Countdown to Giving: Day 8

Walkin’ in a Waffle Wonderland

Fun ways to incorporate this unique treat into all of your holiday festivities.

  1. Waffle Wednesday Date Night

Think waffles are just for breakfast? Think again! When the weather turns cold and the nights get long, head out mid-week with your sweetheart to enjoy a warm waffle, a scoop of your favorite ice cream, and a steaming cup of hot chocolate to kindle the holiday spirit.

  1. Challenge Yourself

Have you ever had a Belgian waffle? No, like a real Belgian waffle? When frozen waffles and boxed mixes leave something to be desired, try your hand at a scratch recipe. Our recommendation? No waffle is more worthy of your time and energy than the glorious Liége style waffle. Made from brioche-like dough (not batter) and loaded up with caramelized clusters of Belgian pearl sugar in every bite, this waffle reigns supreme. But beware, it is no easy task to master the Liége style recipe. Need some help? Head over to Press Waffle Co. and we will give you our handcrafted recipe to try at home.

  1. Bring the Family Together

Icing Cookies? Building gingerbread houses? How about Decorating Waffles?

Start a new Christmas tradition that is sure to please the whole family. Colorful sprinkles, melted chocolate, fresh fruits, and crushed candy canes are just a few of the endless possible toppings that go well with waffles! Don’t forget the whipped cream!

  1. Not Another Cheese Plate

Want to be the hit of this years’ Christmas party? Bring waffles! You’d be amazed at the number of savory toppings that go well with waffles. Create your own bite sized appetizers with waffles instead of crackers or toast. Need some suggestions? Try these winning combinations:

Brie + Fig Jam

Bacon + Honey

Gruyere + Prosciutto

  1. Santa Loves Waffles Too!

Forget Milk & Cookies, give Santa the treat he really wants with some chocolate covered waffles and an ice-cold glass of milk. You’ll be on the ‘nice list’ next year for sure!

Now Open in Creekside Park West!

Press Waffle Co. specializes in fully customizable authentic Belgian waffles, savory waffle creations, milkshakes & ice cream, and locally roasted coffee.

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Countdown to Giving: Day 11

Recipes from the Ferester Collection

The holiday season is the perfect time to share and try new recipes. From special breakfast items to holiday cocktails, we’ve picked a few of our favorites from years past to share with you. We’ve included a champagne punch, a fun drink to share at your next holiday party…apricot strudel and cinnabons rolls, just as good for breakfast as they are dessert…and protein porridge, which can be prepared ahead of time, perfect for this busy season when breakfast needs to be easy to prepare and packed with protein. Enjoy!

Champagne Punch

3 bottles ginger ale

1 large can lemonade

1 pint peach brandy

2 bottles Champagne

The night before making the punch, freeze 1 bottle of ginger ale in a bowl. Mix lemonade, peach brandy, and remaining two bottles of ginger ale. Pour into a punch bowl and add two bottles of champagne. Add frozen ginger ale.

Apricot Strudel

2 cups flour

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sour cream

10 oz. jar smooth apricot preserves

Combine flour, butter and sour cream and knead into pastry dough. Divide into 4 even portions, place on a plate and cover in cling film. Refrigerate overnight or for several hours. Roll out one portion of dough on a floured tea towel till 12 x 14 rectangle, using lots of flour as the dough is thin and sticky. Spread with preserves. Roll up like jelly roll. Repeat with the other three portions. Bake on an ungreased pan or cookie sheet at 350 for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely and slice.

Cinnabon Rolls

½ cup warm water

2 pkgs. active dry yeast

2 Tablespoons sugar

3.5 oz pkg. Instant vanilla pudding mix

½ cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 Tablespoon salt

8 cups flour

½ cup butter, melted

2 cups brown sugar, packed

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

 

Frosting:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

 In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved, then set aside. Yeast should bubble. In a large bowl, make pudding mix according to package directions. Mix until slightly thickened. Add ½ cup melted butter, eggs, and salt and mix well. Add yeast and blend. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth. Place in a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm draft free place until double in size, about 1 hour. Punch down and let rise again, about 45 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to a 34” x 21” rectangle. Spread ½ cup melted butter over the surface.

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle this mixture over top of the dough. Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll up very tightly. With a sharp knife, cut dough into 1 or 2 inch rolls  depending on how large you want your cinnamon rolls to be. Place rolls onto foil-covered (for easy clean-up) baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Remove when golden brown.

 Combine all frosting ingredients and mix until smooth. Spread on warm rolls. Serve warm.

Jamie Oliver’s Protein Porridge Mix

This is a fantastic porridge mix. Make up a batch, store it in a sealed glass jar, and have it ready to go whenever you want a quick, wholesome meal!

For the mix:

2 cups rolled oats

¼ cup dry quinoa

⅓ cup flaxseeds

¾ cups walnuts

¾ cups pumpkin seeds

¾ cups almonds (whole or sliced)

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

To make the porridge:

 ⅔ cup milk or your favorite non-dairy milk

¼ cup berries, mashed if desired

Nuts for topping

Honey for topping

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until consistency is like a coarse almond meal. Store mix in an airtight container until ready to use.

To make a serving of porridge, combine 1 ¾ cup of the mix with ⅔ cup milk of your choice in a small pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. Take off heat and add berries, nuts and honey as desired.

 Nearly 40 years ago, these recipes and more made up a cookbook…a cookbook that marked the beginning of Beth Ferester’s real estate career. Before the world of social media marketing – Beth went door to door hand delivering these books as a way to make personal connections with people in the neighborhood. Beth is now seen as a matriarch in real estate – ranking in the top 25 realtors in the Greater Houston area every year since the early 2000’s. In the past year, Beth has brought some of these recipes back to life through her giving back coffeehouse next door to her real estate office, Lovebeans. The team makes these homemade cinnamon rolls every weekend, and the full version of this cookbook is available in the merch store. Come out and visit us in Creekside!

8522 Creekside Forest Drive Suite D-101, The Woodlands, TX 77375
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Coffee Lovers Rejoice as New Coffeehouse Set to Open in Creekside

An equal love of coffee and spending time with friends and neighbors is the inspiration behind the new venture, Lovebeans Coffeehouse and Café, coming soon to Creekside Park.

Owned and operated by Beth Ferester & Company, one of the Woodlands most successful real estate firms, Lovebeans will give Woodlands residents a unique twist on their morning cup of joe.

Beth, along with her son Ryan at the helm, will bring their very own brand of coffee from Costa Rica to the Woodlands, when the coffeehouse opens early next month in the Crossroads Square shopping center, located just off Creekside Forest Drive.

“We were running our new Creekside office when we realized that the space next door had become available,” explains Beth, who has lived in the Woodlands for over 30 years and has seen first-hand the area’s exponential development over the last three decades.

“We love living and working in these beautiful surroundings and we treasure the sense of community here so we decided this would be the perfect opportunity to bring a coffee shop to the area.”

With the vision of creating a gathering place where friends and neighbors can meet in a casual, friendly setting, Lovebeans Coffeehouse was born.

“Lovebeans is coffeehouse eclectic with a splash of homegrown charm,” says Beth.

With a large indoor seating area as well as dedicated outdoor seating, the café will offer Woodlands residents a modern, yet warm and welcoming place to catch up, all while giving back to the local community.

Rustika Bakery will be supplying a variety of these lovely pastries for Lovebeans

By hosting regular events to support local charities, Lovebeans will serve as so much more than a coffeehouse; it is a venture that will benefit many people in the area.

“With a strong sense of community comes a strong desire to give something back,” continues Beth.

“We will be linking up with a number of local charities to host monthly events, as well as providing job and training opportunities for young adults in the Angel Reach program who may not otherwise be given the opportunity to work.”

How The Lovebeans Story Began

The initial concept for Lovebeans goes as far back as the late nineties when Beth’s son, Ryan Ferester, ran a small Zen Café in Costa Rica. During his time there, Ryan created an organic vegan chocolate spread. The spread became so popular that he decided to bring it to the American market under the name Love Bean Fudge Spread. The product can be found on the shelves of many natural food retailers, including Whole Foods.

The raw chocolate spread will be the flagship product on the shelves of Lovebeans Coffeehouse, with profits also going to local charities.

As well as a daily caffeine fix, Lovebeans will sell a wide choice of sandwiches and a range of delicious pastries from the renowned Rustika’s Café & Bakery in downtown Houston. The menu will also feature a selection of wine and beer.

And not to worry tea lovers – Lovebeans will be selling loose leaf TEEMA Teas from Thailand, with profits from each cup going back to the women who helped create the tea.

Catering to all tastes and food preferences, the café will have kid-friendly options with healthy breakfast choices, from overnight oats to nutrient-packed drinks, to kick start your family’s day.

“The Lovebeans menu will be constantly evolving and we will be doing our utmost to serve up seasonal, fresh, healthy food daily with plates to please every palate,” says Beth.

“We want Lovebeans to be a place where people love to gather with their friends and families and where they want to keep on coming back.”

Lovebeans Coffeehouse and Café will be ready to welcome its first customers in September 2019.

Web links:

lovebeanscoffeehouse.com

ferester.com

rustikacafe.com

teemateas.com

angelreach.org

 

Author: Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor joins the writing team at Interfaith following a career in journalism and public relations. Originally from Scotland, Jennifer moved to the Woodlands in 2012 having lived and worked in Asia for 5 years. She enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her husband and their two boys.