So let’s check back on my list of “Things I want to do this Fall”.
1. Bake pumpkin everything
2. Bake apple everything
3. Go to the corn maze
4. Go to the mountains when the leaves are changing
5. Get a pumpkin
6. Carve a pumpkin
7. Enjoy the weather before it gets cold
8. Change out my closet
Well I have officially checked a few of these items off my list. I have pumpkins and mums adorning my front door and I even bought Dave a few to decorate at his house. Yesterday, we went to the corn maze. Oh and these Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are pretty much everything good about pumpkin and apples combined. Add that to the Apple Pumpkin Protein Muffins I made a few weeks ago and tonight I made Pumpkin Pasta Sauce. Pretty proud of my list. I’ve been training for my half marathon so definitely enjoying the nice weather – perfect time of year for half marathon training!
Now just to work on that closet!… Procrastination at it’s finest. Maybe soon maybe not. I’m hoping to get to the mountains before all the leaves fall off. If anyone is in NC and knows a good weekend to go so I don’t miss the leaves, please let me know.
The Amazing Maize Maze
So the Corn Maze – it was awesome. There was no seeing over or through it. I’ve never done a maze before, and I was not disappointed. It was so interesting how many people my age were there – sans children. We went late in the day, after getting some stuff done around the house and grabbing a bite to eat at Zoe’s Kitchen. The maze was a baseball player design and was color coded which helped visualize where you were in the maze and if you’ve already been there or not. The map of the maze was cut into 12 sections, each square piece was in a mailbox hidden somewhere in that section. To finish your map, you had to find all 12 pieces and find your way out. Dave has been so excited about the maze, I let him take the lead and we had a blast. I thought that since everything was just corn, it would be difficult to remember if you’ve been to an area yet or not, but there were points of interest along the way that really helped. We found our way out in about an hour and 20 minutes, not too bad considering we kept a pretty leisurely pace the entire time.
Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
These Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are already getting requests from Dave for a second batch. I’m really glad I stocked up on organic pumpkin puree earlier this month! The cookies are reminiscent of kitchen sink cookies, in that you just dump everything you love in the bowl and mix and scoop. I picked up some dark sweet cherries at Trader Joe’s earlier this week. I love these because they don’t have any added sugar which is usually why I don’t buy dried fruit outside of dates and raisins. But these were naturally sweet and added a great contrast to the pistachios and pumpkin. Dried cranberries sweetened with Juice or organic cane sugar would also be a good option in these.
These cookies have a long list of ingredients, but most of them are spices or the add in ingredients, so please don’t be deterred!
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbs. chia seeds
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1 scoop pea protein powder
- 3 tbs. coconut flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ⅓ tsp. ground clove
- ¼ tsp grated fresh ginger
- 3 small apples, peeled and grated (coarse grate)
- ½ cup chai tea
- 3 tbs. maple or maple agave blend
- 1½ tsp stevia
- 4 egg whites
- ¼ cup pumpkin pie spiced pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup pistachios
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup dark sweet cherries
- Preheat oven to 350. Steep one chai tea in ½ cup hot water (or make an entire tea and drink the rest).
- In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin and chia seeds. Let sit while you peel the apples.
- To the pumpkin, chia mixture, add the vanilla protein powder, pea protein, coconut flour, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and stevia. Add the chai tea and egg whites and mix until combined.
- Add the oats and grated apple and thoroughly incorporate.
- Mix in whatever flavors you like here, I used the pistachios, pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds, dried dark sweet cherries and raisins. Once everything has been mixed, scoop out on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Using a tablespoon scoop or just a large spoon, make equally sized cookies and distribute on the baking pan, leaving a bit of room between each cookie. I was able to get 34 cookies out of this mixture on 3 baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350. To test cookies, press lightly. The cookies will have just a little give left when they are ready. If they still feel mushy under the hard exterior, bake an additional 3-5 minutes.
My first batch took longer than the second and third batches. I’m not sure if this is because the oats had more time to absorb the liquid in the batter or what but just a heads up.
There were so many great reads this week. Thank you everyone for such great posts – here are a few of my favorites.
Worthy Now. Right This Minute. As is. – Peanut Butter Runner. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for Jen sharing this post. Take a minute and read it. You are worthy. Right now, nothing needs to be changed or altered for you to feel worthy!
Clean Eating is Not Real – Mango Around Town. I know I tote clean eating and was reminded ever so kindly that I might need to use words like “whole foods” instead of “clean”.
10 Inspirational Quotes – Itz Linz. Who doesn’t need a good inspirational quote here and there!
Diet and Exercise
No Matter How Clean Your Diet Is, We All Need This – Healthful Pursuit. Reminder that you may want to look into taking greens supplements. Our food just isn’t providing the vitamins and minerals like they used to.
Essential stretches for Mid-life Exercisers – Fitknitchick – I think these stretches are amazing for all ages! She reminds us that we can get tight hips from sitting all day! What a great addition to everyday life!
Gluten Free Food Ideas To Eat Before Your Long Run – Cotter Crunch. There are so many ideas here. Gluten free or not, these are some great ways to fuel a long run!!
Upper Body Resistance Band Workout for Strong Arms – Your Trainer Paige. Love all these great variations!!! Strong arms is where it’s at!
Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze – Mom on Time Out. Please read the title of this. No other words are needed.
Pumpkin Spiced Roasted Pepitas – Eating Bird Food. You could use these in the Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Cookies!! These are also stellar in yogurt with some cinnamon and honey!
Sweet potato Queso Dip – Detoxinista. Love the use of sweet potatoes. I love the spicing up my sweet potatoes with cumin and chili powder and serving them with black beans and salsa. I never thought to make a dip out of them though!! Great dairy free option!
Asparagus, Mushroom, and Ricotta Pizza Fitness and Feta. I grew up eating white spinach pizza. This is an awesome healthy version! Love the combo of asparagus and mushroom.
Mystery Dish: Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing: The Pajama Chef. Love.Kale.Salads. The sesame lime dressing – never would have thought of this combo but it sounds awesome!
Microwave Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin The Big Mans World. Holy moly microwave English Muffins. Oh and they are cinnamon raisin. Oh and if you aren’t a cinnamon raisin fan, you can check out his post earlier this week for the plain version.
What About You?
- What have you checked off your fall list?
- Have you ever been to a corn maze?
- Do you like pumpkin and apples together?