Pumpkin Waffles with Buttermilk Syrup

i apologize for not getting this posted yesterday.  we had our wood floors redone and were unable to be in our home due to the lovely fumes.  seeing as things are still pretty smelly in here, let’s focus on something that smells of FALL!

pumpkin waffles with buttermilk syrup…..YES! they are exactly as yummy as they sound! seeing as today is sep. 1st and what i consider the first day of fall i couldn’t think of a better recipe to share.  i know it’s another breakfast type recipe but that’s what we like for dinner around this place, so i hope your family enjoys them as well.   these are sooooo kid friendly they’ll think you made dessert for dinner!


Pumpkin Waffles with Buttermilk Syrup

Mix together:

1 cup flour             ½ Tbsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg       1 Tbsp baking powder

½ Tbsp sugar          1/8 tsp salt

2 eggs, separated   ¾ cup milk

½ cup pumpkin        6 Tbsp melted butter

½ tsp vanilla

Beat egg yolks and add pumpkin vanilla, milk and butter.  Mix wet with dry ingredients.

Whip egg whites until peaks form then fold into batter.

Buttermilk Syrup: (you’ll never want maple syrup again!)

stir on med heat until it boils.

1 ½ cup sugar                   ½ cup butter

¾ cup buttermilk              2 Tbsp corn syrup

Boil 7 minutes.  Then add:

2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp baking soda. Stir well and serve over waffles.  make sure you cook this in a large saucepan.  when you stir the baking soda in, it boils over quickly if it’s not in a large enough pot.

i know this recipe is a bit more labor intensive than the other ones, but i double the recipe and keep it in the fridge.  the batter and syrup both store well in the fridge for several days.

i guarantee you’ll FALL for these with one bite!


The Kingdom Keepers Series

seeing as tonight is our Back To School night kick off and we are celebrating disney, i figured this week’s book review had to be the kingdom keepers! it’s actually two books-Disney After Dark and Disney At Dawn.

if you have ever wanted to go behind the scenes in the magic kingdom, here’s your chance!

ridley pearson has written this chilling book that reads like a roller coaster!  if you love the magic kingom and know the rides inside, outside, upside down, this book will take you all those places.

it has loveable characters that show what friendship is all about and not-so-loveable characters that are just plain evil.   who knew the dolls from it’s a small world could BITE?!

the story revolves around finn and his friends who work at the magic kingdom.  spooky things start to happen and it’s their job to solve the mystery.  it reads like an episode of scooby doo but the evil ones under the mask are disney characters!

finn and his friends have to decipher a message left from walt, so that ends up being a story inside the story.  it gets a bit confusing for younger readers and has some pretty exciting parts, so i would suggest ages 10 and up for this book.   if you have 5th or 6th grade boys that don’t like reading they will enjoy this RIDE…..i mean, READ for sure!

i believe it comes out in softcover (which is always cheaper) on sept. 1st, so keep that in mind.   the third book in the series, Disney in Shadow comes out in april 2010.

let the magic begin……

Texas Ham n Cheese Sandwiches

love, love, love this recipe!  it’s so kid friendly that my kids actually MAKE it!  what mom doesn’t love that?  it takes 5min to prepare and about 20 to cook.  i guarantee once you taste it you’ll add it to your monthly main dishes!     enjoy!


Texas Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

1dzn dinner rolls(the kind that are hooked together)

around 1 lb very thinly sliced deli ham. (sliced so it still holds together but is very thin.)  i buy the hillshire farms deli select brown sugar ham you get in the lunch meat section.

2 cups shredded cheese.  (whatever your family likes best) i prefer the easy way and just lay 6  circles of provolone over the ham.  so fast, just make sure you get all the paper off.  🙂

Lay rolls on cutting board and slice them in half all at the same time. Remove tops and set aside. Lay bottom half of rolls in 9x13pan that’s been sprayed with pam.  Spread ranch dressing (or favorite dressing) over rolls, then layer ham and cheese evenly over the rolls.  Place top half of rolls over cheese and pour sauce over the top.

Yes the sauce goes on top of the rolls, not inside.


Melt one stick of butter, not marg.

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce        ½ tsp dry mustard

1 Tbsp dry onion (optional)

Whisk sauce till mustard is separated, then pour over rolls.

Cover with foil and bake 15min at 350.  remove foil and bake addtnl 5min. till tops are brown and crisp.

Just cut at the rolls edges to serve.    easy, cheesy, very pleasy!    we like to serve this main dish with several fun sides.  corn on the cob, jello jigglers or fruit kabobs.

gregor the overlander series

i love to read!  but i only have time for fun, whimsical romps that are easy to pick up and put down without trying to remember where i last left off.  which limits my reading to young adult books and under 😉

throughout the year, i’d love to share my favorite reads with you and hope that your families can share your favorite reads with me too!

one of my favorite series i’ve ever read is ‘gregor the overlander’ by suzanne collins.  (yes the same one who wrote the hunger games and catching fire-which comes out sept. 1st, but that’s another review)  there are 5 books in the underland series and they are all wonderful but the 5th book is my favorite.  yes! you have to read 1-4 to enjoy 5!

gregor is an 11yr old boy that lives in nyc.  he and his little 2yr old sister boots fall through a vent and end up discovering an entire world underground.   the characters in the underland are brilliantly described.  rats are gnawers, spiders are spinners, roaches are crawlers, mice are nibblers, bats are flyers…..what you don’t like these creatures?   don’t worry there are humans in the underland too and they are just as fun!  gregor is named overlander because he’s from over-the-land.  clever, eh?!

gregor is my favorite series because gregor’s relationship with boots is adorable!  to see an 11 yr old boy make his little sister his priority on a crazy adventure would make any mom proud.

there are some fighting scenes in the books with the rats-did i mention they are 6 feet tall and can speak? 🙂  but overall, this series can be enjoyed by both boys and girls 4th grade and up.

if you have a 3rd grader that just loves to read they could read these books but there are some character fatalities throughout the series. YES! the books made me cry in those parts, but i also laughed out loud in other parts.

my entire family has read this series more than once.  they are our ‘twilight’ 🙂

check em out:  http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/

german “puffy” pancakes


puffy pancakes are one of our favorite dinner recipes, so it seemed fitting to have them be the first recipe on the blog!  they are easy to make, cook in 22-25 min. and kids gobble them up every time.

if’ you’ve never made puffy pancakes before, they are A MUST with kids.   make sure the kiddos are at the table when you pull them out of the oven because they are big tall and, well……puffy!   my family prefers them with syrup and a sprinkling of powdered sugar but growing up i ate them with whipped cream and strawberries.   add your favorite breakfast meat, juice and fruit then you have a well balanced meal that was quick and easy!  i guarantee your kids won’t complain about this recipe because the pancakes are light and fluffy.   who doesn’t love light and fluffy?!

german “puffy” pancakes

1 cup milk              1 cup flour

6 eggs          1/2  stick butter or marg. (you decide which flavor you like better)

1 tsp salt

Mix milk, flour, eggs and salt in blender till smooth.  let sit while you prepare pan so most of the air bubbles will get out of the batter.  the less air bubbles in the batter when they go in the oven, the more puffy your pancakes are when they come out.

Spray 9×13 pan w/pam.  cut up butter and put in the pan, then put the pan in the oven.  as the oven heats up the butter will melt.  you just want the butter to melt not burn, so take it out before your oven reaches the full 425 degrees.

Pour the batter into the pan with the melted butter.  when the batter goes in the butter all goes to the edges of the pan.  use a knife to “pull” the butter from the edges of the pan into the center of the batter.  don’t STIR it, just pull from the sides to the center.

put oven mitts back on (don’t learn this lesson the hard way) and put the pan back into the oven. bake at 425 degrees for  22-25min.

This recipe is easy to half and cook in a pie pan if you have one child and want an easy fun lunch.