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Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Are a Hit This Season

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Oh how I love anything pumpkin, it is one of my favorite things! I actually made these pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins that are beyond heaven. Clay just gobbled them up so fast! I wanted to do more pumpkin so I made these oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

What I love about these cookies is the oatmeal paired with the pumpkin, it really is delicious! The oats really add a nice texture to the cookies. The chocolate chips are a good flavor addition, I debated putting them in and I am so glad that I did!

pumpkin oat cookies

I used my cookie scoop so they are a little bit smaller in size, but you can always use a bigger scoop. They don’t really spread much on the pan, which is nice. They are a nice thicker cookie which is what I prefer. I cook them a little less on time so they stay soft, but if you prefer a more crunchy cookie you can always bake a bit longer.

I thought these were pretty quick to whip up and bake. I made around 3 dozen cookies, mine were smaller in size. Depending on how big you make them will depend on how many it makes!

Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies 

pumpkin oat chocolate chip cookies

As you can see these beauties are nice and soft on the inside and so fluffy! I truly love them! My mother-in-law was over and she got to try them and really loved them too! Clay thought they were delicious so I say they are a true winner in our household! They are best straight out of the oven after they have cooled a few minutes! Cookies never last too long in our house!

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter (softened)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 eggs (room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
I use a KitchenAid Mixer, but if you don’t have it you can use a bowl. You will want to cream your butter and brown sugar together. Then add in your pumpkin puree,vanilla, and eggs. Mix well.
In a separate bowl mix your flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie seasoning, and salt.
Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet.
Once well mixed scoop out onto a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes. They will get a little golden on top. You can stick a toothpick through them if they come out clean done. Put on a baking rack to cool.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. I use a KitchenAid Mixer, but if you don't have it you can use a bowl. You will want to cream your butter and brown sugar together. Then add in your pumpkin puree,vanilla, and eggs. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl mix your flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie seasoning, and salt.
  4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet.
  5. Once well mixed scoop out onto a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes. They will get a little golden on top. You can stick a toothpick through them if they come out clean done. Put on a baking rack to cool.
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Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

50 Halloween Indoor Decorations To Make This Halloween Extra Special!

50 Halloween Indoor Decorations To Make This Halloween Extra Special!

I know I am a little early for Halloween/Fall but I just can’t help it! The thought of apple cider, fall leaves, cold nights, and warm sweaters just warms my heart! It has been one hot and humid summer so I am a little envious of the thought of cooler weather! Plus I just went shopping today for my birthday and bought a bunch of winter/Fall clothes!

I tried to find items to fit everyone’s style, verses just focus on maybe things I prefer. I am not huge into skulls and scary things, I like it to be more cute, but I know a lot of people enjoy the scary part of Halloween. Here are 50 Halloween indoor decorations items including front porch decor you might enjoy!

From Cute to Scary and Everything In Between

1. Beistle Halloween Mobile Hanging Party Decorating Item, 30-Inch

2. Haunted Grave Scene Setter Kit

3. Beistle Zombies Lab Door Cover, 30 by 5-Inch

4. Ceramic LED Halloween Figurine – Pumpkins, LED Ghost, and Black Cat With Witch Hat

5. Halloween Garland – Orange with Black Bats-15 Feet

6. Halloween Swirls Mega Value Pack

7. Halloween Burlap Banner

8. Morbid Enterprises The Exorcist Doorway Drape

9. Luci Spooky – Halloween Inflatable Solar Lights Skull

10. Adorox Vintage Cast Iron Reproduction Skeleton Key Set

11. Forum Novelties Ghostly Indoor/Outdoor Spirits Wall Decoration

12. Spooky Glitter Paper Chandelier, Ravens, Skulls, Spiders, and Bats Decorating Kit (17 pieces)

13. 4′ Indoor/Outdoor Lighted Green Spider Web Halloween Lights

14. Halloween Hanging Party Decorations – Adorable Honeycomb Spider, Ghost, and Bat – Set of 3

15. Beistle Witch Bathroom Cover

16. Beistle Bloody Gauze, 24-Feet

17. Modern Halloween Printed Lanterns

18. Skeleton and Reaper Wall Decor

19. Morbid Enterprises Hanging Ghost with Sickle Halloween Decor

20. 13 Inch Light Up Scarecrow Head Halloween Prop with Spooky Sounds

21. Gothic Mansion Portraits Wall Decorations, 2-33.5″ x 65″

22. Halloween Witch’s Brew Foil Swirl Decoration Value Pack- 12 Pack

23. Impact Innovations Halloween Shimmer Lighted Window Decoration, Jacky

24. Morgue Wall Decoration 4’X 5′

25. Stuffed Witch Legs Halloween Decoration – Purple

26. Lamp Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Mosaic Style UL Resin & Metal Indoor Outdoor Halloween

27. Luci Spooky – Halloween Inflatable Solar Lights Moon

28. Forum Novelties Haunted House Roll Indoor/Outdoor Dripping Blood Wall Border, 20′, Red

29. Shindigz Halloween Decoration Enter At Your Own Risk Tattered Cloth

30. 16″ Halloween Skeleton Hanging Prop Decor Yard Indoor Party Grave

31. Witch Legs Party Garland with Broom Tassels – 10-foot Banner

32. Halloween Spooky Eyes Suction Window Decoration – Orange

33. Giant Spider Web and Giant Spiders Halloween Decoration

34. LED Light Up Metal Ghost Marquee by Darice Halloween Decorations Decor

35. Halloween Home Decoration 5 Pc Set

36. Langxun Halloween Pumpkin & Bat & Skull Balloons

37. 5 Foot Plastic Skeleton

38. Hanging White Faceless Reaper Ghost Halloween Decoration

39. Halloween Glitter Witch Party TRICK OR TREAT Ribbon Banner Garland Decoration

40. Luci Spooky – Halloween Inflatable Solar Lights Spider

41. Trick or Treat Wooden Halloween Wall Sign – 12″

42. EverKid Halloween Decorations Paper Lanterns with LED Light, pack of 5 – Skeleton,Bats,Jack-O,Spiders

43. Halloween Green Garland with Black Bats-15 Feet

44. Hanging Wooden Halloween Glitter Sign- Orange with Black Bats and White and Black Polka Dot Moon

45. Halloween 2 Skulls Pirate Decor

46. Halloween Striped Halloween Signs- Set of Three – “Boo To You”, “Happy Halloween”, “Witches And Broomsticks”

47. Sound and Motion Activated Hanging Dropping Spider Indoor Halloween Decoration with Lights

48. Candy Corn Kitchen 3-piece Gift Set – 1 Spreader and 2 Dishtowels

49. Modern Halloween Glitter Cutouts- Owls, Bats, and Pumpkins- 9 Pack

50. Witch Legs Table Runner- Orange with Black Polka Dots and Stripes

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

Health Benefits of Getting A Good Nights Sleep 

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Here are some interesting surprising health benefits of sleep, that you may not have heard of. When you have a newborn it makes you truly realize how important sleep is, and how much you miss it! I have a now five month old little boy who still wakes me up a few times through the night to eat! Sometimes if I am lucky he eats just once, but wakes up a few times to where I have to soothe him back to sleep!

Going on five months of little sleep is exhausting! I never knew how much I valued sleep until now. It is so different than just not sleeping through the night!! Having a new baby truly wears on you so much! I thought it could be fun to share some health benefits of sleep, and why it is so important to try and get adequate sleep if you can!

Getting Enough Sleep At Night

Plus since we are talking about sleep, make sure that you have a nice bed to sleep on! Being able to sleep nice and sound is key to healthy and good sleep. You will feel more rested if you don’t toss and turn all night, or wake up multiple times! Check out all the sleep products at The Sleep Judge, they help you get better sleep!

Overall Better Health: This is one most of us know, that it can help your body be healthier all around. Plus studies have been found that lack of sleep can lead to health problems like heart disease, obesity and more.

Physical Health: This is a neat one, sleep plays a big role in physical health! Getting enough sleep helps heal and repair your heart and blood vessels! We all need a healthy heart so make sure to catch those zzz’s when you can!

Memory: This is one I truly have dealt with. Being well rested is good for your memory and mind! It helps keep you on point and ready for trivial things you may deal with on a daily basis. I found that when I got little sleep I was slower to think about things, and sometimes was slower to function with daily tasks. It was like my brain wasn’t working right!

Learning: If we don’t get enough sleep when it comes to learning new tasks, it is harder for us to retain the information! Studies have shown being well rested helps us learn easier to retain the information.

Mood Booster: We all could use a little more perk in our steps I am sure at times! Sleep can make you feel better overall, by boosting your mood and of course ridding those under-eye circles we all dread!

 

Getting adequate sleep is so beneficial for our heart, weight, mind and so much more! Tonight try and go to bed a little earlier, or sleep a little later if you can, because it truly does matter getting rest! Depending on your age will depend on how much sleep you require. I do often say listen to your body as well.

Do you get enough sleep at nights?! 

 

Salt Wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) Diagnoses For Clay

Being Diagnosed with Salt Wasting CAHClay

As you all know I just finally got on to share my announcement that Clay had finally arrived on 10/20/15!  Since then we have had a long road of ups and downs, and I wanted to share it with you guys!

While we were in the hospital they did their State Blood Work test. We didn’t think anything of it, and ended up getting discharged and sent home. Well life went pretty good at first and then around day 6, he started acting pretty sick. He seemed a bit lethargic, throwing up, having diarrhea and just didn’t seem to be himself. So, late one night I woke Adam up and we headed in to the emergency room to get him checked out.

While in the ER they drew blood as he had pretty good jaundice and they were worried that the level might be to high. So, they checked him over and said follow up with pediatrician the next day. So we did, and the doctor wanted to do a full blood work check to see what might be going on.

Later that day we got home, and got a call that said we needed to get Clay to the hospital right away, that Wichita was sending an airplane to get him and take him to Wesley in the NICU. His state blood work showed that he had Salt Wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). it is a genetic disorder. What it is, his adrenal glands are larger than what they should be. He doesn’t produce the right amount of sodium or potassium and such for his body, which can throw everything off. If left untreated it can lead to a coma, cardiac arrest and even death. It is a very serious illness, and only happens to 1 in 15,000 babies. For Clay to have gotten this, Adam and I both have to be carriers of this or have the condition ourselves. We are in the process of getting tested now so we can learn more about where it came from and so on.

That is the scariest day of my whole life, watching them poke around to get an IV started, they ended up having to do it in his head. Not knowing anything about this condition was petrifying.He was 1 week old when he was taken and put in the NICU. He was in adrenal crisis, which is life threatening. Luckily they were able to act quick and they got his sodium and potassium levels evened out.

Clay will have to be on medicine for the rest of his life, and we have to watch him really closely. If he gets sick we have to stress dose him to keep him from going into crisis. We always stress dose him with medicine for immunizations, if he gets hurt, sick, and so on. It is a really big learning curve and have been pretty emotional stressful, but hopefully in time things will get easier and we will learn more about this, and be able to take good care of him and keep him healthy!

NICU

We can’t thank the Wesley NICU enough for saving our son’s life! They did everything they could to get him healthy as soon as they could. All the nurses and doctors were amazing, and we are forever grateful! Thank you for all the prayers and love you have showed up along the way. If you follow me on social media you know about his condition already as I have shared about it.

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If you are wanting to learn more, you can buy this book:CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA: A Parents’ Guide and it is highly recommended by other parents! I bought it and found it to be very helpful!