December Baby

by Tokyo Terrace on December 8, 2011

Introducing our baby boy

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Gingerbread Pancakes

by Tokyo Terrace on December 5, 2011

Christmas morning in my family always began with me sitting at the top of the stairs with my sister. We would wait patiently while my parents put the finishing touches on the gifts under the tree, set up the video camera, and made coffee. The suspense that built not-so-gradually until we were finally allowed to go down the stairs. A fire would be crackling in the fireplace, and we would sit down as a family opening presents. At some point in the morning, we would enjoy a big, beautiful breakfast together.

Now that we have our own little family, Im thinking of ways to make Christmas morning just as special and memorable for Riley. These gingerbread pancakes are an excellent place to start. Holiday breakfasts that play with the flavors of the season help to make the meal unique without adding too much extra work. The smell of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and molasses fill the air as the pancakes cook. The warmth and joy of the season is undeniable as you bite into the surprisingly light, cakey pancakes. Sitting down to a stack of delicious gingerbread pancakes and a mug of fresh, hot coffee or cider is the simple enough to start any chilly winter morning and festive enough to serve on Christmas morning. Also, pancakes are great to make in large batches because you can easily freeze the leftovers, pop them in the toaster, and enjoy them any day of the week.

This year, we will be spending Christmas in Tokyo. We have a tiny Christmas tree, there wont be any snow, and definitely no fire crackling in the fireplace. However, we are together with our beautiful baby boy, making new memories with our newly expanded family.

What are some of your favorite Christmas memories or traditions?

Gingerbread Pancakes

Recipe from William-Sonoma

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Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks

November 28, 2011

Two years ago, for our first Christmas in Tokyo, my thoughtful husband did everything he could to make me feel at home. I had a really difficult time not being in Minnesota with my family and he knew that I was struggling a bit. Fortunately, Christmas in Tokyo is just as festive as Minnesota, if [...]

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Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

November 23, 2011

Cranberry Sparkler 5 Ways and Mulled Wine with Japanese Citrus are perfect for toasting!
Well, today is my due date. Im sitting here wondering if this little baby will arrive on time or fashionably late. Either way is just fine with mebut I wish he would share the schedule with the rest of us. Anyway, I wasnt [...]

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Kurigohan (Japanese Chestnut Rice)

November 21, 2011

Chestnuts have never been a familiar food to me. Basically, I was only familiar with the songyou know, chestnuts roasting on and open fire., and thats where the relationship ended. When we moved to Tokyo, I had no idea we would be surrounded by so many chestnuts this time of year. Sometimes you can find [...]

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Panko Crusted Kabocha

November 17, 2011

Yesterday was the first day that truly felt like fall. The air was cool and crisp, the sky was bright blue, and the tell-tale draft that finds its way into our apartment made its first appearance. Some Tokyoites are not pleased with this change, but I am thrilled. Its no secret that Im a fan [...]

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Kabocha Cookies

November 9, 2011

Ive been doing a lot of reading lately. Mostly, I read before bed to take my mind off some of the baby anxieties that run around my brain in the dark quiet. Right now, Im reading The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. Its not a long book. I actually wish it were much [...]

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Kabocha Purée

November 2, 2011

I managed to get my big pregnant belly out of the apartment for a little walk this afternoon. These last few weeks have left me feeling quite tired and even going for a short walk seems like an impossible feat. However, when I am able to manage the motivation to get out the door, it [...]

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Individual Kabocha Casseroles

October 31, 2011

Its amazing how quickly my mind goes from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas this time of year. The excitement might as well start mid-September because thats when I have to start using my self-control (of which I have very little) to not listen to Christmas music just yet. Its been this way for my entire [...]

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Daigaku Imo 大学芋

October 20, 2011

The past couple days in Tokyo have been cool and cloudy. All signs point to fall. Finally.
In Minnesota, fall would be filled with caramel apples, hot cider, and campfires. In Japan, it is filled with hot pots, warm bowls of ramen, and the sweet, nutty scent of sweet potatoes. Ive rambled on about how much [...]

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