Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thanks to Jake Rose for sharing this yummy Fall Cookie Recipe, I love anything with CC’S (chocolate chips) in it!!!

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  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups + 1 Tablespoon (258g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (120g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup (170g) pumpkin puree (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (270g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and oats together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the melted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg yolk, blotted pumpkin, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and mix everything together until completely combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop cookie dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few more chocolate chips into the tops– this is only for looks!

Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.

Recipe Notes:

*Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you can use 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice + 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves + (an extra) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

*Squeeze as much of the moisture out of the pumpkin puree as you can before adding it to the cookie dough. I simply squeeze the puree with paper towels. See photo in the post for a visual. This will help produce a less cakey cookie. Less moisture is a good thing in these cookies!

Jake Rose “Q&A”!!!

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Jake Rose~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Jake Scherer “Rose” grew up on a farm just west of the Twin Cities in Hamel, Minnesota. Rose ‘s dad Steve and his uncle Bob, farmed together with Rose’s grandfather, Hunk Scherer. Bob and Steve had a southern rock band called “Stampede.” Rose’s loved for music started at a young age, while watching his dad and uncle play old country classics like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, the Allman Brothers, Bob Seger and many more. “Rose,” comes from his little sister Jocelyn Rose who sadly passed away. Rose decided to his use her middle name for his stage name to honor her and her legacy.

Previously, Rose started the rock band New Medicine who charted a top 15 Billboard Hit with the song “Race You To The Bottom.” While being apart of a band Rose played over 400 shows in the United States and Canada. He has also been living in Nashville since 2012 and writing songs for other artists such as Meatloaf, Colt Ford and Keith Urban. In 2016 Rose started to work on his own solo project. He teamed up with collaborator and producer Kevin Kadish and singer Taylor Swift producer Nathan Chapman at their new company: Starts With Music.

Rose’s latest single “Sleeves” came out on October 26, 2017 and is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Jake Rose then go check out his website https://www.jakeroserocks.com.

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Jo Smith~ “Q&A”!!!

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Questions: 

  1. Hi Jo, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became country musician?
  2. How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
  3. Who are some of your musical icons?
  4. What is one of your favorite songs you ever recorded?
  5. Is there anything new coming  up with your music for the rest of 2017?
  6. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
  7. If you could sing a duet with  a famous singer or group who would it be and why?
  8. What is one accomplishment that you are most proud about that happened in your music career so far?
  9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

Answers:

1) I grew up on a farm in southwest Georgia.  I listened to my Daddy’s vinyl record collection!  (Will attach bio for more:)

2) Funny thing, I don’t remember making this decision because it’s just always been that way.  I was singing solos at church when I was three years old!
3) KT Oslin and Bruce Springsteen
4) Dance Dirty- it’s so motown!
5) Just found out I’m a CMT Next Women of Country for 2018!!  Also recording an acoustic record in December!!
6) I hope to have achieved the career pace of my dreams: live a little, write a little, record a little, tour a little, back to live a little.  Maybe some kids and a home on the Jersey shore.  I love it there.  Also using my International Politics degree from Vandy in some way!
7) Bruno Mars- I just love his music and his dancing and his live show.  We’d have a blast.
8) Having my grandparents who no longer travel be able to come see me perform at the Ryman Auditorium.
9) “Far and away, the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Teddy Roosevelt / “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”- JFK / “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”- FDR / “I am the way, the truth and the life.” – Jesus
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Jo Smith~ “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Joanna “Jo” Smith is an American country musician. Smith joined a band called the Mustang Sally at the age of 18. After a few years she left the band and began writing her own songs and recording demos.

Smith signed a publishing contract with Big Bourassa Music and she wrote songs for other musicians. In 2007 she wrote a song for Billy Ray Cyrus called “Flying By” which was on his “Home at Last” album. Also in 2007, Smith’s version of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was included on the “Song of America” album.

In 2010, Smith signed a contract with Colombia Records in Nashville, TN. She released her debut single, “Gettin’ Married” also in 2010. The song was charted on Hot Country Songs and was made into a music video and was directed by Trey Fanjoy.

In August 2011, Sony Music Nashville shared that Smith and label mate Bradley Gaskin will move to BNA Records as part of a corporate restricting. After BNA closed, Smith moved again to RCA. At RCA, they released Smith third single, “We Can’t Be Friends.” “We Can’t Be Friends” was rated 4.5 stars from Taste of Country. Her fourth single “Girls Are Crazy,” was released to country radio on April 29, 2013.

In 2014, Smith signed a publishing deal with Shane McNally’s company Smack Songs. In 2016, she released a new EP called “Introducing Jo Smith.” Smith’s EP was produced by McAnally and Jesse Frasure. The first single off the EP “Old School Groove” was released as a Sirius XM Highway Find in early 2017. Smith has also been included in the Nashville Lifestyles’ 2017 Ones to Watch.

If you would like to find out more about Jo Smith then check out her website http://www.josmithmusic.com.

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Vanessa Marie Carter~ “Q&A”!!!

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  1. Hi Vanessa, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became country singer?

Growing up I had a really awesome normal childhood.  I started dancing at age 3, and did that competitively until I was 18.  That kind of got me into musical theatre, and then vocal lessons when I turned 8.  Dance did so many great things for me, but it really got me comfortable on a stage and in front of crows from a young age.  I also really appreciate so many different genres of music, and I owe a lot of that to my dance background!  I then went to Wilfred Laurier University and studied Communcations, and graduated a year early to pursue music full time.

 

  1. How did you become a country music fan and how did you know you wanted a career in country music?

I grew up in a really large family with a lot of country/folk musicians! When I was little I used to listen to my moms cassette tape of Neil Youngs Harvest Moon, thats still one of my favourite records.  So I kind of fell into country from there.  I completely idolized Shania Twain when I was growing up….still do.

 

  1. What is the story behind your newest single “Bless My Heart?”

Bless My Heart was pitched to me by my producer and it immediately had my attention.  All I can say about that process is that after listening to it for 30 seconds I was hooked! That usually happens to me with music, If I love it, I love it immediately.  Its the perfect blend of sassy/badass and cool, and I love that about it!

 

  1. What are some of your favorite songs right now on the radio?

I love Cams new single Diane, Kelsea Ballerinis Miss Me More, & Look At You by Seth Ennis

 

  1. Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?

I’ll be kicking off my radio tour in the next couple of weeks and that should wrap up 2017 for me! It’s been an amazing year for me.

 

  1. If you could sing a duet with a famous singer or group who would it be and why?

This is such a tough question! I’d say Brett Eldredge because I have a massive crush on him.  But also Shania Twain…because…Shania Twain.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?

In 5-10 years I’d love to still be making music with some of the best people in the business.

 

  1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“This too shall pass”

 

  1. Is there anything else you would like share?

3 Random facts about me:

1) I have 33 first cousins

2) I sleep talk (a lot)

3) When I was little I thought I was in love with Nick Carter

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Vanessa Marie Carter~ Artist Spotlight!!!

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Country singer/songwriter Vanessa Marie Carter was born in B.C. and grew up in Oakville, ON. Carter has been singing since she was eight years old. Her singing career started in musical theatre. Carter’s love for country music comes from her family. Her uncles and cousins are well-known musicians.

Carter graduated from Wilfred Laurier University in 2011 and signed a recording deal with independent label in 2012. In the last three years Carter has got the chance to be an opening acts for country musicians Kira Isabella, Brett Kissel and The Band Perry. While opening up for The Band Perry, Carter won the Sepoy Saloon Showdown Contest. She then went back to the studio to finish up her debut EP in the summer of 2015.

In August of 2016, Carter won the coveted Emerging Artist Competition at the significant Canadian Boots and Heart Festival, originally by winning the fan voting portion with over 47, 200 fan votes and then winning the live singing competition at the festival, beating 6 other artists. After winning the 2016 Emerging Artist Winner, she opened for Chase Rice. After the festival in August 2016, Carter received a prize package, which was a record deal contract from Universal Music.

Carter spends a lot of time now in Nashville, to work on her music and songwriting. Carter’s new single “Bless My Heart” is available both on Spotify and iTunes. If you would like to find out more about Vanessa Marie Carter then check out her website http://vanessamariecarter.com/

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Bailey Ingle’s Q & A!!!

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1.     Hi Bailey, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, before you became a country singer?
Hi 🙂 So before I became a country singer, my plan was to attend Auburn University and become a Neonatologist. Country music was always my ultimate dream, but I was so young and inexperienced, I really wasn’t sure where to start. My parents, however, were really pushing for me to follow my dreams into the country music industry and were always taking me to open mics, paying for voice lessons, and encouraging me to perform at various events!  They’re awesome 🙂
2.     How did you become a fan of country music and how did you decide you wanted a career in the country music industry?
I became a fan of country music when I was 3 years old and my parents took me to my first concert to see Toby Keith and Blake Shelton. Since then, I have literally grown up on country music. I sang Carrie Underwood songs at pretty much allll of my school talent shows. When I was 15, I submitted a video to a local radio station in my home town to perform a duet with Keith Urban. Later that week, I recieved a call that I had been selected to perform with Keith Urban at his show in the next town over that weekend. That was the moment that I realized all I ever wanted to do for the rest of my life was make music, write my stories, and then share them with the world.
3.     Who are some of your favorite singers/groups?
Gosh that’s really hard! hmmmmmm… well of course Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, allll of the greats. I really love and admire Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, and Miranda Lambert. They have so much support for women in country music and that’s definitely what we need right now. I also have a crazy amount of respect for Lauren Alaina, that girl can SANNNNGGGGGG and she’s got the sweetest heart!  Keith Urban is a RIDICULOUS guitar player, performer, and just all around awesome person, he is definitely one that is at the top of my list. Chris Stapleton is another one at the top of my list, he is the reason I started writing songs. Uhhhhh… dang this question is harder than I thought it would be!
4.     What was it like being an opening act for Keith Urban?
So I actually sang a duet with him and it was UNREAL. It’s been three years and I still can’t belive it actually happened! He is hands down one of the most genuine, down to earth people I have ever met. Not to mention, one of the most talented musicians there is.
5.     Is there anything new coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?
So Im currently writing for my EP, which will be out next year, but for the rest of 2017 I am writing writing writing and playing shows every weekend! I’m actually opening for Ashley Mcbryde in Macon this weekend (November 4th) and for Luke Pell in Gadsden December 9th and I am a big fan of both of them so I’m definitely excited about that! I am also making the move to Nashville finally!! 🙂
6.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
In 5-10 years I hope to be making music and sharing my stories 🙂 Being on the road is one of my favorite parts about the business so I definitely hope to be kickin’ it on the road hahaha 🙂
7.     What is one of your favorite quotes?
I have like four Dolly Parton quotes that I like to live by and those are-
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
“I refuse to settle for something less than great. And if it takes a life time, then that’s how long I’ll wait.”
“ Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Dolly is like my spirit animal… but in human form hahahaha 🙂
8.     Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat and featuring me on your blog! I’m honored 🙂
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Molly Adele Brown’s Cheesey Chicken~ !

CHEESEY CHICKEN- “NANA’s CHICKEN MOMMY’S VERSION”

5 whole breasts- split in half and boned & skinned.

Buttered 9 X 13 casserole.

Cover breasts with swiss cheese slices

Combine 1 can cream of chicken soup with 1 can of water (or 3/4 water, 1/4 sherry) ; mix together and pour over

Melt 1/2 cup margarine – add 2 cups pepperidge farm stuffing mix. Spread this over casserole

Bake @ 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hrs.