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Carrot Cake #Donuts by @UpsideDownPear

Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner!? March seemed to just fly by. I’ve seen a lot of carrot cake recipes going around, and I had no idea that the two were related…until I asked my boyfriend about it. He was like…yeah Easter and carrot cake go together like peanut butter and jelly. I had no idea. Was it just me?

Carrot Cake #Donuts by @UpsideDownPear

Well, instead of a cake, you should totally impress all your family or friends with bringing these fun donuts to the brunch. This recipe came about for a contest hosted by The Daily Meal for Country Crock, where entrants were compensated with a coupon for free product. I used Country Crock’s stick butter, and it helps make the donuts moist and fluffy. These carrot cake donuts are spiced just right and are packed full of flavor. And of course it’s topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. I also topped mine with chopped walnuts. Personally, I don’t want raisins anywhere near my carrot cake, but I won’t judge those who do. If you wanted to, you could add them to the batter.

Carrot Cake #Donuts by @UpsideDownPear

I’ve made like 4 batches of these over the past couple of days. My arms are incredibly tired from grating all the carrots, but it’s totally worth it. You have to grate the carrots by hand. Buying carrots already shredded will not give you the proper amount of moisture needed. Carrots actually hold quite a bit of water in them, and that’s added to the batter when you freshly grate them. But as I said earlier, the pain is totally worth it. I like to think that I’m just building muscle.

Carrot Cake #Donuts by @UpsideDownPear

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Blueberry Pancakes

These blueberry pancakes are one of my favorites that we’ve made yet! I love using fresh berries because when you bite into them, they pop and the juice flows out. The cinnamon and cardamom give a nice depth to the whole thing, and you can enjoy these not only at breakfast but lunch or dinner! I love pancakes for dinner.

Blueberry Pancakes

Did you know that January 28th is national blueberry pancake day?!? Neither did I, but I’m not complaining! You should whip up a big batch of these and enjoy them for dinner on Wednesday. Or better yet, Tuesday night so you can pop them in the toaster oven (or microwave) and start your Wednesday off right.

Blueberry Pancakes

These delicious pancakes don’t need much in the way of toppings. Just some maple syrup and you’re good to go! I will say that these are probably the biggest pancakes that we’ve made, so if you’re thinking of making a batch for the family, you’ll most likely want to double the recipe. We got four big pancakes out of this. The reason that we only got four instead of our normal 6-8 is that you have to add a bit of batter on top of the blueberries. Think of it like two pancakes full of fresh blueberries in the middle. You really do need to treat yourself to these amazing blueberry pancakes.

Blueberry Pancakes

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Chocolate Champagne Glazed Donuts

Am I the only one still celebrating the new year? I just bought a couple more bottles of champagne 1) because they were on sales and 2) because I really like champagne but only let myself get it for the new year. These donuts are a great way to keep the celebration going! I wasn’t quite ready for the holidays to end, so I made up a batch of these donuts.

Chocolate Champagne Glazed Donuts

This champagne glaze is perfect for these chocolate donuts since the batter isn’t terribly sweet by itself. These donuts really do need the glaze, which is something I don’t say very often so you’d better not forget it! There’s not much glaze per donut, but since you’re not cooking the glaze at all I guess there is still somewhat of an alcoholic content to it. If you’re worried about little ones, you may want to pass on the glaze for them. In which case, I’d recommend the maple glaze from these donuts.

Chocolate Champagne Glazed Donuts

Cocoa powder does tend to make baked goods a little dry, and these are no exception. These really are best shortly after they come out of the oven, but you can freeze them and pop them in the toaster oven later. Treat yourself with one of these baked donuts!

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Egg Nog Pancakes

Christmas is finally upon us, and I'm still not sure I'm ready for it.  Not only have I been back in the states for just shy of two weeks, I'm also recovering (quite nicely I might add) from an eye injury.  I went to my first street hockey meet up to have some fun, and got hit in the face from the ball.  I was having a lot of fun and can't wait to return.  Bren's been going for a couple of weeks, so I decided to join him and then my face wanted to make friends with the ball.  It was more of a fight and my face lost, but enough about that and more about these delicious pancakes!!

Egg Nog Pancakes

We swapped the milk for egg nog and added a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter.  They turned out great!  If you're worried about them tasting more like a dessert than a breakfast, fear not!  They have a hint of egg nog, but don't give you that sweet tooth ache.  They're actually just shy of the sweet side.  We toppd them off with whipped cream and butter rather than maple syrup.

Egg Nog Pancakes

In the spirit of the holidays, I also topped mine with sprinkles (but that's totally optional).  These pancakes are similar to our other pancakes and a bit on the heavy side.  Two pancakes and I was stuffed!  Keep the holidays alive after Christmas, and make these on New Year's Eve as well!

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Cranberry Stuffed French Toast

I hope everyone ate a lot and made some good memories! I had a great time visiting family in California (plus it was a nice bonus to get away from the snow). We met some old friends, walked around San Francisco, and ate waaaaay too much food. But it was worth it! There’s nothing quite like Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Stuffed French Toast

I hope you still have some leftover cranberry sauce for this french toast! This is the first time I made stuffed french toast, but it is amazing!! It’s also an easy way to impress any guests you may be hosting over this holiday season.   The cream cheese adds a bit of decadence to this while the cranberry sauce keeps this from becoming too sweet.

Cranberry Stuffed French Toast

We also added just a dollop of whipped cream and a little bit of caramel drizzle to these. I was blown away when I bit into it. I will admit we actually ate these for dinner instead. We made four servings and really one filled us up. This makes a very filling breakfast. We heated up the remaining french toast the next day in the toaster oven, and they tasted just as good the second time around. I think we’re going to be staying in for breakfast a lot more often!

Cranberry Stuffed French Toast

Cranberry Stuffed French Toast

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