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Shhh

October 14, 2009

It is completely quiet in the house for the first time in over a week.

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Parents visiting, living room painting, Christer home for a few days of fall break.  It was a busy and productive week.  The living room is now green, and rearranged all cozy-like.  Several areas of the house have been improved by some baby-proofing so more of the house is now available for the Turtle to explore.  Turtle got in lots of grandparent time, and I caught up with the folks a bit (and shamelessly pulled them into house-improvement and babysitting duties).  Yesterday they left, and our little family found a new-to-us local hiking trail that is sure to become a regular haunt.  This morning Christer went back to work and it was just the two of us again.  And now the baby is napping, and it is silent.  Ah.

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In the quiet I am enjoying a pumpkin-chocolate-chip cookie bar.  I am enjoying it so much that I will share the recipe:

  • 2c flour
  • 1T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2t vanilla
  • 1c pumpkin
  • 12 oz chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350.  Mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients (with the sugar & pumpkin, and a mixer is helpful because there’s a lot of butter), add dry to wet.  Slowly add the chocolate chips.  Pour into a 9 x 13 dish and bake for 35-40 minutes.  I recommend pulling it out as soon as the top looks dry, that way there’s still a good deal of gooey inside.

If you want to double the recipe it’ll just barely fit into the electric mixer bowl.  Also, you can just dump a whole can of pumpkin into the doubled batch, even though it’s a bit more than 2 cups.

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Share, snack, freeze some for later, and enjoy one with a glass of milk while the house is completely silent.

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