February 22, 2010

Peachy Peach Pancakes


Ahhhh, National Pancake Day is only 1 day away and I'm so excited (as if you couldn't already tell)! We've already gotten ourselves started with the basic pancake mix that's hanging on our counters. Then we covered a fun and sweet lemon poppy seed pancake, de-lic-ious! We even threw in some simple syrup recipes to round it all out. And now I'll share with you my Perfect Little Helper's favorite pancakes; peachy peach pancakes. They are...well they're peachy, and super yummy!


February 21, 2010

You Want Some Syrup With That?

If you givce a kid a pancake, chances are they're going to ask you for some syrup! I tend to get bored of plain old maple syrup so these two recipes are perfect to change it up a bit at the breakfast table. Serve these along with any pancakes you whip up and you're sure to have a happy crowd. This first recipe for lemon honey 'syrup' goes wonderfully with any pancake variety. Whether it's blueberry, whole wheat or lemon poppy seed pancakes this is a great match.


February 19, 2010

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes


Only a few days left before National Pancake Day (hope you've all been preparing)! With the day getting nearer I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite pancake recipes. The first one is a lemon poppy seed pancake. One of my favorite sweet treats is a lemon poppy seed muffin, so when I saw this recipe for the pancakes I just couldn't pass it up.


February 17, 2010

National Pancake Day, Are You Ready?


Well we're only days away from National Pancake Day (at least according to IHOP), February 23rd. It's true, and I've been preparing for the day. I'm no pancake fiend, I just wanted to offer you guys some of my favorite recipes so you too can celebrate. Ohhh come on, I know I'm not the only one who celebrates food holidays (seriously...you do too, right??). So I figured I'll get us started with a basic pancake mix that you can make big-batch style so it's ready when you are. That's right, your very own pancake mix, say good-bye to Bisquick because this is sooo simple (and much tastier seeing as how it won't be sitting on a grocer's shelf for a year...or so).

February 14, 2010

Gorilla Bread, Where It All Began

There was once a time when Hamburger Helper was my 'homemade meal'. I really can't remember cooking very much...ok at all, until hubby and I moved out of our "bachelor pad" and got pregnant. I think one day it just clicked that real people cook real food all the time. I remember the very first time I watched The Food Network. The first show I watched was Paula's Home Cooking and it was love at first sight. Usually hubby rules the remote, but whenever I got a chance I had The Food Network on. This was my awakening, my kitchen calling, and I was hooked.


February 8, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookies, Thank Goodness!


Is it just me or does everyone have that "thank goodness" food that they look forward to? It could be a thank goodness that's over with or thank goodness I saved room for this. Lately I've been in my 'thank goodness it's almost summer' phase where I've been preparing as many meals with fruit as I can get away with. The other day hubby was having one of those days, you know - when everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Since I was home that day and I knew it was a thank-goodness-this-day-is-fi nally-over day I threw together his favorite snack, peanut butter cookies.

February 1, 2010

How To Make Soft Pretzels



The perfect cure for a gloomy Sunday afternoon is a day in the kitchen. Today was that kind of day, so when hubby suggested making some homemade soft pretzels I didn't protest. I have had fresh soft pretzels on my list of must-make-in-my-lifetime for quite a while now, honestly I don't know why I've waited so long. Yes, the recipe requires some time dedication but it's not all that difficult really.


Of course I probably wouldn't be calling this easy if it weren't for my mixer, yes I've been spoiled. Even though it's not the end of the world, I'm always glad to hand the ten-minute-kneading over to Mrs. KitchenAid. So aside from the kneading this is a piece of pie; mix the dough, rest - beat the dough, rest - twist the dough, rest...see nothing to it!