Pumpkin butterscotch walnut pancakes

I already have a lot of recipes that I use regularly saved in electronic format and I’ll be loading those in too, but here’s the official FIRST recipe of my new food blog! It’s 100% original and was inspired by a similarly flavored bundt cake that I make every year at the holidays.

I’m sure that like most food bloggers, I’ll look back on these first pictures and cringe, but hey, I’m doing what I can with what knowledge I’ve got right now. I took a black and white old school photography class a couple of years ago where I had to use a dark room, but I’ve forgotten most of that info and gone back to using the automatic settings on my camera.

Therefore, it took a few minutes to refresh my memory on how to get back into manual mode so I didn’t embarrass myself to DEATH. Such pressure I’m putting on myself, huh?

As of right now, I don’t plan to do step by step pictures of each recipe, but maybe that will change later. Or maybe it will be recipe specific, depending on whether it’s tricky. I haven’t decided yet.

So here’s the much discussed photo and the recipe follows. I hope you enjoy it!

Pumpkin Butterscotch Walnut Pancakes
Pumpkin Butterscotch Walnut Pancakes
Pumpkin Butterscotch Walnut Pancakes
(makes 10 normal person size pancakes)

Whole Grain or Whole Wheat Pancake Mix (about 3 times what the box says you’ll need for 10 pancakes)
1 can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 C melted butterscotch morsels
1 C chopped toasted walnuts
more butterscotch morsels for scattering on the pancakes as they cook

Melt the butterscotch morsels over a double boiler or in the microwave until just melted. Allow to cool while you mix the other ingredients together. Make the pancake batter per box or recipe instructions and then add the pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree and chopped toasted walnuts. Once all the additional ingredients are added, thin it out with a little bit more milk if it’s too thick. Then just cook them up like normal pancakes! Once poured, take about a tablespoon of butterscotch morsels and sprinkle them on the top side of the cooking pancakes. They’ll sink right into the batter once flipped.

They’ll take a little bit more time to cook since they’re denser than regular pancakes, but it’s well worth it.


The birth of a blog…

Hello everyone! My name’s Kimberly and I’m a single mom from Washington state. A few years ago, tired of dragging multiple cookbooks out every holiday season, I bought a couple of “recipe keepers”. Picked up at Costco, they’re essentially a 3 ring binder with different sections for storing recipes. I bought two so I could keep one and have another to give to my daughter when she graduated from high school.

I’ve done an okay job of keeping them updated, but this holiday season, I found that I was researching new recipes (and finding some that I’d just forgotten to write down) almost exclusively online. It dawned on me that while having a paper copy will be nice, it would certainly be more convenient for my daughter to be able to access our family recipe collection from the internet. Add to that the fact that my nephew seems to show as much interest in cooking as my daughter does and I don’t have a book for him!

It was definitely a “duh” moment for me, especially since I already read food blogs and have a few non food related blogs myself. So yeah, DUH!

I’m far from a professional (for now), but I’m very passionate about food. Having experienced the frustration of trying to figure out which recipes to follow, how to make certain things I really want to make by scratch and then later duplicating the successes had made me want to be able to help other people just like me.

Not many of my friends or family really love to cook or bake, so I’m hoping that this blog will also connect me to people with similar interests!

I hope you enjoy the recipes and the stories that go along with them as I record my home culinary adventures. If I can finally help someone get their buttercream perfect or pass on the secrets to a perfectly stuffed pork chop, it will all be worth it..