Today was a fall day that screamed "baking." I'll explain... Twice a year our church holds a bi-annual conference that is televised throughout the world. It's a two day conference with four two-hour sessions that feature speakers from the leaders of our church around the world. We love this time to be able to hear inspirational and spiritual talks from these wonderful men and women. This particular conference came at an especially good time for me. Since I'm still recovering from foot surgery and have, out of necessity, been in a reclined position, it was nice to be able to relax and watch these sessions on TV. However, the challenge with being in a horizontal position and watching TV, is that one has the potential of getting a little drowsy. I counteracted this tendency to snooze with sugar -- and lots of it.
I love to bake in the fall. I especially love all the spices that are associated with fall -- cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, cloves -- to name a few. I have a number of recipes that call for pumpkin -- one of my favorite being "Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies." Pumpkin is delicious, but it is especially yummy when it is surrounded by sugar and, of course, everything is made better by chocolate.
So...today, since I needed a little sugar coursing through my veins to keep me attentive, I baked a batch of these pumpkin cookies. I'm sure you all have this recipe, but here are a few pictures just to give you the incentive to whip up a batch for yourself!