Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Maple Butter

Are you guys more of a waffle or pancake fan? For some reason, I definitely gravitate towards waffles – I like them so much better than pancakes. But, to be honest, it could be because I’m just not that great at making pancakes! They’re never even, the butter gets all gross and then makes the second and third batch a weird color and I’m just not into it!

But these waffles…these waffles are the most beautiful color. And wow, do they taste like fall! The pumpkin spice really suits my fall theme of being 100% basic.

With these, you can just use any of your go-to waffle/pancake mixes. Because I have gestational diabetes, I’m using the Birch Benders keto mix. For these, I also used a sugar free maple syrup, but just use your favorite! It is what it is – just a few months left of this!

In this recipe, you use the pure pumpkin puree as a replacement for eggs/water. It’s such an easy recipe – I made extra and put them in the freezer once they were cooled just so I could grab and go on weekdays. Sometimes, you just need something more exciting than scrambled eggs, ya know!

Next time I do these, I’m going to cut up some apples and sautee them in a bit of cinnamon. Let all those fall flavors really collide!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles with Maple Butter

Delicious pumpkin spice protein waffles topped with a savory and sweet maple butter.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch

Equipment

  • Waffle maker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 c waffle mix
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp brown sugar I used Truvia brown sugar replacement
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 3 tsp maple syrup
  • pecans, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine waffle mix and pumpkin puree until well combined.
  • Coat waffle iron with cooking spray; pour batter into iron (refer to your iron's instructions for the correct amount).
  • As the waffles are being made, combine softened butter and maple syrup. If using unsalted butter, taste for salt and add a tiny pinch, if needed.
  • Serve waffles with maple butter, maple syrup, pecans, etc.

Cider and Beer Braised Cheddar Bratwurst with Onions, Apples and Mustard

The idea for this recipe has been kicking around in my head for at least two years – I wish I had made it sooner! This one is definitely going to be in our rotation in the fall. The brats are savory and the touch of cheddar was the perfect combination with the nearly-caramelized onions and thinly sliced apples.

This recipe is so straightforward with minimal ingredients – the best kind, right? You start by searing the brats. Then, you’ll add the onions with butter and get them to that just barely caramelized state. Add some apple slices and sautee until they’re soft, then pop the brats back in with a cider and beer and let it all simmer together until the brats are cooked through.

That combination of the onions and apples really helps to ring in the fall season! And it’s such an easy recipe it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Quick and Easy Fall Grazing Board

You know how I love a good grazing board, right?! It’s the perfect easy appetizer to have when guests arrive – they’re so pretty and inviting. It’s perfect when your focus is on a meal and not a full blown dinner menu! Just grab a big platter and start filling it up!

Herlongwayhome Fall Grazing Board

Beyond pumpkins, because really, what’s more fall than plopping a few pumpkins on a plate? But beyond that, think about the colors and flavors of the season. 100% why I always go to Trader Joe’s when I’m putting together a grazing board – they have the best seasonal options!

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Canned Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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Okay. This is probably going to be one of those recipes that you make and then you’re like, crap I better give half of these to the neighbors. When I made these, we had one bite, and I texted a pic to our neighbors across the street and asked them if they wanted some. I brought them across (mask on, yes), and thank god. We would have eaten all of these and god help us, we are really trying to avoid the quarantine 15!

These sticky pecan cinnamon rolls are so easy. There ain’t nothin’ wrong with canned cinnamon rolls, especially when it’s so hard to find yeast. And, let’s be real – we’re all cooking and baking a lot more than usual. It’s nice to have a shortcut for something out of this world delicious in your back pocket.

Cumin Lime Shrimp on Avocado Toasts

Holy southwestern kick, eh? I’ve really been in a put-cumin-and-lime-on-everything. Sorry….? Not really. This is real life what we’ve been eating around here.

I’ve been cooking so much more than usual, which has been a ton of fun for me. I’ve been overflowing with creativity and recipes are just coming to me, so I can’t really complain. I’m just living for quick and easy recipes that pack a lot of flavor. I keep saying this, but come lunch time, I want something to look forward to, but I also really want it to be quick.

Oven Baked Crispy Southwestern Won Tons with Spicy Cilantro Ranch Dressing

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Have you guys been ordering your groceries since we’ve been quarantined? Or just, in general ordering groceries? Then you know the whole, put this in my cart and pray this is what actually comes, right? So, these southwestern won tons were really supposed to be southwestern egg rolls. I ordered the egg roll wrappers, but the won tons are what came.

So, before we even really get into this recipe – just know, it will work with egg roll wrappers. And clearly it works with wonton wrappers. And it’s really all just a vehicle to get that spicy ranch dressing in your mouth. You’re welcome.

Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts on Hummus Toast

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Quarantine has really challenged me to step up my lunch game. Having just gone back to work, it’s nice to have something to look forward to and not have a #saddesklunch. It feels like a blessing to be home and have the space to be a little more creative, especially in the middle of the day.

These hummus toasts come together in just 20 minutes, most of which you’re just roasting up the brussels sprouts. You use store bought hummus, spread it over the toasts, spread the brussels sprouts over them and BAM you’ve got lunch, sis!

Pulled Adobo Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

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Have you noticed yet how into spicy, Mexican, southwestern inspired dishes I am right now? I’ve got even more coming! I’m trying to space them out for you, but really, I need to tell you about this pulled adobo chicken I’ve been making! So far, we’ve had this chicken on its own, on sliders, in a burrito bowl and these tacos!

And today is #tacotuesday, so what better day to share this recipe with you?

Vanilla Bean Angel Food Sheet Cake with Roasted Strawberries

Hey, hey, MDW! I love Memorial Day Weekend; it gets me so excited for summer. And BBQs. And cold drinks. And firepits at night. And all the summertime things I’m hoping we still get to enjoy during this quarantine!

This weekend’s menu is a simple mix of some burgers, hot dogs and watermelon salad, plus this vanilla bean angel food cake with the best roasted strawberries you’ll want to put on everything. I used a special vinegar, which you can find online here and here. But you could do a balsamic vin too!

Candied Bacon Panzanella Salads with Rye Bread Croutons

If you can’t tell by now, we are totally feeling the panzanella lately! Last week, it was the salmon panzanella, this week, BLT’s! These are kicked up a notch with candied bacon and I used rye bread for the croutons. Let me tell you. That rye bread is killer in this salad!

Candied bacon is simple to make – just a bit of brown sugar and some maple syrup. I used Bushwick Kitchen’s Spicy Maple for this batch – so good! If you follow on Instagram, you know how hard I stan for Bushwick Kitchen. Scroll towards the bottom of the post for all my favorite BK.