I am going to preface this rant with a note that I am aware that all important files should always, always, be backed up on a second source or device. Sometimes I fail to do so but have managed to avoid tragedy until yesterday. While working on some files from one of my USB drives, I got an error message saying the computer could not detect the USB any longer. Since then I have been frantically trying to get it to register on any computer I can find. I believe it is a connection problem between the connector and the board inside, but the guy at a computer repair place said he didn’t think that was the case. He said it was likely dead and there was no way of retrieving the information from it. Commence panic mode. However, I do not believe him because I was able to get it to register once – long enough to open the disk but not long enough to copy anything over. Since then I have been desperately trying to get it to sit just right in the USB input to hold long enough to save my files. If you know anything about fixing USBs or saving files from them, please let me know! If not, have some pancakes.
Update: SWEET GLORY! I got it to connect just long enough to pull everything off of it. Crisis averted, let’s celebrate with pancakes!
One year ago: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
On Friday I resubmitted my paper to the editor, hopefully satisfying the reviewers’ questions and comments. Since then I have been anxiously watching my e-mail inbox. I’m so excited to finally be able to pubmed myself after all these years of hard work! I will let you know when that happens.
In the meantime, let’s make pancakes. Pancake mix is a handy way to make pancakes but instead of buying it from the store, make it at home! This mix is full of oats and whole wheat to start your day (or end if you like breakfast for dinner). In the spirit of the holidays, I made a batch of pancakes with eggnog instead of buttermilk. It was a most excellent decision.
Two years ago: Breakfast Pizza
Like most people I see some pretty entertaining and/or shocking things while driving on a fairly regular basis. People driving the wrong way down a one-way street, stopping at a red light and continuing through it before it turns green, honking at me from behind for not turning left after the light has turned red, and even making their own left-turn lane into on-coming traffic. Then there are the cars: OREO brand name printed, zebra-printed, big spinning rims on a junky car, reindeer and elf car costumes (have to admit I think they are cute), and eyelashes on the headlights of a VW bug. But just the other day I saw those same eyelashes on another car, and not a cutesy car similar to the VW but a big beefy car that I would never associate with girly characteristics – a Dodge Charger. I thoroughly enjoyed that sighting.
What does all that have to do with bananas foster pancakes? Absolutely nothing. Enjoy :-)!
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— Erin (@thespiffycookie) December 2, 2013
One year ago: Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake
Not only is it another Secret Recipe Club reveal day, but it’s also National Chocolate Day! As a result, my recipe selection for today from Vintage Kitchen Notes involves chocolate. But before I talk about that, you should check out some of Paula’s other recipes such as Grilled Eggplants with Honey and Spices, Brown Sugar Cheesecake, and these festive White Chocolate Dulde de Leche Ghosts. I also almost made her Chocolate Walnut Sheet cake for today but I hadn’t treated myself to pancakes in awhile.
I ended up choosing her recipe for chocolate pumpkin pancakes. The original recipe used chocolate chips, but I decided to mix in cocoa powder instead to spread the chocolate throughout the pancakes. The chocolate flavor wasn’t as pronounced, but I liked the added flavor in addition to the pumpkin and cinnamon. And I went ahead and sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on top anyway. It’s a fall breakfast treat!
I cannot recall if I mentioned this before, but September is Breakfast Month! You only have two days left to celebrate the most important meal of the day, so be sure to whip up these pancakes.
Using prepared whole-grain pancake mix, these pancakes are given a boost with chopped walnuts and are then topped with a brown sugar-Greek yogurt mixture and chopped apple. It’s a perfect single serving breakfast treat, but can be easily multiplied for more servings.
One year ago: Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies
Vegan recipe on football Saturday? No I have not lost my mind on the day when many football fans are out tailgating and cooking meaty goodness. But this recipe is for breakfast in preparation for all the other football activities. Especially if you are a buckeye fan, or just a lover of all things pb+c. Or even a football hater (we can still be friend) who loves breakfast. September is national breakfast month after all.
These pancakes were originally called peanut butter cup pancakes, but to me they look like flattened buckeyes with the circle of peanut butter in the middle, just like the eye of a buckeye (commence eye of the tiger chorus now stuck in my head) so hence the renaming to buckeye pancakes. I did still top them off with chopped peanut butter cups which get a little melty from the heat of the pancakes. Yummy.
They are also topped off with peanut butter syrup. Oh yea, I said peanut butter SYRUP. You will want to bathe in it but I don’t recommend it, so try to resist the urge. By the way, if you don’t have the ingredients to make these pancakes vegan there are notes in the ingredients list for non-vegan alternatives.
One year ago: Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Happy Father’s Day! Today’s event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society
Be sure to check out everyone else’s posts today:
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Home-made Strawberry Topping by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chili Verde by Juanita’s Cocina
S’Mores Brownies in Jars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Dark Chocolate and Orange Muffins by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
Boston Cream Pie by Pass The Sushi
My Fathers Day Recipe Round Up by Curry and Comfort
Tropical Smoothie by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Mini Gugelhupf by Masala Herb
Sauteed Strawberry and Sugarsnap Salad by Cook The Story
Cranberry Cashew Breakfast Muffins by In Fine Balance
Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Spicy Beef Sliders by Katie’s Cucina
Thai Red Curry Soup by Damn Delicious
Suman (Sweet Rice and Banana Leaves) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Fresh Vegetable Salad by White Lights on Wednesday
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Bars by The Messy Baker
Berry/Cherry Fro-Yo Ice Cream by Cookistry
Honey Beer Bread by Hungry Couple
Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars by Sweet Remedy
Cookies and Cream Brownies by Cooking in Stilettos
Blueberry Lemon Cake by Roxana’s Home Baking
Angel Cake by Ninja Baking
Knit (or crocheted) Grey Brain Cancer Mustache Pin by Knit, Purl, Damn!
As for me, I have been lucky enough to not have too many people in my family suffer from cancer, or myself (yet). Skin cancer seems to run in my family, but it is uncertain if it is a genetic predisposition or just lack of sunblock when they were younger. My father has had a few spots removed and so far nothing too serious has popped up. My uncle had prostate cancer but it was taken out. My step father was also diagnosed with prostate cancer not too long ago, and the treatment is going very well. However, I have lost a couple to cancer. My grandmother’s sister (my grand-aunt?) died of colon cancer and a couple years ago my step grandmother died from pancreatic cancer just shortly after being diagnosed. Many family members stayed with her and my step grandfather at their home throughout the battle and end, and today’s post is in honor of them and all my other family members who have either fought their own battle or helped someone else through theirs.
Since it is father’s day I am sending some extra love to my father, who is the pancake king in my life. Growing up it’s wasn’t just a question of whether we wanted pancakes, eggs, or waffles for breakfast, but what KIND? Pumpkin, applesauce, buttermilk, and oatmeal were the most popular but every now and then something new would appear on our plates. So today I am making pancakes for my dad. Well, digital pancakes since he is 6 hours away from me, but nonetheless I think he would enjoy these pancakes because of the fruit topping. And since it is also Single Serving Sunday these serve one, so whip up a batch for the dad in your life.
Did you really think I would leave off for my birthday weekend with my post yesterday, lacking cake batter, peanut butter, and cookie dough? Yes it was a most splendid ice cream, but I refuse to spend my birthday without at least one of those 3 things! So I went ahead and made breakfast using all three…
Peanut butter pancakes.
Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough.
Put the three together and you get an overload of some of my most favorite things about the dessert world… but for breakfast! And since it’s my birthday it’s completely acceptable to eat this first thing in the morning.
And since today is also star wars day (may the fourth be with you), I had originally made these pancakes with star wars vehicle pancake molds, but they didn’t come out right so I ended up just making the rest regular. So you’ll have to just imagine these as cool Millenium Falcons and X wings and Tie Fighters.
One year ago: Funfettinutter Cupcakes for Two (or One Birthday Girl)
In the past I’ve salvaged pancakes that stick to the skillet by cooking the remaining batter in either a doughnut or muffin-top pan. But my dad and step mom gave me a griddle for Christmas so I haven’t had to get creative with my pancakes in awhile. However, I now find myself purposely baking my pancakes sometimes when I don’t want to stand over the griddle watching and flipping until all the batter is gone. When they are baked you just pop them in the oven and walk away until the timer goes off, which is exactly what I did for these peanut butter cup banana pancakes. Of course you can cook these on a griddle as well, but I was feeling lazy.
Side note: For those of you wondering about my health, I am nearly 100% recovered! Still keeping the tissues around but hopefully will be able to detach myself from them in the next couple of days.
One year ago: Cake Batter Puppy Chow
In addition to my Meyer lemon craze I have had a serious appetite for breakfast foods. I’ve had breakfast for breakfast AND dinner some days as a result and I am perfectly okay with the situation. Of course this meant the combination my two current obsessions in today’s post, with an added bonus of Greek yogurt. I even topped it with Meyer lemon curd! Oh yea, curd is now for breakfast.