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Strawberry Pancakes with Cream Cheese-Maple Syrup

I’m finally getting settled into my routine, the beginning of the year was challenging for me in terms of me being able to find the time to do all the things I need to get done everyday (which are a lot), including posting recipes.  I missed posting!

But I seem to have it all under control now (I hope!), and I am back with this recipe right in time for Valentine’s Day so you can enjoy a little something sweet for breakfast.  I wanted to try a new strawberry pancake recipe, but all I could find were pink colored pancakes.  That’s not what I was looking for. I decided to use my regular pancake batter and just add sliced fresh strawberries on top of the pancake, after I had poured the batter on the hot pan. I wondered if I could find an interesting syrup to go along with it?  I found just the thing in Marla Meredith’s blog, Family Fresh Cooking (we love her) a Cream Cheese Maple Sauce.

As decoration, just cut out a triangle shape on top of the strawberry to form a heart-like shape, then slice the strawberry in half of into thirds lengthwise. This pancake recipe can easily be doubled to feed a larger crowd. Typically, we use this recipe to feed 3 people, including my 5-year-old.  Same thing with the syrup.  This made just enough to cover my pancake stack, I added extra maple syrup to my pancakes once they were served.

Helga

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Cream Filled Chocolate Cookies

I’m sorry it took me a little while to post the recipe for our Cream Filled Chocolate Cookies, I know I shared the photograph on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I wish I could have shared it sooner, but here it is! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, aside from the daily stuff at home and work I’ve been having extra activities at Kristen’s school. We have a different school cycle in Guatemala, so this month we had the end of the school year.  This year, it meant the end of preschool for our family, which I hadn’t anticipated could be so sad! My little baby is going to the “big school”. No more going to the familiar little place with the warm and loving teachers, and for her it also meant saying goodbye to the friends she made during the last three years, and to the place she finds so comfortable and safe.  This milestone made me realize that time flies by too quickly, and that maybe the lasts, like the last day of preschool, or the last day our babies ride in their carriage, the last day they slept in their crib can be even more meaningful and definitely more melancholic than the firsts in our lives.  So I’ve been doing that… and in between we made these cookies.

These are crisp, chocolate cookies filled with a creamy vanilla filling.  The filling is pretty basic and, I haven’t tried it myself, but you can probably use different flavorings such as peppermint with a little green food coloring to make chocolate-mint cookies.  Or just keep the flavor vanilla and play with food coloring to make chocolate and pink… or chocolate and blue filled cream cookies for a baby shower, maybe? For Halloween you can try orange food coloring. You get the idea.

I used a scoop to make my cookies, so if you have a chance to get this item before you make this recipe, I really recommend that you do.  Not just for this recipe but for any cookie recipe.  It makes it so easy to portion the dough and you get even sizes which results in prettier cookies.

Helga

Cream Filled Chocolate Cookies

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Spiderweb Soup (Tomato Soup)

It’s time for us to post recipes for Halloween.  I can’t believe a year has gone by already!  This year I want to try more practical and easy to make recipes, both sweet and savory.  Hopefully, I’ll have time to try out a couple of recipes to post before Halloween is upon us.  This recipe is just homemade tomato soup, with a cream spiral on top to form a spiderweb.  (To make this practical, just use the cream spiderweb idea on canned tomato soup for your kids… I’ll look the other way). This is the second time I try a homemade tomato recipe, because I have to admit that I like the taste of the commercial tomato soup we get from a packet or a can at the supermarket.  It’s what I always had since I was a kid, and the flavor of a particular brand is what I want when I think about tomato soup.  And I know I’m not alone.

Nonetheless, I still wanted to give homemade tomato soup another shot. I am very happy with the flavor of this recipe.  I’m a little embarrassed to say so, but… I love that it tastes like the commercial brand, only better. Plus, I know it’s all natural because I made it at home.  My daughter loved it, and so did my husband. I was asked to make it again.   So you can trust me on this, if you’re looking for a homemade tomato soup, this is the recipe to try.  The only thing I changed, is that I used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. The original recipe added ½ cup of cream to the soup, apart from the cream used to make the spiral.  When I tasted the soup, it seemed “creamy” enough, so I didn’t add the cream, but it’s entirely up to you.  Also, I need to strain soups.  I like the smooth texture, and even though the original recipe didn’t mention any straining, I needed to do it. (I have childhood issues with lumps in food).

Helga

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Hot Fudge Sauce

Yes. Another Everyday Food recipe I tested in my kitchen. I think there will be a few more coming your way, but we promise we have been trying out recipes from other sources too.

Without really noticing, I started making these recipes constantly at home because of Kristen’s obsession with Everyday Food videos. It was a way for us to cook together, since her recipes are so easy, and because Kristen now LOVES Sarah Carey. She wants to have her over for coffee.

This particular recipe is quick to make, and so much better than the bottled chocolate syrup. It’s made with unsweetened cocoa powder, so it has a rich, semi sweet flavor.  Just mix the ingredients in a pot, bring it to a boil and transfer to a jar.  I think this is a great idea for an item to include in a gift basket.

I used my hot fudge sauce to make sundaes with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and walnuts.   If you’re having a bad day…. have one of those.

Helga

Hot Fudge Sauce

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