Lazing around… and the Blogger Secret Ingredient! (Pumpkin)

I slept in this morning.  When I did manage to get out of bed I went on a nice 40-minute run.  I think it was  about 3.5 miles (I walked the last quarter mile or so), but it was on an asphalt trail and my knees were fine.  When I got back I did yoga for about 20 minutes.

Then I made breakfast (which I really should call lunch, because of how late it was) – wrap French toast.

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I took a whole wheat wrap, cut it up, dipped it in egg whites and milk, then cooked it up with some cinnamon.  I really liked it – since the wraps are thinner than bread, I didn’t have to worry about the inside being mushy.  I also chopped up 1.5 apples and cooked them in some water, cinnamon, and sugar.  To top it off I had most of a blueberry Chobani (Bobby took bites).

After I ate, I realized I probably needed something with a bit of fat to keep me full, so I had the remaining 1/2 apple with about 1 T of almond butter:

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This was so good that my late afternoon snack was just another apple with 1.5 T almond butter.  I couldn’t resist.

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I also made my blogger secret ingredient recipe today!  The lovely Lindsay from Love of Oats picked PUMPKIN this week, and how could I resist coming up with something?  I decided to go for a recipe that Bobby would want to devour too, so I went for cookies… with chocolate chips, raisins, and peanuts.

And I even made my own pumpkin puree…  I took a pumpkin, cut it in half, and baked it at 450F for 40 minutes.  Then I skinned it, cut it in pieces, and used my hand-mixer to blend it into a puree.  It’s so fresh and good compared to the canned stuff that I usually have.  The only downside is that now I have a huge bowl of pumpkin puree that I need to use up (maybe I’ll freeze some) – at least 4-5 cans worth.

Chocolate Peanut Raisin PUMPKIN Cookies

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  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (can make your own!)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (brown sugar would be good too)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (then crush them up – so it seems like a little less than 1/4 cup)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients – flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin, applesauce, and sugar.
  4. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined.  Add the raisins, chips, and crushed peanuts.
  5. Spoon cookies onto a greased pan (I used nonstick cooking spray).  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until firm.

Makes 30 smallish cookies.

They were quite good.  I ended up having one right out of the oven.  And Bobby ruined his dinner appetite because of them.  I think he had 5?

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For dinner I made brown rice and a sweet and sour stir-fry – scallops, celery, and shitake mushrooms. Then I realized that I should use up the oodles of pumpkin puree I have in the fridge, so I ate ~2 cups of puree with smart balance and cinnamon (instead of the rice – I’ll save it for later).

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I also made a salad because I’m doing Leng’s Salad Challenge.  So far I haven’t missed a day!  My salad consisted of: romaine, cucumber, shredded carrot, red pepper, and celery.  I used 1 T of olive oil and 2 T apple cider vinegar for dressing, and topped it all off with s&p and some shredded cheddar. I ended up having seconds of the salad and the scallops.

Dessert so far has just been another cookie and more pumpkin puree with smart balance and some drizzled honey.  The picture looks the same as the above dinner one.  I’m currently watching 13 Going On 30 and waiting for Bobby to get back from ping pong.  And I have to get the laundry in a few.  Might have an apple soon.

What is your favorite cookie?  Mine is oatmeal raisin.

18 Comments on Lazing around… and the Blogger Secret Ingredient! (Pumpkin)

  1. gina (fitnessista)
    22 November, 2008 at 10:09 pm (6 years ago)

    those cookies look amazing! my favorite cookie: peanut butter chocolate chip :D
    have a great night!

  2. Sharon
    22 November, 2008 at 10:41 pm (6 years ago)

    13 Going on 30 is such a great movie! As for my favorite cookie? I love all cookies! Oatmeal raisin is great, and sometimes I like to have double chocolate chip, or just a plain ol’ oatmeal cookie will do! Ahhh, cookies!! You know got me wanting one Maggie!

  3. Moran
    23 November, 2008 at 1:20 am (6 years ago)

    I just love all cookies! Chocolate chip is probably my favourite! We don’t actually have peanut butter cookies here !

  4. Roni
    23 November, 2008 at 5:15 am (6 years ago)

    Favorite cookie? Hmmmmm I think I may have to go classic chocolate chip if homemade and those Italian rainbow cookies if I’m buying them. :~P

  5. coco
    23 November, 2008 at 5:20 am (6 years ago)

    love your pumpkin load day~~~~~~~ ^_^
    favorite cookie: raisin oatmeal.

  6. VeggieGirl
    23 November, 2008 at 5:55 am (6 years ago)

    AAAAAMAZING BSI cookies!!!!!

    Hooray for Leng’s Salad Challenge!!

    **My favorite cookie = Peanut-Butter-Oatmeal.

  7. Lindsay
    23 November, 2008 at 6:08 am (6 years ago)

    yum – these look awesome! i think im going to go get some raisins so i can bake a small batch up!

  8. HangryPants
    23 November, 2008 at 6:59 am (6 years ago)

    Love the cookies! I would make them without raisins because my favorite cookie is oatmeal without raisins!

  9. oatmeal
    23 November, 2008 at 7:22 am (6 years ago)

    Love all the pumpkin in this post! I really need to try pumpkin in cookie form–’cause yours look SO GOOD! Adding peanuts to the batter is such a nice touch too! I’m drooling just thinking about them…

  10. ttfn300
    23 November, 2008 at 8:08 am (6 years ago)

    ooh, making your own puree is over the top! those cookies look great :) for a cookie, i’d have to go with pb oatmeal or something to the like!

  11. Biz
    23 November, 2008 at 8:26 am (6 years ago)

    Great recipe for the BSI! Yep, you can definitely freeze pumpkin puree – if you put in a container, just leave some room at the top, or if you put in ziploc bags, only fill up 3/4. It will stay fresh for up to a year!

  12. K
    23 November, 2008 at 8:44 am (6 years ago)

    Gorgeous food! I love the new layout as well :)

    Happy Sunday!

  13. Sagan
    23 November, 2008 at 3:01 pm (6 years ago)

    That wrap french toast is such a good idea. And your cookies sound fantastic!

    I love gingersnaps/gingerbread. And classic chocolate chip. And especially shortbread cookies (particularly whipped shortbread). Ooh, and peanut butter cookies. And I’ve got to admit that Safeway sugar cookies taste great. Also love Oreos.

    Okay, am going to stop now. Suffice it to say I really, really like cookies.

  14. Lee (seelivelee)
    23 November, 2008 at 4:23 pm (6 years ago)

    I love your new header. And that apple with almond butter looks so good right now! Dinner is calling my name…cannot wait to catch up on the rest of your posts! later girl!

  15. coco
    24 November, 2008 at 11:09 am (6 years ago)

    I love these little cookies!!!! simple and yummy~~~
    I’ll make some too! ^_^

  16. Melissa S.
    24 November, 2008 at 6:19 pm (6 years ago)

    love the cookies! so creative; and you cooked your own pumpkin too!

    im’ def a pb filled pb cookie kind of girl…but they gotta be made by my next-door neighbor grandma!

  17. alex
    12 December, 2008 at 5:23 pm (6 years ago)

    save to my Bookmarks :)

  18. alex
    12 December, 2008 at 6:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Add to my Bookmarks :)