Meal Monday – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is my favorite time of year. It always brings so many wonderful memories to mind. My first boyfriend, my first kiss, making pumpkin seeds with my dad, carving pumpkins with my siblings, my first football game performance, my first taste of freedom, and when I met my husband to name a few. I think the last one has to be my most favorite memory though. Changing leaves, the smell of apple cinnamon, deep rich colors, pumpkin pie. Oh fall. I’m so happy we meet again each year. Fall gives me all the warm and fuzzies. I love to bake anyway but something about this time of year brings out the baker in me. Now that I’m a mom I absolutely can’t wait to share my favorite recipes with my sweet little co-baker. I must admit I’ve made these cookies a couple times already this year. Even my non-pumpkin loving husband thinks these cookies are the bomb.

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My little baking buddy. She never failed to put a puff in her mouth the minute I tried to take a picture. Every. Single. Time.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Yields about 2 dozen.

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Start out by combining 1 cup pumpkin, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of oil (I either use vegetable or coconut), and 1 cup of sugar in my Kitchenaide Mixer using the paddle attachment.

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Then sift 2 cups of flour with 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Add to the pumpkin mixture.

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Mix 1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of milk and add to the pumpkin mixture and combine.

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Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir to combine.

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Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Optional ingredient: 1/2 cup walnuts.

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These are so good you may or may not be able to eat the entire batch at one time.

Even my sweet girl can’t get enough of these cookies. She screams for a bite every time she sees them on the counter. You’re welcome for your latest fall cookies obsession.

XOXO – Taylar

Meal Monday

Frozen Yogurt Covered Cheerios

My tiny little miss is a HUGE eater. I only wish I had her metabolism. I swear at 8 months old she eats more than I do. She will nurse and nurse and take in 6-8 ounces and still eat 2-4 ounces of baby food and other snacks. Plus whenever I eat during the day she has to have some. I love that shes not picky and eats everything. It’s the best. She still doesn’t have any teeth so I have been weary about giving her cheerios but I recently discovered the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios and bought a box. She wanted one so I gave it a shot and now they are her favorite snack. I decided to try something out since I purchased her some baby yogurt and I didn’t know what all to do with it.

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I dumped a carton of Stonyfield organic Vanilla baby yogurt and added handfuls of Cheerios until they were all covered and there wasn’t much excess yogurt.

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Then I laid wax paper on a cookie sheet and dumped the Cheerios and placed them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Then I popped them off and placed them in a container and back in the freezer.

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She loves them. The yogurt made the Cheerios a little more soggy and easier for her to eat. She’s already inhaled half the batch and I just made them Sunday afternoon.

What snacks do you make for your littles? I’m always looking for new recipes to try out for her.

XO – Taylar

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France Family Monthly Favorites

August 2016 Faves

Finley’s Faves:

Swim class

Crawling

Mama and Daddy

Her Molly doll (shout out to me for keeping one of my childhood faves for my future daughter)

Her puppy

Food

Saying “Hi”

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Anything the color red.

VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube

Infantino Match and Store Shape Sorter

Blocks

Mama’s Favorites:

Swim class with Finley

Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

Bachelor in Paradise

Cat and Jack baby line at Target

Victoria’s Secret sweats

Tarte’s Lights Cameras Lashes Mascara

She Reads Truth app

Escaping Polygamy

Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers

NYX Buttergloss

Matt’s Favorites:

Sweet tea

Being home (since he travels all the time)

Dollar Shave Club

King of the Hill

Apparently daddy is easy to please!

Sargent’s puppy favorites:

Frosty Paws Treats

Dinosaur toy

XO-

The France’s

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Fall Bucket List

Fall is my most favorite time of year. I was born and lived the first six years of my life and all of high school in Indiana and let me tell you, that’s the single thing that makes Indiana bearable. The yellow and orange leaves and the cooler weather. Oh the nostalgia of childhood. I’m so excited for fall this year because this year I am a Mama and I’ll get to share it all with my best girl. She loves being outside whether it’s hot or cold, rain or shine. Her worst day instantly turns into her best day the moment we step outside. Living in the desert it gets into what feels like the 200s during the day and that means we have spent the majority of the summer locked inside the house with AC blasting. Seriously it doesn’t cool off around these parts till like 8-9 pm. Then it’s time to get little miss ready for bed. That’s why I’m so anxious for the first day of fall to finally arrive. I’m even contemplating breaking out the fall decor to get this party going.πŸ˜‰ I’ve put together a little fall bucket list of things I want to do with my sweet little miss this fall.

Finley’s first fall bucket list:

1. Go apple picking. We have an orchard here in town and a girl who loves anything with apples.

2. Make homemade applesauce with said picked apples.

3. Have a Starbucks and park play date so mama can have a Caramel apple spice.

4. Go to the drive-in.

5. Make cinnamon pumpkin cookies.

6. Pumpkin Spice Latte bc duh we are basic.πŸ˜‰

7. Start Christams and 1st birthday shopping!

8. Find and check out a corn maze!

9. Go to a hockey game.

10. Take a small road trip.

That’s it for this little girls first ever fall bucket list. I can’t wait till September 22nd to start checking these things off! As much as I can’t wait for fall to get here I can’t help but be a little sad that this year is flying by. My sweet little girl is EIGHT MONTHS. Shut. The. Front. Door.

What is on your fall bucket list?

Xoxo-

Taylar Mae❀

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The Siren Book Review

For as long as I can remember I have loved reading. Since having my baby nearly 8 months ago I haven’t picked up a book, instead I have been using Audible. It’s a monthly subscription service allowing you to pick out a audio book each month for a low price. It’s been my life saver. Especially because my picky girl often time demands silence and to be held at all times during naps.πŸ˜‰ My sweet mama graciously gifted me all of her saved up credits and I was able to stock up on some of my wish listed books recently. I haven’t stopped listening! I listen in the car bc if I have to listen to her watching Mickey Moust Clubhouse one more time I might actually pull my hair out. I listen while I do the dishes and while I rock her to sleep. It’s giving me a little piece of myself and I’m so thankful. That being said I recently finished the book “The Siren” by Kiera Cass. I wrote a review on her trilogy “The Selection” probably close to two years ago now. I’ll find the link and make sure to link it if you’re interested in reading my review on that series as well. When I saw that Kiera had wrote another book it immediately went onto my wish list. I listened to this book in less than a week. It was so good I couldn’t stop listening. I’m sure it drove my hubby nuts having to listen to bits and pieces of a young adult novel. I honestly haven’t ever thought much about Sirens or what they were made up to do. That allowed to me to enter this book with a completely open mind and not compete with my idea of what a Siren should be. All the details of this book is what really drew me in. Kiera has such a way of describing how each of the Siren’s become and bits and pieces of their pasts and futures. It is seriously “page turning”. I was bummed that this book ended and even though a second book wouldn’t be beneficial I couldn’t help but want more. It is definitely a book I will revisit.

Do you have any book suggestions? I’m always looking for new things to read!

xoxo

Taylar❀