Thursday, October 30, 2008


I love Fall! The weather here has been just beautiful, even though I, of course, could use some more rain! Booboo and I have been spending a lot of time outdoors, trying to get as much vitamin D as possible before winter sets in, and just enjoying the glorious changing colors. Here are some pics of Walter frolicking (as much as a nearly 6 month old baby can!) in the autumn leaves. If you look closely, you may notice a newly acquired skill...(drumroll please)....sitting up! He hasn't totally mastered the skill; you have stay really close to prevent head-first wipeouts.

He's making this adorable face because he's watching the leaves fall from the trees!

Other things I adore about fall: sweaters, putting cute hats on Walter when we go for early morning walks, pumpkin, squash, soup, cinnamon, nutmeg, everything warm and comforting, apple cider, not having to shave my legs as often (i'm being honest!) and scarves. I've been trying to work on my cooking skills lately, especially trying to come up with healthy recipes that I can eat right now since I'm on restriction (I haven't had sugar, white flour, and dairy in over a month, among other things). I thought I'd share a really good recipe I tweaked/invented in honor of this post on Fall--Pumpkin Cookies! They are actually really healthy, so could even be called Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies. The truth is I started out trying to come up with a muffin recipe and then decided that they were the perfect texture for cookies instead. If you wanted to make them more dessert-ish you could throw in chocolate chips, and if you wanted to make them even MORE healthy (which I might attempt in the future) you could substitute apple sauce for some of the oil and honey and throw in even more goodies like cranberries and flax seed, etc. Here is my recipe (so far) for Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies (they are very moist and spicy and just sweet enough) and Happy Fall!!
Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup honey
1/8 cup molasses (I just eyeballed this, half of 1/4 cup)
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil (if you are anti-coconut oil you could use canola or somesuch)
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup pumkin puree
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds (or walnuts or whatever!)
18 minutes at 325 degrees. but keep your eye on it, cuz you might like them cooked to a different finish than I do!


Janae said...

Thanks for the recipe. I just might try it sometime.

Adrianne & her Toddler said...

Good job at your diet. It is so hard for me to stay away from that stuff, but I totally know I should! So do You know of a good place to order cheap but good coconut oil. I got it from here last. Let me know what you think.

Jen said...

If it's rain you're after, you need to come see me - it's been pouring for 48 hours straight here. I do love Fall, though, especially when it's foggy...

That recipe sounds amazing! We're all about the coconut oil here, too. And Walter's expressions... priceless! Hooray for sitting up! You don't have much time left before he's mobile, I'm afraid...

Cheryl said...

Dear Megan, you're going to turn me into a blog enthusiast. I never appreciated what a blog site could do before now. I'm finally beginning to see.
I'm beginning to look at Fall in a new way, too. I was letting the beauty of it slip by barely noticed. but your words and the darling pictures of Sir Walter Scott make me want to revel in it! See ya, Cheryl

Anonymous said...

I finally ate the pumpkin muffin/cookes you left the other day. They are delicious! A great healthy snack. I will have to make some to have on hand. Were you happy with the rain you got yesterday? Baby is so cute in the autumn! Grandmas can never get enough pictures. Right Cheryl?

Kel said...

Walter is really really really really ridiculously good-looking in those pictures...i mean he is practically already a male model! No really i gasped when the page finished loading, those are wonderful pictures! I love ya!