I knew November was going fast, but then I looked at my blog and realized I haven’t posted a recipe since the end of October! I am so backed up. I have recipes and pictures – we have been eating (no worries) – I just need to take the time to get my thoughts together and write them down. This time of year and reflecting on all of the holiday traditions and family time definitely gives me something to write about.
I am one of those people who enjoys this whole time of year, starting with Thanksgiving dinner and running all the way through New Years Day. I’m a fairly organized person so the “busy” of this time of year doesn’t really affect me. In fact, I miss hosting Thanksgiving at my house (we do Christmas dinner now and I love it, but we used to host both). I had it down to an easy list with one or two things per day to get ready for the meal. When guests started arriving, I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine and the house smelled of roasting turkey and stuffing.I make a mini day after thanksgiving meal now so we can have the yummy leftover turkey sandwiches.
My brother would stay over on Thanksgiving eve to help with the hectic prep the day of. We kept this tradition and now he helps make pumpkin pie and pecan squares to take to my younger brother’s house on Thanksgiving day.
Another tradition for us this Thanksgiving weekend is picking up our freshly cut Christmas trees (we do a fancy one on the living room and one with the kids’ homemade decorations in the family room). This past weekend was our family trip, including Tug, to select our trees. My daughter Cait and I make a decoration for each and I take a family photo for our Christmas cards. We have been going to the same tree farm for years now and we get the best trees! They last the whole season and they smell so great.
I start stocking up on pumpkin puree when it shows up all over the grocery store. This year, I wanted to make something other than pumpkin pie. This recipe for waffles was just the right thing. We needed a hearty breakfast for our busy visit to the tree farm and I needed to get rid of some pumpkin puree.
I honesty don’t remember where this recipe came from. I had it in my binder just waiting to be made. They were so good and tasted just like pumpkin pie. Crispy on the outside, tender inside and perfectly spiced for the season, they are a new favorite for holiday breakfast. I added pecans in my waffles, but they are great without. I may have just added another tradition to the list! Happy Thanksgiving!
You’ll need a waffle iron for this recipe. Cook times vary depending on the waffle maker. Mine has a light that goes off when they are finished baking.
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 and 2/3 cup milk
4 tbs butter, melted and cooled
Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt in a large bowl.
In a second bowl add eggs, sugar, pumpkin, milk, butter and beat well.
Gently fold in the flour mixture.
Cook according to your waffle iron directions.
Top with butter and maple syrup. They freeze well if you have leftovers.
Here are a couple of pictures of my kids, Caitlin and Liam, and our adorable dog Tug at the Christmas tree farm.