Petite Pancakes with Mixed Berry & Mango Toppings

Petite Pancakes with Mixed Berry & Mango Toppings | ApplestoZiti.com

There are some things we can’t remember about our childhood and some memories that are crystal clear. There are also those moments that were captured on a video and we, after watching that video, adopted the memory as our own, even if we were too young to actually remember the occasion. Or perhaps a story was told so many times that we feel we remember being there.

One memory of mine happened more often than not on Saturday mornings during my childhood. My dad would fire up the griddle, melt some butter, and cook up a big stack of pancakes for my brothers and I. Maple syrup was a must. No substitutes would do.

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Mini Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Blackberry Icing

Mini Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls with Blackberry Icing | Easter Brunch Recipes via ApplestoZiti.com

The more I use puff pastry dough the more I like it.

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A Season of Change

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What a whirlwind these past couple of weeks have been.

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White Chocolate Pretzel Toffee

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There’s something you should know about my little family.

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Sweet Potato Egg Nests with Maple-Bacon & Goat Cheese

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These are the perfect egg recipe for your Christmas morning brunch. Or perhaps you’re more the New Year’s Brunch type. Or possibly Easter brunch is your groove. Or Mother’s Day brunch. Or heck… just have brunch tomorrow.

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Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta

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This is a “My tomatoes are going bad and I need to use them ASAP or they’re going in the trash” recipe.

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Mexican-Style Quinoa

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I’m telling you… I’m dead keen on quinoa.

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Satay Saturday

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There is something about “sticks” that make food more desirable to my munchkins… a boring turkey sandwich becomes exciting and gourmet when I cut it into squares and stick a toothpick into each one. Juice is yummy in a glass, but freeze it on a stick so you can lick it?! SO MUCH BETTER… right? Candy… so fun to eat. Candy on a stick (i.e. A Lollipop)… a special treat. Thus, chicken served right on the skewers it was cooked on… MAGNIFICENT!!

I love when they get excited about their dinner before it enters their little mouths.

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Spicy Pop Pulled Pork & Onions

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Whether you’re having a huge gathering at your house, taking a dish to someone else’s gathering, or just making dinner for your family, then it’s time to make Spicy Pop Pulled Pork.

Some pulled pork recipes take a bit to get together… even the slow cooker ones… but this one is not one of them.

In fact, I would challenge you to see just how fast you can get this in the pot. Next time I make it I’m setting a stopwatch and I plan to keep track so I know if I break my record. It’s just that fast!

The recipe is for cooking it in the oven but I made it in the slow cooker to save on energy and heat… 6 hours with the oven on in the middle of the day means an air conditioner that has to work DOUBLE time… not an option for our budget right now!

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When Life Gives You Lemons… Make Pancakes!

Well, life didn’t really give me lemons…

But I did go to make pancakes and discovered my box mix was all out except for a few sad tablespoons at the bottom of the box. (No, I am not against box mixes for making pancakes… if you have kids, you probably are not either… at least if you’re honest with yourself…)

Well, no box mix meant either no pancakes OR…

Making my own?!

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Once I got the right consistency and flavor in my batter I cooked a few trial pancakes and I think I’ve found a go-to recipe for myself!

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Pork Tenderloin with Jam Glaze & Habanero “Mojo”

“Mojo” is not a word I use often…

Okay, I never use that word.

But apparently Bobby Flay likes to use it to describe the sauce in this recipe of his…

And let me just say… call it what you like, it’s DELICIOUS!

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Some mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli on the side and you’ve got a meal!

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