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Halloween Breakfasts with Pumpkin

It is a little late for this post, I know. First of all, it’s 2:30AM my time- I’m exhausted but I’m up anyway as I am finishing up some of my canning and preserving (after midnight is a great time to write- by the way- it is SOOO silent in this house!). Second- it’s already the morning of Halloween. You’ve all probably got it figured out what you’ll be making for breakfast when your little goblins crawl out of bed. Still, I want to post my ideas for some pumpkiny nummies- and you can choose to save for future reference or use anytime you like. They also make great additions to Thanksgiving menus!

To your left you will see the image for my Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes. To your right you will see my Cranberry Almond Pumpkin Bread with Fall Spice Frosting.

For Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes:

Needs:

2 c whole wheat flour

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 15oz can of pumpkin

1 c milk

1 egg

1/4 c melted butter

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix all wet into another. Combine in larger bowl until all dry ingredients are moistened.

Pour batter onto greased griddle and cook each side until lightly browned.

 When cakes are done, use a cute pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut out little pumpkin pancakes. You may want to let them sit in butter and syrup for just a tad- as my kids could tell that they were pretty healthy. I enjoyed them though!

Cranberry Almond Pumpkin Bread with Fall Spice Frosting

I am not giving a detailed recipe here with photos, etc. In fact- I’m only giving the Fall Spice Frosting Recipe as I don’t have an original handmade pumpkin bread recipe of my own. I actually use Better Homes and Garden cookbook for that recipe- and I just toss in a cup of cranberries and a cup of chopped almonds. So- you’ll want to find your favorite pumpkin bread recipe to top with this delectable frosting (feel free to email me for mine and I’d be happy to type it up for you and send it over!)

Here’s what you need- and just make it your first step to beat cream cheese, vanilla, and milk together until combined, then beat in the dry ingredients. Remember to refrigerate extras! This should be enough to top 2-3 loaves of pumpkin bread! (I think it would be great on carrot cake too!)

12oz container of spreadable cream cheese

3 c sifted powdered sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 c milk

1/c tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Do you have any favorite fall breakfast recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas or thoughts! Did you end up trying these? What did you think? Contact me here or visit my website at www.delightfullyperceptive.com to get in touch!

Happy Halloween!!!

In Stitches over Huckleberries (Literally)

Last week was a tiring one… All week our family worked hard to accomplish as many tasks as possible on top of our regular workday activities so that we could go camping over the weekend and feel completely at peace with there being nothing waiting for us when we got back. On top of all of that there was the packing and preparing for going on a family camping trip with the 4 of us, our 2 dogs, and a family friend. I was constantly reminded of how many little things needed to be considered when camping with kiddos and animals instead of just getting up and going like my husband and I could when we didn’t have so many obligations. 🙂

Anyway- all of that work was going to be worth it to me- because we were on our way to a great spot for picking huckleberries. Visions of pancakes, mikshakes, pies, cobblers, tarts, and jellies were dancing in my head. I was so anxious for the reddish, bluish, purplish fruits to be filling our buckets! And I was so excited to be spending some time away from the world with my family in the nice and peaceful forest land without too much worry or care and only fun times ahead.

Now picture that little bubble of excitement and thought floating above my head like in a cartoon- and take an imaginary dart gun and blow a dart right into it to pop it. That’s pretty much how our trip went.

First- Friday was an incredibly busy day at the office. I had no time to take a quick lunch to make sure I could pick up ice for the food chest- so that was going to have to wait until I got off. When I got off, I got a call from my husband stating he had fallen into a lake while helping a friend get a sinking boat out of the water. He wanted me to pick him up flip flops since his shoes were wet. Poor guy. So I got ice for the food, then I drove to a couple places before finally finding some flip flops. Then I picked up my kiddos and we made our way to the camp spot about an hour later than expected. I thought- oh well, that’s ok- we’ll have all day the next day.

So we got to the spot and got settled. The kids ran around and played for a bit while we set up our tents. The fire wouldn’t start for a couple of hours so we had a 10pm dinner. Even that’s ok! It was still a great roasted hot dog and s’more dinner! Then I tucked my kids in their tent and joined my husband in ours. Not 20 minutes later there were LOUD cracks of thunder and HUGE flashes of lightning. I ended up with the children and both dogs in the other tent to try and keep everyone soothed. The storm, along with rain, lasted ALL night long. There was maybe an hour of sleep we got in between the storm noises, children’s worry questions, and dogs barking and moving around. Not to mention the mosquito bites… Ugh!

When we got up in the morning everything was soaked. We quickly changed into the clothes that were only a bit damp from the rainwater soaking into the tents and getting all over our packs. Then we sat and tried to be patient while waiting for a fire to get started. While my husband worked on that terrible task with wet wood, I changed my mind on waiting and took the kids out to start the berry picking. I figured we’d probably warm up and dry up faster if we were walking now that the sun was coming out. We were so excited because the berries- though not quite ready- were plentiful and large! We got a few handfuls before my husband started walking up to join us. When my kids spotted him they were anxious to show off how much they put into their buckets- and here’s where the last straw of bad luck for our camping trip occurred. As my daughter ran down the dirt road towards my husband, she tripped and fell into the ditch area and a stick hit the front of her leg. Both my husband and I ran towards her and lifted up her pants as she was crying. We found a 2 1/2″ gash that was about 1/4″ deep and split wide open. She was blessed that it didn’t go deeper because there wasn’t much blood, but I looked at my husband and said we needed to go now.

After bandaging up my baby’s leg with some first aid supplies as my husband held her in his arms, I took the 1 1/2 hour drive down to the emergency room with both my kids. My husband was stuck with the task of packing up the campsite but I am so thankful that he did that.

My poor little girl was so nervous and scared. She was okay the whole way to the emergency room- but once she was on the operating room table she panicked. Huge tears flowed, and high pitch screams entered my ears when she got shots of numbing medicine- but she did such a good job of staying still with my holding her down. And thanks to that numbing medicine, she didn’t feel any of the 12 stitches the doctor used to fix up her leg.

So- there was our camping trip. Although there was a lot of “bad” that happened- it all turned out ok. We still built memories (how many can say they camped through a thunder and lightning storm?). We still got enough berries for milkshakes and pancakes. And my daughter’s leg was able to be fixed easily- it could have been much worse.

We all got home and were very tired. We spent the whole weekend just unpacking and sleeping. I’m behind on quite a few tasks and wants that I was hoping to accomplish- but I’m just happy to be with my family safe and sound. We’ll probably try again next weekend and see if we get better results all around. 🙂

Summer Food Favorites for Kids

1. The first “food” that comes to mind when thinking about summer treats are those great frozen juice stick popsicles that I keep stocked in my freezer during the season. Always available and ready for a cool treat after a summer swim in the pool or dash through the sprinklers.

2. Cereal- It can just get too hot to make pancakes, eggs, waffles, hashbrowns, etc. A good whole grain cereal and milk is a great start to a day for my kids.

3. Sandwich fixings- Perfect for those nights when I don’t want to hover over a hot stove for anything! I try to keep all the favorites in my fridge: cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, ham, turkey,  peanut butter, jelly, pickles, lettuce, mayo, onions, and mustard. I guess the only downfall is when we run out of bread and no one notices until it’s time to mae a sandwich. 🙂

4. Lemonade mix- Always a super inexpensive flavored drink that can be mixed up and kept cold in a large super cleaned pickle jar in the fridge. Easily made and ready for my kiddos and their friends after a few hours of outdoor exercise.

5. Crackers and Cheesesticks. Some days my kids just aren’t hungry for a full lunch. Out come the wheat crackers and stringed cheese. A great grain and protein combo to give them energy without over filling them.

6. Strawberries, watermelon, grapes, and apples. Wonderful fruits for a cool and juicy tastes on thirsty tongues- and fingerfoods that happen to make great compost additions when down to the cores, rinds, or green tops.  Our pig likes them too!

7. Different flavored applesauce cups for breakfast, and colored Jello cups for dessert after dinner. Two simple and cool additions to meals that add fun and flavor to a meal.

8. Popcorn- always a summer movie late night treat that satisfies our mouth’s need for salt. Of course- popcorn is eaten all year long- but out on the lawn with the laptop and an “instant online” movie it becomes a summer food!

Looking forward to many days of spoiling my kids’ taste buds this summer! I’d love to hear your “summer food” ideas- please share!

My Birthday Bash with Breakfast, Bouncing, Cake, and Candles

I am a little late on posting about my birthday bash with my husband, daughter, and son. But that’s the thing about getting older- all of the time that is supposed to be spent living needs to be divided around to dreams, goals, wants, and obligations too. But here I am now because I wanted to share. So- another thing about getting older- even though you know you shouldn’t junk out for a whole day- because your body just isn’t the same as it used to be- a birthday is one of the greatest excuses to just give in.

On my 25th birthday, oops- I mean 27th birthday, food junking started late. I wanted to have raspberry and whipped cream topped pancakes for brunch and I was set on making it. Well, my husband had to “run to the bank” (key words for last minute shop) and he took our daughter with him, so brunch was going to wait until they got back. That ended up being about 12:45pm… so this ended up being more like a lunch. Doesn’t that just look good though? It was too- a pancake buttered down and topped with raspberry jelly before placing a glop of thawed out frozen raspberries and topping it all off with whipped cream. I could eat these any time of the day.

Our next activity was to put together the trampoline we got as a Father’s day gift for my husband (and the family obviously). We couldn’t wait until Sunday to do it because it was such a nice day out- so up it went! Building it helped our tummies settle from brunch before we all bounced away!

So, while my husband was “at the bank” I baked a chocolate cake, as I had planned to, so my kids could decorate it for me and it would be like them “making” me a cake. How fun does that look? And a total satisfier of all the choclate cravings that have come up over the last year!

But of course, when my very thoughtful husband came back from “the bank”, he bought a cake so he could save me the trouble of making one. Too late. 🙂 Still- very sweet gesture. Or was it just because he didn’t want to eat my cake? I don’t even want to know… I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for just being sweet.

Later in the evening we had our little “birthday bash junking” with a bunch of snack foods and cake and ice cream. I had made these candle holders as a sample of a customizable item to sell in my gift shop, but after I started cutting the cakes up my husband insisted that I light candles up and blow them out. So I gave in and had him take a photo too. After the photo was taken I thought it should be deleted- but changed my mind. It will serve as my reminder that you’re never too old to junk out and have a birthday celebration- even if its mostly centered around breakfast, bouncing, cake and candles. Here’s to a great year for me! 🙂