Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Potatoes O'Brien with Blogger CLUE

Last Wednesday morning, I ate a bag of fruit snacks for breakfast. Not as a post-breakfast dessert, but as the breakfast main course. In my defense, they were Annie's Organic Bunnies (the berry flavor 'cause you know you were wondering). In between doling out spoonfuls of oatmeal to the babies and frantically blow drying my hair to look a bit less like a bird's nest, I actually think it lucky I ate at all. Needless to say, we're still trying to perfect our weekday morning routine where everyone leaves the house on time and with a belly full of real food. Oh, and wearing matching socks because heck, we have high standards 'round here.

But weekends? Weekends are when my breakfast game shines (and there are no fruit snacks in sight). I love me a great weekend breakfast so much, I actually start talking it up from Thursday night. I generally lead with asking Little Man, "Who wants Donald Duck pancakes this weekend?" And lest you think that our pancake batter skills are awesome, you should know that Donald Duck pancakes refers to a Donald Duck cartoon where he makes a billion, you guessed it, pancakes. Besides pancakes, the weekend breakfast always includes some form of potatoes.

So when I saw that this month's Blogger CLUE theme was potatoes, I was stoked. Almost as stoked as if the theme were fruit snacks. I kid. Sort of. I hopped on over to my blog buddy Kelli's blog and started my search for the perfect potato recipe. If you're not familiar with Kelli's Kitchen, I definitely recommend you check it out. Kelli shares down-home recipes and is an expert at canning, a skill she learned from her nana. Having canned a grand total of once, I'm always in awe of folks who are able to regularly stock their pantries with delicious home-canned goods.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes with Blogger CLUE

This month's theme for Blogger CLUE is red which is perfectly perfect given that Valentine's Day is around the corner. And while I'm not a fan of gaudy red rose bouquets from the grocery store and cherub shaped mylar balloons, I do love me some cookies with sparkly red sugar and sponge cake with red frosting. Sadly, my jeans beg to differ.

So when I went to my blog buddy Anna's blog, Anna Dishes, I was on the hunt for something red and non-calorific. Until I happened upon her Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes. All resolve flew out the window and I knew it'd be worth it to buy a whole new (much larger) wardrobe after eating an entire dozen cupcakes. Heck, you need to be following Anna's blog for these cupcakes alone!

And even though my brain was chanting, "cake, cake, cake," I forged on in search of other less catastrophic red items. Luckily, I happened upon these fantastic looking roasted tomatoes. And it felt a bit like a sign because a few months ago, I'd bookmarked a recipe for roasted tomatoes from Orangette but had yet to make them them.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ottolenghi's Fritters and the Quest for Glasses

I should be writing this post while wearing my trendy new, wannabe hipster glasses. Instead I'm writing this post while squinting at a 45 degree angle at my laptop, wearing my "mom glasses." I say "mom glasses" because these glasses are basically the style equivalent of mom jeans. On top of it all, one of the babies knocked 'em to the ground so they have a giant scratch across one of the lenses. Hence, the squinting.

It wasn't supposed to go down like this. Toward the end of last year, I came across a Facebook ad for these super cute glasses. The glasses were artfully perched on a stack of hardcover design books on a rustic wooden coffee table. There was a vase with pretty pink peonies half visible in the frame. Oh, and there was a giant coffee mug in the picture. It was like the glasses were calling my name in that perfectly styled picture! And so, I became one of those suckers that clicked on the FB ad.