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I know I promised a post yesterday. I am sorry I break promises. Life happens, yunno? But I am here today, even though I wish to be far from here. Not saying I don’t like it here. I do. I really do, but today is a special today. Today is my dad’s birthday. Even though I had hope he would live to see this day, I didn’t think he would. But he did. Barely. He is holding on by a thread. I wish I could be there today to celebrate, but with work and gas being the way it is… it is hard to go up there every week. I wish I could, but I was there last week… and it is getting close to the end of the month. But I hope he feels my love. I hope he understands that he is the most important person in the world to me. I celebrated (kind of) last week when I was up there with him. I baked him an apple pie that he slept through and never ate, but I talked to him. I told him all the things I had been dying to say. I told him how proud of him I am, for fighting and holding on for so long. I prayed for him and wished there was some way I could take his pain away. Why must he suffer? I hope today he found some relief on his birthday.  Not only has he survived another year, but it has almost been a year since he was first diagnosed with cancer. Has a year really almost gone by? In October, he first showed the symptoms. In the beginning of November, he was diagnosed.

A year. It flies by so fast.

Autumn is here and I know in a blink of an eye, it will be snowing. I know people will groan and sputter at that statement… but it is just the fact of life. But Fall is gorgeous. Trees have been starting to change since the end of August, but now it is becoming more frequent. More beautiful.

I also happen to be a huge fan of the flavors Fall brings with them. Apple. Maple. Pumpkin. Currently, I have made an Apple Pie. Caramel Apple Cupcakes (with homemade caramel that came out a lot harder than I wanted it too. Bad Caramel, but very tasty… just not for a frosting…). Pumpkin Cheesecake. And Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I love Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Oh and the pumpkin cheesecake.

But I forgot to get pictures of the pumpkin cheesecake.

For some reason, cheesecake just happens to get eaten before pictures can be taken. I just do not know what is up with that.

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are pretty easy. And delicious. And something about them… it is like a cookie and a cake had a wonderful pumpkiny baby. And it was good.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

3 Cups Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup (or about half of a 15oz can) of pumpkin puree

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt on wax paper or in a medium bowl.

3. Beat butter until smooth, slowly add the granulated sugar. Push down the sides with a spatula. Add the brown sugar and mix thoroughly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Add in the vanilla and pumpkin. Mix well.

4. Slowly add in the flour mixture while mixer is on low. Mix until altogether. Do not over beat.

5. Scoop the dough with a large spoon (about a tablespoon) and place on non-stick cookie sheets (spray your cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper if you have to.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

7. Let cool on baking sheets for about 5-10 minutes before removing onto a cooling rack. If you handle sooner, they have a tendency to break!

8 Enjoy with a tall glass of milk.

Happy Birthday, Dad. I raise my glass of milk to you. I love you, and I hope you can someday soon escape the horrible pain you are in.

This one is for you.

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NOTE: Only 1 spot left for taste testing the tiramisu cupcakes! Please read below for more information on how you can get involved.

I have been doing a lot of thinking about direction and where I want to go with everything. Yeah I definitely have my goals about using more Maine based ingredients (keep your eye out next week as I attempt cinnamon rolls with bacon! yes, you heard correctly… BACON. As in the meat. That comes from pigs. Vegetarians beware! Sorry Mom). I am definitely getting into the groove of baking despite the heat (92 degrees today, w00t!). Thank goodness for the A/C. Makes baking bearable. Unless I go outside. Then you think of anything but baking. And all the things you normally think about are all the things I am not doing (like swimming). That’s only because the love of my life is also planning a romantic dinner tonight. That seems like a good replacement for not going swimming… (and I am baking dessert which I will probably write about on Sunday or Monday: Minty Fudgy Cups).

I have come up with an idea on where I eventually want to be with my baking. I am seeing a world where I am surrounded by baked goods, making gift baskets and helping people. I see working with people on not being afraid of the kitchen and being able to present something to their loved ones. Also, I want to incorporate my writing (got someone special on your mind? Want to make their face light up with a poem? Only problem is you can’t write for the life of you? That’s where I step in. People like personalized gifts — just sayin’). So I want to start working towards that direction. Starting small and then hopefully gaining the reputation and credit to be able to open up my storefront (with kitchen of course!). Now that will be living the dream. I see having just a small little place… having some baking resources, and also having a few bookshelves filled with books that people can read while munching on a tasty baked good…

So to get started, this is what I am proposing to friends, neighbors, whoever feels like stopping by…

1. I will be announcing the baked good I am going to be creating. And people can say whether or not they want to be taste testers (limited of spaces!) and can have a free sample of that baked good. If you enjoy it, you can buy more for a price I come up with after I purchase ingredients (certain baked goods may be a little more expensive depending on ingredients). If all the baked goods run out and you are unable to buy it, but it was something you really wanted to try… you can buy a whole order from me, or you can commission me to make it again but have it open for other people to buy/taste test.

2. If you are a test taster, your payment is you have to write up about the experience. How it tasted? What could have been better? Would you recommend it to someone? Why or why not? (this way I can become a better baker!)

3. You can also make requests! But if you make a request, you have to pay for at least two of the baked goods (but you also get to be a taste tester automatically). What I mean is if you want a certain type of cupcake… you have to pay for a cupcake. At least 2.

I am not trying to make a profit right now. Just to be able to sustain some sort of balance so not my entire paychecks are going to baked goods and not… the rent. And also to receive some feedback so I can become a better baker.

The first cupcakes I am going to try this with are Tiramisu Cupcakes. I will need 3 taste testers. First three people who say I would like to taste test these cupcakes get the chance. I will then send a message when they are complete (Tuesday night. July 26), and you can come over and have one. (These recipes are all recipes I have never tried before…if they do not come out well enough to be sold, they will all be free). After they have been tested, they will go up for sale. Tiramisu Cupcakes have a variety of ingredients and will be selling for $2.75 a cupcake (if they come out OK). *Note: Tiramisu Cupcakes also contain some rum*

Let me know what you think and what your opinions are. While you think it over whether you want to be a taste tester or not, enjoy this picture of the Beary Fun Summer cupcakes I made earlier this week.

Beat the heat with a Dab of Frosting! (And teddy grahams!)

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I am celebrating with these…Yum….

Happy Independence Day Everyone! Be safe! I will have an actual post tomorrow. Just wanted to taunt you with some yummy pictures first!

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