Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Among my many talents, I can now say I have a knack for gardening as well.

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Call it a green thumb, I don’t mind. All I know is I look uber cute with a little mulch on my face.

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I planted flowers for, like, 45 minutes this weekend. Did I know how to do so going into it? Not at all. But something about the flowers, dirt, & bugs just awakened my soul. I just instinctively knew how to dig a hole.

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Maybe all those kindergarten recesses spent eating worms to try & impress the boys finally paid off.

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Now where can I get bejeweled gardening gloves?

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 8 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 package of chocolate chips, yes the whole thing
  • Maple syrup for serving,
  • Bacon, for serving

How to:

  • Combine eggs + bananas in a large bowl
  • Add baking powder + coconut oil + extract + butter + milk + oats + almond meal + flour
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Head butter in a skillet or on a griddle over low-med heat
  • Add pancake batter 1/4 cup at a time
  • Cook 3 minutes on each side
  • Repeat with rest of batter
  • Serve hot with maple syrup + crispy bacon
  • Watch how exponentially your husband’s love for you grows

 

Tweaked from here!

https://minimalistbaker.com/chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookie-pancakes-2-0/

Bacon + Broccolini Pizza

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I make really fabulous, filling dinners every night. Obviously, I’m a food blogger.

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But sometimes you just gotta have a sweet treat, ya know? Garr & I OCCASIONALLY take a little ride on over to the local yogurt drive thru after din din. Like, only occasionally three times a week.

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All this time we thought we were getting away with our frozen dessert addiction. No, no, no. Those teenage yogurt scoopers look innocent, but man are they perceptive.

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“Oh yeah – I remember you guys. You get the military discount & you like lids on your yogurt.”

……………. She knows we like lids. She basically knows our innermost workings. The jig is up!

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Note to self: get new yogurt place or invest in disguises.

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2 pizzas

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bacon, cut in chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 bundle of broccolini, rinsed + trimmed
  • 8 oz. of fontina cheese
  • 2 pizza crusts, Trader Joe’s organic crusts used tonight!
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat
  • Add bacon chunks + cook until crisped to your desire (they will cook more in the oven)
  • Put on a paper towel-lined plate
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for two minutes
  • Add broccolini + S+P, cook for 4 minutes
  • On pizza crust, add 1/2 broccolini mix + 1/2 bacon + 1/2 fontina
  • Sprinkle with S+P + 1/2 crushed red pepper + 1/2 oregano
  • Drizzle with 1/2 olive oil
  • Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted + golden brown
  • Serve hot with parmesan cheese
  • I don’t even have anything funny to say just eat every bite of this

Shrimp + Grits

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I love an excuse to wear a floor length gown. I just really shine in them, ya know?

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Friday was the military ball. Oh how I wish all of you could have been flies on the wall. It was that kind of evening.

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Dinner was what you expect banquet, military food to be. I had a piece of lasagna & a potato that they shaped into a flower? I’m really not sure but I applaud the effort.

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We were so looking forward to dancing the night away. All we wanted to do was bust several moves. Then the DJ played Cotton Eyed Joe & 18 other line dances in a row & it was time to go.

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We did, however, pick up 2 large pizzas afterward & I just hair flipped all the way home.

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Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of grits
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 6-8 strips of bacon, cut in chunks
  • 1 lb. of raw shrimp
  • 1/4 cup of green onions, sliced
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of creole seasoning
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded

How to:

  • Bring water + stock + S+P to a boil in a saucepan
  • Add grits, cover + cook on low heat until liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a dry skillet over medium heat until desired crispiness
  • Lay on a paper towel lined plate
  • Add shrimp to the skillet you cooked the bacon in
  • Add creole seasoning + S+P
  • When shrimp are almost completely cooked, add bacon + green onion + lemon + garlic, cook another 2 minutes
  • Once grits are cooked, stir in cheese + S+P
  • Serve shrimp over grits with some extra green onion
  • Give me a call + tell me thank you