Buttermilk Pancakes

I’ll confess: I’m not usually the pancake maker in our house. It’s usually Mark. He runs the kitchen in the morning.

Breakfast for dinner, though, it my domain – and one of my favorites.

Whether you’re doing breakfast for dinner or breakfast for breakfast, this basic recipe is a great one to have in your arsenal. It’s fast, delicious, and uses ingredients you probably have on hand right now.

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Vegan Chickpea Shawarma in the Air Fryer

Happy #Veganuary! When’s the last time you had a vegan meal?

Our family is not vegan, but I do try to mix vegan meals into our meal plan regularly. I both appreciate the lessened environmental impact of these meals and like exposing the kids to lots of different cuisine options.

This vegan meal is perfect for a busy family because it comes together in less than 30 minutes and is made with things I always have in the fridge or pantry.

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How to Host a Socially Distanced Soup Swap

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I am hosting my 7th annual soup swap this month and – like everything these days – it’s looking a little different thanks to the pandemic. Since we can’t gather in person, we’re pivoting to a virtual soup swap.

While it’s definitely not my first choice of party format, the point of the soup swap has always been togetherness. It’s a time to catch up with each other and share some comfort – in warm bowls and warm words. And that can absolutely be done from a distance!

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What You Loved on the Blog in 2020

I’m a sentimental fool, so I love reflecting on the year as it ends. Despite this year being a mess in so many ways – this blog was a bit of a bright spot for me.

I’m proud of everything I’ve put on the blog this year – but the kid content will definitely hold a special place in my heart. We hosted 18 live kitchen play dates on Facebook, shared some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes on the blog, and posted a whole year’s worth of fruit and veggie bingo cards! In the chaos and uncertainty of the year, making these memories with my kids was worth it’s weight in gold.

You guys had your favorites too! And I was excited to see how many of my favorites were also popular with you.

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Winter Fruit & Veggie Bingo

Winter may not have a reputation for lots of fresh food – but there are so many things in season during the winter months! Our favorite game – fruit and veggie bingo – is a great way to try out some of this season’s fares!

This game is a great way to get kids (and adults!) to start thinking about seasonal produce and trying new things – after all, if you want to cross of a square, you need to try what’s in it!

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Persimmon Pecan Cake

This post is sponsored in conjunction with the #FamilyBakingChallenge. I received product to aid in the creation of the recipe. All opinions are mine alone.

It was this time last year that our obsession with tea started. Jake wanted to do the annual Santa train – and Julie adamantly did not. Instead, she requested a holiday outing that did not involve Santa, so I made us reservations at a local tea room. Julie and I were both smitten with the experience and have been recreating it at home since.

It also kickstarted my experimentation with tea. I thought I didn’t like it – but I was pleasantly surprised to realize I was wrong. A cup of tea and an afternoon treat has become one of my favorite rituals this year.

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Butterscotch Pear Croissant Pudding with Eggnog Sauce

This post is sponsored in conjunction with the #FamilyBakingChallenge. I received product to aid in the creation of the recipe. All opinions are mine alone.

You guys know getting the whole family in the kitchen is something that’s important to me – so I was so excited to jump in on the #FamilyBakingChallenge from Melissa’s Produce! Each week, they’ve been featuring a different seasonal ingredient and a few recipes. Your challenge is to take the recipe and make it your own!

Week one started off with a bang – and a new-to-us fruit: butterscotch pears! We loved them – and we loved this spin on bread pudding!

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Small Batch Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Peppermint Frosting

Have you thought about your Christmas menu yet? Now’s the time! Christmas Eve is only 2 weeks away!

I was chatting with a friend about it last week and she mentioned how hard it feels to create a menu for just a few people when you’re used to having a crowd for the holidays. I totally understand – we usually celebrate with our big families! – but it’s also the perfect opportunity to let small-batch treats shine.

This cutie is the perfect example! A petite chocolate cake that is perfectly sized for just 2-4 people and topped off with fluffy peppermint frosting – what more do you want for Christmas? It’s a great option for this year’s sized-down celebrations.

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Instant Pot Gingerbread Cheesecake

We are planning a cozy, just-the-four-of-us Christmas this year. I’ve tried very hard not to dwell on negatives this year – which means that instead of focusing on all the holiday cooking I won’t be doing, I decided to tackle some smaller-batch treats that will be perfect for our family.

Instant Pot cheesecakes are perfect for smaller crowds because they themselves are smaller – and they’re super easy to pull off . Jazzed up with the gingerbread-inspired spices, this small-batch holiday treat is a slam dunk.

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Hot Chocolate Sweet Rolls

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I love my sweet rolls. I also love hot chocolate so it seemed only proper that as part of this year’s Christmas sweets, I give a nod to both. These warm, sticky rolls are an ode to my favorite winter drink.

Chocolate dough is wrapped around swirls of melty chocolate chips and toasty marshmallows – and it’s all topped off with even more marshmallow cream. This is a perfect treat for brunch on Christmas day – or all winter long!

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