Trees are not Mutants

Sweet Catnip!  We thought the girl was just yammering on like she normally does…. but this time she was actually on to something!  Fall really is the greatest season of all!  Okay, we know it’s only August, so it’s not officially Fall yet, but with the dip in the temperature this week (a cool 90°) she got all excited and started jabbering about pumpkin bread and cinnamon cookies…. I mean… we didn’t get the big deal.  Who has time to get all wound up about some silly spices when all trees are mutating!

Well… we did a bit more googling…. and discovered a.) Fall/Autumn begins September 22, 10:49 A.M. EDT – so the girl is WAY ahead of schedule…..

and b.) the trees are NOT actually mutating… they’re just dropping dead.  Totally different. And like zombies… which we will need to start preparing for as soon as the Balloon Festival is over because zombies infestations tend to happen around Halloween….(Google says so) the trees will come back to life in the Spring, so we don’t need to get too wound up about them.

So with tree mutation worries off our cute little minds, and zombie concerns looming, but not immediate, M & I were able to turn our thoughts to the ramblings of the girl.

Cinnamon and pumpkins…. We asked the girl to bring in something yummie for the next monthly Airport meeting.  See, we added something to the agenda …. M & I need our own iPads.  At the moment we have to use the girl’s iPhone or her Macbook…. it’s just not fair.  We need our own.  We have to study for our pilots license and we have lots of googling and blogging and Pinterest-ing …. and Tweeting to do…. So we’ve asked the board to buy us our own iPads….. soooooo we thought it would be a good idea for the girl to bring in something special, so the board members would be in good moods!

We found this recipe on Pinterest for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles…. OMP* These cookies are totally pawsome!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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What you will need:
  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sugar coating

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash of allspice

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; blend. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars on medium speed until well combined. Next, and pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.  Once combined, incorporate the flour mixture.  Cover the dough, and refrigerate for one hour, until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease baking sheets.  In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and spices for the sugar coating. Scoop dough (approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons) and roll into a ball. Roll the dough ball in the sugar mixture, and place on baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Dip the tines of a fork into the sugar mixture and then press into the cookies, making little hash marks.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Remove when the centers of the cookies have set. Let cool on the baking pan for approximately 5 minutes, and then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.

* OMP – Oh My Paws

Visit us on Facebook and tell our board that M & I NEED our own iPads!

– M&M

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