This feels so surreal to say but #welcome to our first ever blog post. It's definitely not something we've ever done before so bear with us as we figure these things out together :)
Here at L&D, we hope you all are enjoying the season as much as we are.
We are doing all the things we love, visiting the pumpkin patch, eating all the apple cider donuts, drinking all the pumpkin spice lattes and celebrating all the birthdays (we have a lot of those in this season, haha!) Don't you just love this time of year? The crisp weather, the colors, the activities & most of all, the food & flavors! Of course it comes with its fair share of “busy-ness” between back to school and the #holidays but so much fun nonetheless.
Can we talk about that for a moment? "Busy-ness." Why is it that our society puts so much pressure on being busy, we wear it like a badge of honor & take pride in our color coded calendars that don’t give us a minute to breathe— unless of course, we schedule it in between soccer practice and piano, and can't forget making an appetizing dinner for the whole fam (which can be its own obstacle in it of itself!) It's honestly so anxiety inducing and really not necessary in order to live a full life. Why do we do that to ourselves, though? Why not take a few things and do them well and actually enjoy them instead of doing all the things and just feeling stressed the entire time.
Many years ago a mentor said this quote to me and I have never forgotten it— “shoot like an arrow not like a shot gun”. In other words, be intentional, have 1 or 2 things that you’re focusing on, don’t try to do everything and end up doing all of them half heartedly. Shooting like a shot gun makes us spread ourselves to thin and that leads to us not being the best version of ourselves that we potentially could be! Instead of saying yes to all the things, we should prioritize saying yes to the right things-- this alone can change our lives and our stress levels drastically.
If I could #encourage you today, when it comes to your kids and spouse, they don’t want #instagram worthy pictures of your fall bucket list, what they want is quality time, together. I’ll even take it further and say you all need the quality time together (you included!) Take this #weekend and pick one thing to do as a #family. Pick a #recipe and let your kids take the reins (this translates to 800 different kinds of sprinkles on one cookie and that’s ok, just let it happen). #Laugh together, make #memories and create #traditions that will last a lifetime! I promise your family will love it and you will be filled to the brim.
To inspire your fall #baking here’s a super #simple #treat we will be making this rainy weekend! They are only 3 ingredients and are so quick to make. Its one of our #favorites so we hope you enjoy them!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 Box Spice Cake Mix (we like Trader Joes brand but any one will do!)
1 15 oz can of Pumpkin Puree (Not pie filling)
1 Cup Chocolate chips
Mix everything all together until combined. Use a cookie scoop to place large scoops of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 375º for 10-12 minutes.
*You do not make the cake mix, just use the dry mix
*Although I omitted this step, I highly recommend you let the dough chill for at least 30 minutes before baking
*I let the cookies sit out over night THEN I put in a Tupperware or glass container. Otherwise they get kind of mushy. You can even store in the fridge to avoid them getting mushy.
*You can sub the spice cake mix with carrot mix too or even chocolate cake mix (basically any cake mix will do, just let your heart decide!)
*This is not an ad or sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own
It's really that simple! All done and you have a delicious treat to enjoy with the family while you watch a movie, relax and get ready for the week ahead.
As always we are here to remind you to --- Stay lovely & stay dapper!
Happy baking :)