Friday, October 10, 2014

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies

I have been sad about not blogging for so long, but I don't know if I have any readers left anyway. Just in case I do, I'll give a quick update as to why I haven't been blogging. I graduated with a bachelor in biotechnology in April and enjoyed a bit of time off with my kids this summer before starting a job in a lab at the end of July.

I had the blessing of being a stay-at-home mom for quite a long time and it has been a huge adjustment for me to be a full-time working mom. I do not know how to make the time for everything and I don't deal with stress well.

On top of that, my son is leaving for a mission in Japan this week so we've been doing stuff to get him ready and try to spend time together before he's gone for 2 whole years. I'm so excited for him and I know he'll learn and grow so much while he's gone, but I will really miss him and our conversations and watching his concerts and marching band half-time shows and parades.

I do still cook and bake, but I don't try new recipes as often as I used to and even when I do, I don't have time to blog it. But I'm making time today as I watch Psych with my kids. We made this no-bake cookie recipe recently and while I admit that it won't replace my old regular peanut butter/chocolate no-bake cookies, it's a fun change and a nice new way to use pumpkin. I found this recipe at Reluctant Entertainer

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies

2 c. sugar
3 T. butter
1/2 c. milk
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. Pumpkin Pie Spice
3/4 c. pumpkin
4 c. quick oatmeal, uncooked
1 c. chocolate chips
 
In a pot, mix the sugar, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the stove and add the pumpkin, salt, vanilla, and spice. Quickly add the oatmeal and mix. Add more or less for the consistency that you want. Toss in the chocolate chips and lightly mix.
 
Drop with small scoop onto parchment paper, on a cookie sheet. Cool the cookies in the refrigerator and let them set before eating.

5 comments:

  1. Lots of big changes for your family. Good luck to all of you as your son prepares to leave. It is a time full of emotion. Hang in there!

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS! What a great achievement. So excited for you with your job and your son's upcoming mission....know that we are all rooting for you.

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  3. I still read your blog! :) Though it is not nearly as frequent as it used to be.. I UNIDERSTAND! :) I too, am adjusting to working a lot. WHAT A CHALLENGE! ~ THANK YOU for your posts, and for your recipes; this one (as so many others) sounds WONDERFUL! :D - My challenge, is to find time to cook at all! ;)

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  4. PS. Congratulations on your new missionary!!! :D ...so exciting!!!

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  5. PPS The only reason I read it less frequently than I used to is due to my own time restraints. However, I have a goal to make more time again for such joys - as friends! :) Therefore, you should be seeing much more of me again - provided you are here in the blogging world again yourself. See you again soon! :) Corine

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