Baileys Hot Chocolate

While it’s been a pretty mild winter (well, just when it comes to snow, really), that doesn’t mean we can’t still snuggle up with some hot cocoa in yoga pants under loads of blankies. And as we all know, we like to add a little bit of fun to our drinks for an even warmer evening sip. I mean come on, this sounds like a rockin’ Saturday night to us.

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Hot Cocoa

Heat some milk over a stove top and whisk in a couple spoon-fulls of your favorite hot cocoa mix. Whisk well until the chunks have diminished and it’s all frothy and wonderful. Add in your Baileys Irish Coffee (or flavored nip) and stir again. Pour into your mugs, and top with some fluffy whipped cream. Garnish with any delicious add ons — cocoa powder, cinnamon, candy canes, orange zest — go nuts!

We actually made these guys while we were still in the full holiday spirit, so if it’s felling a little festive to you, that would be why!

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Good Ol’ Blueberry Pancakes

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While we have a few weeks of summer left, take full advantage of your summer fruits and lazy weekends! Blueberry pancakes are where it’s at. When Reg and I were in New Hampshire a few weekends ago, we woke up early to pick some fresh blueberries and had pancakes on the mind – it was quick, easy and delicious. This recipe has the perfect amount of fluff, while maintaing a little density.

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// Ingredients {makes between 8-10 pancakes}

Nonstick Spray (or butter for the pan)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, this is how to make it easily at home)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cooking oil
pinch of salt
blueberries (or any fruit you’d like!)

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// Instructions

01. Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat. Use nonstick spray or butter to grease up the pan.

* At this point if you’re making the buttermilk, do so now so it has a few minutes to sit.

02. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder & salt into a medium sized bowl.

03. In a large bowl, whisk your milk, oil, and egg together.

04. Add dry ingredients slowly to the wet, whisking until well mixed and there are no chunks.

05. Pour your desired sized pancake into the skillet

06. Sprinkle in your desired fruit (as many as you’d like!)

07. Flip when edges are bubbling/appearing to harden. They should be golden brown.

08. Cook until the pancakes seem cooked all the way through and the bottom is golden, about another 2-3 minutes.

09. Repeat!

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Garnish with powdered sugar and extra fruit if you’d like! It makes them extra cute!

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And most importantly – enjoy!