Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What to eat Wednesday-Breakfast in Bed 6

Well- last week, I mentioned that I had a delicious What to Eat Wednesday for today. Oh, and this one will not disappoint ... but I have no photos. Not a one! The first time I made this I did not take a single photo. Rare ... but I knew that we loved them so much I would for sure be making more.

That was before I tried to buy another can of pumpkin. I had no idea that there was a pumpkin shortage. Did you? Well apparently there is. No cans of pumpkin at the stores that I shop at. I checked over and over. I even walked to one with the sole intent of getting pumpkin. The shelves were bare!

(I do have a picture of that!)

So I am a little worried about this. No pumpkin? What will we do? I joked with someone that I guess I will have to process and can my own. I have not processed pumpkin in about 18 years. (Ouch, that hurt to type that- it seems like such a lonnnnnng time ago!)

Anyone know how to do that? I am not joking.

So ... I went back and forth about posting this without photos. It pains me. But I decided that by some chance someone might have some pumpkin in their pantry this would be a good time to pull it out, check the expiration date and give this recipe a go. It's a really good use of that rare can of pumpkin.

On a dismal Sunday evening in the middle of September we were having somewhat of a grumpy ride home from church.With our later Sunday schedule, and not being prepared ahead of time with dinner, we quickly came up with a plan.

It was one of those rare occasions that we were all in the car together and had no meetings that night either. We decided to pretend it was Christmas and have breakfast.

The kids were all on board and quickly unloaded and hung up their Sunday best and set about preparing for Christmas.

Savanna took over the kitchen table and set the stage. Luke wrapped "presents" while Jay and Jack and Tucker took care of the rest. I decided that waffles would be fun and remembered seeing some in "the book." Thankfully I found a can of pumpkin in the cupboard and figured I would go ahead and try this one out.

In August we went downtown for a traveling exhibit of a Disney remake of the classic, A Christmas Carol. It was a whole train. A real train that came on the tracks all the way from Los Angeles and heading all the way to New York. It was a series of cars that you walked through that had all kinds of memorabilia and sneak peaks, and how-it-was-made features. At the very end we entered a train car and we all just swooned. It smelled just like Christmas! It was that perfect final Disney touch.

Well, we (our family) felt it all over again this Sunday night. The smell captivated more than our noses. We achieved that Dinseyesque sense of everything being happy and right with the world.

All in a waffle.

Pumpkin Spice Waffles
3 eggs
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup all- purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, butter, sugar, and pumpkin. Add flour, baking powder, salt. nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; mix just until smooth.

Heat a waffle iron and grease if necessary. Bake waffles in hot waffle iron until golden brown.


Jewels and Ry said...

Alisa - I know how to process pumpkin. I usually just freeze the puree and it is super easy. Tanaka's has pie pumkins - 10 or 12 count for $15.75. I do have some pumpkin in my pantry so I will have to try out this recipe. Thanks!

Kimallsup said...

Tara Hemple posted how to do it on her blog... she used pumpkins from her garden. Sound so good

Shaunells Hair said...

Hey Alisa!! I saw your comment on Hillary's blog--and had to say hi!! HOw are you and your cute kids?? Hillary keeps us updated on you a bit, and it's good to hear you are doing good! Hope all is well with you!! our family blog is, or you can see my hair blog, Good to see your cute face!

3boysmom said...

Sounds yummy. I bought canned pumpkin at Wal-Mart today and they had lots of it. Maybe you should stock up!? I was talking to my mom earlier today about making pumpkin bread and she told me that there is going to be a shortage on pumpkin this year, so it was funny to come over to your blog and read that from you as well. Who knew pumpkin was such a hot commodity!

Rebecca said...

I'm trying these tomorrow morning...I have some leftover pumpkin from making bread 2 days ago.
I don't have any more cans in my pantry, so I'd better go stock up for the holidays!

Jenn said...

Tried to find pumpkin at Crest today - no go. Have thought about puree my own because the pumpkin recipes I want to try are piling up! (wasn't that train so fun!)

Holly said...

Yum, thanks for sharing!! I hope I can find pumpkin this year - they don't always have it here in the UK - I asked last year and they thought I was some weirdo!!