Snow and Soup

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Well after a day of rain then snow, we are finally dug out. It took sometime in the cold and wind. After all that time in the wonderful Minnesota winter weather, you get hungry! Am I right? Well at least this girl is.

What better way to fill up and warm up than a super easy soup! Seriously, I mean easy.

Recipe:
Half head cabbage, thinly cut
1 cup carrots, cut
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can cannelloni beans

In a large pot cook cabbage and carrots until slightly tender. Add tomatoes and beans. Add one can of water (I use the can from the tomatoes). Add salt and pepper, chili powder to taste. Simmer about 15 minutes and enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Pancakes

You all know how much I love breakfast food, breakfast food at anytime of the day. So when I can find a new breakfast recipe, you know I have to try it.

My sister mentioned a banana pancake recipe she loves, with the base, I added a few things to tailor to my favorite flavors.

It also happens to be the night before Valentine’s Day. To make them a little festive, I wanted to add a tint of red. Oh, so sweet!

It was a great Valentine’s Day Eve supper.

My recipe:
Makes enough for 2 hungry people or 4 not so hungry people

4 bananas, mashed (if not over ripe, I placed in microwave for a minute to help soften)

6 blackberries

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1/2cup rolled oats

Heat a skillet to medium and spray with cooking spray.

Mash bananas (use microwave to soften if needed), mash in blackberries. Add in eggs and mix well to combine, batter should be running with a few banana lumps.

Add in vanilla and oats.

Pour about a 1/4 cup batter onto med skillet, lower temperature if skillet is too hot. Cook for about 1-2 min until golden brown, flip and cook other side about 1 minute.

Remove and top with your favorite topping, mine is peanut butter, of course! Enjoy!

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Friday Night

Well, I know its been a long time since I’ve posted any thing. But, I’m back and still hungry!

Last week my sisters and mom went to CA to see a taping of Ellen! It was so much fun and filled with good food, Bea Bea’s was so good we went there twice! Their motto is “Because breakfast is everything”, and if you know me, I love breakfast. They can make waffles and pancakes gluten free and vegan. The first morning I had a macadamia nut, banana, and coconut pancake and the second time apple cobbler (sorry no picture, was too hungry).

No back at home waiting for the Opening Ceremony to start, we made Gluten Free Bisquick waffles. Mine had peanut butter and bananas, so good!

Enjoy your breakfast for supper!!!

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Baby it’s even colder!!!

Friday the Governor announced all schools would be closed on Monday, due to the extreme cold. Today, Monday, the Twin Cities reached a real feel temperature of -45. Super cold! The news is calling it Polar Vortex. So what do you make to warm your whole self? Soup!

I raided the pantry, found two cans cannelloni beans and diced tomatoes. Added onion, carrots, corn, and kale. Simmered and added seasonings.

Needless to say it warmed me and I have enough leftovers for tomorrow’s negative degree day.

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Baby its cold outside!

Well, what do you do on a day that is 40 plus degrees colder than the day before? Only in Minnesota can you have a glorious 40 degree Saturday and go to a negative degree Sunday. On a day like that you run from your car to the movie theater and huddle inside the warmth of the popcorn marker. Which is what my husband and I did and after, we went for ice cream, who can resist ice cream. While enjoying our ice cream, Dan suggested chili for supper.

We stopped at the store, picked the essentials, and headed home. The chili hit the spot, after eating Christmas cookies and braving the cold it filled the belly.

I look forward to many days of leftovers, stay tuned!

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Christmas lights, French Fries, and ice cream

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Friday night my husband and I went driving around the Twin Cities looking at Christmas lights. We went to two homes that were particularly dazzling, Eden Prairie and Plymouth. Each home had lights synchronized to music on the radio. It was so cool to see and each home drove a crowd, but with all that driving around makes one hungry.

Thankfully, we stumbled upon a cute restaurant, Honey and Mackie’s, specializing in fresh ice cream and gourmet French Fries. I ordered the chili cheese fries, fresh cut fries with a generous topping of cheese and chili. I devoured this plate full, knowing I had to save room for ice cream.

Looking over their wide selection of ice cream, my husband and I decided upon a two scoop bowl of butter brittle and salted caramel. So good, even on a cold winter night.

It was a night of my combined favorite things, Christmas lights, fries , and ice cream-a great Friday night!

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Cookies!!!!

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With Christmas fast approaching I took sometime off of work to get some baking done. Have just finished baking my two favorite Christmas cookies, peanut butter star and Russian Tea Cakes.

We all have our favorite cookies and ones that are rooted in past memories. For me it is the pure love of peanut butter and the memory of methodical eating of the cookie. Just like the OREO, we each have a way of enjoying this cookie. I eat the base around the chocolate star, saving that for last. As for the Russian Tea Cake, I have no explanation why I love this cookie, I just do. Warning, it is hard to hide that you have eaten this cookie, due to the powdered sugar coating.

Peanut Butter Star Cookie

1 cup natural (or regular)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag chocolate stars

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together until well incorporated. Scoop onto baking sheet, about a tablespoon amount.

Bake 7 minutes, careful remove pan from oven and top each with a chocolate star candy. Return to oven baking 6-8 minutes more or until golden brown.

Cool on pan 5 minutes before removing. Cool completely before storing.

Russian Tea Cakes

1 cup butter , softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup almonds, chopped
1 1/4 cup almond me
1 cup AP flour (gluten free works too)
Powdered sugar for coating

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.

Using a mixer of medium, combine the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla, until combined and slightly fluffy. Scrape around bowl.

Either chop 3/4 cup almonds or use food processor.

Add the almonds and flours and mix on low until just combined. Use spatula to fully incorporate.

Using a scoop, place dough on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

While cookies are baking, pour about 1 cup powdered sugar into bowl and place near where you are cooling cookies.

Cool cookies on pan 2 minutes, remove and place in powdered sugar and coat. Place on cooling rack, cool 5 minutes and re-coat with powdered sugar. Cool completely.

Happy Holidays!!!!

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Brunch with friends

Saturday was brunch day, and as you know I love breakfast food, so picking the right place is essential. Where we went fit the bill, Wilde Roast Cafe in Downtown, Minneapolis.

They have a great brunch menu, plenty of savory and sweet dishes, with gluten free options and bread. Prices, including Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas are very reasonable.

Atmosphere is unique, decorated with peacocks. There is a bar, coffee bar, dining and private dining.

And to top it off, you can end your meal with gelato!

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Happy Birthday!

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Tonight my husband and I celebrated his birthday! I made him his favorite meal, ribs accompanied by acorn squash stuffed with quinoa. Birthday cake was an ice cream cake, even on a below zero day, there is always room for ice cream.

Happy Birthday, Dan!!

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