Good morning and happy Monday to you, here is just a peek at what I was up to this weekend”¦

Monster Cookies - Ashley Brooke Designs

Photo 1. You literally can not pry me out of the kitchen. ALL I want to do lately is stir, whip, bake, freeze, boil, blend… you name it. There is just something about the Fall that makes me never want to stop cooking (and baking)!! So I thought I’d share my latest culinary adventure, The Monster Cookie (<– seems fitting for the month of October, right?!). We used to make these all the time when I was growing up, and haven’t made them in years! So when I came accross this recipe on Pinterest I instantly made a grocery list! Gosh these are good!! // P.S. Here are a two recipes from my Fall kitchen addiction from the past few weeks–> Squash Soup & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monster Cookies 
1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup m&ms
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 peanut butter chips 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  
Start by combining the butter, brown and white sugars in a large bowl using a hand/stand mixer or your own brute strength.  Add the peanut butter, stir again.  Add the egg, stir, vanilla stir.  
Measure in the baking soda and flour and stir just until combined.  Stir in the oats, m&ms, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.  
Scoop using a cookie scoop or two teaspoons measuring about 2 tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat mat or sprayed with cooking spray (just in case).  Press down gently as they do not spread on their own.  
Bake for 9-10 minutes but no longer.  You want these to stay soft.  Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes then move to a cooling rack.  
Pumpkin Vase via Ashley Brooke Designs
Photo 2. Okay I know, I’ve totally gone a little Pinterest happy, but HOW CUTE IS THIS PUMPKIN VASE I MADE (yes, all caps was necessary!!)??!! Honestly, I can not handle the cuteness. I love it so much I’ve been toting it from room to room with me, if I’m in the office then it is on my desk, in the kitchen… it’s on the counter, in the living room… coffee table. You get the picture, I love it and you need to make this ASAP!!
Pumpkins & Mums via Ashley Brooke Designs
Photo 3: I planted new mums this weekend and I can’t wait for all of them to bloom… but in the mean time, there are pumpkins, and a very very cute pup on my porch. Did I mention that I love Fall?!
I hope your weekend was equally as lovely, but for now I am off to go get this week started! I hope your Monday is off to a fabulous start and cheers to a productive week ahead!

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