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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies 

Every year at Christmastime we make time to bake cookies together. One recipe in particular, I have been making since I was in grammar school. They are the most delicious Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies ever. Now I won't proclaim to be some fabulous baker, but these really are delicious. What's more, one recipe makes about 5 dozen so you really get good bang for your buck. They are great to package up and give as gifts or to bring to parties. So let me take you though our Sunday of baking!

Healthy Pancake Recipes

Did you know?  Today is National Pancake Day!  I learned this from IHOP which of course is the authority on pancakes.  In honor of this day, I decided to share with you some healthy pancake recipes which you can share with your family today, or any other day.

We start off with a healthy alternative for the typical flour pancake.

Quinoa Pancakes

Quinoa Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon course salt

  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet

  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving

  • Fresh fruit or fruit preserves (optional) for serving

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together quinoa, flour, baking powder, and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, butter, milk, and syrup until smooth. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and whisk to combine.

  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter and heat over medium-high. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on top, 2 minutes.

  3. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 2 minutes. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more melted butter and remaining batter (reduce heat to medium if overbrowning). Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit or preserves if desired.

Makes about 12.

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Here's a delicious pancake that also allows you to get your fruits and veggies in!  I love sweet potatoes!!

Banana Sweet Potato Pancakes With Honey Nut Yogurt

Banana Sweet Potato Pancake With Honey Nut Yogurt

Ingredients

Pancakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup mashed baked sweet potato

  • 1 egg 1 1/4 cups skim milk or soy milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 banana, diced

Yogurt sauce:

  • 1 6-ounce container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons skim milk

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or almond butter)

  • 2 teaspoons honey

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar. Then add the sweet potato, egg, and milk, and mix until smooth. Add the cinnamon. Stir in the diced banana.

  2. Place a skillet over medium heat, and spray lightly with cooking spray.

  3. While the pan is heating up, make the yogurt sauce. Mix together the yogurt, milk, peanut butter, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.

  4. Drop large spoonfuls of batter onto the pan, making pancakes that are about three-and-a-half inches in diameter. Cook until bubbly, about two minutes. Flip and continue cooking until golden brown. Makes about 12 pancakes.

  5. Place three pancakes on a plate, and pour one quarter of the yogurt sauce on top. Add some slices of banana or other fresh fruit, sprinkle on some chopped nuts, and enjoy!

Makes about 12.

From PopSugar

This final recipe is for those who can't live without good old fashioned pancakes.  Here the recipe is modified for a healthier version of the classic.

Healthier Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Healthier Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups nonfat milk

  • 2 egg whites

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in milk, egg whites, and melted butter; mix until smooth.

  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake, pour or scoop batter onto griddle. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

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I hope you enjoy these recipes and Happy National Pancake Day!!

Cheers,

Emily

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Thanksgiving Food and Fun

Every year the T monster and I do a thanksgiving craft. I also always make fried apple pies every thanksgiving. This is a big hit in our family and always requested. What's awesome is they are so easy to make! This year I thought I'd share some of our traditions with you!

First let's start with the craft. This year we made a:

Paper Plate Turkey

What You Need:

Paper plate

Washable paint

White paper

Orange and red construction paper

Googly eyes

Glue

1. Let your toddler paint the white paper. There are no rules here. Just paint whatever wherever. Meanwhile, I painted the plate brown. Older kids can probably do this themselves.

 2. Cut out a beak from the orange construction paper and a wattle from the red. Your toddler can help you glue these onto the paper plate along with the eyes.

3. Once your child's painting finally dries (this can vary depending on paint usage), cut feathers out of the painted paper. Glue the feathers along the top of the plate.

 4. Show off your finished turkey to everyone and anyone!

Next, we have the apple pies. These are super simple to make and the recipe is easily multiplied for larger batches.

Fried Apple Pies

Ingredients:

1 can Grands Buscuits

2 green apples (I like Granny Smith)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup brown sugar

Vegetable oil

1. Peel and dice the apples.

2. Apple is a sauce pot and mix in cinnamon and brown sugar. Heat until warm.

3. Roll out the biscuits into discs. Place a heaping spoonful of the Apple mixture in the center. Coat the edge of the disc with water and fold over to seal.

4. Heat vegetable oil in pan. Once hot fry pies 2 at a time until they are golden brown. This should take a few minutes per side.

5. Set on paper towels to cool. Enjoy!!

Both the food and the craft are super easy to make and they both were a hit!! The apple pies make a great on the go snack as well!! Hope you try these and let me know how they turn out!!

Enjoy!!

Emily

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