It’s a new season, y’all!
Saturday, marked the return of Autumn, and what better way to celebrate than with the DEBUT article from our NEWEST guest-poster.
Meet Tater Peelin’ Mama!
Charmed, I’m sure.
Tater is one smart Mammy. In addition to being supremely creative and a craft ninja, she’s one heckuva cook. Her humor and delicious wares are far too fabulous to pass up. She’s going to be our resident cookin’ queen here at this dump of a flop house.
Think of Tater Peelin’ Mama as a Texan Paula Deen pickled in affordable, yet delicious wine. Sure, she doesn’t have Paula’s Sterling Silver hair and butter halo, but sisterfriend is working on it.
Ladies and gentlemen, raise your sweet tea glasses in welcoming our newest addition!
Thank the 6lb 8 oz baby Jesus lying in a manger that fall is finally here!
Gone are the days of humidity so high that you walk outside and become an instant Chia Pet. Say bye-bye to the heat so fierce it literally melts your face (or the warpaint applied on said face) the moment that you walk out the door. Let’s take a moment and think about what we have to look forward to: PUMPKINS, football, PUMPKINS, weather cool enough to layer your clothes, lyrcra ladies will know what i’m hollarin’ about with that one, PUMPKINS, fires in the fire-pot, PUMPKINS, etc. you get my point.
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin soup, not to sound like ‘Bubba’ but I LURVE pumpkin this time of year and use it in a million different ways. However, this year, I am on a mother scratchin’ diet. That’s right, I said: I’m on a dang diet.
So, I’m getting a little more creative than normal in the kitchen this fall. My loving husband, whom we shall call ‘daddy long legs,’ is blessed with an overactive metabolism and a height/stature combo. Akin to a wispy but sturdy tree (which makes me want to kick him, but I digress). Daddy Long Legs is not on board with the diet so we are taking baby steps towards low carb/ no carb and it being fall, here is the first installment!
PUMPKIN SPICED PANCAKES WITH STEEL CUT OATS AND GRAPE NUTS (yes, I said grapenuts. Trust the tater… you will thank me later).
4 1/2 cups Baking mix (bisquick, pioneer,etc. this is NOT the low carb part)
3/4 can pumpkin puree (save 1/4 for making pumpkin spiced lattes later)
2 1/2 cups vanilla soy or vanilla flavored almond milk (you can use skim milk if you don’t have fancy schmancy hippie milk, but add 1 tbsp of vanilla if you do)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (hmm… come to think of it, this isn’t to healthy either)
2 tbsp of brown sugar (also not the low carb part)
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I’m pretty sure there are trace amounts of fiber in there somewhere)
2 eggs beaten ( I suppose you could use egg whites here, but since you’re breaking all the rules, why bother, right?)
1/4 cup steel-cut oats (okay… I’m pretty sure this is why I decided to make this… it sounded remotely hippie-esque)
1/4 cup grape nuts cereal (this adds a crunchy, salty goodness that will make you want to slap someone so choose your brunch date wisely)
Add all together in a mixing bowl and completely pulverize until well combined.
Use a 1/2 cup measuring scoop to dip portions onto nonstick skillet or electric griddle, preheated to medium heat or 350°.
Once you see bubbles in your batter, it’s time to flip the loving spoonfuls of pumpkin pancake over. Cook another 2 min. or so, until both sides are a lovely golden brown.
IMMEDIATELY spread with copious amounts of butter or some such substitute (also not the healthy part). Serve warm with warmed maple syrup OR if you are Daddy Long Legs and completely disinterested in eating healthy, then you can smear warm apple butter in between pancakes and cover with a river of maple syrup.
GET IN MAH MAWF!
Daddy Long Legs walked away from the table sated, with maple syrup drizzled all over his face/shirt. oh, and he grunted. That is always a good sign that you’ve had a successful culinary endeavour.
Sister Sparkles and Brother Bear were excited because we got to have pancakes & syrup. I did not tell them of the oats or the ‘grown up cereal’ involved, so they approved.
Tater Peelin’ Mama here gave them a million thumbs up. I started this recipe with every intention of only having one, but ended up with a short stack of 3 and happier than a Carny at Wal-Mart on payday. Oh well, maybe I’ll start my diet some other time… like next year.
– Tater Peelin’ Mama
Until next time.