Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby PancakeSometimes on Saturday or a Sunday morning, I wake up and the house is quiet. I tip toe down the stairs, start a pot of coffee and breath in the stillness. My family members love to sleep in and I’ve always been an early riser, so I often find myself starting the day with a sweet, silent hour.

This weekend, in that hour I made a dutch baby pancake. I’d seen this recipe for popovers earlier in the week, which inspired me because in many ways, a dutch baby is just like a popover, particularly in terms of texture. I love that eggy, buttery almost custard-like taste and was excited to share it with Tater.

Dutch baby ingredients

I use a recipe that’s a combination of this one and this one. The little bit of nutmeg and cinnamon give the pancake a warmth of flavor that feels nice in the waning days of winter.

It’s also worth noting that this is very easy to make and requires only the most basic of ingredients that are likely sitting in your pantry just waiting to become one of these tasty devils.


Dutch Baby Pancake Recipe:


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 of a cup milk
  • 3/4 of a cup flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Quarter of a cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • Berries (optional)
  1. Set eggs and milk out for about a half hour to bring to room temperature
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Place 3 tbsp of butter in a 10″ cast iron skillet or dutch oven and put it in the oven to melt.
  4. Combine eggs, flour, milk, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon in a blender or food processor. Mix on medium speed until the mixture is combined, about 30 seconds. The dough should be thin.
  5. Remove skillet from the oven and swirl melted butter around to coat completely. Pour the excess butter into the dough and wisk to incorporate.
  6. Pour the batter into the skillet.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pancake is puffed in the center and golden brown on the edges.
  8. Place the remaining tablespoon of butter atop the pancake, spreading it across the entire surface.
  9. Dust the pancake with powdered sugar and top with berries.

Bon appetit!

Dutch baby slice

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Friday Link Dump: The Labor Edition.

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As I type this, one of my dear friends is in labor with her first baby. When I got the text I started crying in my office. Those moments, as a woman’s body and mind work to bring new life into the world are fraught with the complication and intensity that characterize a miracle. I feel so privileged to have been born with that capability and so happy to share in my friends’ journeys.

This week’s link dump has some interesting articles pondering parenthood and pregnancy, two things I think about often these days as I find my womanhood so proudly and more deeply than ever rooted in motherhood. At the same time I find my personhood rooted in much more than that single role. These articles also tackle the complications of wanting more than just motherhood and why those yearnings are complicated at all. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. That photo is from my pregnancy with Tater by my amazingly talented friend Kelci. Check her out.

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10 Toddler Products We Love

10 toddler products we love

 Waaaayyy back when I posted about our Top 10 Essentials for the First Two Months. Back then, it was all survival mode and when you found anything that made life easier that item felt like an angel from the heavens.

These days, as we march onward toward a year and a half, my little Tater has truly begun to shed the qualities of babyhood in favor of the independence seeking and exploration of toddler life. She is so busy, buzzing about the house playing with her toys, trying to play with things that are not toys and mimicking everything Justin and I do.

In many ways, this life is easier for me as a mother than early parenthood. I absolutely love watching Tater learn about the world around her and work toward becoming her own little woman. Also, she’s able to communicate more and more, making getting to heart of what she needs or wants so much simpler.

However, this sense of ease does not negate the need for gear. It’s just different, and we don’t necessarily take all of it with us. Here are 10 things we love and in some cases, I feel, we couldn’t live without.

1.  Hyland’s Teething Tablets. We have used these since Tater first started getting teeth as an alternative to pumping her full of Tylenol (I also love Tylenol, don’t get me wrong), but oh man are they necessary now that she’s started getting molars. Ouch!

2. Tater loves to do anything that she see’s Justin and me do, which includes using utensils and eating off of a plate, so this fun dining set from Skip Hop was a great Christmas gift.  She’s actually gotten pretty good with the fork.

3. Sun-Maid Raisins Mini-Snacks. Give a toddler a small box of raisins; buy yourself five minutes of quiet time.

4. We started out with a Combi Catalyst stroller, which unfortunately broke, but I’m kind of okay with it, because we got the City-Mini, which is definitely an upgrade. It folds and unfolds so easily and compactly and is a really smooth, light ride in our very hilly neighborhood. When Tater see’s it, she gets really excited because she knows we’re going somewhere!

5. Mustela 2-in-1 hair and body wash smells so good and is nice and gentle. It’s so much easier just to use one product top to toe during bath time. Only recently have we started needing to introduce a little conditioner to our hair routine. Tater’s flow is very real. 

6. We started using the OxiClean Baby stain remover for breast-feeding poop blowouts when Tater was an infant and it worked like a charm; these days it comes in really handy for getting out the stains after a particularly messy eating session. She revolts against bibs so we rely on this stuff to keep clothes in good shape. 

7. Ouchless elastics for taming the aforementioned flow. Also, tiny pigtails are the cutest. 

8. These kicks are totally on-point. I not only love the style, but also, they are comfy and easy to walk in for her.

9. The imitation game is real, so these are Tater’s keys, which she puts in her purse and tries to put in the door. We have a phone from the same brand, B., that she also really likes. 

10. Crayola ColorWonder Markers and magic paper are AWESOME! I can totally let Tater be creative without having to constantly tell her “No writing on the couch,” “No writing on the table,” “No writing on the wall,” etc. Also, she does a lot of crafts at “school,” so its fun to see her applying what she’s learned at home. 

Parents of toddlers, what product are you loving right now?

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