12.14.2014

Outside of the Waffle Iron Box

Hi! Isn't a cold, wet Sunday evening the perfect time for something hot and crispy from the waffle iron? I agree, completely. Sit down anywhere. Don't mind the clutter. Last weekend was a long weekend spent out of state at the wedding of My Beloved's niece. On the second day home, one by one the family got sick. By noon, everyone except Victorious Man of God was down. Five days later all are well again, still moving slow and sore but well.

Every day I say we are going to finish decorating for Christmas. We are going to finish tomorrow. Ahhhh, let's sit down here where we can see the fire and the lights from the village and tree. Would you like a cup of tea? The water's still hot. So, back to the waffle iron. Have you ever tried cooking anything other than traditional waffles in one? We hadn't until last year. One day close to lunch I realized we didn't have any crackers to eat with our chili, nor bread, nor corn chips, nor anything. There wasn't time to bake cornbread. Then, whoosh, this wild hare thought of trying cornbread batter in the waffle iron flashed through.

Not of this World and I decided it was worth checking out. Cornbread batter was thrown together while the waffle iron heated. The result? Nothing short of delicious. Tender insides with crispy outsides covered in little squares that were perfect for catching pools of melting butter and honey. Mmmmmm, I can almost taste it right now. I think we'll have chili for lunch tomorrow. Oh, yes we have tried other things besides cornbread. A waffle made from leftover holiday stuffing served as the perfect base for an open-faced sandwich of meat topped with a scoop of mashed potatoes, and don't forget the gravy on top. It was one of the most delicious ways to clean up holiday leftovers I know.

For one of my birthdays there were waffles made from chocolate cake batter, and tonight we had grilled cheese sandwiches cooked to perfection. Though we didn't have any tomato soup with our sandwiches, I can't help but imagine that the squares made by the waffle iron would catch tomato soup in the most delightful way. Little hands love holding the tiny squares each sandwich divided itself into. Of course the adult cooking the sandwiches needs to pay attention to where they place the bread on the waffle iron or the sandwich may end up dividing rather oddly. Experience is a good teacher. My favorite thing about tonight's sandwiches is that I could leave each sandwich in a little for a lightly crispy gooey mess of cheesy goodness, a long time for a totally crunchy cheese crisp experience, or somewhere in between.

Currently I am wondering what an unbaked cinnamon roll would taste like or what about chocolate chip cookie dough? Hmmmm, there are definitely more waffle iron cooking worlds to explore. Winter may be cold and sometimes long, but it will also be tasty, very very tasty. What's that? You have to get home and heat up your waffle iron? I know. It's calling out your name. Make sure you try the chocolate cake batter someday. You'll need some vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce to eat on top of it when you do and whipped cream. Promise you it's a dessert that will warm you clear through to your toes. Not only is it delicious, it's decadant and pretty enough for company too. All of that rich chocolate practically begs for the very best coffee you can find. Well, coffee or a cold tall glass of milk. Take your pick. And if you don't need dessert, it makes an incredibly extravagant breakfast or brunch.

Just now thoughts of banana bread or lemon poppy seed or gingerbread or pumpkin or oh my. So many possibilities! Did you hear that? It's sleet! Sleet in December! Can you believe the warmth after such extreme cold earlier? The lake is almost thawed in December! Thinking it won't be thawed long by the sounds of that weather. Love having you, but you'd better scoot before it gets any nastier out there! We don't want you caught out in a storm. Mmmmmm, thanks for the visit and hug! Here's hot tea in a mug to go. Love you! Praying for you! Hope to see you soon!

Loving You Because of Jesus!
Abundantly Blessed @ Abundance House


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