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For the last three years, I have made Thanksgiving dinner and this year, for the first time, I spent it at my in-laws house. It felt weird not contributing, so I asked what I could bring/help with. It was decided that I would bring a pumpkin pie, but then I got the itch to make this delicious cranberry cake that my aunt makes, so I made that too.

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Really, this is just a cake pan full of butter and sugar. I was shocked when I made it (this was the first time). Because of that, it is, of course, super yummy! And I think the secret ingredient is almond extract. It just adds a little something that you don’t get from vanilla. So, here’s the cake, the homemade cream cheese frosting, and the cake all put together and cut.

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Here’s the finished pumpkin pie. I attempted to make a pumpkin for the middle of the cake with a little of the left over crust. Looks more like an apple, huh? Tasted good though!

On Friday, I actually ended up making our own little personal Thanksgiving meal so we could have the leftovers at home to eat throughout the weekend. My MIL sent us home with some turkey and sweet potatoes on Thursday, but Thursday night before we went to bed, the hubs had already devoured the turkey. It worked out well and we had leftovers to eat all weekend. Now the countdown is on until Christmas!

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Last weekend was our first weekend in our new apartment and after spending all day Saturday unpacking miscellaneous boxes, I really had the urge to make Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I’m not sure what it was.  Maybe it was that my mom used to make them, seemingly, every Sunday, so they make it feel like home.  Maybe it was just that I wanted the smell of something homemade in the apartment.  Either way, while the hubs spent hours playing video games, I ran to the store and got all the goods I needed to make cookies.  I might have eaten a little dough in the process too!

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I’m not really sure where this recipe came from.  My mom has been making it as long as I can remember and it’s really, really good.  Give it a go.  Let me know what you think!

Put 2 sticks of butter in a mixing bowl and let them soften.
Add 1 cup of crisco (they sell 1 cup packages in sets of 3).
Mix.
Add 1.5 cups brown sugar, 1.5 cups white sugar, 1 Tbsp vanilla.
Mix until smooth.
Add 4 eggs, mixing after each.
Add 1.25 tsp baking soda & 1 tsp salt.
Mix.
Add 4.5 cups of flour mixing after each cup. I usually mix by hand after 4 cups because my mixer just can’t handle the thickness. You can add a little extra flour if needed.
Fold in 1 bag of chocolate chips or M&Ms.
Add nuts as desired.
Bake at 350 for about 11-12 minutes.
(Makes a ton!)