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Morning Glory Pancakes

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While I was in … wait for it …. Vermont (do I travel anywhere else?!?), we spent an evening / morning in the charming town of Manchester. After a relaxing night at the Equinox Resort, we set out in the morning to explore the town and stumbled upon a small breakfast restaurant called Up For Breakfast. On the menu was an item that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen at a restaurant – Morning Glory Pancakes. For someone who is obsessed with morning glory muffins, I’m ashamed to say that I’d never even thought to make them in pancake form. I promptly ordered them, devoured them, and have spent the past couple of weeks contemplating how I might be able to make them at home.

When this past weekend, we got snow (!?!?!?) here in South Carolina, I knew it was the perfect time to take a stab at making these hearty and delicious pancakes for the family.

snow day in sc

Morning Glory Pancakes

Ingredients

2 cups of whole wheat flour

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 1/8 cups of buttermilk (or put 2 tbsp of lemon juice in 2 cups of milk and allow to sit for about 5 minutes)

2 eggs

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

1 tbsp melted butter

1/2 cup of crushed, drained pineapple

1/2 cup of shredded carrots

1/2 cup of shredded apple

1/4 of shredded coconut

1/4 cup of raisins

Directions

Combine dry ingredients first and set aside. Beat eggs and add buttermilk, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, and melted butter and whisk until combine.

morning glory muffins ingredients

To the wet ingredients,  add apple, carrot, pineapple, coconut and raisins. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix.

Prepare griddle to 350 degrees. Spray with nonstick cooking spray (or just use butter). Cook for about 2 minutes, until browned and flip and cook for another minute or two. Top with maple syrup and butter and enjoy!

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Playroom Reveal (Finally)

playroom reveal

It was well over a year ago that I promised that a ‘playroom reveal’ was coming soon. I’m sure most had given up on me. I would have, anyway. But this past week, the stars aligned and I found myself with both the time and energy to finish off some of the unfinished details of the room and to give it a good clean.  I still need to get a shot of the desk/craft area, so will update as soon as I get around to tidying that area.

playroom entrance

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Some “Bunny” is One Birthday Party

My oldest sister gave each of my children nicknames before they were born. For McLaren, she started calling her “Bunny” and it stuck. Coincidently, she loves bunnies and sleeps with her stuffed bunnies every night. So naturally, it seemed fitting to do a Bunny theme for her first birthday… Some “Bunny” is One!

I always keep the kids parties pretty simple and always DIY. We haven’t yet expanded our birthday invites beyond our family… I’m not ready for the full-blown “friend” parties just yet. Maybe once they turn six and really know what’s going on :).

My favorite part of the decor was the balloon installation I made. I didn’t want to tear it down afterwards; in fact, I’m pretty sure I kept it hanging for at least a couple of weeks.

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One PartySome "Bunny" is One Party Like the decor, I kept the menu pretty simple.  We went with one of our favorite sandwiches that it always a crowd pleaser – homemade chicken salad on fresh, bakery croissants. We had fresh veggies with dip and chips.
Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party

I filled apothecary jars with pastel bunny marshmallows and cotton candy. I also made chocolate covered peeps with cotton candy tails. So easy to make and so much better than “plain” peeps.

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One Party Instead of a birthday hat, I made these floral bunny ears. My second favorite part of the party… though not necessarily a love by McLaren. She only kept them on while she was distracted by her first cake (which was her favorite part).
Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party If you keep up with us, you probably caught on that McLaren is well over one at this point… in fact, she’s about to turn two. So a bit of a delay on the post, but what better timing than right before Easter!? 😉

Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl

spaghetti squash taco bowl

Here’s a recipe I make ALL THE TIME. I have no idea how or why I haven’t posted it before….I guess it’s just such a staple around here that I take it for granted. But it’s solid, trust me. Even my husband is totally cool with this Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl, and that’s saying something considering the response I usually get when I announce that we’re having spaghetti squash (or zoodles) for dinner.

My usuall M.O. is to prep a pound of ground turkey taco-style (with Ortega … it’s the only kind my family likes). I then split it up and put half (or maybe 60%) into the spaghetti squash bowls and set aside the other half for the kids’ tacos. So it’s kind of like preparing one meal for the whole family which is one of my #lifegoals. I can usually accomplish the one-meal-for-the-whole-family trick on two nights of the week … taco night and breakfast-for-dinner night. Open to suggestions on other family-friendly meals to try! (We have a 3 year old and a 6 year old). Read More

Capital Grille-Inspired Coconut Cream Pie

capital grille coconut cream pie

Right or wrong, my husband and I are waaaaay past the getting-each-other-something-special-for -Valentine’s-Day stage. We had been growing more and more apathetic each year about our V Day gifts for one another and then a couple years ago, my husband put the final nail in the coffin when he came home with an arrangement that included featured fluorescent dip-dyed carnations. I about lost it and BEGGED him not to buy me anything for Valentine’s Day ever again. He has complied and I am happy to report that our marriage has recovered from the incident.

Anyway, while we don’t buy gifts for one another, I do try to go out of my way a little bit to show the guy that I love him, and usually that takes the form of cooking for him. His all time favorite dessert is the coconut cream pie at the Capital Grille. He loves it so much that we’ll sometimes make a special stop there after dining elsewhere to pick up this decadent dessert to take home. We’ll sit in bed, put on some crap show and chow down on the most coconutty pie you’ll ever taste. That’s romance right there. Read More