Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies

In honor of National Pumpkin Day and because we love pumpkin at our house (well,
some of us do anyway), I'm sharing a fun recipe for delicious Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Cookies. I combined my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe with these delicious pumpkin
spice chips I picked up at the market the other day. I knew I could put them to good use
and when I made Oatmeal Scotchies the other day, it hit me that these pumpkin chips
would work perfectly to make a fun pumpkin treat.

If you love all things pumpkin or have some in your house, then it's time to whip up a
batch of these and make those tummies happy! They are quick and easy to bake up,
the leave your house smelling delicious, and they are super yummy. They have the right
bit of spice and pumpkin. So, even if you're not a pumpkin lover, you just might like them.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon (and maybe a dash more)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups quick oats or old fashioned oats
10 oz bag pumpkin spice chips


{1} Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

{2} Cream together in your mixer the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. It takes 
about 2-3 minutes to get the right fluffiness.

{3} Beat the in the eggs and vanilla until well combined.

{4} In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats. I have
used both quick and old fashioned oats and I like them the same. The old fashioned
oats are larger and so they make the cookies slightly chewier, but still delicious.

{5} Spray or line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Then, using a large cookie
scoop drop 12 scoops of dough 2" apart.

{6} Bake for about 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for
at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Do you love pumpkin? 
What's your favorite fall recipe to whip 
up with this delicious ingredient?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Family Fun at Rockin' Jump Orange County

Disclosure: We received admission to Rockin' Jump for review purposes. All opinions are our own.

The kids love trampoline parks. They are a great place to have fun, work out energy,
and do cool tricks. Rockin' Jump Orange County is the ultimate trampoline park that
combines trampolines trampolines, foam pits, and a rock climbing feature all into one
big place to have fun as a family. They do require all jumpers to purchase and wear 
a pair of reusable Rockin' Socks. No other outside socks are allowed.

But it's so much more than just a trampoline park - it's a birthday party destination!
There are private party rooms, a lounge where parents and pooped out jumpers can
catch their breath, and event a cafe to fuel your body so you're ready for more jumping.

Grace loved the foam cube pits. She could practice her balance on the beam and have
fun jousts with her big brother. We were there on an afternoon when there weren't many
people. The X-Beam has rules about jousting with those of your own size and legal
hits and such, but since the kids had the beam to themselves, they just had a good
time playing around with one another.

There were lots and lots trampolines for a lot of jumping space. Each of my kids jumped
to their heart's content and always had their own space for bouncing all over the place.
They never complained that there wasn't anything to do. We've had that happen to us
at other jump parks, so that was refreshing.

This part of Rockin' Jump was Grace's favorite. It had three trampolines that launched
you into onto an air-filled stunt bag. It was a really cool attraction and loved doing her
cool tricks into the bag and then starting all over again.

The Vertigo Climbing Tower was a favorite with Isabella. She climbed it a handful of 
times while we were there. When you get to the top, you can ring the buzzer to let
everyone know that you made it. I think there were 6 different spots for climbers, so
you could race your friends to the top and the wait was never too long.

There were also Slam Dunk Zones and Dodge Ball Arenas. JT had fun showing off his
basketball dunking skills in the Slam Dunk Zone. We didn't really play dodge ball, but
there were other guests in there having a great time.

The VIP birthday area had Isabella begging to have her birthday party at Rockin' Jump.
It's on the same floor as the attractions and even has a cool balloon drop above your
head. It definitely looks like a fun place to have your birthday party.

We also happened to be there on a Neon Jumpnight and it was so cool! The lights go
out, the strobe lights and black lights come on and the music is pumping. You definitely
want to white or glow-in-the-dark clothes to make it even more fun. Isabella loved
climbing the Vertigo Climbing Tower while all the cool light effects were going.

Neon Jumpnight is super cool and I guarantee that everyone will love it! My kids said
it was their favorite part of our jump time. Grace was in her element with the music
and she was dancing all over the place. I couldn't keep her in one place. She went from
one attraction to the other and had a fabulous time.

We had a blast at Rockin' Jump Orange County and the kids can't wait to get back.
I will definitely be looking into having Isabella's birthday there.

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TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #308

Sunday was our Primary Program at church and it is my favorite Sunday
of the year. Both JT and Isabella sang in small groups and did such a great
job. Little Miss Grace won't be old enough for 2 more years, but I bet she'll
be the kid that yells into the microphone and makes everyone snicker . . .
because you know, there's always one of those every year.

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

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I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!


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