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We Might Have Found The Perfect Pancake Recipe

Photo by justamom on AllRecipes.com

Photo by justamom on AllRecipes.com

A pancake is a pancake, right? Mix flour, baking powder, milk and eggs, cook and serve with syrup. Voila! And blueberries or chocolate chips and it gets even more exciting. But if you start looking at recipes there seems to be a variety of opinions on the ratio of those ingredients. I was recently introduced to one recipe that, after trying several times now, I am convinced will knock it out of the park every time. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Heart-shaped waffles with caramelized apples

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Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, I think anyone can be won over by a festive holiday-themed breakfast.  With heart-shaped cookie cutters, red food coloring, and a little creativity, there are countless ways to add a little holiday twist to all of your favorite breakfast recipes.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Mother’s Day Brunch

image by jpellgen on Flickr

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you a homemade gift was all she needed?  Well, mom wasn’t always just being modest.  Homemade gifts are often the most thoughtful and meaningful…especially when it entails a homemade meal.  So if you have been fretting over where to take your mom to brunch, or if your favorite spots are already booked up, why not cook at home?  Add in some flowers, a nice card, and she’ll love the quality time and effort you put in.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes: Continue reading

Brunch: St Paddy’s Day Style

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Whether you’re 100% Irish, just a bit, or call today St. Amateur’s Day, there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with the holiday, especially when it comes to food.  So this St. Patrick’s Day, why not have a traditional Full Irish breakfast, or maybe just have some fun with Guinness…

For more Guinness-infused recipes, check out Endless Simmer’s 100 Ways to Cook with Guinness:

Gluten Free Pancakes

I have a friend with a severe gluten allergy and another friend’s son was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which has gotten me thinking more about about gluten-free options at restaurants and at home.  Some of the best breakfast foods tend to be full of wheat…can you imagine never getting pancakes on a Saturday morning as a kid?!  I think I would have grown up thinking I hated breakfast.  I am going to work on a list of gluten-free brunches at restaurants soon (if you have suggestions, please email me!), and in the meantime I plan to share a few recipes I’ve found that should please everyone at the table.

First up, Gluten Free Silver Dollar Pancakes with almond flour: Continue reading

Baking Challenge: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

I was recently presented with a baking challenge by a co-worker. The recipe was found on a blog and could taste amazing, or could just be too weird to actually eat.  The verdict: very tasty and a fun Thanksgiving-themed cupcake, although a bit too much work to make very often.

First, make mini pumpkin pies:

Then you make cupcakes, placing the mini pumpkin pies in the center of the cups as you fill them with batter: Continue reading

100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon (via Endless Simmer)

The rain seems to have sucked motivation to write out of me — I currently want nothing more than to spend the day eating pancakes and watching movies — so while I try to snap myself out of the funk with some hot cocoa, I bring you BACON.  Which is really not a bad alternative.

From my favorite bookmarks: 100 Ways to Use a Strip of Bacon, from Endless Simmer.

A Very Happy Birthday Cake

My niece and nephew turned two a couple of weeks ago and my sister, who is generally insistent that two-year olds do not need dessert and extra sugar, made them a birthday cake.  My sister is not the type to just make some box-mix cake*, so she made it from scratch…and went all out. The results were absolutely fabulous.

She got the idea from this post on Omnomicon, which details how to create the crazy swirly colors.  Instead of using the recipe in that post (Sprite and pudding mix in a cake?  Really?), she used the Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe from How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and topped it with a butter cream frosting made from a recipe in the same cookbook.

*Not that there’s nothing wrong with box mix– in fact, yellow cake (made from the box) with dark chocolate frosting (canned) is my very favorite to this day.

Star Wars Pancakes

To fun to not share!  After all, who doesn’t love Star Wars or know someone who does?  (h/t to Geekology)

Fun with Pancakes

I have always believed that meals should be enjoyed in whatever way brings you happiness.  No one ever said that pancakes should be a certain color, or a certain shape…as Jim’s Pancakes demonstrates so well:

I also really love the bridge, space odyssey, and flower pancakes.  (h/t to my sister for this one!)