Pumpkins and Puppies

I’ve decided tonight will be a pumpkin kind of night.  I know it’s Halloween but between the cute and scary kids knocking on my door begging for candy I want to have something constructive to do.  The husband and I did buy pumpkins and I’ve decided we actually need to carve them (a little late!) but I also want to bake pumpkin bread and pumpkin coookies.  The bread will be homemade like all my bread is but the cookies, well, I’m going to use a mix.  Homemade cookies and my oven just don’t mix; or maybe it’s me.  Whatever.  Anyways, I have this 1950’s oven stove that I absolutely love because it has a workspace and drawers, etc. but it is very tempermental.  For example, meats have  to be cooked around ten minutes less than normal and set about 25 degrees below what I would use in a normal oven.  Breads and other delicate things are about 50 degrees below normal but have to be cooked longer.  I know it may be difficult and any one other than me and DH that use the oven or stovetop will burn everything but I still love that stove. 

On another note, tonight is my puppy’s first night of obedience training.  Why on Halloween?  I’m not real sure.  He was actually supposed to start classes over a month ago but he had Parvo (yes, he’s been vaccinated.  The vet said it was a very ‘virulent’ strain that was going around is why he got it anyways) and I wanted to wait until he wasn’t infectious anymore.  I’m super-excited about him going to these classes though because he is a little uncontrollable.  He is now almost nine months old and has lots of energy and can’t stop moving long enough to listen.  Usually, I train my dogs myself but I’m not having the least bit of luck with him.  So, this trainer is supposed to be amazing.  He actually trains German Shephards for all the area K-9 units.  Maybe Bram will do better training with him (I guess I get to be trained too though!). 

Bram, one of my furbabies

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3 thoughts on “Pumpkins and Puppies

  1. ivfmale says:

    I think a normal oven is as common as a normal family. We all dream about it but they don’t really exists. Every oven I’ve ever had took a couple months to learn its quirks.

    The most common problem i see with homemade cookies is people trying to soften the butter in the microwave. Melted butter ruins cookies! Let the butter sit out for about 15 to 20 minutes. And it’s okay if you have a few small chunks of butter left after mixing. Over mixing will cause the butter to melt like in the microwave.

    Butter has tiny liquid/air bubbles trapped inside from the churning process. When softened butter is used, the cookie in the oven behaves like this. First the outside butter melts sealing in the cookie. Then the butter inside melts and the liquid and air stays trapped inside keeping the cookie moist and fluffy. With melted butter the liquid/air has already escaped causing the cookie to fall flat.

    I hope that helps and you will give homemade cookies another try. 🙂

    And good luck with the puppy training.

    • Samantha says:

      Thanks for the info! I tried not melting the butter in the microwave and it did help a lot. I was kind of amazed how much actually. The cookies tasted good AND looked good. The puppy training also went well. It turns out Bram is really a genius underneath the hyperactive, mouthy puppy exterior.

      • ivfmale says:

        Awesome!!! My ex wife always complained how my baked cookies always turned out better than hers with the same recipe. The only difference was I let my butter soften naturally. She would rush it trying to use the microwave.

        Now when I hear about some unhappy with their homemade cookies…I know it’s probably a butter problem. 😀

        Happy to help.

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