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Oatmeal Waffles with Fresh Fruit and Yogurt

7 Apr

Sleeping in late and making big brunches on Sunday has become my favorite part of the week. Breakfast food is the best, but I never get to have any M-F because I prefer to sleep in. Waffles have become my addiction. They’re all I can think about all week!

This Sunday we went pretty crazy– we made waffles AND eggs. I found this recipe online to make oatmeal waffles and loved the idea of using yogurt instead of syrup for topping. We served these ones with Vanilla Greek Yogurt, white peaches, blackberries, and a little granola and drizzle of honey for the heck of it! Delicious.

What a great weekend! I slept in until 2 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. I guess I needed it! Plus we got caught up on a few house chores including mowing the front lawn. It was starting to look like a jungle.

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Oatmeal Pancakes with Peach Compote

24 Feb

Holy cow. I need to take a minute to brag about the beautiful breakfast we had this weekend. They were so delicious and super filling. I found the a photo of these in one of Rachel Ray’s magazines and tracked down the recipe on her site.

Of course, there was some amount of trial and error–I’m not used to making pancakes this thick so I burned 3 or 4 of them and had to switch pans once because the smoke from the burned butter was filling the house. Still, the overflowing sink of dishes was a small price to pay.

I’ve got to start having people over for Sunday brunch or something. It’s just too much fun to cook these huge treats on Sunday mornings!

Pretzel Bread Sliders and White Cheedar Mac & Cheese

7 Feb

We’ve been hooked on the pretzel rolls at Trader Joes but at $1 per roll, it was adding up surprisingly fast. We love bread. I stumbled across this post which showed how to make pretzel rolls in about 20 minutes using Pillsbury french bread dough. I was skeptical but we gave it a try. They are amazing! We’ve also experimented a bit using frozen french rolls to get the same effect a little cheaper yet, but they came out less pretzel-ly.

This dinner above was delicious. We made the pretzel rolls and filled with TJ’s shredded BBQ chicken, harvarti, and avocado. We also tried out a batch of this white cheddar mac & cheese which was crazy good.

Funny story– the glass bakeware used on the mac and cheese splintered in the oven and we had a few strips of glass shards on the top. I wasn’t sure if I should toss out the batch (Food Safety 101) but tried a bite and it was SO delicious I COULDN’T throw it away. We just took slow bites and did a lot of nervous prodding. Seriously, though. So good.

Sweet Soy French Fries

3 Feb

I went to a restaurant a few weeks back and decided to try their specialty fries with my burger. They were DELICIOUS and I sat there eating them, sure that it would be an easy recipe to re-create at home. The trickiest part would be the sweet soy the fries were covered in; I was thinking of asking them what brand they use so I could try to find it at the stores. However, one Google search later and it turns out sweet soy is just regular soy + brown sugar. I eventually want to try doing this with homemade fries, but haven’t had the time to try that out.

This recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. The mix of sweet and tart is really amazing. BONUS: It’s not much more difficult than making a plain batch of fries and it definitely classes up the plate. 🙂

SWEET SOY FRENCH FRIES:

  • 1 package of frozen Extra Crispy French Fries
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup +1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bunch of fresh Basil Leaves, chop 5-10 leaves
  • 1 container of Gorgonzola Cheese Crumbles
  • Ranch Dressing

Throw a few servings of fries in the oven and cook to package instructions. While those are going, on a low/medium flame heat soy sauce and brown sugar in a sauce pan until sugar is completely dissolved. Be careful not to burn the sugar as it will make the sauce a bit bitter. Set aside to cool/thicken. When fries are done, drizzle with sweet soy, gorgonzola, and chopped basil. I don’t know the exact amount you’ll want on each serving, just eyeball it! Serve with ranch.

Red Velvet Waffles

28 Oct

This Red Velvet Waffle recipe with Cream Cheese Syrup has been kicking around on my Pinterest board for over a year. Jericho and I had a free morning this Sunday, so I woke up a little early to throw these together. I doubled the amount of red coloring I used, but they’re still a little more pink that red. Such is life! One of these days I’ll remember to double one of these waffle recipes so I can throw some in the freezer so I can take one to work Eggo-style. We are piggies so there are never leftovers from a single batch. 🙂

Pizza Dough and Sauce

18 Oct

It’s nice to leave early from work sometimes and have a lazy midweek afternoon for relaxing. There’s something so darn satisfying about playing hooky! With all the extra time to make dinner, we decided on fresh pizza. We even had time to get fancy and roast a clove of garlic to add to the mix. Jericho said the roasted garlic went well with the pineapple topping he put on his. I went with my favorite pizza veggies and some shedded chicken under the cheese. This recipe for dough and sauce has always been kind to us as long as we have a few hours to let the yeast rise.

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder

16 Oct

I’m so happy the seasons are changing because it’s nice to settle in for the night with a hot bowl of soup. We made a batch of this Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder (linked here) over the weekend and had leftovers for daysss. Making it was slightly an ordeal just because there are so many ingredients going into it, so it is definitely easier to make on a weekend than after work M-F. This would be the perfect way to use up leftover or even rotisserie chicken from the store. This is definitely a new favorite for us!

(PS I used a hatch pepper because none of the stores near me carry poblano peppers. Came out great, though a jalapeno might work well if you want more of a kick.)

Apple Cider Waffles

14 Oct

This weekend was perfect! Just the right amount of laziness and productivity. Recently I was cleaning out a cupboard and found a new waffle iron which had been a housewarming present stashed away from several years ago. Nice surprise! I’m thinking Sunday will become our traditional waffle day, starting last week with some frozen pumpkin waffles from Trader Joe’s. This week, armed with a waffle iron, I whipped up these Apple Cider Waffles in less than 20 minutes from start to finish. We sat out on the porch with some coffee and enjoyed some perfect weather.

From there we started some cleaning/organizing projects. I hope I can finish soon so I can finally post some before & after pics of the bedroom!

Italian Wonderpot Pasta

23 Sep

In an effort to keep my budget in check, I’m trying to do hefty amounts of cooking so I will always have leftovers for lunch. No excuses to eat out! This week has been pretty exhausting so the idea of a single pot pasta dish was PERFECT. Recipe for “Italian Wonderpot” here; thanks Pinterest! It turned out pretty good! It was nice to throw everything in the pot and not have to worry about it.

My only mistake was that I wrote my shopping list wrong, so I only had half the amount of diced tomato the recipe called for. Instead, I ended up throwing in a chunk of butter, some extra water, and a splash of milk. Butter fixes everything. 🙂

Black & White Chili

6 Sep

The year is definitely changing and I’m finding myself in the mood to cook huge batches of soups and chili. Made this recipe from A Beautiful Mess for veggie chili last night and it turned out pretty good. It was my first time cooking with jalapeno. FUN FACT: Jalapeno juice stays on your hands even after you wash with soap and water. Learned that one the hard way when I couldn’t figure out why my face felt like it was on fire.