Orange Yogurt Waffles

These crisp orange yogurt waffles are perfect for a ladies-only brunch.

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Happy Galentine’s Day!

Don’t know what Galentine’s Day is? Then you clearly don’t follow along with one of my and Dan’s favorite shows, Parks and Recreation. According to Leslie Knope, February 13 is all about women celebrating women. It’s the day to “leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and…just come and kick it, breakfast-style… It’s like Lillith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

So naturally, when I was invited to celebrate Galentine’s Day this year, I immediately knew I needed to make waffles. Not only are crispy orange yogurt waffles perfect for a ladies-only brunch, but waffles are also Leslie Knope’s favorite food. So that was an easy decision.

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This morning, I raise a forkful of waffles in a toast to my closest girl friends, all of whom amaze me in different ways. I’ve got a waffle for the friend who’s been by my side since seventh grade, and I’m so grateful that we live in the same city again, despite the fact that our busy schedules keep us from meeting up as often as we’d like. There’s one for the college friend who was there for the beginning of my and Dan’s relationship, who got ordained to officiate at our wedding, and is now off getting both her MD and PhD at the same time (she’s crazy and brilliant and we love her for it). And of course, there’s one for the best friend we left behind in Ithaca, with whom I exchange dozens of emails and an hour-long Skype call on a weekly basis. I wouldn’t have gotten through this move without her.

Take some time today to send some love to your girl friends and the women who inspire you. It is Galentine’s Day, after all!

Orange Yogurt Waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-10 waffles

Orange Yogurt Waffles

These crisp orange yogurt waffles are perfect for a ladies-only brunch.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade

Instructions

  1. Preheat a classic-style waffle maker.
  2. Whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the milk, yogurt, oil, eggs and marmalade. Stir until there are no dry spots left.
  4. Cook the waffles, 1/3 cup of batter at a time, according to the instructions for your waffle maker. Serve warm.
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Here’s how to freeze waffles for later!

I’ve joined up with 17 other bloggers to bring you all sorts of recipes for Galentine’s Day. Happy celebrating!

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Orange Green Tea Punch

Orange-Green-Tea-Punch.jpgI really haven’t missed alcohol much at all for the past seven months. I kind of thought I would – we were living in wine country up until two weeks ago, after all. But no, I’ve been perfectly content to just drink tea, water, juice and small amounts of coffee since finding out I was pregnant back in July.

Deli meat, on the other hand, is a totally different story. All I want in life lately is a ham sandwich, piled high with meat, some Swiss and mayo. I’ve tried heating up the meat first, but it isn’t the same. I’ve already directed Dan to make sure my first post-delivery meal is a sandwich.

The one exception to the “I don’t really miss alcohol” rule seems to be when I think about New Year’s Eve. It is the one time of year when we make brandy slush, and we savor every last glass of that batch. That obviously isn’t going to be how we ring in 2015. We’ll also be forgoing our usual board-games-and-cocktails New Year’s Eve party. I don’t think we’ll be up for driving to Milwaukee for our friends’ party that soon after moving and closing on our house, and I doubt we will be unpacked and settled enough to host a big crowd at the new place.

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I’ll be honest, I’m a little bummed to be missing out on our annual December 31 traditions. But, I reason, nearly all of our traditions are going to change in some way next year anyways, right? We won’t be giving them up entirely, but they’ll be tweaked to better fit our new little family. And that’s what we’ll do this year – tweak our New Year’s Eve traditions to allot for all the life changes we’ve made in the past six weeks. Maybe we won’t host or attend a giant game night complete with a full cocktail menu, but we can still have a small group of family or friends over a game or two. And while I may not make a big batch of brandy slush to ring in the new year, I can certainly make a bowl of orange green tea mocktail punch that our alcohol-drinking friends can spike with some brandy.

Cheers to the holiday season and ever-changing traditions!

Orange Green Tea Punch

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-16

Orange Green Tea Punch

This fruity mocktail punch will please all of your guests. Offer a bottle of brandy alongside the punch and allow the adults to spike their drinks as desired.

Adapted from this brandy slush recipe .

Ingredients

  • 4 bags green tea
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • 16 ounces orange juice
  • 16 ounces cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail
  • 16 ounces citrus soda (7Up, Sprite, etc)
  • Ice
  • Orange slices or candied orange peel, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Arrange the tea bags in a big heat-proof bowl. It will need to hold all of the punch, so be sure it is extra-large! Scoop the marmalade and sugar into the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Bring seven cups of water to just below a boil. Pour over the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and whisk to finish mixing in the sugar and marmalade.
  4. Add the remaining two cups of water and both the orange and cranberry juices to help cool the punch.
  5. When the punch is at room temperature, it can be chilled. Either refrigerate it for later (and add ice just before your party) or add ice now.
  6. Just before serving, stir in the citrus soda.
  7. Garnish each glass with an orange slice or a few pieces of candied orange peel (optional) before ladling in the punch.
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