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So after I finally made my first post about making Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies, my husband came home and read me the riot act because:

A) Why would I make my first post about a so-so recipe?

B) Why would I mess up a perfectly delicious pumpkin cookie (his No. 1 on the dessert list, by the way) by putting chocolate chips in it?

Well, thanks a lot, dear! I thought you’d be happy that I finally got off my lazy you know what and posted something (he actually was really happy I posted something) … I understand what he was trying to say, but I explained to him that not all recipes come out perfectly and that’s part of what I want this blog to be all about. This is a real-life kitchen where the dishes don’t always come out tasty and the photos are snapped quickly with my  iPhone — not a pseudo-professional-high-resolution-with-super-duper-crazy-lens camera and a food prep assistant on the side.

For me, presentation isn’t everything — the journey on the way to the yummy outcome is. So if you want to hear about what worked/didn’t work/what I substituted because I didn’t have it in the kitchen and already had a glass or two of wine and couldn’t run to the store so I made do, then you’ve found the right place. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for perfection, well, move right along, because that is definitely not what you’re going to find here! 🙂

I’m just lucky my husband loves me because of my imperfections. Stay tuned for some pictures and recipes from the this past weekend, when we ventured into grilling stuffed flank steak for the first time.

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Olas & Chanclas | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesWith the girls at home (school holiday) and the hubby at work and the sun not exactly making an appearance this morning, I decided to make some cookies. Pumpkin are a favorite in the house and I never got around to making them at Christmas time (boo me), so I figured now’s as good a time as any. But I didn’t want to frost them, I wanted to try something different. Well, not something spectacularly imaginative … I just wanted to add some chocolate chips (dark chocolate, thank you!)

After checking out a couple of Pinterest recipes and other Google searches, I decided to use my tried-and-true Pumpkin-Pecan Cookies with Brown-Sugar Butter Frosting recipe (sans the frosting, of course). I always add fresh ground nutmeg (and this time I also added some ground cloves—oh, and extra pumpkin).

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