eating Wendy’s chili and reading email. Been in Utah for three days (SS strategy and yearly planning meetings) Man I LOVE my team at Simple — what an amazing group of dedicated, passionate, smart women (seriously.) So fun to look back and look ahead and be grateful. For more, read Angie’s blog
highlights (in no particular order)
1. seeing everyone (including Cathy who I don’t get to see often enough)
2. holding and reading pages and projects from Elizabeth Dillow’s upcoming book — which are all in the photo studio being propped and *you guessed it* photographed.
3. getting a copy of Rebecca Cooper’s NEW book Real. Life. Scrapbooking (I have a copy to give away too! Stay tuned) it’s gorgeous!!
4. eating Lynda A’s pumpkin/ginger cookie (see below for recipe) I’m a big pumpkin fan, so I’ll be adding these to my fall line-up of must bake items.
5. sitting next to and being amazed by Wendy’s brilliant and observing nature. I so dig Wendy. You are so going to die (in a good way) when you see her book!!
6. getting to meet Leslie, who has followed her dream and launched scrapwords.com — so very proud of and happy for her. Go see what she has done, read her blog and leave her a "way to go" message.
overall, the chance to just share and listen and be heard by people you love and adore — so very, very good for one’s soul (like cookies and milk good)
Lynda’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies
1 cup pumpkin (small can is 1 1/2 cups, a large can is 3 cups)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 egg, well beaten before adding
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger (the spice kind)
2 teaspoons baking powder
Scant teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup chopped crystallized ginger
Omit ginger spice and replace crystallized ginger with chocolate chips
Combine wet ingredients plus sugar in one bowl.
Combine dry ingredients in a second. Add dry ingredients to wet, mix thoroughly with wooden spoon.
Drop by tablespoons on to a greased cookie sheet. (Mixture does not spread much at all, so cookies can be placed close together.)
Bake at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes.