Pumpkin Cookies, Sunday Strolls and Pretty Packaging

I used to dread the last day of the weekend when I was in school. It was a day spent studying and doing all the homework I saved for the weekend when I'd have "more time."

Now that I have just over two years in the working world under my belt, I've grown to really appreciate Saturday's quieter counterpart. It's my day to relax and recharge before the week begins. 

This past Sunday was especially lovely. I woke up to the sun streaming through my bedroom window, feeling especially well-rested (thanks Daylight Savings!) It didn't take me long to convince myself that chocolate chip pumpkin cookies would be a perfectly acceptable breakfast. (Side note: at what point in the year is it no longer reasonable to put pumpkin in anything and everything?) I tried this recipe from Yammie's Noshery. Unlike other pumpkin cookie recipes out there, this one resulted in a chewier, less cakey cookie. Jackpot! With the exception of cake and cake doughnuts, I like my desserts to be the opposite of cakey (read: dense and fudgy). I do wish they would have had a bit more pumpkin flavor, so I might try adding more next time.

I spent the afternoon window shopping and catching up with a good friend. It was one of those uncharacteristically warm fall days that make me want to be outside to soak up every last minute. Maria and I strolled around the neighborhood, stopping into shops here and there. We popped into June Upscale Resale. This store situated on Lyndale Avenue always catches my eye with their adorable window displays but I never ventured inside--until now. It's one of those stores that makes you want to move right in--especially the shoe-lined room with the giant vintage mirror in the back. We perused the well-priced inventory of designer duds at June for a bit before heading next door to Belle Weather. Although I didn't end up buying anything, I had the biggest smile on my face at the end of the day. Is there anything better than a heart-to-heart with a best friend while shopping? Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase retail therapy.

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After shopping all afternoon, the last thing I wanted to do was go to the grocery store. Grocery shopping is right up there with laundry on the list of weekend chores I wish someone else would do for me. Anyway, this week's trip wasn't so bad when I stumbled across this adorable packaging for a wheel of Brie cheese. I'm not even the biggest fan of Brie, but I how could I not buy it? Not that my apartment doesn't already contain a ridiculous amount of Eiffel tower-adorned items...

-Stephanie