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Huckleberry Pancakes

Tonight I decided to have breakfast for dinner.  My family brought me some fresh huckleberries from Montana and I wanted to make some pancakes with them.  I love huckleberries.  My passion for these tart and sweet berries started when I was just a little kid, growing up in western Montana.  We'd pick them for pies, ice cream, pancakes and just to eat right out of the bucket.  My parents still pick them every summer and if I'm lucky, they give me some.  When we went camping my dad made us buttermilk pancakes with huckleberries on his portable grill.  I didn't have any buttermilk today so I just used a pancake recipe from  I'll use dad's recipe next time.  I still have some more huckleberries! 

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes Ingredients: 1 1/2 cupsall-purpose flour 3 1/2 teaspoonsbaking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg 3 tablespoons melted butter Directions: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt…

Nutella-Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Oh, yum!  Muffins dipped in melted butter and cinnamon and sugar, plus they have Nutella in the middle.  These muffins are so good, especially when they're eaten warm out of the oven and just dipped in the cinnamon and sugar.  They're like little Nutella sandwiches and I love how the flavors  mix well with the cinnamon mixture.  There's so many Nutella recipes out there and I've baked my fair share.  But this muffin recipe is something new and different, yet totally crave worthy. 

I found this muffin recipe here, on Sally's Baking Addiction blog. 

Nutella-Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins Ingredients: Muffins 1/3 cup (5 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk, but regular is fine) 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 8 teaspoons Nutella Cinna…

Bite of Seattle 2013

This weekend we checked out the annual Bite of Seattle.  The event is held every July at Seattle Center and features food from local restaurants.  Plus there are several stages of live music and retail booths to check out.  Seattle Center's huge, it took quite a while to walk around and check out everything before we decided what we wanted to eat.  I try and go almost every year if I'm in town.  With 40,000 people there, it gets a little crowded.  My favorite part about the Bite is the free samples.  This year I tried a donut, some Ocean Spray juice, a pork rind- I don't like pork rinds, what was I thinking- some Penuche Fudge and some cinnamon bark candy.  First off, we shared some fried Mac and Cheese, then some chicken wings and then we each got a cheeseburger.  We walked around a little bit more but with the heat and the crowds, we decided to head home. 

This was my first time trying fried mac and cheese.  It tasted so good, it was hot and the perfect ratio or mac and …

National Ice Cream Day

Nothing says summer like some ice cream.  Today's National Ice Cream Day so here's some of my ice cream photos to get you inspired to eat some of the cold stuff! 

Who doesn't love these classic ice cream sandwiches.  I ate my share as a kid and if you handed me one today in its paper packaging, I wouldn't resist it.  The only problem is they seem to disappear fast because they're so good. 

 Another classic from my youth is a Brown Cow.  Sound funny?  Its delicious.  This soda fountain drink is made up of chocolate ice cream, root beer and chocolate sauce, then topped with whipped cream.  Its the perfect combination of cream, carbonation and chocolate.  They do an awesome Brown Cow at Norm's News in Kalispell, Montana. 

 Sometimes you need a spoon to eat an ice cream cone.  If the waffle cone is huge and the ice cream, sprinkles, hot fudge and whipped cream are everywhere, then it just might call for one- The Puyallup Fair in Washington. 

 After a good meal …

Bastille Bash in Madison Valley

Last night I went to Madison Valley for Bastille Bash.  Bastille Day is French National Day so the event was filled with a French culture and vibe.  The first thing we did was buy our food tickets.  You can buy them ahead of time to avoid lines or just find the welcome booths and  purchase them there.  Madison Valley is filled with restaurants lining both sides of the tree-lined street and most of them participated in Bastille Bash.  For ten bucks they give you four tickets and you can purchase however many you want.  The wine tasting is twenty bucks but we just wanted to eat.  Then you're given a map with the restaurant's booths and one or two tickets gives you a delicious bite of what they're offering.  We had quite a bit to eat and left feeling stuffed and satisfied. 

                Our first stop was Harvest Vine where we tried some Gazpacho and Serrano Ham. 

 I loved the flavor of the ham dish and it went beautifully with the Gazpacho.  It was Pa Amo Tomaquet; toas…

Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee in Georgetown

This weekend Sub Pop Records celebrated 25 years of its record company in Georgetown.  The event was free to the public with tons of live bands playing on three different stages, beer gardens and food.  The day was warm and the crowds were getting thick in the early afternoon when I went.  I walked around and looked at the different food trucks.  I had already eaten lunch so nothing really jumped out at us.  Plus I planned on attending the Bastille Bash that evening so I wanted to save my money and my stomach.  They closed Airport Way for the event so the crowds wouldn't have to navigate the narrow sidewalks. 

Here's a link to the event so you can read more about the lineup and the local bands that performed at Sub Pop. 

Top Pot Doughnuts was one of the many food trucks at the event.

I was tempted by this crepe truck but knew I'd be eating some French treats later at the Bastille Festival. 

The live music at Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee.

The Beer Garden at Georgetown's …

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake from Trophy Cupcakes

Today I needed to run some errands in downtown Seattle and I figured why not grab a cupcake at Trophy?  I dashed into Pacific Place to their adorable pop-up shop and purchased the flavor of the month, Strawberry Cheesecake.  When I arrived home I took some photos and then came the fun part, tasting it!  The cupcake was really moist and the strawberry frosting tasted like cheesecake.  There was also graham cracker crumbs around the edge and on the bottom.  Then came the surprise-the strawberry jam inside.  This cupcake was absolutely delicious!

Bellevue Family Fourth

After stuffing ourselves at Cactus we walked back through Bellevue Square and crossed the street to the park where the Bellevue Family Fourth was happening.  We tried to attend several years ago but it was rained out.  This year the weather was pretty much perfect with bright blue skies and not too hot.  The festival is built around families so the bouncy houses were everywhere.  Good thing we had already eaten because there didn't seem like many food vendors there.  I just saw lemonade, caramel corn and corn dogs.  We sat in the sun and listened to the live reggae band which was totally rocking.  We loved their Sublime cover songs.  My hubby wanted to get up and dance but everyone was just sitting there, waiting for the fireworks to start in five hours and looking like they got too much sun already. After sitting for a little while we decided to head back to Seattle and rest up for the party we wanted to go to later. 

I loved all the flags everywhere.  Bellevue's skyscrapers …