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Happy Sunday!
I was going to start talking about afternoon snacks and dinners this week-but I love Sundays.  It’s a great time to sit at the table and enjoy a whole pot of coffee and read every bit of the rather thick Sunday edition of the local newspaper.

Many people love to go to Sunday brunch.  For years we would shower, dress and meet our extended family at various venues and try out different dishes, buffets, ethnic foods, etc...

But, as budgets go, we now only venture out to a restaurant every couple of months.  Since I love cooking-even though presumably Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest-I make a full breakfast.

The usual request is whole grain Belgian waffles, a fruit compote, eggs for those who would like a couple and a mini-coffee bar.  I must confess-there’s only 4 people, but it takes a while to make those waffles!

Another confession-I start by using a waffle/pancake mix.  No, the the popular one that has been used for literally over a century.  I buy a bag of organic buckwheat mix from our produce store.  Then I enhance the recipe with whatever comes into my creative brain at the moment.  The family favorite?  Dark chocolate mini-chips, unsweetened coconut and I add a teaspoon of rum extract.  

Why do I take the trouble to make a fruit compote?  Easy, Sunday is usually my day to shop for produce, so sometimes I have some fruit that just needs to be used and it’s a lot less sugar than maple syrup!  I simply chop it all up, add a couple of tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, brown sugar (or molasses depending on what I’m going for flavor-wise), a teaspoon of cinnamon and maybe a 1/4 cup of water and I let it all simmer until I serve breakfast.  

As for the coffee bar?  I love my grind and brew pot, and we love flavored coffee-so that just gets the expected usual.  Then I simply put out a couple of flavored creamers, sweet and low (mainly for me), cinnamon and some cocoa powder.  Lately, my hubby’s been in the mood for a spoon/squirt of cool whip, so that’s on the table as well.

I’m a terrible pancake maker-so I just don’t go there.  But waffles are easy, filling and when you use a good healthy base-they‘re packed with fiber, protein and vitamins.  Just make sure to read the ingredients before you buy your bag!

Wednesday-let’s talk about those eggs, shall we?


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