old fashioned pumpkin rocks

by jani on November 19, 2012

Do you know why these cookies are called rocks? No… it’s not because they’ll break a tooth the minute you bite into them! They’re called rocks because they keep their shape as you bake them – and I kind of think they look like rocks! These seriously rock (pun intended) hot out of the oven with a glass of cold milk… heavenly!

HB has been using Maida Heatter’s, “Book Of Great Cookies” since it was first published in 1977. She has some fabulous recipes in this book.

We decided to change her recipe for Pumpkin Rocks just a bit and came up with this:


  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (we added a bit more)
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 cube butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lb canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 F Mix together dry ingredients and set aside. In large mixing bowl add softened butter, and brown and white sugars. Add the eggs one at a time; beat well, then mix in the pumpkin. On lower speed add the dry ingredients gradually. Fold in Craisins, walnuts and golden raisins.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of the dough and place them 1 to 1- 1/2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake cookies for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.

[In Maida Heatter’s book she adds a glaze to these cookies. We prefer it without, but if you’d like to add the glaze make it while the cookies are hot. The ingredients for the glaze are: 3 Tbsp soft butter 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, pinch of salt, 3 Tbsp milk. This should be the consistency of heavy cream – do not make the glaze too thin. If you decide to glaze your cookies (again, we didn’t, as we like them just hot out of the oven and it’s less sugar) bake them on aluminum foil. The minute they come out of the oven, brush the tops with the glaze. The heat of the cookies will melt the glaze and it will run down unevenly. Cool until glaze is completely dry]

HB and I decided this is our new favorite fall cookie! We’ve always love the pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips. But these honestly are so incredibly delish…  I hope you’ll enjoy this yummy treat!


friday fashion favorites – denim jackets

by jani on November 16, 2012

What can I say? Denim jackets look great with just about anything in your wardrobe… well, maybe not a prom dress or evening gown. There is something that is just so cool about a denim jacket! I’m loving this look with the H&M dress.

H&M striped dress

H M long sleeve dress
$40 – hm.com


Wallis leather boots

Logo bag

Monica vinader
$110 – theoutnet.com

H M infinity scarve
$13 – hm.com

Fat Face crochet beret hat
$26 – fatface.com


Here’s another set with a pair of black skinnies.


Nudie Jeans Co. zipper jeans
$190 – farfetch.com

Chan luu jewelry
$80 – net-a-porter.com

Fringe scarve
I say – the denim jacket will be around for a while. What do you think? 


me and my shadow on a beautiful fall day!

by jani on October 22, 2012

It was perfect – a quiet Sunday afternoon in my backyard… the only sound were the birds chirping about the newly poured birdseed in the feeder. You’re most welcome, little birdies! And then there was the faraway sound of an occasional jet making tic-tac-toes in the sky. I couldn’t think of a better day. It was just me, my Canon Rebel T4i and my new (a gift from my sweet son) EFS Standard Zoom  Macro Lens for Canon. I know I need to take a class and learn manual… but even on AV or auto settings it is so very cool!

Here’s part of the tic tac… you get the picture ( pun intended).

Then there’s the mélange of fall berries on our trees. They’re beautiful and an inspiration for putting away spring/summer bright greens and bringing out all our colors-of- fall décor!


Then, way to ruin my high… I’m thinking this would make a cool picture, right? A close-up of a dead cricket. But oh no, after I take my shot… this poor little wounded critter tries to move. Do I step on him and put him out of his misery? I’m wearing my cool ankle boots. Hmmm… go change into my junk-around shoes.  I can’t do it, I can’t step on it. I have absolutely no problem with swatting a fly and dumping it down a running disposal while it’s still wiggling. But this little cricket is so helpless. I just scoot  him into the shade… maybe that will ease whatever the little guy might be  feeling. Probably doesn’t feel anything, but it does have a broken leg. Poor little Jiminy! It was gone this morning, so I suspect a bird got it. Yep, I should have stepped on him!

So do you feel tendenessr towards some creatures, less so with others? Do you love lizards and get to have the nickname, “The Official Lizard Catcher”? I liked that when I was at camp! But I could so easily kill a yellowjacket, mosquito or fly, 9r pour salt on a slug (mean, I know) or smash an ugly spider… Sorry Charlotte!

The point is…  I love fall and I’m sad for the cricket! How about you? I bet you spent your time doing the have-tos, like corn mazes, haunted houses (both I stay clear of – or bring my own working electric saw!) And there’s always the enchanting pumpkin patch and my dash to find the white ones! Why do we feel they’re so enchanted? Cinderella? Nah! They’re just so much fun to cut up into gruesome looking, scary faces… well, for some.

I’ve decided that I am now officially a lover of fall…. I’ve come over to the dark side – or bright side depending on how you look at it. Haunted houses are dark and creepy… and pumpkin patches? Now I could spend all day taking photos in those! What about you – are you a haunted house kind of fall lover, or a pumpkin patch  lover… or are you just an anything kind of fall lover? I’d really like some fun comments on this one. We could change the world!