Posts Tagged ‘pancakes’

I’m so sorry for my recent absence.

My first full week of school went really well, but I have been so exhausted at the end of the day. This is the first day in over a week that I’ve even turned on my home computer!

I’ll hopefully be back in the swing of things soon. Finding my routine and getting my sleep patterns back in order is top priority for mission “Resume Unending Energy” to be successful.

Until I have a bit more steam to really share what I’ve been up to lately, I leave you with this.


This is a public service announcement: Make these Cinnamon Bun Pancakes and top them with Maple-Butter Icing.


Do yourself a favor and double the recipe to freeze the extra pancakes for easy toaster pancakes.


You will thank me later.


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My summer vacation is quickly coming to an end. Tomorrow I’m heading back into work to prepare my classroom for the new school year.

Last year I had 18 students but this year I’ll only have 12. A good number for grouping. Another benefit of such a small class is that my classroom will seem much larger. I’m looking forward to reorganizing the furniture in the classroom. Once I’m all set up, I promise to share photos.

I’m a bit behind sharing recent recipes so thought I’d do a one off of recipes I’ve been enjoying lately.

Here goes!

Puffed Amaranth


I first heard of amaranth when I was in college. I babysat for the family that began Nu-World Foods, one of the first companies to introduce amaranth to the American market. I was instantly interested in their business and was eager to try their products. Time passed and amaranth went to the wayside for me due to availability abroad.

Well, things have changed and I can now buy puffed amaranth in Germany. I’ve been enjoying it with plain yogurt and fresh fruit for breakfast. It is light and fluffy but packs some staying power. If you haven’t tried amaranth, give it a try!

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes


Mmm… blueberry buttermilk pancakes! I made these pancakes while my friend Katie was visiting. The fruit syrup was simply made by heating fresh blueberries and strawberries together until they stewed in their juices. 

Buttermilk Pancakes with Peaches


Pancakes were the main breakfast food while Katie was here. These buttermilk pancakes were great topped with fresh peaches and maple syrup. Delicious!

Roasted Green Bean Potato Salad


This was one delicious dinner! I followed Kath’s recipe for roasted tofu potato salad. The only changes I made were to add roasted chickpeas and leave out the bacon (obviously.)


When making this recipe again, I’ll probably leave out the tofu and stick to chickpeas for my protein. This creamy, warm salad is a must try!

Veggie Noodle Stir-Fry


This is really a bit of a cheat meal… but it was good enough that I ate it twice in the last two weeks. I stir-fried broccoli, a leek, carrots and mushrooms then tossed in a packet of “stir-fry seasoning” before adding the cooked noodles. Oh so comforting and easy!

Caprese Baked Egg Cups


My baked egg cups turned out nothing like Jessica’s in looks, but based on the taste, I’d say they met her mark. This recipe was beyond easy, ready for the oven in about 2 minutes. I used halloumi cheese rather than mozzarella, chopped tomato rather than cherry tomatoes and milk rather than cream; this probably explains why my baked eggs turned out like ugly ducklings, but I tell you, even with these substitutions, the flavor was fantastic!

Aloo Gobi Mashed Indian Cauliflower


I had a head of cauliflower that needed to be used up from last Friday’s CSA box. This recipe was the perfect fit; fast, warm and subtly spicy.


I ate my aloo gobi with fresh, plain yogurt. It might sound strange, but the cool worked with the heat. I’m glad I have leftovers of this mash!

So there you have it! A few of the wonderful recipes I’ve been enjoying the past couple of weeks.

I recommend you give them a try.

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This is what happens while you talk to someone across the room and whip cream at the same time. P5106366


Several weeks ago when I made my friend Rachel’s birthday pavlova, I over whipped the whipped cream and stumbled upon the way to create delicious homemade vanilla sweet cream butter and buttermilk.


After over whipping the whipping cream, I was left with the fat solids and the liquid.

I simply strained away the butter milk and set the butter on a paper towel to strain a bit more.


Over the past week, I’ve spread the vanilla sweet cream butter on hot English muffins and toast. Slightly sweet and dainty.


The vanilla sugar butter milk took my whole grain pancake mix to a whole new level.

Strawberry yogurt and fresh strawberries perfectly complimented the pancakes.

So, how to make this delicious mistake?

Vanilla Sweet Cream Butter and Butter Milk


1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar


  1. Combine the whipping cream and vanilla sugar in a large, cold bowl. Whip together with a handheld mixer past the whipped cream stage until the whipped cream breaks into solids and liquids.
  2. Strain the butter milk off of the butter. Strain the butter in a cheese cloth or paper towel.
  3. Refrigerate and enjoy.

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This morning started out like all Saturdays should, with sleeping in and waking up to pancakes.

P2052974 Banana walnut whole wheat pancakes in a pool of maple syrup.

P2052973 After breakfast I went to the gym for Body Balance and, as usual, left feeling amazing.

P2052976 Once home from the gym, I had a simple lunch of French bread with smoked emmentaler cheese and left over creamy avocado sauce from dinner last night.

Lamb’s lettuce and cherry tomatoes topped it off.

After a while I decided to bake some cookies.

After much consideration, I went with a recipe from one of the 160 cookbooks Sebastian recently downloaded for me.

Right from the Amish Recipes E-cookbook!

P2052991Soft Amish Chocolate Chip Cookies

I prefer soft cookies over crunchy ones, but these were too soft and fluffy for me. They were like mini cakes.

Sebastian on the other hand loved them so they won’t go to waste.

Half-way through the mixing, a terrible thing happened.

I was busy creaming together the sugar and margarine when something hit me in the forehead.

Not unusual.

Cookie dough splatter happens all the time.

Then I heard a clink clink of something bouncing onto the floor.

To my surprise, the right beater from my hand mixer laid motionless in the dough.

P2052979 With as much as this machine has been used over the past 2.5 years, I really should have expected this to happen eventually.P2052982 Does this finally justify the purchase of a KitchenAid stand mixer?


1/2 c. margarine
1 c. sugar
2 large. eggs
1/2 c. milk
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda (place in the milk)
1 (12 oz.) bag chocolate chips or butterscotch chips (I used half chocolate chip and half Heath toffee)

1. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and milk with soda. Mix together and add baking powder.

2. Gradually add flour and stir well. Stir in chocolate chips or butterscotch chips.

3. Place on a greased cookie sheet about 1 teaspoon of dough. Bake at 400 degrees until the edge is lightly brown.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but Sebastian and I have a coupon book for restaurants and services in the Bonn area.

You buy the book for 15 Euros and then are entitled to buy-one-get-one-free meals at the participating restaurants. We’ve probably saved over 80 Euros already and have only used about 1/4 of the coupons.

Anyways, tonight we found a new restaurant from the Gutscheinbuch and had dinner there. The food was good and the atmosphere was really nice. We walked away saving 16 Euros. Success.

The coupon book expires in March so we need to up our going-out game and use the coupons that are left.

Anyways, I hope you all had a nice Saturday too. Enjoy a restful Sunday!

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After spending a good amount of time this morning finding any excuse possible to procrastinate writing reports, I finally got down to it.

Seeing that I’ve spent the last 8 hours writing, I’ll make this post as language light as possible.

P1222806 Where to begin? Intimidating, no?

And that’s only the half of it.

P1222804Good Morning’ tea and pancake plans.

P1222811  A scoop of protein powder in the batter made for ultra fluffy pancakes. Topped with pecans, coconut butter and maple syrup, yummy.

After breakfast, I was ready to go.

First up, art.

P1222841 Pre and post our lesson on facial proportions in portraiture.

The best part of being a teacher is witnessing children learn and expand their understanding right in front of you. It’s so cool to be a part of this learning. This simple art lesson took place in 40 minutes. The little artist was so proud of her much more realistic second drawing. We’re now doing one facial bit at a time. We’ve done eyes and noses. Next up, ears, mouths and hair.

P1222819Social studies followed a short re-hydration break.

P1222833  Will break for breaded and baked eggplant.

After finishing social studies, I started on science then decided to swap over to math instead.

P1222827 Snack break!

After that, the photos stopped but the work didn’t.

Luckily I had a cheerful pot of roses beside me all day. Every time I glanced next to my computer screen, I couldn’t help but smile.

P1222822 Just so perdy.(Pretty spoken like my grandpa.)


Tomorrow I plan to finish science, literacy, ICT and the general teacher comments.

I’m saving PE and Design and Technology for the work week.

Wish me luck, peace, insight and honesty.

Night all!

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Peachy Pancakes

I love pancakes. Perhaps you’ve noticed.

When I made a batch of pancakes this weekend, I ate some and froze the rest. This morning’s breakfast was therefore quick and delicious, thank you freezer.

P83089512 frozen whole grain pancakes topped with half of a peach, raspberries and maple syrup.


An incredibly powerful storm blew through last night so I didn’t sleep very well. The flower pots were blowing around the balcony and the wind was pelting so loudly against the windows I thought they might break. The cats were also scared and running around like crazies all night.

P8308954Here are a few photos from the hills and castles across from my apartment. The sky was still spooky this morning even once the rain stopped.

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I had a good day at work but the icing on the cake was running into a friend at the gym. When I acted in my first production with the Bonn Players, this friend acted alongside me. I haven’t seen him in almost a year so it was great to bump into each other. He’s the kind of guy who just brightens a room and makes people smile. I’m smiling now just thinking about him!

Maybe it was karma since I ran into him after just posting my very first Operation Beautiful notes in two of the lockers at the gym.

Du bist stark und schön!

You are strong and beautiful!

Now I’m off to bed.

I hope you had a great Monday!

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Saturday apparently is now synonymous with pancakes.

For three weeks running, I’ve made pancakes for Saturday morning breakfast.

I don’t plan on ending this tradition any time soon.

There are just too many possibilities.

Like Pancakes with Banana and Nutella, for example.


Whole Wheat Pancakes

1 cup of the Whole Grain Pancake Mix from this post

1 cup butter milk

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix the ingredients and let sit for 20 minutes before cooking over a hot non-stick pan.

Nutella Sauce

Ok, so we don’t buy the real nutella in this household. It’s generic brand all the way!


Chocolate and hazelnut goodness in a jar!

Take one almost empty jar of nutella and add a very small slash of milk. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and microwave for an additional 15-30 seconds.

Drizzle over hot pancakes and banana slices.


Say it with me now, Mmmmmm!


You won’t regret making this combination!

One more exciting thing! Today my fruit and vegetable lady was selling her first harvest of pumpkins! Yippy!!!!! 


Let the pumpkin oats eating fest begin!

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