waffle jack-o-lanterns

*This is the last in a series of sponsored posts for Eggo brand waffles and the #EggoWaffleOff.  The recipes, thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Halloween is tomorrow…  Are you ready?

Or, like me, are you totally oblivious and a last-minute prepper for the ‘day of candy’?

I am actually not a big fan of Halloween, but I won’t begrudge my kids the chance to look adorable and beg for candy that I can later eat.  ;o)  I mean, that’s really what it’s all about, right?!

I am trying to get better at making special days a little more…  special.  I tend to be a little lazy on the special-stuff for my kids, especially if that special stuff means more work and more cleaning (which it usually does!).

But I am learning that if I focus on the little things, like making something I already have to do, a little more special, the memories are made and the kids are thrilled.  It really is the little things.  Like smiley faces on waffles.

So, how about this super-cute breakfast to start off the day?

eggo waffle jack-o-lanterns

My boys were so excited when they saw these “pumpkin smiley face waffles” as they called them.  And I was more than happy to enjoy a waffle slathered with chocolate-hazelnut spread for breakfast!  Yum!

Oh and hey!  And I have a fun little giveaway for you today!

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easy, no bake pumpkin cheesecake bites

*This is a sponsored post for Eggo brand waffles.  The recipe, thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Creamy, rich, tangy, no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip is piped onto sweet little toasted waffles for a fun, easy, holiday dessert!

easy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bites | Sweet Anna's

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new (easy to fit into the chaos) desserts for Thanksgiving dinner.

Yes, classic pumpkin pie always makes an appearance, but I won’t lie…  I buy my pumpkin pie at the store.  It’s just too easy and cheap to buy.

I save my Thanksgiving desserts energy for more creative and fun things.  I like to change things up and push people’s holiday tastes and memories outside of the norm.

So, I have made this pumpkin cheesecake dip many times before, but I decided to take it a step further and make it a fancy little 2-bite dessert, using cute little toasted Eggo mini-waffles as a crust.

Super cute and easy to throw together…  And yay for something new on the holiday table!

easy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake bites | Sweet Anna's

What are your favorite desserts for Thanksgiving?  Do you always make/serve/eat the same things?  Or do you like to change things up each year??

easy, no bake pumpkin cheesecake bites


  • 2 cups pumpkin purée
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar*
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Eggo mini-waffles


In a large mixer bowl, cream together everything except the waffles until light and fluffy (using the paddle attachment). Spoon this mixture into a gallon ziploc bag and chill for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days, taking it out about 30 minutes before you are ready to serve it.

When it's almost time to serve the cheesecakes, toast the mini-waffles, well done. Separate them and place them on a serving tray.

Cut off one corner of the ziploc bag of cheesecake and pipe a generous dollop onto each waffle. Sprinkle additional pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon over the top, for garnish, and serve!

(*I like to keep this cheesecake dip a little on the less-sweet side, since the dippers and whipped cream are sweetened also. Feel free to add a bit more sugar, to taste, if you like things sweeter!)


If you’d rather not do the piping, you can just serve this as dip with toasted mini Eggo waffles, graham crackers and gingersnap cookies on the side!


Go check out the “Great Waffle-Off” on Eggo’s Facebook page to submit your own waffle-creations for the chance to win some fabulous prizes!

autumn salad with maple vinaigrette and waffle croutons

*This is a sponsored post for Eggo brand waffles.  The recipe, thoughts and opinions are my own!*

autumn salad with maple vinaigrette and waffle croutons | Sweet Anna's

I was really excited about this challenge to come up with non-breakfast (as in: not just butter and syrup) uses for our favorite freezer waffles.

Actually I kind of love a challenge of any kind, but my family’s obsession with Eggo waffles made this one extra fun.

This week’s theme is Thanksgiving foods.  (Waffles on Thanksgiving?  Really?!)

Yep!   And,of course, my first thought was some kind of waffle stuffing, but that just seemed too…  I don’t know.  Too much work I guess.

Then this salad idea popped into my head and oh my word is it good.

The funny thing is, I don’t really remember serving or eating salad at any Thanksgiving dinners.  Oh, I know they must have been there, but I never got around to them.  I plan on changing that ‘salad-is-second-rate’ mindset with this one.

The combination of a maple vinaigrette with the buttery, toasted waffle croutons, toasted almonds and dried cranberries is just so much fun.

The waffle croutons are the perfect balance of crunchy and chewy and the dried cranberries are such a great complement to the tangy maple dressing.

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