Homemade Crêpes

As per special request, I made some homemade crepes from scratch for breakfast today.
I grew up having crepes for breakfast all the time, but I had never made them myself.
I was a little skeptical, but this recipe actually was amazing!
They turned out perfect.

1 cup of flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of butter

In a medium size bowl, add the flour, and slowly whisk the egg, milk and water.
I recommend beating the egg with the milk and water before, so there are no eggy pieces in the crepes.
Next add the salt and melt the butter, and whisk into the mixture.

Put a skillet or frying pan on medium heat, and lightly grease the pan with oil or butter (I tried both - works perfect with either).

Depending on the size of crepe you want, add between 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of batter to the middle of the pan, and then lift the pan to tilt the batter (all around in a circle), and spread it evenly.
I used 1/2 cup, and it filled my 10.25" frying pan perfectly.

I try to shake the frying pan a little to see when the crepe is ready to flip.
If you shake it, and the crepe moves, you can flip it over. 
If it sticks, leave it a little longer.
The batter on the top of the crepe should be cooked.
I flip my crepes a few times, until they are perfect.
I found the started to whiten a little more when they are cooked (as they are a little yellowy?)

Personally, I love chocolate and strawberries, so i put a line of nutella, a line of cut strawberries and a line of whipped cream.
Then I drizzled a little chocolate sauce over the top.

- Strawberries, Nutella and Whipped cream
- Banana, Nutella and Yogurt
- Strawberries and Whipped cream
- Raspberries, Blueberries and Yogurt

I'm sure theres millions of other crepes to try, but those are some of my favourites.


Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are really delicious cookies! Slightly adapted from Original Nestle Toll House cookies recipe.

2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of butter
¾ cup of granulated sugar
¾ cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
2 cup of chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)
1 cup of chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, beat the softened butter with the granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs, and mix.

Slowly add in the flour mixture while mixing.
Add in the chocolate chips and pecans.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Roll dough into balls, and bake on a nonstick baking pan for 10-12 minutes.      


Print the recipe card here.

Valentine's Falling Hearts

First, I cut print out this heart at the percentage size I wanted, which was approx. 40%.
Then I cut it out, and glued to cardboard.
My sister and I then used this as a template, and cut out so many little hearts.
We would double up the paper, so one cut would give us 6-8 hearts.
The chevron pattern is wrapping paper, and the white is just plain printer paper.

You can then use ribbon, or we used a natural twine.
After, we lined up with twine on the back of the hearts, and placed a little bit of tape.
We put about two inches between each heart.
I put a little bow at the top of the twine.

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I have made this coffee cake a few times, and my family and I always love it!
I found this recipe last year on Pine cones and Acorns.

1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup of sour cream
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of each: ground nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, allspice

Cream Cheese Filling:
1 (8oz) package of cream cheese
1 egg yolk
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Streusel Topping:
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of flour
1/4 cup of butter (cold)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Cream together the semi-melted butter and sugar for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.
Mix in the eggs and sour cream.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
Spread half of the cake batter into a 9-inch, greased spring-form pan.

Cream Cheese Filling:
Semi-melt the cream cheese, and mix.
Add the sugar, egg and vanilla and mix together.

Add the cream cheese filling on top of the cake batter, spreading evenly.
Then add the remaining half of the cake batter on top of the cream cheese filling.

Streusel Topping:

Combine all ingredients, using cold butter.
Using your fingers or a fork, to make a crumbly consistency.
Add to the top of the cake.
Bake for 50-55 minutes.
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Warm Winter Chic

It's been quite cold over the last few weeks - here are a few of my favourites to keep warm.

The Community Paradigm Parka from Aritzia is one of my recent purchases, it costs $325, but it is one of the best purchases I've made. It is the warmest casual coat I've ever had. It is down filled, and has fleecy lined pockets (in case you forgot to wear gloves). And because it is a longer coat, it also makes you so much warmer - no drafts up the coat. I love it!

My parents love these boots, and I really hope to get a pair soon.
They have waterproof bottoms, for slushy wetness, and they are lined and apparently really warm.
Much better than trying to wear Hunter boots in the winter.
Even though the hood on the coat I have is really warm, I still have this knit headband! 
It's a cute way to keep warm.

$11 - hm.com

I love scarves in the winter, especially when it's cold and windy because you can cover it over your face. I hate the wind that makes it hard to breathe, but this makes it better!

I also have been searching for some cute gloves.
I want a pair that have a little patten to them, like the ones above, because then your scarf and  hat/headband don't have to be so matchy.

Keep Warm!

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

A sweet treat I enjoyed over the holidays was a chocolate skip skillet cookie.
Such a lovely warm treat on a cold day - also delicious with some vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce (not as warm...)
I was given a kit that came with a cookie mix, but check out this recipe from Martha Stewart.
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars with a wooden spoon. Stir in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chips. Transfer to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; smooth top.

Bake until cookie is golden brown and just set in the center, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.

Recipe by Martha Stewart.