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Spelt Waffles

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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??!

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Buttermilk Biscuits

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I’m not exactly sure what took so long to put up a biscuit post.  We certainly eat biscuits a few times a month.  Perhaps it took so long because they disappear very quickly!  There isn’t a spare second to photograph them before the boys have inhaled them.

Here’s a confession, I was raised in the North.  Not exactly biscuit country.  As a result I was raised on the biscuits from a tube.  You know the kind, pop the tube open and voila, you’ve got flaky biscuits. Continue reading

Elderflower Limoncello Prosecco

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It’s back to school time and that’s reason enough for celebration!  Parents across the country are dancing in the streets as their children go back to school.  I told our principal I would try not to dance as I left the school last week until I reached my car, though there was a spring in my step!

Back when the boys were younger, even before elementary school or preschool I used to host a back to school playdate for our play group.  It was a chance for moms of school/preschool aged children to get together and celebrate the kids being gone either all day or just for three short hours.

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Chocolate Almond Granola

Chocolate Almond Granola

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.

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In My Kitchen – March 2016

Spring is nearly here, can you feel it?  We survived February and I’m quite looking forward to a new month.  I wasn’t feeling up to full strength much of the month due to a cold that wouldn’t go away. Add in digestive issues and it just wasn’t a fun food month.  It was survival mode for a while, keep the boys fed and don’t fall asleep during the day! I’m finally feeling close to 100% and looking forward to another In My Kitchen roundup with our lovely hostess Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef.

In my kitchen, before I got sick Valentine’s weekend, I managed to whip up some gingerbread love shacks.  We didn’t get around to making gingerbread houses for Christmas so I figured some love shacks for Valentine’s Day would be perfect.  They were great, just the right size.  It’s a new cookie cutter, nice and small. Each house is pretty much a single serving, the boys were thrilled with these.

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Chef in Training

This past Sunday Jack planned and helped cook brunch.  He has always been very curious in the kitchen and really wants to start doing more.  At eight years old he is now old enough to take on more tasks so it was his turn to shine.

It started with the planning.  He really wanted to make quiche, not a big surprise since all three boys LOVE quiche.  Jack, however, doesn’t care for a pastry crust.  I asked him which crust he wanted (pastry, shredded potato or quinoa) and he said he wanted something different.  I suggested we could try a cauliflower crust and he was very excited about that.  He also decided he wanted his quiche to have bacon, sharp cheddar and broccoli.

Jack then announced he wanted scrambled eggs with the quiche.  This is when Mama had to push him in another direction.  I let him know we didn’t really need two egg dishes in one meal!  He decided it was time to plan the dessert.  His first choice was a fruit tart.  That would be his favorite brunch sweet treat.  Once again I pushed him in another direction.  As his instructor I didn’t really want to go over teaching  him to make pastry and custard, plus the quiche. Continue reading

Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

Banana Chocolate Chunk Scones

My favorite bakery up in Brevard, North Carolina has the best goodies anywhere I’ve been in the southeastern United States.  For some reason bakeries around here are just lacking or specialize in the traditional American super sweet treats like heavily frosted cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Well Bracken Mountain Bakery has excellent scones.  I’m not talking about a Starbuck’s scone that is sweet with sweet icing on top.  I’m talking a traditional scone that has a hint of sweetness.  I can’t pick a favorite flavor there since they are all so delicious, but since I had bananas in the freezer I decided it was time to attempt recreating the banana chocolate chunk scone.

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