DIY Pancake Bar

DIY Pancake Bar

Create a do-it-yourself pancake bar with fresh fruit, different jams, syrups, and fun toppings so everyone can have customized pancakes with little effort on your end.

I love hosting some kind of build-your-own bar. Remember this margarita bar I hosted? I’ve also done a grilled cheese bar and a avocado toast bar. I find it easy to set out ingredients and let everyone have at it. It makes my job as a host super easy!

Here’s how simple you can make it. Use a boxed pancake mix and set the ingredients out on the table for everyone to build their own short stack. Make sure the butter and the syrup are at room temp. I also bring out jams if people prefer those to syrup. Cut up fruit and other toppings.

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I made a cute pancake bar for Madeline’s first sleepover. It was perfect for little girls. They had the ability to customize their own pancakes. I also imagine this would go well for any occasion including Mother’s Day this upcoming weekend (hint, hint).

I set out cut strawberries, cut banana, blueberries, raspberry jam, lemon curd, softened butter, and maple syrup. Then let everyone go to town.

Make it more fun by adding sprinkles, candies, chocolate syrup, or anything else you might have on hand.

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Lil Bruiser’s

Lil Bruiser’s

Sometimes I like to feature Los Angeles made products. I came across these kits on Instagram and thought they were so stinking cute. Imagine making Christmas cookies with your kids without having the mess of baking. It would be a Christmas miracle!

They came in a classic kraft package wrapped in bakers twine. Madeline went to work right away making cookies for everyone in the family.
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Christmas-2017-57How cute is the packaging! They would make perfect gifts. Madeline couldn’t wait to open it up to see what was inside.

It came with 12 complete Linzer cookies (12 tops and 12 bottoms), a jar of fresh, home-made jam, and a spoon to spread it, a small shaker bottle of powdered sugar, and instructions easy enough for a preschooler to follow.

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Garlic Thyme Potato Gratin

Garlic Thyme Potato Gratin

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I like to switch it up a little for Friendsgiving. Since I know most people will be having the usual dishes on Thanksgiving day. I don’t want people to get tired of turkey and mashed potatoes when Thanksgiving finally comes.

I made this dish for our recent Friendsgiving, which you may have seen on my Instastory last night. The casserole dish was completely empty by the end of the night! Question is, should I recreate it for Thanksgiving day this week?

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Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

simple cranberry sauceYes, it’s that time again. Planning for the holidays. This year, I’m planning 3 Thanksgiving feasts: Friendsgiving, Workgiving, and Thanksgiving. Phew! I’m already tired thinking about it. Really though, I love cooking for others so it’s something that I look forward to every year.

Breaking up Thanksgiving into three smaller meals is really not too bad when you think about it (or maybe I’m trying to make myself feel better). Instead of making 1 giant feast, I will have enough space in my oven and cooktop for each mini meal, and I can also turn leftovers into a new dish for the next event. Last year, I reworked leftover turkey, gravy and stuffing into individual turkey pot pies for Friendsgiving.

Here’s a recipe for cranberry sauce. I grew up eating the sauce that came out of the can (still in a can-shaped mold). When I found out how easy it was to make cranberry sauce I never looked back.

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All it is is simmered down fresh or frozen cranberries with sugar! I like adding extras like orange juice/rind, ginger, herbs or spices. This recipe can be made a week in advance and stored in the fridge. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

12oz of fresh cranberries
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup water or orange juice
1 stick of cinnamon
1 Tbs cinnamon powder

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 5-7 minutes until most of the cranberries have popped.  Stir occasionally.

You may want to add more sugar if the sauce is still too tart for your taste.