..Buns of Cinnamon..

So much of what I bake has cinnamon in it. It’s almost like a reflex, I bring out the KitchenAid mixer and kick up the cinnamon. There’s just something about it I love…the smell, the taste…it just makes me happy. Maybe that’s a weird thing to say about a spice, but that’s just me. I’m weird and wonderful. That being said, those that are allergic or have aversions, not everything I make contains cinnamon,so do not fret!  You can still eat safely at my house.

I was reading my new Looneyspoons cookbook the other night and came across this quote, which I instantly loved (and not just because its from Ellen DeGeneres):

You know, I really don’t need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.

I feel the same way, Ellen! Well, except I honestly wouldn’t mind buns of steel as well as buns of cinnamon.  Is it possible to have both?  Oooohh, how I wish!

If you’re looking for an excellent cinnamon treat and you like scones, check out this recipe.  The scones are so good I had to stop making them as we’d go through the entire batch in two days.  Not exactly working well for my new eating healthy diet. That being said, I’m still tempted to make them, but afraid I’ll just eat them anyway.  They’re just THAT good! It’s also a great way to use up those overripe bananas you have sitting around.

The last time I made them, I combined the cinnamon-sugar filling in with the rest of the dough, and it tasted just as good, and was a ton of less work when dividing up the dough into wedges.  I also froze the dough for awhile to make cutting easier.  I’m all about ease with baking!

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..Mmmm, Waffles..

Sofia love love loves Eggo waffles.  Se’d eat them every day if we let her, drenched in butter and maple syrup.  Only problem, I can’t justify spending money on processed waffles when in reality, I can make them myself.  So I went searching for a good freezer friendly waffle recipe.  I wanted to be able to freeze the actual waffles and not the batter, as I don’t always have time to pull out the waffle maker, especially living with a girl who believes things should be done instantaneously.  I found many recipes and predominantly followed this one, but modified it slightly:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional, I just really like cinnamon)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt.
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar, then beat in eggs.  Add in milk and flour mixture (add additional flour if you find batter is too thin).
  3. Heat up waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

After using up batter I wrapped each waffle individually in plastic, but you could always freeze them together in one big batch.  Don’t worry about unthawing when it comes to eating them, as they toast up perfectly from frozen state (just like Eggos!); and believe it or not,  I believe they taste almost better after being frozen and toasted.  But maybe that’s just me.

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I combined my breakfast with a side of grapefruit and tea.  Delish!  How do you enjoy your waffles?

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..An Apple a Day, blah, blah, blah..

Eating healthy is boring.  I’m trying to focus on eating more proteins, fruits, and drinking more water throughout the day (not coffee!) but it’s tough when your palate is used to salty treats, like chips (mmm, chips! ) or sweets (mmm, chocolate!).  It’s such an internal struggle to not reach for those.  I keep telling myself that avoiding them is worth it, and I will appreciate it one day.  In the meantime, I’m eating hard boiled eggs, banana nut bread, and apples for snacks.  It sounds really good in theory and as I’m writing it, but it’s just not the same.  I hope to pass this mental hurdle soon!

Briefly going back to this post, I tried making the Cinnamon and Honey Dip ‘N Dots into popsicles today and it wasn’t as good.  With the smaller dots, it seemed sweeter, whereas the popsicle seemed to have such a huge amount of plain yogurt taste that it was almost too much.  I had to practically force it down when I ate this morning.  From now on I’ll be making the dots instead.  Plus, then I can fool myself into thinking it’s REALLY ice cream!  Or at least one can only hope.

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..Cracking Down on Eating..

I’ve come to the decision that I need to eat better.  After 6 weeks of being off work, and scrutinizing my eating habits, I’ve realized I don’t make good choices when it comes to meals and it needs to change.  Especially when it comes to breakfast.  I’ve heard time and time again how important this meal is, how it’s essential for your energy, productivity, concentration, mood, etc, etc but I’m still lazy when it comes to preparing something and eating it.  I somehow manage to succeed in making breakfast good and healthy for Sofia, just not myself.  Why this is?  Who knows.  Laziness?  Definitely.  A cup of coffee does not equal a healthy meal!

So I’m going to make a change!  I want to feel better about myself, I need more energy and I want to be healthy.  I start a new job in exactly two weeks, and I want to feel good on my first day.  I know it’s not going to be easy changing my bad habits, but I’m willing to try and work at it.

I recently learned that the yogurt we eat contains a surprising amount of sugar!  Enough that nutritionists would qualify it as a dessert and recommend eating plain yogurt to avoid any added sugar or sweeteners.  Now I don’t know about you, but plain yogurt is not tasty.  In particular, greek yogurt, it is almost bitter tasting and my sweet tooth doesn’t like it.  Despite this, I’m going to continue eating it, but will mix different things in to give it some added flavour.

I decided to start off my new yogurt journey with some frozen, homemade dip ‘n dots.  I call them dip ‘n dots because they’re a lot like the ice cream ones, except you use greek yogurt instead of the ice cream.  I didn’t actually measure my ingredients, but it looked something like this:

Greek Yogurt Dip ‘N Dots

  • 1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt (I used Oikos 2%)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix together ingredients in a small bowl, then transfer to a sandwich bag.  Cut off one of the ends, like you would with frosting, and pipe little dots on a cookie sheet.  Freeze for several hours, or overnight.  Once dots are frozen, scrape off sheet into a bowl, and enjoy!

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I found they melt very quickly, so eat fast or stick them back in the freezer for future snacking.  This recipe would also taste great as a popsicle, which I may do next!  Found they were so good I ate them all in one sitting.

Next on my list…

Stay tuned!

..Mmm..Coookies!!!..

I made these cookies today and boy were they gooood!!  Not just good, but melt-in-your mouth delicious!  Definitely on the make-again list.  Except next time I won’t put as many chocolate chips in, just find the sweetness a bit much and could only have one or two (I know, what a shame, eh?!).  But still, a very delicious cookie!!

As an aside, I did find that the dough wouldn’t roll in a nice log, so instead I rolled up balls and squashed them onto the cookie sheet.  Worked just as well 🙂

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..Crazy Cauliflower..

Cauliflower is an interesting vegetable.  You can use in place of or to mimic another food due to it’s texture and taste.  Numerous people I know have commented on making pizza crust with it or mashing it up like potatoes, and I’ve been itching to give one of these a try!  I’m always game to substitute a starch or wheat product for a vegetable.  I try to ensure we eat enough vegetables in our daily lives, but I know most days we’re still lacking in that department.  I’m sorry, but sometimes vegetables can be boring.  And I get bored!  Quick! And when that happens, I want to avoid them at all costs.  So what better idea than to make a pizza and disguise the crust.  So that is what I did!

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Crust Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup mozarrella cheese
  • 1 egg

Directions

  • Cook cauliflower until it’s soft.  If using microwave, cook for 5 minutes on high with a 1/4 cup of water
  • Mash cauliflower with a fork, then add egg and cheese and mix together with a hand-held mixer/food processor
  • After mixing, spread mixture on a tea towel and squeeze out the liquid (this will help keep the mixture dry, I skipped this part and ours was too wet and didn’t stick together well).
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment/wax paper and spread out mixture, keeping it about 1/3″ thick
  • Cook at 400F for 35-40 minutes

After baking, add desired toppings, return to 400F oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.  Then enjoy!!

I also had a sudden craving for a chocolate milkshake, so I quickly whipped up one with some vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and milk.  Delish!!  Should have waited until after dinner  as Sofia drank hers before starting to eat.  Whoops!  My bad.

Dinner sure was delicious though!

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..Back to Baking..

I love baking.  I enjoy finding new recipes and trying different things.  I especially enjoy decorating cupcakes, but I’m not that good at it yet, and unfortunately, it’s not something I do too often.  I also just made my first batch of pies (mini pies actually!) and they were really good!  I’m looking forward to making them again and hoping to soon.  They’re the perfect little snack with a side of ice cream.  Yum!

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I’ve had several bananas sitting out on my counter for days, slowly starting to turn brown.  I knew I should either make banana bread or muffins with them, like I typically do, but something held me back.  I wanted to try something new, just not sure what.  So, I went on Pinterest (as always!) and typed in banana bread.  What comes up?  Banana bread scones.  I was intrigued!  I love scones.  I love banana bread.  Perfect combination!  Plus, the brown sugar drizzle is to die for!!  And it’s just enough sweetness, as the scones themselves aren’t very sweet and are quite dense.  Great snack or breakfast treat with a warm cup of tea.  Yum, yum!

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Recipe credit: Banana Bread Scones