As I sit here with my warm cup of coffee, staring out the window of The Bean Hive, my coffee shop, oranges, yellows, reds, and greens have painted the trees along the shore of Honey Springs lake have created an amazing painting no artist can duplicate.
The warm smell of cinnamon, sugar, hazelnut, and a hint of vanilla extract makes my heart soar.
This means the Bean Hive Coffee Shop is in full swing with our special fall coffee blends and the amazing Pumpkin Spiced cookies I only bake and sale this time of the year.
The Bean Hive calls these Santa Kiss Cookies
Submitted by reader Stormi.
3 cups Sugar
1 and 1/4 stick butter
1 16 oz can of Pumpkin
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 and 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
6 cups of flour.
Cream together eggs, sugar, stick butter, then add can of pumpkin, chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix it all together. Shift together the cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cream of tartar and flour. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. Add raisins here. The stiring might take some muscles. :) Makes a large batch of cookies. Bake at 425 for 12-14 minutes.
The wonderful smells are just the beginning of the fall season in Honey Springs. The cookies have ten more minutes until they are baked to perfection. I took the opportunity to step out on the boardwalk to look around.
The fall crisp air filled my lungs, my eyes looked around and my body came alive with the hints of the upcoming Halloween Regatta. The last big event for the Honey Springs Lake Marina that takes place along the lake shore in front of the Cocoon Hotel.
It's not just any Halloween party. It's THE party of the year. There's a boat parade where all the boats are decorated, there's a pumpkin carving contest on the beach, apple bobbing fun, and hayrides win a horse drawn wagons to the Hill's Orchard.
Jean Hill has really outdone herself this year. Her pumpkin patch has grown bigger and better pumpkins. The corn maze is one to tackle.
The best thing about the Halloween Regatta is the tourists that come year after year to start off their holiday season.
And that's what gets Pepper excited. He loves all the extra attention he gets along with some of the special treats I make just for our fur loving babies! I wonder what costume I can put on him this year?
Maybe the killer drank decaffeinated.
Corn maze, apple bobbing, and pumpkin carvings are a few of the things tourists, who are visiting Honey Springs Halloween Extravaganza, are expecting to see. But when a dead body is discovered on the banks of the Honey Springs Lake and a masked murderer running away from the scene, there's a realization this wasn't part of the holiday fun!
Roxy doesn't know what's going. There's been a murder and people are ordering decaffeinated coffee? She's got to get to the bottom before the town gets too sleepy and falls into recession right before the winter months hit the cozy town.
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