Monday, September 15, 2014

Homemade Mocha-Coconut Frappuccino...A.K.A Mochanut Frappuccino

Coffee.  It's the go juice that gets me up and running every. single. morning.  I don't know what I'd do without the stuff.  And honestly, I don't even want to thing about it.

Coffee has been running through my veins since I was little.  Although, it wasn't nearly the strength I fill my cup with these days.  Used to, after napping, my MaMaw would always wake up and have her afternoon coffee along with a cookie or two.  Sometimes friends would come and join her for a cup or two, and sit and fellowship around her avocado green kitchen table.  On the days I was there she would fix me my very own cup of "special" coffee.  Which in the end ended up being milk, sugar and a splash of coffee...just enough to color the milk.
As time has progressed my love of coffee has grown immensely, as well as the ratio of milk or cream to coffee.  It's definitely more coffee and less milk nowadays.  Most of the time I drink my coffee strongly brewed with a little half and half and a sprinkle of sugar.  But, there are times when I need a little more excitement...or an afternoon pick-me-up.  Or both.

When those times come, a Starbucks run is completely and utterly necessary.  Necessary for my sanity and the safety of everyone around.  Well, maybe it's not that serious, but let's not leave things to chance.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Triple Chocolate Milkshake with Waffles and Candied Bacon

I am soooo excited about this milkshake.  I've been trying to control myself all week because I've wanted to post this day after day, but I had to save it.  I needed to save it.  Not only to conclude #waffleweek with an utterly indulgent treat, but also because today is national chocolate milkshake day!

Yes, it's true.  Chocolate milkshakes have their own day to be celebrated.  And why shouldn't they?  Chocolate is the fuel that keeps us going.  The food that makes everything better when all seems wrong in the world.  And there's nothing a whole lot better than gulping down a rich, thick and creamy chocolate milkshake.  One sip and I go to my happy place.
So, how could I possibly celebrate two food holidays at once?  Individually it's no biggie.  I'll have a waffle to celebrate waffle week, and I'll have a chocolate milkshake to celebrate the it in all it's glory.  But celebrate the two together?  Well that's just crazy talk, right?  Or is it?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Peanut Butter, Banana Fluffernutter Stuffed Waffles

I am always looking for quick and easy breakfast ideas.  Even though I don't have to be at work at 8:00 or 8:30 everyday, my "job" still starts bright and early and as soon as Tucker wakes up breakfast is essential.  There are some days he just wants cereal, granola bar or  toast, but other days he wants a little something more.  On those days I want to provide him with something with some substance but doesn't take 30-45 minutes to make.

Recently my waffle maker has been my best friend, and my friend has been receiving quite a workout.  From basic waffles, to grilled cheeses and one of my new favorites-stuffed waffle biscuits, this little guy can do it all.  And does it fast!
One of my crews favorite flavor combos is peanut butter, banana and marshmallows.  Honestly, I think that pretty much everyone loves that combination!  And why wouldn't you?  Slightly salty, sweet and creamy peanut butter, bananas and sweet and fluffy marshmallows.  The King new what he was doing when he fell in love with this profile and deemed it his signature dish.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

When I ask my boys what they want for breakfast, 9 times out of 10 it's the list of traditional breakfast options; bacon, eggs and biscuits.  It's nothing fancy, but it's delicious.  It's comforting and a staple on kitchen tables pretty much everywhere.  That combination is the perfect balance; fluffy biscuits, salty and crispy bacon, and rich and buttery eggs.

Combine the classic combination and pile it high on a sandwich and you've got one of the most iconic breakfast sandwiches ever.  Not only are they a popular option and a standard breakfast item on menus across the country, they are also a go to option in the kitchen at home.
I've added another twist on this amazing classic.  Instead of the basic biscuit or English muffin, the bacon, eggs and cheese are sandwiched together between two flaky, golden biscuits that have been "baked" in the waffle iron.  Taking the basic biscuit and making it a little more crispy on the outside and keeping the insides fluffy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brownie Waffles

A few weeks ago I went to my hometown to visit my parents.  While there I went to a get together at my childhood church and was able to visit with several people who I hold near and dear.  I talked to several people about food...and they know their food and they know their way around the kitchen! We talked about various recipes and foods, and then they started asking about my monthly KARK4 segments.

We chatted about some of the previous segments but also talked about my upcoming segment.  I was throwing out my ideas about making waffles and the different things I wanted to do with waffles and my waffle machine!  I had several ideas but was curious to see if any of some of my cooking icons and role models had any ideas.  And it was no surprise to me when they starting tossing out ideas left and right.

One of the ladies (who to this day I still call Pansy...long story); my former Sunday school teacher, youth trip chaperon, and staple in the youth building at every get together and event, started telling me about one of her favorite waffles that her aunt would make for her every time she visited, chocolate waffles.  She went on to tell me how amazing they were and these were a ceremonial part of her visits to her aunts.  Her favorite way to enjoy them was fresh off the waffle iron topped with peanut butter.

This got my wheels to turning.  A chocolate waffle?  Um, yes please!  I'll take chocolate any time, any day but give me an excuse to have chocolate for breakfast and I'm all over that!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Caramelized Banana Stuffed Biscuit Waffles

My two guys are obsessed with bananas.  Spencer has a banana every morning and Tucker has at least one a day, if not more.  They are obsessed, so any time I'm able to sneak a few away in order to experiment I take full advantage!  It's not that they don't like what I make with them, it's that they eat them so fast that I can't get around to making something before they disappear.

This recipes was one of those times where I was able to snag a few bananas from their stash! When I was preparing for #waffleweek2014, I knew I had to make at least one recipe involving apples.  I've already make brown butter banana waffles, which are amazing!  So this time I wanted to do a little something different.  Something not only to highlight bananas, but also to help give parents a quick and kid pleasing option for breakfast on those crazy mornings before heading out to school.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BTB: Buttermilk Waffles (and how to freeze waffles)

I have been on a serious waffle kick lately, y'all.  But we haven't been eating just the basic waffles, we've been eating different flavors, stuffed waffles and even waffle sandwiches.  My mind has been going nuts with different ideas and my boys have been enjoying the fruits of my experiments.  My waffle iron has been getting a serious workout.
Before I start sharing all those crazy waffle ideas with you, I thought it would be best to start with the basics. Everyone needs a perfect basic waffle recipe in their archives.  And this is definitely the perfect recipe to keep in your back pocket.

In my opinion, perfect waffles need to be slightly crispy on the outside, fluffy and soft on the inside.  We don't want any of that soft soggy stuff.  It's just not good.
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