Breakfast at Brooke’s

Hey everyone! It’s Brooke, but obviously you knew that already. If you are still reading our blog, thanks a lot. Hopefully we can get to blogging a little more frequently, and I know we all say that in like every post, but this time, I will try my hardest to even pop in and say hi. Anyway, I wanted to share with you a post that’s mostly pictures, but maybe I’ll add a few words. Also, I noticed that sometimes when I’m reading a blog post, I skip this entire section and get straight to the recipe. Okay, let’s just start… otherwise imma keep blabbing nonsense…… yeah i just realized im still doing it. okay im actually done now…

I got this dutch (baby?) pancake recipe from thekichen.com, so ill link it right now. This is the site and its amazing. just saying. so click on it. after you read this i guess. I hate it when people just link back to the site and make you go back and forth between pages, so im gonna put it here just so that its more convenient.

How To Make a Dutch Baby Pancake

Serves 2 to 4

What You Need

Ingredients
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole or 2% milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Powdered sugar, maple syrup, and jam, for serving

Equipment
Blender or food processor
Spatula
9- or 10-inch oven-safe skillet

Instructions

  1. Blend the batter: Place the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Blend for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides, and then blend for another 10 seconds. The batter will be quite loose and liquidy.
  2. Rest the batter: Leave the batter in the blender and set aside to rest 20 to 25 minutes. This gives the flour time to absorb the liquid.
  3. Heat the pan and oven: Meanwhile, place the skillet you’re using on a middle rack to warm along with the oven. Heat the oven to 425°F.
  4. Melt the butter: When ready to make the pancake, remove the skillet from the oven using oven mitts and place it on top of the stove. Add the butter and swirl the pan to melt the butter and coat the bottom and sides of the pan.
  5. Add the batter: Pour the batter on top of the butter. Tilt the pan if needed so that the batter runs evenly to all sides. Place the skillet in the oven.
  6. Bake the Dutch baby: Bake until the Dutch baby is puffed, lightly browned across the top, and darker brown on the sides and edges, 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Serve while hot: You can either serve from the pan or transfer the Dutch baby to a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with maple syrup or jam.

 

So now that thats done, I’m gonna tell you all my personal touches. I made 3 sauces to go with this. Yes, 3. Some might argue that 3 sauces aren’t necessary (ahem *cough cough* mom) but yes. they all are needed. unless you don’t feel like washing all those dishes. In that case, I understand. I already wrote this part before, but its gone now, so I guess I’ll rewrite it. Maple butter, chocolate ganache, and blueberry compote. For the maple butter, about a 1:3 ratio of unsalted butter to maple syrup heated together in a small saucepan. For the chocolate ganache, i made a little too much, but I used 2/3 cup of bittersweet chocolate and 2 tbsp of nutella. Heat up 2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream in a saucepan and then pour over the chocolate mixture, let it sit for a minute and stir. I had plenty leftover, so I made some chocolate covered gummy bears and some truffles. Finally, I just heated up some blueberry compote that we got from vermont? or maine or something. I can’t remember. I have made it myself, but I ran out, so yeah. Thats it. Insert pictures here.

Can you believe these were taken on my phone? Idk how they look on the page, but on my phone, they were extremely clear. LOOK at dat crust. I took these after it deflated, I know, sad. Also, that cute FAITH mug, Jenna’s sister gave it to my mom as a sunday school teacher gift. Really happy with how the pictures turned out.  Anyway, hope you liked this, and yeah. By the way, I made these yesterday and then started to type this post, but half of it deleted, so i’m winging it. Thats all. See you next time at Breakfast at Brooke’s!

♡, Brooke 

 

 

 

seriously though, if you’re reading this, thanks a lot. we appreciate it tons.

sick days

hi people. i’m back! here again to talk about sick days. staying at home and lying in bed all day, ideal… when your’re in school. but when it comes to actually doing it, all you want to do is get up and move around. anyway, this time around i’m not actually feverish or anything. my eye has been swollen, i have to go to the doctor and i think i have a chronic sneezing disease. wait, that sounded weird. i woke myself up because i was having a sneezing fit! *sneezes* no seriously. allergies! and anyone out there who doesn’t have allergies, man are you lucky. i’m not one of the lucky ones, therefore having used almost a whole box of tissues and taking allergy medicine. anyway, i’m now sitting at the dining room table writing this post and trying to figure out what to do. i think i’m gonna clean my room. its a mess. yeah? maybe. that’s really all i need to say so… yeah. if you are sick right now or have allergies like me, i’ll be praying for you! just remember, God will heal you soon! ok, bye for reals now!

 

Brooke 

cookies. because, why not?

Hey guys! How long has it been since I’ve posted? Its been awhile…. Anyway, today I am here to share a recipe for you and I have been obsessed. I would have took step by step pictures, but I didn’t realize I wanted to post this until after I finished. The last batch is in right this second, so I’m gonna type fast. Okay, so this recipe that I’m doing is adapted (as the fancy people say) or edited by me and my taste buds. Here is the recipe if you want to check it out, chocolate chip cookie bites from Cooking Classy.  So, I changed some measurements and added some things.

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted+cooled)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)
  • Between 3-5 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter (according to your taste)
  • 2/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup english toffee

That was my take, some of it (may or may not) have/has been a mistake when I was measuring, but it worked out. Another thing, I am lazy, and don’t like washing the dishes. Around here, whatever mess you make, it’s yours to clean. Back to the recipe: most directions would say to preheat, then dry ingredients, then wet, then combine. NOPE. NOT DOING THAT. I combine the butter with the sugars in the mixer, just until combined. Then egg, vanilla, peanut butter. (one bowl, ya hear me?) now, measure out the flour, and put it directly into the mixer, on slow. (#flourcloud) Then baking soda, then salt. Once all of it disappears into the wet ingredients, put in all of the toppings.

Here comes the more time consuming part: you have to scoop tiny balls of dough, but you don’t have to wait long. I use a teaspoon scoop and a small baby spoon to scoop out the dough from the measuring spoon. I have tried it before with a tablespoon scoop and I cooked it about 4-ish minutes longer (12 minutes total). I took pretty long to scoop the first tray, so right before I starting scooping, I preheated my oven to 350 ℉ and once the oven was preheated, I was done. Bake for 8 minutes (in the middle layer, if you care for that stuff) and let them cool for a little bit. That takes A LOT of self control. That’s everything for this post, so comment if you try it and let me know how it went. Bye!

 

❤,  Brooke

Too Much Stress!

Hey guys, it’s Krissa here!  It has been over a year since we started this blog!  You know what they say, time flies when you’re writing a blog (jk no one says that!)  This post will be our 40th one and that’s a huge milestone.  I’ve been looking at our past posts and I reread my old post about stress.  It’s that time of year again for state testing (ugh).  I hate state tests and sometimes I just want to pull my hair out.  Along with state tests I also have lots of homework, volleyball practice, and two instruments that I have to practice.  I have very little free time (sometimes I’m too busy to post) and it’s so hard to balance my time.  At church two weeks ago we talked about grades in Sunday School.  Brooke and I are complete nerds and care about our grades A LOT (AND I’M TALKING ABOUT BORDERLINE CRAY CRAY)   I guess you can say that I am really smart (idk about that) but that doesn’t have anything to do with my obsession over my grades.  I freak out if I get below a 95% on a test or grade and recently I got a 90% on and English test.  It might not seem that bad, but I was freaking out in my head because I was worried about my overall average.  In my whole middle school career, I have never gotten below an A+ on my report card (for core classes).  This test brought my average from an A+ down to an A and I was not happy about it. English is the hardest class and our teacher is horrible, but I still couldn’t let myself off the hook.  In my head I was thinking, what if I studied more or I could’ve spent more time paying attention in class.  Then I remind myself that I didn’t have time for that because I was too busy practicing my piano or doing tons of homework. Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed with too much work and I am scared that my grades are soon going to drop.  I have weekly piano lessons and if I don’t practice my teacher will get mad at me and I’m not preparing myself for my upcoming music test.  I feel like life is just going to get harder and everything is going to come crashing down on top of me.  I need to remind myself that I can always ask God for help and guidance.  I want to read the Bible more because it can be really encouraging an calming.   Whenever you feel stressed, remember the verse John 14:27,  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Bye peeps! Hope this helps with stress!

Krissa heart

 

Not Alone -Jenna

HIIII!!!

Today isn’t my day to post but I just HAVVVVEEE to!!

I am sososososo, so sorry about not posting. We’ve been super busy with school and middle school is hitting me hard. Ughhh…anything that involves like, actually learning=*groan. Unless, you’re more “learning/A’s/100% are my happy place” kinda person, go talk to Brooke. I’m the “let’s sit around and do nothing except for complain about not having anything to do!!!” girl. Yeah I know, that’s always fun. But ok. I’m going to try to get serious here guys. Like I said before, middle school is difficult. Its so different from elementary because not only do you have classwork but DOUBLE the homework. Wait. Hang on…let me get a little stupid here…why do we have homework? I mean, it just takes time away from us to be kids, teachers to be regular adults, and takes time away from class? Like, come on. Ok back to my speech. September to January was really hard for me because I was just not used to being responsible. Babysitting responsible is different. It’s fun but homework is basically the teacher asking you to bring school home with you. I procrastinate. Yes that’s present tense because as I am writing my science HW is staring at me, screaming for me to do it. And I say “Nahhh…” And so it’s still screaming at me so I say “Are ‘ya done yet? I’ll wait for you.” (Shout out to Miss. B , all time, best teacher EVERRRRRRR)But as I went on, my grades dropped and so did I. I personally struggled with fighting off distractions and also friendship problems. Last year I was in a relationship that ended…not so pretty. I started hanging out with girls who weren’t the best influences. Long story short after many tears, arguments (with my mom) screaming, and times of hurt, my birthday being in February, one of the best presents I got was seeing my grades at A’s and B’s. Fine, B- but it was good for me. And then I went on a retreat that changed EVERYTING. And it just so happened to be with these girls, my “sisters”.  Slowly and steadily I gave everything back to God. Like that verse says (something like this anyway) “Commit to the Lord all you do and your plans will succeed.” So now I write songs (yes me), have mini Bible Study with little girls who visit me every so often and Miss B, who I mentioned earlier has played a HUGE role in my change. She’s been there for me, prayed for me, worked with me ever so patiently, and loved me in a way no teacher has ever loved me before. She’s taught me so much and I will be enternally thankful. I LOVE YOU MISS B!!! ( guys I think I should make a blog for Miss B) And now this is getting REALLLLLLLYYY LOOOOOOONNNNGGGG so I’m just gonna say, you’re never alone. God is always watching you and more importantly, with you. Everytime someone hurts you, it hurts Him. So keep going, brush aside any hurt, sin, or evil and have faith that can move some mountains!!!!

Love, Jenna Grey (who is now trying to find a way out of doing science HW.)

 

(somewhat) IMPORTANT NEWS!!

It’s Penny! I know, two posts in two days, what is this? I actually just got home because I wasn’t feeling that well, so I thought now would be a sort of good time to tell you guys something we decided yesterday. I explained in my post yesterday that part of the reason we don’t post much is that we can’t think of topics to write about. This obviously isn’t an excuse, but in order to stay more active we have decided to expand the things we write about. As of now, the large majority of our posts are Christian related. The things we’ll be including is fashion, DIY, everyday things, etc. We believe this will make our blog more diverse and maybe a little bit more interesting. We don’t really have a schedule, but we’re working on it and will really be trying to post more. I hope you’re excited because we’re super happy to get started on this new portion of our blog!

Penny

Update (Penny)

Hi! So it’s very evident that we have not been posting, so there’s almost no point saying that. We’re not the most responsible kids and we all have tons of schoolwork, but we hope you guys can understand that. Also, it is kind of hard to think of things to post about when there are 4 other girls posting with you and you don’t have many experiences to share. Anyways, I wanted to give you guys a little bit of an update on what’s been going on with me and the other girls. Over Christmas break back in December, our church went on our annual retreat. Us and a bunch of our other friends like to perform a praise movement on the concert night, and this year was no different. We performed “Drops in the Ocean” by Hawk Nelson, and although we had to cram in learning some of the parts, it was a huge success and everyone loved it. To me, the song meant that even we can sin over and over again, God will always be there to forgive if we give Him the chance. We don’t have to hide anything from him (there’s no point) because he accepts all of us for who we are. The verses “If you could count the times I’d say you are forgiven, it’s more than the drops in the ocean” and “And I am for you, I’m not against you” were the ones that spoke the most to me. As many times as we turn against God, He is ready to help us come back to Him. There will never be a time when He is not on our side, rooting for us. We just have to be transparent with him.

Another super cool thing that happened was that me and Krissa each made volleyball teams! Even though we aren’t on the same teams and most likely won’t play each other, we were so happy when we found out we both made teams. It’s one of the most fun things I’ve done, and you make great friends because you’re always traveling with one another. Like last year, I play libero (passer) and love love love it.

So that’s pretty much the huge things that have been going on with my life, and I seriously hope that I can find time to post soon!

Penny

God’s Path For Us!

Hey guys! Its Krissa here (ik finally right!)  I haven’t posted in a long time but I am going to try to get back into the schedule.  Well today I’m gonna talk about God’s plan for us.  Recently I was given a project in English class to write about important events from our past.  I’ve been looking at old pictures and so many fond memories come back to me.  I can’t help but regret growing up. (Ik it’s because I’m the oldest 😂) But I really do feel this way.  I keep wondering why I had to grow up and why I had to start having responsibilities.  It was so easy being a kid with no worries and cares but now as I’m starting to grow up I can’t help feeling sad.  I can no longer be this young girl with no homework, no tests, and no stress.  I keep thinking about how the stress and work I’m getting now will only get worse.  Once I’m out of school, I’ll go to college, and once I’m out of college, I’ll go to work.  It is this long chain of work.  I’ve been thinking about these things a lot and I realize that I shouldn’t look to my past and be regretful, I should be looking towards my future knowing that God already has my life planned out. It’s ok for miss being young and carefree, its a part of life, but I shouldn’t be sad that I’m growing up.  As I’m growing up I am also growing in my faith and fulfilling God’s plan for me. Growing is a part of life, you can’t stay little for ever. (sorry auntie betty ;))  Don’t be scared to grow up, God has your life already planned out! That’s all for today! Bye peeps!!

Krissa❤

P.S. I know you probably have already heard but we should continue to thank God about it.  PASTOR SAEED WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON!! Thank the Lord and pray for his health and his family.  God finds a way!!

Ok, real bye now! ❤

Christmas!!!

Hey guys! Skye here. I am totally sorry I haven’t posted in like for-ever. 😞. So, it’s almost Christmas time! Yay! A lot of people think Christmas is a time to get presents and spend time with the ones you love. But, as Christians we also know that Christmas is a time where we join together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. At the five sister’s church (our church) we have a service called Candlelight Service. It is where we sing songs and sometimes do a skit. We also light candles while a pastor says some things about Christmas. Also, we have winter retreat every year. This year for our praise movement group we are doing Secret Santa. You know what’s best about the holidays? No school!! In the comments you can comment what you are doing during Christmas and if you have any traditions. See you next time!

~Skye

Talking

HI!!!!!! It’s Brooke. I seriously feel like school has taken over our lives. I KNOW that we’ve had a lot of posts about school and apologies, so this one is gonna be different. Let’s just update you people of the internet of our lives (does that even make sense? you know what I mean though). The year is coming to an end, and Thanksgiving is coming up. Then you know what happens after that? CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!!!!! Then comes Christmas. YAY!!!!!!! While we are very excited for that coming up, it can not come any faster. By that I mean… WHEN IS OUR BREAK GONNA COME? I just realized that all of this relates to school somehow. *silence* *crickets chirping* So, lets talk about talking. You know how sometimes your mom will say “watch what you say” or “think before you speak”. We all make mistakes like that where we say something we feel at that time, but then regret it after. You seriously can’t take back your words, no matter how hard you try. I have had plenty of moments like that with my younger sister. Once the screaming starts… there’s no turning back. ( she’s 8) But that’s what siblings are for. All of us sisters have siblings, and trust us, we know. Skye, Krissa, and Penny all have older siblings. Jenna and I are the older sibling. It gets annoying and loud sometimes (A lot of the time) but it’ll be worth it. That’s pretty much it for today, BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brooke