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Easy & perfect fluffy pancakes

Easy & perfect fluffy pancakes

I could have pancakes every day of the week, and I don’t think I would ever get bored with them; and these pancakes here are seriously so easy, perfect and fluffy every time we make them that they have become a staple in our home lately!

I love them best with the cream cheese vanilla souse and a home-made berry souse, or any type of fresh fruits. And while my kids are loving these pancakes with fruits and maple sirup on top, my hubby is a simple pancake and maple sirup fan – but we all agree that these are the fluffiest and perfect pancakes ever!

So if you’ve been looking for an easy and foolproof recipe for your perfect weekend breakfast, then here it is!

best fluffy pancakes

best fluffy pancakes

What you’ll need to make the fluffy pancakes :

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour

What you’ll need for the cream cheese vanilla souse:

  • 2/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 milk
  • 1/4 icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What you’ll need for the berry fruit souse:

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 2 tbsp sugar

How to make pancakes: In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Set aside. In another bowl mix together melted butter with milk and egg. Then gently and slowly add the dry ingredients and mix well together.

On a large pan melt some more butter, and bake your pancakes untill golden.

We usually keep them in the warm drawer of our oven to keep them warm and serve them all at once.

How to make cream cheese vanilla souse: Mix all the ingredients in your kitchen aid. Just make sure that your cream cheese is really soft!

How to make berry fruit souse: heat all the ingredients in a small pan until hot, or microwave for around 1 minute! I must say I usually go for the easiest second version!

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best fluffy pancakes

Now if only every-morning could be a weekend morning, and if only I could have these pancakes every day!

 

Easy matcha brownies

easy and delicious, matcha brownies that are too good not to share!

I’m a huge fan of brownies, and I think there’s nothing better for warming up on the cold winter day, then indulging a little in a chocolaty and comforting brownie slice, accompanied by your favorite hot mug of tea. And recently I discovered matcha green tea, with its distinctive taste and amazing health benefits. So it’s only logical that I have decided to put these two flavors together!

And if you don’t know matcha tea yet, then all you need to know is that its a finely grounded powder of specially grown and processed tea, that is high in antioxidants, enhances calm, boosts memory and concentration and fortifies the immune system! Now, I think this is enough reasons to try it, am I right?

So, this is rather an adult type of cake, with its slightly bitter matcha taste. Though one of my daughters still loved it, and actually was fascinated by its green color! But other one of my daughters not so much .. So I guess it’s best to make it for your adult friends, and not necessary for your kid’s birthday party!

matcha brownies

matcha brownies, easy and so yummy!!

All you need:

– 1/2 cup canola oil
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
– 3 eggs ( separated yolks from whites)
– 2/3 cup flour
– 1 cup dark chocolate chips ( melted)

– matcha green tea

Beat up the egg whites in a mixer, and set aside.

In a standing mixer combine together sugar, oil, vanilla essence and egg yolks. Add melted chocolate and then add flour. Once it’s all well blended, add slowly egg whites.

Pour on a prepared baking sheet, and bake on 350F for around 20-25 minutes. Don’t over bake!

Let your brownie cool down completely, and then dust them with matcha green tea. Don’t use too much of it though, as it can be too bitter!

matcha brownies, so yummy and easy !

Enjoy with a big mug of hot tea and a couple of good friends!

Overnight maple chia oats

Overnight maple chia oats, simple and healthy breakfast, kids approved!

You know what I love about Mondays? The overnight maple oatmeal chia pudding waiting for me in the fridge! It’s my secret for those busy mornings when everyone slept a bit too long and nobody is in the good mood. And since it’s both a heathy and easy breakfast, as a super yummy one, I think it’s a win-win for everyone!

Now, you can keep it simple, or make it more fancy by adding some fresh ( or frozen) fruits and some granola for that extra crunch ( you can click here to see my home-made granola, that once crushed in pieces is really delicious with this maple chia oats! ) or you can use a bit of a store-bought one. I won’t judge you!

Also, my portion is big enough to feed two small kids and two adults two days in a row (since these maple chia oats are very fridge friendly, and can be kept on hand for up to four days!) I simply heat it in the microwave and serve.

Overnight maple chia oats

Overnight maple chia oats

What you’ll need:

2 cups of oats
1 cup chia seeds
2 table-spoon maple syrup

4 cups milk (can be almond!)

1 cup fruits ( mix berries, fresh or frozen, or apple and pear chunks)
1 cup granola

In a bowl, mix together chia and oatmeal. Take two medium mason jars and fill them with the chia-oatmeal mix. Add equal amount of milk and maple syrup. stir, and cover with fruits. Leave to refrigerate overnight. In the morning (after heating up) add a bit of granola for that extra crunch!

Overnight maple chia oats

And some days, if I have still some chia oatmeal left on the third day, I’d use it as a base for a fruit and oat smoothie!( Just add more fruits, a bit of milk or yogurt and blend together in a blender!)

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as me and my family does!

No bake chocolate cheesecake

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with pecan crust and peppermint topping, amazing and so easy to make festive dessert!

Festive gatherings call for delicious desserts, and what’s better than a rich chocolate cheesecake with a pecan crust, a dollop of whipped cream, and a topping of chocolate fudge cookie and a peppermint candy? I can’t imagine anything better than this!

And, you’ll love the fact that this treat is actuality an easy to put together, no bake chocolate cheesecake! So you don’t really need to worry about your oven space while preparing the holiday roast! And you can even prepare it a day ahead!

I guarantee you that everyone will love these treats! My family can’t get enough of them!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

Also, you can get all of the indigence at Giant Tiger , at store or on-line, and turn this recipe in to a budget-friendly one! Now that’s what I call a win-win!

No bake chocolate cheesecake

What you’ll need:

For the pecan crust:

– 1 cup graham crumbs

– 1 table-spoon soft butter or margarine

– 1/2 cup of pecans

– 1 teaspoon honey

For the chocolate cheesecake filling:

– 1 1/2 packages of cream cheese ( softened)

– 1 1/2 cups of melted chocolate chips

– 1 table-spoon of honey

– 2/3 cup sugar

For the topping:

– 1 cup whipping cream

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– crushed peppermint candy

– chocolate fudge cookies

Start by mixing together graham crumbs with soft butter, and then add crushed pecans. Press to the bottom of your serving bowls, and set aside.

Now mix together softened cream cheese with sugar. Melt chocolate and pour in and mix together slowly. Add honey, mix until it’s all smooth, and pour on to the pecan graham crust.

No bake chocolate cheesecake

For the topping:

Whip the cream, and add a dollop of it on top of the chocolate cheesecake filling. You can make bigger and smaller serving options like I did, and in the bigger ones you can add a chocolate fudge cookie on top of the chocolate filing and just then top it with the whipped cream layer.

Crush peppermint candy, and sparkle a bit. Or a lot. Oh and add a peppermint candy cane too, it’ll feel even more festive !

Now cut chocolate fudge cookies in half, and add them on top. And here it is, your no bake chocolate cheesecake is all ready to serve! You can devour it right away, or chill a bit before serving.

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

This dessert is a holiday favorite of mine, and I’m so exited to share it with you too! Enjoy!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Giant Tiger all opinions remain my own.

Roasted pepper and peanut squash soup

This roasted pepper and peanut squash soup is so easy to make, so healthy and so full of flavor! It's my new family favorite! #soup #healthy

I think that making soups is one of the best things about cooking in the fall. And squash soups are my absolute favorite! Honestly, this roasted pepper and peanut squash soup is my new busy week time saver!

Today I tried a new squash, the Delicata squash, called also the peanut squash. It’s sweeter then other squashes, and paired with roasted red peppers tastes amazing! And this is such a great recipe for one of those busy evenings! Because while the peppers are roasting, I cut the squash, and while the soup is simmering, I have time to take care of other things, like read to my daughters!

And while I like my soups hot and spicy, my kids prefer them just warm enough and mild. So with this soup I leave all the fixings on the table, so everyone can spice it as they wish! My kids pick a bit of cumin seeds and a bit of crumbled feta, while I add lots and lots of cumin, some grounded ginger and lot’s of Sriracha souse! And my hubby loves adding some fresh cilantro and bit of cream.

What you’ll need:

– 3 red bell peppers

– 1 carrot

– 1 medium peanut squash

– 1 litter of organic chicken broth

– olive oil

Fixings:

– cumin seeds

– Sriracha souse

– fresh cilantro

– cream

– crumbled feta

Cut the bell peppers in big slices, the carrot in a couple of pieces,add a drop of olive oil and let it roast on 400F for around 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile cut your squash in cubes. Put it in the pot with chicken broth, and cook until soft. Add roasted peppers and carrot, and mix it all together with a hand mixer. Let it simmer all together for a couple of minutes before serving.

roasted pepper and peanut squash soup

You can either add spices in a pot, or let everyone choose how they want it, sweet or spicy. here are my best tried and tested ways of adding more taste:

1. Add some cream and garlic croutons.

2. Add cumin seeds, cilantro and Sriracha.

3. Add some crumbled feta.

Or simply enjoy it as it is, sweet and comforting!

roasted pepper and peanut squash soup

Make sure to make a double batch and freeze half, as I’m sure you’ll love finding this roasted pepper and peanut squash soup, ready to serve on one of these busy weeknight evenings!

How to make cleaning with kids easier

how to make cleaning with kids easier, even if they aways make mess, and even when you don't feel like cleaning all the time!

If you ever wondered why do I call myself a Lazy Mom here it is: I’m not good in housekeeping work. Actually, let me tell it as it really is: I simply don’t like it. And we all know that with kids the amount of housework triples! The laundry, the toys everywhere, and the crumbs.. Oh the crumbs, they where always driving me crazy! I even considered getting a dog at some point, only so he’d eat the crumbs ( I now, it’s not a good reason. No, we’re not getting a dog, don’t worry). So I’m sure you can imagine how exited I got when I discovered bObi Pet from bObsweep ? Alas, the robotic vacuum cleaner also known as mommy-sanity-saver and marriage-enchanter!

How to make cleaning with kids easier

Starting in the morning, while my girls finish eating their breakfast ( aka -throwing-pieces-of-food-on-the-floor) and I finish my coffee, I get my bObi to swipe the floor. I set him on “waffle” and he cleans all that horrible mess of bread crumbs, dry cereal, fruit pieces and so on.

how to make cleaning with kids easier

Later, while I help my girls getting dressed and I brush their hair, I set him to clean more through fully and he goes all around the sun-room and the kitchen, wiping, mopping and uv-light disinfecting.

how to make cleaning with kids easier

In the afternoon, while we play together or read in the living room, I set him on “go”, and bObi goes all around the house, getting the dust from underneath the sofa, and from behind the chairs.

And on the days when I send my daughters to their part-time kindergarten, while I work and my cats nap in peace, he’ll do all the pet hair cleaning and all the vacuuming all alone.

how to make cleaning with kids easier

I can even program him to go and clean in the hallway on Wednesdays after our play date, and in the dining room on Sundays after our family dinner! And he ” sees” the stars so I don’t have to worry about him falling in to the basement!

how to make cleaning with kids easier

Now, you can’t blame me I love my bObi Pet do you? Because seriously, who wouldn’t?

how to make cleaning with kids easier

Disclosure : I received this product from bObsweep free for review, all opinions remain my own.

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