Friday, September 26, 2014

It's National Pancake Day, Let's Celebrate It!

Here in America, we love our food. We love our food so much that we have nation-wide days to celebrate some of our favorites! According to Wikipedia, there are over 170 days used to recognize some of our favorite foods.

Today is National Pancake Day! How are you going to celebrate it?

I have created a little chalkboard art to celebrate. Feel free to download, print, and use for personal use. Check out my other creations (logo free) on Etsy.

(Can be downloaded for personal use only)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Raspberry Peach Pancakes

As summer comes to an end, I am sad to see the end of the local summer fruits at the local farmer's market.

As a farewell to summer, I've whipped up a batch of pancakes using one of my favorite fruit combinations, red raspberries and peaches. There is nothing complex or complicated about making these pancakes but there is something magical about the balance of the spices and the fruit that goes into them.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

A good chocolate chip cookie can change a person's mood in a second. It is a taste of your childhood, instantly transporting you back to a simpler time in life.

It is easy to make yourself the perfect chocolate chip cookie. There are countless recipes out there, suited to all the varying tastes that are specific to the individual. Nuts or not? Chewy or crispy?

A perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe should be able to meet the needs of all. This recipe, modified from America's Test Kitchen, can be adapted easily to please everybody.

Friday, September 19, 2014

TGIF, Let's Celebrate!

Congratulations! You've made it through another week. Some weeks that is reason enough to celebrate. I know that this has been a challenging week in my world.

Since we can't all be at the beach, enjoying the sounds of the waves, let's discuss what's been going on throughout the week.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sauerbrauten, a taste of Germany

Sprechen sie deutsch? Yeah, me neither. Foreign languages just aren't my thing, but foreign foods...those are right up my alley. 

This weekend, while visiting my parents and trying to map out the rest of my life, I decided to hold a hostile take-over of their kitchen. My father was all for it as he got to eat one of his favorite meals. I was all for it because I love German food.

However, I am not sure my mother is going to forgive me for this one. The vinegar smell is going to take a few days to leave the house. It may take longer to leave the refrigerator. I'm not sure the box of baking soda is going to be able to work quick enough. I blame my mother for this though. She would not allow me to marinate the meat in a plastic container with a lid and none of her bowls from the 1960's have lids. The plastic wrap simply did not take care of keeping the odors in. 

So here is my word of warning, if you are disgusted by the smell of vinegar, find somebody else's kitchen you can hijack for this dinner. It is delicious, but far from a pleasant aroma. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

TGIF, Let's Celebrate!


Can you believe September is just about half over? Where, oh where has the summer gone?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Red Velvet Pancakes

After a stressful week, I needed some inspiration to motivate myself into having a semi-productive weekend. What better way to find that inspiration than when red velvet pancakes with mascarpone cheese frosting? If you've had a stressful week or are just looking for a delicious breakfast that takes only minutes to make, these pancakes are definitely for you!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Come Read With Me

I must admit, I was a little saddened when I awoke to the sound of the school bus stopping at the house across the street. It seems as if summer just started yesterday and now kids across the country are once again back in school, cramming their heads with new concepts and being prepared to suffer through state testing in the spring.

In honor of all the students returning to school this fall, I have decided to share my reading list for the month with you. I also highly recommend mixing up a batch of Lemon Blueberry Sticky Buns to accompany your reading.