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Monday, September 24, 2012

Recipe Reviews: Cookies & Goulash

Hello Readers,

How's everyone's Monday been?  Mine was pretty good, I was able to clean my kitchen without interruption, and I even got a shower in before noon!!  It's really hard to get  much of anything done now that my twins are awake and wanting to play and be held most of the time, but I so love spending every minute I can with them, I am so blessed--doubly blessed!!
Well aside from cleaning, playing, and taking care of the twins, I baked up the rest of my cookie batter that I made this weekend.  I decided to try another pumpkin recipe, and this last one was pumpkin snickerdoodles, (Recipe here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/32088216066236678/).  I was really, really excited to try these for a few reasons:  I am obsessed with pumpkin, (see my last post), it is now autumn, and snickerdoodles are probably my favorite cookies, because they taste so good, and are so easy to make.  So I followed this recipe almost exactly as it said, except I did not roll them in sugar, I sprinkled sugar and my homemade pumpkin pie seasoning over the top.  My first two dozen I baked as the recipe said, "7-9 minutes at 400 degrees", well, I have to confess, this was my first time ever burning cookies!  Way to feel like failure, I've been making cookies since I was able to stand!!  But after the first batch came out unsatisfactorily, I thought about it for a few minutes, and my husband and I came to the realization that most cookies we bake go in at 350, so I did that, and they turned out great!  So chewy but they didn't fall apart, which is important to me.
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with homemade pumpkin pie spice sprinkled over top
The next recipe I wanted to review is for goulash.  Now I'll be honest, I've never had goulash before, or at least not that I remember.  I have to say, I am surprised that I haven't had it before, or come across a recipe for it, it is so easy, and requires few ingredients, and I think it should be a staple for any family who eats meat, tomatoes, and noodles!  I found this particular recipe here: http://pinterest.com/pin/32088216066325779/
Now you know me, I never follow any recipe to letter, why?  Because I'm a rebel with a culinary cause?  Not really, I just do things my way, and they work for my family.  So with this recipe I halved everything, and still have a lot leftover, I used powdered garlic, and I didn't simmer the tomatoes and everything.  Guess what?  It turned out great!!  

We served it with parmesean cheese, green beans, and buttered toast.
Yummy goulash!
So overall, I would make this goulash a regular dinner for us, it's cheap, easy, and super filling, especially with whole wheat macaroni!  Also, I will definitely be adding the pumpkin snickerdoodles to my list for Autumn desserts I want to keep making!

Have a good Monday night,


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