And just like that, my posts have become totally unpredictable.
I’m not even sure what happened really. I had been doing so good with regular posts on Tuesdays, [most] Thursdays and Fridays. I have a full editorial calendar that included some Valentine-y recipes and a “favorites” post all planned. The recipes were tested, tweaked and written and the photos were ready to go. I just never got around to a actually writing a post to go along with all that.
And then we went to N.J. for the weekend, and although I told myself I’d get some posts out the door while we were there, I sat around on the couch and accomplished literally nothing.
To be fair, it is an exhausting weekend. We rode in our fourth Cycle for Survival event, which raises money for rare cancer research. It’s an amazing day and an even more amazing cause. 100% of all the funds raised go directly to research within 6 months of the time they are ranged. To date, they have raised over $200 million. And since over 50% of all people diagnosed with cancer will be diagnosed with a “rare” cancer this is a tremendous feat. Although the ride is only about 50 minutes, it is a long, emotionally draining day.
Still, I probably could and should have found a few minutes to get these posts back on track. But I never even took out my computer.
As I think I mentioned before I have been really focusing on my writing this year. I wrote every day in January except for one and completed a twelve day writing challenge. I felt so much satisfaction that I decided to ride that momentum into February and I have embarked on a 30-day challenge (I know there are only 28 days in February, so that’s weird, but whatever), that provides not only a prompt but a guide for how to respond to that prompt. And these prompts could almost be viewed as story starters, so I am excited to see where this month takes me. So far, I have really been enjoying this exercise, but I tend to spend a little longer than I should on these writing tasks. And that doesn’t leave a ton of extra time for blogging.
I promise to do better. Although, I should mention that at the conclusion of February I am going to be turning my attention to book. So my plan is to blog two days a week until I get that finished.
But don’t despair, I just read somewhere that it should take no more than 100 days to write a book. And that is going to be my plan – go all in for 100 days and see where that takes me. The idea is to write 1000 words a day, which at the end of the 100 days will amount to 100,000 words – more than enough for a book, especially a first book. I know this might sound daunting to you, but to me 1000 words is nothing. I can easily bang out 1000 words for a blog post (and frequently do. And sometimes I am even kind enough to edit those down for you). Even some of my journal entries approach the 1000 word mark. So, I am not too worried about getting enough words on the paper on the days I actually write. I am more worried about being dedicated enough to do the writing for 100 days in a row. hence my decision to get two months of consistent writing (I do see the irony here) under my belt before I try this challenge.
Anyway, today’s recipe is one of my family’s new favorites and it is perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast. Or even Valentine’s Day dinner if you are a non-traditional type. I have never been one to eat out on Valentine’s Day. It’s typically crowded, overpriced and the food is underwhelming. I know I can prepare a better meal in my kitchen than I can get anywhere locally. So, if you are cooking at home this Valentine’s Day this recipe could be an unexpected and fun dish to try.
There are so many things to love about these Whole Wheat Chocolate Waffles. The first, of course, is that they are chocolate. I adore anything chocolate. Seriously. And chocolate is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The fact that these chocolate waffles are healthy only makes them better. They are made exclusively with whole wheat flour, a fact that is masked by the cocoa powder. You truly can’t see it or taste it. And they are seriously delicious.
They are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, kind of like chocolate cake. Only they contain a lot less sugar, and since I am a huge fan of dark chocolate I love that they aren’t too sweet. They make the perfect base for a multitude of toppings, including powdered sugar, berries, cherries, maple syrup (I personally love the combination of maple and chocolate), whipped cream or even hot fudge. It is Valentine’s Day after all.
They are also simple to make. After preheating your waffle iron and setting your oven to 200 degrees (to keep the waffles warm), simply combine whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and melted butter (that has cooled a bit so it doesn’t scramble your eggs). Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes, and then drop between 1/3-1/2 cup into the center of your waffle iron (depending on the size of your waffle iron). Cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions, about 4-5 minutes per side (my waffle maker has a light that comes on when the waffles are done and it is super reliable). You will know the waffles are done when the edges are crispy and they release easily from the waffle maker. Keep the waffles warm in the oven while you finish cooking all the batter and serve with your desired toppings.
I hope you and your Valentine love these waffles as much as we do!