By now, everyone knows that we take Halloween very seriously around these parts. I always have lots of ideas for how I want to decorate my house but it seems like every year, by the time I get around to fluffing my pumpkins up for the big night, I have run out of idea steam. I generally come up with something, but I must admit that there are always much cooler pumpkins around the block than mine. And then I feel ashamed. I can get a little competitive with Halloween. So I am sharing some of my favorite pumpkins from around the web to help me gain a little inspiration.
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Happy Thursday folks!
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Last weekend, I woke up desperate for some pumpkin pancakes. I started googling recipes and much to my dismay, they all required egg. I am not an egg girl, and only keep them in the house when I am baking something, so none of these recipes would work for me. Instead, I decided to do a little doctoring of my Aunt Jemima Complete (the super duper lazy kind) by adding some pumpkin and a tad bit of spice. Although probably not as delicious as the kind made from scratch, I found these pumpkin pancakes were really quite good.
Very Complicated Recipe:
- 2 cups Aunt Jemima Complete
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2/3 cups canned pumpkin (I used Libby’s)
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix ingredients. Heat lightly greased griddle on medium-low. Pour batter onto griddle into pancake-portions, I usually use 1/4 cup. Flip when batter on the top side of the pancake starts to bubble.
I like my pancakes really sweet (usually with chocolate chips), so I would recommend syrup or at least some cinnamon and sugar.
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This past week has been a little rough for me. I know I just talked about having a bad day last week and surely don’t mean to sound complainy but last Thursday I found out one of the children I work with (I am a speech therapist in real life) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I was obviously pretty devastated when I found out but overall it has been a slow and sneaking kind of grief. Usually I am fine, but just when I think that I am safe, the sadness will hit like a wave and overwhelm me for a time until it recedes again. Mostly I am feeling the pain and loss for his sweet family. Needless to say, I have been making an effort to be careful with myself this week and taking time to do things that are comforting for me. This has meant letting myself make out-of-the-way trips to Fresh Market for my favorite Pumpkin Spice coffee and “Harvest” white chocolate covered pretzels, buying the cutest little white pumpkins I could find, lazing in my bed and reading my book, and letting the tiny kitten I found on the side of the road on Monday curl up and sleep on my chest for hours instead of being proactive about finding a home for him. Comfort for me also meant spending a few hours on Tuesday evening making pumpkin cookies instead of any of the millions of other things I should have been doing. Sorry world, but I have kicked the concept of practicalness to the curb at least for this week. I choose to do what feels good.
Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies by Libby’s Pumpkin
If any of you need some comfort food, I highly highly recommend this recipe. The cookies are so soft and perfect that they melt in your mouth and taste like an explosion of fall. Usually I would write the recipe here in the post but because I don’t really feel like it right now, I am not going to. You don’t mind, right? You guys can surely click the link to see the recipe if you so desire.
I added an extra 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1/8 tsp cloves to the dry mixtures. This was in addition to what it already called for. I also added an additional 1/2 tsp vanilla. I almost always do this when I bake because I like my things really flavory and I really wanted these bad boys to taste like Autumn in my mouth.
And that is just about where I forgot to remember to take pictures. Oops. Sorry ya’ll. You will just have to imagine the rest.
For the glaze, I used the recipe but added a little more milk and 1 tsp of cinnamon to flavor it along with a tiny bit of extra vanilla.
Of course they are delightful anytime, but I really find that they taste best in the morning with my cup of pumpkin coffee. Since I forgot to take pictures and did not write out the recipe, I will make it up to ya’ll by sharing teany tiny kitten pictures. I apologize to those of you who have seen these on facebook or instagram. I am obsessed.
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