Friday, May 31, 2013

Strawberry Peach Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk just has a special effect in pancakes. It makes them fluffy and good. These pancakes are stuffed full of peaches and strawberries. It really puts you in the summer mood.

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Strawberry Peach Buttermilk Pancakes
makes 6
¼ cup strawberries
¼ cup peaches
¼ cup buttermilk
½ cup flour
1 egg
½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup cubed strawberries and peaches

Blend the peaches, strawberries, egg, and buttermilk together. Stir it in with the baking powder, vanilla, salt, sugar, and flour. Whisk everything together and then stir in the chunks of peaches and strawberries. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and cook until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is dry. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Enjoy warm.

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Thankfully our weather has gotten nice enough to want summer time fruits. Last week when it was in the 30s, all I wanted was soup and hot tea. Now I'm up for all those summer time favorites.

Here is a card based off a Stampin' up stamp. I just copied it onto a piece of paper to make this.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Kindergarten Graduation

Harper is officially a first grader. She graduated from kindergarten yesterday, and earned a ton of awards. These included an award for losing a tooth and one for reading for 1,879 minutes over the school year. (I wish earning awards in high school was as easy as pulling out a tooth or reading for fun.) Harper was super excited to graduate, but was a little confused about the whole thing. She kept asking why I was receiving so many cards with money in the mail and she was not. She kept saying, "I'm graduating too." My grandparents came to the rescue and gave her cards and some cash. We have one spoiled six year old on our hands.

Here is a Hello Kitty graduation card I made for Hello Kitty's #1 fan. She loved it.


These pancakes were just too much fun to make. You can create whatever images you want with the cinnamon batter. Feel free to go crazy with it. (I know I did.) Then enjoy a crazy green smoothie made with broccoli and pineapple. It might sound a little out there, but it is really good.
Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal Pancakes (4)

Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal Pancakes
¾ cup oatmeal blended into a flour
½ cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp oil
dash of salt
ground cinnamon

Mix the egg, oat flour, baking powder, salt, oil, sugar, and milk together. Whisk until there are no lumps. Scoop out a few tablespoons of the batter into a small bowl. Stir in the cinnamon until it is a dark brown color. Put the mixture into a plastic bag and snip off one of the corners. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out 3 tbsp of the pancake batter onto the pan. Immediately use the cinnamon pancake mixture in the bag to make a swirl in the pancake. Cook both sides until lightly browned and serve warm.

broccoli pineapple smoothie

Broccoli Pineapple Smoothie
1 cup frozen broccoli, slightly thawed
1 cup frozen pineapple puree
½ cup milk
½ cup orange juice

Blend everything together in a high powered blender.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chickpeas: Savory vs Sweet

There have been too many breakfast recipes on this blog lately. During my Parade of Pancakes, I have wrongly given the impression that pancakes can only be a breakfast food. Today's recipe will prove that assumption wrong.

These chickpea pancakes are perfect as a side to a Greek flavored dinner. They would go great with tzatziki or gyro meat.
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Savory Chickpea Pancakes
1 cup cooked chickpeas
½ cup flour
1 tbsp oil
dash of garlic powder, cayenne pepper powder, ground cumin, and onion powder
dash of salt

Blend all the ingredients together into a thick paste. Preheat a pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tablespoons of the batter at a time onto the pan. Flip once the bottom becomes slightly browned. Once both sides are golden, remove and eat immediately.

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Do you have any leftover chickpeas? Are you craving something sweet, but still packed full of protein? These chocolate chick cookies are the perfect solution. I never thought that chickpeas would work so well incorporated into a cookie, but these things are awesome.

chocolate chick cookie

Chocolate Chick Cookies
makes 15
¾ cup oat flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup cooked chickpeas
1 egg
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup applesauce
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 ounce chocolate, chopped into small chunks

Put all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a blender. Blend on high until everything is well incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chunks. Scoop into 2 tbsp balls and press flat with a fork onto a nonstick baking pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
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I made this thank you card by stamping the entire front of my card with the thank you stamp. Then I just stuck on the cut out letters, and my simple card was ready to roll.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Strawberry Lime Concoctions

This card has a cool little flap that lifts up to reveal the actual card. I decorated it with a rainbow, slapped a "thank you" sentiment down, and had a card ready for the next person on my list.


These pancakes combine the sweet taste of strawberries and the zesty blast of flavor that only a lime can bring. Absolutely. Delicious.
strawberry lime pancakes

May is national strawberry month, and this recipe will make you want more and more of the juicy berries. One just is not enough...
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Strawberry Lime Pancakes
¾ cup flour
1 egg
3-4 large strawberries with the tops cut off
juice from one lime
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp lime zest
½ cup milk
¾ tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 tbsp oil

Blend all the ingredients together until well incorporated. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and cook until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is dry. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Top with strawberries.

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If you are in for a quicker/ cooler summer breakfast, but don't want to give up the strawberry lime flavor combo, this overnight oats recipe is for you.

Strawberry Lime Overnight Oatmeal

Strawberry Lime Overnight Oatmeal
1/3 cup oatmeal
½ cup milk
2/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 lime
handful of strawberries

Juice the lime. Mix the oatmeal, yogurt, lime juice, and milk together in a bowl with a lid. Refrigerate it overnight. The next morning stir in the strawberries and enjoy. I like to add frozen strawberries and then pack it for lunch. By lunch time, they are slightly thawed and super juicy.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Father's Day Coat and Vest Card

Today is day 15 during my parade of pancakes. I hope you have enjoyed all of the delicious pancake recipes so far. Today's pancakes are pecan spice. They are filled with pecans that have been toasted to perfection and aromatic spices. Then they are topped with even more pecans. These would be great with warm maple syrup too. Mmmm.... I think I'll have to go make some more.
Pecan Spice Pancakes (5)

Pecan Spice Pancakes
¼ cup pecans
½ cup milk
1 egg
½ cup flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp apple pie spice
½ tsp baking powder
dash of salt

Toast the pecans in a pan over medium heat until aromatic and lightly browned. Chop them up and set them aside to cool. Whisk together all the remaining ingredients. Stir in the pecans. Preheat a nonstick pan over medium low heat. Scoop a few tbsp of batter over the top. Cook each side until lightly browned.

This card was super fun, if not a little difficult, to make. Now that I am done with school, I am up for the challenge. Expect more complex and intricate cards in the near future. I found the tutorial for this card here. I changed up a few things like making a bow tie and not to include the magnets or pocket watch to make it my own. I plan to give it to my dad for Father's Day.
Here is a view with the coat open. You can fold down the front of the shirt and vest (underneath the collar) to get to the part where you write the message.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Zucchini Bonanza

Today it is everything zucchini bread. I have fallen in love with the stuff. Before a week or so ago, I thought I hated zucchini. I had only ever had it stir fried, and I did not like it that way at all. Since I am doing the Parade of Pancakes, I have been looking up unique pancake flavors. Zucchini bread was one of them, and I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, they were delicious. Now I can't get enough of it. Here are some of my recent zucchini concoctions, beginning with the delicious pancake recipe that I love so. 
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Zucchini Bread Pancakes
makes 10 pancakes
¾ cup oatmeal blended into a flour
½ cup applesauce
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
¼ cup flour
1 tbsp honey
½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp canola oil
1 medium zucchini, grated
dash of salt

Whisk all the ingredients together. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and cook until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is dry. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Enjoy warm.
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Mini Zucchini Muffins
makes 24 mini muffins
1 cup grated zucchini
1 cup flour
½ cup oatmeal
¾ cup applesauce
½ cup milk
¼ cup honey
1 tbsp vegetable oil
¼ tsp salt
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder

Mix together the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Combine them together and stir until well mixed. Divide the batter between 24 mini muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

zucchini muffin

I made all 24 of these muffins and froze a bunch of them. Now I can raid the freezer and have a yummy muffin whenever I want. You just have to microwave them for about 30 seconds, and they are ready to go. (Although nothing beats them fresh out of the oven.)
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Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal
½ cup oatmeal
1/3 cup milk
¼ cup grated zucchini
2 tbsp applesauce
¼ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Mix all the ingredients together. Spray a small baking ramekin with oil and pour in the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

If the weather is actually warm where you live, you may not want to heat up your oven or stove to make the above recipes. (For better or worse, it has been in the 30s and 40s here, so I can cook all I want.) This overnight oatmeal recipe requires no cooking, and is easily whipped up for a quick breakfast.
overnight zucchini bread oats

Overnight Zucchini Bread Oatmeal
serves 2
1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup milk
1 medium zucchini, grated
1 banana
½ tsp cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients together in a container with a lid. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy your fast and easy breakfast the next morning.

I had trouble thinking of a zucchini bread craft project, so I will just have to show you this one. It is an end of the year thank you card for Harper's violin teacher. She just had her recital last week, and did great.

As an end note, graduation went great last night. I am officially a college student!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Today's craft is yet another thank you card. I know, I know. First it was the never ending graduation cards, and now it seems like the thank you cards will go on forever too. Bare with me. My graduation ceremony is today, so the end of the thank yous is near. I am so blessed to have so many people to write the thank you card to that I am loving every minute of making them. Here is one I am particularly proud of. Although it looks complex, it was actually quite simple to make. All you do is cut out two large squares and glue them together to make an eight pointed star. Then you cut out eight smaller squares and match one up with each star point. Overlap the sides and finish it off with a circle in the middle. So simple. The smaller squares are 3cm by 3 cm, and the larger ones are 6cm by 6 cm.

What is a better way to get your veggies in than by disguising them as a delicious treat? That is exactly what these carrot cake pancakes do. They are secretly good for you, but still taste great. They are even better topped with toasted walnuts and cream cheese. They will make you put the cake down and run for the pancake pan.
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Carrot Cake Pancakes
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
½ cup flour
½ cup milk
¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking powder
dash of salt

Whisk all the ingredients together. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and cook until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is dry. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Top with cream cheese and toasted walnuts.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Flyaway Butterfly Card

Here is a simple thank you card made with cut out butterflies. (You could use a punch, but I had to trace and cut out mine.) I folded the butterflies down the middle before gluing them on to make them look like they are flying away.
I made this pizza last night for dinner on the spur of the moment. We had leftover imitation crab logs from making sushi that needed to be used up as well as fresh broccoli. I whipped up a Greek yogurt pizza crust, threw on the toppings, baked it, and had an awesome supper.
Crab, Parmesan, and Broccoli Pizza
Greek yogurt pizza crust
2 logs of imitation crab meat
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped broccoli florets
1/8 tsp garlic powder

Prepare the pizza crust and roll it out on a small baking stone. Cut the crab into bite sized pieces and spread it out over the crust. Sprinkle the cheese, garlic, and broccoli evenly over the pizza. Bake at 425 for 15- 20 minutes.

Since you already have your yogurt out after making the pizza, you can go ahead and make these delicious pancakes with it. Pancakes made with yogurt are thicker than their milk counterparts, and are perfectly delicious. Enjoy!

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Blueberry Almond Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 tbsp flax meal
3 tbsp water
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup yogurt
1/3 cup almond milk
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp almond extract
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Mix the flax and water together. Set aside for 10 minutes. Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the milk, yogurt, flax, and almond extract. Stir until everything is well incorporated. Add in the blueberries. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out a few tbsp of the batter onto the pan and cook until the top starts to bubble and the bottom is dry. Flip and cook the other side until lightly browned. Enjoy warm.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Pencil Card

I have introduced you to the oatmeal raisin cookie smoothie, single serving oatmeal raisin cookiesoatmeal raisin cookie bananacream, and oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies. Now I give you oatmeal raisin cookie pancakes and waffles. You can have a different type of oatmeal raisin cookie every day all week long.

oatmeal raisin cookie waffle pancake

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes/ Waffles
makes 6 pancakes or 3 waffles
½ cup oatmeal
¼ cup flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
¾ cup milk
1 egg
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp oil
2 tbsp raisins

Combine the first6 ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir them together. Whisk in the remaining ingredients. If you’re making waffles, cook according to the waffle iron instructions. If you’re making pancakes, preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium low heat. Scoop out the batter onto the pan and cook each side until lightly browned.

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Here is the end of the year thank you card I made for Harper's teacher's aid. Harper was a little taken aback that the pencil was fun colored instead of plain yellow. I, however, found it perfectly acceptable for a kindergarten aid. Thankfully Harper came around. She cannot wait to give it to her teacher.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Taste of Sweden

I have been busy, busy, busy making thank you notes. I am so thankful to my friends and family for sending me graduation gifts, cards, and money. The least I can do is thank them with a homemade card. Here is one that I made by tracing a flower design and coloring it in. I think it turned out quite well, don't you?

Bread sticks come in all shapes and sizes. You can get the cheesy ones from pizza hut, the garlicky ones from the frozen food aisle, the long and thin ones from Olive Garden, the super yummy and good for you ones made out of cauliflower... Wait, what? Cauliflower bread sticks?

I am not pulling your leg. There is such a thing as a cauliflower bread stick, and it soon will be coming to a kitchen near you. These things are delicious. Picky Miss chocoholic Harper even likes them. She made me make her a mini pan just for her. They are to die for.

cheesy cauliflower bread sticks

Cheesy Cauliflower “Bread” Sticks
½ head cauliflower
½ cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
½ tsp Italian seasoning mix
¼ tsp garlic powder
dash of salt

Use a cheese grater to first grate the cheese and then grate the cauliflower into two separate bowls. (The bowl for the cauliflower should be microwave safe.) Microwave the grated cauliflower for 6 minutes. Allow it to cool before stirring in the cheese, seasonings, and egg. Spread the mixture out on a 6 ½ X 8” baking stone. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

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Now that you have had some awesome breadless bread sticks for dinner, it is time to whip up a light summertime dessert. What shall it be? Well, to go along with the Parade of Pancakes theme I have going on, why not make some pancakes?
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Don't these look heavenly? They sure do prove that pancakes are not just for breakfast. These Swedish pancakes, or pannkakor, are stuffed with a creamy strawberry filling and topped with additional strawberries. One word for you: Yum!

Pannkakor are more like French crepes than pancakes because they are so thin. They are not exactly crepes, though. Here are some of the main differences:
  • I found the pannkakor harder to flip (as you can tell by my pathetic picture below).
  • Pannkakor are traditionally served on Thursday for dessert after a meal of pea soup. Crepes can have savory or sweet fillings, but pannkakor is generally a dessert.
  • Pannkakor have a thicker consistency.
Basically, pannkakor and crepes are two similar pancakes adapted in two different regions.

Strawberry Stuffed Pannkakor

Strawberry Stuffed Pannkakor
serves 4-6
For the pancakes:
2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup flour
dash of salt

For the filling:
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup strawberries
1 tsp cornstarch
extra strawberries to garnish

Blend all the filling ingredients together. Set aside. Whisk the pancake ingredients together. Preheat a pancake pan to medium heat. Spray it with oil. Pour 1/3 cup batter onto the pan. Once the top looks dry and the bottom is done, carefully flip the pancake over. (I had to slide mine onto a plate and then flip it upside down.) Cook until lightly browned. Pour some of the filling in the center, roll the pancakes up, and serve with extra filling and strawberries on top.

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Have a wonderful evening!