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Breakfast in Bed with Boll & Branch

2016 April 20

Last week Jason asked me what I would like to do for Mother’s Day. “Do you want to go out-of-town? Go to the spa? Go to a nice dinner?” My reply, “Honestly, I just want to sleep.” Says the Mom of twin 7 month old babies.

Buttermilk Waffles with Berry Syrup

But really, nothing and I mean NOTHING is more luxurious to a new Mom than sleep. And I would wager that goes for any and all Moms out there, am I right?

Buttermilk Waffles with Berry Syrup

So when Boll & Branch sent me a glorious new set of 100% organic cotton sheets, duvet, and throw for Mother’s Day, the clouds parted and a herald of sleep angels came down singing! I kid of course, but I was super excited to sleep on them. Few things are better than fluffy white sheets and duvet. Ah, memories of pre-baby sleep rolling around in my mind.

Buttermilk Waffles with Berry Syrup

Anywhoo…in the spirit of sleep and Mother’s Day dreams, I also dreamt up a recipe that I would love to have Mother’s day morning for breakfast in bed. More like what I will make and have Jason reheat and serve me in bed, ha!

Buttermilk Waffles with Berry Syrup

Hey, you pick your battles and I got the sheets. Buttermilk waffles piled high with homemade berry syrup, vanilla whipped cream, and topped with fresh berries. The angels are singing again…can you hear them?

Buttermilk Waffles with Berry Syrup

So sweet and delicious, you might not even mind the babies sneaking in to cuddle with you in your fluffy new white sheets. So, what are your Mother’s Day plans? Breakfast in bed perhaps? I wish all of you lots and lots of sleep…and waffles.

Buttermilk Waffles with Berry Syrup

Buttermilk Waffles with Berry Syrup

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Boll & Branch however the recipe and all opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who support Freutcake!

Perfect Buttermilk Waffles
Yields 10
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  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  3. 8 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  6. 2 tablespoons sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring just until nearly smooth; a few small lumps may remain.
  4. Spray your waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray before preheating it. Cook waffles according to the manufacturer's directions. For an 8" round waffle iron, use about 1/3 cup batter; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the iron stops steaming.
Mixed Berry Syrup
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  1. 6 cups mixed frozen berries
  2. 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup light corn syrup
  4. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a medium saucepan combine frozen berries, sugar, and corn syrup.
  2. Start to cook berries over medium heat stirring with a wooden spoon until they come to a boil. The mixture may look dry at first but the berries will soften! Cook 10-15 minutes until fruit begins to break down and thicken.
  3. Working in batches carefully pour hot liquid into a blender and puree. *Hold lid tight with a dishtowel to prevent any hot splatter.
  4. Carefully strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into pot.
  5. Return syrup to the stove over medium heat and whisk in cornstarch. Continue cooking until syrup thickens about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove form heat and allow syrup to cool slightly.
  7. Refrigerate until it’s time to use.

Vanilla Whipped Cream
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  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. PREP: Place mixer bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill.
  2. In chilled bowl of an electric mixer; combine cream, sugar and vanilla and whip on high speed for about 1 minute or until stiff peaks form.

Friday Freut & Nuts

2016 April 15

Happy Friday, friends! This was a long and sleepless week for us but surprisingly I feel pretty good about it. After months of going back and forth on whether or not to sleep train the twins, and one terrible attempt, we have finally decided that it’s not right for our family. So now we are very gradually and gently working our way into the cribs with lots of co-sleeping in between and it’s resulting in a much less stressful nights sleep for everyone! Although the reality of the four of us crowded in a queen sized bed is not the most relaxing arrangement. But it’s the weekend which means…it’s time for another round of Freut & Nuts!

Farmer's Market Babies

Getting Out or Going Crazy.
Thursday night I packed up the babies, our picnic blanket, two teething toys, two jackets, two blankets, a bunch of diapers, one baby carrier, sunscreen, sanitizing hand wipes (just in case) and a bag full of other random things and drove to the Farmer’s Market. I knew it was get out of the house or die; have you ever had one of those days? The thought of Pupusas and ice cream for dinner gave me the strength I needed to hoist the double stroller into the back of our car and we were off. We met my girlfriend Celeste and her kids and the night turned into one crazy picnic blanket rolling, baby wrangling, music man dancing, bubble fest on the grass while Celeste and I did our best to scarf down dinner and keep the babies from eating dirt. “Hey Celeste, do you ever think, why do we even leave the house?” (I’m exhausted!) She laughed and agreed. The answer: because you have to. It feels good to get out. You get out of your house or else the crazy strikes. It’s good for the babies. We all need the vitamin D. The reasons are endless but none the less, exhausting. Tomorrow I will put on extra under-eye concealer and do it all over again. I will get out even if it means total and utter exhaustion. And I’ll enjoy it. Maybe I’ll even look forward to it. Because that’s what it means to have small children and to keep your sanity. Can I get an amen? Hallelujah for not going crazy…and for developing a knack for eating quickly from a young age. That talent has really come in handy with twins.

Puppy Filter

Hot Diggity Dog I Love Snapchat!
I’m pretty sure I swore up and down and sideways that I would never use Snapchat. It was something that teenagers used to hide stuff from their parents, am I right? What do you MEAN your photos and messages disappear?! Sounds shady. Well, hidey-ho! I’m on the old snap and I’m loving it. It’s the realist, most unattractive, and unfiltered look into everyone’s lives you could ask for and for that I’m digging it. None of the staged stuff you see on Instagram. No, people get real comfortable on Snapchat! (For better or for…entertaining.) Plus, I can add a puppy filter to my face every time I speak, and I do. What’s not to love about that?! (Snapchat: Freutcake)

Chicken Eggs

Chickens? Yes.
Have I mentioned my dream of owning chickens to you yet? Well, if it hasn’t come up in some random post conversation let me tell you. I hope and dream to one day have a coop with chickens of my very own. And I will love them, and I will pet them…ok, I’m not going to pet them but I will collect their beautiful little eggs and say, thank you henny honey for this glorious egg! And then I’ll go scramble it and eat it for breakfast! Hee, hee, ha, ha! Gosh I want chickens. So here is a picture of the beautiful and colorful eggs I spotted at the Farmer’s Market. I have serious egg envy.

Jackson and The Runaway Bunny

Try not to cry.
Hey future Mom’s out there, guess what? When you have a baby you will turn into one big emotional, teary eyed, blubbering, mess. Yup. And I triple dog dare you not to cry while reading The Runaway Bunny to your baby. Before babies, this is the story of an annoyingly clingy mother bunny, after babies it’s unconditional love.

“If you are a gardener and find me,”
said the little bunny, “I will be a bird
and fly away from you.”

“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”
said his mother, “I will be a tree that you come home to.”

Wahhh! Get’s me every time.

Grapefruit Mint Mojito

Other Tasty Bits
Grapefruit Mint Mojitos for your weekend? I want this cocktail now! (photo by Lauren Kelp)
A really good article on the basics of making baby food.
If you missed my recipe for The Perfect Guacamole, you should totally make it. To go with that mojito of course!

Happy Fridaaaaay!

Because Summer is on it’s Way!

2016 April 14

Everywhere I look the melamine plates and colorful plastic margarita glasses are coming out in full force. Here are just a few of the pieces I’ve spotted and I would love to set our patio table with.

Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

1/ Perfect for serving up a big pitcher of sangria. Found here.
2/ I love these bright and cheerful melamine plates. Is it just me or has plastic outdoor ware become a whole lot more stylish? Found here.
3/ The color of these stemless wine glasses is gorgeous. You would never know they were plastic! Found here.
4/ Small wooden bowls are perfect for serving dips and snacks. Found here.
5/ Wheel this rattan bar cart out for easy serving and a stylish presentation. Don’t you just love the vintage feel of this piece? Found here.
6/ Cloth napkins are a must! Found here.
7/ A rainbow of colorful margarita glasses make it easy to keep track of your drink. I’ll be teal, you? Found here.

Don’t forget the citronella candles! I can’t wait to try this fun DIY for Citronella torches using old wine bottles. Summer, we’re ready for you!

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