Ultimate Chocolate Belgian Waffle eh? Yep, pretty tall order to live up to when you state that about a recipe, huh? Thing is I’m confident that these are those. Remember when you were little and all you wanted for breakfast was chocolate cake or candy? But no Mom would make you that lumpy no sugar added cucka oat meal. We never had the sugar cereals or the stuff with marshmallows. We had Wheaties, Corn Flakes or Cheerios in our house. And I thank GOD for that to be honest as I hate sugared cereals and sorry Mom but I like sweetened oatmeal. And cake for breakfast? Okay yes I’ve done it and yes I felt so guilty too. Even though Mom’s been gone 26 years now I still feel so guilty if I have sweets for breakfast.
How these waffles cam about is that Mr. Fantabulous wanted something other than 3 dippy eggs, 3 slices of crispy bacon and 3 slices of toast (that’s his norm). I wasn’t about to mention the ‘c’ word food as an option. I couldn’t make him pancakes – well I could but I didn’t have any blueberries and you’d think I would have punched his puppy in the face if I gave that man non-blueberry pancakes. That’s just unheard of. So my last option was waffles. I made him his stack of them plus several for the freezer so all he would have to do is pop some in the toaster and have a fresh hot waffle while I wasn’t home.
Yeah I know, I’m a good wife. LOL
and okay, maybe I spoil him a little bit. LOL Hell, I spoil him a lot a bit! LOL
Happy Sunday TKW Family! How are things in your world? Things here have been pretty good. No, I’m not yet from under quarantine but I do have some more energy back which means I was able to do a bit more in the kitchen. I’ve had some awesome creations (pumpkin lofthouse with pumpkin buttercream, butterscotch apples over french toast.. WHAT???, butternut maple cream soup with cinnamon sugar crunchies, linguini in a fra diavolo sauce and several more that you’ll be seeing on here). Then I turned my cottage cheese into pumpkin pie flavored cottage cheese. HOWEVER, while the taste was absolutely amazing (and so flipping healthy to boot) visually it was the most hideous looking thing EVER! No seriously it literally looked like a filled baby diaper if you get my drift. There is just no way possible to make this look appetizing. You just can’t pretty this dish up… at all!
Ah the sacrifices we make for a blog It’s hard doing this actually. Creating the recipes for me is the easy part. To me I just know what goes together but the rest of this stuff that goes into doing a blog it really is hard work. You have to take a million pictures, then you have to edit them, choose a few that you like enough to post and then you have to write about it. See for me I’ve never been one to just say “Hey here’s a pic, and a recipe, make this” well okay maybe when I get really, really, REALLY excited I’ve done that but that’s only because the dish is that amazing I pretty much want to jump into my car, come to your house and get you to make it like now! LOL
Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that has a near and dear spot in my heart. Wait before I go on let me state a few things:
1. Yes I know it’s not true macaroni noodles (I used cavatappi cause they are my favorite) so it’s truly not ‘macaroni and cheese’ per se. Sure I could have titled this post “Pasta and Cheese Sauce Extraordinaire” but yeah, that’s boring and not many would type that in to search for it.
2. This is NOT your boxed mix as my cheese does not glow in the dark nor is it neon.
3. It’s not baked but good ol’ fashioned stove top. The only time you bake it is if you want that crispy crunchy crust.
Now back to what’s important… shoveling forkfuls of this luscious cheesy goodness in your pie-hole! Mac ‘n Cheese is a source of comfort for me as I’m sure it is for most of you all. See I was that child who, while fat, was the pickiest eater EVER. I mean EVER. Mom knew, however, that I would always eat mac ‘n cheese.
See the thing is for me I didn’t grow up on the boxed stuff. We simply couldn’t afford it. At times we’d have to get food from the government (I don’t care what people say that gov’ment cheese was awesome. Granted I’m not sure if it really was actual cheese though.). Mom would make up a roux (melted butter then add in some flour, cook that for a minute). Next she’d whisk in the milk to make one of the Mother Sauces (bechamel). Once she had that in went pounds of cheese.
More cheese please!
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the term “Super Foods” but you may not know exactly what they are or why they are so ‘super’. Super foods provide multiple disease-fighting nutrients, fill you up so you can enjoy plenty of food without excess calories, and are easy to include in everyday meals. They not only promote wellness and weight control but tastes good, too! Hey we all know putting on the weight is the easy, ‘fun’ part. We get to eat and eat and eat whatever we want and how much as we want without regard to our health… until you either take a look in the mirror, get some scary test results or worse.
Having battled weight issues my entire life I know how hard it can be to lose weight or once you lost it, keep it off. It took me years to finally get to the point where I love working out, eat healthy and know that I don’t have to deprive myself. Everything in moderation is my mantra. Personal accountability is what it’s all about for me. Well a few years ago these super foods started to pop up as “hey not only do these taste great but look at all the health benefits!” and people started to care; they started to listen. There’s no official scientific definition of a super food, but it’s generally accepted that super foods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins and minerals. They can also be a source of antioxidants, substances that shield our bodies from cell damage and help prevent disease.
There is no pill or potion that makes weight loss a breeze. It can’t melt the fat and firm up the flubadub. And healthy eating doesn’t happen over night. It starts with educating yourself and again, personal accountability.