Friday, April 24, 2015

Fantastic Friday Peanut Butter & Jelly Waffles

It just takes a few minutes yo whip up something marvelous for brunch....and then you can just reheat the leftovers (if there are any) in the toaster the next morning!
Follow along with the short video (just less than 3 minutes ) and you will have all you need to whip up PB&J waffles!
This is so easy your kids can do it for Mother's day as a surprise breakfast in bed for mom!  That and a hand made card will make her day I promise!  Hey I have EVERY hand made card my kids ever made me and now that they are in their mid-twenties I love being able to touch something they made when they were little!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mother's Day Brunch Blueberry Fritters

Mother's Day...what to do?  How about start the day with Blueberry Fritters?
They really are quite easy and that is coming from someone who doesn't really like to fry anything!  But these I will do...and quite often really 'cause the entire family loves them and so will MOM!
Don't forget a hand made card...then pile on the bed and let the whole family enjoy!
Blueberry Fritters
2 eggs beaten
1/3 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup self-rising flour
12 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon melted butter
1 ¾ cups blueberries
4 cups oil for frying
½ cup Granulated sugar for rolling the fritters
In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and vanilla.
Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
Whisk until incorporated and then fold in the blueberries and melted butter.
Heat 2 inches of oil in an 8 inch frying pan (or use deep fryer) over medium high until it reaches 375
Using a small cookie scoop drop fritter batter into hot oil and deep fry for 3-4 minutes turning once until browned and cooked through
Drain the fritters on paper towels
Roll in granulated sugar and serve.

Sometimes I change them up a bit by using 1 tablespoon lemon zest instead of cinnamon and switching the vanilla for lemon extract...the lemon goes great with the blueberries BUT the way I gave you the recipe just happens to by my favorite.
ENJOY

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas & More

Mother’s day is fast approaching on May 10th and let’s face it…..a happy mom makes for a happy family!

So let’s talk Mother’s Day brunch/breakfast!  YES it should be served in bed.  Not so much because Mom likes a lie-in but because the bed has room for everyone to sit and watch mom eat the wonderful gift of breakfast in bed!  My best memories are of the kids’ faces as I took those first bites of their handiwork! AND my kids usually helped me eat said breakfast. 

Waffles are really easy, the kids can do the measuring, mixing cooking with a bit of supervision and look quite amazing so check the kitchen cupboards and see if you have a waffle iron…..if you do, dust it off and get ready!

Don't forget the Mother's Day Cards!  NO not store bought cards......cards made by the kids themselves.  I still have EVERY one my kids made me and I treasure them!  Their crayon pictures with MOM barely legible instantly take me back to when they were little and I was their favorite person in the whole world!

Today it's super easy to take photos and we so the selfie thing all the time...but make sure not to forget to get a photo of the kids and mom when her brunch plate arrives...before everyone digs in!  Oh ya, and then turn the phone off...if just for a little while and make those special memories so you will have them forever in your heart!


Strawberry Whipped Cream Waffles
Basic Waffle Recipe:
2 C. Self-Rising Flour ( or regular flour + 1 T. baking powder + ½ t. baking soda + ½ t. salt)
3 T. sugar
3 Eggs
½ t. Vanilla
2 C. Buttermilk
1/4 C. melted butter
In a large bowl mix together the flour and sugar.
In another bowl blend buttermilk + vanilla + eggs + butter.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and blend using a wire whisk or wooden spoon just until mixed.  A few small lumps are fine.
Heat waffle iron according to directions, coat with nonstick spray.  Ladle waffle batter into hot waffle iron following manufactures directions.  Usually one ladle per waffle works out right.

Whipped Cream:
½ cup whipping cream
2 T. sugar
¼ t. vanilla
Pop whipping cream, beater and bowl into freezer for a few minutes to get really chilled…it helps with the whipping process.
I like to put all ingredients into a narrow and deep bowl or a 4 cup measuring cup. 
Beat with electric beaters until stiff peaks form.  Keep chilled until ready to use.

Strawberries:

All you have to do is wash them, cut off the stem end and slice.  That’s it….no sugar necessary!

Assembly:
Waffle on plate
A couple of spoonfuls of strawberries go on next
A heaping spoonful of whipped cream on top of the strawberries
A drizzle of maple syrup for that extra special touch and you are ready to surprise mom with the perfect Mother's Day Brunch!

A couple of my favorite quotes on motherhood:

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. 
Lin Yutang, Chinese writer


M-O-T-H-E-R

"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.