Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Many of you are probably enjoying some yummy leftovers today, and you are likely thinking about holiday decorating, shopping, and more celebrations to come. I spent many hours in my kitchen over the past two days, but still couldn't keep myself from doing a little baking this morning. These Gingerbread Scones with Maple Glaze are the perfect way to transition from Thanksgiving into the rest of the holiday season. They taste just like gingerbread and go wonderfully with a cup of coffee or tea.
I'm sure you have a packed weekend, whether it be braving the crowds at the mall, getting and decorating your tree, or attending a party or two, but I hope you find ... [Continue Reading]
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]
It's Friday- we made it! This week I am so ready for Friday to be here. It's been great to get to know my new students over the past few days, and I love the way a new school year is a fresh start to try new ideas, but I am exhausted. This first week of school business really takes it out of you. Plus, of course, I came down with a cold right at the beginning of the week, which made things much, much easier (sense a little sarcasm there, do you?).
After a long week, I like to wake up and have a relaxed weekend morning. What does a relaxed weekend morning mean around here? A cup of coffee, some quiet time, then breakfast and lots of playing with the kids. These Pecan Sour Cream biscuits ... [Continue Reading]
Let me apologize in advance for these. Once you make these granola bars, you are going to have a very hard time enjoying a store-bought granola bar. You are going to find yourself in the kitchen long after the sun has gone down, mixing up the ingredients for these bars. You will walk down the cereal aisle of your grocery store, looking through the granola bar choices, knowing that you have to choose one because you certainly don't have the time each and every week to make your own. Or do you? You might just decide that the thirty minutes you could spend watching TV or mindlessly browsing Pinterest might be better spent mixing together a batch of granola bars that you can really crave.
I ... [Continue Reading]
Mmmmm scones. Nothing goes quite so perfectly with a morning cup of coffee as a buttery, flaky scone. These Citrus Scones have it all- a flaky texture, hints of citrus, and a sweet lemon-lime glaze. Writing about them right now as I drink my morning cup of coffee, I really wish that I had one sitting here on a plate next to me, just waiting for me to nibble on.
These scones would be perfect to serve if you were having guests over for brunch. I would round out the menu with a colorful fruit salad and mini frittatas, and enjoy it all outside in the fresh air, if the weather was cooperative. Next time I make these, I think I will cut them smaller, possibly even making mini scones. Mini ... [Continue Reading]
This summer Julia and I have been making smoothies almost every day. Sometimes we will have a smoothie and sandwich for lunch, but most often we enjoy our smoothies at snack time. We are in the middle of the to-nap or not-to-nap phase right now with Julia. Most days, she really needs at least a short nap to make it through her day and the evening routine without being overly tired. The problem is that if I don't wake her up after an hour or so, she will nap for way too long and then have trouble going to bed at night. And waking her up sometimes does not go very well, but I totally understand. I don't like being woken up before I'm ready, and I bet you don't either. This is where a smoothie ... [Continue Reading]
It's been a while since I've made a loaf of banana bread. I've been on a big muffin kick lately, so whenever I found myself with a few over-ripe bananas, I baked them into muffins. This week, I decided to try a new banana bread recipe with my ripe bananas, and I cannot say enough about how much I love this bread. It is moist and has just the right amount of banana flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add some warm spice, and then there is the brown butter. Oh yum.
From now on, when I want to bake up a loaf of banana bread, I will turn to this recipe. (Unless I'm in the mood for chocolate banana bread, in which case I will be making this.) Did I mention that this bread is quickly mixed up ... [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]
Have you made a trip to your local farmer's market yet this season? I have not, but I can't wait. Maybe this weekend we'll make our first trip there. Visiting the farmer's market definitely makes me think of summer, and I am so looking forward to the summer months filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, days spent at the park and pool, and evenings spent relaxing outdoors. Plus there will be my summer break from teaching. I'm really ready for that, too. It will be nice to have more time to spend with the kids and to just not feel so rushed all of the time.
I wish I had made these muffins with fresh blueberries, but instead I made them with frozen because that's what I had ... [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]