Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Sorry guys, I think I’ve skipped Thanksgiving in my home and went straight to Christmas because it looks like a glitter bomb went off in my living room. The Christmas tree is up, the stockings are hung, the fireplace is decorated, and there in tinsel EVERYWHERE. I put everything up when I was home sick and it instantly made me feel better.

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This is the first year that we (my DH and I) actually have a Christmas tree. We were constantly moving from apartment to apartment and never had the storage space for a tree before. We also knew we were eventually coming back to LA from the bay area, so that was one less item that we worried about taking with us. The tree is a skinny one because of our small space, but it just about touches the ceiling. I plug it in every night and stare at how beautiful it truly is. I started collecting ornaments on all of our trips, so it’s a reminder of all of the places we’ve traveled… Our little traveling tree.

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I figured I’d make up for jumping holidays quickly by posting some more pumpkin recipes before we hit Thanksgiving (which, by the way, is only 4 days away!). I still don’t know what cookies I’m baking for Thanksgiving yet. Do you already have your menu together? I’d love to hear what everyone’s making!

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As you can see from the pictures, these cookies didn’t flatten AT ALL. I didn’t press down on them prior to baking, but make sure to do so if you don’t wan’t cookie balls! I didn’t mind, they still tasted great.

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These cookies had a mild/medium pumpkin taste. I thought that the oats went wonderfully with the pumpkin. It’s almost as if it absorbed all of the moisture from the pumpkin puree and locked it in to keep them soft. Recipe from Baking Bites.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Add in the egg, pumpkin, and vanilla.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice until just combined.
  4. Working by hand, stir in the oatmeal and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 11-13 min.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/11/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies.html

Crescent Pepperoni Rolls

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Man, I must have been late on getting my flu shot because I woke up yesterday feeling like I ran into a brick wall. I had such a hard time sleeping last night since I couldn’t breathe out of my nose. It’s a wonderful feeling.

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Thank goodness I have two days off before I have to go back to work. Meanwhile, I still have to cook and make food for my DH and myself, so I went with the easiest route possible. Crescent roll ups! These would be wonderful as an after school snack for the kiddos.

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They’re mess-free. You literally prepare them in the same sheet you’re baking them in. Less dishes to do = more time for me to lay lethargically on the couch. You have no idea how much I appreciate that extra time while under the weather.

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Pillsbury always makes the perfect dough. The corners brown and barely crisp, leaving the perfect golden color. The dough itself is flaky, buttery, and soft.

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These are great as is, but the marinara sauce on the side makes it. Who doesn’t like dipping finger food?

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You can also make these for your holiday party appetizers!

Crescent Pepperoni Rolls

Yield: 8 pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 package crescent rolls (I used Pillsbury)
  • 4 pieces string cheese, cut into halves
  • 24 slices pepperoni
  • marinara sauce, for dipping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls and lay flat.
  3. At the thicker end of the triangle, place three pieces of pepperoni and half of a string cheese.
  4. Carefully roll the triangles from the thicker end to the skinnier end to create a crescent.
  5. Place on baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes.
  6. Serve straight from the oven with warmed up marinara sauce.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/11/crescent-pepperoni-rolls.html

Festive Finds: Featuring Nespresso & Sur La Table

For the upcoming holiday season, I’ve teamed up with Nespresso and Sur La Table to create a preview of my “Festive Finds!” The wonderful folks sent me on my own personal shopping experience, where I got to visit the Nespresso boutique in Beverly Hills for lunch before heading over to shop at Sur La Table in the Farmers Market, Los Angeles.

I had no idea that Nespresso had boutiques where you can actually order food and coffee at! All that I’ve ever seen are the little shops in departments stores where you can sample and purchase their machines.

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We ordered a quick bite to eat (which ended up being a lot more food than I imagined!). I ordered the club sandwich with the special drink for the month of October. It was called the Caramelo and had salted caramel ice cream, milk, caramel, cinnamon, and Voltesso Grand Cru.

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My DH ordered the prosciutto panini and an iced dulce de leche drink.

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When we couldn’t possibly eat any more, we went over to Sur La Table, where I fell in love with just about everything in the store. I also bored my DH since I spent so long roaming the aisles figuring out what to spend my gift cards on.

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Gosh, how I wish my pantry looked like that picture above. I. would. die. Hey, a girl can dream.

What did I end up walking away with? Well, I’ll show you!

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I’m one happy camper! Let’s break it down.
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  1. White Colander Ornament // Have you seen Sur La Table’s ornament collection? They’re the best stocking stuffers for the chef, baker, and foodie in your family! They’re unique and beautifully crafted.
  2. Vintage Inspired Pot Holders // This one just happens to be on sale (score!). They also have matching oven mitts to go with them. White elephant gift, anyone?
  3. Bamboo Chopsticks, Set of 5 // I’ve had a hard time finding a decent set of chopsticks. My DH and I prefer them over forks when it comes to eating soups and noodles, so it’s about time I found a set for our home.
  4. Nespresso VertuoLine with Aeroccino Plus // This machine has replaced the Keurig in our household because it makes both coffee and espresso! Only one machine needed. Limited counter space in our kitchen means we’re highly selective of what we leave out. The VertuoLine has a barcode reading technology that allows each cup to be personalized by knowing its size, water temperature, rotational speed, and more! It’s available in red, black, and chrome. My favorite part is that it’s topped with crema! You an also just buy the Aeroccino Plus by itself here.
  5. Meri Meri Blue and Green Toot Sweet Bake Cup Set // Sur La Table’s baking aisle is spot on. They have a cookie cutter for every occasion, more mason jars than you could imagine, and whimsical cupcake liners to match any party theme. These would be great for adding to a gift basket.
  6. Le Creuset Signature Rosemary 10-Piece Set // I’ve been dreaming about Le Creuset pans for as long as I’ve been creating concoctions in the kitchen. Sur La Table carries their pots and pans in a variety of colors, but I’m a sucker for that soft green.
  7. Ice Cream Cone Bowl // What do you get for the person that has everything? Ice cream bowls!

I also bought E. Guittard Semisweet chocolate wafers (who doesn’t need more chocolate to bake with during the holidays?), a Le Creuset super-size silicone spatula (it’s GLITTERY!), Ikat Napkins, and Nespresso glass cups.

All in all, you can definitely find a gift for anyone and everyone at Sur La Table. They’re the one stop destination for your shopping needs this holiday season.

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.