Crispy and Soft Belgian Waffles

I mentioned in my last post how we had some really good homemade Belgian Waffles for breakfast on thanksgiving. Well, since then, we’ve had them a few more times :) – they are so yummy!! I have tried at least 5 different Belgian Waffle Recipes over the course of a few months and got to say, this one is the best so far.

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So here is what you need.

Crispy and Soft Belgian Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c. All Purpose Unbleached Flour (You could use any flour really)
  • 1/4 cup corn starch (or arrow root powder)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. real alt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. EVOO, coconut oil or oil of choice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your waffle iron.
  2. Put in all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix it until well combined.
  3. Then add in all your wet ingredients and whisk together until blended smooth.
  4. Pour about 1/2 cup of batter into your waffle iron and cook for around 2-3 minutes or until crispy and lightly golden.
  5. Serve hot with topping of choice.
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Also, if you have any left over after breakfast. You can put the rest in a ziplock in the fridge and save for later. I throw old ones the next day into the toaster oven for a few minutes and they are just as good. SO great to double the recipe and make enough for an entire week if you want :)

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Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from: here

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hard to believe its 2014. You know when I began writing this blog it was EARLY 2005 :) – so almost 10 years have passed! crazy. Time goes way to fast. Then again some days it seems to creep by. The “in the trenches” of motherhood days haha. Wont lie, I have been worn out lately. Come Reed’s nap I want nothing more than to veg and sit under my electric throw, warm and cozy in a dark room. It could be the seasonal gloom… or very well my brain in dire need of rejuvenation and peace.

My parents came up for Thanksgiving this year. Both of them are retired for the first time this season, so its fun to not have to worry about my parents work schedules… and be a bit more fluid with ours. Travis had to work thanksgiving (today)… so knowing this ahead of time, we moved Thanksgiving to Tuesday this week instead of thursday. Its what you do when married to a cop or someone with a weird not so typical holiday friendly schedule :)

Below are just some photos from the few days they spent with us. So a bit picture heavy :) – but for my memory sake well worth the blogging.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for 4 healthy little boys this Thanksgiving. No sickness at all (knock on wood) and a warm house to cozy up in. We have so much to be thankful for. I could spend pages and pages writing things I am thankful for. Im sure you all could as well :)


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With my mom, comes healthy foods :) – shes a vegetarian and always needs her fruits and veggies.

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Reed enjoys the prepping of pomegranates the most.

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On Thanksgiving morning we had Homemade Belgian waffles. Oh man, I love them. I will share the recipe soon.

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Toby was eyeing the bacon :)

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While the turkey cooked, we went out to get our Christmas Tree.
Typically we save this for “the day after” thanksgiving. Knowing Travis had to work, we planned ahead this year.

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I convinced Travis to get a “small” tree this year. He looks excited about that :)
He always wants the bigger tree… well, IMO less money, less tree = less mess, more money for later. ;-)

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My attempt for a group photo did not yield good results. Just funny ones

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Decorating went on while my mom and I cooked.

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Isnt the tree cute!

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With Thanksgiving of course comes messes….

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On the menu… Turkey (about 12lbs. My mom doesn’t eat meat, so we didn’t need a huge one). Honey Ham, Hash brown Casserole, Corn Casserole, Sweet Potatoe Casserole, homemade gravy, sparkling grape juice of course (kid friendly), mac and cheese and desserts. We lacked greens this year ill be honest :) and ate a whole lotta carbs!

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and of course evening coffee to help settle the food :)

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Cheers

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Reed loves time with his Nana.

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Christmas Tree Essential Oils?

Super excited to post about these oils. I recently got a shipment in from Rocky Mountain Oils… where I order all my Essential Oils… These oils though are especially special :)

With Thanksgiving coming this Thursday, I have hopes to start decorating our home for Christmas soon after. One way that I find helps me to get into the Christmas feel of things, is for my home to smell festive… and like Christmas.

There are obviously ways to do this using things like Plug In’s or Candles… but why not diffuse something that not only smells like Christmas but is also beneficial for you.

So let me introduce you to these blends…

Christmas Essential Oils

First up.

Christmas Tree : While this blend was mostly created to give you a lovely, fun Christmas scent, it is also a good choice for cleaning. You can add it to your cleaning supplies to help give the room a clean, forest scent.

ED9A6244My boys the other day were playing “fort” in our living room. I had Christmas Tree diffusing when my 7 year old accidentally spilled my diffuser all over some blankets they were using as “a roof” to their fort. Initially I was a bit upset, worried my diffuser was broke, but thankfully it wasn’t… and once I realized it was fine, I picked up their blankets, tossed them in the dryer… and within 10 minutes their once wet blankets were dry…. As I handed them the blankets they held them close and said “MMMmmmm it smells like a Christmas Tree!!!” – so the once bad spill made for refreshingly Christmas Tree smelling throws that my boys are enjoying each time they cuddle. Win win.

To those curious what is in this blend – Ingredients: Spruce, Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Orange, and Cinnamon Bark
For those unfamiliar with Essenital Oils. Cinnamon Bark is one of the most amazing oils!! I love it. You can read up on that oil HERE.

Next blend…

Ginger Spice! : This runs a close 2nd to the Christmas Tree Oil above…. It has a very nice warm, bright, snuggly feel to it. This oil defiantly made me want to bake. :)

Because of the oils used in this blend (synergy), it works beautifully in cleaning as well. The spices will help you clear germs out of your home so you can add it to your cleaning projects. – read more about this oil at RMO.

Last up…

Candy Cane : This blend doesn’t need much to describe it. It smells like candy :) – but not a “harsh to sweet candy” – a perfect “just right winter candy” that your kids will love. This oil because of what is in it, is also great for clearing the air and for the respiratory system.

I hope to use the Candy Cane Oil this week for baking up some Holiday Cocoa Wafers…. with the added EO I hope it makes a thin mint type cookie. I will for sure keep you all posted on how they turn out.

christmas tree essential oilsAlso for those wondering what Diffuser I use. I currently use the Rocky Mountain Oil CLOUD Diffusers. I have both the large and small. However, if price tag is a issue, there are other less costly options available online… This is one I got for my oldest sons room. It is not made nearly as nice as the Rocky Mountain Diffuser. However at its price tag, I couldn’t pass it up. It does well and diffuses nicely.

Ok now for some coupon code love.

Rocky Mountain Oil’s issued me a special coupon to be used towards these above oils. If you use “DREAWCHRISTMAS” at checkout you will save an additional $2.00 off any of the above blends. This coupon code is only good through December 25th 2014…. It can’t be doubled up with other coupons though.

Oh and be sure to check out THIS PAGE to learn some fun ways to use the above oils. Such as “christmas tree” scented pine cones!

Thanks yall!! and enjoy these oils if you order them. Its all I diffuse right now.

Disclosure: The above post does contain affiliate links. It is just a little perk to being a blogger. If you click any of the above links and purchase any thing from the RMO site, our family gets a very “small” portion of the sale. It is just a little incentive for bloggers. This in no way affects my view on the company and opinions on the oils. I love the quality of oils and integrity of the company. Happy Shopping!

Bundled

Its been a stay home and bundle up kinda week. No? :)

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If I don’t blog before Thanksgiving, you all have a great one! I do hope to share some special news on some new oils I got and a new coupon monday though. So keep an eye out for that ;-)

Good for the Gut

waterkefirI thought I would write up a really quick blog post linking to a new favorite etsy shop I found. I ordered about two weeks ago from this shop a new shipment of KEFIR grains. My Water Kefir grains sadly died many months ago after I forgot about them :( – was so sad… I got busy with school, photography and everything else… that I just kinda put off buying any more. Well… my kids kept asking for it. Esp. Taite – he loves that stuff! Reed also has been constipated and I too have been having some gut issues (TMI I know). So, I knew I had to get some grains back.

So I hopped on etsy and just ordered from a shop that looked “safe” :) – and placed an order. The order took about a week to get to me due to my ordering it around veterans day… so that delayed the shipment… but even with the delay in the shipping, the grains were totally fine and healthy when I got them.

I ordered them from THIS ETSY Shop called CulinaryCultures

The lady who runs it was super sweet. She even includes some instructions for first time kefir users in the shipment. The Grains I got were nice and plump and after just one cycle using them, they look even nicer and stronger.

Here is a quick copy/paste adaption from THIS BLOG, explaining the benefits of water kefir…

Water kefir is a fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. If you are anti-sweet drinks. Don’t worry, this drink is not overly sweet. You can make it sweeter though if you prefer that. The “grains” (aka the booger looking things you see in the above image) feed on the sugar leaving it with an extremely mild sweetness. So the taste is not “pure sugar” – so dont worry about your calories on this one. It is not something you even need to worry about as long as you don’t sweeten it with soda after the fact :)

Water Kefir (or milk kefir – I dont like milk, so thats not an option for me)… is a PROBIOTIC

Probiotics are good bacteria that help you keep a healthy gut. While it is thought to be not as strong it contains a greater number of bacterial strains than are found in kombucha. These good bacteria help us to digest our food, prevent allergies, boost our immune system, and overall keep our body healthy. Getting your probiotics from fermented foods is the way to go.

Water kefir also helps to Increased Immunity!

Probiotics help boost your natural immune system. So with winter months upon us, I am all for keeping my kiddos well. Filling your body with good probiotics from things like kefir is one way to do this. This means that you will get sick less often.

Its easy and frugal to make. It’s very versatile allowing you to customize the flavors to better suit your families needs. The end result is a soda like drink that your kids will like, that is good for you.

For those who may want to learn more about Kefir and its benefits, check out this post I wrote a while back about how I make my water kefir.

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… and to end. A new recipe for your kefir:

1. Juice a Fresh Lemon (organic) – pour all the lemon water into your water kefir. Make sure you strain out any seeds. You could also use lime.
2. Add it to one bottle of your water kefir (so about 3 cups of water kefir, maybe more)

and thats it! store it in an air tight bottle and you will have a fizzy lemonade. :)