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House of Blues and Elwood Burgers

The Elwood is my FAVOURITE burger at the House of Blues, which is one of my favourite venues. We’re leaving in a few hours to go there for New Years. I guarantee you that this is what I will be having for lunch! I will try SO HARD to remember to take pics because I really want to actually. I’d like to document my Elwood! Once the holidays are over and I start working out again, I swear I’ll go back to eating a bit better hehe. For now it’s ok because I could really use to gain back 10 lbs. So while not trying to go completely bingey overboard (which I haven’t as of late…you’d be REALLY surprised when you allow yourself more freedom how much easier it becomes to say no and listen to your body…I still have chocolate that I haven’t even touched in the house…CHOCOLATE! From Christmas! How is that still there??? First I forgot about it, then when I remembered I decided I didn’t want any…and I am still not really ready to break it open) I haven’t been very moderate as of late either. I’m already slowing down a lot on what snacks and sweets I choose to eat, I think that 2 years of deprivation have just accumulated into craziness the past 2 or 3 weeks. But that’s starting to take care of itself and I’m slowly turning into someone who eats normally. ^_^

Breakfast:

Leftover Pumpkin Apricot Coffee Cake

It looked kinda cute sitting in my microwave, so I took a pic of it in there. I was so totally going to make this raspberry cream cheese (with the rest of that mango stuff) baked french toast thing and had a recipe picked out last night and everything. But then I remembered that I have no mornings that I work my retail job next week (which gives me full reign of the kitchen every morning) and therefore I will not eat any leftovers. I’ve already expressed my dismay at how I very often let my leftovers go to waste. So while I woke up plenty early to make something, I instead heated this up. Which was of course very yummy indeed. ^_^

I will be out of town for the rest of the day and will have to update my other meals when I get home tomorrow. For now I must jump in the shower and get ready. I don’t know how to describe how this weekend will turn out…but I have a feeling it will be not so good. I will try my best to stay positive while I basically chauffeur around 3 people who have no restraint whatsoever when it comes to alcohol and other recreational activities…not exactly looking forward to that. I also don’t like any of these people when they are fucked up. They’re so much more pleasant to be around when they’ve not been drinking. Even when I have also been drinking I STILL can’t stand them when they’re drunk. I’m stuck driving because A) My husband got his license revoked for 6 months, B) His best friend has no license at all and C) My mother-in-law is a very “special” individual who can’t navigate anywhere past a 5 block radius from her home even though she’s lived in this city her entire life. Even with a GPS she acts COMPLETELY befuddled and confounded by her surroundings and goes straight into “I can’t do it, you do it” mode. Since she has been coddled her entire life by her ex husband and son, she never has to do anything for herself ever. My husband is convinced that I will somehow have a great time tonight despite all of this. I will try. But it’s not looking good.

 

*So the best part of all of this was that my mother in law offered to drive there. While my husband had to repeat absolutely everything the GPS said for her to do all the way there, and every rest stop was an excuse to partake in “recreational activity” it was really really really nice to just plain not have to drive. So that immediately started making the trip better.

When we eventually found the House of Blues, I had to point out, loudly, that there existed a place called The Chocolate Bar right across the street…and also that I would be visiting this place at some point whether or not anyone else wanted to go with me. Luckily, everyone else also seemed to express interest. Once again, this trip was looking up!

We checked into our hotel (with a very large cooler and case of beer…this place was FAR too nice and classy for my family…) had a beer or 2 and some lunch and then went out to find somewhere to get a drink. We went to a little joint around the corner that wasn’t too bad. We had some loaded fries and the boys had a couple beers (I only had one) and headed back over to the hotel. We hung out in their lobby/bar for a while (I did not get a drink here as I was attempting to pace myself) then it was finally time to go to the Chocolate Bar! YAY! This place ruled. I got some Oreo cake thing that was amazing. Everyone else got drinks (obviously)…

Then it was time to go get my Elwood burger at the House of Blues! (We’re a “You can’t have your dinner till you’ve finished your dessert” sort of people.) I very excitedly bounce inside and tell the waitstaff that there will be 4 of us. The girl proceeds to hand me some paper telling me that since its New Years they have a special menu with a 5 course meal thing costing $60 a person. I say that we’re not interested, we’d just like regular menus.

“No, I mean, this IS the menu tonight.”

“Soooooo if I don’t want to pay $60 per person I have to go somewhere else?”

“Well, you could also sit at the bar…but this is the only menu tonight.”

“Wow……that’s REALLY really disappointing…”

“I’m sorry….”

So no Elwood burger for me. Considering it was the one part of this whole trip I was really looking forward to that really sucked a lot. I do plan on complaining to management as well, as that $60 “special” thing was bullshit. We went down the street to an Irish pub type place where I ended up having some BBQ burger that was quite good! I also had a glass of 12 year Scotch. So it wasn’t a total loss!

The show itself was actually a lot of fun. The others didn’t end up getting too annoyingly plastered (must have been difficult for them) and after the show we wandered back to the hotel and crashed hard. At about 3 AM someone in our hallway started yelling at some other guy that he was going to “punch him in the face” and my mom in law started yelling that she was going to call security. A girl out in the hallway agreed that she should. Then the noise died down, so I’m not certain that she ever did call.

The next morning I got up bright and early and went on a walk for about half an hour. I just like having that morning time to myself (which I think I’ve mentioned before). Then we all left (I drove home) and stopped at a Denny’s on the way for breakfast. I had the French Toast with bananas. Mmmm!

So while I failed to get pictures of my food once again, I at least ended up having a really good time and didn’t have to do a lot of babysitting. It just sucks always being the responsible one, so having other people step up and also do the responsible thing is nice! I did forewarn my husband that I was not looking forward to the evening and did not intend on playing babysitter for everyone and if things got out of control I was going back to the hotel alone. He did a good job and I’m proud of him and very happy with how the evening went (despite me not being able to get the dinner I really wanted.)

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Dishes

Who else here likes doing the dishes?

I find it to be a part of cooking. Since I love and adore cooking so much I actually like to do dishes. I like to see a clean, beautiful kitchen just waiting in anticipation for me to mess it up again with my next meal. ^_^ (Or cupcakes.) For me its just a cycle of amazing and I’m certain my husband doesn’t mind in the slightest.

Breakfast:

Miss Pistachio’s Fucking INSANE Mango Pear Crepes of Awesomeness

1 heaping dose of AWESOME
1 Pear
1/2 Mango
Tons of leftover Mango Cream Cheese glaze stuff

Crepe recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup milk (preferably whole) (I used Vanilla Almond Milk…AMAZING!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, plus more for cooking crepes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Put the flour and salt and in a large mixing bowl. Gradually whisk in the milk. Whisk in the eggs, 1 at a time, and then whisk in the sugar, melted butter, and vanilla. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt a small pat of butter in the pat and swirl around so that it lightly coats the surface.

Add 1/3 cup of the batter and move your wrist in a circular pattern to coat the pan with thin even layer of batter. Cook for about 1 minute or until the first side browns lightly, then flip and cook 45 seconds to 1 minute longer. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining batter.

*These actually were born from the fact that I sorta screwed up my frosting yesterday. I added way too much mango puree and it thinned out the frosting into something I simply couldn’t work with. I added more powdered sugar, more cream cheese and more butter until it was a workable consistency, but then I was stuck with a TON of it! I had to use it up somehow! So these crepes are filled with and topped with this insane cream cheese concoction along with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top, mainly for presentation because it QUITE OBVIOUSLY did not need any more sugar hehe. They were sinfully delicious, I mean I could feel my former self starting to ask how many calories I was probably consuming. Then the new me told the old me to stuff it.

Lunch:

Tomato Caprese and Pesto sandwich with chicken noodle soup. Work lunch! Also y’all know I have a thing for cool bowls.

Dinner:

Pork and Veggie stir fry with Avocado Peanut Sauce

Sauce:
1 small ripe Avocado
1 T Peanut Oil
2 T Peanut Butter (whichever you prefer, I think I ran out of the natural stuff and used chunky…worked just as well)
2 T Lime Juice
1 t Chili Powder
1 T Soy Sauce
2 T Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Coconut Milk
1/4 cup Stock (Vegetable, Chicken, whatever! Or just use water)

For the stir fry:
1 serving of Pork, cut into chunks
1 Carrot, cut into chunks
1/3 cup Peas
1/4 small Onion, sliced
2/3 Yellow Pepper, sliced
1 clove Garlic
1 piece Ginger in sweet syrup (I bought this stuff for the cuppycakes, now I gotta use it up!)

Saute the pork chunks in some sesame oil until no longer pink. Add onion and garlic until onion is translucent. Add carrot, peas and pepper. Wisk sauce ingredients together while that is cooking. Its a lot of sauce, so you can either use like, 2/3 of it, or use it all and allow it to cook down, which is what I did. I cooked it on medium high for about 10 minutes and let the sauce thicken and reduce. I’m telling ya, this was the way to go! It was so flavourful and the avocado gave it such a nice sweetness. I can’t even describe! This was also a great way to make certain the carrots were cooked through. Perfect! GOD I just love a good peanut sauce! Oh yeah, I served this on top of sticky rice.

Work at the retail job was actually fun! We were BUSY, but I felt MUCH better and actually wanted to work! I was constantly either on the phone, putting stuff away, ringing at register, or helping people in the store. I mean it was just a never-ending cycle. I don’t know why we were so immensely busy, but it was a crazy night! It went by really really fast though! I also had my favorite co-worker there…FOOD BLOG! Come on buddy, you know you want to start one!!! I KNOW YOU’RE READING THIS!

Tomorrow morning I leave for Cleveland with my husband, his best friend, and his mom. Yeah, so much for a nice romantic weekend away eh? :< I’m hoping it won’t be all that bad. When I get home on Sunday afternoon, I’m going off to join that gym! YES! I can’t even wait! I’m hoping to work out that night, then come home and make myself an amazing dinner. GAH it’s going to be so great you don’t even know! Gotta get my Steven Colbert workout bag ready!

Exercise: 8 hours at retail job bouncing from here to there, but being a super-happy individual!

 

Best friend birthday-day!

Today is one of my bestest friend’s birthday! Per usual, there will be cupcakes. Yes yes yes! It’s my thing now, people are beginning to expect them! And I always cater to what I know they would like and make something new and amazing! I can’t wait to share what I’ve made! But first:

Breakfast:

Spiced Carrot Cake Pancakes

Ingredients:
10 oz flour (2 cups)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1 extra large egg
1½ cups milk (I used Skim)
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup shredded carrots (you don’t need more than 1 carrot)
butter or oil for the pan
maple syrup

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to combine.

In another bowl, beat the egg with a whisk and stream in the milk while whisking.  Whisk in the butter and the sugar.

Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, while stirring.  Add in the shredded carrots.  Now, just like with the Chocolate Chunk Muffins post, you need to leave lumps in the batter.  Do not stir until smooth.  If you don’t overmix and you leave those lumps in there, you will be rewarded with a fluffy, light, tender and soft pancake.

Heat up a nonstick skillet or a griddle over medium heat and add a teaspoon of butter or oil.  Pour the the desired amount of batter into the pan (I like smaller pancakes because they are easier to flip).  Let the pancake cook until bubbles start to become visible on the surface (this usually takes 2-3 minutes):

These little bubbles tell you that it is time to flip the pancake (pretty convenient, huh)?  Cook for another minute or so, and remove the pancake from the pan.  Repeat with the remaining batter.

Makes about 8 5-inch diameter pancakes.

*I of course tried to make my pancakes ridiculously too big! They were cooked through though (whew!!) and tasted amazing! The cream cheese syrup concoction on top was just a mixture of cream cheese, honey, powdered sugar and milk. I topped it with raisins and pecans! I’d make them a bit smaller next time! No use in being plate-sized!

Lunch:

OK you guys, don’t be mad….I didn’t have a real lunch today. From 11-2 I was running all over town picking things up for my husband and trying to find the final ingredient in my ginger cupcakes. I hit 3 Asian markets before finding a suitable substitution. When I got home, the people who were dropping off our new kitten were here and I spent some time talking to them. Then I had to start candying my own ginger, then make the frosting, then the batter, then bake them and make a beautiful presentation for my friend. THEN I had to take a shower, dress up and look presentable for said friend. That left me with exactly zero minutes for lunch. I did however eat 2 tester cupcakes:

Ginger Molasses Cupcakes with Mango Cream Cheese frosting topped with a piece of Candied Ginger and Ginger Sugar drops

I did make the cupcakes from a recipe I found in a book at work and if you’d really like it I can copy it here. These are SPECTACULAR!

Dinner:

For said friend’s dinner we went to Longhorn Steakhouse. I found this pic online, but it happens to be exactly what I had. Trout with shrimp and lobster with mashed potatoes. And a salad. We went out to ice cream for dessert. My friend LOVED her cuppycakes!!!! She went absolutely nuts over them! I was SO happy!

Exercise: Running around town and frantically around a kitchen ALL DAY. I think that counts for something.

Delivery?

I’ve decided that I should offer some form of delivery service called “Who wants the other half of my breakfast?”. I post what I had, maybe with a picture, and depending on how far I have to drive and whatnot, for like $8 or something I’ll deliver the other half of my breakfast to your house or place of business. My husband doesn’t appreciate most of what I make and I prefer making myself something new and exciting every day as opposed to eating leftovers. Lately I’ve been making WAY too much food for myself and already have 2 other halves of breakfast waiting for me in the fridge. Now I have this to add to it:

Breakfast:

Sour Cream Pumpkin Coffee Cake

(makes 9+ servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
3 cups pumpkin puree
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter (melted)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
Directions:
1. Mix the flours, baking powder and soda in a bowl.
2. Cream the butter and sugar in another bowl.
3. Mix the vanilla extract and eggs into the butter and sugar.
4. Mix 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the wet followed by 1/2 of the sour cream and repeat.
5. Mix the pumpkin puree, egg, sugar and spices in yet another bowl.
6. Mix the flour, rolled oats, cinnamon and butter until they for crumbs.
7. Mix the nuts into the streusel.
8. Pour half of the batter into a greased baking dish.
9. Sprinkle on half of the streusel.
10. Pour the pumpkin mixture on next.
11. Pour the remaining batter on top.
12. Sprinkle on the remaining streusel.
13. Bake in a preheated 350F until a toothpick pushed in to the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
*I also added chopped dried apricots into the batter. This is TOO amazing not to share, and its not fair because I know my husband won’t like it. So it’s nice and warm and perfect right out of the oven right now and no one is going to eat the other half. I’ll put it into a container and into the fridge and won’t remember its there and won’t eat it. I need to start this delivery service…
Lunch:
For lunch I was at work. I had a turkey wrap and chicken noodle soup. And a banana. I wasn’t going to post a pic, but I’m just gonna find a pic of a banana.
Dinner:
Pumpkin Avocado Cashew stir fry on Couscous
For the Sauce:
Lets see….probably about 3/4 cup of Coconut Milk
1 T Tomato Paste
Heaping 1/4 t Curry Powder
1/4 t Chinese 5-Spice Powder
2 T Brown Sugar
For the stir fry:
Onion
Yellow Summer Squash
1 clove Garlic
Broccoli
Pumpkin
Avocado
Cashews (chopped and some whole for garnish)
S&P to taste
I whipped this up really quick last night after getting home from work and shopping (we’re getting a cat, so we went out to buy kitty food, litter box, toys, etc…) and got avocados on clearance and had to use them immediately. SO I threw everything together and it was awesome. I was too lazy to thaw out any meat so the cashews added some protein. I just stir fried all of the veggies in olive oil, added some cooked pumpkin chunks (which were very soft) and then threw in the sauce ingredients. Since the pumpkin was so soft, a lot of it kinda broke down into the sauce, which was QUITE yummy! Then I added in chunks of 1 small avocado, let it heat through, and served it on top of couscous. GREAT last minute easy meal!
So I’m off tomorrow! YAY! I can’t do this working retail every day thing…I can’t wait to get back into my working-from-home pattern. My best friend’s birthday is tomorrow and I plan on making her some mango ginger cupcakes!! Here’s hoping I don’t epic fail this shit…wish me luck!!!!
Exercise: 8 hours at retail job (yet again)

Sick Day :(

Some of it is my fault. I ran out of birth control and a body is NOT happy when you go off of birth control in the middle of a cycle. 😦 Of course the office was not open over Christmas weekend for me to get more. I will be able to pick up more tomorrow but DAMN is it profusely unhappy.  I’ve also had a sinus infection which seems to have moved into my chest making me cough up green stuff. YAY! Having to work all night until late did not help. I had to take a nap in between making breakfast and taking a shower/leaving for work. I slept for my entire last 15 minute break at work. I mean full out drooling on the table ASLEEP for 15 minutes.

This was also the first day in a looooooong time where I only had 2 meals. My breakfast was slightly fucked up and took twice as long to bake as it should have. So I ate breakfast at noon. I had to be at work at 3. There was no point in eating lunch in-between. Instead, I took a much needed nap. Then took a shower, left a bit early to get an oil change, then worked miserably for 8 hours. I had dinner at 6:30. There really wasn’t any point in eating when I got home as I was so friggin exhausted and sick that I just went straight to bed. So don’t beat me up too badly for only having 2 meals. There was a good reason!

Breakfast:

Shelly’s Apple Raisin Protein Souffle

2 eggs
2 small Apples, diced
2 Tablespoon Raisins
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix, dry (I use this)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut, toasted
3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel), divided use
1/4 teaspoon (+ a dash for tops) Nutmeg
dash Cinnamon

Topping: Sugar Free Maple Syrup or Vanilla Custard (see below)

Cook apples, raisins and 1 Tablespoon of the SF Torani syrup for 5 minutes on low heat. Set aside to cool. Spoon a tablespoon or so of the cooled apple mixture into each ramekin to cover the bottom of each.

Mix all ingredients (including remaining apple mixture) in a blender till smooth.

Pour mixture into 4/4-oz ramekins or custard cups.

If you don’t have a groovy set up like this. Just place the ramekins in a large roasting pan. Place pan on oven rack and pour enough very hot water to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Sprinkle top of each souffle with additional nutmeg. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until set, knife inserted comes out clean. Serve warm or chilled with warmed SF maple syrup or vanilla custard on top.

*OK so I changed this up big time. I used pear instead of apple, honey instead of sugar-free syrup and made one big huge souffle instead of little ones. ALSO I forgot to add the other half of the honey into the batter, so I just dropped like 4 dollops of it into the batter while it was sitting in the oven. The honey all floated to the top and sort of caramelized there, which ended up being pretty cool. But since I made one big souffle it took about an hour and a half to cook. While well worth it since it tasted awesome, it sucked because Iwas sick and just wanted to eat something and had to sit and wait an extra 45 minutes, then an extra 15 for it to cool, before I could eat. Hence the insanely late breakfast. Oh also I didn’t use any of the protien powder. Instead I just added some vanilla extract.

Lunch:

I just liked the bowl in that picture.

I had a turkey chipolte panini thing from the cafe. Decided to switch it up a bit! Then had a bowl of chicken & dumpling soup with it. Also a small bag of chips which I was not too happy about as they were out of bananas. 😦 But oh well. I can’t remember the last time I snacked on chips so it was sort of nice.

So no dinner. This was what I ate. I did snack on some caramel corn that was left in the breakroom during my first 15 min break, but overall this was it. At least I had a decent amount of food for my very late lunch.

Who else is MAD looking forward to the new season of the BBC’s Sherlock on Jan 1st??? Anyone?? ^_^

Exercise: 8 hours at retail job, on the floor. Lots of running. I can’t wait to join a gym though.

Christmas Day #2

I had to wake up early this morning to go to my dad’s for our traditional Christmas breakfast (latkes and applesauce with polish sausage) and presents! I brought the matcha cupcakes for them which they seemed incredibly pleased with and that made me very happy. ^_^ We had to be there by 8 AM for breakfast and I had to be at work at 11 (which also means I have no pics of breakfast OR lunch as I forgot my camera and ate lunch at work of course…but for the record at work I had a turkey wrap and chicken with wild rice soup.) Both my brother and my dad donated to the “Buy-me-a-new-computer-because-I’m-desperate-and-poor” fund, so I currently have plenty of money to pay myself back for this one and on top of that have enough left over to buy an external DVD drive and the carrying case that I wanted to go with it. YAY! And even though it’s COMPLETELY impractical, I may be able to purchase this case as well: http://barrysfarm.net/product/unicorn-laptop-sleeve *crosses fingers!!!*

Dinner:

Black Beans and Brown Rice

This was something I just sort of threw together really quickly in-between coming home from work and going out to a goth club (which I REALLY didn’t want to do, but said friend who is leaving the country wanted to go and I wasn’t going to tell her no when I’m not going to be seeing her again for like 2 years unless I can get the funds to go visit her…I still had fun, I was just very very tired) so I had little time to really think about what I was doing. I think I remember mostly what I put in this and will try to accurately post measurements and such since this was actually really good!

2/3 cup canned Black Beans (with some of the juice)
1/2 cup Corn
1/2 cup Peas
1/4 small Onion, sliced
1/2 cup diced tomato (I had a small one that I diced and then also added some canned crushed tomato to fill up the rest of the 1/2 cup)
1/2 Pablano pepper, diced
1/2 Orange Pepper, sliced
1 clove Garlic, minced
1/3 cup Brown Rice, uncooked
Probably about 1/2 t Cumin
Fresh chopped Cilantro, about 1/2 T
1/2 t Chili Powder, maybe a little less…maybe more like 1/4 t…just add it to taste hehe
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/8 cup Red Wine Vinegar
Dash of Lime juice
Shredded Cheddar

Uh, just sort of cook all the veggies and spices together until some of the sauce reduces, cook the rice seperately. Then at the end, add the sour cream and lime juice, stir in the rice and serve with with some shredded cheddar cheese on top. You won’t be disappointed! Great vegetarian dish!

Work was pretty awesome, once again everyone was nice and no one yelled at me. I have very few of these full shifts left, so lets hope I can make it through the rest of them without an angry customer! WOO! Then next week its back to sewing! ALSO starting January 2nd I will be joining a gym. My goal is to make it at LEAST 5 times a week, if not more. Every day would be optimum, but not necessary. I just need to be sure I’m up and off my ass this winter!

 

Nope, not gonna do it…

Not in my title anyway! But MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! My husband was up until 7 AM drinking with his cousin, so he’s still sleeping off a hangover at 1:30 in the afternoon. Not entirely impressed with him…I hope he gets up soon. I’d like to get a start on this gorgeous day!!!

Breakfast:

Belgian Waffles with homemade Strawberry Pie Filling syrup, fresh Strawberries and real Whipped Cream

Here is the waffle recipe I used:

3-1/2 oz. (3/4 cup) bleached all-purpose flour
1 oz. (1/4 cup) cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
6 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 large egg, separated
1 Tbs. sugar  (I used 2 T)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 200°F and heat the waffle iron. Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Measure the buttermilk, milk, and vegetable oil in a Pyrex measuring cup; mix in the egg yolk and set aside.

In another bowl, beat the egg white almost to soft peaks. Sprinkle in the sugar and continue to beat until the peaks are firm and glossy. Beat in the vanilla.

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until just mixed. Drop the whipped egg white onto the batter in dollops and fold in with a spatula until just incorporated.

Pour the batter onto the hot waffle iron (mine takes about 2/3 cup) and cook until the waffle is crisp and nutty brown (follow the manufacturer’s instructions for timing at first and then adjust to your liking). Set the waffle directly on the oven rack to keep it warm and crisp. Repeat with the remaining batter, holding the waffles in the oven (don’t stack them). When all the waffles are cooked, serve immediately.

*Though in my iron these did not turn out as crispy as promised (though they did have some crisp to them) I think it’s not the batter’s fault. I think I need to be spraying my waffle iron with oil first. Anyway, these tasted exactly like the waffles I get at my favorite breakfast hole-in-the-wall. They were incredible! I made some for my hubby too, but of course he’s failed to get out of bed yet and its nearly 2:00 in the afternoon. Grrrr…it’s ok. I just wanted an excuse to use up that strawberry filling that I made and this was PERFECT!  It was the best Christmas breakfast treat I can imagine!
My Christmas was pretty awesome! I got to spend time with family and eat a ton of really great food! There were 2 downsides though: #1, I had a cold and my nose was really stuffed up all day. Therefore, it was difficult for me to taste anything. And #2: Because of my husband’s antics the night before, he basically slept through his entire Christmas. This is his own stupid fault. What annoyed me most though was that during his family’s celebration, which I had to DRAG him out of bed for at 3:00 in the afternoon, he stayed there an hour and then disapeared. Turns out he went to go sleep in his car. While his family thought this funny (Oh that’s happened to all of our husbands! They’ve ALL pulled something like that!) I did not. I don’t really care how many times their husbands have done something like that, it doesn’t make it acceptable. Since I took part in the family gift exchange instead of him though, I got me a beautiful 16 piece Pyrex set, so I ended up being as happy as a kid in a candy store! Then from there we went to my family’s gathering on my mom’s side of the family. I gave my mom and brother their cupcakes, which they all adored (my mom actually called me the next day just to tell me “you should sell those on Ebay”…my mom is silly but I’m glad she enjoyed them so much!) and we had an amazing time!

As far as food goes, there was just so much of it and of course I got no pictures, but there was turkey and stuffing and noodles and ham and sandwiches and chicken salad and just all sorts of great food at both places! YUM! Also, I need to make both my grandma and a very close friend of mine who is leaving the country for a couple years coming up soon some cupcakes. I will think of a really super good recipe! I can’t wait!!!