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I’m a bit late getting my post up this week, but I’ve got a good excuse: today is Shane’s 30th birthday so I’ve been busy celebrating! :) (I can’t let the occasion pass without a few more words about Shane but if you stopped by hoping to read about this week’s SMS and would rather skip the birthday talk, feel free to scroll down.) If you read my blog regularly (or follow me on Twitter), you’ve probably already learned a thing or two about Shane: he’s an equal opportunity hater of all fruits and vegetables and triathlete/runner extraordinaire. Just last weekend, he completed his first half-marathon in a terrific time of 1:54:07! It was a fun day (even for spectators) – here are a few shots:

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So, I’ve shared a bit about Shane, but I haven’t told you everything. One of my favorite things about him is that he really is a kid at heart – playful, fun and always able to look on the bright side. It’s the perfect complement to my often impatient, over-stressed, type A personality. Next weekend we’re having a party to celebrate the big day (stop by next Sunday to read all about it) but for today, happy birthday Shane!
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SMS Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Cakes
This week’s SMS was chosen by Debbie of Everyday Blessings of the Five Dee’s: spiced pumpkin cookie cakes! Pumpkin – the perfect fall ingredient and one I’ll be baking with quite a bit over the next few weeks! Speaking of fall, where did it go?? It’s been so cold here lately and today it’s even been snowing!
This may be the first time in quite a while I haven’t scaled a recipe back. I made the whole thing figuring I’d freeze some of the cookies for snacks another time and I’m really glad I did. I’m a huge fan of cake-like cookies and these definitely fit the bill. They’re soft, tender and when sandwiched with cream cheese filling, just delicious! The recipe suggests piping the dough onto the prepared baking sheets and though I was too lazy to do that this time, I may try it next time in the hopes of achieving more cookies of the same size. I had to mix and match a lot of my cookies to make my sandwiches!
SMS Spiced Pumpkin Cookie Cakes
Thanks to Debbie for hosting this week! You can find the recipe on her blog or in the book. Stop by the SMS site to see the rest of the bakers’ pumpkin treats.