Homemade Vanilla Maple Syrup

This quarantine has me reaching back into cooking days like something fierce; it brings back the very fond memories of when I attend Le Cordon Bleu in Pittsburgh. It no longer exists, the school closed in 2012; I was the last graduating class in 2011. Quite honestly it is probably one of the happiest seasons of my life, I was young…had tons of ambition…and completely in love with my school. My goal was to live in Washington, Dc and be the presidents pastry chef; that was seriously my goal. Didn’t happen obviously, and I am completely fine with it.

Anyways, I commuted to the city everyday, I was on a bus at 6:30 in the morning and some days I didn’t return home until almost 8pm. This was right after I completely dropped out of college to attend cooking school; that was a very bittersweet day, but I believe it took me to where I needed to be in life. I had some of the best teachers that I could ever ask for, probably some of the best teachers in all my years of schooling. This is where I got my opportunity to move down South and work at one of the top golf resorts in the US; an experience that I will never forget.

But here I am almost ten years later and I am no longer working in the field; it wasn’t for losing the passion…well… in a different way. I absolutely hated resort life..it’s not doable being a single mom. The hours are way to unpredictable, my typical shift was 4am to sometimes 7pm; it’s a tough field. More than what I ever expected it to be.

However, I felt that the only reason why I was brought into the direction of of this was to meet Sophia’s father and bring her into the world…without quitting college..and entering cooking school; who knows if I would have had Sophia. And also to make food for you fine folks and share it….

SOOOOOO….without procrastinating any longer

I MADE HOMEMADE SYRUP! HOW COOL.

Curious….do you say syrup as seeerup? (PLEASE SAY NO…PLEASE SAY NO…)

OR

SIRUP?

Seeerup makes me cringe….like the sound of someone crunching on ice…or for most people of the world it’s nails down a chalk board. Either way…it’s a whole potato…patato situation that I avoid like the plague. My brother on the other hand says SEEEERUP….I definitely think just to get until my skin…or the way he calls me Sarris…ugh..that’s just horrible.

Joanna Gaines Maple Syrup from her Magnolia Table Volume 2

Ingredients:

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of water

2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

2 tsp. of our maple extract.

**I trippled the recipe**

  1. Bring your sugar and water to a boil
  2. Add your extracts
  3. Allow mixture to simmer for 20 minutes- stir it
  • Refrigerate up to two weeks.

My grandma used to make homemade syrup and I remember her telling me how easy it is to make, but I don’t have her recipe anymore. So Joanna Gaines recipe I think is very similar to hers; and tastes quite like it as well.

Anyways this is going to go perfect with my famous french toast as Sophia calls it; that’s a recipe for another day.

Blueberry Thrill Muffins

“I found my thrill on blueberry hill….on blueberry hill when I found you….” originally sung by Fats Domino but more importantly sung by me in the kitchen anytime I bake something that contains blueberries. It brings back memories of being down in West Virginia as child at my grandparents house. I would immediately rummage through their vinyls and play a few select records every visit; Blueberry Hill was among the few selected.

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Banana Yogurt Bites

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Today I am sharing with you another healthy recipe that I enjoy myself, especially when I am on the go! I wish I would have known about this recipe when I was in school, it definitely would have made eating breakfast a lot easier. Since I am not typically a breakfast eater this would be perfect to have on hand.

Yes, we are using more Greek Yogurt!!

What You Need:

Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or any flavor or brand)

1 Banana (or two..or three..depends on how many you want to make)

Blueberry Crumble Granola with Flaxseed (any kind of granola you want)

Wax Paper

Container to put the Yogurt Banana Bites in to freeze

What To Do:

  1. Peel your banana, cut it up in nice thick slices. Put your yogurt & granola in a separate bowl.
  2. Cover the bottom of your container with the wax paper.
  3. Take one slice of your banana and cover it with the yogurt. (not to heavy).
  4. Then roll it is the granola. If there is to much yogurt on the banana, then granola will roll off.
  5. Set it on the wax paper in your container, continue to do the same for the rest.
  6. Once you have coated all your bananas, put then in the freezer for about 6 hours or overnight.
  7. And Enjoy!

**Please note: if your granola is to chunky, put it in plastic bag, hit it a few times with a rolling pin…don’t make dust!**

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All of my ingredients are prepared and ready to go!

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Rolling my banana in yogurt!

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The Blueberry Crumble is my favorite, if you can find it at your local grocery store..try it out! What did I do with the left over yogurt and granola? Around 11pm when I was working I mixed everything up and ate it…it was heavenly!

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All ready to go in the freezer! I let mine sit overnight.

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The next day! Be careful, they are frozen and really cold!

These would be great to give your kids as they are running out the door to catch their bus or even an after school snack.

If you make these..show me I would love to see how yours turned out! My snapchat, instagram and twitter is Sarah_BellaLife.

Have a fantastic day!

 

 

 

Avocado Smash

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It is currently 10:22 P.M. and I am starving. I have not been eating a solid three meals a day lately, because we have been spending a good amount of time at the pool. So, for lunch we have been snacking on cheese, fruits and crackers etc.By the time 5 P.M rolls around I am eating dinner. I typically do not like to eat any later than 7 P.M. and normally I can shake off the “I am hungry spell,” but tonight I caved.

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Missy’s Pumpkin Bread

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About a year ago I was searching for a really good Pumpkin Bread, and I came across¬†this¬†recipe made by ‘youtuber’ Missy Lanning. I made it and ever since then it has landed in my recipe box. Two weeks ago I had a huge craving for something Pumpkin and considering it wasn’t that wonderful time of year for “everything pumpkin,” I instantly ran to my recipes and pulled out Missy’s Pumpkin Bread.

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Easy Avocado Breakfast

Easy Avocado Breakfast

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I came across this recipe sometime last summer and absolutely loved it! I love avocado, which was not always the case. I remember once years ago when I was in Hawaii horse back riding down a mountain and at the end the instructors gave us these loaded sandwiches. And on them was slices of avocado. I remember not being thrilled about the avocado, picking it off and stuffing them inside of my napkin. I did not want to offend the instructors that made us the sandwiches. Now, many years later I now have a new love for avocados, if I could just teleport back in time when I threw my avocados away I would eat mine and then steal my brothers. If you like avocados and eggs why not give this super easy recipe a try for breakfast or a snack. On the bright side it is also gluten free!

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