Friday, February 6, 2015

Lemon zest buttermilk pancakes

We love pancakes and they are a Saturday morning staple in our home.
I've shared my favorite Banana Pancake recipe here and wanted to share another favorite of ours: Lemon Zest Buttermilk Pancakes!
These are so fluffy and delicious and best of all, easy to make!


2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp sugar or 1 tbsp stevia
Zest of 1 large lemon
3.5 cups buttermilk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
3 tbsp melted butter plus extra to coat your skillet

1. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda & sugar or stevia in a medium bowl to combine.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla extract, eggs, lemon zest and melted butter.
3. Add flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
4. Allow the batter to sit for about 5 minutes. It should be fluffy and a little thick (not runny or     watery). If the batter is too thick, you can add a little more buttermilk.
5. Heat a large skillet or griddle and grease with extra butter.
6. I use one medium-large soup ladle full of batter for each pancake. Cook each pancake until bubbles begin to appear - then flip and cook the other side until golden brown.

Mmmmm so delicious!

Checkout more of my delicious recipes HERE!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Snapshots of New York City (Part One)

We just came back from a week long trip to New York City last week.
This city never ceases to amaze me!
We enjoyed walking from morning until late into the night,
drinking hot tea with cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery,
watching hundreds of people hustle & bustle through Grand Central Station,
thrifting/vintage/antique shopping on the upper west side,
sitting at the Ace Hotel with friends and chatting for hours while drinking Stumptown Coffee,
eating delicious pizza at Eataly,
seeing the Radio City Hall Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes,
walking the Brooklyn Bridge,
admiring all of the vendors at the Chelsea Market,
eating LOTS of delicious food (lobster at Chelsea Market was my favorite),
seeing the show at Rockefeller Center & all of the Christmas d├ęcor everywhere,
trees for sale on the sidewalks,
a long stroll through central park,
comedy show at the Comedy Cellar & jazz at Smalls,
seeing the beautiful Greenwich Village,
ice skaters and Christmas shops in Bryant Park,
a tour of the famous New York Library,
walking on Highline Park,
going all the way to Queens to try out a famous diner for breakfast,
and just taking in all that is New York City.
Part two of our trip to come!
(See our 2012 trip to New York City here!)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy one year birthday Charlie!

Today we celebrated Charlie's one year birthday! I don't even know where to begin.....! This boy is the biggest joy in our lives. He is such a happy and joyful soul. Part of me is so happy yet part of me is sad because time has gone way too fast. It's a bittersweet feeling to see your baby growing so fast. 
We had a little "Up, up and away" themed backyard party with family. We had a taco station and lots of desserts. Charlie had so much fun opening presents and being the center of attention. He is loved by both sides of the family and is as spoiled as can be! 

My dearest Charlie, it feels like just yesterday we were on our way to the hospital eagerly awaiting your arrival into this world. It seems like just yesterday you were so small in your swaddle, so content sleeping long hours of the day in mama's arms. Now you are your own little person... running around and exploring as much of this great big world as you can in one day. I love how you are so curious and determined to figure things out on your own, to touch and taste and feel new things. I adore your smile and how you crinkle your nose when something makes you laugh. I love how you look me in the eyes and then lay your head on my chest so we can cuddle - even if it only lasts a few minutes at a time because you are always on the go. You have such a beautiful spirit. I pray you are continually blessed with health, happiness and all the things your heart will desire. We love you so much. You truly are heaven sent!

Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

let's go to the beach!

My boys <3

After church on Sunday morning we decided to take a spontaneous trip to the beach. It was hot (mid 90's!) in Portland so we knew it would be a nice day to head to the coast. Sometimes spontaneous trips are the most fun in my opinion!

Charlie loves anything to do with water from sipping out of a straw to splashing around in it. As soon as he saw the ocean he pointed with both fingers at the water and let out a loud glee of excitement! The water was really cold and it was so funny to see him tip toeing through it. He just couldn't get enough of it and we just couldn't get enough of that happy little smile.

We also brought Norman along and I know he enjoyed running freely on the open beach. With Charlie around he doesn't always get as much attention as he used to so we try to bring him along whenever we can. 

Charlie's first trip to the beach will surely be a memorable one! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

glorious weekends

The weekend is here once again which means breakfast together, lounging around, church on Sunday, naps, long afternoon strolls in the neighborhood. There is always something to do and we get to do it together which I love most. I feel like the weeks are so busy with work and life's responsibilities that we barely get to squeeze in a few hours together as a family over dinner and into the evening before the days are gone. Weekends are different because we are all home and I so look forward to our time together.

These are some pictures from a few Sunday's ago. It was cloudy and cooler so we went on a nice long walk. We stopped at Hawthorne Fish House to catch up on the score of the World Cup soccer game and ate some delicious crab chowder. We then roamed random streets and took the long way home while admiring all the beautiful, colorful homes and streets.
Summer days are nice and long and if we can be outside, you bet we are! I'm sure glad the weekend is here once again. Happy Friday!
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