This bread has been on constant rotation around our house lately. It is delicious (especially right out of the oven) and it is pretty healthy so I feel good about eating it, too. I have always found baking to be really therapeutic, and I seem to have a major baking itch lately. January has called for some serious comfort food and therapy in the form of baking it seems.
Before berry season comes to an end, I had to sneak in one recipe using all of the fresh berries at the market. These muffins are a favorite in our house because they are easy to make and bursting with berry goodness. This recipe takes the standard blueberry muffin and elevates it with the addition of three other berries. Cinnamon adds some warmth and greek yogurt cuts some of the fat so you can feel a little better about your waistline. Even though it is after Labor Day, it still feels very much like summer here in Texas!
The past two weeks have been crazy and there has been little time to post! Between snow days and work obligations and swim classes for G, I have barely had time for sleep. Okay, that is a bit dramatic but you get the idea. The big day is here and I would be the worst if I didn’t get this recipe up before the weekend. I mean, could you think of a better breakfast in bed treat from your loved one?! Hint hint.
Christmas morning has always been my favorite part of the year. I have such fond memories of waking up with my sister, often before sunrise, to dig into our stockings. Now, I prefer to sleep in until the sun comes up, but Christmas morning is still my favorite. I love snuggling around the fire in my Christmas pjs, slippers, and a cup of hot tea. We always have a delicious breakfast spread before we unwrap all of the presents under the tree. This year will be the most special as it is our first Christmas with Gracie. I know that she doesn’t understand Christmas yet and certainly won’t be unwrapping her own presents, but I can’t wait to see her face when she sees all of the wrapping paper and ribbons and tissue to play with. I can’t wait to start new traditions and celebrate old ones with my precious baby girl.
We love pancakes over here at Plum Pie. In fact, they are a staple on our weekend brunch rotation. And since bikini season snuck up on me yet again, I decided to pull out my trusty, no-fail, grain goddess cookbook by none other than the Kim Boyce. (I love her as you can see here and here) You can totally justify dousing your ‘cakes with butter and syrup when you have added whole grains and oats to your batter. Or at least that is what I am going with.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s already Thursday, can you believe it? I must have been in a Royal Wedding daze or something. Where did this week go? What an eventful one it has been already! And I’m not talking about the news, people; This is not that kind of blog.
So on Monday, I had the bright idea to try to be a part-time vegan (no weekends, those are always eat out days). I decided going vegan was a good idea—even though the texture of tofu, the essential protein of veggies and vegans, sort of weirds me out. The idea sounds nice though doesn’t it? So that was Monday. I bought almond milk and tofu (I know!) and Earth Balance butter. Baby steps!
Apparently, it’s good to be a tax lawyer in Charlottesville after tax day! Andrew the H has two days off this week…Surprise!! So, even though the weather report is threatening a few thunderstorms (which I will no longer take lightly, see last week’s events), we are going out to enjoy the cloud-covered sun. After weeks of seeing very little of Andrew on the weekends, I am excited to finally have some husband-wife time. Even if that means that I have to endure hours of the History Channel (seriously, how many Civil War shows can you possibly have? No disrespect, but geeeeeeze).
Continuing with the brunch theme on this President’s Day, I bring you a ridiculously good huevos rancheros recipe. See, I have this problem. I absolutely love eggs, especially fried eggs, on top of just about anything. On top of pasta? Sure, why not. Oh, an egg comes on that pizza? Well, don’t mind if I do. Smothered on this grilled cheese sandwich? Yes, please! (The lucky ones in NYC can enjoy croque madame deliciousness here).
I know some people get creeped out by runny eggs, so for those of you with this issue, you may want to skip this recipe. But the salsa is still yummy and so are the “refried” black beans, a healthier take on the traditional lard-infused Mexican refried beans. And while this recipe may look a bit labor intensive for a morning meal, let me assure you that it is worth all of the effort. The salsa can be made ahead of time, and the beans come together in a snap. You can also try mashing them to make it even easier (though I personally prefer the creamy texture of the pureed). This is perfect for a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning when you don’t mind eating breakfast for lunch. Or do something even better and have it for dinner (because who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?).