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English Pancakes just in time for Pancake Day!!!

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Pancake day is Tuesday Feb 9th, and we are so excited!
We looked forward to this so much as kids, and we have to say that getting the family together for pancakes for dinner as adults is even better!

boxwood clippings | english pancakes


2 cups flour
2.5 cups milk
2 eggs
pinch of salt
butter for frying


In a large bowl combine flour and salt. Add eggs and whisk together, slowly add milk to form a smooth batter. Heat frying pan on med-high and melt a dab of butter (enough to cover the pan). Add 1/2 c batter to cover whole surface of pan and wait until bubbles form and you can flip it over. Cook other side for about a minute. Pancakes should be barely golden brown.

Our favorite topping combos: strawberry jam + butter, lemon juice + white sugar, nutella + bananas, golden syrup (HERE).

What is your favorite pancake topping? We’d love to give it a try!

Will you celebrate with us this year?

Veggie Prep for the Week Ahead

Friday, January 29th, 2016

I don’t think there’s any question that our families eat healthier when we have a meal plan…

and as always, easier said than done!

Something that’s really helping us this winter is to spend an hour/week peeling, chopping and packing veggies, so they are ready to go and make meal prep so much quicker throughout the week.

Here’s what we prepped for this week:

boxwood clippings | veggies

These veggies make four easy meals, perfect for our Mon-Thurs eating in routine…

chicken noodle soup ever HERE
fajitas HERE
one tray meal HERE
veggie-packed spaghetti HERE

boxwood clippings_chicken noodle soup

The worst part about this is viewing it as another chore….Netflix and a diet coke during nap time really make this a delight ;) Now have we convinced you to give it a try?

Easy Chicken Fajitas

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Another family favorite we have been loving for dinner this winter are chicken fajitas!

Warm, healthy, delicious and easy to customize for the pickiest of eaters…

boxwood clippings | chicken

frozen chicken breasts
your favorite tortillas (we like the uncooked ones from Costco)taco seasoning
bell peppers
yellow/white onion

You cannot get easier than chicken fajitas. Warm a skillet/frying pan on med-high and cook thawed sliced chicken breasts in a little olive oil and taco seasoning. When no longer pink, add sliced onions and bell peppers and reduce heat to medium until peppers and onions are cooked and tender.

Next you’ll need to cook/warm your tortillas while you’re getting all your fixins’ and table ready.

Serve a ‘taco’ bar with any veggies and toppings you have in your fridge…
avocado, salsa, corn, lettuce, beans, rice or cheese, you cannot go wrong.

We are calling it a winner for a cold January night. It’s easy on the budget, time and did you know bell peppers are full of vitamin A, C and B6? Just what our families need this time of year!!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Leek and Potato Soup

Friday, January 15th, 2016

We have hardly had a day over 30 degrees in quite some time and all we can say is thank goodness for soup!

We usually make soup for dinner one night and freeze leftovers in individual portions…perfect for winter lunches for us and the babies!

Here is a tasty new recipe we’ve been loving.

boxwood clippings_leek and potatoe soup


2 cups chopped leeks
1 diced onion
4 small potatoes (diced)
48 oz chicken or vegetable broth
2 TBSP dried parsley
2 cups whole milk or half and half


Saute leeks, onion and potatoes on med-high for 7-8 minutes until slightly tender. Add broth to cover veggies, add parsley and bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer while stirring occasionally. Cook until vegetables are tender and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Stir in milk and serve with a swirl of heavy whipping cream or croutons.

Stay warm friends!!!

Veggie-Packed Spaghetti Sauce

Friday, January 8th, 2016

One of our New Year’s goals is to pack more nutrients into our ‘normal’ meals.

Spaghetti is a favorite in our homes and even though normally it’s less than nutritious, aren’t we all happy to serve something we know everyone will like and eat sometimes?!

Well, we decided to try to turn it up a notch by adding veggies to the basic dish and serving with a blend of whole-wheat pasta…

boxwood clippings_spaghetti sauce


1 lb ground beef (we use grass-fed 90% lean)
1/2 diced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 TBSP Italian seasoning
1 cup carrots (sliced very small)
1 zucchini
3-4 stalks of celery


Brown meat on medium-high. Add diced onion and garlic and saute until onions are clear. Add sauce, tomatoes, seasoning, and diced raw veggies. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer until veggies are tender (about 30 mins).

Serve with 1/3 part whole wheat pasta, 2/3 regular spaghetti, shhh no one being able to tell the difference!

Husband and toddler approved, and we love, love, loved packing some veggies into this family favorite!

Do you have any great tips on getting veggies into your meals? Please share!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!