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Kumquat and Poppy Seed Pancakes

You know what? Weekends were a fantastic idea.  Just wonderful.  A Sunday morning is one of the few opportunities I have to be as polite with myself as with everyone else–instead of mentally barking out orders to my sleepy brain to get out of bed and do X, Y and Z immediately, I can politely ask.

“Hey, self…  You look awesome today–I like how your bangs are pointing to the left AND right…  It’s visionary.  Cutting Edge.  Genius.  Say, what do you feel like doing today?”

Well, this weekend, I wanted to (A) brush my hair and pin my bangs back into an acceptable situation–all hail dry shampoo!– and (B) make a cappuccino and a fat stack of pancakes.  Citrusy ones, with poppy seeds.

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Kumquat Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

I don’t usually take this long to part with seasonal favorites.  By the time I’m scanning aisles for canned pumpkin, I’m happy to say my goodbyes to sweet summer corn.  I’m happy to let it settle back into the dirt, take a long nap, a bubble bath or two, read Better Homes and Gardens, or whatever it is delicious grains do to recharge (I’m not a scientist).

For reasons then-unknown, the other day I couldn’t just stroll by a pint of end-of-season kumquats at Whole Foods.  Guilt?  Because I had spent all of this kumquat season without so much as stopping to appreciate and consider the tart, bright-orange, tiny winter beauties and what I might be able to do with them?  Like muddle them with spicy, sweet ginger syrup and pour whiskey on them?

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Cranberry Orange Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

Gang: There are 362 shopping/baking/decorating days left!  Pleeeennnty of time for you to bake up one of these for the next round of holidays, no?

I bet you can see right through me.   I made this for Christmas.  For me and my family to eat.  Not to put it up here with plenty of time for you to, if you find it inspiring, do the same.  Selfish, totally selfish and slackery, and I’m sorry.  The good news is, this would also be wonderful for a New Year’s celebration.  Or a winter birthday.  Or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  OR I just need to step up and be a better blogger.

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