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Pumpkin Pancake Tips and Fall Specials from IHOP

Pumpkin pancakes are a seasonal treat at IHOP, which offers suggestions on how to make your own. 

IHOP restaurants are saluting the arrival of autumn by serving an annual favorite, pumpkin pancakes.

Although the restaurant will not divulge its original recipe, it's sharing the following tips to enjoy pumpkin pancakes at home:

  • Start with your favorite pancake batter recipe and simply add canned pumpkin pie mix.
  • When preparing dry pancake mix, it is essential that the water is chilled to less than 50 degrees F. Use ice to bring the temperature of the water down.
  • Do not over-mix pancake batter. Small lumps of flour make pancakes tall and fluffy.
  • Use a 350-degree grill and make sure there are no hot or cold spots that can affect cooking time.
  • Appearance is how you judge when a pancake is ready. When dropping the pancake batter, watch for bubbles to form and for the batter to have a dull appearance. This takes approximately 2.5 minutes. After flipping, cook approximately 2 minutes.

For those who want someone else to do the cooking, pumpkin pancakes topped with creamy whipped topping will be available at participating IHOP locations throughout October in stacks of four or two if part of a combo meal, which includes eggs any style and golden hash browns.

Trick or Treat All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk Pancakes are available a la carte or in a combo Oct. 3-31 starting at $4.99 and served three at a time until guests are satisfied.

IHOP’s Funny Face Pancake will turn Scary with Count Spatula, the Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 and under.  It's an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, and two mini Oreo cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcakes.

On Oct. 28, IHOP will offer trick or treaters 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake (one per child) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at participating locations.

For more information click here. 

Game Guide: Arkansas Razorbacks, UAM Boll Weevils Two Arkansas Teams To Be Televised in Week 5

No. 15 Auburn (4-1, 2-0) at No. 10 Arkansas (4-1, 0-1)
Location: Reynolds Razorback Stadium - Fayetteville
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Media: ESPN (TV); ARSN (Radio)
Notes: Auburn has appeared on Arkansas’ schedule fewer times than any other SEC Western Division counterpart. • The Razorbacks have won two of the three meetings with Auburn under head coach Bobby Petrino and defeated the 17th-ranked Tigers 44-23 in 2009 in the only meeting to take place in Fayetteville. • Darrell Brown, the first African-American walk-on at Arkansas, will be honored at halftime as an Arkansas Trailblazer.

Arkansas State (3-2, 1-0) at Louisiana-Monroe (1-3, 0-0)
: Malone Stadium - Monroe, La.
Kickoff: 6 p.m.
Media: EAB Sports Radio Network (Radio); (Web)
Notes: ASU won its Sun Belt Conference opener with a 26-22 victory over Western Kentucky while ULM is coming off an open week and will be playing its first league game of the year. • ASU is looking for its first three game winning streak since 2006. • As Sun Belt foes, ASU leads the series 6-4 after picking up a 34-20 victory over the Warhawks in Jonesboro last season. • The home team has won the game the last six seasons.

Central Arkansas (2-3, 1-1) at Nicholls (1-4, 0-1)
Location: Guidry Stadium - Thibodaux, La.
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Media: The Heartbeat, 106.7 and KUCA 91.3 (Radio); (Web)
Notes: The Colonel offense heads into the contest ranked last in the SLC (250.4 ypg), but will have a favorable matchup as UCA's defense has surrendered a conference-worst 472.6 ypg. • Staff members, coaches, players, band members and cheerleaders will wear pink attire and accessories as part of October being breast cancer awareness month. • Bears defensive end Trey Lippe and backup linebacker Lamar Moore were suspended for the remainder of the season on Sunday for breaking team rules.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-2, 2-1) at Jackson State (4-1, 2-1)
Location: Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium - Jackson, Miss.
Kickoff: 4 p.m.
Media: WHLH 95.5 in Jackson (Radio)

GREAT AMERICAN: Arkansas-Monticello visits Delta State this Thursday as a part of the Gulf South Conference TV-Live Game of the Week package. That game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Southeast and Cox Sports Television. • Ouachita Baptist plays host to No. 13 Valdosta State at A.U. Williams Field, OBU’s first home since its season-opening win over East Central. • Southern Arkansas visits West Alabama this Saturday in hopes of snapping UWA’s two-game win streak over Great American Conference teams. • After a 31-17 setback to West Alabama last Saturday, Harding has now lost two in a row and hopes to change that this Saturday at home against West Georgia. • Arkansas Tech has the honor of being the first Great American Conference team to face a No. 1 opponent, playing host to the top-ranked North Alabama Lions.

Just Engaged: Taylor Tillman & Corey Heflin

Image by Liz Chrisman Photography

Taylor Tillman and Corey Heflin are engaged! The couple plans to wed May 20, 2012 at Mount Nebo State Park in Dardanelle.

Their engagement photos were taken by Liz Chrisman Photography.

Click here for more photos of Taylor and Corey.

Best wishes to the happy couple!!


Pick Your Favorite Princess For a Chance to Win Tickets to Shrek the Musical

Real-life Princesses (and Fiona from Shrek the Musical)

Princess Fiona will be gracing Little Rock with her presence on stage at Robinson Center Musical Hall, as will the entire cast of Shrek the Musical, opening Oct. 28 at Robinson Center Music Hall. 

Little Rock Soiree is giving away a four-pack of tickets to the opening night show.

To enter, leave a Comment below about which of the five real-life princesses pictured here (plus Fiona from Shrek the Musical) is your favorite, and your name will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win.

Do it now! The winner will be announced Monday (Oct. 10). 

For more information on Shrek The Musical click here

The Fall Bridal Expo is this Sunday, Oct. 9 in Jonesboro

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Come meet florists and other vendors at the Fall Bridal Expo on Oct. 9.

Premier Event Group's Fall Bridal Expo will be from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Arkansas State University's Cooper Alumni Center in Jonesboro.

Brides will have multiple chances to win exciting door prizes from Premier Event Group. Dillard’s will give away huge prizes from every area of their store, and Red Carpet Weddings & Events will give an orchid to every bride that comes to the expo.

Instead of a normal fashion show, there will be live mannequins! Here's the schedule of gowns:

  • 1–1:30 p.m. – Tuxedos by The Wedding Gallery
  • 1:30–2 p.m. – Dillard’s
  • 2–2:30 p.m.– Wedding Gowns by The Wedding Gallery
  • 2:30–3 p.m. – Dillard’s
  • 3–3:30 p.m. – Jessica’s Bridal & Formal
  • 3:30–4 p.m. – Dillard’s
  • 4:30–5 p.m. – Jessica’s Bridal & Formal

Come meet us and exclusive vendors from across the state at this fabulous event.

Tickets are $15 in advance online, or $20 at the door.

Here's a list of all the incredible vendors who you can come meet and learn more about:

  • Dillards
  • Froggy’s
  • A Taste of Elegance
  • Lead Apron Catering
  • Debbie Elmore Custom Catering
  • Posey Peddler
  • Red Carpet Weddings & Events
  • Weddings by Karen
  • Jonesboro Limousine
  • JClare Studios
  • Joey Glaub Photography
  • The Photo Booth
  • Jessica’s
  • The Wedding Gallery
  • UPS Store
  • Jessica’s Bridal & Formal
  • The Wedding Gallery
  • “I Do” Weddings
  • Premier Event Group
  • Elegant Party Rentals
  • Lydia’s Weddings

The event is sponsored by:

Real Wedding: Kaylen Revels & Patrick Lewis in Little Rock

Gallery by Eli Murray Photography

Kaylen Suzanne Revels of DeQueen and Patrick Glover Lewis of Little Rock were recently married in Little Rock. The couple now lives in North Little Rock.

  • Wedding date: July 23, 2011
  • Number of guests: 300
  • Ceremony venue: Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Reception venue: Grand Ballroom in the Clinton Presidential Library

What was your overall inspiration? I have known forever that I wanted to wear my mother’s wedding dress at my wedding reception, and I think that helped inspire me with the vintage theme. And one of the first decisions Patrick and I made was to use vintage lace table runners we found on Etsy on all of our tables at the reception, and I feel like it all developed around that. I chose to use navy for my bridesmaid dresses and sprinkled throughout the rest of the wedding because I felt like it was the perfect backdrop for the gold, champagne and ivory color story. We also wanted a lot of candlelight at our reception. The candle wall that Tanarah created lining the shelves of the ballroom, incorporated with the gold candelabras on the tables gave the entire a room a perfect warm and glowing feel.

What were the interesting personal touches and unique details? Patrick went to the University of Alabama and I went to the University of Arkansas, so we used the shakers for each team for our get away, and that was really fun, and totally our style! We truly have a house divided. We wanted to serve our favorite foods, and it was a big hit with the guests. We also used wine bottles as our guest book at the reception. We are going to open a bottle on our anniversaries!

What one detail truly made the wedding yours? If I had to pick one detail about the wedding, it would really be more of a feeling. We knew from the beginning of planning that we wanted to have a very special, intimate ceremony, but after the ceremony was over we wanted to have a huge celebration with our closest family and friends.

How did you customize your wedding? We were married in the church where Patrick grew up, and his uncle married us. The Covenant Presbyterian Choir sang as the parents and grandparents were seated and during the recessional.

How did you save money? By hiring Jessica Kersey with Finishing Touch Event Design! She helped keep us on budget and helped me look at different options with different prices. I know a lot of brides do not want to include a wedding planner in their budget, but trust me having a planner is so worth it!

Tell us a little bit more about the day. Jessica and the Clinton Library set up a little private dinner for Patrick and me before we went to the reception. We were able to eat the amazing food from Café 42 and steal a moment alone. It was so special, and we truly enjoyed those few moments alone together!


Enter to Win a $500 Shopping Spree at Grand Opening of Ross Dress for Less Saturday

Ross Dress for Less will hold a grand opening starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in west Little Rock. 

Enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Ross Dress for Less, opening Saturday (Oct. 8) at West Markham Street and John Barrow Road in west Little Rock. 

The no-frills national chain, with centralized checkouts and simple displays, offers designer and name brand fashions for men, women and children, along with shoes and home decor, at 20-60 percent off department store prices. 

There will be drawings for five second prizes of $100 shopping sprees.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information call (501) 221-1423 or click here. 

What To See, Do, and Eat While in Fayetteville for the Razorbacks/Auburn Game

Meet the locals at Fayetteville's popular Farmers' market on the square. 

From the Fayetteville Farmers' Market to shopping opportunities, museums and historical attrractions, and the bars and restaurants on Dickson Street, there's plenty to do in Fayetteville before and after the Arkansas/Auburn game, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

If you managed to get a good parking space and don't want to stray too far away from the university campus, Southeastern Conference great Billy Ray Smith Jr., former University of Arkansas defensive lineman. He will be signing autographs from 3-5 p.m. on the lawn of Bud Walton Arena as part of a special free SEC Game Day event which includes family-friendly games, fun, free stuff and a chance to register for a SEC Championship Prize Package with tickets to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. It's sponsored by Regions Bank SEC Tour.

Parking space or not, you might consider exploring one of the area's corn mazes, especially if you have the kids with you. To read about them in click here

And you ought to take a ride to Bentonville to explore the progress on Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, scheduled to open on Nov. 11. To read Arkansas Business' Jan Cottingham's interview with Alice Walton, the driving force behind the museum, click here. 

One of the most complete source of information on all things Fayetteville is, a website from the city's Advertising and Promotion Commission. Click on the categories of Play for information on shopping, nightlife and entertainment, Dickson Street, sports and recreation and family fun, Eat for restaurants from coffee bars to steak houses to first-rate Mexican eateries, Stay (to help you find a hotel in case your plans to crash at your friends' house fall through) and Calendar for events by date.  

For more information contact the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau, 21 S. Block St., Fayetteville, at (479) 521-5776.

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