Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast’
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
The other day in conversation someone happened to mention gingerbread. I don’t remember how it came up, and it was just mentioned in a fleetingly brief moment. I’m sure no one else gave it another thought, but, me being me, suddenly I couldn’t get it out of my head.
I was in desperate need of a gingerbread fix. (more…)
Friday, November 8th, 2013
I can’t imagine a holiday dinner without turkey and all the trimmings. Not just for Thanksgiving; we don’t eat pork (so ham is out of the question), and Christmas calls for a big turkey dinner as well. We don’t mind.
Actually, we love it so much, we usually make one other full turkey dinner in late winter/early spring just for the heck of it. Creatures of habit, we are.
Similarly, Thanksgiving brunch always means a pumpkin treat will be on the menu. That is just how it goes, and it’s something everyone looks forward to. (more…)
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Have I ever told you about my mom’s apple pie?
She always makes it deep-dish style (like Chicago pizza). Sometimes she’ll make it with a double crust and sometimes she’ll make it with what she calls a “French crumble topping”, and her thick apple layer is perfectly spiced and sweetened. It is hands-down the best apple pie. In the world. (Tall claim, but I’m sticking to it…but I won’t argue if you tell me the same about your mom’s pie.) (more…)
Friday, September 6th, 2013
Syrian or Lebanese?, Mike asked me late one evening, wondering what I was in the mood for.
Syrian! A glimmer in my eyes, I replied instantly, already excited at the prospect.
(Side Note: Something you might not know about Mike is that he was born here in Kuwait and left the country as a young child with his family to live in Syria – his mother’s homeland – after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990s. He still has several childhood friends here.)
That night, Mike and I were going out to dinner with one of his friends that he had reconnected with since we moved here. Life is funny like that…reconnections from our past are unexpectedly interwoven with new experiences.
As we drove to the restaurant through the dusty, crowded streets of Kuwait I had no idea the desert oasis that awaited us. (more…)
Monday, July 29th, 2013
What’s your favorite summer food?
I bet your answer will be different depending on where you’re from. Different areas are known for different things, and regional pride definitely comes into play. (more…)
Friday, July 26th, 2013
The final treat I’m sharing in honor of Frozen Treat Week is a real doozy.
In keeping with the other two healthy treats I’ve shared for this event (3-Minute Easy Cherry-Chocolate Sorbet and Almost-Instant Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Soft Serve), today’s treat is equally healthy. And every bit as delicious.
I’m not even kidding when I say that last summer I don’t think I touched a carton of ice cream once because of this smoothie. And that’s not to say that I didn’t crave ice cream. (more…)
Monday, June 24th, 2013
I have an aunt who absolutely goes nuts if you use her toothpaste and don’t roll the tube up from the bottom.
And my mom – she’s like the princess in the children’s story The Princess and the Pea when it comes to a grain of salt or sugar on her kitchen floor. She sweeps her kitchen religiously three times a day and loses it if she steps on a single grain. I have no idea how she feels them, lol.
One of my best friends will only drink coffee in a lidded reusable plastic cup, even at home. No idea what’s up with that.
I have my fair share of pet peeves/quirks too. (more…)
Monday, June 10th, 2013
As I type this post, even with the aroma of cinnamon bread swirling around me, my mind is completely somewhere else.
I’m thinking about hiking, beautiful mountain views, and pristine forests. Swimming and biking. Quaint little towns and cozy cafés. Buying fresh food every day and cooking it that night in the country kitchen of the luxury, fully-renovated 1800’s farmhouse where we’re staying in the Adirondacks this week. (My kitchen at home is anything but luxurious, so that might be what I am most excited about!)
We are leaving tomorrow for a little mini vacation, and I’m thrilled. It’s been far too long since I’ve been to the Adirondacks and Mike has never been, so we’re planning on making the most of it. (more…)
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
So, granola. I won’t even try to sell you on it because I know you’re probably already a fan. And if you are, you will probably be interested in my Pumpkin Spice Granola, which is one of my all-time favs.
And if you’re not, I’d say avert your eyes or X out of this window…but I’m not going to say that because this granola is so unlike a traditional granola that you might just like it. (more…)
Monday, May 20th, 2013
I get a lot of emails from people telling me they want to start their day off with a healthy breakfast, but they don’t have time for the usual healthy go-to breakfast-y things like eggs or hot cereal. Or even smoothies.
(As a side note, I am a firm believer that making a smoothie shouldn’t take longer than five minutes! That is less time than it takes to sit down and eat a bowl of cold cereal; not that cold cereal can’t be healthy, unless it’s the sugar-laden junk, but eating a bowl of cereal still takes longer than a smoothie, since a smoothie can be enjoyed on-the-go. And making a smoothie takes much less time than it takes to grab a coffee and donut from the drive-thru at the local coffee joint, especially if your local coffee joint is Tim Hortons and the 25-minute drive-thru line is out of the parking lot and onto the street. No joke.) (more…)