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Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Pancakes

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Pancakes

This is such a cute idea to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your little ones. These lucky St. Patrick’s Day pancakes are fun, festive and magically delicious!

You will need:

  • Pancake Mix
  • Green food coloring
  • Whipped Cream
  • Marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal

Directions:

1.) Go through a box of Lucky Charms cereal separating the marshmallows from the cereal. This is an easy way to have your kids help you and practice their sorting.

2.) Prepare your pancake mix as you normally do and add a few drops of green food coloring. I added 4 drops but you can add more if you want your pancakes to be a darker green.

3.) Make your pancakes and allow them to slightly cool.

4.) Top with whipped cream and the Lucky Charms marshmallows.

How cute?

 

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Pancakes

 

For more St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipes check out:

 My Boozy Chocolate Guinness Milkshake

Homemade Irish Cream

 

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1 In food/ Recipes

The best homemade banana bread

child sitting on kitchen counter baking and playing in the kitchen

I’m sharing my recipe for the BEST homemade banana bread. Or as Maxwell likes to call it – “Oompa bread” after his grandpa who always comes over with a sweet tooth.  I usually always have some type of baked treat in the ktichen and one day I had just made a fresh loaf of banana bread. My dad had come over to watch Maxwell while I ran out quick and when I came home I said to Maxwell “where did all the banana bread go?” He was quick to throw Oompa right under the bus and said “Oompa ate it!”. So now it’s called Oompa bread 🙂

I have tried several different recipes and this one is my favorite.  It’s a great way to use up those brown, overripe bananas, and the riper the better. This bread also freezes really well. Below is my recipe for the best homemade banana bread.

The Best Homemade Banana Bread

Ingredients

3-5 overripe bananas (the riper the better)

3/4 cups of sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup of vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional – chocolate chips and walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease or butter an 8.5×4.5 inch loaf pan
  3. In a large bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid), mash together your bananas
  4. Mix in the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Optional – mix in some chocolate chips and walnuts to make it even more of a treat and give it some texture.
  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes until the center is done. (I like to insert a bread knife to check. When the knife comes out clean you know it’s done).
  9. Let cool on a cooling rack before serving.

the best homemade banana bread

 

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite recipes

Joanna Gaines’ Lemon Poppyseed Bread

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

 

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the best homemamde banana bread recipe

 

0 In DIY/ drinks/ food

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

Starbucks recently released their new holiday beverage – the Irish Cream Cold Brew. Being a coffee junkie and lover of Irish Cream I obviously had to run out and try it. It is pure magic in a cup. Without the booze of course. However, at about $4.50 a cup, not so magical on the wallet. I’ve created my own Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew recipe so that you can make your own. And I’ve also included a boozy edition for when you want to be a little extra 😉

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cold coffee (I usually just make a cup, refrigerate for a bit and then add some ice)
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • cocoa powder (for dusting)

Directions:

  1. First you’ll need to make your Irish Cream. (I made this ahead of time in a larger quantity and stored in the fridge in a mason jar). Mix together 1 3/4 cups of heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of almond extract. Stir together.
  2. Next make a cup of coffee, chill and then pour over ice.
  3. Add some of your Irish Cream to your coffee, as much as you want.
  4. In a bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Whip or use an immersion blender until the mixture is frothy.
  5. Top your coffee with the cream foam and a dusting of cocoa powder.
  6. Enjoy!

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

To make my boozy adults only edition:

  1. Make a batch of my Homemade Irish Cream. (Recipe here)
  2. Pour into your iced coffee
  3. Sip and get happy 🙂

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Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

1 In food/ keto/ Recipes

Keto pumpkin spice latte

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

Enjoy your favorite fall coffee drink and stick to your diet with this healthier

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe.

My husband and I recently started keto this past week.  What a time to start – this is the time of year when I crave all of those yummy comfort foods and of course my fave pumpkin spice coffee drinks that are full of sugar. So I was determined to come up with a recipe to duplicate my beloved bevy but make it keto friendly. Here is my Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe, at only 2 grams of net carbs.

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp of butter
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (make sure there’s no added sugar)
  • 3 packets of stevia
  • 2 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream
  • Optional – MCT oil or coconut oil

Directions:

  1. In a pot over medium heat mix together pumpkin puree, butter, almond milk, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice. (Make it a bulletproof coffee by adding a little MCT oil or coconut oil!) Bring to a bubble.
  2. While the pumpkin mixture warms in the pot, brew two cups of coffee.
  3. Stir the coffee into the pumpkin mixture stirring well.
  4. Add the heavy whipping cream and stevia.
  5. Using an immersion blender, gently whip all together in the pot.
  6. Pour into two mugs and enjoy either hot or cold.
  7. Optional – Top it off with a little extra whipped cream and some pumpkin pie spice. (To make homemade whipped cream, mix some whipping cream and a sprinkle of stevia in a mixing bowl with a blender until whipped cream forms).

Sooooo much better than the typical sugary version at your local coffee shop and healthier too!

 

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Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

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