Weekday mornings are often rushed, busy times. Whether you are trying to get out the door to head to work or getting kids ready to go to school, there is not much time to prepare breakfast. My usual quick breakfast is a bowl of cold cereal, but I get tired of the store-bought options. I love making homemade granola because I can fill it with nutritious ingredients and customize the flavors to my liking. My all-time favorite homemade granola is made with lots of nuts and maple syrup, but for fall I've been loving this pumpkin spice granola.
I made three batches of pumpkin granola in two days, because I wanted to get the recipe just right. This granola has plenty of pumpkin spice flavor, ... [Continue Reading]
The other morning, William and I were outside playing in the backyard, and we both needed our jackets. It felt like fall was on the way, and it is- the season officially arrives on Sunday. Of course, today the high is supposed to be an unfall-like 86 degrees, but then temperatures are supposed to drop back down again.
What better way to welcome the cooler days than by making apple cinnamon waffles for breakfast? Sweet caramelized apples and a dollop of whipped cream top warm spiced cinnamon waffles. Even if the weather hasn't quite turned to fall where you live, don't worry. You should make these waffles all the same. I made them a few weeks ago on a summery Sunday morning, and we'll be ... [Continue Reading]
It's now my second week of school and I am very much back into the swing of things in the classroom. I know all of my students' names, have some of their writing and artwork up on the walls, and am getting to know what makes each of them a unique and special individual. I have a wonderful group of third graders this year, which makes it (a little bit) easier to leave my own two sweet peas in the morning.
Early wake-ups are deserving of a healthy and delicious breakfast, but I can't afford to spend any more minutes than necessary in the kitchen. (4:45a.m. is early enough for me to wake up, thank you.) I still need a good breakfast to fuel me through my morning, though, and this granola is ... [Continue Reading]
Did you enjoy the weekend? Mine was a nice balance between chores and relaxing time. I was able to get a little bit of shopping that I needed to do done on Saturday, as well as get my hair done. I just about finished working on end-of-the-year report cards. There was the usual grocery shopping and a trip to Costco. The best part of my weekend, though, was Sunday morning: a walk with William in the stroller, coffee, family time, and these strawberry pancakes.
I made these pancakes with a mix of whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, and also added in some ground flaxseed for another nutritional boost. I folded pieces of sweet, organic strawberries into the batter and topped the pancakes with ... [Continue Reading]
Yes, I'm sharing another pancake recipe. Can you blame me? Years ago, when I thought pancakes, I thought it meant buying a pancake mix at the store, adding water, and maybe an egg if it was a fancy mix. Now, I keep coming across more and more pancake recipes that I want to try, and these apple vanilla pancakes are my most recent discovery. The pancakes are filled with sweet pieces of apple, and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Drizzled with some pure maple syrup, they are totally addicting.
I made a few changes to healthify this recipe. I substituted whole wheat flour for part of the all-purpose, and I'm sure you could use even more whole wheat than I did and still get delicious ... [Continue Reading]
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know that at our house Thursday night is usually breakfast for dinner night. I love breakfast for dinner because, for one, breakfast foods are some of my favorites- pancakes, waffles, eggs, cereal...these are all things I crave. Second, by Thursday night I really need a dinner that is fast and easy to prepare. I make a batch of pancakes or waffles most weekends, pop the leftovers in the freezer, and then when Thursday evening comes around I just defrost them either on the counter or in the microwave and then warm them in the toaster.
I have a number of different pancake recipes that I rotate through, and I like this one because it's one ... [Continue Reading]
It's Friday! The weekend is almost here, and you should definitely start thinking about treating yourself to a special breakfast. Waffles for breakfast on a lazy weekend morning are a real treat, but chocolate chip waffles? Chocolate chip waffles will bring a little fun into your morning and make you feel like a kid again. And if you are making these for your kids? You'll love to see the smiles that appear on their faces when you tell them what's for breakfast.
The batter for these waffles is quick and easy to whip up, and you can have waffles on your breakfast table in no time. I used mini chocolate chips in my waffles, but you can use regular size too if you want even bigger bursts of ... [Continue Reading]
I have been searching for the best buttermilk pancake recipe for some time now, so that I would have a recipe that I could depend on for amazing pancakes, and so that I could share that recipe with you. Many of the recipes I came across yielded good pancakes, but none were so good that I was ready to stop my search. I should have known to look to Cook's Illustrated for the best pancakes, since so many of my other favorite recipes come from them.
These pancakes cook up fluffy and have the delicious flavor you expect from a great buttermilk pancake. I've made this recipe using sour cream and subbing in Greek yogurt. The pancakes were great both times, but I think they were the best when I ... [Continue Reading]
Weekend mornings are the best. (I know, today is Monday...sorry about that.) We started off this past weekend with some homemade pumpkin waffles. They were quick and easy to make, and tasted delicious with a drizzle of maple syrup. This batch made enough waffles for the three of us (William can't have waffles just yet...but soon!), plus plenty of leftovers for the freezer. Thursday night is breakfast for dinner night in our house, and I can't wait to have another of these waffles. These pumpkin waffles are the perfect breakfast to enjoy on a cool fall morning (or Thursday night :) ).
Makes at least 6 large waffles
2 1/2 cups all-purpose ... [Continue Reading]
Do you do breakfast for dinner? We love to make pancakes on the weekend, and then freeze the leftovers for an easy dinner during the week. Scramble some eggs, add some fresh fruit, and you've got an easy, delicious meal.
These Banana, Raisin, and Oatmeal Pancakes were a nice change from the buttermilk or blueberry pancakes that we usually make. The oatmeal makes them a little heartier, and they had a nice banana flavor without it being overwhelming. I wasn't sure I would be a fan of raisins in my pancakes, but I used half of the one cup called for in the original recipe, and thought the pancakes were perfect that way.
One year ago: Plum Coffeecake Muffins
Banana, Raisin, and Oatmeal ... [Continue Reading]
Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts. It's nutritious, filling, and warms you up on a cold morning. Most often, I make 5-minute old-fashioned oats. Sometimes, though, I make steel cut oats instead. Steel cut oats are less processed than old-fashioned oats, and have a heartier, nuttier, almost chewy taste to them. I think they're a great change to enjoy once in a while, but they do take a little longer to cook so I save them for weekend breakfasts. (Or, for quicker-cooking steel cut oats I make this overnight recipe.)
I like to mix in some cinnamon and top my oatmeal with almonds or pecans and milk. (Brad likes to tease me about the amount of milk I pour on top- sometimes you can't even ... [Continue Reading]
Steel cut oats are something that I've been meaning to try for a while. I enjoy a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, especially in the cooler months, and often hear about how good steel cut oats are for you. Steel cut oats are less processed than rolled oats, made by taking the whole oat kernel and cutting it into small pieces. They have a chewier texture and a nuttier taste than rolled oats, making them a nice change for variety's sake.
To cook steel cut oats on the stovetop, it takes about 35 minutes. Some mornings that is just too long to wait for breakfast, which is why I like this overnight recipe. It takes about 5 minutes to combine the ingredients in the evening, and then you ... [Continue Reading]