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Drink in Autumn

Day 25:

A nice way to relax after a long week is to kick back with a cocktail. Before dinner or after dinner is the perfect time to enjoy (I had one at both times today)

I like to keep it simple with cocktails. No fancy alcohols, no exotic ingredients. This Pumpkin Cider Cocktail from Food Mayhem fit the bill.


  • pinch spice mix (equal parts cinnamon, allspice, & nutmeg)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated ginger and ginger sticks to garnish (Ginger Sticks are optional, we didn’t have any)
  • ice as needed
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 ounce spiced rum


1. Toast spice mix in a dry pan until fragrant.  Remove pan from heat and add freshly grated ginger and pumpkin puree. Stir well to combine. (OK, So maybe toasting spices isn’t exactly “simple” but it is nicely fragrant. It only take about a minute so no big deal)

2. Pour mixture into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Add rum and apple cider.  Shake vigorously to combine.

Mix it well.

Mix it well.

3. Strain into a champagne flute or cordial glass. (Or mason jar if you are feeling shabby chic) Garnish with a stick of fresh ginger.



I thoroughly loved this drink. Sarah did as well, she especially liked that it wasn’t too sweet. The Pre-Dinner version was made with Bacardi Rum, whereas the Post-Dinner version was made with Kraken Spiced Rum. I preferred the extra spice that the Kraken brought. Our guests liked the drink as well. I highly recommend this cocktail and look forward to having it again.


P.S. Drink responsibly and be over 21 years of age!


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Breakfast for Dinner!

Day 6:

Today we decided to do breakfast for dinner and have Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup! We just assumed that this would be a family favorite and we were not wrong. It was a busy day today and I wanted to be able to savor this meal as a family and discuss the high/low points without rushing out of the house.  Usually Sunday mornings are pretty low key around our house.  Today was the exception as I chose to do some volunteer work for Cleveland Metroparks levy campaign at a local church. As a side note and since I am in the swing of it…Cuyahoga County residents, please VOTE FOR ISSUE 80 this November 2013!

Now back to waffles.  Once I returned from my day of work at the nature center, I found Chris and Penny had already made the Apple Cider Syrup and were just getting ready to start making up the waffles.  The sweet smells of fall lingered through the house as I entered the kitchen door.  Apples, pumpkin, cinnamon and waffles.  YUMMY.  They were absolutely delicious and we will definitely add these to our favorite breakfast recipes.  One reviewer complained that they waffles were not very sweet.  I don’t know about you but I find that since waffles are a delivery system for syrup they are not usually sweet.  They were perfect and you will not be disappointed at any time of the year.


Pumpkin Waffle with Apple Cider Syrup
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 cups milk
4 eggs, separated
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter

To make the syrup, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Stir in the apple cider and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to boil; boil until the syrup thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter until melted. Serve warm.

To make the waffles,

  1. Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, salt, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the pumpkin, milk, and egg yolks. Whip the egg whites in a clean dry bowl until soft peaks form (NOTE: Chris didn’t really do this).
  3. Stir the flour mixture and 1/4 cup melted butter to the pumpkin mixture, stirring just to combine. Use a whisk or rubber spatula to fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter, stirring gently until incorporated. Fold in the remaining egg whites. Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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