I really believe that we all need to give each other a break more often.
I had a rough week last week. Too busy. Too rough around the edges. Just too much.
I really believe that we all need to give each other a break more often.
I had a rough week last week. Too busy. Too rough around the edges. Just too much.
I’m going to Seattle tomorrow!! And I am so freaking excited!!! SO EXCITED!!!
I am going there to visit my best friend Emily, who moved out there just about 2 summers ago. I haven’t seen her since last Christmas (’13) when she was back visiting family in CT and came up to Boston for an overnight so we could hang and she could meet Autumn. So it’s been far too long since I’ve seen her.
I’ve had this trip planned for months and months. I’m packed and ready to head to the airport from work. Autumn is staying home with dad so this is the longest time that I will be away from her. That will be hard but I think the trip would be tough on he/us. Plus, they get to have a funny Daddy & Daughter weekend together.
Emily and I have been planning fun things to see and do. And, of course, delicious things to eat and drink.
I’m looking forward to checking out Pike Place Market, Gas Works Park, and taking a Ferry Ride. Plus, I think I kinda have to check out the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. Oooh, maybe even the Grey’s Anatomy House. I’m such a dork.
We have been sending back a “Seattle Restaurant Tread” email for the past few weeks that is stuffed full of restaurants and bars that we could check out. The plan is so eat, walk, eat walk, and repeat all day. I can’t wait to check out places like Revel, Local 360, Toulouse Petit, and Marination in Ma Kai. So good!!!
I’ve posted a few banana enhanced waffle recipes recently, so I was not too sure about posting these Banana Buttermilk Waffles now, but I couldn’t resist.
Buttermilk waffles are always a great waffle. A family favorite! And with the added banana it just knocks the flavor out of the park. Plus, it just enhances the texture.
We always have bananas on hand and sometimes they get too brown and soft to eat, I’m sure the same happens in your house, so whip up these waffles with those brown bananas.
So, while you are enjoying these waffles this weekend I’ll be enjoying Seattle. I think it will be a great weekend!
Makes approximately 16 waffles, depending on waffle maker
Adapted from Martha Stewart
We are in wedding crunch time. It is fast approaching with just 93 days between now and then. Gah!
One moment I feel great about it and then the next I think about the 80+ favors I need to make, the post-wedding breakfast that needs to be nailed down, flowers to order, gifts to pick out, shoes to pick and get dyed (do I want them dyed? I think I do?), and get a dress. Oh crap, the dress…
So funny story…I wrote the whole post to the recipe that I was going to post today. And then I tossed it.
Yep. Yep, I just wiped it clean. Ugh!
I had written about how I was dedicating the recipe to my blogging buddy Amanda and how she is so amazing and inspiring. We often make each other’s recipes, like how I recently made her Paleo Coconut Flour Waffles and she has made my Waffled Hashbrowns. In addition to Amanda trying them as directed, she also tried them with Sweet Potatoes and it was a bust! Twice!
I felt bad about that and wanted to figure it out so I go to work!
But I couldn’t consistently make them work well enough to share. I had amazing waffles and then ones that completely fell apart and stuck to the waffle iron. I just didn’t feel confident enough to share the recipe for the “Sweet Potato Waffles with a Triple Berry Sauce” that I had been working so hard on.
So, I said, “EFF IT!!!! LET’S MAKE CINNAMON ROLL WAFFLES!!!”
Yep, I went from homemade Sweet Potato Waffles with warm sauce made of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries to these 1 ingredient Cinnamon Roll Waffles. Ha! It might be lazy but it’s damn delicious!
It’s exactly what you think it is…
Open up the package> put cinnamon roll on waffle iron> close> cook> drizzle frosting
Thankfully, Amanda NAILED a waffle using sweet potatoes this week. I cracked up as soon as I saw the post because it felt like ‘great minds think alike’ moments. You seriously have to check out her Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles.
Makes 5-8 waffles, depending on the can of cinnamon rolls you purchase
Can we talk about how freaking cute waffle irons are?
Oh, man, my Amazon wish list is insane with waffle irons. Big Belgian beauties. This one makes bubbled shaped waffles. Or how about a Mini Waffle Maker. And this one that makes hearts. Adorable! Oh, and this one makes Waffle Sticks– perfect for dunking!
This is gonna be a problem. A delicious problem.
Price gifted me some fun goodies from Sperry for Valentine’s Day, but when we were out shopping I gifted myself Heart Waffle Iron that I picked up from Crate and Barrel. I couldn’t resist a sale. Score!!!
We always have bananas in the house as Autumn loves them, but she will eat anywhere from 1 bite to a whole banana in a sitting so sometimes we run out or have a bunch of super ripe ones left, depending on her mood that week. And sure enough, we had a bunch of bananas when I was trying to figure out what waffle t make up next. It was like they were calling my name, I just had to use them. But since I recently did a Banana Bread Waffle, I wanted to change it up so I made these gluten free.
These waffles are great if you are gluten free or not. The texture is light from the whipped egg whites. Plus the flavor is reminiscent of banana bread from the banana, vanilla, and cinnamon in the batter.
A real winner for your next waffle breakfast.
Makes 7 heart waffles
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Boston is breaking snow records left and right. Boom goes the dynamite.
It’s been snow storm after snow storm. The snow just keeps on staking up. We have broken the record for most snow in a 40 day period, expect we did it in 18 days. Fun. And then we broke the record for most snow in February. Super. Most recently we broke the record for the most snow in a month. Awesome.
Oh, did you catch the sarcasm?
Well, we are about a storm or two away from breaking the record for the snowiest season on record. We’ll see if we beat it. At least it will feel like all the snow was for something… some awful record!
In the mean time we will be eating these Paleo Waffled Breakfast Sandwiches. I actually got the idea from 2 differnt things. First, the waffled hashbrowns I shared last week for my Waffle Wednesday post. Then for when I was gluten free for about a year and would make gluten free waffles and use them as bread. So I merged those ideas and made these Paleo Waffled Breakfast Sandwiches with those waffled hashbrowns as buns. yum!!!
The waffled potato buns do take a bit of time to prepare so just keep that in mind. You have to stuff the the waffle iron with the shredded potato so that they are sturdy enough to be buns. Each pair tool my waffle iron about 10-12 minutes to cook. This actually works well as it allows you to get ready in the morning. Just get the potatoes in the waffle iron and go about your morning and check on the potatoes again after a bit. Perfection.
Give these a try if you are living a Paleo diet, are going Whole30, or if you just like awesome breakfast sandwiches.
Makes 4 sandwiches
For the Waffled Potato ‘Buns’
For the sandwiches
Here I am 10 days into Whole30.
It’s awesome. It sucks. I feel inspired to jazz up our meals. I hate cooking.
Basically, I just want to bake some damn chocolate chip cookies.
I started to question doing Whole30 when I realized I couldn’t have waffles. What? Huh? Jk! But really, the foods I miss the most are breakfast foods. Sure, eggs are breakfast foods, but so are pancakes, bagels, and waffles. But it’s only a month.
Besides, I can figure out other fun ways to use the waffle iron to bust out some delightfully delicious food.
In this case, I used the waffle iron to make hashbrowns because hashbrowns are great but Waffled Hashbrowns are even better. It makes them extra crunchier.
And it’s super simple too! I used fresh potatoes that I just tossed in my food processor (fine shred), but post Whole30 if I’m feeling chill I will just grab a big bag of frozen shredded potatoes and have at it.
And of course #putaneggonit.
Make 4 Hashbrowns
Oh, what a crummy, crummy week!!!
Let’s start with Sunday night with the Seahawks losing the Superbowl. Such a big fat bummer. Yes, I’m in Patriots’ country but I’m a Giants fan so whatever’s to the Pats.
Then more snow on Monday so I stayed home as commuting would have been a nightmare potentially taking up too much of my already limited day at work. That wasn’t the issue, it was just the snow. I’m over it, so over it. With the snow from Linus and Juno’s 26.4″ the previous week and some snow just before that Boston set a record of 46+” for the most snow fall in a 10 day period. UGH
And work is just crazy now with a lot of deadlines and travel. It’s like everything is scheduled to the minute to get it done. I was going to go back to work last night to work for a few more hours but the traffic was insane, absolutely insane because the snow on the side of the roads is impeding visibility and lanes of traffic. So going back to work was out of the question throwing my week off schedule.
It’s just stupid stuff like that that is bugging me and putting me in a funk.
Yes, in general my life is pretty awesome- great fiance, daughter, dog, and grumpy rabbit, awesome family, a nice townhouse, pretty sweet job, etc. But there are just times when things are annoying and you just have to have a vent session. So thanks for that!
But thank goodness it’s WAFFLE WEDNESDAY!!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
As I’m doing Whole 30 from Feb 2- Mar 3, I am going to focus on paleo or Whole 30 approved recipes. Waffles aren’t approved on the Whole 30 diet but I’d say that the Paleo diet is the closest ‘thing’ to the Whole 30 diet so I’m going to share some paleo waffle recipes this month.
But don’t freight!! Paleo waffles are still knock your socks off awesome. The texture is definitely different than a regular waffle. Different but so good.
Plus this recipe is loaded with coconut. Just loaded with it so it’s so tasty. It’s tropical, in a way. At least I think of pina coladas, sunblock, and the tropics when it comes to delicious coconut things.
And now for some tips and tricks for the recipe!
I had only used coconut oil as a replacement to lotion prior to this recipe. It was fun to try it in the recipe. I really suggest that you scoop out some coconut oil and microwave it to warm it up so it’s a liquid. Then you measure that. When I first scooped it out I measured out 4 tablespoons, or so I thought I did. It turns it was more than that. So I really suggest that you melt it and measure the melted amount- it is oil isn’t it!?!
The recipe calls for the egg whites to be beaten until you get soft peaks. This is really important as it really gives the waffles great texture. Plus if you didn’t do this you’d probably just make 2 waffles as it really gives the recipe it’s substance. Or is it volume. Or whatever. So beat the bejesus out of the eggs and you’ll be all set.
Change things up! Try something that is Paleo today!
Makes 5-6 6″ round waffles
Sourced from Fake Ginger
Oh baby! Baby!
My birthday is fast approaching. Less than a week away! It’s definitely time to celebrate.
While I normally don’t enjoy celebrating my birthday, but I am going for it this year. I’m turning 30 so I might as well.
We are actually taking off for a cruise as a big birthday thing this weekend. Well, birthday/pre-wedding honeymoon/get the hell out of the cold thing. I can’t friggin’ wait!!
I’m still tossing around the idea of having people over after the cruise to celebrate but truthfully, I’m tired of the work involved for the weather to wreack havoc and wreck it. That has happened more often than not. It’s such a big bummer. I’d love to celebrate with everyone and to make personal pizzas while drinking wine but eh.
Anyway, I made these Birthday Cake Waffles to celebrate my upcoming birthday on this week’s Waffle Wednesday post.
I actually didn’t know what to call this…
Birthday Cake Waffles
Waffled Birthday Cake
Birthday Waffle Cake
Decisions, decisions… some awesome Facebook friends chimed in with their opinions which resulted in Birthday Cake Waffles.
I guess it doesn’t matter what they are called, as long as you make them. It’s just a fun a way to celebrate a birthday with some waffles. You’ll love it!
For the waffles
For the frosting
After I read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please I started to binge watch Parks and Recreation. I never got into it when it first started. I think my DVR and brain were already too full to take on another show then. Not that I didn’t like it, I just never gave it the time of day. So I’m just a few years late but I’m loving it!
I love the weirdness and quirkiness of all the characters. They are all so strange in their own ways from their relationships, weird mural designs, and anger towards opossums. And poor, poor Jerry! No one understands his awesomeness!!
Plus, it’s about city government, which Price and I are just starting to get involved in, serving on the Conservation Commission and Planning board, respectively. Our monthly meetings won’t compare to their full time jobs in the Parks and Recreation Department but I’m sure there will still be silly moments that will remind me of the show in some way or another.
And Leslie Knope is just such a great character. She is so blindly optimistic that it’s sad and beautiful. I wish that more people in public office were like her so that the world would be filled with more parks and things like that. She just wants for a more, more, more. But her positive, hard-working approach is refreshing and fun. Plus, we share the same birthday! (January 18th!!!!) and we both ‘effing love waffles.
I seriously love waffles. They are crispy on the outside, and light and airy on the inside. They aren’t grossly dense like pancakes. For real, aside from a rare few recipes, half way through your plate of pancakes you start praying for death to come upon you just to get you out of the rest of that situation. But when it comes to waffles you get to enjoy the amazing texture and density, plus there are all those little built in bowls of butter and syrup. A syrup trap!
For the last few years I’ve done some food centric themes that has resulted in some fun and creative recipes. I’ve done NASCAR themed recipes, Amanda and I did Thirsty Thursday post to make a drink recipe every week, and then I just did The Year of Pies when I shared a pie recipe every Friday. And I’m hoping to keep up with a waffle recipe every week this week… Waffle Wednesday.
Price might call off the wedding in June with this insanity, but we’ll see how this goes. Fingers crossed!
I’m starting this adventure with a simple waffle recipe. It’s a classic. It’s a great recipe to satisfy a waffle craving. Nothing too jazzy about it. But you will get amazing waffles. I swear. I have been using this recipe for years because it’s so good and you’ll always have everything you need right at home. It just works with its golden crispy outside and soft, tender inside.
Plus, they freeze so, so well. Just lay them out on a single layer on a baking sheet and put that in your freezer. Once they are all frozen store them in a zip-loc bag or plastic container. I reheat them by putting them on our pizza stone (which always hangs out in our oven), or just directly on the oven rack. I put our broiler on low and after a few minutes I flip them and they are done soon after that. You can also just toast them but I don’t bother bringing out storage.
It’s going to be an adventure making all these waffles. I swear we might go crazy but that it will be fun. And delicious.
Makes 12-14 4″ Square Waffles (Qty will vary per waffle iron)
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