Seriously…….These Cookies! Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting

Warning…..you may not be able to stop eating these cookies. I can’t!!

It’s pumpkin season but these cookies would be great on a Christmas plate too!

I usually don’t have time to bake except at Christmas when I block out a whole day but I found myself with a morning off and dug out my favorite cook book from 1979 and looked for a new recipe.  

I have loved everything I have ever tried in this cookbook so I tried another new one. Here is the recipe and all I’m going to add is that I sprinkled nutmeg on the top of the frosted cookies. Yum!! Oh and I skipped the nuts. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening or butter (I used butter)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Penuche Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (about)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; mix into the creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. (If your oven runs hot may only need 10). Cool on wire racks.
  4. To make frosting, combine the butter and brown sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute, or until slightly thickened. Cool slightly (about 15 minutes). Add milk, and beat until smooth. Gradually stir in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (or amount needed) until frosting has reached desired spreading consistency. Spread on cooled cookies. (then I sprinkled with nutmeg).

 

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As I Sit in a Parade of Homes Model…….

I’m sitting in a Parade of Homes model, not as an agent to try sell it but just hanging out as my photographer takes photos of my staging work. As I sit here I have time to actually look around and take in things that I normally wouldn’t see as I am flying around putting beds together and staging the home.    IMG_1662

 

I got to thinking that people coming to view the Parade models are in the same way, not that they are staging and working but there is just so much to see! The beautiful decor, the exquisite architectural features, and at the same time trying to not make eye contact with the builder or agent so that they give you a sales pitch, ha.

But I must say look around…..really look around. If you are there for ideas to renovate your home, or update your decor, or perhaps to build a home, really pay attention.

 

What are the paint colors? Light? Dark? Is every room painted a different color or is everything basically the same?

 

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What about the floors? Where are there hardwoods? Carpet? LVT or Tile? What is the stain color of the hardwoods.

 

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I do think light fixtures are so important in a home and can make such a difference whether selling or dwelling. Take a close look at them, their size, style, and finish.

 

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If you want to drill in to the nuances of the decor now is the perfect time!! How did they make a space look so homey and cozy yet perhaps elegant at the same time.

 

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You may ask why do I care? Well I am a believer that no matter how old your home is, it can look like a model home when you go to sell it. Things can be current, in good repair, light and bright and enticing to all who enter in.

The Parade of Homes in Minneapolis runs through Sept 29, 2019 and you can check this particular home out in Plymouth at Parade #251.

 

 

 

The Great Minnesota Get Together! The MN State Fair

If you haven’t been to the MN State Fair , otherwise known as The Great MN Get Together, put it on  your bucket list.   front gate

If you have been there but it’s been awhile you should go check out the changes and new additions. I went to the fair last year after sitting it out for 2-3 years and I couldn’t believe how much had been added!

For starters the North End was new to me and it’s even bigger this year. This neighborhood has specialty merchants, restaurants, craft beer and a music venue.

 

There are over 300 brews and beverages at the fair with 53 New Beverages for 2019. I checked out the lineup for the Grandstand and there are some great acts with Hootie & The Blowfish being on the top of my list!

 

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And of course we go there for the food. Every year we wait to hear what the New Fair Food will be and for 2019 I may try the Mini Donut Latte. May be a great way to start the morning at the fair!  cookies

 

I personally go to the MN State Fair to see all the animals. I wander through the horse barn, the cute pig barn and of course The Miracle of Birth Center. I have been lucky enough to catch actual births of calves and colts and at the very least you will see animals only days or hours old. Just the best!!

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The MN State Fair runs August 22-Sept 2 (Labor Day) in 2019. Plan a date and see you at the fair!