Our family holiday card may be sealed in a Valentines Day envelope this year. For some reason this simple little square has proven practically impossible to get in the mail. There was the order error (oh thanks for sending us just 2 cards!), then the printing backwards oops, and finally the old square envelope debacle. But really, it was always meant to be a New Years card so I feel like anytime in the month of January is fair game (but I still may draw a big heart on the back for good measure). I’m sharing it here just so I can say it’s been sent! and relax.

We had time over the holiday break to cook a lot and I did my fair share of holiday eating. Things like roast chicken, green curry noodle pots, chicken tinga tacos, chocolate-orange cake, and an (ultimately disappointing) whole roasted cauliflower hit the table. The cauliflower was the only real flub so I’m calling our 12 days of straight eating a success. One of the best parts of the break was our relaxed mornings. I forget how luxurious a slow morning at home is until I have one. We discovered two new breakfast recipes for these kinds of mornings – Granola Waffles and Chocolate-Date Milk.

^Holiday break = looking up a lighthouse.^ 

The Granola Waffles are inspired by a sidebar note I read in my Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook (which is my go to resource for classics like waffles and cornbread) which suggests making “nut waffles” by sprinkling 2 tablespoons of coarsely cut or broken toasted nuts over the batter as soon as it has been poured into the iron. What’s better then nuts? Granola. We’ve done this with pancakes too and it is delicious both ways.

Granola Waffles
makes about 8 waffles

2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granola

1. Pre-heat waffle iron while you make the batter.

2. Beat the two eggs in a mixing bowl then add in all the remaining ingredients. Mix until smooth (this is a thin batter).

3. Pour batter into hot waffle iron and sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of granola over top. Cook, eat with maple syrup, repeat.

The Chocolate-Date Milk is essentially a healthy answer to chocolate milk. To this day, at 33 years old, Nick still orders chocolate milk when we go to the diner for breakfast. Dylan has quickly followed in his footsteps.

Chocolate-Date Milk
makes 1 large or 2 small cups

1 cup cow or nut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 dates

Simply whiz in a blender and enjoy cold.