Monday, January 27, 2014

Something to drink and two things to eat.

If you're not feeling well in our house, you are served this lovely orange drink.
It's become one of our "sick" traditions...the kids love it. Perfect for a bad cold or fever. 
I usually make enough for everyone to have a glass sick or not.

Orange Smoothie
6oz. Frozen Juice Concentrate {orange obviously}
1 Cup Milk {or almond milk}
1 Cup Water
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 Cup Honey
12 Ice cubes

Blend well. Pour into pretty glass. Add fancy straw. Drink up!
{It takes honestly around 2 minutes to whip these up}

Golden Beets....So hard to find this time of year.
{Whole Foods is the only place I know of that carries them}

Peel and slice the beets, put them in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil..a little salt, a little pepper.
Roast until tender. Mix the beets (and the olive oil from the pan) into a bowl filled with raw spinach.
Top with feta won't even need dressing!

I've posted about this before....and I'll probably post it a thousand more times.
Dutch Baby....One of my MOST favorite breakfasts in all the world.

However, I can't take credit for the above dish.... was my husband who discovered and first tried this dish out. I have never baked one before!

A few of you asked for the recipe...
I'm not allowed to give you the exact one he uses....'s a top secret creation that morphed from the original over the past five years.

Here is the original :)

Dutch BabyOne 10-inch cake; 2-4 servings.

Serve this straight from the oven with a dusting of powdered sugar, a spoonful of the best fruit preserves you can lay your hands on, or buttered apple slices.
{all our good..but I like mine plain}

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Whisk together until smooth:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Melt in a 10-inch oven proof skillet {we use a cast iron pan} over medium heat:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter

Tilt the pan so that the butter coats the sides.
Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook, without stirring, for 1 minute.
Place the skillet in the in the oven and bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, 12-15 minutes.

Serve immediately, for the pancake loses it's puff, and therefore its drama, almost immediately.

One of my friends wrote on her blog January is a time to talk about the weather.
How true! Today was freezing. {we've been using the word freezing a lot this year}
The high tonight into tomorrow morning is -20. -38 with the windchill.

My outdoor loving kids have been watching the world from the inside much of this winter.
Happy Monday.


  1. Love your sweet blog. The header is oh so pretty. I think I would like to be your little girl so I could drink a smoothie. And have dutch babies for breakfast. Dan's parents live in Wisconsin and so many days last week they were much colder than us way up here. Stay warm. ~Luci

  2. She looks so sad, wanting to go outside but unable to. This could be a poster for like an orphanage or something. Do orphanages have posters?

    Anyway the food stuff looks good. I may have to make that drink. I'm on day 8 of illness and I'm pretty darn tired of it.

    I don't like the cold. I could not live where you are. I mean I just don't think I'd survive. I'd collapse. I don't know.

  3. We make that drink too! It's one of my favorites, but I nearly forgot about it this winter. I need to make that again, as a preventative medicine. :)
    And the dutch babies sound so good! Just the name is adorable!
    Love your blog, as always, and your new header is darling!
    Happy Tuesday, and I hope you stay warm - that weather is SO COLD!!

  4. I loved this post. Liz, I would love to come visit you and Chicago one of these days but I would HAVE to bring the girlies with me (right?) and it would have to be warmer outside by about 60 degrees, at least. :)
    Gonna try that dutch baby recipe one of these days!

  5. you'll laugh at me when i tell you i stared at the picture of the dutch baby for several minutes trying to figure out how you made roasted beets look so pretty!! i kept scrolling up to see if you had mentioned a crust or something with them, and then scrolled down and, oh, yeah!! :/ it's not beets it's a DUTCH BABY!!!!! ;)))))

    i'm going to try it. seems simple enough and we love anything with eggs in it like this for breakfast around here. it's so pretty too!!

    hope y'all are keeping warm! i think it's actually a balmy 25 here today! ;))