Dressing Up Frozen Waffles

How easy are frozen waffles?  I just love them…it’s just that they taste like frozen waffles.  Not very tender, not much flavor or taste, just there on your plate ready to cure hunger in a pretty lack luster way.  Whatever you think about them, they are a great blank slate ready to dressed up and shown off.    We go through a lot of waffles after we have been to the farmer’s market.  Any fruit topping is a yummy topping for the frozen waffle. So, let’s dress our waffles up and show them off!

We are essentially going to make blueberry pie filling, add a dollop to some to whipped cream, and pile it all up on the frozen waffles. The board of ingredients is pretty humble ingredients across the board except for those amazing {Michigan} blueberries. The berries we are getting are so big and sweet this year. They are a work of art all on their own. I love you blueberries. Good thing you are so healthy.

To begin, we are going to make a sweet, thick gel for the blueberries to go into.  It’s so easy and so good.  Start with water and one cup of blueberries in a medium sauce pan.

Add the sugar, lemon juice, corn starch, and salt.

Then give it a good stir.  Make sure the starch is dissolved in the water before you turn the heat on.

Turn the burner onto medium heat and stir constantly until the liquid comes to a boil and thickens and the blueberries burst open.

Turn the heat off and add a   pat of butter.  Stir until the butter is melted.

When the butter is melted and completely stirred in, add the rest of the blueberries. Stir the gel and the blueberries together making sure to coat the berries.

In a bowl add some heavy whipping cream, a bit of lemon zest, sugar and a tiny pinch of salt to flavor the whipped cream.  Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.

Add a generous spoonful of  the blueberry mixture.

I like to stir it just enough to give it a marbled effect.  Stir all you would like though.  Once my kids start ‘helping’ this will be stirred up within an inch of it’s life. 😉

It’s time to eat.  Let’s fix a plate.  Start with some frozen waffles and a big scoop of the blueberry mixture that we made.

Then add a nice dollop of the blue whipped cream on top. {My stirring helpers arrived and everything is very incorporated.}  My oldest teen will have this polished of in no time.

Strawberries are even easier to use.  Just slice them up, add a bit of sugar, stir and let them sit for a few minutes.  Add a generous scoop to your whipped cream and the rest of them can go right on the frozen waffles.  So yummy.

Blueberry Pie Filling


4 Cups Blueberries
2/3 Cup Sugar
3 Tablespoons Corn Starch
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Butter


1. Combine one cup of blueberries with sugar, starch, salt, lemon juice, and water in a medium sauce pan. When starch is dissolved, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until liquid boils and thickens.
2. Remove pan from heat. Add butter, stirring until completely melted and incorporated.
3. Add Blueberries and stir.
4. If you were making a pie you would poor the mixture into a pie shell and chill.
5. If you are dressing frozen waffles up, add some to whipped cream and top waffles with blueberries.
6. Enjoy!

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Breakfast Parfaits

I have three teenage boys and a little girl {12 is not so little anymore, but she is little to me!} with a high metabolism that are eating me out of house and home! Their ideal breakfast is four batches of baked oatmeal. {Four batches is 6 cups of oatmeal!!!} Are you kidding me?  Anyway, this is a cool breakfast for a hot a summer morning. {And it cures hunger which is sometimes hard to do with those kids.} This is such an easy {non-recipe} breakfast to make.  Plus it is healthy and great for a crowd!

The board of ingredients is pretty simple to gather up. I usually buy vanilla flavored yogurt, but they were out this time. You can make things even more simple by getting two different flavors of yogurt instead of mixing in your own flavors like I am going to.  Peaches, cherries, any berry you can think of, plums, or apricots also work really well in these parfaits. I just happen to be using bananas and the raspberries that the kids picked yesterday. I am going to flavor the yogurt with Willow Cottage Raspberry Sauce. Any granola you like will be great to use here.

Start by dividing the yogurt in half.  There is about two cups in this bowl.

I am using about a quarter of a cup of the raspberry sauce and a few fresh raspberries to flavor the yogurt.    {I also added a bit of sugar since I was not starting with vanilla flavored yogurt.}

To make my plain yogurt into vanilla I am just mixing in a few drops of vanilla and some sugar.

I am using a wide short glass for the parfait.  I love the morning sun shining in on the cutting board.

You can layer this up any way you would would like to.  I am starting with a few spoons of raspberry yogurt.

Sliced bananas…


Vanilla yogurt….


And finally some more granola, a spoon and a sprig of mint {to make it pretty} finishes it off.


Burgers On The Grill

Summer time means so many things to my family.  Each summer I have the kids make a list of what will make their summer special to them.  It’s always so sweet to read those lists.  I have been saving them for years now.  {Someday I will have time to make scrapbooks with those lists and lots of pictures.}  Anyway, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on the patio makes the list every year.

This year, my youngest son decided that he was ready to become a burger expert and wanted to learn how to make burgers on the grill.  I love that a 13 year old things that way. My husband is only too happy to hand off the long handled spatula to the younger generation.

So we are going to share our favorite burgers with you.  The bowl of white pulp in front on the left is an onion that I pulverized in the food processor.  If you don’t have a food processor, then you can grate the onion on a cheese grater to get the same effect.   You also need some ground beef.  {I prefer to use a fattier blend for burgers on the grill.}  You can add salt and pepper if you want to…I don’t.  And finally Worcestershire sauce is an absolute must for these burgers.  I bought a big huge package of ground beef at the warehouse.  I am making 4 ounce burgers.  I have found that a 1/2 cup ice cream scoop of burger is about the perfect amount of burger.

Now, we add a dash of Worcestershire sauce for each burger you are making and the grated onion.  One large onion is enough for roughly 12 four ounce burgers.

It all gets mixed together…with your hands.  🙂  You can try it with a wooden spoon, but it’s just a pain to do it that way.

Time to make your burgers.  A slightly rounded scoop is the perfect sized burger.  I am basically making the biggest meatball ever.  If you have another way of dividing your meat up, that will work just fine too.

I use a couple of sheets of wax paper on a plate and then start adding the burgers patties.  {I use pre-cut wax paper sheets and you will need a couple of those sheets under your first layer of burgers.  The burger juice will seep through a single sheet.}  After the burgers are on the grill cooking,  remove the wax paper and you have a clean plate to put the burgers on as they are coming off the grill.

We have to talk about forming that meat into a grill worthy burger.

Here is my advice on what not to do.  See on the right how the edge of the burger is super thin?  But the burger on the right is nice and thick?  Burger on the left is what we are looking for.  We do not want super thin edges.  They will burn and cook much more quickly than the middle of the burger.

Edges are a big deal when you are making your own patties.  See these cracked edges?  They are going to burn and then they are going to fall off.  So, let’s recap.  You want to form patties that have thick and smooth edges for the best burger possible.

Growing Pains!

I have a blog Life at Willow Cottage that I love publishing. However, I want to move the blog to Word Press. But first I need to learn how to use Word Press. So, bear with me while I figure out how to customize the perfect look and learn how to do things like create a post!