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Nemo Had Me Baking

For everyone out here in New England, you all know about Nemo. Nemo ended up leaving us with 30 inches of snow between Friday and yesterday. Yes…we measured 🙂

After playing out in the snow with the puppies for a while, I whipped up some breakfast for the fam with Maggie. There are 7 of us, so it’s never a simple task. I don’t know how Mama C ever did it for this many years.

For breakfast, Maggie and I made some Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes with an Apple Topping.

Apple Topping

You all know by now that I’m a big fan of the fruit toppings on pancakes. This, was delicious. I ended up making two different kinds, an Apple Cinnamon and an Apple Cocoa Cinnamon.

Ingredients: Apple Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water

Ingredients: Apple Cocoa Cinnamon

3 Apples, peeled and chopped 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/3 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Directions:

1. Heat all ingredients in a small pot until apples are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir to keep it from burning.

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Easy Peasy!

We made some Cranberry Gluten Free Pancakes for my sister, which I got much better at making this time! Whole Wheat Cranberry Pancakes for everyone else, and some whole wheat waffles! We all topped it with either the Cocoa or the Cinnamon Topping. Yummmm.

After Breakfast, we headed to tackle some of the snow that was still building up. This is just a view from inside the garage:

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Brent helped clean off the roof because our heat wasn’t working yet and they were trying to get at the vent.

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Brent is 6 foot 5…just to give you an idea…

It took a solid 2 hours for us to just clear the driveway and we had 6 people working on it. Slightly ridiculous. After shoveling for so long, we headed in and grabbed some lunch. We also sipped on some hot chocolate that Brent’s family had sent us for christmas. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate. YUM.

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Can’t beat that when you need to warm up.

What is your favorite drink after shoveling snow??

New Year’s 2013, Egg Nog Pancake Style

New Year’s came and went. I was still getting over my cold, or maybe it was still creeping up on me as we were heading out to Boston Emerald Lounge. I sucked down some dayquil and headed out to meet a whole bunch of my friends that I hadn’t seen in YEARS. Literally. So. Much. Fun.

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On New Year’s Day, I popped up and made some festive pancakes for the family. Egg Nog Pancakes. They were unbelievably light and fluffy.

Egg Nog Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 Egg 3/4 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
1/3 Cup Egg Nog 1 Cup Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Water

Directions:

1. Beat the egg. Then add in the Vanilla Yogurt, and Egg Nog.

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2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Then add it into the wet mix. Add in the water as well.

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3. Preheat the skillet to a medium heat. Wait for the pancake to bubble slightly and flip it over. It should rise a bunch.

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For the topping, instead of the normal berry topping that I whip up, I took some chunky applesauce and heated it up a bit. That was the topping for this guy. It was good without the syrup, but also fantastic with it.

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The applesauce topping was fantastic. Bacon had his serious begging face on.

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Bacon apparently had a fun night of partying too, because the two of us crashed on the couch shortly after pancakes.

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I feel like that’s what just about everyone was doing. Just watching football and recovering.

Tomorrow, I’ve got a packed day of wedding venue appointments and some solid gym time to get to. Exciting!!

 

 

 

 

Whole Wheat, Light and Fluffy Pancakes and Some X-Mas Cards

This whole weekend, I’ve been getting over the flu. I spent it catching up on some TV and some movies and sleeping. I was absolutely dying. I hate being sick. And I’ve still got the sniffles.

Anyways, I am on a mission to start using up some of the baking, pasta and canned goods in my house. I never really realized how much of it I have until I’ve started to attempt to put a dent in it. It’s madness. I could honestly eat for weeks just based upon my non-perishable items.

For breakfast, I decided to make some Whole Wheat Pancakes that turned out to be really light and fluffy. They were extremely good, and not as dense as I normally picture those whole wheat items.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour 2 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour 5 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 Cup Ground Flaxseed 1 1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 2 Eggs

Directions:

1. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

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2. Soften and cut up the butter. Add it to the mix using a fork and mix it in until the batter is a sand like texture. Then mix in the almond milk and eggs.

3. Heat up the skillet to a medium heat and add your batter. When the batter bubbles, flip the pancake over.

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For the last few pancakes, I added some chocolate chips just to spice things up a bit. It made me wish they were all smothered in chocolate chips.

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I like adding things like the flaxseed to the pancakes because it adds a bit more protein to the pancake. Something that you never really see in a pancake unless you add some protein powder.

For the topping, I took some frozen blueberries and some frozen blackberries and heated them up. Then mashed them a bit to get the juices out.

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I love these berry toppings and this was one of my favorites. I don’t end up using NEARLy as much syrup as if I were just depending on the syrup. I usually just sprinkle it over the berries and that does it.

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YUMMO.

Last night I started to put a little tiny dent in christmas wrapping and my X-Mas cards. I wasn’t really in a crazy creative mood, so I think they turned out a little less stellar than I wanted them to…but they will do.

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But they are going to work for now. I can already tell, that even though I don’t have too much on the books for this week, it’s going to be killer.

Happy Monday!

Healthy, Low Calorie French Toast with Blueberry Topping

This morning I wanted to wake up and try out Body Pump, BUT I slept through my alarm. So instead! I used my time to make some french toast. YUMMM. It really was quick and simple but delicious and healthy!

 

Ingredients:

2 Eggs 1/4 Cup Non-Fat Milk
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Mix up all of the ingredients in a flat pan.

 

2. Allow the two slices of toast to soak up the egg mixture and place the slices on a greased, pre-heated griddle at medium heat.

 

3. Flip the french toast over after about 2 minutes. It should be nicely browned.

 

Once the second side has browned, you are done!

For the blueberry topping, take a 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and put them in the microwave for a minute. Out pops a delicious blueberry topping! It’s that easy!

 

Now, for a fun French Toast story…because I get reminded of it EVERY time I eat french toast.

When I was in college, I was hanging out with my roommates on the futon watching Jersey Shore while eating some french toast. In the middle of putting a bite into my mouth, I posed the question, “Where do you think french toast came from? I mean…who would have thought about soaking toast in an egg and putting it on the stove?”

They both laughed at me. And Kaitlin responds, “France! Duh!’

I know, insightful. But upon forcing a response out of Kaitlin, she ends up coming up with the story of some poor French farmers that only had eggs and toast. They got bored with just eating eggs and toast and they just decided to combine the two!

Claire…thought this was hilarious. She posted it on facebook expecting a huge laugh from people, which it got. BUT! all of my friends know, I am the google queen. I google EVERYTHING. And google confirmed our story! It was in fact true!

Although they didn’t exactly get bored with bread and eggs, they used the eggs to mask the fact that the bread had gone stale. Ingenious I think.

A little tuesday night trivia for ya!

This evening, for training I headed to the gym because I missed the body pump this morning and jumped in on a cycling class.

 

I love cycling. I have been going to the classes on and off for almost 4 years now and can’t seem to kick the habit. I did try riding on the road about two years ago with an epic fail. I refurbished my dad’s old bike from when he was my age, and jumped right on. Let’s just say, the saying about always knowing how to ride a bike….it’s not so true in my case.

I’ll save the stories for another day, but I still have the scars from that summer to prove I really did give it a solid try!

The classes are fantastic. You don’t need the cycling shoes to do it. I always find that they are one of the best classes to go to when you are feeling really unmotivated at the gym. There’s nothing like a guy staring at you telling you to peddle faster to get you going!

Any good cycling stories out there?