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Pumpkin Candles

17 Oct

This past weekend my parents had a big family dinner for Ian’s birthday and how lucky we are to have his family as the most special guests in from Michigan and Montana!  This entire weekend has been so incredible and I can’t wait to post about all of the fun things we’ve been up to but the fun hasn’t stopped yet!  My dad and Vicki were also able to come to the dinner which was so great to all be together.   I wish my brother and Liz could have joined, too.  Thankfully we will get to see them when my brother flies back to accept his Distinguished Flying Award through the air force next month.  Anyway, the dinner was great and I give all the credit of this post to my mom and Darrin for making these cute pumpkin candles I am posting about.

They were a fun way to bring Fall to the table!

Pumpkin Pancakes

11 Oct

‘Tis the season for Pumpkin flavored (almost) everything!  I’m such a fan of chai, pumpkin pie, and so many more of the fall season flavors.   I found this recipe recently and decided this was the morning treat I needed to start my Fall Sunday mornings off right with.

The ingredients you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar I substituted this with Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips (I prefer dark choc) or Banana slices. (I added this just because I love sweets 🙂 )

I mixed all of the liquids first 🙂

Then I added all of the powder substances along with my dark chocolate chips.  I like to mix them in because then they melt inside the pancake as opposed to adding them to the pancake on the griddle.  They get burned that way.

I had a helper laying right under me the entire time hoping to catch any “scraps.”  I think she was even trying to hide under the rug!

I don’t turn my burner on until the batch is all mixed.  Then I use a spoon and scoop two big scoops per pancake.  I wait until they fluff up and bubble a little before flipping.

This recipe makes enough pancakes for at least four people.  It made a ton of pancakes and made the house smell amazing.  Enjoy!

My favorite Fall snack!

3 Oct

I love pumpkin flavored everything.  Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and one of the easiest to make Pumpkin Seeds!  Last year Ian and I made some delicious Pumpkin seeds and we decided to make some more this weekend.  I wanted to share this easy snack recipe!

First you must pick out two large pumpkins to get a decent amount of seeds (approx 6-8 serving sizes)


You will need a knife or Pumpkin carver and a big spoon for scooping the insides out (this way your pumpkin will last longer for decoration purposes).

The pumpkin should look like this on the inside.

You must then separate all the seeds from the stringy insides.

Scoop out the entire inside of the pumpkin.  Last year we learned if you leave any scraps, the Pumpkin will rot very quickly.

Wash the seeds then place them on aluminum foil on a cookie sheet.  Place whatever seasonings you like on seeds.  My personal favorites are Garlic Salt and Lemon Pepper.

Set oven to Bake at 350 degrees.  Then simply place seeds in oven and cook to liking.  We cooked our probably about 40 minutes because we like them a little more crunchy.

This is one of my favorite snacks!