Simple Crepes

Jul 4, 2013 by

There is a farmers market that we visit on most Saturday mornings.   They have great fresh fruit and vegetables, but we really go for the crepes stand that makes the best crepes in the world according to my pregnant wife, and she is always right.

So as she has been craving crepes all the other days of the week I set out to make some and they are so simple to make and so yummy to eat.

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Seriously, these are so simple.  You just throw some milk, flour, eggs, sugar, salt, melted butter and vanilla in a blender and blend.  Simple.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla

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and seriously you just throw it all in in the blender and blend it for a minute or so until its smooth.

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I’m not going to give you the step by step, but here’s a good order to throw it all in.

Add eggs first, then milk, then all the dry ingredients.  blend it up, then add the melted butter and blend it up a little more.

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Throw the whole blender in the fridge for 15 minutes to an hour.  It can stay in the fridge for a couple days if you want to only make a few crepes at a time.  I’ve been making crepes for days and its awesome.

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Now I don’t have a fancy crepe pan so any large skillet will do, but it will take some practice.

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Heat the pan up on low to medium heat and swirl around a pat of butter to coat it well.  Pour in a bit of the crepe batter.  This will also take some practice to get the right amount.  You don’t want to fill the pan completely.   When the top is dry you will take a spatula and flip it over. Again this part takes a little practice but after one or two of them you’ll get the hang of it and make awesome crepes.  Let it cook for a few seconds on the other side, and now its time to add your toppings.

The great thing about crepes is you can make them for dinner or dessert or both.  Our favorite crepe from the crepe stand at the farmers market is the lemon squeeze which contains brown sugar, vanilla custard and fresh lemon juice.

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So simple and so good.   We also love the strawberry ones as well.  Actually we love all of them.

Since I was setting out to replicate the recipes from our local crepe stand I needed some vanilla custard.  Turns out that is super simple to make as well and it uses most of the same ingredients of the crepes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

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In a bowl pour the milk

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add the cornstarch

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and the sugar

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whisk it all up

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in a separate bowl, whisk up the eggs

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Pour the mixture into a pan on medium heat and stir constantly

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Stir until you get little bubbles forming around the edge then take the pan off the heat and set onto a cool part of the stove.

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Add a couple of spoonfuls of the warm mixture to the eggs and stir the eggs while you are doing this.

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Then add the eggs back into the pan with the rest of the mixture and stir stir stir

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Return it back to the heat and add in your vanilla and stir for another minute or two until it thickens up

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and you are done.   Seriously, this is so simple.

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Now add some of the custard to a zip lock bag and cut off a tiny corner of the bag to pour it out like frosting.

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a little brown sugar, a little custard and your favorite fruit and you are in heaven

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I particularly loved the blackberry one

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Top it off with some whip cream and revel in both the awesome flavors and in how awesome you are for making these awesome crepes.

If you are looking for something fun to make for your 4th of July, these will be a guaranteed hit.  Grab some of your favorite fresh fruit and you can’t go wrong.

Enjoy your 4th, stay safe, and while you are celebrating your freedom, remember to smile and cherish the simple things in your life that make it great.

Ben…

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Bananrama… this is what you do with those brown bananas

Jun 7, 2013 by

We all love bananas and we buy a big ripe bunch at the store and then we forget about them on the kitchen counter and they are somehow all brown within  a day of bringing them home.  It’s a classic tale as old as time.  I’m pretty sure Shakespeare has a play about it.

So what do you do with those brown bananas that no one wants to eat?

You make this awesome dessert that is likely to be tastier and healthier than all that crap in the stores.

This recipe requires a bit of forethought as you’ll need to freeze the bananas ahead of time.  So take those browning bananas, slice them up onto a plate and throw that plate in the freezer for a few hours.

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Once you have the frozen bananas, throw them in the food processor or blender.  Our blender sucks, so we shall use the food processor.

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turn the processor on until you get this creamy mixture of bananan-y goodness.  You can stop here if you want.  You’ve made a tasty and smooth banana ice cream like treat and it is good. Or you can keep going and make it epic.

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Here’s the part where you get to add whatever you like.  I had a Reese’s peanut butter cup on hand, so in it went.

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Add a bit of Hershey’s chocolate syrup

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Add a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter

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This was the best idea ever.  I am hooked on these damn cashew clusters from Costco.  I should not buy these, but they are just so tasty.  I had all the crumbs from the end of the bag, so I threw them in.

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I’m a genius.

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Blend it all up.

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And it may not be the most appealing picture, but it is oh so tasty.  You can take it out and eat it right then or throw it back into the freezer to let it firm up a little more.

This is a great snack and an awesome way to not throw away perfectly good bananas that no one will eat.  Depending on what you put in it, this can be a very healthy dessert as well.

Ben…

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Stop and Help Someone

Jun 3, 2013 by

Had the opportunity to see Mumford and Sons again last night and they were awesome.

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Singing along with 30,000 other people to some great music is always fun.  What is not fun is trying to exit a poorly laid out parking situation with those same 30,000 people.  We made the long trek back to our car after being locked into the amphitheater as someone thought this was a good idea to help relieve traffic.  It was not.

We also had to stop for a bacon wrapped hot dog in the parking lot as that is what pregnant wife’s need.  After the long trek we made it back to the car and realized we weren’t moving for some time.  So we napped, read books, chatted and hung out for a bit.  The car started just fine when we got back to the car, but somehow after waiting in it for a few hours the battery must have been drained somehow as when it was our turn to sort of pull out into the long line of not moving cars, ours did not start.  I am a car guy and can fix most anything on cars, but when a Prius just flashes lights at me, I am at a bit of a loss as to where to look first.  I was hoping it was just a dead battery as there is not much else I can do for that car to get it going in the middle of a dirt parking lot.

After getting the jumper cables out I asked a few people around me who were also not moving as much as we were and ran into some not nice people who would rather sit there not moving and not helping then sit there not moving and helping.

Finally we got some awesome people to pull up next to us and give us a jump and all was well.  We got out on the road and slowly made the crawl toward the exit.  We saw another car that looked like the might need help so we stopped.  They also needed a jump and sadly as we were just jumped I knew my battery would be of no help to them.  I was shocked to hear that we were the only ones to stop in the last 3o minutes.  30 minutes of cars just barely crawling past them and no one had time to help.  We chatted for a bit and they had AAA on the way so we took off and thankfully our car made it home with no problems.

The moral of this story is what kind of world do you want to live in?  Do you want to live in a world where everyone is a jerk and out for themselves or would you like to live in a world where everyone helps one another.

It’s up to you to make that world, so stop and help someone this week.

It’s just that simple.  Your simple act of pausing what you are doing for a few minutes to help someone else will carry with it the ripple effects of that person you helped will be more likely to stop and help someone else.  You will have made a positive change for the good and that does not go unnoticed.

Stop and help someone this week and make your world a little more awesome.

Ben…

Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s:

 
 

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TSA#1 – Help out a Stranger

Jan 1, 2013 by

Welcome to the first of the Truly Simple Actions for a new year.  Here’s how this works.

I have created a list of 52 simple things to make you and the world around you better.  Each week, on Mondays, I will post one simple action that you need to take that week.

Each week + one thing = life better.

Simple huh?  That’s the idea.

TSA #1:  Help out a Stranger

This week’s TSA isn’t about you, but you will most definitely get the benefit from this.  This weeks simple action is to help out a stranger.  This week you must break out of your routine and think of someone else.  You can be creative in how you accomplish this, but know this going in:

The more you do for someone, the better you will feel.

If this sounds scary to you start off small.  Let that car merge in front of you on the freeway.  Let that person who only has a few items check out ahead of you at the store.  It’s these little things that simply make that persons day better.  That feeling travels forward.  Then if that starts being more comfortable, step it up a little.  Pay for someones coffee behind you in the drive through or buy someone a meal that needs it.  Donate to a good cause to help others.

A big part of these simple actions that I propose each week is seeing tangible benefits that are demonstrably real, and this is why I started with this one.  Helping out someone else gives you a HUGE smile on your face and a wonderful feeling inside.  It is such a great feeling that you will want to continue doing nice things for others to keep the feeling going.

It’s a wonderful addiction.

So that’s it.  Right now, get out a sticky note or piece of paper and right down on it: TSA #1:  Help out a Stranger

Put it somewhere you will see it often and get going.  Think about some fun and simple ways you can help others and do it.  If you’ve got some great ideas, please post them in the comments.

Happy new year everyone.  Let’s start off 2013 right and make this year simply awesome.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nov 18, 2012 by

Fall is the best time of year because of of one simple reason.  Pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin everything, and it is wonderful.  I love pumpkin and I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and you will too.

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Here is what you will need to make these awesome cookies

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  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

These are very easy to make, and here is how you do it.

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In a mixing bowl throw in one cup of canned pumpkin

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add 1/2 cup vegetable oil

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add one egg

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add 1 cup white sugar and mix all that together.

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In a separate bowl we are going to add all the dry ingredients together.

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Stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt.

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Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. (not pictured)

When its all mixed up add the 2 cups of chocolate chips and mix it up.

Spoon out the cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for approximately 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

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They will come out like this in all its pumpkin glory and everyone will love them and thus love you for making them.  Plus it makes your whole house smell like pumpkin, which is never bad.

I doubled the recipe to use the entire can of pumpkin, which may or may not have been a good idea, but it sure did make a whole ton of cookies!  Luckily I just send them to work with my wife and all the people in her hospital love her for it.

If you are looking for a good desert to make this fall, this is always a good one to make.

Also if you want to try something AMAZING, try the Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.

Ben…

If you’ve got a good pumpkin recipe, please send it over.  I love pumpkin!!

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