You all know how much I love to go outdoors and be active, but I have to confess there is another side of me that just wants to stay in on a Sunday and hibernate, especially when it’s really cold outside. Sunday for us has always been family time. This is when we find time to prepare a bounty of food, drink a lot of coffee, and allow our minds and body to rest from the crazy week that just passed, and prepare for what is to come.
Creamy Banana Coconut Latte
(Inspired by Jillian Harris)
I usually drink simple Keurig pods throughout the week at home or indulge in a coconut milk latte (which is new) at Starbucks. But Sundays… Sundays are for slowing time and breathing. This cappuccino is the perfect creamy, Sunday morning comfort food. My sister in law Jo always makes THE best coffees (with her frother), so when I saw this recipe, I made the investment and purchased a frother as well.
What you will need:
1 can full-fat high-quality coconut milk (400 ml)
1 medium ripe banana
2 ½ tbsp white sugar
1 cup soy milk or non-dairy milk of choice
1 shot expresso
1. In a high-speed blender, add the whole can of coconut milk, banana, and sugar. Blend on high for 3 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Ensure the fat from the coconut milk hasn’t separated for the rest of the mixture. Transfer to airtight jar or container and put in the fridge until ready to use (prepare in advance up to 3 days.
2. If you have an electric frother or steamer, add 5 tablespoons of banana coconut puree to the carafe. Add soy milk and heat until creamy and smooth. In a small mug, add a shot of espresso. Using a spoon carefully pour the steamed milk in, reserving the foam till the very end.
3. Stovetop method. Heat a small saucepan over med-low heat. Add 5 tablespoons of banana coconut puree, add soy milk and whisk to combine heat over med-low heat until warmed through and then transfer to the high-speed blender on high to for 3-4 minutes until frothy. In a small mug, add a shot of espresso. Using a spoon carefully pour the steamed milk in, reserving the foam till the end.
The Best Fluffy Pancakes
(Inspired by Joanna Gaines)
My kids love pancakes. I mean, LOVE. Maybe because it’s a Sunday tradition, or maybe it’s the Quebec maple syrup we pour on them, I dunno what it is - but it's always a hit. Ever since my kids were young, I have been serving pancakes on my breakfast table. This is a great recipe. They are super fluffy and melt in your mouth.
What you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
¼ cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
Butter for serving
Real maple syrup
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a medium whisk together the buttermilk, oil, and eggs.
3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture ad stir together until well combined. Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes. The batter will be fluffy.
4. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat until hot. Generously oil the hot skillet. Pour ¼ cup of batter per pancake into the pan, far enough so they don’t touch.
5. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom and top is bubbly, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until lightly brown on the other side for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a favorite platter.
6. Serve hot, with butter and favorite maple syrup.
Makes 4 servings.
You know how you have that go-to outfit you head straight for when you get home from work? For me, it used to be in my favorite pajamas, yes even at 5 in the afternoon. Now, it's my romper from Smash and Tess. I love them. They are incredibly comfortable, easy to wear (one zipper and then are on), and really cute to boot. On Sunday mornings, my romper is on along with some fluffy socks. My hair is up and I am relaxing.
Whatever your tradition is, I hope that you find time one day of the week to rejuvenate and spend good quality time with your family.