Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes

Today I wanted to try a new pancake recipe. Something light yet filling. I also have tons to pecans lying around from all my baking frenzies. 

What you need 
Pecans
Buttermilk
Flour 
Flax seed 
Organic sugar 
Eggs 
Baking powder
Baking soda 
Pinch salt
Directions 
Pulse 1/4 cup pecans, 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tbsp sugar, pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp flax seed in a food processor until well blended. Mix 1 egg and 1/2 cup buttermilk add in dry ingredients. Do not over mix. Heat griddle to low medium. Make medium to small pancakes. The pancakes will be very delicate due to the low flour content. Enjoy !
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🎃👻happy halloween!!!!

Happy Halloween !!!! I wanted to bake a few goodies for my employees and here is what I came up with –
Halloween Oreo Bark
What you need:
Oreos
Candy corn 
Candy eyeballs 
Sprinkles 
1 pound of white chocolate or bark
Directions:
Melt the white chocolate. I microwaved for 2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds. Break apart Oreos and layer on a baking sheet. Pour white chocolate over Oreos. Immediately pour candy corn and candy eye balls over the chocolate. Sprinkle liberally. Freeze for at least one hour. Break apart and enjoy!
I might have made these too…. Get creative! Nothing says halloween like eyeballs and cotton candy. If you don’t have eyeballs try gummie worms YUM. 

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Old Fashion Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Let’s talk pie. Pecan pie. Pecan pie with maple bourbon. When I was younger pecan pie was my least favorite. Too many nuts and not enough sugary stuff. This pie is definitely the adult version. 

What you will need: 
2 cups pecans ; I prefer halved 
1 cup organic sugar 
3/4 cup karo syrup light or dark
1/4 cup maple bourbon OR 
1/4 cup of regular bourbon and dark maple syrup mixed 
3 eggs
1 tsp organic vanilla 
1 pie crust 
( I highly recommend the pillsbury dough roll that you put in the dish over the aluminum pan with dough)
Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350.
Using a whisk mix the eggs sugar and vanilla. Add in the syrup and bourbon. Make sure the egg is thoroughly incorporated so it doesn’t leave cooked egg pieces in your pie. Spread  pecans evenly over the pie crust. Pour filling on top. The pecans will magically rise. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes. Pie WILL be jiggly with a cooked pecan top. Allow pie to cool for about 2 hours. This will allow the sugar to set and create that sweet custard texture. 
I add homemade bourbon whipped cream on mine! Enjoy 🎃
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Reese Cheesecake

Hello! A weekend of good food has come and gone. I was testing a few recipes before the busy holidays and this one is a winner! 
Reese’s Cheesecake 
What you will need:
2 tbsp melted butter
1 package of shortbread cookies 
4 sticks of cream cheese 
1 tsp vanilla 
1/3 cup of peanut butter 
1 pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups
1 cup of sugar 
1/3 cup of milk chocolate chips 
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream 
2 eggs
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400. 
Crush the cookies in a food processor or with a rolling pin. I used pecan sandies. Mix the cookies and melted butter. Pour into your cheesecake pan pressing into the bottom until surface is level. Bake for 5 minutes then allow to cool. 
Mix cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until smooth, add eggs. Melt peanut butter and the milk chocolate then stir in cream.  The cream will cool the mixture. It should be pourable add extra cream if nessecary. Mix chocolate mixture with cream cheese mixture. 
I crushed 4 peanut butter cups and added to the mixture. 
Pour mix into cooled pan and bake at 400 for 10 minutes. 
Lower heat to 275 and bake for another 45 minutes. Let cool in oven for 1 hour then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 
Ganache * optional
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup milk chocolate
Cream
Melt peanut butter and chocolate. Add cream until mixture is pourable. Spread over cheesecake. Add additional Reese’s  to preference. Refrigerate until set about 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Happy Saturday Whipped Cream and Waffles

I need to tell you about the best whipped cream I have ever had. I will also tell you about our Saturday waffles so you have something to top with cream! 

Buttermilk Waffles 
(curtesy of Williams Sonoma)
What you will need :
1 cup of buttermilk
2 eggs 
1 tsp vanilla 
1 cup flour 
1 pinch of salt 
3/4 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp baking powder 
2 tsp sugar 
5 tsp melted butter
Directions: 
Separate egg yolks and whites. Mix yolks with buttermilk, butter and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients. Set to side. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into yolk mixture. Cook according to your waffle makers instructions. 
Honey whipped cream 

What you will need:
Honey 
Confectioners sugar 
1 cup heavy whipping cream 
Beat cream and 2 tbsp of honey adding sugar to your preferred sweetness. I used 1 tsp. Serve immediately or store in the fridge. 
I highly recommend using dark amber syrup with these! Enjoy!
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Italian Barley Soup

Tomato based soups have always been my favorite especially as the weather cools down. This is a twist on a classic.

What you will need: 
1 container of beef stock 
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion chopped 
3 cloves of garlic chopped 
1/2 cup shredded carrots 
1 can light kidney beans 
1 can white beans ( your choice)
1 cup uncooked pearled barley 
1 large can organic crushed tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato paste or 1 can
Fresh grated parmasean 
Bread of your choice 
Directions: 
In a soup pot brown the beef then lower heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion starts turning traslucent. Add the beans, carrots tomatoes and paste. Mix together. Add stock and 2 cups of water. Add barley. Turn up heat until boiling then reduce to simmer. You can add salt and pepper to your taste. We added crushed red pepper as well. 

Simmer for 30 minutes or until barley is cooked through. Add cheese and bread. Enjoy!!!!

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My Current Hair Obsession

Lily Aldridge has gorgeous soft ombré hair with bouncy layers that I have coveted for yeeeeeaaaarrrrsss. It is a timeless look that is perfect for fall. I am thinking it is time to turn my blonde ombré into a caramel ombré 😁.  Wish me luck!
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Bacon and Caramelized Onion Calzons

Hello Everyone! Lately I have been craving Caramelized onions and then I found a unique recipe using just that. This is my adapted version from halfbakedharvest.com. (Definitely check that blog out for some awesome recipes!)

Bacon and Caramelized Onion Calzones
What you need
1 pizza dough 
1 medium sweet onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 pound of cooked bacon
1/4 cup of BBQ sauce
1 tsp brown sugar 
1 tsp of butter
1 cup of cheese I recommend fontina or cheddar 
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
To start roughly chop the onion and add to a hot sautée pan. You can use a little olive oil here but I used cooking spray to lower the calories. Sautée until onions are translucent then lower the heat and add garlic, brown sugar and 1 tsp of butter. Cook for about 3 minutes as the onions are caramelizing then add the BBQ sauce. Set to the side. 
Divide pizza dough into 4 sections. Roll sections out. Put a heaping spoonful of the onion mixture on each of the dough sections. Add the cheese and crumble the bacon. Fold one side of the dough over and press into the other size making a seam. Take the two ends and tuck them under to keep the filling in place. 
I sprayed mine with cooking spray and dusted with garlic powder. You can use olive oil and fresh garlic also. 
Cook for 25 minutes or until tops are browned and serve!
Bacon tip* I cook mine on a baking dish in the oven at 375 for about 10 minutes. 

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Fresh Blueberry Muffins – Oil and Butter Free!

Hey everyone! 

It is time I introduce you to my guilty pleasure BUT I’m going to cut a lot of the fat out so you will forgive me 🙂

Fresh Blueberry Muffins 
What you need :
1 egg
1 cup low fat or skim milk 
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup of sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon 
2 cups of flour 
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt 
Tsp flax seed 
Brown sugar for sprinkling 
2 cups of organic blueberries 
Pre heat the oven to 350. 
Mix all ingredients besides the blueberries and brown sugar. Slowly fold in the blueberries. Fill baking cups 3/4ths of the way and sprinkle brown sugar on top. Bake for 30 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool and serve!!
I hope you enjoy! They do seem to be slightly flatter than normal muffins, but the flavor is amazing and these are about 100 calories lighter! 
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