Breakfast Fruit from Sarah, Summerland Kitchen
Sarah pairs melon, blueberries, mango, & lime as a fruit medley for breakfast.
Apple-Cinnamon Puff Pancake from Sarah, Summerland Kitchen
This is one of our favorite easy breakfast pancakes. The first time I made it was on my husband’s birthday and he loved it, so we call it his “birthday pancake.” I often double the apple in the recipe (especially now when apples are abundant) and substitute maple sugar or coconut sugar for the brown sugar.
This pancake is not like a traditional light and fluffy pancake, it is dense, and very flavorful. It is so flavorful we never feel the need to add maple syrup or confectioners sugar to the top.
This recipe came out of the Yummy Mummy cookbook.
Dia de los Muertos Vignette, from Ashley, Meta Street Bungalow
My grandfather made my grandmother breakfast in bed every morning. He fresh-squeezed orange juice, warmed pastries, prepared fresh fruit, soft-boiled eggs, and made Earl Grey tea. Served on a tray, my grandmother sat with the newspaper and a giant library book on the bed, looking at the ocean out her bedroom window as she ate. My grandfather sat in an easy chair nearby.
At least once a week, my sister and I spent time with our grandparents as we grew up. As a young adult, I lived an hour’s drive from them in LA and visited often. One day at work, I answered a sudden phone call from my sister. My grandfather had read the day’s mail on his patio that day he fell ill. I had sent him a letter. He pulled it out of the stack to read it first. The newsy words and love to Papa in my letter were his last thoughts. My grandfather was in the hospital and he was not conscious. I left work that day and drove to see him before we let him go. My dad helped me as I leaned over Papa to touch his face and say goodbye.
At my grandfather’s Celebration of Life, my dad told the group that he hoped he could be as good a grandfather as Papa had been. That was nearly twenty years ago. Now, my dad spends time with Charlotte once a week. He taught her to count and to tell time. He lives in the flat behind our house. He is living up to his hope.
“Today is not a day of sadness, but a day to remember our ancestors. We teach our children that our loved ones have not left us, as long as we remember them.” Dia De los Muertos Ceremony, Museum of Ventura County, 2015.
Cornmeal Applesauce Waffles with Blueberries
These are our mom’s favorite waffles because the cornmeal binds the batter well. You can see in the image that she eats Facon Bacon, made with soy, and pure maple syrup on top. Our mom lived in Woodstock, Vermont for five years, where she, now, sources high quality maple syrup for recipes like these. She made waffles for us often when we were growing up. We had a heavy, cast iron waffle maker that sat on the gas stovetop. Today, I use an electric waffle maker, and I believe she does, too. Waffles are a timeless comfort food. The smell of waffles always brings me back to our childhood kitchen.
Cornmeal Applesauce Waffles with Blueberries Recipe
Mix 2 ½ c flour, 1 ½ c cornmeal, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon
Add 1 c applesauce, ½ c melted butter, 2 ½ c milk, 4 beaten eggs (may add blueberries or other fruit)
Beat till smooth
Bake on waffle iron
Combine 6 c applesauce with 2 tsp cinnamon and heat.
Serve on waffle with warm syrup
I can never eat the berries I buy before they spoil so I wash them and freeze them. Today I had enough to make Jam!
Berry Jam Recipe
Just toss berries in a pan, these happen to be cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries. Then add sugar, boil down and add a tsp of cornstarch to thicken. I put them in old jelly jars ready to eat.
Blair’s Berry Muffins
Our mom submitted this recipe to us and said that it is her mother’s recipe from a restaurant somewhere in Beverly Hills. My sister says Blair’s is from Neiman Marcus. So, there you are.
Blair’s Berry Muffins Recipe
Mix 1 tbl baking powder, 2 c cake flour, ¾ c butter, 1 ¼ c sugar,1 tbl cinnamon, ¾ c milk, 3 eggs till smooth
Add ½ tsp lemon extract
Fold in ½ c drained berries (1 can), or fresh berries
Spoon into paper muffin cups and bake 400 degs for 35 mins
Makes 7 large muffins
Farm Box Smoothie
I just recently got on the morning smoothie train. My dad has been doing it for years. It has been about a week, now, that I have had a smoothie for breakfast each morning and I am pretty sure I won’t go back to my old usual – wheat toast with nut butter & fruit.
I keep a lot of fruits and vegetables in the fridge from our Farm Box delivery and our own garden, so my new morning routine is to dump a bunch of fresh produce in a food processor, add some super foods (nuts, avocados, cinnamon, turmeric, and/or chia seeds), pea protein powder, keifer, & almond milk. I make a large batch and feel like I have a constant source of liquid nutrition all morning. It is fabulous. It’s a great way to intake fresh foods & starting the day that way is really working for me.
Our stepmom has a lot to say about smoothies, too. She is right. We are getting there in our house…
Lynn says, “It’s a great nutritious portable breakfast. I made smoothies for years for my daughter Skylar to have on the way to school. Most kids have their most intense academic classes in the morning: toast is not enough! No wonder there are so many problems in a classroom with kids are being too tired from lack of fuel or hyped from the wrong foods: sugar from pastries, white bread, bagels, etc. Its the parents responsibility to provide young children at least, who cannot choose, a nutritious breakfast and the other meals as well. It’s brain food; and every parent wants their child to do well.”
Farm Box Smoothie Recipe
I use unsweetened almond milk to smooth it out. Trader Joes, Lassens, & Fresh and Easy all carry it. I add a tasteless pea protein powder from Lassens, too. Then, I always put a banana for sweetness and an orange. I always put a cup or so of keifer, too, for the probiotics.
After that, I just start dumping healthy stuff in. Whatever I have. For example, I usually put an avocado, a handful of greens (kale, romaine, bok choy….), apricots, a spoonful of honey & ginger (especially if I have a cold), spoonful of tumeric (for anti-inflamation), strawberries, almonds or cashews. Little of this, little of that. I basically make a giant liquid vitamin.
I fill a large food processor and use a funnel to fill a giant. pink 40 oz. HydroFlask with a cap and big straw. I sip it all morning and I LOVE it. I have a really fast metabolism so my body can handle a lot of calories. You may not want such a giant intake, but on a smaller scale, you could have a nice compact breakfast and start the day with mega foods. It’s so awesome!