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The little man is a waffle junkie.  He loves them.  I can not claim these are even close to as good as the ones at the farmer’s market, but those are true Belgian Waffles.  I have several recipes that I make but this one is kind of my go to quick, easy version.  These I can get done in under 10 minutes which is a plus when you have a hungry toddler hanging on your leg.

P’s Morning Waffles

  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose, although I have used cake flour in a pinch and it worked fine.)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup plain greek style yogurt (or regular plain yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Lightly grease or spray waffle iron and preheat.

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda with a whisk. 

In another medium bowl Combine yogurt, milk, and vanilla.  Slowly add melted butter while stirring (in case your butter is to hot you will not cook your eggs).  Pour this mixture into dry ingredients.  Stir until fully incorporated, but do not over mix.

Spoon about 1/3 cup batter and spread almost to the corners. (Amount varies with size of iron).  Close the lid and bake according to your manufacturer’s instructions, usually 2 – 3 minutes.  You want them to be golden brown, and not stick to your iron.  Makes about 5 waffles.

You can transfer waffles to a 200 degree oven to keep warm if you are making very many, they do cool pretty quickly and get softer as they cool.

If you would rather get your pancakes and waffles from a mix, the best ones I have found are the Bette’s Oceanview Diner Pancake and Waffle Mixes.  They sell them at the store by my house but you can also buy them here.


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This week is all about simple, easy, make ahead.  I adapted a recipe from my Godmother’s cookbook.  My mom helped her compile the recipes, and those 2 women can cook.  I know I will like pretty much anything in there, but many of them I adapt to make a little healthier.  I just tend to not use as much butter as they do.  I know, i know, butter makes everything better but I promise this is still good.    I do mine in an 8×8 pyrex dish, you could easily double the original recipe is actually double, and use a 9 x 13 pyrex instead.

Enchilada Casserole

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons picante sauce, divided
  • 6 or 8 corn tortillas (the recipe would be 6, I used 8 because that was how many came in the package)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 8 ounces plain yogurt
  • 1 cup grated cheese, either cheddar, jack, or a combination

Combine water and 2 tablespoons picante sauce in a shallow dish or bowl.  Place tortillas in picante sauce mixture and let stand 5 minutes.  Drain.  Cook ground beef and onion in skillet until brown and then drain.  Stir in salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and 1/4 cup picante sauce.  Simmer meat mixture for 5 minutes.

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan and add flour, stirring until smooth.  Gradually stir in milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until bubbly.  Remoce from heat and add yogurt.  Stir until well blended.

Place 1/2 of tortillas in a greased 8x8x2″ baking dish.  Pour 1/2 the yogurt sauce over tortillas.  Spoon 1/2 of the meat evenly over the sauce.  Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese over meat.  Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. 

May be made ahead and baked just before serving.

Serves 4

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For Easter lunch I made the Normandy Apple Tart from Baking from my home to yours by Dorie Greenspan.  apparently it was delicious, but I can not actually say that I tasted any, I took the little man home for a nap before the desserts were broken out.  Considering my husband’s family are not big dessert eaters (I still cannot believe such things exist) and there was not even a crumb left, I think it must have been pretty good.  It was pretty easy, but it does have a few steps.  You can make the applesauce filling a couple of days ahead of time, and I made the crust the day before and froze it, (you have to freeze for at least 30 minutes, so I just froze overnight.) I really would not assemble and bake it until day of.


lucky star lane – lucky linky tuesday

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latest batch of beer

the little man trying to see what we are photographing


The latest batch of my husband’s hobby is ready to be consumed.  It came out pretty well, and after a couple more weeks will be even better.  Everything homemade taste better.

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I totally had another recipe ready to go for today, but then I made a recipe that I found on Hannah Cooks (thanks Hannah!) last night and decided to post that one instead.  I made Nigella’s breakfast bars.  They are so easy it is ridiculous, and good, and a really filling snack.  They are pretty easy to substitute ingredients also.  I know Hannah makes them without coconut, I made them without peanuts, but also added 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips.  I am always looking for a quick, healthy, non processed breakfast or lunch.  I love granola bar type things, but most of them at the store are just not very good for you.  It is nice to have a homemade alternative that is easy and yummy.

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Vanilla Cupcakes

For the Robot Cupcakes, I used the vanilla cupcakes and vanilla frosting recipes from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook.  The recipe is a little different that most cake recipes I have used before, the cupcakes came out really good, but you definitely have to follow their instructions.  Do not be tempted to just use the ingredients in your own order, you will get a goopy, gloppy, mess.  Also the recipe says that it makes 12 cupcakes, I got more like 8 – 10 per batch.  The icing recipe seemed to make enough, unless you want tons of icing on your cupcakes.  We added a little more sugar and vanilla to the icing recipe as it tasted too buttery to us.  We also did some with their chocolate frosting, and they were also good.

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robot cupcakes

I found these cute robot cupcakes online.  I decided to try my own for the big Robot Birthday Party.  Mine are not quite as cute as the originals, but for my first time working with fondant, and trying to do them pretty late at night I think they came out pretty well. 

Show and Tell Wednesdays @ http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/

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