The Starbucks red cups have been in stores since November 1 and have always heralded the start of the winter holidays for me. This year the red cups seemed especially seasonally celebratory thanks to an email series my former roomie Sarah started to chronicle every day between Nov 1 and Dec 25 to celebrate the coming of Christmas. She has extolled the Christmas-y joy of the red cups, and her excitement is usually infectious. Starbucks is a treat in this house, and an extra-special treat with all this build-up!
For our journey to drink from a red cup, Elliott packed some old-fashioned soft pumpkin cookies, which I made a couple of days ago with my fourth can of pumpkin so far this fall. Here’s a photo that will hopefully make you want to come over and sip coffee with me while we discuss knitting projects and eat cookies…
Anyway, back to our journey to Starbucks. We decided we had to work for our rewards, so we were going to take a long walk to a large downtown Starbucks. We set off on that chilly Thursday with Lena’s Peter Rabbit blanket tucked around her legs in the stroller.
First stop was at the San Antonio Art League Museum, which is down the street from our house. Elliott snapped this gorgeous photo of Lena in their permanent collection upstairs.
Next we slipped into the steamy warmth of The Filling Station Café, a former car repair shop that has been transformed into a popular lunch spot. We all read the paper while we waited for our pizza. Reading the paper was easier for some than others.
And finally, on to Starbucks! After a long walk, we pushed the stroller into the cozy store, interlaced our fingers behind our backs, and studied the menu. It didn’t take long to decide. Peppermint mochas for both of us. Ahhh. Christmas is coming!
Near the Starbucks is Hemisfair Park, which has a fabulous playground that reminds me of my favorite childhood playground in Australia. We introduced Lena to slides for the first time, and she loved them! (This was her last ride down the slid out of many, during which Elliott sent her down and I caught her, and photos were impossible to take. That baby traveled fast.)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
- 1 cup 100% pumpkin (Libby’s)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Glaze (see below)
- Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips or nuts
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease baking sheets.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and set aside.
- Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm.
- Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle glaze over cookies.