Quick And Easy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Quick And Easy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. Dig into some fall flavor with these delicious and fluffy pumpkin spiced pancakes. Now, who doesn’t love a good hot cup of pumpkin spiced coffee in the fall? Here I’ve combined those flavors with some rich pureed pumpkin that can be store bought or made at home. These are sure to be a new family favorite. Now you can easily make your own pancake mix at home. But as a busy mom, I’m all about shortcuts! And here I use store bought pancake mix and added in the extra ingredients to give us that flavorful and homemade taste. Less time cooking and more time to cozy up to your family and enjoy an incredible meal together. I hope that you enjoy these fall flavored pancakes. Share your favorite way to eat pumpkin in the comments below!

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

Quick And Easy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

 

Quick And Easy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

2 1/2 cups pancake mix (I use Krusteaz)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (You can use two tablespoons if you want a very mild pumpkin taste.)
One teaspoon pure vanilla
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie mix (Recipe below)
Plenty of butter and maple syrup, for serving.

In a large bowl add pancake mix and pumpkin spices. Mix well. Now follow the directions for the pancake mix. Once your pancake batter has been mixed, add vanilla, pumpkin puree and lightly stir until incorporated.

Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Lightly oil and pour pancake batter using a 1/4 measuring cup onto skillet. Let bubbles start to form before flipping and cook until a light golden brown. Remove from heat and repeat with the next batch.

Serve with butter and maple syrup if desired. Yum!

Pumpkin pie spice:

Two teaspoons ground cinnamon
One teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup. Who doesn’t love a warm and comforting bowl of soup on a chilly day? (Or any day in my case) This soup is incredibly easy to throw together. You can easily omit the curry if your not a fan of that flavor. The rich and sweet flavor of the butternut squash is infused with cream, garlic, onion, brown sugar and curry! Just the right balance. A warm filling and flavorful soup that’s perfect for fall and winter. What is your favorite way to cook butternut squash? Leave a comment below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

 

 

 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

One tablespoon olive oil
One small white onion, sliced
Two garlic cloves, minced
One butternut squash, 6 cups cubed. (Feel free to use the pre-cubed packaged fresh squash)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups heavy cream (Can substitute half and half or coconut milk)
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
Pinch cinnamon
2 Tablespoons creme fraiche, plus more for serving. (greek yogurt can be substituted)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup pepitas (Optional)

*Tip* You can also freeze this for up to a month!

 

Heat oil in a dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat.

Once the pan is hot add onion and garlic, cook until the onion is softened about 2-3 minutes.

Add in your butternut squash. Stir well and add in seasonings along with a pinch of salt and pepper. You can season some more at the end.

Add in your cream, stock, and sugar. Stir well.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Or until your squash is fork tender.

Carefully transfer your soup to a blender. You can also use an immersion blender straight in the pot.

Add in two tablespoons of creme fraiche. Puree until smooth.

Return to pot and adjust your seasonings. Continue to cook over low heat for another 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with your desired garnishes!

 

Pumpkin Patch 2013

We had the pleasure of going to our local pumpkin patch this weekend as a family. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. It sounds corny but I think i’d been subconsciously waiting for this moment for a long time. No, not to go to the pumpkin patch. It’s that moment of building or starting a tradition. We’ve sort of just started our little family and we’re figuring things out day by day just like any other family. To have that special first moment with Riley and my husband over the weekend was such a joy and warmed my soul in such a way that could only be described as pure love. I’m very sentimental and I cherish moments and building traditions with my family. To see the look on Riley’s face when she saw everything was priceless.

Okay enough with the cheese ball, romance, sap… I’ll spare you, for now. 😉

Needless to say we had an amazing time at the patch. We enjoyed fresh slow cooked brisket sandwiches that were nothing short of perfect and caramel apples that I am still slowly devouring (with large glasses of water ;)). They had a small animal farm that could’ve used some more animals, but got the job done for Riley. We rode an adorable little train around the patch and went through hay mazes. Then, we topped off the afternoon with Riley picking out the cutest pumpkin that was just her size. We plan on decorating it later this week. 🙂

How was all of you weekends? What did you do? Comment below.

Here are a couple of photos from our day. Enjoy!