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harvest pancakes

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We woke up this morning to a hyper puppy. Both hoping for just a few more minutes of sleep, Chris scooped him up to the bed thinking some cuddles would calm him down. We were so wrong. Wyatt excited by the attention, pounced and jumped around digging through our big duvet, licking our ears and cheeks as we tried to duck away. We soon realized there would be little to no sleeping in this morning. Tail wagging, we all marched downstairs.

Chilly drizzle and grey skies meant we had very little to do this morning. We grabbed coffee and headed to the living room to watch an Alien marathon. Half watching we lounged around talking about our costumes for tonight’s Halloween parties and eyed Wyatt as he curled up at our feet to fall back asleep! *sigh

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I made some roasted vegetables to go with a bean salad yesterday and had some extra sweet potato and butternut squash left.  There have been a few recipes for pumpkin and butternut squash pancakes that have caught my eye and I thought I’d give it a try. Still in pajamas and our big woolie socks we mixed and measured and made a delicious breakfast!

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INGREDIENTS:

2 large eggs
1/2 cup butternut squash & sweet potato, roasted mixed and mashed
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

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DIRECTIONS:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together, squash, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

In a smaller, separate bowl, mix together  flour, salt and baking soda. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Separate eggs adding the yolk to mixture. Beat whites to fluffy and flood into batter

Lightly grease a griddle with butter a. Using a ladle, pour the batter by the scant 1/4 cupful onto the griddle and cook just until bubble appear on the surface.  Carefully flip and cook on the other side until the pancake is done, about one minute more.

Serve warm with additional maple syrup!

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These were amazingly light and fluffy (we think because of the egg whites). They we full of autumn cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. Now, with full belly’s we will start our finishing touches on our Halloween costumes for tonight’s events! I can’t wait to see our wonderful friends and their crazy outfits!!! YAY!!

 

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green smoothie

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Home from paradise. We just returned home exhausted from a wonderful vacation in Grand Cayman with our friends.  Endless days of sunshine (sun burns), rum drinks, beer,  beach and  lots of fried fish & lobster. When we finally got home we couldn’t bare the thought of more fat filled foods and we were too tired to devote much time to a huge meal. We left early in the morning and arrived home late in the night (after a couple stop overs and delayed flights). I had seen some really awesome smoothie recipes on simplegreensmoothies.com a few weeks ago and wanted to try one. Chris was excited about the idea… until I mentioned spinach. His eagerness turned quickly into hesitation and then doubt when I handed him the bright green drink.

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We only have a magic bullet which is nothing close to the crazy blenders that most people use to whip up there favorite smoothie combinations. I had to tweak the recipe to 2 single servings instead of the 4-6 the recipe originally makes and add a little extra fruit here and there to insure the only sign of spinach would be the color green. They were delicious! We drank them almost as quickly as the frosty rum drinks we had on the beach the day before.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fresh spinach

1 cup almond milk, unsweetened/original

2 pears peeled and diced

1 banana

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Rip up the spinach leaves, blend with almond milk until there are no more large pieces.
  2. Add pears and banana blend well, you want everything smooth and frothy.
  3. Mix in cinnamon and vanilla on a lower setting until it’s well combined,
  4. Enjoy your bright green drink!

NOTE: Before making this you may want to make sure your almond milk and bananas are nice and cold.

*original recipe : http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/sweet-pear

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inspiration

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I can’t seem to find anything I really would like to try cooking. Which I never, ever thought was possible. I guess it must have been a Christmas food over dose. I have looked at all my regular foodie blogs, searched cookbooks.

Today we headed out to St.Lawrence Market. The food is endless, butchers, bakers, fruit stands, fresh vegetables and because it was Sunday the antique market was even open. We wandered around to our favorite spots collecting a little bit here and there and finding lunch at the peameal bacon sandwich spot. But, I found no inspiration.

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All I ended up getting was a bottle of Kozlik’s Dijon Mustard. I officially have bloggers block.