and with way to much spice and I've decided milk chocolate chips really are the best way to go. The recipe below is my mom's original (I think she got this from a friend when we lived in Maine). I double this recipe and some time triple it, between my family and their friends these never last long.

1c. cooked pumpkin(libby's works best)
1c. sugar
1/2c. veg oil.
1 egg
2c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp milk
1c. milk chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven 370 degrees F.

Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs. Mix well.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add to the pumpkin mixture.

In a small cup dissolve the baking soda in the milk. Add Baking soda mix and vanilla to pumpkin mixture.
Mix in chocolate chips

Drop by large spoon full on a lightly greased cookies sheet. Bake for 10-12 mins

And here you have it The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Trust me, you try these and you will never go back to store bought again.