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I was home on Feb. 14 because my older girls didn’t have school due to President’s Day weekend and daycare was closed for my younger two. So I worked from home while my kids ran around the house, rode their Razors, made a pirate ship in the front yard and then waited eagerly as I strapped the 4-month-old baby to me in the Bjorn, threw the 21-month-old tornado into the stroller and shepherded them out the back gate and into town for a frozen yogurt treat.

My plan was to pick up filets at the local butcher and surprise the hubs with a yummy meal. Even though I hate Valentine’s Day, I still like to surprise him with something special (usually it’s just something sweet I’ve baked — never do I spend money on anything of no practical use and he knows I’ll punch him in the face if he strays from this agreement). However, I didn’t notice the guy behind the meat counter putting the Flinstone-esque double-cut filets into the butcher paper. So, basically, SEVENTY DOLLARS later, instead of just FIVE steaks I had TEN. I figured, well, we haven’t splurged in a while, and it couldn’t be much more than when we take the whole family out for pizza (I won’t break down the bill for you, just keep in mind that we walk to the restaurant and mommy and daddy enjoy a few libations). Although my children love to eat filet (because, frankly, who doesn’t?!), we were now going to be eating steak for who knows how many days straight. Lesson learned: Let the hubs buy the steak and stick to the sweet stuff. But I digress …

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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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