let’s start at the beginning

nun’s puffs

we take breakfast very seriously at the burris bungalow. some days are quick and easy [think cereal, toast and fruit]. equally as many days are spent perusing our varied cookbooks for just the right recipe. especially breakfast…hands down the best way to start the day!

the recipe in this cookbook claims to make the “best ever fluffy pancakes”…and we agree!

the nun’s puffs shown above come from one of the best wedding gifts we ever received. seriously a staple for every kitchen. [bonus: see the recipe below]

these waffles made with sour cream [or yogurt] have a flavor profile that is ah-mazing! trust me, you will reach for this reference alllllllll the time.

any one of these great recipes is a hit with us…enough to make the list of #burrisbites!

enjoy starting your day!

Nun’s Puffs [Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook]

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • topping options: sugar/cinnamon, butter [can you tell we have a thing for REAL butter?], maple syrup, assorted fruit preserves and [our favorite]….honey.

preheat oven to 375oF. grease [or butter] a 12-count muffin pan, making sure to cover the sides and rims of the cups.

in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat, then stir in the milk and bring the mixture to a light boil. add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously. continue to cook and stir the mixture until it comes together in a cohesive ball that does not separate. remove dough from heat, transfer to a bowl and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.

add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. the mixture should be really thick, such as a stiff cake or muffin batter.

divide the dough evenly and fill each prepared muffin cup about 2/3 full. [if using the cinnamon/sugar topping…sprinkle in on the muffin tops at this point].

bake in center of oven for about 30 minutes. the puffs are tall, golden brown, crackly on top, and beautifully puffy. remove from pan immediately, and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack. serve while still hot or warm…especially lovely if you drizzle honey over them.

1/2 cup [1 stick] unsalted butter

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ice cream sunday

ice cream is BIG here at the burris bungalow. as in…always a few flavors in the freezer, have our favorite shoppe hours memorized and we fully consider ice cream to be its own food group!

whether we’re out on a adventure (or just running the usual errands), a stop at a local ice cream shoppe is inevitable. Especially when we can try somewhere new and unexpected. mcmoo’s definitely checked off those boxes!

nestled into an unassuming shopping plaza, this quaint ice cream shoppe is the entry point between a tanning salon and laundromat. i told you this place was unique!

The select amount of flavors are of the best quality. Smooth and creamy, well balanced proportions of flavor nuggets and generous serving sizes made this visit memorable.

if you find yourself in merriman valley in ohio, swing by mcmoo’s and get a delicious cold treat. as ice cream connoisseurs…we highly recommend it!

what is YOUR favorite ice cream spot? we love tracking and sampling all the recommendations, so share the best spots with us!

welcome to the front porch

so…at some point mid-pandemic, i officially decided to document the times. my personal favorite takeaway was the front porch project.

this movement vibed with me in so many ways. one afternoon, the littles and i had some fun. as you can see…they are a fun, vibrant bunch.

family photos are just so incredibly special. especially when these sessions occur in the personal, beautiful spaces of our own homes.  or, in our case, the “slightly messy, unstyled, lived-in” front porch.

TIPS for photographing your family at home [keep in mind that these are not full family photos, so i didn’t have to deal with a tripod or self-timer]:

  • if you’re going for a coordinated look [and your littles have their own sense of style], select several outfits ahead of time…then let them choose from that bank of options
  • the beauty of front porch photos is that they can be casual and fun: bare feet, loose hair, “talking” smiles.
  • embrace the mess. y’all…my porch is definitely NOT styled! if you’re like me [and the pretty-my-porch project keep getting pushed back] take those photos anyway! this session was all about documenting us. at home. living our real life.

is there anything better than capturing all the smiles, the quirks, the unique spirits of our sweet children?

fcc: food truck + flick event [advocacy]

not much goes together better than movies and popcorn…unless there are food trucks involved! and what a selection…the big green thing, the eagle’s nest cafe, eats truck, the rockin ice cream man, sweet water caravan, and southern thangs food truck!

i mean, come one, food trucks are Continue reading “fcc: food truck + flick event [advocacy]”

little j [one year session]

every time i refer to this session, i start by saying ‘baby j’ when, reality is, a one year session dictates him being ‘little j’. [it’s the mama in me… i tell my own children all the time: “you may not be a baby anymore, but you will always be MY baby”]

little j is about as easy going as you can get. always smiling and ready to move. he is a real little go-getter who enjoys every part of playing in his favorite park.

such a great big world out there and little j was ready to explore it all. he is proof that ‘little boys leave smudges on our hearts.’

even with all that independence, there is no doubt this little man adores his parents. whether playing with them, tossing back a teasing smirk while crawling away, or snuggling when he was worn out, j loves his parents and knows they will always be there for him.

the best ending to one year photos is a snuggle session with mom, dad and a lovey.

kickin’ it with officer sharpe [advocacy]

so…it’s only been [ahem] several months since this great event happened, but better late than never when it comes to blogging, right?

i was introduced to the Little Giver’s Club through several fellow mama friends. due to some unexpected circumstances, they needed a photographer for this event and I was more than happy to help out.

the Little Giver’s Club partnered with Officer Lamar Sharpe, of the Be a Better Me Foundation, to host a soccer clinic for the children. Continue reading “kickin’ it with officer sharpe [advocacy]”