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My boyfriend, Dash, is a total textbook contrarian. So the other morning, as I’m whipping up these easy-as-pie cookies, he walks in and asks what I’m making.

When I tell him they’re pumpkin snickerdoodles, he cringes and says, “I hate pumpkin. And snickerdoodles.”

What?!

ANYWHO, I continue going about my business and he forgets all about the cookies. Later that night, he goes hunting for a snack and emerges from the kitchen, munching on one of these little gems.

His eyes light up, and then it hits him: turns out he likes pumpkin. AND snickerdoodles.

**mic drop**

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Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For dipping:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamondoughballs

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Set aside.
  2. In a standing mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until just combined (don’t overmix). With the mixer on low, add in the egg yolk, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Scrape down sides, and slowly add in the dry ingredients from the first bowl.
  3. Place dough in the refrigerator and chill for one hour. While dough chills, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Roll dough into 1 tbsp balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar topping.
  6. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, remove them while they still look a teensy bit undercooked (they continue to bake even after being removed from the oven!)

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The other day, I was shopping for something cute and chic to display on my porch for fall.
I was thinking “Vogue,” but all the stores within my budget were clearly thinking “Classroom Halloween Party.”
Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed.

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But since I’m a DIY kind of girl, I figured I’d just spray paint some cheap foam pumpkins and embellish them myself. So, feeling self-sufficient and resourceful, I grabbed an armful of garishly bright foam pumpkins from the dollar store.

The next day, I set to work spray painting them. It was then that I learned something new:

Spray paint eats foam. FAST.

Back to the drawing board! After a quick trip to my local grocery store, I returned with real pumpkins that didn’t disintegrate when they came into contact with paint. And you know what? They cost only a few cents more than the crappy ones!

pumpkin-soloSo, if you’re like me and don’t want to spend a ton or embark on a pumpkin carving nightmare, this is a fabulous project to herald the new season.

Overall, this sweet array of pumpkins only cost me $9.50!

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Supplies:

  • 4 small pumpkins (called “pie pumpkins”) – $5.00
  • 1 marbled pumpkin from Target – $3.00
  • 1 mini can of Krylon gold spray paint – $1.50
  • A little leftover interior paint from my front door project

Instructions:

  1. Lay down a flattened trash bag in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Paint and spray pumpkins, picking up by the stem to cover the bottoms.
  3. Allow to dry completely, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Arrange your funky pumpkin patch as a centerpiece or porch decor!

How do y’all decorate YOUR pumpkins? I want to know!

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