Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

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Booze and breakfast.

YES!

Also, Monday.

And Happy 4th birthday Living The Sweet Life 🙂 wooo hoooo!!

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging for 4 years already.

If you could eat any meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

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Mine, breakfast/brunch. Seriously – it outweighs lunch, dinner and dessert any day … and that says a lot!!

It’s all the pancakes, waffles, smoked salmon, bagels, dooooouuuughnuts. I want it all.

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These pancakes are fluffy and full of fall spices, and the syrup – I could drink it.

Also, it’s totally kiddo friendly as all of the alcohol burns away ( wink wink… kidding, it does). Or you know, this could totally just be a parents only meal … if I catch anyone with a straw in the syrup … I’ll have no choice but to high-five you!!

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Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup ground Speculoos cookies

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

2 cups milk

2 tbsp room temperature butter ( or margarine)

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

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In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

Add egg, milk, butter and vanilla.

Whisk until smooth.

Using 1/2 cup scoop batter into a hot frying pan / griddle.

Cook until you begin to see small bubbles – flip and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Repeat for the remaining batter.

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Whiskey Maple Syrup

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Whiskey

1 Tsp Maple Extract

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In a small sauce pan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until thickened – approximately 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Serve warm over pancakes.

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Irish Car Bomb Popcorn

If being Irish and celebrating St. Patty’s day means 3 kinds of alcohol in one snack

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 Sign.me.uppppppppp.

Ladies and lepracauns (heh. See what I did there) I got a snaaaaayck for you.

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Popcorn … Popacorno popacorno, that’s popcorn in Italian (name that amazing t.v show) … hehe ohhh Schmidt, you lovely lovely schmidty-roo!!

You guys need this popcorn, it’s part of a healthy diet and shnidzz … it’s not, but popcorn is a whole grain, so do the dirty work and justify the healthification.

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Also, HAPPY ALMOST ST. PATTY’S DAY … are you doing anything special to celebrate? Making stew, eating green stuff, drinking green stuff, running away from any bar because it’s going to be crazier than the new box of marshmallow-only lucky charm cereal?!?

By eating this popcorn, you’re really just doing your part to help society get their irish on … also, it’s the weekend. And booze.

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 Some for the pot , some for me … some for the pot … rest for me.

 Irish Car Bomb Popcorn

1 bag microwave popcorn – popped

3 cups of granulated white sugar

1/4 cup Guinness beer

¼ cup Baily’s Liquor

¼ cup Whisky
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tsp rum extract
1 ½  tsp salt
1 ½  tsp baking soda

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  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl or foil roasting pan (this works great if you have one available).
  2. Line 1 large baking tray with foil
  3. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, Guinness, Bailey’s, Whisky, butter, Rum Extract, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously until sugar melts and caramel becomes a light brown.
  4. Add the baking soda and continue to stir keep stirring. NOTE: The mixture doubles up very quickly!!
  5. Remove from heat, pour over the popcorn.
  6. Spread the popcorn mixture out on foil lined sheet pans and allow to cool at least ten minutes before eating.

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