[Foodie] Breakfast Belgium Waffles

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A very belated Merry Christmas and Happy 2014 :)) Christmas is the most joyous time of the year, not because of the lights, the songs, or even the gifts, but because Christmas is the day that our dear Savior, Jesus Christ, was born! Let us not forget that Jesus is THE reason for the season, showing the greatest act of humility by coming in form of man so that he could live and die on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus for being the true light and the true gift of Christmas!

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for b ehold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'” Luke 2:10-11

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Now, onto the waffles :))

For the last two years, I have been going on non-stop about wanting a waffle iron for Christmas and this year… I FINALLY GOT ONE!!

Oh happy day.

I couldn’t contain my excitement!

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A huge thank you to my sister Angela for majorly surprising me with this very thoughtful gift :))

And so, this of course calls for a waffle making party. I can assure you that this gift doesn’t only make my belly happy, but the boyfriend, the apartment mates, and the fam were all excited to reap the benefits as well hehehe. I decided to kick it off with the basics – a classic, melt-in-your-mouth, breakfast Belgium waffle – and from there starting adding all sorts of nonsense to it to kick it up a notch.

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This recipe is fairly straight-forward. 1) Gather all your ingredients. 2) Mix the dry. 3) Mix the wet. 4) Beat the egg whites to oblivion. 5) Marry everything together. 6) Add in your specialties of choice. 7) Pour that bad boy into the waffle iron. 8) Prepare your belly to have some goooood eats.  [Skip to the bottom for a full recipe & directions.]

* * * * Only real notes are on the eggs whites and the additions. * * * *

Egg whites are quite delicate and must be treated with care. After you’ve separated your egg white and yolk (which can be a challenge itself) you’ll want to beat your egg whites until you get soft peaks – where the egg whites hold their shape when you lift up your whisk. Hard to believe this gloopy goodness transforms into fluffy goodness but keep at it until your egg whites are firm (I scoop some up and if it jiggles on my spatula instead of shlooping over, you’re good) and then gently mix it into your batter at the end.

This is a great time to have a boyfriend to whip those eggs into shape for ya. Plus they’re always trying to put those muscles God gave em’ to good use so why not let them? Just a warning, boys –  cookin’ ain’t for the weak. I was lucky enough to have everyone try their hand at beating the egg whites, making the process a lot more fun 🙂 But honestly…you can just use a hand mixer.

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Still, this made for a jolly good time and bonding over the weakness of our forearms [minus Matthew…sigh….]

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Additions makes everything tastier. With your additions, you’ll want to mix them into your batter instead of dropping them in on the waffle iron. You can get real fancy with it and split up the batter so that everyone can make their own customized waffles! We sure did. We tried:

  • Extra cinnamon-y waffles
  • Chocolate Chip waffles
  • Nutella waffles
  • Very Berry waffles.

Don’t recommend the berry ones too much. The water content from the fruit makes it soggy but definitely top your waffles with LOTS of berries and syrup and whipped cream.

Eating them was better than making them, and it was a blessing to share the dinner table with such great friends. After exchanging stories and laughs from 2013, I am extremely thankful for just how far God has brought me in this last year alone and cannot wait to see all the things he has planned for next year! And, also incredibly thankful that he gave someone the idea to make waffle irons.

Breakfast for dinner or breakfast for breakfast, I hope you have as much fun & eating these as I did! Happy eating!

~Juang

Very Best Breakfast Belgium Waffles

Adapted from Buns In My Oven

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  • Three-Fourth Cup of Flour
  • One-Fourth Cup of Cornstarch
  • Half Teaspoon of Salt
  • Half Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
  • One-Eighth Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
  • Half Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • One-Fourth Teaspoon  of Baking Soda
  • Three-Fourth Cup of Buttermilk
  • One-Fourth Cup of Milk
  • Five Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • One Large Egg, Separated
  • One Tablespoon Sugar
  • Half Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Get that waffle iron nice and hot.
  2. Mix together all your dry ingredients – flour, cornstarch, salt, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder.
  3. Mix together all your wet ingredients – buttermilk, milk and vegetable oil.
  4. Separate your egg and mix ONLY the egg yolk into your wet ingredients.
  5. In a different bowl, whip up your egg whites to soft peaks and then gently sprinkle in your sugar (like fairy dust) and continue to whip your eggs until you have firm peaks. Whip in the vanilla extract.
  6. Add your milk mixture to the dry mixture and whisk until it’s just combined. Be careful not to overmix!
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into your batter until it’s just combined.
  8. ** At this time, mix in any additions you prefer to your batter (chocolate chips, nutella, etc.)
  9. Scoop your batter into your waffle iron (amount varies per waffle iron) and patiently wait until waffle is a lovely golden brown.
  10. Load up the waffle with fresh fruits, butter, syrup, whipped cream or any other toppings that tickle your fancy and try to squeeze in an instagram picture before it disappears into your belly!
  11. If you do not plan to eat it immediately, place the waffles on a baking sheet (do not stack) and put them in the oven at 200F to keep them warm and crisp.

[Note] Because of the egg whites in this batter, you wanna use it all up at once instead of storing it up – but they’re so delicious, it shouldn’t be a problem 🙂

[D.I.Y.] Holiday Decor and More!

Merry belated Christmas! Hope everyone had a holly jolly Christmas at home with loved ones and an opportunity to reflect on the many, many ways we have been blessed! And of course. Feast endlessly on food.

HOORAY for my first crafty post! I’m always thinking of creative ideas and ways to either make something I like or use recycled materials to create something awesome. Matthew calls it the beginning stages of hoarding because I hold onto all these random crafting things…BUT Proverbs 31 praises the resourceful woman so I’m just trying to be resourceful!!….? [Please keep me Matthew!] So yes, I really believe that the majority of cool stuff you see out there, you can make on your own! Plus then you can make it extra awesome and put your personal stamp on it annnnnd feel reallly great about it :))

I got a lot of requests throughout the holiday seasons on ideas for seasonal DIY decorations that are hangin’ up in my apartment, but with no real means of posting until now, these are a little overdue. My apologizes! Hope ya’ll still enjoy them and you can always adapt some of them for other occasions!!

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Fall Pumpkin Garlands

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Christmas Ornaments / Garlands

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Mason Jar Holiday Cookie Mix

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Until next time,

~Juang

Well, hey there.

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Thanks for dropping by! If you’re here, you probably already know me – Christine Juang, the wild child that God has blessed with 22 years of life, who cringes at the thought of being normal and loves the thrill of anything adventurous. Saved by grace through faith alone, my first love will always be Jesus Christ only because he first loved me by laying down his life on my behalf. Born and raised in the glorious land of NorCal, I’m now taking advantage of the SoCal sun after graduating from UC Irvine this past June. But enough of that. Learn more about me here if your heart so desires :))

When I told people that I wanted to start a blog and the general reaction was, “Oh…I thought you would already have a blog!” I figured it was time to get one going. After all, there are so many thoughts and ideas in this crazy head of mine that I gotta put them all somewhere. Please be gracious, as writing is not my forte and this whole blogging thing is relatively new to me, but hopefully it will serve as an encouragement to you and a way to keep up with this ridiculous life God has blessed me with.

The goal of this blog is really to give God the glory in everything that I do. Why? Because he is the reason for everything I do. Yes…you’ll find copious posts about cooking everything in sight, turning the most random things into glorious crafts, and finding adventure in every corner…but all of these things are nothing in comparison to having life abundantly in Christ Jesus. As my pastor once said, you can exist without Christ, but you can’t LIVE without Christ. Amen to that!

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One other main inspiration for my blog is Mr. Matthew Yang. This handsome fellow here is the sun to my shine, the peanut butter to my jelly, my God-loving, God-fearing, army lieutenant boyfriend. [I know we’re super gross and mushy…you’ll learn to love it kekeke]

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God has placed Matthew in the army as his place of ministry – being a light to his soldiers and fellow leaders – and I have decided to go along for the ride, God-willing. Being in the army is no walk in the park, but dating someone in the army isn’t either. Through this blog, I hope to provide better insight into army life from a Christian perspective so any of you ladies considering dating [or potentially marrying!] an army man can know what you’re getting yourself into, understand general army terms, and know how to better pray for and support your man.

For those of you who know me and Matthew, I am seriously so thankful for all your support already and hope that this blog will also help ya’ll get a better glimpse into where God is taking Matthew in his army career as well as how you can better pray for him. Trust me, he needs all the prayer he can get!!

Well, that’s all for now! Here’s to a fantastic new year and a jolly bloggin’ time!!

Juang