we kicked off the weekend on friday night by going to a local high school's production of "mamma mia" and it was great. on saturday, we got together for brunch with my parents at one of our favorite local restaurants. then on sunday, our families got together to celebrate ryan's mom's birthday which is tomorrow. we finished off the weekend on sunday night by curling up on the couch with leko to get some much-needed rest.
it's finally friday, and this week was a bit of a crazy one. i'm very much looking forward to the weekend and actually having the next two days off with ryan! sunday is st. patty's day. we're not irish, but i think ryan has the "luck of the irish" in him because he has such a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. i heard on the news this week that 1 in every 5,000 clovers has four leaves. he has found several over the years, and i have kept most of the ones that he found (by pressing them between two pieces of wax paper and letting them dry out.)
i'm on kitty watch while ryan's parents are away and these two cuties are so lovable! they're always so happy to see me when i walk in the door (i'm sure it's because they know i'm about to feed them)!
today is national pancake day at ihop! to celebrate, ihop will be giving away free pancakes all day. if you're like us and you don't live near an ihop, you can celebrate at home with your own pancakes. it's no secret that ryan and i are huge pancake fans. here are some of our favorite pancake recipes . . .
. . . that leko doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning and i don't blame him at all. it's making it very hard to convince myself to get up to go to work for a very early monday morning meeting when he's so cute and cuddly!
this is a really horrible picture because of the angle it was taken at . . . but nonetheless, it signifies the successful completion of my friend's doctoral dissertation. i served as a committee member for his dissertation and was proud to see him successfully defend his work last week. way to go!
it's been a long time since we've made a dutch baby for breakfast (here and here). we're pancake lovers, and that includes puffed pancakes baked in the oven. one of our favorite local restaurants makes crazy flavors of cast-iron skillet dutch babies. i saw on facebook that they were advertising a raspberry dutch baby with chocolate chips for valentine's day, and it inspired me to make my own version.
we used our mini cast-iron skillets which made cute little individual portions. dutch babies are so easy because you mix all of the ingredients together, pour the batter into the hot skillets, and then let the oven do all of the work.
we enjoyed ours with a dollop of vanilla yogurt on top along with some warm maple syrup!
1 tablespoon salted butter, divided
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup raspberries
preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. divide the butter between 4 mini cast-iron skillets and place the skillets in the oven while it preheats to melt the butter. meanwhile, beat the eggs with an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. mix in the milk and vanilla. beat in the sugar, flour, and cocoa powder until completely combined.
remove the skillets from the oven and swirl the butter around to evenly coat the inside of the skillet. divide the batter between the skillets. place the raspberries in the batter and bake for 20-25 minutes until puffed and cooked throughout.
it's march 1st and it's the first day of meteorological spring, but we woke up to snow this morning and are forecasted to get even more snow this weekend on both saturday and sunday. ugggggg!!!!
it's the first weekend in a long time that we are free and don't have a show, so we were really looking forward to doing something fun. we won't be happy at all if we have to spend our weekend shoveling. come on spring!