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Blackberry Dumplings

This week Hagbard brought home a bunch of blackberries from the farmer’s market. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them but when I mentioned blackberry dumplings Hagbard was very excited. Today I made blackberry dumplings for breakfast. So good!

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I used this recipe-> http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/blackberry-dumplings
The recipe has some reviews that suggest adding water to boil the berries. I often look at reviews and follow suggestions but I don’t think water is necessary in this case at all. The berries release a lot of juice as you heat them. My dumplings turned out fine without adding additional liquids.

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Look at all the liquid the berries produce!

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Plop the dough on top and cover pot.

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After cooking.

This was very tasty and sweet and took about 20-30 minutes total to prepare and cook. Great for a dessert… or breakfast if you are like me!

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Homemade CoCo Wheats Mix

A few years ago someone gave us a lot of farina (cream of wheat). I appreciated it because money was tight but my family didn’t like it much. They did like the store bought chocolate hot cereal from Malt O Meal.
I found a recipe to make a copycat mix for that and it is pretty close. It is inexpensive, keeps for a long time and uses common ingredients.

Homemade CoCo Wheats Mix
14 oz farina
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c unsweetened baking cocoa powder
1/2 T salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix everything together and store in an air tight container.

To cook 1 serving:
Boil 1 cup of water in pot on stove. Add 3 T of mix while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer while stirring 3 minutes or until desired thickness is reached.

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Amethesto likes a bit of milk stirred into her cooked coco wheats.

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Sweet Potato Fritters

Tonight I was hot, tired and cranky so cooking was less fun. I made sweet potato fritters with sriracha mayo to go alongside simple eggs.
http://www.ciaochowbambina.com/sweet-potato-fritters-sriracha-mayo/
I asked Hagbard how he wanted his eggs. He said he would eat them any way I wanted to cook them as long as there was toast. So I cooked eggs with the cat begging and tripping me the whole time and forgot to make toast!
The sweet potato fritters were easy and good with the eggs. I liked the spicy mayo.

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Easter Breakfast: Strawberry Rolls With Vanilla Glaze

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I got up around 5 AM today to make some breakfast rolls and deviled eggs. The deviled eggs are standard for Easter but these strawberry rolls are something new to try this year.
http://bakerbynature.com/strawberry-rolls-with-vanilla-glaze/
I didn’t change the recipe. What I would suggest is that when you are instructed to roll the dough tightly that they don’t really mean all that tight or all your strawberry filling will be pushed out even with the 1″ border. I had the majority of the filling ooze onto the counter the first time I rolled. I had to unroll and scoop the filling back on the dough and roll somewhat more loosely.
I made 12 rolls because it fit better in my 8″ x 8″ baking dish and divides more evenly among 3 people than an odd number like 10 or 11. If you have kids are probably painfully aware that they like equal amounts when it comes to food. My finished rolls ended up being about 2″ across and 2″ high.
I sampled a warm roll while cooking my hard boiled eggs. They were light and fluffy. The flavor was pretty subtle and lightly sweet- mostly the flavor came from the vanilla glaze. The strawberry wasn’t really screaming strawberry to me. I think I would like it better if there were also a cinnamon or lemon flavor with the strawberry…maybe in the dough. The rest of the family has not surfaced yet to give them a try so this is just my sleepy opinion.
Hey! It’s 9 AM now. The cat is having her second breakfast/snack… how often do hobbit cat’s eat? Oh, she’s done. I probably freaked her out staring at her eating. Well, following the cat around and reporting on her activities doesn’t get deviled eggs made… or does it? Nope. No little elves have made the eggs for me.

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PJ cat says petting her is more important than cooking.

Back to work. 🐇

ETA: Hagbard and Amethesto did get up and try the rolls and liked them.

From my home to yours,
Lounmoun

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