Posted in Home

Entres Vous

I really should be showering and heading out to run errands, but I’ve been cleaning and now I feel like vegging here for a minute.  I’m feeling the pangs of middle age, my knee has been bothering me for about three days now.  I’m not conscious of it until I stop moving and then there it is.  Just this dull but constant ache in my knee, could be the muscle in my calf too, not really sure but it hurts all the way down into my foot…oh joy!  Oh well – moving on.

I spent much of last week redecorating and painting our front foyer – hall – entrance area.  I only lack touching up around the ceiling moulding and a new rug then it will be complete, at least for a while.  I have always read that your front entrance should make a statement about the home and the people who live there.  I don’t know that mine does, but updating the paint and putting some personal touches into the decorating made me feel better.  I would like to eventually have some photos of us as a family enlarged and added into the mix, but for now artwork by my daughter is enough.

This is before…

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And this is after…

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Now I’m trying to pick a rug, there are so many gorgeous ones to chose from!

I really want to paint all the wood – the trim, the doors, etc.  I’m trying to lighten the place up, it’s very dark.  It’s a south facing house and we have a porch, so sunlight doesn’t come straight in.   I am a really sloppy painter.  When we moved here I tried to paint the garage door and that was a mistake.  I made a huge mess and the better half had to repaint it.  So I figured I’d wait, then once the rooms are painted the way I want them I’ll have a professional come in and paint the trim and doors and all!  I’m afraid if I do it myself, not only will we have to hire a professional painter to paint the trim, he’ll have to clean up the mess I’ve made as well.  I figure I’ll cut my losses while I’m ahead.

Well, I suppose I should move it…I’m certainly not getting things done sitting on my duff!

♥︎

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Posted in Food

On Wednesday We Waffle

I decided to experiment a little bit this morning.  I’ve had some Jiffy apple cinnamon muffin mix in the cabinet forever, so I decided to mix that up and try to make waffles with it.  I don’t think they turned out too bad.

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

1 box Jiffy apple cinnamon muffin mix
1 egg
1/4-1/2 c. half & half
cinnamon to taste
2 T. sugar
vanilla extract
Pour into waffle iron and cook them up!  

They actually tasted pretty good for a throw together.  They came out more dense than when using a waffle mix or flour, more like a muffin (hmmm, wonder why?).  We were out of milk, so I used half and half and that may have had something to do with the density as well.  If I were to try again, I’d use milk.

My oldest gave these a 6 and the youngest gave them an 8.  The youngest really liked the apple syrup!

Apple “Syrup”

2 gala apples, cored, skinned & cut up
about a T. maple syrup
2 T. butter
1/4 c. brown sugar

Cook all together and once apples are soft, add cinnamon to taste.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

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Posted in Family, Home

Our Newest Adoptee

This morning I was in our laundry room minding my own business (laminating) when I heard scratching coming from our mud room.  Our mud room is basically the cat’s room, their food, water and their two litter boxes are in there along with a laundry tub and some general overflow from our kitchen.

We recently adopted another cat, one that I haven’t posted about prior to now because we’re still in the settling in stage.  Our sure bets are Sammi and Frankie…

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Sammi
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Frankie

…and our newest addition is Molly.

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Molly

Molly is approximately 14 years old and the sweetest ole girl.  She had been quarantined in the girl’s bathroom since being adopted because of a kitty cold she caught at the shelter.  Approximately five days ago we let her out to meet the rest of the crew.  She’s done as expected, slowly becoming more and more comfortable, venturing away from the bathrooms and bedrooms where her food and her litter box are, tentatively trusting her new environment and all around settling in – at least until this morning.

I walked out of the laundry room and peered into the mud room only to find Molly peeing in a shallow wicker basket that we keep our yard shoes in.  Of course, I immediately threw the shoes in the laundry, cleaned the basket and mopped the floor, but I’m left with – what caused her to pee in there?  This also makes me wonder, did her previous home put her up for adoption because of this type of behavior?  Thankfully we haven’t had this situation before, but now the better half and I are wondering what can we do?  We certainly don’t want to take her back, we are trying to keep the boxes (all three of them) cleaned out on a daily basis.  Could it be she doesn’t like an enclosed box?  Did she smell something on the shoes?  Were the boxes not clean enough for her?  Is she simply marking her new territory?

I do know that I can’t have a cat roaming the house randomly peeing in or on things.  I have had numerous cats throughout the years and if they started that I closed them up in a room of their own.  I have never believed in giving up pets – they are family.  I’ve only once given up a dog and I said I would never do it again.  Granted, we’ve only had her a very short time, but still.

If anyone has any recommendations, advice or even some guesses as to what’s up or what we could do to quell it, we’ll take it!

TIA!  Have a great Tuesday!

xoxo

Posted in Food

The Weekly Waffle

Sunday morning I made Snickerdoodle Waffles and Honey Butter.  I used light butter which probably wasn’t the best idea as it separated and looked weird, but it tasted good.  Even my oldest who doesn’t care for honey said it was.

These waffles have that wonderful combination of almond & cinnamon and with some pecans and the butter, they were delicious.  I ate 1/4 of the waffle and really wanted to eat the rest, but I managed to resist (then later on, I ate an entire plate of pasta salad…ugh).

Snickerdoodle Waffles

Recipe from Lil’ Luna

2 cups flour
1 t. salt
4 t. baking powder
2 T. sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. warm milk
1/3 c. melted butter
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
1 t. cinnamon

Preheat waffle iron.  In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt & sugar.  In another bowl beat eggs, add the milk, the butter and the extracts.  Mix well and add to the dry ingredients.  Add cinnamon to mix and pour into waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron directions.

Honey Butter

2 sticks butter, softened
1/3 c. honey
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. cinnamon
Blend together.  You can serve it at room temperature or from the fridge. 

I think out of the waffles I’ve posted so far, these are my favorites!

Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

Posted in Food

We Waffle on Wednesdays

In the mood for some light & fluffy waffles?  Give these a try!  Sooo good!

Greek Yogurt Waffles
Adapted from lecremedelacrumb.com

2 eggs
1 3/4 half & half
1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
1 T. sugar
2 cups flour
1 T. + 2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt

Preheat waffle maker.  In a medium bowl, whisk together, eggs, half & half, greek yogurt and sugar.  Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix until all ingredients are combined.  Grease waffle maker and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions.  Serve with butter, syrup, berries, whipped cream or powdered sugar.  

Enjoy!

 

Posted in Blog, Food

The Weekly Waffle

I’ve been on a waffle kick for a while now and although I already own a small square waffle iron – thanks to my mother, I decided to purchase a Belgian waffle maker.  I just think they make the prettiest waffles!  And since this IS supposedly a Waffle Blog…I felt quite justified in my purchase.  And now I can make prettier, fluffier and more photogenic waffles to share with you!  Goals my friends, goals.

Sadly I must admit, the diet I am on does not allow me to partake in the consumption of said fluffy, pretty, photogenic waffles, but…I can taste them and since both of my daughters are fairly vocal when it comes to food, it’s a sure bet I’ll hear whether they are worth posting!

These, according to my girls and my own small taste test, just happened to be winners (and they did photograph nicely too)!!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Waffles with Lemon Curd
This made 5 waffles and the recipe was adapted from Yes to Yolks.

2 large eggs, separated
1 3/4 c. buttermilk
1/3 c. canola oil
3 T. sugar
3 T. lemon curd*
zest of 1 lemon
2 t. vanilla
4 t. poppy seeds
2 c. all purpose flour
4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

*I used jarred Dickinson’s Lemon Curd, which I always keep on hand and regular maple syrup since my kids didn’t seem too jazzed about the original blueberry syrup idea.  (If I had been eating them I would have definitely had to have the blueberry syrup!)

Separate the eggs and reserve the whites. To the yolks, add the buttermilk, oil, sugar, lemon curd, lemon zest, and vanilla and mix well to combine everything. Stir together the poppy seeds, flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl and then mix into the wet ingredients.

Using a whisk or hand blender, beat the egg whites until fluffy (soft peaks should form when you lift out the beaters/whisk). Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Preheat the waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour mixture onto the waffle iron when hot (amount will depend on your iron). Cook according to manufacturer directions (usually a couple minutes per side). Serve warm topped with additional lemon curd, fresh blueberries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, and syrup.

Next time I make these, I will add blueberries to the waffles themselves and see how that turns out!

Have a terrific Monday everyone and as always Enjoy!

xoxo

Posted in Food

Apple Pie Cupcakes

I don’t like missing this many days posting.  Have I said that before?  I just feel like something out of my day is missing when I don’t post something.  I have so much to talk about – always, but sometimes I just don’t seem to get here.  The better half has been home the last two days and I don’t take time to write when he’s home.  We’re usually doing something, but also, I like to write alone.  It drives me batty when someone is standing over my shoulder and I think they’re reading what I’m typing.  And that goes for anything, even a grocery list.  Maybe I think they’re going to be critical or correct me, but I’m just not comfortable writing in front of anyone and that includes my kids.  I find that when I do it to them, even when they’re doing their homework, they’re like, “Can I help you?”  Which is basically what I say when they do it to me.  LOL

Today was an odd day to say the least.  I was under the impression that since the better half stayed home we were going to do something “fun”.  Well, he woke up to find that our garage door wouldn’t open, so he worked on it for about 3 hours and then wound up calling someone to replace the springs anyway.  It hasn’t been a total waste of a day though, while he was doing that, I squeezed in a dessert for tonight.  The first and only dessert this week and it was a hit!  In fact, I ate it a couple hours ago and can’t seem to stop thinking about having another one!  But I won’t… <sigh>

I found this recipe on Key Ingredient, but in doing another search I also found it on the Betty Crocker website.  Here’s my rendition…

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Apple Pie Cupcakes

Filling:
2 T. butter
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4″ cubes
2 T. packed brown sugar
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. salt
1 1/2 T. lemon

Topping:
2 T. butter
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped walnuts

Reddi Whip
Caramel

Crust:
1 can Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing

Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray 8 regular size muffin cups with cooking spray.
In 10-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add apples; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the cinnamon and salt. Cook 5 minutes longer or until tender. Stir in lemon juice.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix topping ingredients with fork or hands until crumbly. Set aside.

Separate dough into 8 rolls. Flatten each into 4-inch round; place in muffin cups.
Divide filling evenly onto rolls in muffin cups. Divide Topping evenly over filling.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bubbly and tops are lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Serve cupcakes topped with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and the icing.  

I liked this dessert a lot because they weren’t crazy sweet.  Just sweet enough to make you feel like you were having dessert.  I recommend you try this if you like apple pie…and really, who doesn’t like apple pie?

Have a great weekend everyone & enjoy!!

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