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Pumpkin Waffles with Warm Cinnamon Syrup

Pumpkin waffles with warm cinnamon syrup.

You’re welcome.

Pumpkins are everywhere. I love the colors of autumn. I have to say, God really knew what He was doing when He colored fall.

I’ve talked before about how my family is obsessed with Star Wars. Not a day goes by when I don’t hear things like, “If Luke and Obi-Wan battled each other, who would win?” or “Who do you think would win between the Rancor and a Bantha?” A lot of “Who would win…” scenarios.

Even my little Elmo will walk around the house saying things like, “hooo-pah… Luke I am your father.” My husband is so proud.

Do any of them ever say (over a plate of pumpkin waffles, maybe?), “Hey, do you remember that episode of Little House on the Prairie when Ma bought new fabric to spite Mrs. Oleson, but then instead of using it to make a new dress for herself, she selflessly used it to make new dresses for Mary and Laura, and then Laura stood in front of the whole school and the parents and spoke about how amazing and wonderful Ma is?” (for the record, I do remember it; it’s Season 1, episode 2, “Country Girls“).

No. Nobody ever says that.

Well sometimes me, but nobody listens.

And for the record, I’m pretty sure Pa could whoop Obi-Wan and Luke together, Jedi or not.

Wow. This is really not at all where I thought this post was going.

What I was going to say is that little Elmo is my only hope (help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi). Sure, she does a mean Darth Vader impersonation, but for the most part, she likes princesses and twirly dresses and sparkly things. So that’s why I let her watch Disney Princess movies when the kids are out. Like Cinderella. Which brings us back to

Pumpkins.

Cinderella? And a pumpkin coach

Cinderella knows about pumpkins. Or at least her Fairy Godmother does.

Pumpkin Coach

Pumpkin Waffles with Warm Cinnamon Syrup

adapted from The Idea Room

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Beat egg with fork in a large bowl. Add milk, pumpkin, and oil, and whisk together.
  2. Mix in dry ingredients just until moistened. Batter will be lumpy. Cook in waffle maker.

Cinnamon Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  1. Stir together sugars, flour, and cinnamon in small saucepan. Stir in vanilla and water. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring often. Continue to boil and stir until mixture thickens to syrup consistency. Remove from heat; cool slightly before serving.

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Pumpkin Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup

This recipe got an enthusiastic 10 thumbs up from my Critics! It probably would have gotten 12, but I didn’t get to try any 😦 There wasn’t enough.  Stupid sacrificing-for-your-children crap.

I should have doubled the recipe. Next time I’ll know.

Sarah Crewe: I don’t even know what to say, it’s so delicious!

Batman: I think it’s sooo delicious!

Curious George: It’s the best waffles ever!

Elmo: I’m sticky.

Don Corleone spent several minutes trying to come up with something insightful about Ray Bradbury, autumn, and pumpkin waffles, but finally decided on: I think they’re great!

Oh, and just a note about the artwork for this post. My kids did the pictures. Now, I’m not one to criticize the artwork of children; however, if I had said, “Please draw me some pictures of Star Wars; it’s for my blog,” I probably would’ve gotten several masterpieces worthy of the Louvre. But I ask for Cinderella pictures, and I get a big circle with scribbles all over it and a Jack-o-Lantern in a dress.

I’m just sayin’…

"Sing sweet nightingale..."

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Star Wars Birthday Party

My two boys, Batman and Curious George, just celebrated their birthdays with a Star Wars party.

The kids made a Happy Birthday banner:

Star Wars Birthday Banner

and I made cookies with the Star Wars cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma:

Star Wars Cookies

We also had Obi-Wan Cannoli dip with strawberries and cinnamon sticks. (The cannoli cream dip recipe can be found here):

Obi-Wan Cannoli Dip

When one is throwing a Star Wars party, where better to turn than to justjennrecipes and her Ultimate Star Wars Party? I shamelessly copy Jenn frequently, and her Princess Leia and S’mores-trooper cupcakes were perfect for this party:

Princess Leia Cupcakes

S'mores-trooper Cupcakes

Darth Vader was kind enough to stop by:

Darth Vader

But he did cause quite a ruckus when he began fighting the little guests with pool noodle lightsabers.

His powers were no match for these young Jedi, though:

Intense battle

More battling

I know he’s evil and all, but I did feel kind of bad for him towards the end. Not unlike the ending of Return of the Jedi:

The Fall of Vader

The kids had to complete an obstacle course before they earned their “lightsabers,” and to finish the course, battle Darth Vader (who removed the mask for some of the younger padawan).

They also played a game where they had to keep balloons in the air with their lightsabers, and another game involving water balloons that didn’t go as planned but was really fun anyway. The kids kept the pool noodles as party favors.

Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad

Yesterday was Harrison Ford’s birthday. (It was my sister’s birthday, too, in case you are interested, but that doesn’t lead into my story). He turned 69. Am I the only one shocked by this? Do you think he is?

This is a conversation that I overheard in the backyard today, between two of my three Star Wars-obsessed children:

Batman: Do you think Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are really in love?

Sarah Crewe: [laughing] Madly in love?

Batman: Yeah, do you think they’re ‘madly in love?’

Sarah Crewe: I don’t know. I guess so.

Batman: I wonder what it means to be ‘madly in love.’

Sarah Crewe: I think it means that you love love love someone.

I’m madly in love with my crazy kids. I’m madly in love with my husband. And if “love love love” is the true definition of “madly in love,” then I am madly in love with summer tomatoes.

My favorite way of eating a ripe summer tomato is sliced, on toast, with just a little mayo, salt and pepper. I also like eating them with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and a little olive oil. I like to just pick up a tomato and eat it like an apple, although it is pretty messy.

Yesterday I made this salad:

Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad

  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small or 1/2 large onion, sliced thinly and separated into rings
  • handful fresh basil, chopped
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp crumbled feta cheese, optional
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Combine tomato, cucumber, and onion in a large bowl. Sprinkle with basil, salt, and pepper. Add cheese.
  2. Whisk oil and vinegar together in a small bowl. Pour over salad. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad

This is such a great summer salad. I often make a smaller version of this, with just cucumbers and onions, but this time the tomatoes were calling my name, and if you read this blog regularly, you know that I always listen when food talks to me.

My Critics liked it, for the most part.

Elmo: Some more? Please?

Batman: This is the best salad I ever had in my life!

Sarah Crewe: This is really good!

Don Corleone doesn’t like cucumbers, so he was excused from today’s tasting.

Curious George: It’s good. I think it’s the best salad I ever had in my life, too, but… I just don’t want any more.

I call that a success!

Since I am also madly in love with sleep, I think I’ll go start the bedtime ritual now! Good night 🙂

Grilled Margarita Chicken Salad

I have been trying hard to cut back on the amount of red meat that my family eats. But when I suggested that we serve grilled chicken to our guests on Memorial Day, my husband practically had a… fine, I’ll say it, he had a cow. Cow, as in hamburger. Apparently one does not ring in the summer season with poultry.

So we’ll have our traditional hamburgers and hot dogs on Monday, and the healthy grilled chicken on Saturday.

Grilled Margarita Chicken Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups margarita mix
  • zest from 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally
  • romaine lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • red onion
  • Lime Vinaigrette, below
  • tortilla chips, crumbled, or tortilla strips, or TNWIGTTSFJOBOC Chips, below

Directions

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients (margarita mix through pepper) in a large ziploc bag. Add the chicken. Coat well and refrigerate for at least two hours. While you have the margarita mix out, go ahead and fix yourself a drink. You deserve it.
  2. Grill the chicken (or bake in oven).
  3. Prepare lettuce, tomato, and onion as you normally would for a salad. Pour dressing over top and mix well.
  4. Slice the chicken and serve over salad. Top with tortilla chips.

Margarita Chicken Salad

Lime Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • handful of cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine olive oil and remaining ingredients. Whisk well.

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I didn’t think of the tortilla chips until I had already gone to the store. But the salad still needed a little crunch. So I came up with:

There’s No Way I’m Going To The Store For Just One Bag of Chips Chips

  • tortillas (corn would be better but I only had flour. See title of this recipe!)
  • cooking spray
  • chili powder and/or sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Slice tortillas as you would a pizza, into 8 pieces. Or you can cut out shapes with cookie cutters, like stormtroopers and Boba Fett. Place tortilla pieces on a baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with seasoning. I sprinkled half with chili powder and half with salt.
  3. Bake for about 4-5 minutes, or until tortillas are as crisp as you like.

TNWIGTTSFJOBOC Chips

They were not as crunchy as store-bought chips, but they worked. And because they were in Star Wars shapes, I heard no complaints 😉

And speaking of no complaints, there were none with this meal. Yippy-skippy!

Batman: I think this is delicious!

Sarah Crewe: Well, it’s okay. It really tastes like margarita. (as if she would know)

Curious George: Mmmmm!!! It’s really good!

Elmo: It tastes like chicken. (awww… her first real critique)

Don Corleone said I’m putting too much pressure on him to come up with creative comments. But then he cracked himself up with the following:

“This chicken is so good, if I had two pistols I’d shoot them in the air, yelling ‘Ay! Ay! Ay!'”

“This reminds me of when I was in Pancho Villa’s army.”

“Maybe I shouldn’t have had that second beer.”

“This reminds me of a Mexican restaurant near my house growing up, except it’s good. And I don’t have diarrhea.”

I hope you all have a lovely Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy the unofficial start of summer, and don’t forget to pause to remember those who have died in our nation’s service.

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Star Wars Oreos

My husband informed me this morning that today, May the 4th, is Star Wars Day.

Duh.

You knew that, too, right?

I got the idea for Star Wars oreos from justjennrecipes.com. Jenn is my go-to resource for all things Geek and Food. I am so enamored of her creativity! Since I am married to a Geek, and am apparently raising a whole new generation of Geeks, and since I love to cook, I visit her site frequently (read: daily).

Star Wars Oreos

  • your favorite sugar cookie recipe
  • Star Wars cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Prepare sugar cookies with Star Wars cookie cutters, adding food coloring if desired. While the cookies cool, prepare the filling:
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter while carefully adding the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and beat until creamy.
  3. Plop some filling onto one cookie, and top with another. (Depending on the shape, you will put some filling on the flat side of the cookie). And there you have it. These aren’t the cookies you’re looking for.

Nice try, Obi Wan. These are precisely the cookies I’m looking for!

The last time I made these, I added green food coloring to half the batter for Yoda, and cocoa powder to half the batter for Darth Vader. I didn’t take a picture, because I had no idea Star Wars Day would be here so soon! It just creeps up on you, doesn’t it??? This time I only made Yoda and Boba Fett, because making one big green batch was, quite frankly, all the excitement I could take for one day.

Yoda & Boba Fett Oreos

Goodness, with the Royal Wedding, the bin Laden news, and Star Wars Day… this is turning out to be quite a week! I’m going to need a vacation after all this!

Speaking of vacations, my six-year-old wanted to know if cereal for grown-ups has alcohol in it. Mmmmm… Martini-O’s! That might be just what the doctor ordered!

May the 4th be with You!

(that’s the Star Wars Day slogan. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up!)