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Monday, September 24, 2018

pumpkins and pumpkin spice cookies

Good morning 
Below are some cloth pumpkins that I made yesterday, for my daughter at her request.  
They are circles, with a running stitch pulled up, then stuffed with polyfill. 
The stems are made from strips of brown fleece, tightly rolled and hot glued.  

If you want to make pumpkins but don’t want to sew or can’t sew, I found this really cute and simple method to make pumpkins from old clothing items. 
No Sew pumpkins by Fresh Vintage 

Below is our front porch, decorated for fall.  
The mum has lots of buds but they aren’t opening.  If they don’t open soon,  I’ll take them back to Lowe’s.  

Here is the recipe I used for Pumpkin Spice cookies, if you’re wanting to do some fall baking.   It’s a cookie recipe I’ve baked many times.  They are great made with just vanilla and they taste like fall when the DIY Pumpkin Spice is added.  

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

1 C butter, softened (I use real salted butter, not margarine or spread for baking)
2 C brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 t vanilla (I omit this when adding pumpkin spice) 
2 1/4 C flour 
1/2 salt
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
3 cups of oats- rolled or quick- both work fine 

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric  mixer until smooth.  
Add eggs, one at a time and beat to combine. 
Add vanilla and/or pumpkin spice as desired and beat about a minute. 
Add flour, salt, baking soda and powder. Beat at low speed until combined. 
Add oatmeal and stir until combined. 

Now preheat the oven to 350.  
Line your cookie sheets with parchment. 
Make large balls with dough, I use a 2 ounce cookie scoop. 
Put dough balls on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.  Slightly flatten each ball, use your fingers or the bottom of a glass. 
Bake about 12 minutes, or just until set.  

With a 2 ounce scoop, one recipe makes 3 dozen good size cookies. 

DIY Pumpkin Spice 
3 T cinnamon
2 t ginger 
2 t nutmeg ( I left this out because my nutmeg didn’t smell right)
1 t cloves
1 t allspice 

Mix together and keep in a tightly closed container.
I added a little more than 1 T to the oatmeal cookie recipe.  Yes, I know eating raw eggs in cookie dough is a No-No but I tasted the dough before I baked it and after adding more spice,  I think a slightly rounded T of spice mix is just right.  

Happy Fall Y’all 


  1. I love that she makes her pumpkins out of different fabrics -I do love your orange though! Your mums looks so pretty-I bet they bloom before the weeks out. Have a great week Rhonda!

  2. Everything looks perfectly lovely!
    Thanks for the recipe too.
    Happy Fall!

  3. Cute pumpkins! Fall is definitely in the air!

  4. I think I must be the only person on earth who doesn't care for pumpkin spice anything. I dig pumpkin pie, but that's pretty much it, and only on Thanksgiving.

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  6. I love your cute pumpkins and your decorating is adorable. Thanks so much for the pumpkin spice cookie recipe. We love all things pumpkin spice here.

  7. Love your CATS on the front porch!! sweet little pumpkins. I bet a cinnamon stick would work in those as well.

  8. I love the cats! They are adorable.

  9. Your cookie recipe looks wonderful! I love your fall decorations!

  10. Those pumpkins are a bit too cute and I think I'll be making your spice mix this afternoon to add to banana bread. Yum! Mimi xxx

  11. Hi Rhonda, I make pumpkin scones. They are delicious with lashing of butter and freeze well too. If you would like the recipe it's on my blog here http://myabundantlife07.blogspot.com/2014/11/pumpkin-scones.html


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