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Apple Pancakes & Bacon

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We have been on a cook book purchasing kick and recently downloaded Fabio Viviani’s breakfast cookbook “Did I really Make Breakfast??? (Well Grandma did help a lot)” found on the Amazon Kindle.  It’s a great collection of easy recipes that will make your mouth water.  This morning I decided to use his Apple Maple Pancake & Salty Spicy Bacon recipe as inspiration for the following dish.

For the bacon:

  • 6 slices centercut bacon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp organic cane sugar
  • lemon zest to your liking (I’m not a huge lemon fan, so I used very little, but you can add as much or as little as you like)
  • cracked black pepper

For the pancakes:

  • 3/4 cup fat free milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 small peeled apple chopped

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place 6 slices of bacon on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.  Crack fresh black pepper on top of your bacon slices to your liking.
  3. Then in a small bowl combine salt, sugar, and lemon zest and sprinkle on the bacon slices.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the bacon is cooked how you like it.

While the bacon is in the oven, gather the ingredients for the pancakes.

  1. Throw everything except the apple in a blender and combine on low until smooth.  The mixture will be runny but that is o.k.
  2. Then throw in the apple (leave some for garnish if you like; it adds a nice fresh crunch to the finished product if you leave some on top of the finished pancakes) and mix together with a spoon.
  3. In a preheated griddle or pan on the stove that’s over medium low heat, pour your desired pancake size and flip over once edges get firm and the top gets bubbly.
  4. Cook for about 2 minutes or until its cooked all the way and no liquid is visible.  I made my pancakes quite large and I got about 6 pancakes from my batch.

Place the bacon on top of the pancakes and serve with syrup and if you’d like chopped apple on top.  You’d be surprised how yummy the lemon zest is on bacon, I would have never guessed!!!  Great trick Fabio, I love it! It’s sooo easy and SOOOOOO YUMMY!!! 🙂

Cindy’s Cinnamon Bread

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When I got married, I was lucky to receive a homemade cookbook filled with recipes from all of the lovely ladies that came to my bridal shower.  In that cookbook, I have found some of the best recipes ever!  Since this is Easter weekend, and I’m in charge of Easter Brunch at my house right after church, I decided to make this yummy cinnamon bread that the recipe was given to me from my mother in law, Cindy (hence the name!)  I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients for the topping:

-1/2 cup sugar

-1 tbsp cinnamon

Combine and set aside.

Next, you will combine the other dry ingredients which are:

-2 cups of flour

-1/2 tsp salt

-1 tsp baking soda

In another larger bowl, mix together:

-1 egg

-1 cup sugar

-1 tsp. vanilla extract

-1/4 cup canola oil

Next you will need 1 cup of buttermilk (I used low fat buttermilk to try and help make this a LITTLE healthier ;).  You are going to alternate adding and combining to the egg mixture the flour mix and the buttermilk.  When it’s all combined, it’ll look like this:

Now you are ready to pour half of the batter into a 9 X 5 loaf pan and then top with the cinnamon sugar topping.


Repeat process until you end up with a nice topping of cinnamon sugar on the very top.  Then, take a knife and swirl it around in the batter.  Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 1 hour.


Easy Egg Bakes

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On the weekends, I love to make a homemade breakfast for my husband and I. However, if you’re like us, we have totally different tastes when it comes to food. I found that this is an easy recipe that can satisfy everyone since you can personalize it the way you’d like. Today we agreed on the filling, but since I don’t like cheese I opted out for mine to be topped with it.

To make 2 servings, you will need:

-3 eggs whisked
-dash of heavy whipping cream or milk to stir into whisked eggs
-2 pieces canadian bacon cut in small cubes (you can use real bacon if you want to or sausage, chicken, turkey etc)
-2 onion slices finely chopped
-6 cherry tomatoes finely chopped
-6 spinach leaves finely shredded
-salt & pepper to taste

The fun thing about cooking is that you can personalize any dish to your liking. The possibilities are endless with this recipe, you can substitute or add pretty much any veggie that you love like mushrooms, peppers, green onions, etc.

Before you add anything into the ramekins be sure you spray with a non stick cooking spray like Pam. It will make clean-up so much easier. Once you have all the ingredients chopped, combine them all in a small mixing bowl and pour into individual ramekins. If you like cheese, sprinkle or place a slice of your favorite cheese on top. For my husband, I used a piece of low fat pepper jack cheese to spice it up a bit. For easy clean up, I put my ramekins in an 8×8 baking dish and placed it in a 350 degree preheated oven and baked for 30-35 minutes. (Or until you place a knife in it, and it comes out clean)

Once it is done, here’s the end result. It goes wonderfully with some hash browns!