Mini Puffed Oven Pancakes
Degree of Difficulty: 3
Mess Factor: 3
I got up early to ensure I had time to make breakfast and get both Matt and Morgan out of the house and on their way to daycare/work by 8am. I was originally planning to make regular pancakes, but I am so glad I found this recipe instead. It was super easy and had breakfast on the table in 20 minutes!
The only comment I would make is that when combining the ingredients in the mixer, add all of the wet ingredients first then add the flour last. If you add the flour first, it doesn't always mix very well and can cake itself to the side of the mixer. This happened with my first batch, not that it made much difference taste-wise.
Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast
Degree of Difficulty: 5
Mess Factor: 4
This was a fairly easy slow cooker recipe in that all of the ingredients were dumped into the crockpot, I set the temp to low and 6-7 hours later we were eating dinner. The elevated degree of difficulty and mess factor is due to the last step which requires you to use the remaining sauce/jus to make a gravy with water and cornstarch. Work had been a little stressful and I was still getting calls from clients, so I skipped this step and just served the pork. I agree that the gravy probably would have made the dish even more flavorful and would have been a great addition to the rice, but what can you do?
Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars
Degree of Difficulty: 7
Mess Factor: 7
Let me start off by saying, I HATE working with caramel!!!! It's sticky, messy, takes forever to melt, and is so darn difficult to clean! With that being said, these are so tasty, I would probably make them again. The graham cracker crust and the cheesecake filling (used up 3 packages of cream cheese) were pretty easy to make. The caramel glaze is really where I fell apart.
Hopefully work will calm down enough for me to work on some craft and sewing projects, but who knows! Until then, I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day!