{Recipes}: Welcome Fall

Although the weather is still holding onto to the last bit of Summer, Fall has definitely let it be known it is time for PUMPKIN! I enjoyed my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and had to make this easy tempting recipe for pumpkin pancakes!

 

Much uglier than they taste! I promise!

Pumpkin Pancakes adapted from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  •  2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • Dash of ground ginger
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree-I used the easy pie kind so didn’t have to add many spices
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Heat oven to low and place a baking sheet to keep pancakes warm in. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and in a measuring cup mix the wet ingredients. Add the two together in the bowl and mix until combined. Heat a skillet on medium and melt some butter or use cooking spray. Use about a 1/4 cup to spoon batter onto skillet and flip after you start to see air bubbles.Serve with syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon, or pecans, etc.

I made enough for four people and kept half in the fridge to warm up the next morning and they still tasted great the next morning!

Happy Fall!

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Seattle Sounders

My friend Kelly C. and I finally got time to try out the new Tom Douglas Brave Horse Tavern in South Lake Union. I am addicted to soft pretzels and had heard about them here.

Kelly and I opted for the two pretzels with three dips-smoked peanut butter bacon, sour cream and crispy onions, and pimento cheese spread. Also notice how giant the beers are. GIANT. We also played  a couple rounds of shuffle board!

Later that night we meet up with our good friend Casey and not pictured because he’s a dude-Jer for the Sounders game!

This game was at their practice field which is smaller, but allows for us to be the second row from the field! Close to the players and security…

Seattle played Dallas who were a bunch of meanies. Didn’t like them one bit and I yelled enough to prove it.

Seattle won with one goal and someone lit a road flare! We were pretty sure some one was on fire-luckily it went out.

I love soccer! And yelling.

{Music} Zoo Tunes & Chateau St. Michelle

After my recent trip to the zoo, it only seemed fitting to go to zoo tunes. Zoo tunes are outdoor concerts at Woodland Park Zoo. I lucked out getting tickets to the second show of Brandi Carlile and went with Holly and Barb.

We had a great spot and some great food including…

Rhubarb hand pies! Yum!

Brandi played a bunch of new stuff that I really liked and had her sister sing one too!

Next up was Jeff Bridges singing tunes from Crazy Heart at Chateau St. Michelle. The best part about this venue is the wine! Brad and I bought a few bottles to go with our amazing picnic!

I wasn’t able to get any good photos of him, but Brad and I did sneak up to the front side stage and got to be close for a couple of songs!

Next up this fall is Counting Crows, The Head and the Heart and Death Cab for Cutie!

Did you go to any great outdoor concerts this summer?

{The List}: Let’s Go Sailing

I’m super glad to finally have checked off and survived #132 Go Sailing! I had this obnoxious fear of sailing. Like totally irrational. But after completely white water rafting this Spring, I was brave enough to buy a sailing trip for two in Elliot Bay with Let’s Go Sailing. And convince two friends to do the same!

Sarah, Alex, me and Brad picked a random day to sail from the Seattle Waterfront and lucked out on perfect weather-sunny and not windy enough to tilt us over too far!

Once securely on board we poured our beverages (it’s a BYOB!) and dug into our snacks!

We headed out of the dock and soon after had the sails up!

Why was I scared of sailing? Oh yeah open water, drowning…

Falling OUT! Just kidding we just got a good angle to joke around.

We snacked away while chatting with some other people on the boat.

They let me sail the boat…hey gotta take advantage of trying everything!

I also tried out the bathroom. It was weird in the cabin-way more motion down there and the bathroom is slanted so I had one foot on the wall to hold myself up!

No one got sick or burned and the views were amazing!

We saw lots of sea lions and they were very talkative!

And look at the city! In a few months when it is cold and drizzly here I’ll think of this day out on the water with a tank top and the clear sky!

Do you have any irrational fears?