Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos

Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks | April 24, 2017 | By

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These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning! 

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Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos- These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!

I’m so excited to share with you the dish I came up with to promote Eggo’s new “green banner”! Eggo is now made with no artificial flavors or colors- look for the green banner on the box. I wanted to make a kid friendly breakfast (or snack, or dessert because these are really delicious), that adults could enjoy as well.

Now, breakfast time is hard for me, because I have a baby that still (she’s too old for this, really) wakes me up at least 2-3 times a night. So actually, a lot of mornings I roll around in bed while my husband gets up and gets the kids cereal and whatnot. What did I do to deserve such wonderful treatment?

Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos- These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!

But some days when I get some extra good rest, or it’s the weekend, or my husband seems extra tired, I’ll drag myself out of bed first. Now, I said cereal was my go-to, but sometimes I like to switch it up a bit, or make something “extra special”.

These waffle tacos are definitely “extra special”. You have your delicious but SO easy to make maple cream cheese, and you have lots and lots of fresh fruit!

Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos- These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!

And the result is so cute! In the picture above, I used pancakes. It works for either, so pick whichever one you/your children like better!

Want to make this even easier in the mornings? Have your fruit (if you are concerned about browning, maybe you could try sprinkling a bit of lemon juice on it?) and maple cream cheese prepped the night before! Then it will come together in just a few minutes!

Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos- These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!

I chose to use mangos, strawberries, and kiwi, because it’s what I had on hand. Also I liked the combination of colors! My husband actually doesn’t like kiwi but TOO BAD FOR HIM, because it’s yummy and it’s stayin’ in there.

I used Eggo Homestyle Waffles, and Eggo Buttermilk Pancakes, to keep the flavors simple. If I had given my kids the choice, they probably would’ve chosen one of the flavored ones. As long as you use one of the thinner varieties (you can try the thick and fluffy, but you have to get back to me and tell me how it worked!), you can pick whichever one you want.

These are also easy on the wallet, which, depending on how many mouths you have to feed, is really nice. I got mine at Target for $1.99 (4/15-5/13, so hurry)!

Eggo Waffles at Target

Target has them on an endcap right now for easy finding, but of course my store is running behind, and it was in the kids frozen foods section. I also want to direct you to the Eggo site so you can check out great ideas by other bloggers.

By the way, I thought these were great because you can just eat it with your hands, sans utensils. Well, my husband proved me wrong, as he kept spilling the fruit onto the floor. Really? I thought my kids might do that but… Anyways, I was able to eat mine without spilling any. I guess I can’t guarantee that your spouse can. Just make sure you provide a plate to catch any spills.

Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos- These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!

Alright, do you need anymore convincing? No? You should make these. Soon. And here’s a little video, so you can see how I made mine!

Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos- These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!
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Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos

These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 560 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 Eggo waffles or pancakes
  • 8 oz cream cheese one box
  • 6 T maple syrup
  • 1 mango
  • 2 kiwis
  • 10 strawberries

Instructions

  1. Toast your waffles while you prep ingredients. You want them cooled down before you pipe your maple cream cheese, or the cream cheese will get all melty and messy.

    In a medium sized bowl, cream together the cream cheese and maple syrup. You can warm the cream cheese up for smoother creaming, but you will have to cool it down in the refrigerator before piping. I just beat it with a handmixer straight out of the fridge. It wasn't as smooth, but it is quicker!

    Chop/rough chop the fruit into small-ish pieces and combine in a bowl. 

    Place the maple cream cheese in a piping bag, or use a large ziploc bag, and cut the corner off. Pipe onto the waffle/pancake, all around the edge, to hold in the fruit (see video above).

    Spoon the fruit into the center, and place another waffle/pancake on top. You may want to place it in the fridge to set the cream cheese up a bit. You can either eat it as is, or cut in half to make a "taco" of sorts. 

 

 

Fruit and Maple Waffle Tacos- These waffle tacos are filled with chopped fruit and sealed with a homemade maple cream cheese. It comes together so easily, you could serve this on a weekday morning!
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Sliced Tomato Salad with Cucumber Onion Marinade

Side Dish | April 17, 2017 | By

Sliced tomatoes topped with a chopped cucumbers and onion in a tangy marinade. This sliced tomato salad is so fresh and comes together in a snap. Perfect for a warm summer day!

Sliced Tomato Salad with Cucumber Onion Marinade- Sliced tomatoes topped with a chopped cucumbers and onion in a tangy marinade. This sliced tomato salad is so fresh and comes together in a snap.

Sliced Tomato Salad with Cucumber Onion Marinade- Sliced tomatoes topped with a chopped cucumbers and onion in a tangy marinade. This sliced tomato salad is so fresh and comes together in a snap.

Summer is coming. Yesterday I was outside and it was already HOT! When I was living in Utah, the summer was hot hot hot but at least it was dry. Here in Kansas it’s hot and humid which means it’s 10x worse. Can you tell I hate the heat?

One redeeming quality of summer is the fresh produce. Farmers markets are in full swing and you can get all sorts of local food, grown just down the road. It seems like the shorter the distance a veggie travels, the yummier it is.

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite salads. A sliced tomato salad! And it’s absolutely perfect for summer.

If you get the tomatoes and cucumber from your garden, then you get double, no… TRIPLE the points! I am a lazy homemaker, and I don’t have a garden. I want one, really bad. But when I think about the initial time investment to set it up and actually learn how to garden… I keep putting it off. Actually, I might be coming up on “too late”, for this season.

Sliced Tomato Salad with Cucumber Onion Marinade- Sliced tomatoes topped with a chopped cucumbers and onion in a tangy marinade. This sliced tomato salad is so fresh and comes together in a snap.

My mom always has a garden, and up until we moved a couple states over, I got to eat fresh backyard cherry tomatoes. Probably my favorite vegetable. It’s so sweet, it could almost be called a fruit. Wait… wait, tomatoes are technically a fruit. Hmm…

Anyways, the cucumber onion marinade on top is so simple, yet so perfect. It’s a combination of just a few ingredients, and you can easily adjust it to fit your tastes.

Sliced Tomato Salad with Cucumber Onion Marinade- Sliced tomatoes topped with a chopped cucumbers and onion in a tangy marinade. This sliced tomato salad is so fresh and comes together in a snap.

This recipe calls for rice vinegar, which is often used in Japanese cooking. I use Marukan brand(affiliate link). Just make sure you get UNSEASONED. If you get seasoned, well, you would just need to change the amounts of seasonings listed in the recipe, and adjust it to suit your tastes.

Japanese rice vinegar is less acidic and “sweeter” than white vinegars and other Western vinegars, so keep that in mind if you are switching up the recipe.

 

Sliced Tomato Salad with Cucumber Onion Marinade- Sliced tomatoes topped with a chopped cucumbers and onion in a tangy marinade. This sliced tomato salad is so fresh and comes together in a snap.
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Sliced Tomato Salad with Cucumber Onion Marinade

Sliced tomatoes topped with a chopped cucumbers and onion in a tangy marinade. This sliced tomato salad is so fresh and comes together in a snap. Perfect for a warm summer day!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 194 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 English/hothouse cucumber
  • 1/4 sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 t salt or more, to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice tomatoes to 1/2 inch thickness, and place in a single layer on a large plate with raised edges (to hold in the marinade). Dice the cucumber and sweet onion. Combine the olive oil, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt, and stir to fully combine. Put the cucumber and onion in the marinade and stir to coat. Optional: set aside for a few minutes to marinate. 

    Spoon marinade, cucumber, and onions onto the tomatoes and serve.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is very adaptable. Your can adjust the amount of cucumbers vs. onions, the size you cut them, and the amount of sugar and salt to suit your tastes.

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Cookie Cutter Chocolates

Dessert | April 10, 2017 | By

These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings! 

Cookie Cutter Chocolates- These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings!

Cookie Cutter Chocolates- These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings!

Today’s post is part of a blogger Easter “virtual party”! Check out great Easter recipes from my blogger friends! Links are at the bottom of the post!

A couple of weeks ago I posted my rosemary sea salt chocolate bark, geared more towards adults. Today I want to share a fun chocolate bark activity for kids!

How many of you parents like to cook with your kids? I’m in the kitchen so much, you would think I’d let my kids join in once in a while, right? I’m actually guilty of the opposite. I’m constantly telling my kids to “go play”, “go outside”, “shall we turn on a movie?”(their favorite).

Cookie Cutter Chocolates- These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings!

The problem is, when kids mix things in a bowl… some of it always ends up on the table, and the floor, and their hair…

I let them help me occasionally, when I’m feeling extra patient. It often turns out well, and is a positive experience for us all. On the flip side, I’ve also found myself snapping and nagging at them, and I’m afraid that I will make the kitchen a negative place for them. How sad would that be?

Cookie Cutter Chocolates- These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings!

But THIS recipe, if you can even call it that, is perfect for kids! It’s such a fun and easy project where you can give your kids lots of creative freedom. Be prepared to do a little sweeping afterwards, but you don’t have to worry about spills “messing up” your final product.

It’s really really simple. Melt the chocolate, pour into the cookie cutters, and top top topping away! Depending on the age of your children, they can even pour the chocolate into the molds!

Cookie Cutter Chocolates- These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings!

The two issues I ran into are: 1. I didn’t get the milk chocolate melted enough to pour well, so it was a bit more blobby and I had to spread it out with a spoon. No problem, still turned out fine. 2. If a child bumps the cookie cutter after you put the chocolate in, it will have a little bit that sticks out. You can see that in several of the pictures. Also no big deal.

Really, this recipe is easy and fun, and you can get SO creative with the toppings!

Here are the toppings I chose:

Jelly beans, freeze dried fruit (strawberries, mangoes, bananas), shredded coconut, crumbled bacon, potato chips, granola, chopped almonds, crumbled oreo-type cookies, and candied ginger.

Honestly, my kids would’ve been even happier if I had sprinkles and more candy.

So what are you going to put on yours?

Cookie Cutter Chocolates- These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings!

This would be such a fun activity to do on Easter as a family. Also, make sure to check the links below for other Easter recipe ideas!

#BloggersDoEaster

Spring Roasted Carrot Noodle Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette from No Spoon Necessary

Earn Serious Bunny Points, And Make Easter Basket Cupcakes from The Sweet Nerd

Mini Egg Chocolate Bundt Cake from Girl Heart Food

Maple Bacon Deviled Eggs from Beyond Mere Sustenance

Lemon Curd Pavlova from Seasons and Suppers

Blood Orange Wheat Ale Pound Cake with Blood Orange Glaze from Beer Girl Cooks

Easter Mini Egg Cookie Bars from Salt and Lavender

Ham and Cheese Scones from Kevin is Cooking

Marbled Easter Egg Truffles from Sugar Hero

Angel Food Cupcakes with Compote Filling from Meg is Well

Easter Hazelnut Meringue Layer Cake from From Scratch Mostly

Spring Green Salad with Asparagus from Seasonal Cravings

 

Cookie Cutter Chocolates- These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings!
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Cookie Cutter Chocolates

These cookie cutter chocolates are a great activity to do with kids! Melted chocolate is poured into cookie cutter molds and topped with all sorts of fun toppings! 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chocolate of choice
  • 16 cookie cutters approximately

Topping ideas

  • freeze dried fruits
  • sprinkles
  • crumbled cookies
  • bacon
  • potato chips
  • chopped nuts
  • etc. etc. etc.!

Instructions

  1. Grease each cookie cutter. Spray cooking spray onto a paper towel, and rub along the inside of each cutter.

    Line a large baking sheet, or two regular sized baking sheets, with parchment paper. Place cookie cutters on parchment paper. Make sure to choose cookie cutters that have a relatively flat bottom. If it's too lopsided or bent out of shape, chocolate can leak out from the sides.

    Prepare all of your toppings, and place them in small bowls around the baking sheets, so you have easy access to them all.

    Place the chocolate, chopped in pieces, in a microwave safe/double boiler safe bowl. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, or in the microwave in thirty second increments, stirring well after each, until melted. 

    When the chocolate is melted, pour about an ounce of chocolate into each cookie cutter, while holding  the cookie cutter steady with the other hand. If the chocolate doesn't spread into all the corners, use a spoon to spread the chocolate out. 

    Immediately start topping the chocolate with the different toppings. Gently press the toppings into the chocolate to make sure it sticks. 

    Allow chocolate to cool and harden. You may want to place it in the fridge to help it harden quicker. Once completely hardened, gently press the chocolate around the edges and pop out of the cutter. If it doesn't come out easily, try warming the sides up with your hands, to slightly melt the chocolate. 

    Store in a cool place, or in the fridge in a sealed container. 

Recipe Notes

The number of cookie cutters your chocolate will fill will depend on their sizes.

I advise against using cutters with lots of small angles or sharp corners, as they don't come out of the molds as easily, and may break apart. 

You can easily change the amount of chocolate you use, depending on how much you want to make. 

 

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Strawberry Crepe Cake

Dessert | April 3, 2017 | By

Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert.

Strawberry Crepe Cake-Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert.

Strawberry Crepe Cake- Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert.

Crepe cake, Mille crepe, whatever you know it as, this dessert will have your guests ooh-ing and aah-ing. What is it about layered cakes that just makes your heart flutter?

I think part of the reason is that we think layered cakes are a lot of work, or that they are hard to make. I wish I could tell you that this cake comes together in a snap, but, well, you gotta make all those crepe layers. That being said, it’s easy to make and totally doable!

Strawberry Crepe Cake-Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert.

Most crepe cakes I see around just have some sort of cream in the middle, but I wanted to make this one extra special. My husband loves strawberries, so I thinly thinly sliced strawberries and added them to every layer!

A great way to thinly and uniformly slice your strawberries is to use a mandolin. Check out the video below to see how I did it. I got mine at the 100 yen (dollar) shop in Japan, but I’m pretty sure you can find them for cheap in America too.

Strawberry Crepe Cake-Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert.

By the way, what is it about crepes and ruining the first one? As in, whenever I make crepes, crepe cakes, anything crepe-y, my first one always goes straight into the trash. It just never turns out right! For this recipe, there’s room for some mistakes. I tossed my first layer, and then ditched a couple others that weren’t round enough. Look how tall it is still! If it’s missing a few layers, it’ll still look great, so don’t stress too much!

Another thing? Don’t stress if your crepe isn’t a perfect circle. In the video below, you’ll see that some of my layers were a little wonky, but I think it adds to the ruffle-y look of the finished cake. Really, it’s rather forgiving, so give it a shot!

Strawberry Crepe Cake-Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert.

I hope you’ll like this strawberry crepe cake! Watch the video below for a quick tutorial.

Strawberry Crepe Cake-Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert.
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Strawberry Crepe Cake

Filled with whipped cream and strawberries, this fancy looking strawberry crepe cake comes together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert. 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients

Crepe Batter

  • 2 eggs
  • 400 ml milk
  • 2 T granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 T butter melted
  • 1/2 t vanilla

Filling

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 T granulated sugar
  • 1 lb strawberries

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk until just warm. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sugar. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and add about 1/3 of the milk. Whisk to combine. Add the flour in 1/3-1/2 at a time, whisking to fully incorporate. When batter is mostly smooth, add the rest of the milk, and mix. Add the melted butter and vanilla, and whisk to combine. Strain the batter through a mesh sieve into another bowl, to remove lumps. Allow to set in fridge for about half an hour.

  2. Whip the cream with the sugar until medium stiff peaks form. Slice the strawberries as thin and evenly as you can, or use a mandolin to slice them. You may want to leave a few strawberries, for garnish, as you may not need the entire pound for the layers (depending on how many layers you make). 

  3. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium heat. Pour about 3T of batter and swirl around until you have a thin circle. Wait a minute or two until you are able to flip. When cooked through, remove from pan and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining batter. Have a couple of plates out, so you don't stack the hot crepes right on top of each other. Once they are cooled a bit, you can layer them. 

  4. To assemble: On the first crepe, spread a thin layer of whipped cream and a layer of strawberries. Place another crepe on top and repeat until you get to the final layer. Before setting the final crepe on top, cover the last strawberries with another thin layer of whipped cream. This is to keep the strawberries from showing through the top layer. Garnish cake with whipped cream and strawberries, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

Adapted from: Cookpad (Japanese). 

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