When everything is crazy, thankfully weekend mornings are still a teeny tiny sanctuary. Whether you get up with the morning light and enjoy some coffee or if you sleep till 11 and rock the bed head, it’s such a nice little slice of time. Weekday breakfasts are usually pretty dependable and basic, so Saturdays and Sundays are fun opportunities to get creative with breakfast. Lately, I’ve been pretty obsessed with this tofu breakfast scramble and kale. It’s packed with protein, veggies, and a bit of healthy fat if you choose to top it with avocado (and why wouldn’t you, avocados the best!)….
Happy Holidays!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and hopefully a few days off work! On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day my husband and I will curl up with a warm beverage, a slice of Nut Roll or Poppy Seed roll, and put on “The Santa Clause”. I laugh at this movie every year and seem to notice something new about it each time. It’s sweet little traditions like this that help make the holidays still feel like the holidays even though we’re grown and out on our own.
Last year I worked hard on 2 of my family’s traditional holiday recipes: The nut roll and the poppy seed roll. The Nut Roll was an easy success but the Poppy Seed roll was an entirely different story. I must have made about 6 loaves before I got the recipe close. Then…. Then I lost the recipe! I swear I had wrote it down, taken a picture of it, or stashed it away somewhere. I searched and searched and searched but came up empty handed. Don’t you hate it when stuff like that happens?!
The poppy seed roll is not as sweet as the nut roll, even though it has a similar amount of sugar. I think its because poppy seeds are not very naturally sweet. If I had to categorize the two rolls I would place the poppy seed roll in the breakfast category and the nut roll in the dessert category – although they are both good anytime 🙂
The Nut Roll and the Poppy Roll both use the same dough, and one batch of dough is enough for 4 rolls. This means you could halve the filling for the Nut Roll and Poppy Seed Roll and make 2 of each in one batch! That way you can try both without overloading! However, if 4 rolls is more than you’ll eat in the near future, you can wrap the rolls in a double layer of foil and freeze them! They still taste just as good after they thaw….
Vanilla extract is basically the holy grail of baking! The rate at which I can blow through a little $10 bottle of pure extract is ridiculous! I use vanilla extract in my almond milk (which I make a double batch of every week) and then I use at least double vanilla in every baking recipe. Why use 1 tsp when you can use 2 or 3??
Eventually I got a little fed up having to buy a bottle every couple weeks (and frankly, my grocery bill wasn’t satisfied either). I knew extracts had a lot of alcohol in them but I didn’t realize it would be so simple to make. One trip to the liquor store and a quick click on Amazon* and I was ready to give it a shot!