Being Thankful

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I’m going to confess, I was not excited for fall this year. Not at all. Because do you know what comes after fall? Winter. Winter comes after fall. Days on end of being cold, of barely seeing the sunlight, of dreaming of sunshine and warmth. I can’t garden in the winter, I can’t relax on my back patio with a book and the sun beating down, I can’t go swimming in lakes in the winter. No, I was happy for it to be summer forever. But then this weekend we went to a pumpkin farm near our parent’s houses for a little fall fun and I finally gave into fall. After all this weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada. Fall was here whether I liked it or not, so I could get on board or wish the season away. I got on board by buying kettle corn at the farm. Kettle corn might just be my absolute favourite food in the world and we bought a jug of apple cider that probably won’t last the week. While I live in the city I am most certainly not a city girl at heart. Give me open spaces, trees, space to breathe any day.

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We got to wander around in the beautiful weather, admiring the fall colours, sipping on hot apple cider and chatting away.

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A beautiful old barn full of goodies, far from the barn filled with animals, pigs, goats, cows, horses, all living lives in comfortable barns, not crammed into a factory farm.

Beautiful. That’s definitely a word that can be used to describe Ontario. With our stunning fall foliage, our deep blue lakes, the wildflowers that grow beside the highways. I feel so very lucky to be Canadian. Especially in a world that is full of so much confusion, so much danger, disaster, heartache and cruelty. I am grateful to be in a country where I can go to school, where I can vote, where I can disagree with my government. Where there is universal healthcare.

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Thanksgiving, is one of my favourite holidays. I mean I love me some Christmas, but on Thanksgiving it’s still warm out, there’s less pressure. It’s really just about good food, good people and being grateful for what you have.

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I started the weekend off right with a homemade pumpkin spice latte, the recipe for which I found over at live simply. Guys this is the real deal, of course I just substituted the milk for coconut milk. I skipped the coconut whipped cream this time around but I say go for it, enjoy all that decadence! It’s super creamy and delicious. I’ve never had a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, I’ve always just assumed they can’t make them dairy free. So I don’t know how this recipe stacks up, but the fact that it isn’t the neon orange of the Starbucks version bodes well. And it has real pumpkin in it, not pumpkin flavouring.

IMG_20151010_085410I paired the latte with pumpkin waffles, because can you have too much pumpkin on Thanksgiving weekend? These waffles were as amazing as the lattes. Perfectly spiced, crisp on the outside, fluffy inside. They are actually as good as the best vegan waffles that I blogged about this summer. Perfect paired with a dollop of earth balance margarine and some maple syrup. They definitely started the weekend off right. As usual the fiancé and I had two Thanksgiving dinners and one Thanksgiving lunch to attend. So I have eaten more than my fair share of food this past weekend. But I think pumpkin waffles really helped start the weekend off on the right foot. Honestly that waffle maker is one of the best purchases we have ever made. So much delicious in so little time. Whip up a batch for yourself with a pumpkin spice latté and enjoy all that fall has to offer before the bitter winds of winter come whistling in.

Pumpkin Waffles

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup soy or coconut milk
  • 7.5 oz pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2.5 tbl vegetable oil
  • 2.5 tbl brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices

In a separate bowl mix the soy mik, pumpkin, oil, brown sugar and vanilla until combined

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and pour into pre-heated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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