{recipe} Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

For the last two years, I’ve done a bake sale during fall season to raise funds for charity.  We fundraise and do the 5K walk every October. As part of my contribution to my team, I like to do a bake sale so I can raise money and entice family and friends to donate to a good cause. I set a minimum amount of donation in exchange for goodies and treats of their choice.

This pumpkin chocolate chip treat is always popular during the bake sale. I always make extra to give to Baby H’s daycare teachers, to bring to work and share with my co-workers and also make another batch for parties. Even people who commented that they don’t really like pumpkin, have loved this dessert.  The pumpkin flavor is not over powering, if that’s an issue at all.  I actually like pumpkin flavor, but don’t really love pumpkin pie, I think it’s the lack texture that gets to me.


I love the soft texture, the pumpkin fragrant and of course, chocolate chips. It’s more dense than a cake, but lighter than a blondie.


I’ve baked in different pans, in 9×13 pans, in 2 batches of 8×8 pans but my favorite way is to put in this brownie pan that I got a couple years back. It’s baked in perfect portions and they come out with perfect crusts and can be easily separated.





Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside. ***I used the pictured pan above
  2. With an electric mixer, cream butter and suga on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture may appear curdled). Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan.
  4. Lift cake from pan  (using foil as an aid). Peel off foil, and use a serrated knife to cut into  24 squares.

Recipe from Martha Stewart



This is how they turn out when I baked in the 9×13 pan, the slices are thicker.




{on motherhood} – self care

I’ve only been on this motherhood journey for a year and a half, but I am here 18 months after my first baby with many lessons learned and many thoughts that I would like to organize in a series of posts. These are thoughts that run through my head while doing dishes, while waiting in traffic, while getting a manicure and just random thoughts in general that I don’t want to forget.

This weekend I got a manicure and pedicure after a stressful week. Instead of wanting to rush the service like I do most of the time, this time I had hoped that they would take their time so I can settle and get some pampering. “Can I get an additional massage and pampering? I’ll pay extra.”  The lady gave me an understanding smile and took her time doing her thing.  She didn’t charge me extra. I left the salon much more relaxed and just felt great to start the week.


All week when I see my manicure, it’s a constant reminder to take time for myself, to take care of me so I can take care of everyone else.  To find the time to do it, before stress levels gets high and meltdowns happen.

A simple manicure has provided a  positive domino effect in my attitude. I wake up and I remind myself why I do what I do and what matters most now. When I see it throughout the day, it reminds me of my priorities and what will keep me happy, not just as a mom, but me as the whole person.


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I always ask myself at the end of the month, “what did we do this month”?”.  I won’t remember off bat  but if I look at my instagram account or my Iphone camera roll, it pretty much captures our life in pictures.  I made extra effort to be outdoors in September, knowing the colder and […]

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{home décor} photo magnets

I love to take pictures and for years, all those pictures just stayed in my computer hard drive. How sad is that? Now, I find ways to be creative in displaying pictures all over the house, besides, you know, the typical picture frame. I’m starting to collect photo magnets using my instagram pictures. I order […]

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August wrapped up most of our summer activities. We did one last hurrah of back-to-back pool party during this past Labor Day weekend, but after that, we are getting ready to say goodbye to summer. I must say, I forgot how hot it can be during the summer days in our new neighborhood. This is […]

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Baby H’s 1st birthday party was a blast. We celebrated his first year of life, as well as our first year anniversary as parents. It was a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends and the birthday boy showed off his walking skills to all the guests. Oh, how I love this boy :) We […]

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{recipe} salmon burgers

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I am trying out the blue apron food delivery service. This was my first week and so far I am loving it. You can go on their website to find more info and pricing. I am guilty of throwing away produce at the end of the week that has gone bad. I feel horrible about […]

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{recipe} coconut banana bundt cake


I bake because I love it. Dare I say that I love baking slightly more than the finished product? I just love the process. But I also bake when I’m stressed. I bake late at night when I should be resting, because it helps me shut down  my busy mind and just going thru the […]

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