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    Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes

    When our family first started going gluten free, one of things I was most bummed┬áto give up were pancakes. Sure, I’d come across gluten free pancakes at the store, but what I longed for were my homemade pancakes. At the time I hadn’t cracked the code to turn my normal recipes into gluten free ones without compromising the taste or consistency. Well my friends, thanks to King Arthur’s gluten free multi-purpose flour and some tips on their website, I did crack the code! Add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum and an extra egg and voila! Behold, I give you really delicious gluten free pancakes. You’re welcome. ­čśë Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes…

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    Buttermilk French Toast with Strawberry Syrup

    An upside to being in the midst of yet another winter storm… I’m home with my babies… and get to make them a big ole homemade breakfast. Breakfast just may be my favorite meal of the day. During the weekdays it’s a boring Greek yogurt and banana, but when I’m home, I love to do it up big! ┬áThis morning, Brogan requested some strawberry syrup (just like Ihop, mommy). Okay. What to go with syrup… French Toast! Sounded good to Brogan so it was decided! As I started pulling out the ingredients, I was a little hesitant to use a lot of my milk (because we’ll likely be iced in…

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    Mini Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

    I felt like baking today and the two brown bananas sitting on my counter prompted me to create these little gems.┬áThese cupcakes were another ode to the good ole peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich of my childhood. I opted for mini cupcakes, mainly because I saw some cute little mini cupcake cups at Publix (and bought them, of course). To be honest, I’ve never made mini cupcakes, and thought it would be fun to do something different. Turns out, these cupcakes work perfectly in the mini variety. I know this because I had extra batter (after making 48 little guys) and made 6 standard sized cupcakes. I tried them…

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    Chocolate Espresso Cake

    Baking sweets is starting to be an every weekend occurrence. ┬áWhereas I used to be immune to the smell of something sweet and chocolaty baking in the oven, the sweet tooth I gained with my last pregnancy is still with me. Bummer. I asked Brogan what he wanted to bake today and he said birthday cake. Well, it’s no one’s birthday, so we just made cake. I modified a German Chocolate cake recipe I found in one of Blake’s chefy cookbooks by adding some instant coffee. I once watched an episode of Barefoot Contessa and Ina Garten swore by adding a little instant coffee to chocolate desserts because it would…

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    Blueberry Muffins!

    This morning I decided on a little impromptu muffin making because I was seriously craving some blueberry muffins. I wanted a little tartness to go along with the blueberry, so I added sour cream, buttermilk and lemon zest (a little trick I learned from Ina Garten). Aside from the fact that I couldn’t manage to get equal amounts of batter in my muffin liners (despite using a scoop!), they turned out really, really good. Beckett and I ate 4 of them right out of the oven in about 10 minutes. And I’d like to blame it all on Becks, but this girl ate some muffins. They turned out light and…

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    Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

    I decided to take my new mini-loaf pan for a spin this morning with a new recipe. The three browning bananas on my counter have been calling my name but I thought I’d go for something other than your standard banana bread. And as I was thinking about bananas, old memories of peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches came to me, and so that was my inspiration for this bread. I added chocolate chips, because well, I like chocolate, so why not? The bread turned out really good. It’s moist, it’s heavy, and rich, and the peanut butter makes it stick to the roof of your mouth. My little taste-testers…

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    The Best Pancakes Ever!

    We like pancakes around my house. They have always been one of Brogan’s favorites, and even my husband, who typically does not like sweets, loves these things! ┬áThe pancake craze began shortly after I stumbled across this Martha Stewart recipe. The first thing that caught my eye was the buttermilk to flour ratio – 3:2. Most recipes I had tried before were equal parts milk to flour. Since what I love most about pancakes is the salty/sour flavor that comes from the buttermilk, these seemed like a winner to me. Martha Stewart’s Best Buttermilk Pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt…

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    Blueberry biscuits, please!

    I just love the weekend mornings. For starters, my boys are at their sweetest in the morning – they are such little snugglers! On the weekends I actually have time to cook them breakfast, and the boys love eating my experiments! I found a recipe on Pinterest last week for blueberry biscuits and have been looking forward to trying them. I modified the original recipe to use buttermilk instead of milk and I added 1/4 tsp baking soda to offset the acidity of the buttermilk. Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuits 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup buttermilk 1/3 cup sugar 5 tbsp of butter 4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/4…