Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snowman Pancakes

Today's winter breakfast theme, snowmen. Here is mine and Madeline's snowmen pancakes with chocolate chip features, a light powdered sugar "snow" dusting, and bacon scarf. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Cookies


So this was supposed to be the Advent activity for today (decorating Christmas cookies for our friends), but Madeline didn't want to help. So after the kids went to bed, I began decorating all the gingerbread men and sugar cookies.

I stuck with simply white royal icing and a few gold and white sprinkles. I love the way they turned out!

After that I packaged up all the goodies so that I can hand them out tomorrow at Madeline's Christmas program. Here they are in all their packaged glory:

And here are a few close ups of the goods. I made homemade marshmallows, salted caramels, red and white swirl cookies, spritz cookies, sugar cookie stained glass stars, gingerbread men and trees, and sugar cookie trees and snowflakes. Yum! There may have been some snacking while I decorated and packaged them! 

Have you made any sweet holiday treats yet? What's your favorite Christmas cookie? 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Advent Activity Day 14 - Gingerbread Man Pancakes

Today we made gingerbread man pancakes! But not just any old pancake mix would do, I made some carrot banana gingerbread ones (see recipe below) and then we decorated them with whipped cream, sprinkles, and raspberries. So fun and healthy!

Carrot, Banana Gingerbread Pancake recipe:

1 cup whole wheat flour 
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp baking powder 
1 mashed ripebanana 
2 finely grated carrots
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tbsp oil

Mix all the ingredients together and cook like a regular pancake. Then use a gingerbread man cutter to cut the pancake and decorate as you please. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Santa Waffles


This morning I thought I would try my hand at making a Santa out of breakfast foods for Madeline. She helped me create this guy out of waffles, bananas, chocolate chips, and a red hot. I would have used a berry for the nose, but I didn't have any :(

Still cute though!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Advent Activity Day 10 - baking cookies

While today wasn't the official "lets bake a ton of Christmas cookies" day, I thought it would be fun to make some "just to eat them" cookies. 

I found these cute kid and adult aprons and treat bag kits at Target ($ bin for the win!). Seriously cute right?!

I figured today would be the perfect day to whip them out and bake a batch of cookies. Here is Madeline posing with her apron while making the ever so careful sprinkle selection. Sprinkles are serious business!

We used my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe (see the end of the post) and then divided the batch in two. To one bowl we added chopped cranberries, orange zest, white chocolate chunks, and walnuts. These were more for me. To the other bowl we added chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and walnuts. Both batches then had copious amounts of sprinkles added. Didn't you know that sprinkles make everything taste better?

Here are the batches post baking:

Cranberry, orange, walnut, and white chocolate cookies

Chocolate chip, butterscotch chip, and walnut cookies

Once they were cool, we bagged them up and stapled on the cute little cardboard tags that came with the zip top bags. These are perfect for gift giving. I know a few teachers who will be receiving a bag tomorrow!

And the rest of the cookies? Well those made their way over to my cute cake stand. But unfortunate about 5 of them got lost in my stomach on the way. Oops!

And as mentioned, here is the standard recipe I use. Feel free to add whatever goodies you want to the mix:

Cookie recipe:

1 cup shortening 
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Have you done any Christmas baking yet? Any family favorites that you just have to make every year?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Advent Activity Day 8 - Elf Treats

For today's activity, we watched the movie Elf ( Madeline's first time) and she got to eat elf donuts (Cheerios with icing and sprinkles). 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Advent Activity Day 7 - Christmas Tree Waffles

This morning Madeline got to open her 7th day advent box. Today's activity was making and decorating a Christmas tree waffle. 

Luckily my waffle maker is a circle shape, because when you break the waffle into 4 pieces, you get the perfect triangle shape for a Christmas tree. Just add some sprinkles, banana, and a bacon stump and you are good to go! 

Now that that is over with, it is on to some Christmas themed coloring pages. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Advent Activity Day 6 - Rice Krispie Snowmen

Today we made and decorated little Rice Krispie treat snowmen. We just used random leftover Halloween candy and sprinkles. They might not be the prettiest, but Madeline had fun and they taste good :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advent Activity Day 4 - Reindeer Pancakes

Today for our advent activity we made a special holiday breakfast...reindeer pancakes!

To make these yourself, you just need:

• one large regular pancake
• one smaller silver dollar sized red pancake (use food coloring)
• 2 chocolate chips
• 2 banana slices
• two pieces of bacon

Seriously, how cute is it!? And Madeline surprisingly ate the whole thing without syrup. It was so cute she didn't even realize there was no sugar in it. Yay for breakfast wins!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pumpkin Pancake Turkey

As requested by Madeline, a fun Thanksgiving breakfast:

Pumpkin pancakes, orange slices, and fruit leather

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Breakfast Cupcake

And today, breakfast came in the shape of a cupcake. With a little happy face of course!

Made with a canteloupe cake (I used a cupcake cookie cutter), banana frosting, sprinkles, and marshmallow eyes.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Butterfly toast

Today's breakfast:

Butterfly toast - jelly toast with sprinkles and banana with chocolate chip eyes.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Brown bear, Brown bear...

The princess party was a success! Now I will try to find time to edit the photos my sister in law and I took so that I can share all the other fun decorations and food I made for the party. But in the meantime, I will share a quick pic of the cute breakfast I made for Madeline this morning.

We recently found out Madeline was having an intolerance to the almond milk she was drinking every morning. After cutting that out of her diet, she has been super hungry in the morning (not having her milk to fill her tummy just as she gets up). She has also been requesting cute food to eat. Yesterday I made banana slices into a flower with cinnamon and sprinkles (which I forgot to snap a picture of), and today I made this cute little brown bear. It is just a piece of Nutella toast, a couple slices of banana, and a couple chocolate chips (with a few gold sprinkles of course). How cute is that?!

Do you have any ideas for cute breakfast foods? I need to go troll Pinterest for some inspiration.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Garden veggies

Cucumbers, carrots, okra, and tomatoes!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pizza Pretzels

So, about a year ago I made some awesome pizza pretzels, then I forgot to ever write a post about them. So here it is, finally. First off I have to say thank you to Yammie's Noshery for the awesome post on Auntie Anne's copycat pretzels.

I used her recipe, but instead of just making regular pretzels, I flattened out the dough rolls and added provolone cheese and mini pepperoni. I then pinched the dough close to make a tube filled with the yummy cheese and pepperoni and twisted it into the pretzel shape, dipped it in the baking soda water, sprinkled it with kosher salt, and baked until golden brown.

These were SOOO good fresh from the oven and served with some marinara for dipping. Try your own favorite pizza combo! Mushrooms, peppers, and sausage anyone?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Coconut Almond Nutella Pancakes

Today for breakfast I made pancakes. While I love pancakes, I wanted to try to spruce up the basic pancake mix I used. I added half a cup of ground almond meal and half a cup of finely shredded dried coconut and a teaspoon of almond extract to the mix. This made for a much more dense pancake with a hint of yummy coconut and almond. Instead of syrup I I put a thin layer of Nutella over the pancake and then topped it with cut up strawberries, sliced almonds, and a little coconut. It was just slightly sweet from the Nutella and strawberries, and very delicious!

Along side my pancake I made a yummy Watermelon, Beet, and Carrot juice. My husband gave my a Breville juicer for my birthday last year, and I have started to experiment with it to find out what juice combos I like. I wasn't sure this particular one would be good, but it really is! Very sweet!

What did you have for breakfast? Any juice recipes that you are particularly fond of?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Care Bear Party

Over the weekend I helped my best friend with her daughter's 1st birthday party. It was a Care Bear themed party, and we made some super cute desserts for everyone. Check them out!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Very Berry Almond Bread

Last night I came up with the easiest and most yummy blueberry almond "bread". It could also be used to make muffins I think. I basically took a yellow cake mix, added a cup of water,one 8 ounce container of 0% fat Greek yogurt, and one tablespoon of almond extract which I think makes most baked goods more moist and delicious. I mixed all the ingredients and then added in defrosted frozen blueberries that I rinsed (I reserved the juice for the icing). Bake at 350 F until golden brown on the top, then cool. Once cool I drizzled the loaf with a simple powdered sugar and blueberry juice icing (you want the icing to drizzle off the spoon easily), fresh blueberries, and sliced almonds. It was extremely moist and super yummy. I bet you could use the mix as a base to add any fruit you want (Strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, coconut, apple cinnamon, etc...).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Best Breakfast Ever!

... or at least it hit the spot this morning!

So simple, yet so delicious. Toasted French bread, nutella, fresh sliced strawberries, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. That's all you need for a sugary, chocolately, crunchy breakfast delight.

Now go make one for yourself. It is great for dessert or a midnight snack too!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


It has been raining here for quite a while which has given me a nice break from having to go out a water myself. This week two of my melons ripened, the orange one is a regular cantaloupe, and the green one is a rocky green ford. Last year I got 15 or do melons, but this year I have only had 4. I think I haven't been watering enough for them. But here are a few pictures of the cantaloupe from when it first developed on the vine, to right after I picked it, to when I cut it up to eat.

In other garden news, my peppers are not producing at all. No flowers are even showing up, let alone peppers developing. I think that it is time to try the Epsom salt solution spray to stimulate fruiting. I will let you all know how it goes.

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