So, a couple months ago, a friend asked if I would have her over to share organizational tips, recipes, how I cook for a family real/whole food all in the reality of “mom life”. I said yes- the word got around and there were 4 moms at this kind-of cooking class a month ago. This past Monday was my second cooking class, and there were 8 moms in attendance. It went fairly well considering there were about 15 children also in attendance. The moms went home with a couple delicious meals and some yummy pumpkin cooking (whole grain and honey sweetened). They also went home with a few new tools for easy and cheap dinners: how to cook a pumpkin, how to cook a whole chicken, 50 easy recipes for what to do with a whole chicken, and how to make stock from a chicken. They went home with a whole chicken to roast, the additions to making their own stock from the chicken, all the makings- ready to go- for Minestrone soup, and the pumpkin cookies.

Next month, we will be making a few changes: probably a kidless format or kids with babysitters, I think we will only do 1 meal, and I will focus more on the skill we are developing through whatever theme/recipe I choose. Followed up with some tasting of the food and Q and A time. I love to cook and love to share it with others!

Pumpkin Cookies

1. Cook the pumpkin- use a Sugar Pumpkin (baking pumpkin)- just put it in your oven at 350 until it is soft- poke it to check. Cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds. Scoop out the pulp- puree in a food processor (or use a potato masher if you are going more primitive).

2. Use the pumpkin for whatever you want: pie, cookies, bread, add to oatmeal, muffins, add to a smoothie, pancakes/waffles…

Cookies- Whole Grain and Honey Sweetened

Pumpkin Cookies

1 stick of butter

¾ cup honey

1 cup pureed pumpkin (roast the pumpkin in the oven WHOLE for 1 hour or until the pumpkin is soft- cut- scoop out seeds- then scoop out pulp- puree

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

3 cups rolled oats

-Possible additions: walnuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips-

Heat oven to 350. Beat all together. Drop onto cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes.

FYI replacing sugar with honey is about half as much honey as sugar. You may need to add a couple tablespoons of extra flour but not always. Base this decision off your knowledge of what the sugared recipe consistency is normally like. AND you can add 1/8 tsp of baking soda for every CUP of honey you use in a recipe.