Pumpkin & Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Hey – Happy Friday peeps!

We made it through another crazy week – Boo ya! We are seriously deserving of some delicious cookies don’t you think? But not just any cookies…  not just your run of the mill chocolate chip cookies – although I have nothing against chocolate chip cookies, because sometimes  a mean, homemade chocolate chip cookie is exactly what a tummy needs. But today is one of those celebratory Fridays where just a regular cookie isn’t gonna cut it.

So let’s take this whole celebratory cookie idea to the next level shall we?  What say you to taking an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe, and throwing in a little fall inspiration, a touch of spice, a lotttt of good quality dark chocolate and perhaps some toffee pieces for good measure??? Mmhhmmmm…. I’m thinking yes to alllll of that goodness.

So as you know I have been running a little bit of a pumpkin puree recipe marathon on the blog lately –  and I have to apologize if you are not a pumpkin fan because it seems I just can’t help myself. I’ll admit that I have gone a little pumpkin crazy over the last couple of weeks, but I swear I have good reason so hear me out…

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Roasted Yam & Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Happy Friday everybody! And for all you Canadians out there – happy beginning to the Thanksgiving long weekend <3

I just love Thanksgiving don’t you? Not only because of what the holiday itself stands for, but also because I always feel like it marks the true start of the family holiday season. The time that we all really focus on spending time with family and enjoying the simple things in life that matter the most. Like going to the pumpkin patch on a Saturday to embrace the kid inside us all, while picking up a wagons worth of all different shapes and sizes of adorable pumpkins; or the beauty of cuddling up on the couch on a rainy afternoon to watch old movies; or just sharing in the beauty of the vibrant fall colours outside by going for long walks in the crisp fall air with someone that we love.

There are so many things to love about the fall season and I could go on and on about this for days – but the gist of my ramblings is that for me Thanksgiving has always been that marker to the true beginning of this wonderful season. My mom and I have always shared in the love for this season, so I think this why we often tend to get a little carried away when it comes to our family Thanksgiving dinners ever year. As in we act like we are cooking for a guest list of about 50 people when in reality it is usually only about 10 of us gathered around my parents dining room table.

We always end up seriously over cooking and end up having left overs that will last us a week. I mean It’s so hard not to when there are so many amazing harvest inspired dishes to gobble up – honestly can you blame us?  Besides, I’m not one to complain about Thanksgiving leftovers – no sirree…

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones

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Hi fellow Fall & pumpkin spice lovers!

I’m assuming this is what you are, because there is nothing that screams fall more to me than baking with pumpkin and spices – so I can only assume that you have been drawn to this recipe post because you share my love for all things pumpkin spice; Thus you were intrigued by the Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones title …   {So that was the longest sentence ever}  But am I right on this one? Are we fellow pumpkin spice lover buddies ?!?  Yipee!  Let’s continue on this pumpkin spice loving journey together then 😀

Just in case my enthusiasm for pumpkin spice above didn’t tip you off – I have to admit that I have officially come down with a case of Fall fever. This is pretty much the case every year when September rolls around, and this year is clearly no exception. I’ve already hun hung out our fall wreath, planted colourful orange and red mums  in our garden out front, busted out alll the fall decor in our house so its pretty much looking like some sort of combination between an apple orchard and a pumpkin patch in our house as of now and I LOVE it. I feel like Cole’s enthusiasm for the fall decor may not be quite as strong { / non-existent}, but I do think he enjoys watching we run rampant through the house decorating it like a five year old.

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Soda Bread

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I can’t believe we are just two days away from the official first day of fall! Even though it seems like summer only just began, I can’t help but feel giddy about the change in seasons, so even though it is not technically fall yet, I have completely gone into fall mode.  I have put away all of my summer shorts and t-shirts and welcomed dark wash jeans and chunky sweaters back into my daily wardrobe; Cole and I busted out all of our Fall decor and began decorating the house with rich earthy oranges, reds and yellows to welcome the season; and of course, lest I forget to tell you that I have been baking up all kinds of fall inspired goodies that embody all of the warm spices and seasonal flavours that I love so much about fall.

I just love fall inspired baking and I think most of us can agree that when we think about fall baking, some of the first things that come to mind are baked goodies that  pair together fragrant spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger with seasonal fruits and vegetables like apples, pears and pumpkin. There is just something about the fall season that screams for these flavours, and I am soooo happy to oblige.

Any baked goodies that are laced with cinnamon are probably my favourite things to not only bake but more importantly to gobble up. Yup – anything that is chock full of this incredible spice is pretty much guaranteed to be delicious in my books, so I have wasted no time getting into the fall baking spirit by using cinnamon with reckless abandon this year. I have already had to make a couple emergency trips to the grocery store to replenish my stock of cinnamon at home – no joke – that’s how much I have been baking with it. Feel free to call me the crazy cinnamon lady… I don’t mind.

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Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Hello every body!

Today I had a thought, and I realized that I don’t thank those of you who have been checking out my blog on a regular basis nearly enough, and for that I apologize! So allow me to rectify this injustice right now by saying thank you SOOOO much for stopping by today! Honestly, I am so grateful to everybody who takes the time to check out my website, read my blog posts and try out my recipes in their own homes. It truly means so much to me that you are even remotely interested in my baking escapades, so thank you so much for reading :):):) xoxoxox

And now back to the goods – and lets be honest what you really came here for… and that would be these Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Is it just me or are all baked goods more desirable when they are in miniature form??? I personally think so – in fact I would go so far as to say that most things in life are more desirable when they are in miniature form… wouldn’t you agree?

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Oaty Apple Spice Scones with Maple Glaze

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Saturday and Sunday mornings are my absolute favourite – Not only because it means that I don’t have to go to work, but more so because it means that I can spend my mornings lazily whipping up special breakfasts for Cole and I to devour while cuddled up on on the couch, (still in our pajamas, and catching up on the latest episodes of our favourite HGTV series.)  Sure we could pour our selves a bowl of cereal and call it a day, but for Cole and I, the weekends are the only time during the week that we actually have time to fuss over our breakfast a little bit. Not to mention there is something so much more special about making breakfast from scratch on a weekend morning to enjoy with the ones you love. Ahhh… yes, it is my definition of heaven.

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Browned Butter Pecan Swirl Loaf

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Once the Vancouver winter months set in, It seems like I am constantly craving for warm beverages. Well, if I’m really being honest, it is more like I have a deep seeded emotional need for warm beverages to help sooth my inability to cope with cold weather. All winter long I am forever day dreaming about latte’s, tea, hot chocolate and coffee… basically anything that is warm and delicious enough to offset how much I hate being in the cold weather, (even cold weather as mild as Vancouver’s.)

Yes, I admit it!  I am one of those annoying people who spends my days walking around in a state of constant coldness. It’s a problem really… I mean honestly, unless the temperature is upwards of 25 degrees C, it is safe to assume that I am cold. People who know me would even say that I take my aversion to the cold to a whole new level of crazy because I pretty much don’t start wearing anything but pants and sweaters until we are in the 30 degree temperature range.

Now I know that I probably sound like the most ridiculous human being on the planet to any of you fellow Canadians who are living in places that actually have freezing winter temperatures … like -30 degrees C. So before you start hating me, let me just say that I think you are champions of the world for being able to withstand that kind of weather. I am fairly certain that if I stepped out into those kind of temperatures for more than five seconds… I would probably freeze to death instantaneously… seriously.

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