Cooking/Baking

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Fluffy Pancakes

I like to try new recipes and have probably made a dozen different pancake ones over time, if not more. I have a separate file for my keeper recipes and this one for fluffy pancakes made the cut. It is consistently delicious, and tastes better than the box mixes by a mile. We like to add blueberries, or chocolate chips sometimes for a special treat. You can find the recipe here. I own the recipe book this is published in...

2 Year Old Drama Queen

I have about a zillion pics of Ellie’s birthday here in Hershey. The reality of a two year old is that Ellie is pouting or crying in about half of them. We didn’t do too much for her actual birthday this year, since we had recently returned home from Michigan. I baked a cake (from scratch! Recipe here) and bought a couple helium balloons, which Ellie looooves....

The Best Ever Granola

In our efforts to eat less packaged food, I started making my own granola (which I eat like cereal, but you can use it as topping on yogurt, etc. too). Store bought granola is often either: chock full of sugar and/or completely bland, or: ridiculously expensive. Or both. Making your own is super easy, and you can control whether you want to bake it into cereal-like clusters, or more of a bar consistency. Personally, I like my granola a little on the softer...

Why We Love Costco

Is a Costco membership for a small family worth it? We think so. We initially appreciated our membership when we were going through cases of baby formula. Their Similac cartons were the best price per ounce I had found anywhere, and they also accepted those $5.00 off coupons all new mothers get floods of in the mail (just tell them to process it like a check if you have any trouble). It was so reassuring to have a whole case...

Eating a “Real” Breakfast

In our journey to eating better “real” food, switching to healthier breakfast foods was the most difficult for me. My longtime standby was a big toasted bagel with cream cheese, or a bowl of some sort of sugary cereal. Basically, the most carb loaded, non filling stuff possible. I was always starving by lunch time, and knew I should be eating something better. For a couple years I even became obsessed with Pop Tarts! Eww. I know they’re terrible. Well,...

Happy and Healthy 2015

I have a few New Year’s resolutions, if you want to call them that. My main goal is to complete as much as I can from my 30 Before 30 list, and I’m making great progress on many of the remaining items. Beyond that, my main goal is to be as happy and healthy as I can next year. I never thought I’d become any sort of foodie, but having Ellie has really sparked me to make better food decisions...

Meal Planning and Recipes

One of my goals for this year was to start getting better about meal planning. I was getting tired of the scramble of what can I throw together for supper every night, and tired of throwing away unused, past prime produce, etc. I also wanted to try to start eating healthier and convert most of our food to local and organic “real food” – less processed, packaged stuff that we have been relying on heavily for a long time. Anyway,...

All Things Pumpkin

This past weekend we (meaning Ted) carved up our pumpkins. I drew the designs and let the man handle all the carving and goop scooping. Fine with me. Ellie was mostly interested in eating an apple. She thinks it’s pretty cool when I let her eat a whole one (I start them out for her with a bite). I also made pumpkin bread last week that was amazing. The recipe was from one of my favorite baking cookbooks Sally’s Baking...

Make Like Martha – Blackberry/Blueberry Cobbler

Our local library recently had a used book sale, where I picked up a Martha Stewart cookbook. This one to be specific. It was only $2.50 and I love to read cookbooks. Even though I have’t really been cooking that much recently, cough. OK, so anyway, I got inspired to make a recipe called Blackberry and Blueberry Cobbler. From scratch. Crust included. And it’s the hot summer. What’s wrong with me?! Well, I was feeling a little sorry for Ted...