Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup

I got this recipe from the sisters cafe. There are so many great recipes on their blog, I have made multiple things from their site and have never been disappointed. I made these weeks ago and am still thinking about them, and I am sure a few of you have heard me talk about how good they were. So here's your chance to try them out for yourself!

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 c. flour
3 Tbs. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
1 c. pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 Tbs vinegar
2 Tbs oil

In one bowl mix together the buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs, oil and vinegar. Combine dry ingredients separately and them stir into pumpkin mixture just until combined. Heat your pan or griddle (lightly butter or oil if it is not seasoned), using about 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot with apple cider syrup.

Apple Cider Syrup

3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 Tbs. corn starch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 c. apple cider
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. butter

Mix sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg well. Add apple cider and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, use within a week or two.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


The trunk or treat is always the highlight of our Halloween festivities, especially this year when the kids weren't able to go trick-or-treating because of the holiday being on a Sunday.

Tristan was so entranced by all of the decorated cars. He would stop at one that was all decked out and stare at it forever and talk to the people about how cool it was. He kept saying, "wow, that's pretty cool!" He loved it.

The above two pictures are from our Hatch family Halloween Party, it is really fun just to celebrate together as a family.

While Andrew was in the Netherlands in the beginning of October my mother-in-law came to stay with us. She was nice enough to help me make Carter and Parker's costumes this year. Parker was a vampire and Carter wanted to be a king. They would not have turned out nearly as well if she wasn't here to help. Thanks again, Colleen!

I wish we could have gotten Tristan to dress up. He absolutely refused to wear any costume we put on him and I had 4 for him to choose from. He is one stubborn boy. In this picture he is wearing the vest to his cowboy costume and even that was a struggle to get him to wear.

Birthdays at a glance

It's hard to believe that Tristan's and Parker's birthday are 3 months apart and I am just getting around to blogging about it. For Parker's birthday I let him pick what he wanted to eat for every meal, and he told me he wanted bacon and sausage for every meal. That boy loves meat. I talked him into just having it for breakfast. Luckily he agreed.

I am still getting used to the fact that he is 5 years old already! Happy Birthday bud!

Unfortunately we were moving on the day of Tristan's birthday and by the time we got around to celebrating it I was super tired. So Tristan's birthday was very simple, luckily he didn't seem to mind :)

He is such a cute boy. We love having him in our family!