Honey Roasted Cocoa Chili Pecans

Sweet and spicy roasted nuts

Hello fellow fall-lovers, and welcome to the best time of year. A long, tomato and cocktail-filled summer is now behind us, and we can greet autumn with a warm scarf, warmly spiced sweets, a hot cup of coffee, and a comforting bowl of carrot ginger soup.

In an wonderfully cliché manner, I wandered around Berkeley neighborhoods with my man yesterday – hot coffee in hand and crunchable golden leaves galore – and I became giddy with the feeling that fall has finally arrived as I planned our evening menu of pumpkin leek soup with mustard croutons and roasted pumpkin seeds. The only things missing were a plaid flannel and boots. We may have also purchased decorative gourds and a pumpkin ale, and I may have required a cozy blanket while we enjoyed them out on the balcony. No shame – I want all the autumnal clichés! To round them out, we’re also having a pumpkin carving party soon.

Spiced Nuts Recipe

Another thing that I always associate with cooler weather is spiced nuts. My mom makes …keep reading!

Browned Butter Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles

Happy November! Can you believe that there are only two more months left in 2013?! Scary, I know. The good news:

  1. It’s not winter yet – we still have the perfect fall weather.
  2. The best holidays remain.
  3. There’s a lot more soup and spiked hot chocolate in my future.
  4. …and a lot more scarves, boots, and blankets (in which I will burrito myself for all of winter. Hey, it’s a fact that redheads don’t do as well with the cold.)
  5. There’s still time for your 2013 New Years Resolutions!

Fall Leaves

I’m still hanging on with my monthly savings, I’ve been seeing a lot of live music, and I’ve been doing well with my French news article a day. But with the time left in 2013, I’m going to Don’t stop! Keep reading…

Waffles v. Run

Every morning I wake up faced with a serious dilema. A big problem that is probably the largest source of stress in my life. Do I just toss back some coffee and get out the door for a run, or do I want to make a fabulous breakfast and have a nice relaxed morning?! …ok, so maybe I’m not a very stressful person. But breakfast is probably my favorite meal to make- usually yummy veggie omlettes/scrambled eggs or whole wheat pancakes or mmm- grits or a fruit smoothie and ALWAYS coffee! :) Aaaaand I love running first thing in the morning, but not on a full stomach, seriously not fun. Today’s dilema was solved by my poor neglected waffle iron.

It’s been a while since I’ve made waffles cause I love me a savory breakfast (NEVER put syrup on my pancakes or you will pay dearly… loooooooove you!), but this morning I was inspired!!! I made some scrumptious nutty waffles and ate them with the fam out in the garden in the beautiful California sun :)

So I basked in the sun, and ate delicious sweet and nutty waffles and scrambled eggs with freshly squeezed orange juice (from our trees!) and coffee. Then I just waited a bit, and went for a run in the afternoon. I guess if this is consistantly my biggest problem in life, I’m doin ok.

Whole Wheat Pecan Waffles

-You could easily double this recipe, but this made 10.

1 1/2 cups each of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

**Whisk all above ingredients together in a medium bowl.

**In a separate bowl whisk together the following:

1/3 cup canola oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk

**Then add the wet ingredients to the dry. Try not to overmix, or the batter might get tough. Then stir in:

1/2 cup dry-toasted chopped pecans

**Heat up the waffle iron, pour about 1/3 cup of batter for each waffle (depending on your iron), wait till they’re golden brown, and then go to town – the only thing I will recommend maple syrup for!

Real life:

French phrase for fun:

Le petit déjeuner a un meilleur goût dans le soleil de Californie.

Breakfast tastes better in the California sun. :)