Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hello Fall! (pumpkin waffles)

There is a chill in the air. It's almost time to trade my summer bedspread for my winter comforter. It is dusky by the time I get home in the evening and I like the coziness of our little apartment, lit up against the night. Mornings are crisp and bright, perfect for burrowing into covers and flannel sheets.

waffles

And perfect for pumpkin waffles. The recipe is straight from Deb, so I will send you over to her, rather than retype it all here. It needs no alteration. The waffles are just a bit spicy and pumpkin-y. They fill the house with the most delicious smell. They are a good enough reason to abandon my warm bed in the morning, especially if you add a dab of butter and just a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

I have heard that many people do not have a waffle iron, because they think they won't use it or some such nonsense. People, waffles are easy. They are delicious. They are less messy than pancakes, because you don't have any pans to scrub afterward. A good waffle iron will last forever. All of mine (yes, I have four, but they are all slightly different - please don't judge) are from the thrift store and they work perfectly despite being 40 years old.

pumpkin waffles

And now back to the weather. I have always loved fall, but lately I've found that I love every season. I look forward to the slight changes in the air, I'm attuned to the shifting light. I mourn a little for whatever season is passing, but I'm eager to greet the new one. I don't want to rush through these transitions, or the seasons themselves. This is exactly how I want to be in all aspects of my life, relishing the moment, not looking too far forward or pining for the past. Starting with the weather is a step in the right direction, I think.

37 comments:

  1. Those look delicious! I think you convinced me. I want to go and buy a waffle iron this afternoon :-)

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  2. They look wonderful--like the perfect autumnal breakfast!

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  3. i love fall and all the wonderful pumpkin things that come with it!

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  4. agreed. waffle irons are a wonderful investment - even if only for the pumpkin variety!

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  5. i traded out bedding this weekend - hadn't realized how much i missed my down comforter! these waffles look mouthwateringly delicious.

    xo
    kelly

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  6. We had waffles ALL THE TIME growing up. But I have yet to get a good waffle iron in my "grown-up" life. The thrift store is a good idea though. And thesepumpkin waffles are an even better idea!

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  7. those look delicious! that is the exact same waffle maker i had growing up. we used it so much we had to pry it open with a fork because it no longer opened properly...good waffle memories!

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  8. those waffles look very tempting...even for someone who has no plans to own a waffle iron. as sad as i was to see summer go, i'm actually surprised by how much i'm enjoying fall. i always need to get a little better at relishing the moment though.

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  9. i agree about the seasons thing. i am in a state of transition right now...it's so easy to waste away my day with thinking about the future, but that's not fair to TODAY.

    thanks for this reminder! :)

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  10. your words about the season changing are perfect.. exactly what's been on my mind lately!

    why have i always thought that waffles would be hard and only done once every two years and so not worth buying a waffle iron? why? you are changing my mind, rachel.

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  11. these amazing looking breakfast delights have me aching to run to the kitchen and whip up a batch! the perfect autumnal breakfast!

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  12. beautiful words about settling down to love little bits and pieces of every season. i find what i love about the fall is the last burst of gorgeous light and color before the subtle grays and browns of winter take over. pumpkin waffles on a sunday morning sound like the perfect way to celebrate.

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  13. Looks positively delicious! I must try this recipe!

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  14. those pumpkin waffles look sublime, but it was your words about the seasons that touched me most.

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  15. I love that you have 4 waffle irons. I'm thinking about getting a second one, because I really like the deep pockets of Belgian waffles. This recipe may have to be made this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Mmmm pumpkin waffles! I never thought to get a thrifted waffle iron, but now I'll be on the lookout :)

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  17. Yay, yay, and yipee! I scored a free (new) waffle iron on Freecycle, and my husband rolled his eyes, thinking that it would never be used. We've used it almost every weekend for the past year and love it, and I can't wait to make these! Waffles also freeze really well between layers of wax paper, and are easy to pop in the toaster on a work morning. Thanks for linking to the recipe!

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  18. i feel the same way about the seasonal changes. i'm particularly thrilled for fall after all the heat we've had!

    love these pumpkin waffles! it is on my weekend to-do!

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  19. So well put, my dear. I am very much the same in the sense that I love looking forward to the seasons. Now it's just about not looking too far ahead...good plan.

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  20. I have four waffle irons too! No worries, no judgment here.

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  21. looks beautiful and delicious. i also love pumpkin pancakes!

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  22. Miss R, I need to channel you today and be all down with the seasons rather than cranky (I think the atmospheric pressure is effing with my head or something). Sweet thoughts for us.

    I don't have a waffle iron. I'll have to look. But Boyfriend might take it as a sign that we should eat waffles for every meal...

    Ok, I'll go get one RIGHT NOW.

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  23. These sound delicious, can't wait to try them!

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  24. Those look simply delicious! I love everything pumpkin in the fall!

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  25. These look amazing! Off to borrow my Mum's waffle iron!

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  26. my mother-in-law made pumpkin waffles this weekend, too! it was my first time, and boy did i eat. a lot.

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  27. mm. ditto. dit-to. everything.

    question, though. i have a waffle iron that likes to spew out the batter once it starts cooking with the lid closed. am i putting too much in? i'm putting too much in, aren't i?

    i end up with delicious waffles but batter all over the counter. hm.

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  28. I think I would find it hard to wake up from those cozy flannel sheets and comfy comforter - but for those waffles, just maybe I might spring right out of bed.
    pve

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  29. Love pumpkin anything, this sounds delish!

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  30. It *would* be waffles that lead me leave my first comment! My whole family is totally into them. We have a tradition of eating waffles, bacon, and fruit salad for Christmas Eve dinner. I found the exact same "vintage" waffle iron my Mom has at estate sales, so my sister and I could each have our own to carry on the tradition.

    If you've never tried raised waffles - you make the batter with yeast the night before - they are AMAZING:

    http://tinyurl.com/ybwwvar

    Love your blog!

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  31. Deb's recipe is a good one. But if you really want some pumpkin waffles to blow your mind, try these - http://pumpkinwaffles.wordpress.com/ultimate-pumpkin-waffle-recipe/

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  32. Haha, this is my first visit to your blog and I am amazed at how much this post mirrors the morning I had today. My cousin, Rachel, made pumpkin waffles this morning on our incredibly old (40 + yrs.) waffles iron. They did make the house smell so wonderful and after my first bite of pumpkin waffle ever, it's safe to say I'm addicted! Cute blog, I'll be back.

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  33. ok, looking at your blog has made me so hungry! YUMMY! love these pics!

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  34. First of all: I lied to you. I only have 3 waffle irons. Second of all: I linked to you when I blogged about these waffles...your pictures are just too wonderful not to pass along.

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