“Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold.”    
That is what I taught my Girl Scouts.  Some things don’t change.  I was privileged enough to be caught up in the  fantastic world of Online Blogcon.  I met around 200 new friends just like that!  In a space where folks could be really competitive, they were anything but that.  I discovered a group that is supportive, sharing and hysterically funny.  They are great and wonderfully talented individuals that have already taught me so much.  I wanted to introduce them to you.  So, for the foreseeable future, I will shine the spotlight on one of them each Friday.  Read a little bit about them and then take a ramble over to their site and check them out. Don’t forget to read my recipe and leave me a comment.

My first introduction will be to Brenna from Life After Laundry.  Besides her cool colored clothespins she has some great and very practical ideas.  I love to PIN magnificent things but the ones I do are usually the most practical.  I expect I will be putting some of Brenna’s ideas to use very soon.

Brenna says, “I am married to a wonderful man that is supportive/tolerant of all my blogging adventures. After our son was born I quit my job in banking to stay home with him. My son is now 2, and everyday is full of excitement.

My blog is about what I do in my time at home. (You know, besides the usual mommy chores, like laundry) Every week I share a recipe from my “Cooking From Scratch” challenge, and a craft or sewing project. Soon, I will be adding another post each week about Pinterest DIY’s, and whether all those things that we have been “repinning” really work or not. I hope you will stop by. I would love to have you.”

Now another ramble from my oldest daughter.  She is an experimenter.  Always dabbling with one thing or the other.  I like to encourage her creativity and despite the pictures this is a great recipe.

I am not a big pumpkin pancake fan but my fellow food bloggers have piqued even my appetite for these fellows.   Check out these from Yes, They’re All Ours.  I love the pumpkin syrup idea.  With a crowd as big as that, you better be ready to cook.  They were one of the bloggers who worked on the Pumpkin Delight Series with Savannah from Hammock Tracks.

Of course, I needed to come up with my own version of these little gems.  The basic batter is an amalgam of some of my favorite pancake recipes.  I just couldn’t pick the final piece though.  We ended up with a smorgasbord of pancakes.  Someone suggested there needs to be a support group for the taste testers of food bloggers.  They do have to eat some strange things sometimes.  We decided they were all good.  One of my testers liked the oatmeal-raisin and I loved the chocolate.  I favor traditional maple syrup but I also tried a glaze with soy milk and powdered sugar.   So, you pick or try them all!

Pumpkin Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground
  • ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oatmeal and 1/3 cup raisins
  • ¾ cup applesauce for swirling
  • ?? Candy corn

In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.  If adding cocoa powder, oatmeal or raisins stir into mix.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.  Add applesauce (swirled) or candy corn once you flip them.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with leaving well enough alone!

One more reminder from The Tumbleweed Contessa….share your cookie recipe with me for the Holiday Cookie Exchange.  I know it is not yet Halloween, but remember I am a Girl Scout.  Always Be Prepared!

Cookies 2012

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