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Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal

Now that summer is long gone, I have pushed aside my avocado toast in favor of a more warm and hearty breakfast.  These brisk morning’s remind me of my childhood; getting ready for school and having those Quaker Oatmeal packets (was always apple-cinnamon flavor for me) to warm me up!  I, naturally, had to one-up those days and figured why not combine that with my favorite Fall pie, pecan of course!!

I tell you what, though I made this with breakfast in mind, this has also graced our table with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.  Soooo, what may not be finished in the morning, will surely be devoured come night fall!

 

The Starting Lineup

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups pecans

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8×8 inch oven safe casserole dish.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, eggs and vanilla.  Add to the dry mix and thoroughly combine.  Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.

While the oatmeal is baking, combine the topping.  In a small saucepan, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup to a low boil, stir in the pecans.

After the oatmeal has baked for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and evenly pour the pecan syrup over top.  Return to oven to bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Serve warm for a sweet and hearty breakfast or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.  Enjoy!

 

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Cinnamon French Toast Pancakes

This hybrid of a breakfast will knock your socks off and get your morning off to a great start!  In my home there are some of us that prefer pancakes, while there are the others that prefer french toast…now it’s no more fighting and just eating!  Amen to that!

The Starting Lineup

Pancake Batter

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp vege oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

French Toast Batter

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon  

Heat a skillet or griddle to medium heat (you may add a tbsp of vegetable oil and/or butter if using a cast iron).  Also preheat your oven to 225degrees and get a baking rack/baking sheet ready.  You’ll keep your pancakes and then turned to french toast here to keep warm!

In a larger bowl, combine your dry ingredients:  flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and the salt. Whisk them to combine. 

 Now in a smaller bowl combine the wet ingredients: buttermilk, egg, oil and the vanilla extract.  Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry.  It is OK if there are a few lumps my friends!  So please do not overwork the batter with your whisking…that will result in a flat pancake.  No Bueno. 

    Pour almost a 1/2 cup of batter onto the hot skillet and let cook till bubbles have started to form on the top, about 2-3 minutes.  Flip your pancake with a large spatula and cook for about 1-2 minutes..repeat till the batter is finished.  After each pancake is done, transfer to the preheated oven to keep warm (on an oven safe plate or sheet people! ;)) 

      Ok..meanwhile, you have gotten the cinnamon French toast batter ready..or you should have at least.  I like to use a pie plate for mine.  It’s both shallow and round, just like the pancakes!! 

 In an easy assembly line line-up, have in order your cooked pancakes, French toast batter and the same heated skillet/griddle ready…(add more butter if needed). 

 Dip the cooked pancake into the French toast batter, flip to cover both sides.  Next transfer to your hot pan and cook for about 1 minute on each side and then transfer to the oven to keep warm.  Repeat until…until you’re out of pancakes!

Serve this delicious hybrid breakfast with a bit of butter, warm syrup and perhaps a dash more of cinnamon and powdered sugar.  Enjoy!!! 

 

Maple Dijon Chicken

This easy, minimal ingredient recipe I cannot take full credit for…though what I can take credit for is how often I make it.  This is always, always, always a hit.  So good that I had to share it with y’all.  

I tweaked it just a hair to suit my family’s taste preferences.  I will tell you too that my boys ate every bit of it up.  So don’t be scared of the word ‘Dijon’ with younger palates…the maple syrup sweetens it up just enough for all taste buds!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 package chicken breasts 
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (the real stuff, no aunt jemima here)
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (plus a dash more if you prefer)
  • Rosemary (fresh best if possible), roughly chopped 
  • Kosher salt & pepper
  • Cornstarch (optional to thicken if desired..)
     

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  *I also slightly butterflied my two chicken breasts pictured above.  I made two smaller ones off of my two larger ones for my toddlers.  Perfect amount of food for them, while cost effective for me!

In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard (not spicy brown or ballpark yellow..Dijon!), the REAL maple syrup, rice vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. 


Place your chicken breasts into a double-foil-lined casserole dish.  I use a smaller dish (8×8 or 9×9, etc for my 4 Breasts)…If your casserole dish is too large, with not enough chicken in it, the sauce will just burn off and basically disappear. 

Pour about 3/4th of your prepared sauce over your chicken.  Reserve the remaining 1/4 for the finished product.  Flip the chicken breasts over to fully coat and then sprinkle a bit more salt & pepper on top of the chicken. 

  

 

Pop this baby into your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, uncovered.  *mine above took 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop up a bit of fresh rosemary for garnish along with the remaining sauce. *here is also where I’m preparing my side dishes.  Time management!!

My 1/4 of ‘reserved’ sauce is actually newly made^^…I didnt make enough in the beginning. Oops!!

Ding!!  Your chicken is now finished and cooked through.  When plated drizzle with a bit more of the sauce and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary on top!  

We serve ours with roasted and ‘smashed’ Rosemary new potatoes and a side of garlic & wine sautéed spinach with mushrooms.

 
  

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