This is already a huge surprise since she ALWAYS declines my shopping-trip offers due to lame excuses like ‘laundry’, ‘dishes’, ‘napping’ and other responsible, adult-y things I do not adhere to.
So she took me to the mall and we shopped around. Eventually, we ended up at Victoria’s Secret and we looked around at the sparkles, lace, prints and pretty things. Then she told me she wanted to “treat me” and that she would buy me something.
Well, without getting into tooooo much information (even though this post is completely TMI), I decided I would like some new, er, asset-support. Because of my increase in eating donuts (which is wholeheartedly to blame on my coworkers who bring in donuts DAILY), I figured I could use a new brassiere.
Anywhooooo, one of the ladies put me in a room and said she’d be right back with the measuring tape and closed the door behind her. I stood there in my sweater and jeans thinking, is this like when you see the lady-parts doctor and they expect you to undress? I awkwardly looked at myself in the mirror thinking that it seemed logical to strip down so they could accurately measure everything, but then again, wouldn’t just lifting my arms up suffice? However, I didn’t want to be that lame girl who doesn’t know how these things work and have her come in and be like, “you’re not ready!” Confused, I went to my default setting and I just stood there, making the situation more awkward.
The very friendly attendant came back and was ready to measure, and clearly pleased that I had not removed my sweater. I was glad that I decided to remain awkward rather than being all Assuming Amy and strip down in front of a stranger.
So she did her thang and left to fetch me a new brassiere. After she gave me one, I tried it on and was instructed to hit a buzzer for her to come assess the fit. I did, and she popped right back in to check things out.
Apparently, in situations when awkward, donut-loving women are getting their bras fitted, invitations are sent out to anyone interested because while I stood there with my arms out to my sides, my mom, sister, and another attendant came up to the open door to check out my goods. In addition, yet another attendant and their customer came up to the door, stopped in the doorway, checked out my modeling skills, and then left.
It was then that I realized I would contact Victoria’s Secret and pitch the idea of being ‘the weird pseudo model in the fitting room’ person. That, or invite everyone I know the next time I go undergarment shopping because apparently it’s very interesting to watch, according to the crowd I garnered in the dressing room.
Anyway, while I was getting dressed, I overheard the perky attendant telling someone she was super excited to do some fall baking with pumpkin. And it was then that I realized I haven’t done very many pumpkin-y things this season yet, and that would have to change. So in honor of, er, brassiere shopping, I decided to make cups — cookie cups!
I got the idea for these scrumptious cups from one of my bloggy besties, Aimee from Shugary Sweets! She made some Peanut Butter Cookie Bites a few years back and it inspired me to do the same this year. I’m so glad I did because these cookie bites are absolutely delicious and received so many compliments from my coworkers!
- 1 pouch Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix, plus ingredients on the back of the pouch (can use your favorite homemade peanut butter cookie dough, if you’d like!)
- 24 Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Mallows
- 24 mallowcreme candies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease a 24-cavity mini muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large bowl, prepare the cookie dough according to package directions. Using a cookie dough scoop, portion a scoopful of dough into each greased cavity.
- Bake the cookie cups for approx. 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let sit about 2 minutes.
- Immediately (and carefully!) press a pumpkin marshmallow into the center of each cookie cup. To make it a little easier, you can very gently make an indentation with the handle of a wooden spoon. Pop the cookie cups back into the oven for another 2-3 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffy.
- Remove from the oven and cool, about 20 minutes. Top with a mallowcreme candy and allow to cool completely. Store airtight, room temperature, up to a week!
Pumpkin is one of those superfoods that manages to steal the show AND be a great supporting role. Surprisingly, it goes with a ton of flavors — some more unexpected than others! — and peanut butter is one of them. I LOVE the combination of pumpkin and peanut butter. Neither flavor outshines the other, and the buttery, nutty peanut butter tastes SO wonderful with the sweet pumpkin. Plus, those mallowcreme candies are too cute on top and provide a nice sweetness and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture on top of these fun and festive cups.
Have a delicious day!