Strawberry Shortcake Waffles


We strive to eat healthy on the week days and indulge on the weekends, and one of my favorite ways to indulge is a decadent breakfast. I adore Eggs Benedict, and absolutely love the southern treat of cheese grits. I found this yummy and healthy recipe for strawberry shortcake waffles on the Sweet Laurel Bakery blog – yum! – and can’t wait to make them for my family. I think this recipe would even be a perfect celebratory breakfast for Father’s Day. Click here for the details. Enjoy!

To Prepare Waffle Batter:

1/3 cup coconut milk

3 tablespoons coconut oil (extra for greasing waffle iron)

1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

2 cups coconut whipped cream (recipe below)

2 cups strawberries (chopped)

Heat and grease waffle iron with coconut oil.Mix all ingredients except eggs in food processor or blender on high. Switch food processor or blender to low and slowly add eggs. (This mixture can be made the night before and sit in the refrigerator until use).

Pour into waffle iron and make according to waffle iron instructions.


To Make the Coconut Cream:

2 cups coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (I use Natural Value)

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream is peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Refrigerate until use. Top waffles with coconut cream and chopped strawberries!

Borrowing Etiquette


Has a friend ever offered to lend you something? Or have you ever had to ask to borrow something from a friend? A sweet friend of mine recently lent me a baby naming book – we are expecting baby #2 this fall! – and I greatly appreciated her kindness, given our endless search for the perfect moniker. After thumbing through the book a few (hundred) times, we found a winning name combination that will suit baby #2 to a T. As for my friend’s kind gesture, borrowing this fabulous book got me thinking about the actual etiquette of borrowing, and how to do so in the most gracious manner. And so, here are my tips. Enjoy!

Quick Tips

Borrowing Etiquette


Stick with close friends and family when asking to borrow something.

If they decline your request, politely say that you understand and don’t ask them again.

Give plenty of notice before asking.

Return the item in a timely fashion (when its most convenient for the lender) and include a thank you note.

Return the item in mint condition – i.e., if you borrow a dress, have it dry cleaned.

If the item is damaged or lost, sincerely apologize and repair/replace it promptly.