Pumpkin Spice French Macarons

Pumpkin Spice French Macarons

I have a serious love affair with pumpkin.

And while I realize that this is, quite possibly, the most unoriginal statement that I could write in this generation of pumpkin-obsessed, UGG boot-wearing, fall-loving 20-somethings, it’s the truth.

Pumpkin Spice French Macarons

I. love. pumpkin. everything.

Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin candles. Pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin yogurt.

But let’s be clear about one thing.  I loved pumpkin long before loving pumpkin was cool.

Pumpkin Spice French Macarons

I’m not just a bandwagon pumpkin lover. Oh no. Pumpkin and I go waaaaay back. Back before that Starbucks barista marked “PSL” on a white cup for the very first time, before Trader Joe’s carried 500 different pumpkin-flavored items, pumpkin and I were a thing.

Pumpkin Spice French Macarons

I’ve had years to cultivate a very sophisticated pumpkin-inspired palate, and I have to say, I’ve outdone myself this time.

Pumpkin spice French macarons.

Let’s just call these little bites of heaven my “Happy Autumn!” gift to you. From one pumpkin-lover to another, you’re welcome.

Pumpkin Spice French Macarons

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes, you just need chocolate.

Like when your to-do list is a bazillion items long and you’re trying and failing to make tacos for dinner because your toddler hid your jar of cumin and the shelf holding all of your stemware falls down for no apparent reason and you get your very first NYC parking ticket because you were four minutes late in moving your car on street cleaning day.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hypothetically-speaking, of course. (But not really.)

And on those days, those particularly trying, so-frustrating-you-end-up-laughing-just-to-keep-from-crying days, nothing but chocolate will do.

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Lemon Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

Lemon Sugar Cookie SandwichesToday is my 27th birthday. And while there’s nothing particularly special about the 27th year of one’s life, I think year 27 was a pretty fantastic one. Crazy, yes. But also fantastic.

In my 27th year, I survived my first full year of parenting. 365 days. And I was mama to an adorable tiny person for all of them. My almost-two-year-old is still alive, healthy, and happy (well, most of the time, anyway…cue melodramatic meltdown of the day). Am I now a parenting expert? Not by any stretch of the imagination. But I think I’ve earned the title of “mom who finally has some idea of how this parenting thing works” in my 27th year. Success.

Lemon Sugar Cookie SandwichesIn my 27th year, I held down the home front while my husband was in Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment. Our house was still standing when he returned. Our child was still alive (see above). I retained the majority of my sanity. And I finally learned exactly who I am and what I’m capable of. Oh, and I made some crazy amazing friends who made those months a lot more bearable. Deployments have a way of bringing people into your life just when you need them the most. I’m looking at you, Kelly and Hannah!

In my 27th year, I had the sweetest reunion of my entire life to date. A nine-month separation really has a way of reminding you of all of the reasons you love someone!

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