Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Valentine's Day Breakfast

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cupid made a special V-Day breakfast this morning for Olivia. She was so very excited!

Heart shaped pancakes and heart strawberries. Yuuummmmm! These pancakes are especially good. They're called Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Banana Sauce. I omit the Blueberry Banana Sauce. And the recipe calls for wheat flour. I just use regular all purpose flour. And here's a little tip: use double the amount of cinnamon! They're just better that way! I also cut the recipe in half, and it makes plenty for a quick weekday breakfast!

This treat was a hit!

Olivia sends love and hugs to everyone!



Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm Craving Baked Potato Soup

Soooooooo, we're pregnant again! Baby #2! I'm eight weeks today.

I feel completely different from when I was pregnant with Olivia. This time around I'm ex.hau.sted. Nauseous. I get the chills.

What the heck is going on?

Also, all of a sudden, meat is very unappetizing. I've been craving two things so far: potatoes and broccoli. Go figure!

A baked potato topped with steamed broccoli and cheese sauce sounds sooooo good right now! But yesterday I wanted this potato soup. With cornbread!

I found this recipe in the December 2011 issue of Southern Living, and I highly recommend it!

Baked Potato Soup

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 garlic clove, minced (I use the jarred stuff)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 extra-large chicken bouillon cube
1 (24-oz.) package frozen steam-and-mash potatoes
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. pepper

1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring often, 5 to 10 minutes until golden.

2. Sprinkle onion mixture with flour, and stir until coated. Stir in bouillon cube and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, microwave potatoes according to package directions. (Do not add butter or milk.) Stir potatoes, milk and pepper into onion mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until thickened. Serve with desired toppings.

The cornbread is from the recipe I shared here.

This is good stuff, ya'll!