Let’s Cook: Cooking Classy’s Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Hello everyone! With the coming of fall so has come a HUGE assortment of pumpkin flavored treats. Pumpkin scones, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin shakes, and the mecca of them all the pumpkin pie. Now I hate to say it, but I’m actually not that big a fan of pumpkin flavor – I’m much bigger into peppermint chocolate flavors of Christmas. However, I’ve found that whenever I make sweets at home I enjoy them much more than when I just go out and buy a box from my local grocer. So I figured, why not see if that holds true for pumpkin flavored things? And you know what guys, it totally does!

This cookie recipe immediately popped out at me on Pinterest because of just how beautiful the cookies looked. The recipe was originally made by Jaclyn of Cooking Classy – who’s blog I really recommend you visit because it is filled with absolutely delicious foods ranging from drinks to desserts. Jaclyn’s passion for cooking really shines through her absolutely gorgeous photography!! Every recipe is plated beautifully and gives you a feel for the care that’s put into every dish. After looking around her blog, Jaclyn has inspired me to keep on working toward becoming a better chef. So, with that in mind, let’s get started!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting by Cooking Classy

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Colombian Hot Chocolate

One of my favorite memories growing up is from first grade when my mom came into my class and taught everyone how to make Colombian Hot Chocolate. Looking back, I have no clue why this happened – I’m guessing it was some sort of cultural education day or something. Who knows really.

At any rate, until that day I had no idea that the hot chocolate drank in my family was completely different from what my friends had at home. Not only is it different, it’s way better (not that I’m biased or anything haha). Colombian’s melt entire chocolate bars into their hot chocolate, making their version of the drink super dense and luxurious. I usually make this when I’m in the mood for a sweet snack because of how filling it is, especially with some guava paste on toast!


Tools:

Chocolatera (may be replaced with an aluminum saucepan)
Molinillo (may be replaced with a whisk)


Ingredients:

4 Cups Milk
4 Bars Sweetened or Unsweetened Colombian Chocolate (Sol & Luker are prominent brands)
2 Cinnamon Sticks
3-4 Whole Cloves

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Directions:

1. Start by adding your milk, cinnamon, and cloves to the chocolatera. Heat the milk on medium high.

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2. Once the milk has come to a light simmer add in your bars of chocolate. An easy way to know how much chocolate to add is one bar per each cup of milk.

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3. Here is where things get exciting, you’re now going to use your molinillo to beat your ingredients together! To do this place the molinillo between your hands and rub your palms back and forth (like you’re cold). The movement will create a frothing motion and combine your ingredients for a smooth consistency.

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4. When you serve your hot chocolate make sure to strain it as you pour – otherwise you might end up with cloves and cinnamon sticks in your drink.

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Now, here’s the part where Colombian’s really deviate from regular hot chocolate drinkers. Instead of whipped cream or marshmallows we top our toasty beverage with a slice of cheese. My mom and dad always served ours with muenster, but really any type of mild cheese will do. When I don’t feel like putting the cheese directly into my chocolate I’ll melt it onto toast and dip those into my drink. Sound weird? Yes it is a bit, but trust me the combination of sweet and salty is delicious, decadent, and really hits the spot on a chilly day. Enjoy!

ⓛⓞⓥⓔTricia

Autumn Wishlist – 5 Beauty, Fashion, & Home Items I’m Loving Right Now

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Hello! Today, I thought I might try something new and talk about the top things I’ve been lusting over this season. To me fall is the time for long sleeves, layers, baking, cozy home decor, & deliciously tasty treats. I am so incredibly blessed to have all these things (and more) in my life, but of course I end up falling in love with all the incredible things I see whilst out window shopping and I thought it might be fun to take a look at a what’s been catching my eye lately.

1. I have been obsessed with midi length bodycon dresses this fall! Recently I found this two-piece top and skirt combo from River Island that I love, but probably won’t buy because the price is quite steep. Luckily there are more economic options out there! I bought a mock turtle neck dress at Target the other day that is absolutely gorgeous on and I really can’t get enough of the simple, elegant style.

2. One of my favorite things about autumn is how versatile your closet becomes! You can mix oversized sweaters with flannel with heels with leggings with dresses with cardigans with jackets with knee highs with boots – you get the idea. The world is your oyster and the temperature has just cooled down enough to make layering possible without the need for a bulky coat on top. This part of my wishlist is really my hope that the weather stays beautiful and crisp every day this fall so I can get full use out of my closet.

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5 Ways to Welcome Fall Into Your Home

Hello everyone! Since moving to the Bay Area I’ve really started embracing decorating my home according to the time of year. Which is pretty funny because I really couldn’t be bothered to do so whilst living in Cincinnati. Which I think may have been for a couple of reasons. Reason A) In Ohio I really had to more survive the seasons versus celebrate and enjoy them. Reason B) Both mine and Eric’s families live in Ohio so we’d celebrate at their cozily decorated homes instead of having to put an ounce of effort into getting our own place looking festive. Also, I suppose since moving away I’ve become totally obsessed with making my apartment feel as homey as possible. Really, I’m the weirdo who bakes cookies solely for the smell to waft around my living space. So, since Fall officially starts September 23th I decided to welcome in the season by making a list of fun fall projects to get my home ready for autumn!

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Collage by me – Photo Credits Top to Bottom, Left to Right: boston.com | Lulu’s Sweet Secrets | fuckyouverymuch.dk | Luca Schwabe on Flickr | weheartit.com | Des Moines Parent |completelykidsrichmond.com |Liiinux on DeviantArt

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