Posts tagged ‘national pancake day’

March 1, 2011

Celebrations

So yesterday I mentioned that it was National Pancake Day and today I found out it was National Peanut Butter Lovers Day! I should’ve had Peanut Butter Pancakes.. But, since I found out so late I had to have breakfast for dinner – Darn 😉 You know I cant pass up anything that has to do with Peanut Butter OR Pancakes! It’s also the first day of March which means 19 days til Spring. So many things to celebrate!

I started my morning off with pancakes of course – Fluffy Strawberry Pancakes! These turned out so well. I’ve never added strawberries to the batter so I was a little nervous but these get an A+.

I LOVE using Whole Wheat Pastry Flour for my pancakes – Reason Number 1…Whole Wheat = Healthy. Reason Number 2…They are fluffier. Reason number 3… I think the first 2 were enough.

Fluffy Strawberry Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1.5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 packet NuNaturals Stevia
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Egg Replacer (Ener-G)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Smart Balance melted
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries thinly sliced

Directions

  • In a large bowl add flour, baking powder, stevia and salt.
  • Mix well and make a well to add wet ingredients

  • Add egg replacer, melted smart balance, vanilla, and almond milk to center. Mix until smooth.

  • Fold in strawberries

  • Spray pre-heated skillet with Olive Oil Non-stick spray and pour batter into the skillet using 1/4 cup.

  • Cook on each side 3 minutes or until brown.

  • Add toppings

Sugar Free Syrup

A little Whipped Cream 🙂 Sorry this is so dark!!

Make sure to breathe in between bites 😉

There’s no better way to start off your day then with pancakes – and when they are light, fluffy and bursting with a fresh strawberry flavor it makes your day start 1,000 times better!

I spent the majority of my day painting pet rocks, making cut out’s of leprechaun’s and brainstorming cupcake ideas with the girls. I told them about National Pancake Day and they wanted some with their lunch. My kind of girls 😉

I got my butt kicked at Boot Camp and came home to make myself a dinner with Peanut Butter. I used my Alternative Bagels that I bought from the lo-carb site. I like these A LOT more than the Bagel Thins but I didn’t like the fact that they weren’t pre-cut.

Yeah, that’s awesome. Anyways – I topped my bagel with two different types of Peanut Butter’s because I was out of Better n Peanut Butter and couldn’t narrow it down any further out of my 5 back-ups.

Peanut Butter & Company’s The Bees Knees and Dark Chocolate Dreams. I liked them both enough to have a couple more spoonfuls out of the jar. I’ve never met a PB I didn’t like.

I also did some Key West preparation – I’m officially starting my countdown. 10 days!

Can you tell where I am? Besides the fact that it’s clearly a REALLY classy place?

I want to set a couple of goals for myself during the month of March so I decided to make a list.

  1. Go to the gym 5 days a week. I go to the gym at least 3 times a week, sometimes even 6 – but I’d like to make it a routine of at least 5 every week this month!
  2. Stop giving myself the excuse that “it’s the weekend” and eating more than normal which gets me off track. I set myself back a lot by doing this and I always feel crappy on Monday so this needs to change!
  3. Set a weekly shopping budget. Groceries only… I can’t do that with clothes just yet!!
  4. Get more than 5 hours of sleep a night – I know this seems easy but I get busy brain around 10pm and stay up way later than necessary. I need to turn off all communication portals by 10 so I can wind down.

 

That’s it for me tonight… Plus it’s almost 10 – my new bedtime 🙂 I’m going to finish drooling during watching Cupcake Wars and go to bed so I can hopefully hit up the gym before work! We’ll see how this goes… Have a good night!

QUESTIONS: Did you celebrate National Pancake Day or National Peanut Butter Lovers Day? Anything you are looking forward to this month? Do you make monthly goals?

February 28, 2011

Girl Scout Lovin’

Happy Monday! How happy are you that we are ONE day away from March? Which means we are just weeks away from Spring!!! I hope this makes you as happy as it makes me 🙂

This weekend was extremely busy and filled with food. 6 hours of my Saturday was spent cooking for my Grandma’s birthday. Thankfully I have an amazing boyfriend who helped me out A LOT in the kitchen…until the beer got there 😉 Our menu included : Sesame Ginger Shrimp, Baked Potato Nachos, Pasta A la Vodka Chicken Casserole, French Bread, Spinach – Goat Cheese – Apple – Raisins  & Candied Walnut Salad, Tagalong Cake and S’mores Cookies! I bet you can guess what I wore all day yesterday… Extreme stretchy pants from food overload! Everything turned out perfect which is a plus for you because that means I have recipes to share 🙂

Sunday, I promised the recipe that included TWO boxes of Girl Scout Tagalongs. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = the dangerously delicious most perfect combination ever.

Tagalong Cake


Ingredients

  • 1 box of Devils Food Cake  + ingredients you will need to make this (or make your own)
  • 2 boxes of Girl Scout Tagalong cookies
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 16 oz tub of Cool Whip
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare cake mix as prepared on box
  • Chop 1 box of Tagalongs into small pieces

  • Add them to the batter

  • Pour batter into two greased 8 inch rounds

  • Cook for 3-4 minutes less than recommended on box
  • Remove from oven when toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool completely then remove from rounds to a platter

  • Chop 1/2 of the tagalongs into small pieces from the 2nd box
  • Warm the peanut butter slightly and fold it into half of the tub of cool whip

  • Slowly add 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar and mix well
  • Spread the peanut butter filling between the layers

  • Mix the rest of the cool whip with the remainder of the chopped tagalong cookies and frost the outside of cake.
  • Cut the last of the tagalongs in half and add them to the top of the cake

  • Refrigerate until ready to serve – Serve chilled

Look at the cookie pieces in the cake! I’m not a HUGE fan of chocolate cake but this cake takes the cake. Know what I’m sayin?

This deserves a total foodgasm face.

Next time you see those cute little girls at the grocery store asking you for $5 to buy a sinful treat say yes…and make this cake!

I have a couple more recipes from Saturday to share with you but I’m wrapped up in the Bachelor right now so I will save them for later on this week. Sneak peak…

In case you didn’t know – Tomorrow is National Pancake Day! If you don’t have time to stop by iHOP for your free pancakes then feel free to make one of my recipes… I bet mine taste better anyways 😉

Protein Pumpkin Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Funfetti Pancakes

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl w/ Apple Topping Pancakes

Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Crepe Pancakes

Pumpkin Raisin Pancakes for One

Not to mention they will save you hundreds of calories. Indulge a little…

QUESTIONS: Will you be celebrating National Pancake Day? What is your favorite girl scout cookie? Have you ever made a dessert with Girl Scout cookies?