Poached Egg in a Mug

Poached Egg in a Mug

It’s true that moms have a special way of making everything feel better when you’re a sick kid.

My mother would make us a poached egg in a mug, with buttered toast alongside, as a recovery food when we were under the weather. There was something about that sick meal that always tasted perfect and settled flawlessly in our bellies, and she never made it any other time.

Eating this poached egg in a mug was a ritualistic process. We’d first rip the toast into small, buttery bits and then mix it in with the over-easy poached egg. Then we’d slowly savor the delightful combination from the comfort of the couch and a TV tray.

My most nostalgic sick-kid memories come from my elementary and middle school years. It was the mid-80s, but we didn’t have cable so I ended up watching whatever happened to be on during the day, classics like I Dream of Jeannie or Bewitched. And eating my poached egg in a mug. Oh the memories….

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It wasn’t until adulthood that I realized a “poached” egg wasn’t usually cooked this way. In fact, most poached eggs are made by way of a gentle boil and a dash of vinegar right in a sauce pot.

This way of poaching eggs, however, is a fun alternative. And dare I say a traditional poached egg wouldn’t have the same healing effects as the poached-in-a-cup alternative?

Poached Egg in a Cup
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • salt & pepper
  • water
Instructions
  1. Set a medium sized mug inside a sauce pot. The pot's sides should be higher than the top of the mug. Fill the pot with water until it reaches half-way up the mug. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil.
  2. Crack the egg into a bowl and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Once the water is boiling, pour the egg into the mug. Cover the pot and reduce the heat - keeping the water at a gentle boil.
  3. Cook the egg for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on how runny or solid you prefer the yolk. Serve the poached egg in the mug, with buttered toast on the side (perfect for dipping!).

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

I typically keep a well-stocked pantry. I like the idea of being able to make a meal on a whim, and have most (if not all) of the ingredients on hand so that trips to the grocery store mid-week are few and far between.

Grocery shopping also happens to be one of my favorite “chores.” I realize this makes me an oddball, but I’m okay with that.

This past week I was traveling for work along with a myriad of other things going on. Our pantry and fridge were both bare. As in, out of butter, milk, onions and a slew of other essential foods, bare. Gasp!

So, given my crazy nutso schedule, I granted the task of grocery shopping to my husband, who is mostly a stay-at-home dad (but also coaches lacrosse) as he had plenty of time while our oldest was in school. And, it’s not that he’s not willing to grocery shop (on the contrary, actually!) it’s just that I really enjoy it. I do, really. As long as my kids aren’t in tow.

I spent an hour on Tuesday night making a grocery list for my husband.

I don’t normally make a grocery list for myself; it’s all in my head. In fact, I believe I’d rather stick hot forks in my eyes than prepare a grocery list for every shopping trip.

Also? Grocery lists prepared for someone else’s shopping trip are tough because it’s easy to forget the little things that would typically jump out at you while browsing the isles.

Pure maple syrup.

I FORGOT THE PURE MAPLE SYRUP. And pancakes or waffles are typically a weekend staple in our house.

NO MAPLE SYRUP?!

{sigh}

Along with grocery shopping, I also love a great challenge. Like the challenge of coming up with some sort of delicious syrup to go with Saturday waffles.

‘Tis the season for Clementines, and I happened to have a bagful sitting on my counter – something I did remember to put on the grocery list! How about homemade orange syrup with Clementines?

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

Homemade orange syrup with Clementines couldn’t be any more simple. (Hehe – that’s kind of funny, because what I’m essentially making is a simple syrup. Foodie humor, nyuck-nyuck….)

I brought water and sugar to a boil in a heavy sauce pot, and then I added the juice from 2 Clementines, along with their peels. The whole mixture was kept at a rolling boil over medium-high heat for 30 minutes, until it had reduced by about half.

Then, I took the homemade orange syrup with Clementines off the heat and let it cool in the refrigerator for a few minutes before I poured it into canning jars to store back in the fridge.

I also used some for our homemade waffles this morning (the whole point of making it, right?), and the kids loved it. The oldest wanted seconds. I’m serious.

This homemade orange syrup with Clementines doesn’t have a heavy citrus flavor, rather it’s very mild and lightly orange scented. In a good way. Although, I think adding a cup of orange juice in place of one of the cups of water would give an intense flavor boost if that’s what you’re going for!

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines
 
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  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Clementines, peeled and juiced
Instructions
  1. Whisk the water and sugar together in a heavy sauce pot over medium-high heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the peel and juice from the Clementines. Reduce the heat to keep the mixture at a gentle, but rolling, boil.
  2. Cook the syrup for 30 minutes, or until it has reduced by about half. Then, remove the pot from heat, let it cool for 5 minutes, and then transfer the syrup to canning jars to store in the fridge.
  3. Makes about 2 cups of homemade orange syrup with Clementines.

Easy Blueberry Pancakes

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Every weekend I make pancakes. EVERY WEEKEND.

I just can’t help myself. They’re super easy to pull together, and the flavor combos are endless. Got leftover super-ripe berries, or bananas that are on the edge of being too brown? Pancakes are your best friend.

Plus, the leftovers make for a quick and delicious breakfast during the work-week. Why eat a granola bar when you can have steamy, buttery pancakes in less than a minute?

So, a pint of blueberries found its way into my shopping cart last week….

Easy Blueberry Pancakes

Stir the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl – don’t worry about sifting them; there’s no need!

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I always whisk the wet ingredients together in a large measuring cup because it saves me from having to wash another mixing bowl.

how to make blueberry pancakes

Make a little well in the center of the dry ingredients, and then whisk in the wet ingredients until the batter is just combined. You don’t want to over-mix the ingredients!

how to make blueberry pancakes

In a separate bowl, add a little flour to the blueberries and give them a toss. The flour keeps the berries from sinking to the bottom of the batter as you’re making the batches of pancakes. This is also a great trick for nuts, chocolate chips, etc., in cake batters!

how to make blueberry pancakes

Gently whisk the blueberries into the batter. Folding them in with a wooden spoon would probably be better (the whisk can run you the risk of breaking the blueberries), but I like using the least amount of dishes possible. The less dishes to wash, the better!

how to make blueberry pancakes

Pour the batter into a preheated, buttered skillet – about 1/4 cup at a time – and let them cook for approximately 4 minutes.

 

how to make blueberry pancakes

Flip the pancakes and let them cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. The blueberries will start to burst a little, and the juices will run, when they’re about done. YUM!

how to make blueberry pancakes

Easy Blueberry Pancakes
 
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This homemade easy blueberry pancakes recipe will become a fast family favorite!
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Set a large skillet over medium heat to warm while you prepare the batter.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together the egg, milk and oil.
  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and whisk until they're just combined.
  4. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of flour to the blueberries and gently toss to combine. (This will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the batter bowl.) Gently whisk the blueberries into the batter.
  5. Add the butter to the warmed skillet, and once it's melted, spoon the batter into the pan - about ¼ cup at a time.
  6. Let the pancakes cook for 4 minutes, then flip them and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes. Remove the pancakes and repeat the process until the batter's finished.
  7. Serve the blueberry pancakes warm with butter and syrup. Leftovers store well in the fridge and are easily reheated in the microwave!

Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch | #HoneyBunchesGreek #spon

Sometimes there’s nothing that hits the spot better than a bowl of cereal – definitely for breakfast, but even for dinner on occasion. I’m no Jerry Seinfeld (he eats cereal for practically every meal at home), but on a busy weeknight where I only have time to rush dinner for the kids, and I don’t get to sit down to eat until after they’re in bed? Cereal it is.
I’ve been a fan of Honey Bunches of Oats since I was a kid. True story. 
My parents never let us eat the sweet cereals kids beg for. As an adult with kids of my own, I get it now! But, Honey Bunches of Oats was one of those cereals that made the “okay” list for my folks. Sure, it wasn’t pure, unsweetened granola, but it was a choice they considered to be healthier. We’re not talking dessert in a bowl, dressed with milk.
And, I may not have admitted it as a kid, but it was one of my favorites.
So when I had the opportunity recently to try the newest incarnation of Honey Bunches of Oats, and it involved Greek yogurt I jumped at the chance! 

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New Honey Bunches of Oats Greek is made with two unique granolas made with Greek yogurt, crispy whole grain flakes and a touch of honey. With 33 grams of whole grains, one bowl provides over two-thirds of your day’s whole grains.
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As you can see from the photos, I’m a big fan of bananas in my cereal – the added potassium is a bonus, especially when I’m in 5K mode and running a lot. Bananas (potassium, really) help prevent leg cramps. 

Bananas also add a touch of sweetness, and thankfully didn’t overwhelm the light honey and granola flavor baked into the cereal.

So, my verdict on Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch?
I loved it. I’ll buy it on my own dime. 
Even my eight year old enjoyed the bowlful she tried before school one morning last week. “Mmmm, Mom. This is good stuff!” (I kid you not. And the reason she only had one bowlful is because I totally someone else  ate the entire rest of the box.)
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I’ve always been a fan of the clusters part of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, and these Greek yogurt clusters don’t disappoint. They’re ever so sweet, totally crunchy and able to withstand soaking in milk without turning into a soggy mess.
So, what’s the nutritional info look like?
  • 33g of Whole Grain per serving – over 2/3 your day’s whole grain
  • Serving Size: 1 Cup
  • 230 Calories
  • Provides 12 essential vitamins and minerals
  • 5g protein per serving

Want to know more about Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch?
You can visit the Honey Bunches of Oats website, follow them on Twitter @HBOats and #HoneyBunchesGreek, and connect with them on Facebook at Facebook.com/honeybunchesofoats.

Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forwardand HoneyBunches of Oats partnered in support of this campaign. Honey Bunches of Oats compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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