by Jenn (eating bender) on September 22, 2008

Yeah, I’m cool 8) so I can totally pull off that post title.

I have missed you, ladies and gentleman! Today I said goodbye to my family and headed back to campus. It’s bittersweet because on the one hand, I’m pretty homesick. But it was also really great to see my friends again!

I just got back from seeing a hypnotist show with some of my friends. Unfortunately, none of us made it on stage, but it was totally worth it because the people who were on stage put on quite a show!! It’s amazing how effective this hypnotist was – he could tell when people were acting and yanked them off the stage. But then there were others that you just knew were in some sort of deep trance. He had them shakin’ their booty in a “Big Butts” contest, yelling and screaming at each other, and other completely CRAZY antics! It was a great way to start the year!

It’s shows like that which help make the transition back to school – or Bak2Skewl if you’re cool – much easier. Then again, I start class on Tuesday…gah!

So I’ll be back to regular blogging tomorrow but I wanted to show you what I ended up making Papa Bender to pay him back for all of the wonderful meals he made me!

First of all, thank you for all the wonderful suggestions. I know I haven’t responded to all of your comments yet, but they were all great! Because of the lack of time, I ended up going with a breakfast option: Light ‘n’ Crisp Belgian Waffles.

This is an incredible recipe that has been passed to me from Mama Bender. See, I told you she has one or two good ones up her sleeve! I haven’t made any “healthy” modifications so these aren’t exactly a go-to nutritional powerhouse, but they make a very nice Sunday Brunch!

Ingredients (yields 8 round waffles):

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten



Preheat waffle maker. Put all ingredients except egg whites in a large mixer bowl. Beat on low until moistened. Increase to medium and mix until smooth. By hand, gently fold in beaten egg whites. Pour 1/2 cup batter over the griddle. Close the waffle maker and bake until golden, 2 1/2 – 3 minutes. Top with your favorites and serve hot.

Nutrition Information (per waffle):

  • 236 calories
  • 11g fat
  • 28g carbohydrates
  • 1g fiber
  • 7g protein


I made my waffle a little smaller (so that my family could have the leftovers for another day) and turned it into a Waffle Tower via Sarah at Our Kitchen Adventures. I know, I know, it’s the second breakfast idea I’ve gotten from her this week. What can I say? Girl’s a breakfast genius!

Belgian waffle topped with a container of Oikos plain Greek yogurt and sliced bananas. Wow, this was yummy! I can’t wait to buy frozen waffles at the grocery store and experiment with different toppings!!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend! I’m looking forward to catching up on your blogs and getting back to regular posting.

Happy Monday!

1 oatmeal September 22, 2008 at 4:33 am

Hahaha hypnotist shows are the best! I remember watching shows like that in my first year orientation! XD

And yay waffles! The waffle tower looks unreal–that is quite the work of art!

Hope you’re having a good time at school!

2 Megan September 22, 2008 at 5:51 am

Those waffles look amazing. I can almost taste them through the screen. Love the waffle tower!

3 Christie September 22, 2008 at 6:44 am

Those look delicious! I buy the kashi blueberry waffles and mash bluberries and add PB to them, but I saw on someones blog they now have strawvberry ones too!

4 wholefoodswholeme September 22, 2008 at 7:03 am

i want a waffle maker soooo badly!! they are beautiful and delicious!! yours looks perfect. wow. i hope you have lots of fun catching up with friends, to make homesickness as minial as possible!

5 Kristie September 22, 2008 at 7:05 am

Hypnotist shows are so cool. I love the stuff they make people do. I have a feeling I wouldn’t be able to be hypnotized though, I’m such a skeptic!

And that waffle is perfect. So pretty. I need a waffle maker, homemade beats frozen any day.

6 ChocolateCoveredVegan September 22, 2008 at 7:15 am

Seems like everyone’s been making yummy waffles lately. Gosh I have a craving now!

7 fitnessista September 22, 2008 at 7:25 am

those waffles look so delicious and fluffy! maybe i will make some (the box kind, not the fancy schmancy from scratch version) for myself tomorrow 😀
happy back to school!!!

8 VeggieGirl September 22, 2008 at 7:30 am

Haha, you definitely CAN pull off that blog post title – many people can’t, so be proud 😉

Hang in there with the homesickness, my friend!!

Wow, that hypnotist show sounds so fun!!

OH. MY. GOODNESS. GRACIOUS. THOSE. WAFFLES. ARE. PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And hooray for making one of Sarah’s awesome waffles towers :-)


9 Erin September 22, 2008 at 7:31 am

DOOOOOOOOOOODE! I had the same thing for breakfast today! But not with FRESH BENDER WAFFLES, obvi.
I’ve heard those hypnotist shows are craza. I’m a little suggestible so I would be scared to go up there.
kewl spelling, Jenn. :)
What classes are you taking? So excited for you!

10 lauren September 22, 2008 at 7:57 am

those waffles look amazing – i need a waffle maker! oh and i love the yogurt/banana topping combo.

11 monsappetit September 22, 2008 at 8:03 am

Waffles are a classic sunday brunch item! I love the waffle tower!

Good luck starting classes again!

12 Melissa S. September 22, 2008 at 8:04 am

i’m glad you had fun at the hypnotist! sounds exciting! i remember seeing one at my hs grad night and it was HILARIOUS watching my friends make complete fools of themselves!

and yay for waffles for papa!!! they look soooo good and i love the yogurt and bananers on top. 😀

13 Rose September 22, 2008 at 8:08 am

That looks absolutely fantastic and topping it with Oikos sounds like the way to go!

14 Nicole September 22, 2008 at 8:28 am

Have fun being back at school! It was so nice of you to make waffles. I wish I had someone to make me waffles!

15 Sarah September 22, 2008 at 8:33 am

yayyy waffle tower!

a hypnotist show sounds like so much fun! i’ve always wanted to go see one but I never had. I think would be too scared to participate though—I embarrass myself enough as it is, haha.

I’m glad you made it back to school safely and try not to be too homesick…time will fly by and you’ll see your family again before you know it!

16 Fit Bottomed Girls September 22, 2008 at 8:38 am

Those waffles look fabulous.

I used to love the start of school! :)

17 Christie I September 22, 2008 at 8:43 am

That waffle looks A.MA.ZING.

18 Fitzalan September 22, 2008 at 9:11 am

That waffle honestly made me drool a little. MmmmmM.


19 Heather @ Hangry pants September 22, 2008 at 10:06 am

I love waffles! Great job. I need a waffle maker now. :)

20 HeatherBakes September 22, 2008 at 10:28 am

Hey! We used to have a hypnotist come do a show at our college, too… I wonder if it’s the same one?? The shows were hilarious.

Nice waffles :)

21 jenngirl September 22, 2008 at 11:22 am

Awesome breakfast tower! I love it!!

Good luck with getting back to school and settling into routine! :)

22 sarah September 22, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Is your caloric estimate for one waffle?

sarah ~ Yes, and your comment got me thinking that I must be off somehow :) I was basing it off of the recipe’s nutrition information, but after going back and calculating it myself, these are actually a lot healthier than I thought! I changed the nutrition information to show this new find. Thanks so much!

23 Mark Salinas September 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Good looking waffles!

24 runjen September 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm

OMG, that waffle looks TDF! Thanks for posting that recipe. Now I just need to bust out the waffle maker.

25 Erica September 22, 2008 at 9:11 pm

My waffle maker is packed up but I want to pull it back out after this post!

26 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 22, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Those waffles look good!

27 Katie September 22, 2008 at 10:07 pm

WAFFLES!!!!! One of my favorite breakfasts.

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