The lovely thing about most of my weekends since the start of 2010 is that they have began on Friday mornings with a few friends and a little thing we call Breakfast Club (or Hotcakes, depending on our mood). We each take turns hosting and for a little over an hour we catch up—which is just the best idea I think I've heard in ages. It ensures we see each most weeks and it's just heavenly to start the last day of the work week with good food and good friends. And it means that our friend Bethany gets to take lovely food photographs, as is her way, like the one above.
Last Friday I hosted and I made Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Blueberries (I reconstituted dried wild blueberries) and served it with vanilla yogurt. I had no idea you could even bake oatmeal this way, but it's healthy—oats, flax seeds, nuts, fruit, etc.—and it tastes like dessert. A total win in my book.
The other highlight of my weekend was using my new-to-me Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (it used to be my grandmother's). I made an Apple Cake on Saturday and then used it to make pizza dough on Sunday. I fully admit to being THRILLED by the new addition to my kitchen and I fully intend to make the most of it!