Tag Archives: Topping

Nemo Had Me Baking

For everyone out here in New England, you all know about Nemo. Nemo ended up leaving us with 30 inches of snow between Friday and yesterday. Yes…we measured 🙂

After playing out in the snow with the puppies for a while, I whipped up some breakfast for the fam with Maggie. There are 7 of us, so it’s never a simple task. I don’t know how Mama C ever did it for this many years.

For breakfast, Maggie and I made some Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes with an Apple Topping.

Apple Topping

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of the fruit toppings on pancakes. This, was delicious. I ended up making two different kinds, an Apple Cinnamon and an Apple Cocoa Cinnamon.

Ingredients: Apple Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water

Ingredients: Apple Cocoa Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Directions:

1. Heat all ingredients in a small pot until apples are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir to keep it from burning.

IMG_0115

Easy Peasy!

We made some Cranberry Gluten Free Pancakes for my sister, which I got much better at making this time! Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes for everyone else, and some whole wheat waffles! We all topped it with either the Cocoa or the Cinnamon Topping. Yummmm.

After Breakfast, we headed to tackle some of the snow that was still building up. This is just a view from inside the garage:

IMG_1536

IMG_1533

Brent helped clean off the roof because our heat wasn’t working yet and they were trying to get at the vent.

IMG_1525

IMG_1527

Brent is 6 foot 5…just to give you an idea…

It took a solid 2 hours for us to just clear the driveway and we had 6 people working on it. Slightly ridiculous. After shoveling for so long, we headed in and grabbed some lunch. We also sipped on some hot chocolate that Brent’s family had sent us for christmas. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. YUM.

IMG_0127

Can’t beat that when you need to warm up.

What is your favorite drink after shoveling snow??

New Year’s 2013, Egg Nog Pancake Style

New Year’s came and went. I was still getting over my cold, or maybe it was still creeping up on me as we were heading out to Boston Emerald Lounge. I sucked down some dayquil and headed out to meet a whole bunch of my friends that I hadn’t seen in YEARS. Literally. So. Much. Fun.

IMG_1288

On New Year’s Day, I popped up and made some festive pancakes for the family. Egg Nog Pancakes. They were unbelievably light and fluffy.

Egg Nog Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 Egg 3/4 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
1/3 Cup Egg Nog 1 Cup Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Water

Directions:

1. Beat the egg. Then add in the Vanilla Yogurt, and Egg Nog.

IMG_9742

2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Then add it into the wet mix. Add in the water as well.

IMG_9748

3. Preheat the skillet to a medium heat. Wait for the pancake to bubble slightly and flip it over. It should rise a bunch.

IMG_9751

IMG_9753

 

For the topping, instead of the normal berry topping that I whip up, I took some chunky applesauce and heated it up a bit. That was the topping for this guy. It was good without the syrup, but also fantastic with it.

IMG_9774

IMG_9779

The applesauce topping was fantastic. Bacon had his serious begging face on.

IMG_9785

Bacon apparently had a fun night of partying too, because the two of us crashed on the couch shortly after pancakes.

IMG_9786

 

I feel like that’s what just about everyone was doing. Just watching football and recovering.

Tomorrow, I’ve got a packed day of wedding venue appointments and some solid gym time to get to. Exciting!!

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Muffin Top Christmas Cookies

Christmas Eve I went cookie crazy and made a whole bunch of different types of cookies. The most popular being the Cranberry Walnut Cookies. They were described as having the texture of a muffin top. Ergo, a Cranberry Walnut Muffin Top Cookie!

PicMonkey Collage

Ingredients:

1 Cup Shortening 1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt 2 Cups Chopped Frozen Cranberries
1 Cup Chocolate Chips 3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 Tablespoon Shortening

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla.

IMG_9381

2. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Then add it into the sugar mix.

IMG_9397

3. Lastly, add in the chopped cranberries and the walnuts.

IMG_9403

IMG_9407

Pretty!!

4. Spoon out a tablespoon scooper to measure out the batter and placed them on parchment paper to put into the oven. Bake it at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. You want the cookie to turn slightly brown on the edges.

IMG_9427

When the cookies are out of the oven and cooled, microwave the chocolate chips and the shortening for 30 seconds to melt the chips. Then dip the cookies, or drizzle the chocolate on top. I also used confectioners sugar to top the cookies and all three were fantastic!

IMG_9430

IMG_9441

IMG_9442

 

This made about 4 dozen cookies and we are still making our way through them. They are delicious and stay really well. You can also freeze them easily to keep them even longer. I found this recipe in a book and modified it a bit to turn it into these delicious bites. The cranberry idea really jumped out at me.

Enjoy!!

Chocolate and Protein French Toast with Fresh Blueberry Topping

OH YEA. BEST WAY TO START A FRIDAY. Chocolate French Toast. For Real.

 

Ingredients:

3 Slices of White Toast 3 Eggs
1 Tablespoon Buttermilk, or Skim Milk 1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Full Tablespoon of Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Directions:

1. In a flat bowl, mix the eggs, buttermilk, cinnamon, protein powder and cocoa powder. Soak a slice of toast in the mix, on both sides.

 

2. Heat up a skillet to medium heat and spray it with cooking spray. Cook each side of the toast for about 1-2 minutes.

And donezo!

 

It was really good. I think I could have upped the cocoa powder a bit but with the blueberry topping, perfecto. I just heated up some frozen blueberries and sprinkled some confectioners sugar on top. There really isn’t any sugar in this dish at all, besides the natural sugar in the blueberries. It’s a great, high protein french toast.

I feel like French toast gets a bad rap because the majority of the time people smother it in syrup. But in reality, if you can do without the sugary syrup, it is equivalent to having eggs and toast with some blueberries. Who can argue with a breakfast like that?!

I tried to be SUPER COOL and make these into CHOCOLATE DRACULA FRENCH TOAST…but it looked more like an angel….

 

EPIC FAIL. Can you at least squint your eyes and shake your head side to side really quickly and maybe see the outline of a Dracula??

I tried…

Anyways….I’m really excited about what I have planned to bake up tonight. I’m going to take tonight to relax a bit…and make a DELICIOUS PUMPKINY dessert. I’m not telling what it is yet though…for fear that it might turn out like dracula…the complete opposite of what I’m going for…an angel.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

 

What’s your favorite way to make French Toast?? Does it include and unexpected ingredients?? 

 

The by far unexpected ingredient of this one is the protein powder…and the cocoa powder. I am convinced that you can add a little protein to just about anything.

I Did Something GREAT for Dinner

WELL…that lovely thought of high school got me to thinking about marching bands in movies, then cafeterias in movies and then the crazy lunch ladies in those movies and THEN the sloppy joes. WHY in almost all of the high school cafeterias were the lunch ladies ALWAYS serving sloppy joes?! Mine never did?! Not once did a sloppy joe show up on that menu?! Is it just to make high school food look terrible?? I remember having a plain bagel that I just ripped into tiny little pieces and dipped into my little cream cheese tub. Nothing like Sloppy Joes.

All this thinking about Sloppy Joes led me to…Sloppy Joes! DINNER!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Cups of Frozen Crumbles (or 1/2 lb of Ground Beef)
5 Ounces Condensed Tomato Soup 1/2 Cup Medium Salsa
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar 2 Hamburger Buns

Directions: 

1. In a small saucepan, start to heat up the crumbles over medium heat. After they are mostly defrosted, add in the condensed tomato soup, sugar, and salsa. If you are using ground beef, you are going to want to defrost it, cook it all the way through and then drain it. Then, you will add in the sugar, condensed tomato soup and salsa. Both of them should simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

 

Just put that sloppy mess on a bun and call it  a Sloppy Joe!

 

I obviously made it with the crumbles and I’ll be honest…I think I like sloppy joes with the crumbles better. It absorbs the flavor a bit better and you don’t have the grease to deal with. They also cook faster…because you don’t have to cook them…just warm them up. But these sloppy joes were some of the best I have ever had. Sorry Mama C.  🙂

As a side dish, not that it really needed it, I made a broccoli salad. Also, very simple and easy to whip up.

 

Ingredients:

1 Head of Broccoli. Chopped 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Diced 1/4 Cup Red Onion, Diced
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/2 Cup Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar 1 Tablespoon Sugar
Salt and Peppr To Taste

Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, add the broccoli, tomatoes, onion and cheddar cheese.

 

2. In a small bowl, Mix the yogurt, vinegar and sugar.

 

3. Lastly, Pour the sauce on top of the veggies. Mix them up. Top with the sunflower seeds and BOOM! Broccoli Salad!

No one ever said that broccoli salad was difficult, but with the sloppy joes and the broccoli salad you have a great well rounded meal for 3 people.

I am so happy with how both of these came out. BUT, now, I am really full. And I feel like a little Rollie Pollie. YUP. So I’m going to roll myself over to the couch, put on a goodie and probably do some more work…MER,

 

What was your cafeteria food like?? Veggies?? Sloppy Joes?? Bagels and Cream Cheese?? Unmentionables?!

 

Bagels and cream cheese it was for me. But the most memorable thing about the lunch room in high school was the cookies. We had these chocolate chip cookies that were legit to die for. They sat in the corner, with one lunch lady guarding a whole stack of trays of cookies. I always joked about buying the whole rack and rolling it over to my seat, sitting down and just doing some damage.

The farthest I ever got was a tray…but no worries, I shared them…well…some of them…:-)