Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Snowy, cold winter days require lots of hot chocolate. And snowy, cold winter days are the perfect reason to make a big breakfast. After all, you need a good, hearty breakfast to snuggle up on the couch watching movies all day while the snow comes down in droves. so a combination of hot chocolate and pancakes sounds fantastic. And they are. Fluffy pancakes flavored with cocoa, chocolate chips and marshmallows mimicking the lovely flavors of hot chocolate. I've been wanting to make these pancakes for a while (hello--dessert for breakfast is my favorite) and finally got a chance. These made for a completely indulgent, but totally delicious, breakfast. Even Dave liked them and he doesn't believe in dessert for breakfast.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thanks for your patience!

So, life with baby is going great. He's awesome, eats great and is letting us sleep a little more. But he's also incredibly distracting and I find it hard to stop looking at him long enough to write some blog posts. Yup, he's just that amazing.

Have no fear, I'll be back tomorrow with more yummy goodies. Until then, survive the snowstorm if you're on the East Coast. I intend to do so by baking cookies and cooking chili.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

Monday, January 12, 2015

Simple Secret Ingredient Meatloaf

While I spent some time in the last few weeks of my pregnancy preparing freezer meals so that Dave and I could eat well without having to cook every night, I also started looking for simple recipes Dave could throw together quickly. We're fans of meatloaf, but sometimes the recipes can get pretty extensive--or at least require more work or ingredients than we want to engage in with an infant to care for. Enter this recipe with only four (4!) ingredients for a really delicious and quick meatloaf. Seriously, I could not get over how tasty this meal was and in fact we've had it twice already. So what's the secret? Stuffing mix. It's used as both your binding ingredients (breadcrumbs) and your seasoning and the result is a perfect meatloaf.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Homemade Popcorn Seasoning

It's New Year's Eve and as new parents Dave and I will likely go to bed before the ball drops, but then Logan will probably wake us up so we'll be able to watch anyway. Otherwise, if we get a nap later today, we might stay up and watch a movie before ringing in the New Year. We love to cuddle up on the couch, watch movies and eat popcorn. Dave has been through a number of popcorn makers over the years--not because the machines don't work, but because he makes so much that they just wear out. To add a twist on the flavor for our popcorn, I made these homemade popcorn seasonings, which I also made into gifts for our friends Rachel and John who also love popcorn. The Cheesy Garlic flavor is a great twist on regular cheese popcorn and the Mexican Hot Chocolate is a fun, sweet option for a traditionally salty snack.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Homemade Easy Bake Oven Mixes

Did someone you know get an Easy Bake Oven from Santa? Or are you completely grossed out by how much the mixes cost to churn out goodies from the Easy Bake Oven? My niece Abi asked for more mixes for Christmas so I decided to stock her up with three different mixes, each good for several batches, and recipe cards explaining how to turn these homemade mixes into tasty cookies and cakes. I opted for chocolate chip cookie mix, chocolate cake and funfetti cake mixes, so Abi will have some variety. Since Abi is a frequent visitor to this blog, I had to wait until after she opened her gifts to post these recipes so as to not spoil the surprise. But now she'll have these recipes to replenish her supply after she's treated everyone to plenty of cake and cookies.