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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Yep – you heard that right – cottage cheese pancakes. And although I normally consider myself much more a waffle girl than a pancake girl, this recipe might be giving my beloved waffles a run for their money. John is a very healthy eater, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes that are healthy and flavorful. Imagine my delight when I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest (get the directions at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen) for low carb, high protein pancakes! The end result is moist, light, fluffy goodness that pairs great with some maple syrup. Looks like we’ll all be able to have our (pan)cakes and eat them, too!

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Ingredients (I halved the recipe, double this if you need to!)

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (I highly recommend this!)

Recipe instructions found here.
*Note: I used a blender to combine everything. Start by blending cream cheese until smooth, then add all the other ingredients and blend to combine. Add additional flour if needed to thicken the batter.

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John and I both agreed that we’ll be making these pancakes again very soon. With the added cinnamon they almost taste like french toast, which might be why I love them so much. Next time I’d love to top them with strawberries (ok, and some powdered sugar). Also, I tried out Courtney’s tip of using Crisco to grease the pan and it worked great. I definitely recommend giving it a try if you love the outside of your pancakes a little crisper.

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast dish?
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5 Days of Pinterest: Christmas Spritzer

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As a complete Pinterest addict, nothing frustrates me more than pinning something only to find it leads to a dead end source. In fact, Alison from Long Distance Loving wrote a whole article on how to effectively clean up your Pinterest account (read it) and ever since reading it I have been much more conscious of what I re-pin. Nontheless, this pin slipped through the cracks. So I was left with the desire to make this delicious spritzer, yet had no recipe to follow. Lucky for you guys, the ingredients were listed in the pin and in a moment of bravery I decided to wing it and hope for the best.

In hopes that you’ll all pin this post to your own boards, here is my (not so formal) recipe for “Christmas” Spritzers (unfortunately there is nothing Christmas about these, other than the fact the drink is red).

Shopping list:
– Package of 4 187 ml bottles of white zinfandel (you can find these small bottles at most grocery stores)
– Sprite
– Vodka
– Diced strawberries

When I said I was going to “wing it” I wasn’t lying. I didn’t measure anything but instead did guesswork (fancy, I know). The majority of the drink is the white zinfandel, so I used 3/4 of a bottle for each drink. I topped it off with a dash of sprite and vodka, ice, and about 2 diced strawberries. The result is a beautiful, light and refreshing cold drink that would be great served with appetizers on Christmas day.

What’s your go to holiday drink?
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5 Days of Pinterest: Monogram Door Hangers

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When I first created my holiday pin board (check it out here) this was one of the first things I added to it. A simple letter with holly berries glued to it looked easy enough, so I set off to Michael’s, picked up a wooden letter and some holly and went home to start my project. Let’s just say it wasn’t quite as easy as the pin made it look. The holly pieces were hot glued together so they were hard to break off into smaller pieces to glue to my letter. After some mild frustration, I decided to put my own creative spin on things.

I took ANOTHER trip to Michael’s and picked up some acrylic paint, ribbon and some cute sequin and glitter styrofoam circles and decided to try this project once again. In my opinion, this approach is much easier to do yourself and you can be a lot more creative with it. I used some of the leaves from the holly and hot glued them together with the decorative styrofoam circles to make unique designs to attach to the letters. The options are literally endless! When you’re finished decorating the letter, simply cut some ribbon and hot glue it to the back of the letter so you can hang it up easily. If you’re strapped for cash and have a few hours to spare, this is a great project for a last minute Christmas gift.

What are your favorite DIY holiday projects?
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5 Days of Pinterest: Wine Cork Rudolph

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Pinterest is a great thing: it helps us find inspiration when we need to decide what to make for parties, assists us when get dressed in the morning, and causes us to start every sentence with “so I saw this thing on Pinterest….” But it’s also a great resource for finding ways to repurpose things you have sitting around the house.

Being a wine lover I’ve accumulated quite the collection of wine corks, thinking someday I’d find a cool project to use them for. Enter wine cork Rudolph! I saw this pin and thought it was adorable, and the best part is it only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 4 wine corks
– 1 small or medium red pom pom
– 2 medium wiggle eyes
– 2 Brown pipe cleaners
– Hot glue gun
– Ribbon (optional, if you want to make this into an ornament)

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The process is pretty self explanatory, just use 1 full wine cork for the body and then cut 2 wine corks in half to make legs. Cut the remaining cork in half to make a head and then attach everything to the body using a hot glue gun. I used a red pom pom for the nose and wiggle eyes, then made some antlers out of pieces of brown pipe cleaner. It’s a little different from the original pin, but I love how mine came out. You could easily tie a thin pieces of ribbon around the center of the body to make this a christmas ornament.

Important update: As soon as I hit publish and walked back into my living room to admire Rudolph, I found he had been brutally attacked and ripped into little pieces by a mysterious beast….
rudolphkillerShe has the whole “innocent puppy” thing down! Looks like I’ll be re-making a new Rudolph tonight.

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My Favorite Holiday Cookie: Guest posting for The Glossy Life

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Nothing makes me happier than a good batch of homemade Christmas cookies, so I was thrilled when Alyssa from the Glossy Life asked me to share my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. My mom has made Peanut Blossoms for Christmas ever since I can remember so finally decided to try making them on my own. The result? Pure deliciousness. Hop on over to Alyssa’s blog for more photos and to get the recipe. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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