You have got to love this time of the year with all of the great foods that we see thanks to all of the harvesting.
Pumpkins are indeed a favorite for many of us.

Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

To be able to add pumpkin to a breakfast favorite is kind of like getting an extra treat for breakfast.
Pumpkin pancakes are a favorite for both adults and kids alike. Being in the breakfast business, I can attest to the popularity of this favorite seasonal pancake.

What makes the pumpkin pancake different from any other fruit or vegetable pancake is that the pumpkin is actually part of the batter itself.

When we usually make some kind of a fun pancake, we simply make a basic pancake batter and the add a few bits of whatever we are adding before we scoop the batter onto the griddle.

Let's face it, around the fall festive holidays, pumpkins are a lot of fun. We carve them, we eat them, and we decorate them too!

I love that there are so many different kinds of pumpkins grown every year.
I grew a few nice sized pumpkins in my garden over the summer. My favorite pumpkin matured in early September, making me the first pumpkin owner on the block. Of course, soon after Labor Day, pumpkins appeared all over the place. That is just part of the fun of pumpkins and the excitement of fall. Don't you think?

Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

There are two secret ingredients in a pumpkin pancake recipe.
Obviously, one of those ingredients is the pumpkin. The pumpkin that is used is a canned pumpkin puree. The other secret ingredient is pumpkin pie spice. It is the pumpkin pie spice that gives this that truly fall feeling in my opinion.

The cheat for this recipe is to use a pre-made baking mix.
You know, the kind that we all have sitting around in our cupboards somewhere. Don't have a pre-made baking mix- no problem. Simply sub in this below where it says "baking mix" in the recipe.

  • 2 cups of AP flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt.
Simply whisk these ingredients together in a separate bowl before adding them to the recipe.

How to make Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

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Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin pancakes are a favorite for both adults and kids alike. Being in the breakfast business, I can attest to the popularity of this favorite seasonal pancake.
  • 2 1/3 Cups or next 4 ingredients Baking Mix
  • 2 cups- (omit if using baking mix above) Flour All Purpose
  • 2 teaspoons (omit if using baking mix above) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (omit if using baking mix above) Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon (omit if using baking mix above) Salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon or equivalent Sugar or alternative
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 1/4 Milk-whole or your choice
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Butter (melted) or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
If not using a baking mix, in a small bow, whisk together your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Omit these ingredients and this step if you are using a premade baking mix.Preheat a prepped griddle on medium heat as you prepare your mix.In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together your baking mix, sugar, and pumpkin pie spiceIn a large bowl, stir together your remaining ingredients. Once these ingredients are blended, add your dry ingredients a bit at a time, stirring as you go.Scoop about 1/4-1/3 cup of batter per pancake on to the griddle. Once the pancakes begin to bubble flip them over and allow for them to continue to cook until the edges begin to brown. Serve with your favorite syrup.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings depending on size

Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

I can't believe how much money my daughter spends on coffee.
This is the time of the year when her paycheck seems to migrate to the coffee stores for that Pumpkin Spice Latte coffee too.

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Those fancy coffee places seem to make a lot of money especially when those seasonal coffee flavors show up.
I could not even imagine how much it costs to actually make one of those. I do know that you can pay close to six bucks every time you crave one of those trendy beverages.

By the way, have you checked out the calories in a store bought Pumpkin Spice Latte.
If you were to drink an entire whole milk pumpkin spice latte, it is over 400 calories of which, over 100 of those calories coming from fat. Wow!

What I like about making my own pumpkin spice Latte is that I know every ingredient that is going into it.
I am sensitive to sugar. Often the store bought Pumpkin Latte Spice drinks are loaded in sugar. The sugar can often over-take the taste of the drink in my opinion. When I make my own pumpkin spice latte, I know exactly which ingredients are going into it and how much of each of these ingredients as well.

Yep, there really is pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte.

What makes a pumpkin spice latte unique is that it does include pumpkin in the recipe.
This time of the year, you can usually score a canned of pumpkin at a good price. I look for when canned pumpkin is a leader item at the grocery store and load up on it. I can easily use canned pumpkin in recipes throughout the holidays.

There are ways to cut calories in your homemade pumpkin spice latte.
I prefer to use a sugar alternative. I will also use skim milk while most recipes call for heavy cream or whole milk.

The big cheat for this recipe is to use the coffee that you have already made.
I know folks who will actually use espresso. It really is up to you and your needs for caffeine when it comes to what kind of coffee to use.

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

The recipe to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

What you will need to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte:

  • Pure pumpkin puree- 2 tablespoons
  • Milk- 1 cup, can be whole (best for taste), evaporated, skim, etc.
  • Sugar or alternative- 1 tablespoon
  • Pumpkin pie spice- 1/2 teaspoon and as needed
  • Pure vanilla extract- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coffee- can be espresso, 1/4 cup hot.
  • Whipped cream
How to make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • You can make this in a microwave using a microwave-safe bowl with vented plastic wrap (or you can make this on the stove- see next step). In your microwave bowl or stove top pot, combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar (or alternative), pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

  • If working on the stove and not the microwave, simply combine your milk, pumpkin, sugar (or alternative), pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a saucepan. Heat on medium, stirring as needed, until it is warm- usually about three minutes.
  • Using either methods, whisk your latte mix vigorously until the mixture appears foamy, about 30 seconds.

  • Optional- carefully pour your mixture into a blender and blend for a minute. It will be hot! You may need to use a pot holder to help you.

  • Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream. Top with additional pumpkin spice.
  • Enjoy!

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Delicious Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

I remember the day that I found out that there were no carbs in Rum.
I'm not a big rum drinker but, I do like to make an occasional dessert with it.

Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

Delicious Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

When I was on a carbohydrate conscious diet, I learned how to experiment with recipes.
Surprisingly, I was quite successful at both the diet and with my recipes. I still like to bake a lot of those recipes from that diet era of my life. If the recipe includes chocolate, I am all over it.

The surprising fact about rum is that it is carb-free.
I was shocked to learn this as I assumed that anything made with sugar cane byproducts must be loaded with sugar and carbs.
I learned that the sugar that we thought would be in the rum actually doesn't pass through the distillation process. Sweet! Right?

Cocoa is naturally unsweetened.
Any sweetness that comes in your hot cocoa etc has been added to it.For this reason, anyone on a low sugar or low carb diet can embrace cocoa when they bake. At least I do. YAY!

What kind of rum should you use for this cocoa rum brownie recipe?
Dark rum seems to be the rum of choice for most baking recipes. The dark rum is usually the more flavorable rum and thus, the rum taste in your brownies will be more profound than if you had used a light rum. When I bake, I like to use a cheap booze in general. Why spend big bucks on alcohol that will be burned off anyway?

You can cheat on this recipe!
If you bypass the dry ingredients and use a baking mix instead, brownie baking mix, you can make this recipe a lot faster. I won't tell anyone if you do this. I usually make things like this the long way because I have cocoa on hand and rarely think in advance to buy the mixes. Baking anything chocolate inspired is often a spur of the moment thing around here.

Delicious Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

The Recipe for Delicious Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

Make this sugar free by using substitutes as indicated.

This recipe is for the most delicious cocoa rum brownies you could ever taste. Try this recipe sugar free!

What you will need to make Delicious Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

  • Butter or Coconut Oil (my go-to these days)- 1 cup melted (tip: coconut oil melts at a higher temperature making it easy to melt without a microwave!)
  • Sugar or alternative- 2 cups or equivalent
  • Unsweetened Cocoa- 3/4 cup
  • Eggs- 4
  • Vanilla Extract-1/2 tablespoons
  • AP Flour- 1 cup
  • Baking Powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt- dash
  • Rum- 1/4 cup
  • Optional- bittersweet chocolate- 4 squares or 1 ounce- can use chocolate chips (I use sugar free chocolate chips)
  • Optional- chopped nuts 1 cup

How to make this Delicious Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

  • Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your pan for nonstick
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine together your dry ingredients. If you are using my 'cheat', just empty it into the bowl and break up the lumps.
  • In another bowl,combine your butter/oil, vanilla and then beat in your eggs.
  • Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients bowl and then mix in your remaining ingredients.
  • Spread the batter into your prepped pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool prior to cutting.

Killer Cocoa Rum Brownies

Antioxidant Blend Greek Yogurt Float Parfait

Antioxidant Blend Greek Yogurt Float #WelchsFrozenSoFresh

Antioxidant Blend Greek Yogurt Float #WelchsFrozenSoFresh

Antioxidant Blend Greek Yogurt Float Parfait

This float parfait is a fun way to enjoy fruit.
You could make it in small cups for kids to enjoy as a dessert or snack.
I like to make this float parfait for my friends using fun glasses.

Remember when we use to make floats using ice cream?

Thankfully, we do have other options these days.

You could use the usual vanilla ice cream that you would normally see in a float. Or, you could use Greek Yogurt. I used fresh yogurt which required me to freeze my float for an hour prior to adding the 'fizz'.

This recipe is per serving.

What you will need to make Antioxidant Blend Greek Yogurt Float Parfait


An easy and delicious beverage that is made with antioxidant fruit and Greek Yogurt
- Per Serving (amounts can vary per size of glass used)
- Greek Yogurt- 3 tablespoons (divided)
- Antioxidant fruit such as Welch’s Antioxidant Blend - 3 tablespoons (divided)
- Sparkling water, club soda, or seltzer water- 1 tablespoon
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Yield: 1 glass

How to make this Antioxidant Blend Greek Yogurt Float Parfait

1.Layer the fruit and yogurt in a parfait or similar glass 1 tablespoon of each ingredient at a time leaving about 3/4 of an inch on the top free .If you are using a tall glass you can easily add additional layers.

2. Place your parfait into the freezer for 1 1/2- 2 hours (maximum) for the Greek Yogurt to take on an ice-cream like consistency.

3. Top the parfait with sparkling water, club soda, or seltzer water to create the float.

4. Serve immediately.

Adding a bit of whipped cream to the top of this antioxidant blend Greek yogurt float parfait is an optional step.
I used sparkling water. You could also use a flavored sparkling water, club soda or seltzer water. The important thing is to get the bubbles.

Also, for Greek Yogurt to take on a likeness to ice cream, it needs to be placed in the freezer for 1 1/2- 2 hours.

How to Make apple Sauce

I live practically down the street from an apple orchard.
I love when apple season begins.

Easy Homemade Apple Sauce

Easy Homemade Apple Sauce

It is always about this time of the year that I am overloaded with apples.
I love apples and living close to an apple orchard, I enjoy going out on a beautiful fall day to pick apples.
The orchard near my house has many different kinds of apples that seem to ripen from early August through some time in October. That is a lot of different kinds of apple to pick and accumulate.

apple orchard

Everyone always seems to ask what are the best apples to use when making apple sauce?

There seems to be an apple for about anything we want to make.
The apples that you may want to use to make your sauce may vary as we all seem to have our own taste. What I usually like to do is use more than one variety of apple in my sauce to make the taste a bit more personable.

If you ask an expert in making apple sauce, they will probably tell you to stick to certain varieties of apples for your sauce.
Among the most popular varieties of apples that can be used for sauce, you may hear about any of these:
  • Gala
  • McIntosh
  • Lodi
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonathan
  • PaulaRed
  • Golden Delicious
  • Fuji
  • Red Delicious
  • Earligold

Some of the above apple varieties are location specific and may not be available in your neck of the woods. Obviously, this is not a complete list of apples that make the best sauce. I tend to stick with what is ripe at the time that I am making apple sauce. I also like to mix something that is a bit tart with something that may be a bit sweeter just to balance them out.

The good thing about making homemade applesauce is that you can do so much with it.
I can bottle applesauce up and give it away. Use it in other recipes. OR simply eat it as is. There is something about apples that makes me happy.

By the way, you may be interested in reading more about apples.

Amazing Oven Baked Apple Pancake
No Sugar Added Apple Crisp

20 Delicious Facts About Apples

Easy Homemade Apple Sauce

The Recipe for homemade apple sauce

What you will need to make this.
  • Apples- 6 that have been cored, peeled and quartered. See recommended varieties above.
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar or sugar alternative- 2 tablespoons- can also use brown sugar or cocoanut palm sugar.
  • Ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon

How to make this.
  • In a medium to large saucepan, combine your apples, sugar, and water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover with a lid and simmer for 25- 30 minutes -removing the lid at 20 minutes. You can stir as needed.
  • After you have removed the lid keep an eye on the mixture. Once you notice that most of the liquid has boiled off you can remove it from the hear. You mixture should be on the stove for a total of 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from the stove and stir in your remaining ingredients.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

For added taste you can add allspice, nutmeg or ginger. Also, if you want to omit all sugar, you can easily use a sweeter apple.

Easy Homemade Apple Sauce


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