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EXTRA FLUFFY BLUEBERRY ALMOND PANCAKES

These thick and fluffy greek yogurt pancakes are packed with blueberries, and have a quadruple dose of almonds!

Extra Fluffy Blueberry Almond Pancakes- greek yogurt makes these pancakes so thick and fluffy!   sweetpeasandsaffron.com

 I made pancakes!

Pancakes make me think of Saturday morning cartoons {the old banned kind, when the Wile E Cayote/road runner shenanigans were kind of violent}.  Also of the ski cabin where we spent week-ends growing up…but before you got your pancake, you’d have to make a trek outside…in the cold…to the outhouse.  And did anyone else’s dad make their pancakes look like Mickey Mouse or in the shape of their ‘letter’?  Pancakes in the shape of a D always tasted better!

Well, I haven’t made pancakes in years…mostly because I am an absolute zombie in the mornings…even after coffee…it takes me at least an hour to properly wake up and re-gain my human status.

But something came over me the other day.  I had pancake fever.  And the answer was pancakes…with blueberries…almonds…lemon zest…and greek yogurt!

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SMOKY SWEET POTATO HUMMUS

Hummus is kicked up a notch with sweet potatoes, chipotle and lime.  Ready in 20 minutes, this is a healthy, protein-packed snack!

Smoky Sweet Potato Hummus- a protein-packed healthy snack that is ready in 20 minutes! sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I wish I were one of those people who loves shopping around for a deal.

Unfortunately I am the opposite…I just want to buy it…NOW!  I am the reason that Amazon 1-click purchasing exists.  Total impulse shopper here!

This week, I finally decided to buy a food processor.  {I know…I’m a food blogger without a food processor.  I also am currently blender-less…gasp!}

I nearly impulse-bought my new food processor at the grocery store, but Ben somehow convinced me to look around a bit first.  Well, THANK-YOU, Ben, because I found one for $45 less {which is basically 35% off} at Sears.  Who’d have thought?

So now, not only do I have hummus, but I can walk around bragging about what a deal I scored.  Bonus :)

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BLACKBERRY, WALNUT & BRIE SCONES

These tender, buttery scones are anything but dry, and are loaded with sweet blackberries, crunchy walnuts and creamy brie.  So easy to make, and the perfect brunch or snack!

Blackberry, Walnut & Brie Scones: sweet blackberries, crunchy walnuts and creamy brie in a tender, flaky scone. sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Have you ever visit a place and then fantasized about running away from your current life and living there?

Well that kind of happened last week.

I dreamed that Ben, Kai and I lived in this amazing place they call Vancouver Island.  Where the air smells like the ocean and blackberries grow wild.  A place where snowfall is rare and the temperatures rarely dip below zero.  I want to live there!

Then you snap back to reality and realize that you are mid-way almost done your PhD.  You have bought a house.  You have a child.  OMG did I put down roots?!  How did that happen?

Well.  For now, I am going to have to settle for blackberries.  From the store.  Not the same…but they’ll have to do.

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CHICKEN SATAY SALAD

 This chicken satay salad has crunchy cabbage, bean sprouts, peppers and carrots, tossed in a sweet and spicy peanut-ginger sauce, and topped with grilled peanut-ginger chicken.  No oven needed!

Chicken Satay Salad: crunchy veggies tossed in a sweet and spicy peanut-ginger sauce, and topped with grilled peanut-ginger chicken.  No oven needed! sweetpeasandsaffron.com

 Heya!

I’m back from my ‘holidays’.

I say ‘holidays’ because holidays sure are different when you are traveling with a baby…as in: NOT relaxing.  Or restful.

Despite not being the most relaxing holiday, it was great!  Kai got to meet so many relatives and spend some quality time with his grandparents.

So I think I need a holiday from my ‘holiday’, and I probably should be posting a cocktail, not a salad today.  But instead we’re going to have to recover with salad.

I might be the type to complain about this, except this is not just any old salad…

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S’MOREO CHEESECAKE BARS

These decadent cheesecake bars are stuffed with Oreo cookies and topped with milk chocolate and gooey marshmallows.  S’mores + Oreos = S’moreos!

S'moreo Cheesecake Bars | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I have a couple of posts planned this week while I’m on vacation.  I apologize if I am not able to respond to questions/comments right away :)

There ain’t no party like a cheesecake party when the cheesecake party has s’mores AND Oreo cookies!

Some of my recipes are restrained and more subtle.  They have a less-is-more kind of thing going.

Well…today’s recipe has a big, obnoxious, in your face ‘more-is-more’ kind of attitude…why make cheesecake bars when they could be s’more cheesecake bars?  And why make s’more cheesecake bars when you could make s’moreo cheesecake bars?!

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