Christmas Dinner, Redone

Woke up to some pretty yucky weather this morning.


It called for one thing: pancakes.


For some reason, you can only buy 28oz cans of pure pumpkin around here. So regardless of what you’re making, it always seems like you’re left with tons leftover.


I’m kinda scared of pumpkin. The canned stuff seems so far removed from the actual vegetable itself. Creepy. But it does lend itself wonderfully to spiced desserts.


Or, err, breakfast ;)


I tripled Jenna’s recipe for Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Pancakes to serve the whole family, with a few modifications:

1 3/4 cup + 2 T whole wheat flour

2 1/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp nutmeg

1 1/2 tsp ginger

1 1/2 cup milk

3 eggs

3 T brown sugar

3 T melted butter

1 cup canned pure pumpkin


So fluffy. So spicy. It’s cold outside but ohsowarm in my belly.


Dipped in my favourite E.D. Smith sugar-free syrup.


Paired with a couple boiled eggs for my protein and healthy fats.


Chased down with a couple mugs of Jumping Bean East Coast Roast.

I don’t know what makes this roast East Coast though. It didn’t taste like Tim Horton’s!

Har har. Local humour.

The leftovers continued into lunch. I think I actually like eating up leftovers better than the dinner itself.


My step-dad got a George Foreman grill for Christmas, so I christened it with a turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwich.


SO much better than the version I had at Starbucks. Why is stuffing only ever enjoyed over the holidays? I want it once a week pleaseandthankyou.


Along with the last of the layered salad. I shed a slight tear with my final bite. One of the few salads that gets better with a couple days of sitting in the fridge.

I then proceeded to stay in my peejays until 4pm only to shower and change into yoga pants. Aahhh… I love the holidays.


Question of the Day: What’s your favourite way to use up pumpkin? Preferably ways that aren’t mushy and won’t make me gag. Thanks :)

Posted on December 27, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Since I like huge portions of food, I always add pumpkin to my oats so that I get to start the day eating a huge mountain of oats!

  2. I had some extra pumpkin and planned on adding it to my protein shake for breakfast. Then I forgot it was in the fridge and it had gone bad. Boo! Next time.

  3. i saw your tweet pic this morning and DAMN they looked so good!! i have never made pumpkin pancakes, but wow they look so dense and delicious! nicely done :)

  4. Haha I can only ever find the 28 oz. cans as well, even in Toronto! So much pumpkin.

    Current favourite ways to use pumpkin:
    1. pumpkin french toast

    2. pumpkin chocolate chip squares

  5. i will take it once a week as well, thank you! it is my favoriteeee. and i just put pumpkin in my mac n cheese tonight. but i have a feeling that would make you gag.

  6. I love pumpkin in my smoothies!! Try it, I think you’ll like it :)


  7. Hi Susan —

    If you’re stymied by all that leftover pumpkin, you can always dollop it into a plastic wrap-lined muffin tin, freeze it, then pop the frozen blobs into a freezer bag and store them for a couple months. Defrost as needed!

  8. perfect looking pancakes

  9. The only way I eat pumpkin is in soup and scones :) My nan makes the BEST pumpkin scones

  10. I’ve never used canned pumpkin but I have heard there is one shop selling it in the uk watch this space! x x

  11. I absolutely cannot find the recipe but the last time I had extra pumpkin I made pumpkin corn muffins. I threw in some dried cranberries that weren’t part of the recipe. They were good. Not real sweet so minus the cranberries (or even with them) they’d be good with chili or soup.

  12. Omg i have written about pumpkin before w/ the leftovers and what to do with a huge jass can of it! I dont “love” pumpkin recipes as much as the rest of the sphere does so when i make something, i always have leftovers. I need to remember to use it in pancakes!

    Tim hortons…our neighbor in aruba is canadian and owns like 10 tim horton’s stores! He always has plenty of T Horton’s being brewed next door. But we’re in San Diego now…brrr! just got home…

  13. yay for PJ’s!
    while i had last week off, it wasn’t much of a break with a birthday, wedding, traveling and Christmas. definitely makes me hate the fact that i am working all week :(

  14. Pumpkin with curry made into a sauce – so good! I guess that’s mushy but so yummy.

  15. 1/2 a can of pumpkin mixed with box spiced cake mix (don’t add anything else to the mix) and bake. SOOO dang delicious!!!!


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