white chocolate & cranberry cookies

Can someone please explain to me what exactly it is about cookies that makes them feel like childhood? I haven’t figured it out yet.

I’m not talking about packaged, store-bought cookies that are full of preservatives, fake flavorings & some pour excuse for what ever they put in instead of butter. I’m talking about cookies that make you think of your grandmother. Or mother. Or maybe about that sweet girl/guy in school who brought you cookies when you weren’t feeling well. I’m talking about fresh out of the oven cookies. I’m talking about cookies that make your whole house smell a little bit like the holidays. Yea. Those cookies. Not packaged frozen cookies dough, but cookies made when you’ve got a craving.

I’m talking about white chocolate. Dried, slightly sour cranberries. Pretending to be healthy oats. And of course, lots of sugar and butter. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Yea, clearly we don’t do diet food on this blog. Sorry readers.

I will say this though, whether you like them loaded with chocolate, gooey, crunchy, full of fruit, sweet, a little bitter, or any other way, there is always a right time for a good cookie.

Continue reading

stuffed pumpkin

I have this love for stuffed vegetables that can’t be explained. Something about them being wholesome, comforting, filling & completely delicious.

As luck would have it for me, now is the perfect season for pumpkins. You know, that same amazing vegetable that we carve into faces. Stuff into pies. Bake into cookies. Puree into soups. Mince into a casserole. The possibilities are endless. Recently I’ve even been pondering making pumpkin & cream cheese muffins. Maybe even a pumpkin cheese cake.

So, these amazing, delicious, round & wonderfully orange vegetables have now been turned into a container for the most incredible stuffing. I’m telling you, I love what Mel does with food. Every single time.

Any way, these baked stuff pumpkins have all sorts of amazing things in them. I ate a whole bowl of stuffing prior to them being ready, and then still managed to eat an entire pumpkin on my own. Scooping out that incredible orange flesh with every bite.

Enjoy!

Continue reading