#FreshTastyValentines: Roshambo

LogoWelcome to day one of #FreshTastyValentines, a blogging event headed up by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. To kick off the week I’ve made a cocktail perfect for your Valentine’s Day brunch (and a bonus recipe for pancakes).

When UncommonGoods signed on as one of our event sponsors I knew I wanted to make a cocktail because they have an incredible selection of gifts to keep any home bar and kitchen uniquely equipped (here). UncommonGoods (www.uncommongoods.com) is a web-based marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. One of the incredible prizes to win during this week’s event is a $150 gift certificate at their site. With your shopping spree you can find incredible glassware in which to enjoy my Roshambo cocktail or your favorite bottle of wine (here) or discover ways keep your drinks cool without watering them down (here).

Because we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this week I limited my cocktail recipe search to red or pink beverages. With a big move approaching in the Spring I also added another restriction so as to not buy any new liquor. The discovery of the Roshambo couldn’t have been more perfect. It is a sparkling wine based cocktail which fits in beautifully with Valentine’s Day. This cocktail is a beautiful accompaniment to your Valentine’s breakfast.

This recipe makes two servings.



  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 C apple juice
  • 1/2 C cranberry juice
  • prosecco or champagne


  1. Place sugar, water, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow simple syrup to cool completely. Remove cinnamon stick.
  2. In a small pitcher combine 1/4 C cinnamon simply syrup with the juices. Keep cold until ready to serve.
  3. Pour juice mixture into glasses and top with prosecco.

*This recipe is adapted from Eva at http://1bigbite.com/2013/11/roshambo/*

Roshambo for #FreshTastyValentines from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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This blog post also comes with a bonus recipe for pancakes!

Cinnamon Sour Cream Pancakes


  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream, milk, and melted butter.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry.
  4. On a hot buttered griddle drop 1/2 C of batter into pancakes. Flip pancakes when batter starts to set and bubble form in the center of the pancake. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

*This recipe is modified from Kelley at http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2015/11/creme-fraiche-pancakes/*


Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Every weekend I find myself standing in the kitchen, usually on Saturday morning, making either pancakes or waffles and if we have company I’ll leave it up to our guests to choose between the two.

When my mother-in-law and brother’s girlfriend we here earlier this month “pancakes” was the resounding answer. The reasoning was that you can make more pancakes at a time – sounds like I need an army of waffle irons!

While I often use my go-to recipes for pancakes or waffles, I do quite like to mix it up – as you can tell from my breakfast recipe index. With two tubs of Greek yogurt in my fridge I decided to try this recipe from She Wears Many Hats. I made a big batch at my husband’s request and it’s a good thing I did! While these pancakes are quite filling, feeding 4 adults and a 1-year-old we needed a little extra batter. There were two pancakes leftover that my son had for breakfast the next morning, too.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes


  • 3 C flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 1 1/2 C vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In another bowl whisk the eggs and stir in the honey, yogurt, and milk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry.
  3. On a hot buttered griddle drop 1/4 C of batter into pancakes. Flip pancakes when batter starts to set and bubbles form in the center of the pancake. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

*This recipe is adapted from Amy at http://shewearsmanyhats.com/yogurt-pancakes-recipe/*

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | Sew You Think You Can Cook

P.S. – Check out my awesome personalized mug! I made it at my friend Emily‘s house, she provided the supplies and the know-how.

The D.C. Zoo + Honey Aebleskiver

Yesterday I mentioned that over Memorial Day weekend we took a road trip to D.C. to visit Tara (of Tara’s Multicultural Table) and her family. We’ve known this wonderful family for almost 10 years! Tara’s husband went to Auburn with my husband and me. It wasn’t until we were both stationed in the FL panhandle together that we became close friends. This year will be the first 4th of July since 2010 when we won’t be together, so we had to fast forward that weekend to Memorial Weekend instead!

family photos

On Saturday we headed into the city to check out the zoo. Did you know that there are a LOT of people in D.C.?!

It was a beautiful, warm day and a lot of the animals were finding shelter away from prying eyes. The first half of the day was spent trying not to run over toes with the strollers and seeing empty habitats. But then all the frustration was forgotten when the tiger was highly active, running around his habitat and jumping in the water. We really felt sorry for him – as the only active animal at the zoo he received a lot of attention from “roaring” and yelling children. His tail was twitching and his gaze kept moving up towards the source of the noise. We were able to get some incredible pictures though and the little man woke up in time to see the tiger. I got the moment I was hoping to have watching him notice the tiger and like it! (War Eagle!)

tigerOn Sunday after a trip to the farmer’s market (documented yesterday) I got to do what I’ve missed most – cooking with a friend. I’ve been watching Evan help Tara in the kitchen via text messages and blog posts and it was so sweet to see him in action. He helped us whisk the eggs, pour the vanilla, and manned the stand mixer. All while my little man was being entertained by alphabetic fridge magnets.


During #BrunchWeek one of my fellow bloggers posted a recipe for Nutella Aebleskiver. I immediately shared the recipe with Tara because (a) she loves Nutella anything and (b) I thought she had one of those fancy aebleskiver pans. She didn’t… at the time. Within half an hour she’d ordered one, saying it’d been on her Amazon wish list for quite some time. Happy Mother’s Day to her!

aebleskiver pan

We made two different flavors, the suggested Nutella and honey. We decided that I’d photograph and blog the honey and she the Nutella. That was another fun moment for me, getting to use her photography set up! Their house doesn’t let in much light and the window that lets in the most light is upstairs. Right by the window she has a table set up and has made a few different painted boards. She has a butcher’s rack complete with different napkins, placemats, and other specialty cookware. Evan even has his own space out of the way where he can color while Tara takes her wonderful food photography. Tara has much more patience and dedication than I when it comes to photography (I just step outside, weather permitting, and snap up to 5 photos).

honey aebleskiver | sew you think you can cook

For the Aebleskiver recipe, please check out Tara’s post from yesterday.

BBQWe had such a great time going to visit Tara and her family, and getting to meet our Goddaughter, Claire! We’d been needed to get away and a road trip was just what we needed. The drive to Virginia was beautiful, lots of hills, mountains, and greenery. On the way back, in the middle-of-nowhere WV, we stopped for BBQ on the side of the road. It was so good, and it was the little man’s first BBQ – he absolutely loved it and ate about a quarter of my pulled pork.

girls and boys

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Maple Blueberry Pancakes

Do you know what today is?

It’s National Pancake Day!

I didn’t know that until yesterday. When an email from Yummly showed up in my inbox. (Honestly, I have tried to unsubscribe from their emails for way too long now. But I guess today I was thankful to have received it.) I immediately rushed to the computer to start typing up this post. I already had pictures of pancakes on my camera patiently waiting for the perfect day to be transformed into a blog post.

That day is today.

Maple Blueberry Pancakes


  • 2 C whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C yogurt (I used vanilla)
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 1/4 C real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/2 C frozen blueberries


  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In another bowl whisk together eggs, yogurt, milk, syrup, and vanilla. Whisk in the melted butter.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold in the blueberries. (You can also add blueberries individually to your pancakes when you drop the batter onto the griddle.)
  4. On a hot buttered griddle drop 1/4 C of batter into pancakes. Flip pancakes when batter starts to set and bubbles form in the center of the pancake. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

*This recipe is adapted from Sally at http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/01/16/whole-wheat-blueberry-pancakes/*

Maple Blueberry Pancakes | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Yes, that’s my quilt Blueberry Pickin’ used in the photograph of these blueberry pancakes. 😉

#FoodieExtravaganza: Oatmeal + a Giveaway


Happy New Year, Foodie Fans! To kick off the year, this January we’re having an oatmeal extravaganza! If your New Year’s resolution is eat healthier, adding oats to your diet should be part of your plan. Or better yet, add a real breakfast to your morning routine.

I made oatmeal pancakes for you. These pancakes are very filling and could make for a satisfying breakfast or a fun late night snack. (We had them as breakfast for dinner.) I served these two ways – as breakfast and as dessert. For the breakfast version I topped the pancakes with apples, raisins, and syrup. For the dessert version I topped the pancakes with whipped cream and chocolate chips.

I’m not sure where my recipe fits into a healthy lifestyle but I’m sure some of my blogging friends have something for you so be sure to check out the list at the end of this post. Our host this month is Lauren of From Gate to Plate.

Oatmeal Pancakes


  • 1 C flour
  • 1 C old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C sour cream
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C melted butter
  • toppings: apple, raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, syrup (optional)


  1. Preheat griddle to 350 degrees F. Spray griddle with non-stick cooking spray or melted butter. Note: If you don’t have a griddle use a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. (This is a thick batter.)
  4. Drop 1/3 C of batter onto griddle. Cook 3 minutes on each side, or until golden. Serve with desired toppings.

*This recipe is adapted from Emily at http://itbakesmehappy.com/2014/11/oatmeal-cookie-pancakes.html*

Oatmeal Pancakes

Be sure to check out these other oatmeal recipes. We have a diverse list this month! There’s also a give-away happening so keep scrolling.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats / Wallflour Girl

Bacon Whole Grain Granola BarsPantry Friendly Cooking

Berry Oatmeal Super SmoothieKeep Moving Forward With Me

Brown Sugar Barbecue MeatballsFearlessly Creative Mammas

Chickpea Veggie SoupFood Lust People Love

Homemade Cranberry Almond GranolaRhubarb and Honey

Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme PiesMaking Miracles

Mango Poppyseed Oat MuffinsThe Sweet {Tooth} Life

Mini Meatball SubsThe Freshman Cook

Monster Cookie Granola / From Gate to Plate

Mushroom Ginger Oat Congee / Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Oat Cinnamon RollsPassion Kneaded

Peanut Butter Oat Snack BallsMrs. Penguin

Vanilla Salted Oatmeal CookiesBaking in Pyjamas

Southwestern Oatmeal Cakes / A Day in the Life on the Farm

If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.

 The Giveaway

OATrageous-OatmealsThe oat-guru Kathy Hester has been so generous in donating one of her books to one of our lucky Foodie Extravaganza readers. With her book OATrageous Oatmeals: Delicious & Surprising Plant-Based Dishes From This Humble, Heart-Healthy Grain, you will learn how to use heart-healthy oatmeal in new and exciting ways! You can find recipes such as Veggie Oat Taco Mince, Gluten-free Lemon Blueberry Belgian Waffles, and Blackberry Mojito Overnight Oats.

Use the link below for the rafflecopter to enter the giveaway:

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Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only, age 18 and older. The OATragous Oatmeals Cookbook giveaway runs from Wednesday, January 7, 2015 12:00am ET through Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:00am ET. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on January 16, 2015. Winners will also be contacted by email and will have 24 hours to respond to the email. If a winner does not respond in that time a new winner will be chosen. For more information, see the full terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget.

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Ghost Pancakes

Today’s ghost recipe is 100% inspired from my countless hours surfing Pinterest.

Ghost pancakes!

Doing ghost pancakes is the reason I chose the ghost theme for this year’s Halloween week!

I used my go to pancake recipe. I have been using this recipe for over four years and wish I could give credit where credit is due but I don’t remember where I found it. My copy is a wrinkled piece of paper with stains of egg, melted butter, and syrup all over it. The text is going to be fading before I know it. This recipe makes 12 1/3 C portion pancakes, or 10 ghosts. Feel free to use your favorite pancake recipe or use a boxed mix.

Ghost Pancakes


  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 30 chocolate chips


  1. Preheat griddle to medium-high heat. Grease with cooking spray or butter.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. In another bowl whisk together egg and milk. Whisk in cooled melted butter.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  5. Pour pancake batter into a measuring cup. Pour onto hot griddle into shape of ghosts. Place three chocolate chips in the form of eyes and a mouth in the ghost’s head. Flip pancakes when batter starts to set and bubbles form in the center of the pancake. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

Ghost Pancakes

Pancakes vs Waffles

When I received my Food Network magazine for April I didn’t wait for an excuse (such as a road trip) to break into it like I usually do. The lure of multiple slow cooker meals and the temptation of spring dishes was enough for me to plop on the couch and start dog-earring pages. In fact, this month you’ll find quite a few of my posts coming from this particular magazine edition!

In every edition they have a spread of two similar recipes – whether it’s a “He Made, She Made” or a “Pick a Side” – encouraging readers to try both. I’ll usually mentally pick a side based on the recipe/photograph and that’s that. But this month the choice was between Buttermilk Pancakes and Sour Cream Waffles. One weekend I made the pancakes and the next the waffles. As I expected, Stuart preferred the pancakes while I preferred the waffles. (Food Network fans were split 52/48 in favor of buttermilk pancakes.)

Stuart said he preferred these pancakes to my trusty pancake recipe. So what’s different? For starters, the buttermilk. These pancakes were fluffier (and therefore absorbed more syrup) and surprisingly not very sweet. The use of whole-wheat flour added great texture too. They happily accept spreadable butter and maple syrup.

While I did prefer the waffles to pancakes – I just love love love waffles – I didn’t like them more than my recipe. For including both butter and shortening in the batter I was expecting very decadent waffles. But honestly, I couldn’t really find much of a difference in the taste department – the sour cream probably cuts through the richness. Fluffing up the egg whites created a fluffier texture to the waffles and the exterior crisped up beautifully.

Buttermilk Pancakes


  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 C buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted


  1. In a medium bowl whisk flours, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and sugar. Once foamy add the melted butter.
  3. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.
  4. On a hot buttered griddle drop 1/4 C of batter into pancakes. Flip pancakes when batter starts to set and bubbles form in the center of the pancake. Cook until both sides are golden brown.

Buttermilk PancakesSour Cream Waffles


  • 2 C cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 C sour cream
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 C vegetable shortening, melted
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  1. In a large bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together egg yolks, sour cream, milk, and vanilla. Once smooth whisk in melted butter and shortening.
  3. In another medium bowl beat egg whites with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Add the brown sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Combine egg and milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
  5. Into a hot greased waffle iron drop 1/3 C of batter and cook until golden.

Sour Cream Waffles

Rolled Pancakes

This meal was always Mom’s request for her birthday dinner. (Maybe I get my love of breakfast for dinner from her!) She sent me Busia’s recipe and I got to cooking. I am excited to report that I only lost two pancakes during the process – the first I forgot to spray the pan and it stuck and ripped, the second was my last one and I used too much batter because I misjudged what was left in the bowl.

I wasn’t sure if this recipe was an actual Polish dish or simply one of my family’s creations. Turns out, these rolled crepes are called Nalesniki!

Nalesniki are Poland’s version of a crepe. The batter is thin and cooked in the same method you’d use for making crepes. You fill the pancake with whatever filling you like – I used cream cheese, orange marmalade, raspberry jam, and blackberry jam. The pancakes are rolled around the filling, placed in a casserole dish and baked. Top them with powdered sugar and you’re in for a delectable breakfast.

Or dinner.

Rolled Pancakes


  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • whatever fillings you want


  1. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry until combined – it will be a thin batter.
  2. Pour 1/4 C batter into a small greased skillet. (I used non-stick cooking spray between each pancake) Swirl the pan around to create an even pancake. Once the pancake browns flip and cook another minute. Remove from skillet and fill with 1 tbsp of your filling. Fold pancake like you would an enchilada. Place seam side down in greased casserole dish.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees while you make the remaining pancakes. If you’re an impatient cook like me, I found that the amount of time it takes to fill and roll one pancake your next will be ready to flip! Don’t forget to respray the pan after each pancake. If you don’t lose any pancakes during the process, you should get 12 rolled pancakes.
  4. Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Rolled Pancakes 1 Rolled Pancakes 2

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Buttermilk Pancakes with Pear Syrup

This time of year the internet is overrun with pumpkin treats and apple ciders. The pear, although also in season, doesn’t seem to get as much publicity. I don’t know why not! Have a pear, you’ll taste fall.

This plateful of pancakes dressed in pear syrup was a perfect autumn breakfast and no pumpkins were harmed in the process.

Buttermilk Pancakes


  • 3 C flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 3/4 C buttermilk
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1/3 C butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs. Add in both milks and the melted butter.
  3. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  4. On a hot buttered griddle drop 1/3 C of batter into pancakes. Flip pancakes when batter starts to set and bubbles form in the center of the pancake.

Pear Syrup


  • 1 1/4 C pear nectar
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for 60 seconds. It will foam!
  3. Remove from heat. Skim off the foam.

*The pancake recipe is adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttermilk-pancakes-ii/ and the syrup from http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/dianas/recipeID/407/Recipe.cfm*

Buttermilk Pancakes & Pear Syrup