Waffles are one of those things that are so easy to make I can’t help but wonder why anyone would ever buy store bought. The time you put in is so minimal and yet the flavor difference between homemade and store bought is extreme.
Josh and I have had our waffle iron since we got married. It was one of the items on our registry and let me say it gets used! We certainly use it more now that we have three boys who are always hungry, but even when it was just us waffle breakfasts were not uncommon.
I think the thing I like most about waffles is how versatile they are. Sure, you can go the traditional route and cover them in maple syrup. Are you one of those people that has to have syrup in every single hole??!
My boys have always been big eaters. Add in 2-3 swim practices a week and they are truly bottomless pits. They wake up in the morning and the first thing I hear is “what’s for breakfast?” As soon as they walk in the door after school it’s “what’s for snack?” They finish swim and say “did you pack a snack?”
Do you perhaps see a theme here?! It’s hard to keep up with their appetites without falling into the prepared food pit. The pantry is usually well stocked with various nuts which they love. Cheese and yogurt in the fridge. Plenty of fruit.
For many the beginning of autumn means pumpkin spice in everything. I’m more simple, plain old cinnamon is fine by me. The smell of apples and cinnamon. Pumpkin and cinnamon. Chocolate and cinnamon.
Okay, I might have a little addiction! But really, what’s the harm in a little more cinnamon?!
Despite the lack of posts lately our kitchen has been extremely busy. It’s the end of the school year and things are just crazy busy. Swim practice four days a week has started. The kids are playing outside. The garden needs tending…the work never ends.
That is why these bars have become a staple in our house. They are similar to these granola balls, just in bar form. I make them often, they disappear quickly with three boys!
I know what you’re thinking, another granola recipe?! Yes, another granola recipe. What can I say, we LOVE our granola. What isn’t to love, salty, sweet, crunchy, nutty, oat goodness.
The boys have been scavenging for snacks lately and then it dawned on me. We didn’t have granola. I try to keep it around since they eat it all the time, yet somehow life got busy and we haven’t had any for a while. It was time to make a new flavor combining my beloved dark chocolate gingerbread granola and the boys’ favorite vanilla almond granola.
In our house granola is good any time of the day. It all starts at breakfast, either plain or with yogurt and fruit. Then for Sean’s second breakfast. Ya know, after big brothers have left for school and he’s hungry again before he goes to school.