In the cookbook where the inspiration for this recipe originated, the margins are not jammed with the usual scribbled notes, such as “Sub pumpkin pie spice” or “Use 1/3 c measure scoop.”
Instead, the notes read like this:
Halloween 2009: Spider & Duck
Halloween 2010: Hula Dancer, Ladybug & Baby Pumpkin
Halloween 2011: Gumball Machine, Butterfly & Duck
Halloween 2012: Leprechaun, Toothpaste, Dinosaur & Baby Tiger
Halloween 2013: Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Yoda & Duck
Do you see a ‘Duck’ pattern emerging for the poor child who happens to be 1 year old? 🙂
The edits for the recipe are now written on another emptier page and they are for my kids’ favorite waffles: Pumpkin Pecan Waffles. They are so delicious, that they it’s become a tradition to serve them before trick-or-treating every Halloween.
Usually I make the waffles ahead, freeze and then pop them in the toaster or toaster oven on Hallow’s Eve; this works if a certain little boy decides at the last minute he wants to be a Dinosaur instead of a Lion. (This also works well on hurried mornings before school.) And since I know the kids will get plenty of sweet stuff during the night, I don’t put sweet syrup or other toppings on the table on October 31st. Instead, to help keep the kids from hitting the candy-filled streets with empty stomachs, I let them choose to top their waffles with vanilla yogurt, peanut butter or a fried egg. These protein-rich toppings help (maybe a little!) to keep them from consuming (quite so) huge amounts of candy.
Plus, I know that in Halloween 2013, my little Star Wars lovelies and their Duck friend will look forward to the dinner tradition of Pumpkin Pecan Waffles (almost) as much as Halloween!
This recipe was adapted from the Sweet Potato Waffles in one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, The Mom’s Guide to Meal Makeovers.
What are your kids being for Halloween this year? Do you have any traditional Halloween meals/snacks?