Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Years Resolution - Month 2 Croissants

So this month I decided to use yeast to make warm, fragrant croissants.  I used Mireille Guilano's recipe from French Women Don't Get Fat again since her baguette recipe turned out so well last month. 

One word of warning, these take a long time to make, although they really are very EASY!  The dough just needs a lot of sitting and rising time.  I also stuck a little dark chocolate in a few before rolling for an afternoon treat.  Although mine maybe don't look the best, I can tell you they tasted amazing!  I figure in time I will get the rolling technique down!

Recipe from French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
Friday Night

1 cup milk
2 tsp active dry yeast
2 ¼ cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of warm milk. Measure out 2 ¼ cups flour and add 2 Tbsp of this flour to the milk and yeast. Whisk until smooth, and then cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for about 20 minutes or until it doubles in size.

Meanwhile, mix the sugar and salt with the remaining 2 1/8 cups of flour. Prepare you mixer by putting on the dough hook attachments.

Next, transfer the raised dough of milk, yeast and flour to the mixing bowl. Warm the remaining ¾ cup of milk and add it to the bowl. Turn the mixer to high and gradually add in dry ingredients of flour, sugar and salt. Reduce the speed to low and allow it to mix until the dough is sticky and soft. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Saturday Morning

12 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
3 Tbsp flour

Knead the flour into the softened butter until fully incorporated. Shape into a square.

Cover your work table with flour. Remove the dough from the fridge and begin to shape it into a 6 inch x 15 inch rectangle. Spread the butter on the top 2/3 of the rectangle of dough leaving a ½ inch border around the outside.

Fold the dough like a letter, folding the bottom 1/3 up first and then the top 1/3 down. Turn it counter clockwise so the open flap is to the right

Roll it out again to a 6 inch x 15 inch rectangle and fold again. Transfer to a baking pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap and put back in the fridge for about 6 hours.

Saturday Afternoon
Remove the dough from the fridge, place on a floured work surface. Roll out the dough and fold just like during the morning. Do this two times, wrap it again and refrigerate it overnight.

Sunday Morning (You’re almost done!)

2 Tbsp milk for brushing
1 egg yolk + 1 Tbsp milk for glaze

Plan to start this process about 2 hours before you want to eat the croissants. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Roll it out to a 16 inch circle. Cut the dough into quarters and each quarter into 3 triangles.

To make each croissant, roll the wide base of triangle toward the corner. Transfer each one to a baking sheet. Brush with milk and then let them stand for about 45 minutes. They should double in size.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Brush each croissant with the egg, milk glaze. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. If they brown to quickly lay a piece of foil over the top during baking. Let them cool a little before serving.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Monday Musings

Brown Quilts via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

I am back and thinking of some great changes for this stay tuned for exciting new posts ahead!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sick Day

So I have spent the last two nights sleeping in the bathroom with my little one...with no sleep I haven't had any time to prepare this week's I am taking a few days off to recharge and will be back next week!

 29 Media Tumblr via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Thoughts

This is what we need this weekend!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

What is for dinner?

Here is what we are having for dinner next week...

Sunday - Maple-Glazed Salmon with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Monday - Chickpea Stew

Tuesday - Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Wednesday - Indian Take Out

Thursday - Croque Monsieur and a side salad

Friday - Spicy Cauliflower Bok Choy and Shrimp Stir Fry

Saturday - Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Toddler Fun

With some fresh powder in our yard we are going to head out to do some snow painting!  Fill up some squeeze bottles with colored water and head out and design some masterpieces!

Really Quite Lucky via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Winter Chill

Have you embraced Winter yet?  It is certainly in full swing, and if you are in the mood these 6 point snowflakes look so fun, and yet easy to make!

Instructables via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love, Love, Love


The 36th Avenue via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Monday, February 13, 2012

Red Velvet Me

I love red velvet cake; the mix of cream cheese and a hint of chocolate cake - just delicious!  Here are some fun new takes on the Valentine's Day classic.

Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod

Two Peas & Their Pod via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies from the Bakery Scout

Bakery Scout via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Red Velvet Cheesecake from Recipe Girl

Recipe Girl via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

And I can't wait to try this...Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream!  Get it from Une Deux Senses

Une Deux Senses via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Thoughts

May you open a wonderful bottle this weekend!
Wanelo via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

What is for dinner?

We are taking a little trip over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house, so I am getting a break from the kitchen...stop back next week for our weekly meal plan!

You and Your Wedding via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The BEST Buttermilk Pancakes - Officially

OK, so our family has been eating buttermilk pancakes every Sunday for most of the winter so that we could test drive all of the "Best" recipes out there.  I am happy to report this is the best recipe we have tried, and who does it come from?  None other than your friend - Betty Crocker!

Buttermilk Pancakes - adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook

Makes 9 4-inch pancakes


1 large egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1.  Beat egg in medium bowl with hand beater until fluffy.  Beat in remaining ingredients just until smooth.  For thinner pancakes, stir in additional 1-2 tbsp milk.  Let the batter rest for 30 minutes (this is key and what makes the pancakes super fluffy!)

2.  Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat or to 375 degrees.  (To test griddle, sprinkle with a few drops of water, if bubbles jump around, heat is just right.)  Grease griddle with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

3.  For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter from bowl onto hot griddle.  Cook pancakes until bubbly on top, puffed and dry around edges.  Turn and cook other side until golden brown. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Love, Love, Love

Here is this week's Valentine's Day ideas from around the web...

Hostess With The Mostess has the SWEETEST candy shop party ideas!
Hostess With The Mostess via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Shoot an arrow through my heart with these red velvet cupcakes from Bakerella!

Bakerella via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest
These folded heart valentines from Martha Stewart would be perfect for a child to give a Dad, that way he can carry it around in his wallet.

Martha Stewart

If you are looking for some free printables check out Sassy Site's online rundown...

Sassy Site via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wu - Woo!

Did you stop at your local Target for a little Jason Wu?  I was disappointed to find that my store didn't have the entire collection, only a few pieces.  Here is what I wanted to buy:


Personally, I would have removed the black lace at the bottom of this dress...I do like things a little more classic.


Here is what I was able to buy:

I guess I will be scouring Ebay for resale items!  Good luck in your search for Wu!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yesterday Breakfast At Mom's turned ONE!  I am excited to be celebrating one year of this blog and these are the cakes I would love to indulge in for such an event!

I was inspired to start this blog by reading Matchbook Magazine and also by talking with a friend.  I enjoy my job as being a full time mom and wife and thought it would be fun to show others how to take a job that doesn't always have the most glamorous rep and try to put a charming, fun spin on it.  This isn't a Mom blog, instead I try to find ways to make the day to day in my life and yours more delightful!

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The Cake That Ate Paris via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Bing via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mom's Code

This week in my battle against sugar, sugar week I will be back on track!
BabyRabies via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Friday, February 3, 2012

What is for dinner?

Here is what we are having for dinner next week...

Monday - Chicken-Tortilla Soup

Tuesday - Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges

Wednesday - Take Out Indian Food

Thursday - Bratwursts with Roasted Acorn Squash

Friday - Dinner Out

Saturday - Linguine with Crab, Lemon, Chile and Mint

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Key Ring Makeover

Do you have a number of customer loyalty tags on your key ring?  I have so many and it makes the key ring so bulky!  There is now an app to store all your information on your smartphone: Key Ring.

This app stores all of your loyalty card information, provides promotions and sales information for each store, and store locations. 

The app is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows 7. 

Key Ring
Key Ring
Key Ring

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentine's Day

I am so happy it is already February, this winter is speeding right along with is just wonderful!  Here are some great Valentine's Day ideas from around the web.

These hand print heart cards are so cute and would be a terrific craft to do with your kids on a winter day!

Rosy ~Posy via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

These lovely bookmarks would make terrific little gifts to give your loved ones...
Pinterest for iPhone via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

These strawberry heart cookies from Thirty Handmade Days look so cute!  Click here for the recipe. 
Thirty Handmade Days via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

If you are thinking of hosting a Valentine's Day party check out Celebrations At Home for some terrific party ideas!

Celebrations At Home via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest

Celebrations At Home via Breakfast At Mom's via Pinterest
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