Friday, October 25, 2013

Law and Order at 97.3 The Eagle!

Ever had your food go missing from the office fridge? If you read my blog you know I'm obsessed with food
So when I put a brand new container of hummus in the office fridge at 9:30pm and it disappeared before midnight I was up for a fight! 

I took a cue from Olivia Bensen and brought a lie detector test to the radio station to find the "perp."  Here's what happened on our very own 97.3 The Eagle edition of Law and Order


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Harvest Apple Chili

Ok where did Fall go??  Suddenly it feels like winter and it's only October

Sadly, this week is just a preview of the cold days ahead. The only way to get through will be with a warm bowl of chili!

This recipe is so easy so you can throw everything on the stove and run back to cuddling up with a blanket


1 jar of thick and chunky salsa 
14 oz vegetable stock
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can yellow hominy drained and rinsed
1 medium Granny Smith apple cored and chopped
1/3 cup Golden Raisins
1/3 cup Dried Apricots
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2-4 teaspoons Chili Powder (I always end up adding more)
2-3 dashes of Chipotle flavored hot sauce

In a dutch oven combine all the ingredients except the cashews and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.  Top with cashews and, if you like, more apple slices.  

I lucked out and had a jar of apple salsa that I bought from a road side stand this summer that was PERFECT for this recipe but I've made it with regular salsa and it's just as good.

Stay warm! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Banana Bread

This weekend I discovered I had way too many overripe bananas begging to be turned into banana bread.  I also had a half a can of pumpkin left over from my Pumpkin Butterscotch pancakes so I thought...why not combine the two and make the Best. Bread. Ever?! 

Holy mother of breads!

This has to be shared!

Here's the recipe:

(adapted from Bakin' and Eggs)

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I ran out and made my own
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3 ripe bananas mashed with a fork
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup egg beaters (or 2 eggs)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or canola oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup powdered sugar sifted
1 Tablespoon milk
1 Tablespoon pumpkin puree

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. 
In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients...pumpkin, eggs, greek yogurt, applesauce, vanilla and the brown sugar.  Stir in the mashed bananas. Add the dry ingredients to the wet slowly and stir gently to combine.  Bake 50-55 minutes.  Let cool completely before pouring the glaze on top.

The glaze is simple- just whisk all three ingredients together.

Now that I have this bread in my life there is only one thing missing

Seriously, the only thing better than Pumpkin Banana Bread is toasted Pumpkin Banana Bread!  Enjoy! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy National Dessert Day

Let's celebrate today because it's National Dessert Day!

If you don't love dessert you may want to stop right here
In case you've missed them here are some of my favorite dessert recipes

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie




Whichever dessert you choose to celebrate today with...Enjoy! :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My 12 year old cat turns into a kitten again

The last couple of weekends I've gone out to Eagle events and kind folks have come up to me to ask how my cat is doing.  (97.3 The Eagle listeners are the BEST!)  So I wanted to share this update...he played! 
Ok I know that seems normal for a cat but not for Bailey.  He's always preferred laying in a lap to playing. He's too sophisticated for toys.  But occasionally when he saw a straw he just couldn't resist going after it.

He hasn't played in quite a while though.  We thought it was just him getting older but this weekend he was like a kitten again for a minute!

For this little bit of time we forgot about the cancer and his next dose of chemotherapy and just enjoyed seeing him happy. 

He is scheduled for his next chemotherapy treatment this week but his kidneys had a little bit of trouble with the last dose.  We're in a state of limbo right now waiting for different specialists to confer and decide whether he needs a lesser dose, more time in between doses or a different chemo drug all together.  It's tough waiting and not knowing. But in the meantime, we are just enjoying every precious moment we have with him...whether he's being our sweet lap cat or a playful kitten again :) 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Apple Cider Pancakes with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

When my husband and I woke up this morning I said "Summer sucked...let's make fall fantastic"  

For the past 8+ weeks we've traveled every weekend.  During July and August we drove down to Raleigh once...sometimes twice a week...for Bailey's cancer treatments. Then the day we picked him up my nephew fell at the playground and had to be flown to MCV hospital in Richmond.  He ended up spending a month in the hospital and having a shunt put in and this week he finally got to go home! 

So this is the first weekend in over 2 months that everyone is back home where they are supposed to be and I plan on enjoying every minute!

A good day starts with a good breakfast, right?  

And what's better on a cool Fall morning than a cup of apple cider?  I start just about every day off with a cup of this

so I thought "why not use some to make Apple Cider Pancakes?"  

Apple Cider Pancakes

1 1/4 cup flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 

1 egg
2 Tablespoons oil
1/4 Unsweetened Almond Milk (you can also use buttermilk or regular milk)
1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice)

Top with melted butter and Cinnamon Sugar (combine 3 Tablespoons sugar with 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon) and, of course, a little syrup


What's not to like???

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkin Butterscotch Pancakes

It's the first day of October and you know what that's time to put pumpkin flavor into everything!  I mean, come on, who doesn't like pumpkin? 

One of my favorite things to make every fall is Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins so I thought...why not turn them into pancakes?? 

1 cup flour (I used white whole wheat)

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

-Whisk the dry ingredients together

1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
2 eggs

-Whisk together
-Combine the wet ingredients with the dry using a spatula.  Stir just until moistened.

Coat a nonstick griddle or pan with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.  Spoon batter into pan in batches using 1/4 cup batter for each pancake.  Cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. 

Here comes the fun part...Top with Butterscotch chips! 

Seriously the combo of pumpkin and butterscotch is amazing!  Enjoy :)