Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkin Oatmeal Scotchies

Holy Smokes!  I can't believe that it is almost time to flip my calendar to November.  I have been super busy lately, hence the scarcity of posts.  That is my excuse for why I have made it this far into Fall without posting any pumpkin recipes.  Shame on me!

But I promise the wait is worth it.  I made these yummy pumpkin oatmeal scotchies this weekend and had to share them ASAP.  Pumpkin is just perfect in any form this time of year.  But there is nothing cozier than warm cookies with the flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.  Then add the heartiness of oatmeal and the sweet deliciousness of butterscotch chips, and you have one amazing treat!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning Mix

When I was a kid, my mom used to make this fantastic dip that I loved with potato chips.  It was a real culinary achievement--a packet of Ranch seasoning mix stirred into a tub of sour cream.  While it may not have been a challenge, it was one of my favorites!  Sometimes the simple things in life are the best.

Fast forward to adulthood.  The first time I was on my own and craving some of this delicious dip, I headed to the store to pick up a packet of Ranch seasoning.  Being a broke college student, I was quite disheartened at how much they cost.  It's just a few herbs spices put together, right?  I checked the ingredient list thinking that it must have flecks of gold in it or something.  Nope.  I guess the MSG must cost extra.  I have purchased it a few times since then, but it was always begrudgingly.  And now, enter Pinterest.