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Early Morning Pie Baking

Happy Friday everybody! Are we all excited for the weekend? We’ve made it through another week, folks, and I must say it feels pretty good.

Well from the post title, I’m sure you can tell what I did this morning. And it didn’t involve a workout!

image(10)I baked some PIES! Yummm!

I woke up at my usual time of 5 AM, but I didn’t rush out the door for my typical run or workout. I had the bottom crust in the oven for the apple pie before I was even out of my pajamas, and I stayed busy right until I hopped in the shower at 6:30.

I baked the bottom crust for the apple pie for about 10 minutes before I added the filling.

image(15) photo(50)I love pie, but I hate when the bottom crust isn’t cooked all the way. Hopefully this solves my problem! I added the top crust and covered this baby with aluminum foil so the crust wouldn’t get burnt.

image(14)I took off the foil 30 minutes in, and let it finish baking with 15 more minutes.

photo(33) image(12)Perfect! Apple pie is Nick’s favorite, so this one will win me brownie points for at least the next month or so. 🙂

And as soon as I got this out of my oven, I put my Crustless Cranberry Pie in!

image(13) photo(32)It also came out perfectly! Or so I think….I haven’t tasted it yet. But the batter I licked out of the bowl was pretty awesome.

I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com and slightly adapted it this morning to make it work for me! I added around 3 tbsp of milk because the batter way WAY too dry. I also added a pinch of baking soda and used whole wheat flour instead of white.

image(11)I just love that it’s so pretty and turned out fairly well on my first attempt. Win! I can’t wait to try this pie out tomorrow night after our big feast at my parent’s house. Since it’s full of fruit and walnuts, my dad should hopefully love it!

Early Thanksgiving

Tomorrow will consist of an Early Thanksgiving at my parent’s house, and I’m so excited to go visit! This meal will be a small gathering of my parents, Nick and I, and my brother and his wife. Along with our doggies. 🙂

With my pies out of the way, all I have to do is put together my sweet potatoes, and we’ll be set to go! I’ll put the casserole together tomorrow morning and bake it once we arrive in Hartville. Which reminds me, I can’t forget to take the marshmallows!

Aside from my food contributions, my mom will be providing the rest of our meal, from the turkey and stuffing, to the pecan pie. Her food is always the best, so I’m excited to let my inner fat kid run free tomorrow evening.

Tomorrow I’m planning on waking up early and getting in my normal Saturday long run before we leave. I have 9 miles on the schedule, but I’m feeling ambitious, so I think I will just run for 1.5 hours and see how far I can make it. I’m guessing I’ll make it a little over 10 miles before I have to head home. And this will clear out a nice, big hole in my tummy for lotsa eatin’!!

See you all later when I’m back in the land of Internet! I love my family home, but Hartville is so far out in the country that my parents are still on dial-up…I know. So I’ll have lots to share when we make it back on Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Pumpkin Spice & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Monday! It’s Columbus Day AND National Dessert Day so let’s celebrate with something sweet!

I was experimenting in the kitchen last night after dinner because my sweet tooth was raging. I have seen these easy 2-3 ingredient recipes all over Pinterest, so I had to give it a shot!

pumpkincookieEasy Pumpkin Spice & Chocolate Chip Cookies



  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 Can of Pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (not pictured)

Combined the pumpkin and the spice cake mix in a large mixing bowl.

photo(85) photo(84)Mix it well – it’s a little tough to get fully combined! Next add your chocolate chips. And that’s it! Now you’re ready to drop the dough onto lightly greased baking sheets. Be careful. It’s sticky stuff!

photo(83) photo(82)You will end up having to lick a lot off your fingers, but since this recipe is egg-free, you could eat the whole bowl uncooked if you wanted!

Ooey gooey!
Ooey gooey!

photo(80)Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for around 12 minutes. The cookies will remain fairly soft and will poof up nicely thanks to the cake mix.

photo(77) photo(79)And voila! How much easier can it get??

This recipe made around 2 dozen cookies plus a few extra, depending on how much of the dough you snack on. I had to eat at least 3 of them straight out of the oven because they were so amazing!

photo(76)They look like pumpkiny-puffs and are a mix between a cake and a cookie in texture. The pumpkin keeps them from getting too stiff, so they are also very moist.

photo(75)And if you’re lucky like me, they will cause any tiny dog in your house to cry incessantly for at least 20 minutes.

photo(86)So celebrate National Dessert Day today by making these easy-peasy little treats. My coworkers lucked out, and I brought in most of these to share. Nick and I don’t need to eat 24 cookies on our own, that’s for sure!

Happy baking!