Apple Pie Spice:
I recommend making this recipe at the beginning of the holiday season (late August or mid-September), because it only lasts about six months. You can use this spice in the next recipe or any recipe that calls for apple pie spice!
(I like pouring it on top of applesauce 😉 )
You Will Need:
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Mix ingredients together in small bowl, then pour into a sealable container (I use glass spice bottles from Big Lots ). Store in a cool, dry place.
Recently, my sister has started bringing home pumpkin spice pancake batter from work. It. Is. Delicious!
So, I thought I’d share with you something similar (I’m not giving away my pumpkin spice secret recipe, no-sir!)
You Will Need:
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch clove
Alternative — Replace cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice from the recipe above.
1 cup 2% milk — You can use any type of milk, but this is what I use
6 tablespoons pumpkin puree — I use canned, but you can make your own!
2 tablespoons melted butter
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt in a medium to large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, (melted) butter, and the egg. Fold this mixture into dry ingredients.
Spray a skillet (or use a non-stick one, it’s up to you), put it on medium heat.
If you don’t know how to make pancakes from this point on, I recommend having an adult who does help you
(Whatever you do, don’t try to learn how to make pancakes as you go. It never ends well. Never. Trust me on this one.)
Pumpkin Pie Smoothies:
This is one of my favourite fall recipes. It’s like a pumpkin milkshake, especially if you put whipped cream on it!
You Will Need:
Pumpkin Pie Filling (Frozen)
Apple Pie Spice
Pour the milk to the blender. I use about three cups to start, but I add more if it doesn’t blend easily at first. Next, drop in vanilla yogurt. I usually use about half a cup, but, again, I’ll add more if it doesn’t seem like enough.
After that, add in the frozen pumpkin pie filling! I use a can, which is 15 ounces, but you can make your own if you want (it’s just too inconvenient to make pumpkin puree every time you want a milkshake). Blend until the pie filling is broken up. No big chunks allowed!
Right now is about the time I like to add in the apple pie spice, but you can wait and use it as a garnish in each glass, if you’re feeling fancy.
Now, pour your shake into glasses and serve right away, or it’ll get frothy. I like adding a little bit of whipped cream, and sprinkling cinnamon on the tops of each glass.
Squirrel Scavenger Hunt:
This is one of my favourite fall celebrations. Gather a group of friends or go at it alone!
For this scavenger hunt, you will need to find all the harvest season-themed things on this list!
(You can alter this list for your city/surroundings )
Squirrel-y Scavenger Hunt List:
1 Orange Leaf
Two Red Leaves
Anything With “Spice” In It’s Name
1 Fallen Branch
3 Trees With Changing Leaves
Someone Wearing A Scarf Or Mittens
Pumpkin With A Scary/Silly Face
1 Leaf Pile
Someone With A Hot Drink