Busy Baking Bee

It’s true, the baking bug hit me again this evening. But you’ll just have to read through this post to see my latest kitchen creation. I`m such a tease 😉

I started off my morning intent on featuring something I cooked up last night – Pumpkin Butter!

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I used this recipe, only switching out the water for some unsweetened applesauce, and adding a glug of maple syrup, since I was a little short on the brown sugar needed. I cooked it on the stove top on medium-low heat, and it took FOREVER to cook to a nice, spreadable consistency.

What better way to feature this delight than on a bowl of piping hot oatmeal!

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I whipped up a pretty basic oatmeal combination that I knew would compliment the pumpkin butter nicely.

  • 1/2 cup oats, milk, water
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • peanut butter drizzle
  • blob of homemade pumpkin butter
  • end of a bag of chocolate chips

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Gratuitous close-ups!

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With a glass of refreshingly tart cranberry pomegranate juice.

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Although it lacks the exact consistency of Trader Joe’s famous Pumpkin Butter, it was still delicious. I’m hoping it will keep, otherwise I’ll be eating it by the spoonful so it doesn’t go bad!

I had a little extra time to enjoy my morning, since I didn’t need to pack a lunch. I was participating in a focus group on the new common study area in our faculty building, to see what students like about it, and what could be improved. To bribe us poor students into giving up an hour of our time, we were fed lunch. Yay!

Of course, I usually eat lunch after my first class, around 11:30 am, so I knew I’d be eat my arm off hungry by the time the focus group rolled around at 1:00 pm. I was a thinker, and packed a snack.

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One of my Apple Carrot Raisin Oatmeal Muffins, and a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar (just in case the lunch was totally unacceptable – gotta be prepared). And somehow that bottle of caffeine gold made it into my bag. I have no idea how that could have happened.

Fortunately, I didn’t need the Larabar, as they served up some really nice pizza – it was on thin, whole wheat crust, and had some fun toppings, like the chipotle chicken with corn, peppers and onions (love! must put corn on pizza now), a vegetarian one, and a steak, pepper, onion one. I definitely had no fear of starving.

I met up with one of my group members during our normal class time, and we hammered out an outline for our group paper, and assigned sections to the rest of the group (who were out at their schools). Here’s hoping it all goes smooth – we have all been given extensions into the first week of exams, since so many groups were having troubles contacting their schools to do their surveys. No excuse now to not get it done, and done well.

I was able to make my way home early, which was excellent (who doesn’t like getting home early). I had the pleasure of listening to these two flamboyantly gay guys behind me on the bus, one of which I think either wanted to model, was a model, or was obsessed with models. They talked the entire time about how they didn’t want to get fat, and how one guy only ate salad, maybe with a piece of bread, but didn’t like to have too much protien, etc, etc, and then went on to talk about how they needed plastic surgery to have better cheekbones, yadda, yadda. I kid you not. It took all my willpower to not turn around and just go WTF? Seriously….I just…I had no words. And it made me sad – even these guys are completely obsessed with weight and thinness and appearance. Sigh.

I came home to the smells of homemade soup. Yum! It was split pea with ham.

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Mom also baked up some cornbread muffins – they were buttery and slight sweet. Delicious.

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I filled out my plate with a few carrot sticks and hummus.

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I did some work on our group project (fun with Google Maps!), and then the baking bug bit again. This time, I knew exactly what I needed to make.

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I made the ever popular…

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It’s true, I finally got around to trying out these blog favourites. I don’t know what kept me from doing so for so long – it’s not like there is anything on the ingredient list I wouldn’t normally have in the house.

The results:

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I must have made slightly smaller cookies than the recipe called for, since I got 18, and the recipe said 11 – 12 cookies. Bite sized are more fun! I probably could have gotten 19, but, ya know…I may have done some dough tasting. Tee hee.

Is there any doubt I needed to try one out for an evening snack?

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I had one Super Charge Me Cookie, and another fantastic cornbread muffin, that I “iced” with some pumpkin butter.

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These cookies are little bites of joy. I’m a big fan of the peanut butter/maple syrup flavour combination. Plus they have chocolate and coconut – two of my favourite things! I think if I made them again, I’ll have to double the recipe. With 4 people living in this house, they will be gone in no time.

Alrighty boys and girls – this blogger needs to get some shuteye. Night!

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6 Comments on “Busy Baking Bee”

  1. November 27, 2009 at 2:02 am #

    these look delicious!
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  2. November 27, 2009 at 6:20 am #

    I am loving the cornbread muffins!! Especially topped with pumpkin butter – yum! Glad your group hammered out some work 🙂

  3. November 27, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    I got about 18 when I made the cookies, too. They were a HUGE hit at my place. And I spy another fantastic soup dinner! YUM! I’m off to check out that pumpkin butter recipe….

  4. November 27, 2009 at 8:59 am #

    Those cookies look super scrumptious. Yum.

    I need to get my bake, I’ve been craving cookies and the like all week! And I have so many “last meetings” next week, that I think I have a fantastic excuse to really do some baking.

  5. November 27, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    I love listening to random people’s conversations sometimes… and random they sure can be.

    The pumpkin butter looks scruuumptious. I made some once, I think different recipe though. Might have to try that variation next, although my patience to wait for it to cook down isn’t the greatest. Why does it seem so hard to find the stuff for sale in Canada?

    Super charge me cookies = so good. I made my first batch not long ago and they definitely didn’t last much longer than a few days.

  6. November 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    I’ll have to make those cookies again. I made them once and they came out dried and bland!!!

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