Baby Brain.. with room for food.

Now that I'm officially on maternity leave (woot, woot!) I thought I'd have all this time for blogging but, unfortunately, that hasn't exactly been the case. I have baby brain. As in, baby on the brain all. the. time. Maybe it's this giant belly growing out of me or the little munchkin doing summersaults inside, but to say my mind is otherwise occupied is an understatement.

All my free time seems to be spent sewing, decorating, organizing and just thinking about how in approximately 3 weeks my life is about to change forever. It's kind of a big deal, yes? I guess that's why there isn't much room in there for much else. So please bear with me with all the baby talk, baby items and general lack of variety on this here blog. I'm doing my best to show restraint and not show you every cute baby item I come across (though I'm still going to show you some ;)

Luckily, I've still got room up in that ol' noggin for food... babies and food. This time of year I always get a craving for pumpkin. I came home from the grocery store with 3 cans today. I'm on the hunt for a new fall pumpkin recipe and in the meantime I think I'll be revisiting these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies ASAP.

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mmmm, pumpkin. Please send recipes!

Christine

14 comments:

  1. oh I'll have to try a recipe for those cookies! Baby brain only gets worse- I hate to tell ya. I have a three month old and keep thinking one day I will wake up and have my memory back!

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  2. :)


    3 weeks? Where did the time go?

    We have 5 weeks...but we are going to start trying (naturally, with the midwife) in 1.5 weeks. We don't want to miss the deadline by too many days since its VBAC and late baby = cesarean.

    I am hustling this morning to get my son's Halloween costume built. Because 1.5 weeks? That is TOO SOON!

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  3. I get the whole "occupied mind" thing...even on babies. I'm not pregnant, what's my excuse? (And yes, I'm totally done having babies. Though I've had a very fleeting thought of a 4th...more than once. Then I say "hello" to reality again. Ha!)

    I think if you didn't have baby on the brain at this point, that would be a problem. ;)

    You need to stop posting food pictures. My lunch is not ready and it's just not nice. (But they looooook so nice. Yum.)

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  4. I've had baby brain for a long time... and I've still got a ways to go :) 3 weeks!!! Yay!!!!!!!

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  5. Here is a good one for you!!
    Can't wait for baby to arrive, I am so excited for you guys! Love Me :)

    Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake wuth gingersnap crust

    Ginger Snap Crust
    1/2 cup butter
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup molasses
    1 egg
    2 cups flour
    1tsp baking soda
    1tsp ground ginger
    3/4 tsp ground cloves
    3/4 tsp cinnamon
    pinch of salt

    Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter. Add sugar and molasses. Scrape bowl. Add egg, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Add flour until combined. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Shape about 1tbsp of dough into a ball, place on cookie sheet about 3" apart. Press lightly with fingers to flatten. Bake for 10-12 mins. Cookies should be left overnight to dry out.


    Cheesecake:

    12oz softened cream cheese
    1/4 cup sugar
    3/4 cup whipping cream
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 egg
    1 egg yolk
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp ground cloves

    Directions:
    Once cookies are dried out, process into crumbs.

    Preheat oven to 350. Ccombine gingersnap crumbs with 1/3 cup melted butter. Press into bottom of 8-10" springform pan. Bake 10 mins to set crust. Set aside to cool

    Adjust oven temp to 250

    In a large mixing bowl, beat cream chesse until smooth. Scrape bowl. Add sugar, whipping cream and sour cream. Beat well and scrape bpwl.Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl. Mixture should be very smooth at this point. Add pumpkin puree, brown sugar and spices just until combined.

    Pour cheesecake batter over ginger snap crust. Place in oven at 250 and bake for 1.5-2 hours. Cheesecake is done when the centre is set but still has a slight jiggle and when the edge of the cake begins to pull away fromt the sides of the pan. Allow cheese cake to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge.

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  6. Just saw this and remembered your post. Head on over it's pumpkin recipes galore!

    http://www.eatliveshop.com/2011/10/recipes-pumpkin-desserts.html

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  7. Just 3 more weeks? Wow! Those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies will be the perfect thing to keep you patiently waiting until then!

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  8. Hooray for maternity leave! And only 3 weeks to go - oh my goodness, what an absolutely exciting time this must be. I'll keep checking in for updates, you know, in case the baby decides to come a little early ;)
    xo

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  9. I would be all about nesting at this point too - enjoy these last few weeks! And thanks for linking up those cookies again, I will be making these : )

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  10. Mmm...is right! Christine, I love pumpkin flavoured goodies. Except for pumpkin pie. Strange I know, but I've never really cared for it!
    I love reading about your baby blog posts...so never worry about me tiring of them ;)
    I am thrilled for you and your hubby. Wishing you a fabulous last 3 weeks of pregnancy. Can't wait to see the nursery and your baby photos!!!

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  11. To funny, when I was pregnant with Calleigh I LOVED anything pumpkin..I'm hoping for pumpkin pie this weekend! Happy Thanksgiving, x

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  12. You are entitled to be preoccupied with babies. Enjoy the time! I made those cookies recently and substituted applesauce for the oil as per a reader suggestion. They ended up being like little cakes which I thought was great but my kids didn't groove on.

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  13. i can attest that these cookies are ridiculously delicious :) :) thank you!!

    i also highly recommend this recipe: http://bakedbree.com/pumpkin-gooey-butter-cake

    and dq pumpkin pie blizzards ;)

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  14. I have a recipe for you that I made the other day ... they were a huge hit!

    http://thestirringplace.blogspot.com/2011/09/snickerdoodle-and-pumpkin-cream-cheese.html

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