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Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola
It’s still pumpkin season, yippee! My favorite time of year. We go through granola phases and I had an epiphany last time I roasted some pumpkins. I was going to roast the pumpkin seeds and then realized we were in need of granola. Gee, think maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and put the pumpkin seeds right in the granola and roast it all together?!

Sometimes I amaze myself! Okay, so maybe I’m not the first person to come up with this idea. It did save me from an extra set of dishes and two rounds of pans in the oven though. I’m all for that.
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In My Kitchen – October 2015

It’s another month and time for a peek in my kitchen. I thought September was busy with both Josh and Sean having birthdays plus school, scout and swim schedules to contend with. We also had a water line break in the neighborhood resulting in mandatory water boil for drinking and cooking.

Then October started off rainy and dreary and I was unable to blog much since lighting for photographs was horrific. And then the Columbia Flood happened. October is off to a mad start and I’m feeling very fortunate with our situation. Homes, belongings, cars, power, running water and lives have been lost in our beloved home town. We are extremely lucky to have very little damage.

While I may complain about being cooped up in the house another day with three very active boys, I’m glad we are all safe and sound. Josh made it to work late this morning with one road closure detour. It is going to take a long time for the city to recover, but life is going on somewhat normal for us.

So thanks to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this monthly event. It’s nice to have some normalcy in life right now!
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Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
Where did the time go? How is it only two days until Thanksgiving?! Ewan just had his birthday this past weekend so things have been crazy busy here. Thanksgiving always comes too quickly for me since his birthday is right before the big day. A couple years ago his birthday was on Thanksgiving and that made things easier, his birthday meal and dessert were just all part of the super duper big day.

Ewan also had his Thanksgiving program at school so I baked an apple pie. Then his birthday treat for school another day. Birthday cake and cookies for the big day…you get the idea, I’ve been busy baking and cooking. It is actually a relief that I don’t need to cook for Thanksgiving this year. We are going out for the first time ever. We are headed up to the mountains and will have our meal at the Biltmore Estate. Continue reading

Bailey’s Pumpkin Delight

Bailey's Pumpkin DelightIt’s pumpkin time! This is my favorite food time of year. The weather cools and we can finally enjoy cooking indoors again. Hearty soups, stews, casseroles, comfort foods….all finally an option again. And then the pumpkin, I just can’t get enough of it. I can’t even count the number of times we’ve made pumpkin muffins already.

The only downfall is that our garden pumpkins were a complete failure this year. I think it may be a deer, but somebody has been nipping off the blossoms. We have ONE pumpkin, that’s right, just one. There are a couple others starting to grow now but I fear it may be too late for them to come to full size. Oh well, it’s always something with gardening. Good thing I can still buy pie pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

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Happy Halloween! It is only the perfect day, besides Thanksgiving of course, for a pumpkin recipe. So today I bring to you pumpkin oatmeal pankcakes. What a wonderful start to the day.
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I started making oatmeal pancakes way back when my husband and I were living in Germany. It was a recipe from one of my cousins and we both really loved them. The oats give the pancakes a fun texture, not to mention the added fiber. This was our little way of still having an American breakfast every now and then. We were thrilled to be able to find maple syrup, not always an easy task in Europe.
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I decided to add some pumpkin and cinnamon to the oatmeal pancakes. Basically I completely redid the recipe, this is nothing like the original plain oatmeal pancake recipe I already had. They are indeed quite tasty. I love all things pumpkin and this did not disappoint, the boys certainly enjoyed them.

The hardest part is letting the batter rest for 30 minutes. It really does help them rise better and they are so fluffy. It is even harder to let it rest with two hungry boys hovering at the counter! I managed to occupy them for a few minutes by whipping up the cinnamon whipped cream to go with these pancakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
1 c. pumpkin purée
2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 Tbs. oil
1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. old fashion rolled oats
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
few grates fresh nutmeg
2 Tbs. honey

Optional Topping
1 pint whipping cream
1 Tbs. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

In a small bowl combine the pumpkin, milk, eggs and oil. In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutgeg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Gently stir in the honey, just until combined. Be careful not to overmix. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes.

While the batter is resting whip the cream for the topping, if desired. Once it is well whipped add the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Set aside.

Pour about 1/4 cup batter per pancake on a hot pan or electric griddle set to 375 degrees. Let the pancakes cook until bubbles form all over the top, do not flip before then. After the first flip allow the second side to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Serve hot with maple syrup, honey, butter, cinnamon whipped cream..whatever your heart desires!

Yields one dozen 5 inch pancakes