This past week has been a little rough for me. I know I just talked about having a bad day last week and surely don’t mean to sound complainy but last Thursday I found out one of the children I work with (I am a speech therapist in real life) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I was obviously pretty devastated when I found out but overall it has been a slow and sneaking kind of grief. Usually I am fine, but just when I think that I am safe, the sadness will hit like a wave and overwhelm me for a time until it recedes again. Mostly I am feeling the pain and loss for his sweet family. Needless to say, I have been making an effort to be careful with myself this week and taking time to do things that are comforting for me. This has meant letting myself make out-of-the-way trips to Fresh Market for my favorite Pumpkin Spice coffee and “Harvest” white chocolate covered pretzels, buying the cutest little white pumpkins I could find, lazing in my bed and reading my book, and letting the tiny kitten I found on the side of the road on Monday curl up and sleep on my chest for hours instead of being proactive about finding a home for him. Comfort for me also meant spending a few hours on Tuesday evening making pumpkin cookies instead of any of the millions of other things I should have been doing. Sorry world, but I have kicked the concept of practicalness to the curb at least for this week. I choose to do what feels good.
Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies by Libby’s Pumpkin
If any of you need some comfort food, I highly highly recommend this recipe. The cookies are so soft and perfect that they melt in your mouth and taste like an explosion of fall. Usually I would write the recipe here in the post but because I don’t really feel like it right now, I am not going to. You don’t mind, right? You guys can surely click the link to see the recipe if you so desire.
I added an extra 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1/8 tsp cloves to the dry mixtures. This was in addition to what it already called for. I also added an additional 1/2 tsp vanilla. I almost always do this when I bake because I like my things really flavory and I really wanted these bad boys to taste like Autumn in my mouth.
And that is just about where I forgot to remember to take pictures. Oops. Sorry ya’ll. You will just have to imagine the rest.
For the glaze, I used the recipe but added a little more milk and 1 tsp of cinnamon to flavor it along with a tiny bit of extra vanilla.
Of course they are delightful anytime, but I really find that they taste best in the morning with my cup of pumpkin coffee. Since I forgot to take pictures and did not write out the recipe, I will make it up to ya’ll by sharing teany tiny kitten pictures. I apologize to those of you who have seen these on facebook or instagram. I am obsessed.
Now the important question is did you save any for tonight or should I purchase other treats for our festivities. Can’t wait to meet that baby kitty.
I have plenty for tonight. I will be bringing treats and kitties. You provide the dinners and the Harry Potter.
Colleen I was going to ask the same thing!!! I’m glad I will get to taste these amazing looking cookies, eat a yummy dinner, and watch the Fantastic Mr. Potter (see what I did there with one of Corey’s favorite movies). But I’m secretly more excited about meeting the kitty. Let me know if I need to bring something.
oh, i am so sorry to hear about that…you are not being complainy at all…my thoughts are with you 🙂 those cookies do look pretty comforting, though…i have to admit! and oh that kitty!!! my kitties have not been that teeny tiny for a long time…makes me want another little one! XO brynn
That is one precious lil kitty!!!
Megs, first those cookies look amazing!!! I’ll have to email you another pumpkin cookie that’s super good! Also, I would totally take that cat, but the hubs has a bad allergy! You’re such a good cat mama to recuse that little sweetie!