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In my almost 28 years of life, there are only 4 Valentine’s Days that I vividly remember.

The first, in 8th grade, involved my very first boyfriend, an embarrassingly huge balloon and a great big stuffed teddy bear that I got to carry around all day at school.

You know, in the 8th grade, Valentine’s Day is such a big deal. You’re past the tiny cartoon cards and it’s all about “showing your love”. Because in the 8th grade, you’re grown. And you know everything and you’re so mature and romantic. Or so you think. Even looking back now and seeing how ridiculous my friends and I were in the 8th grade, it was a fun Valentine’s Day because it was my first time to ever get gifts like that from a boy.

The second one I remember has nothing to do with romance at all. In fact, it has to do with my parents. When my sisters and I were growing up, my parents would always have little gifts for us for Valentine’s Day – candy, earrings, stickers, little toys, things like that. But one year they totally surprised my older sister and me by getting us our very own phone line.

Can you imagine? Our OWN phone line! We could call whoever we wanted, at any time, and not have to share the phone. I could talk to my friends all day long. Or call boys. Or have boys call me. On my own, personal, phone line.

And our phone was incredible. It was a clear phone with neon wires that lit up when it was ringing, like this one.


Pretty sweet, right? I bet Kelly Kapowski had one like this in her room. I’m not exactly sure why this Valentine’s Day has stuck with me, but it’s a fun, yet totally random, memory.

The third Valentine’s Day I remember isn’t exactly romantic, either, but it’s one of many memories I hope I never lose. While this Valentine’s Day celebration began with heart-printed silk boxers as prank gifts for some of our guy friends from church, it ended with a dinner and the first roses I was ever given. All through high school, I participated in District Chorus, and that year, our concert happened to fall on Valentine’s Day. From 8 am until 3 pm that day, I was in rehearsals and was given just enough time to get home, get changed, and get back to the school for the concert at 7 pm that evening.

Since our day was filled, my family ended up going to dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s after the concert was over and we were joined by some very important guys in my life, ones that shaped my world back then and who, while they may not know it, showed me what friendship and love could be and what they should be.

My sister and I made heart shaped brownies to give to the guys, but they topped us that night. They showed up with red roses and baby’s breath for each of us girls: my mom, my sister, me, and my Mammaw. With each flower, they gave us a hug and kiss on the cheek and it was one of the sweetest nights in my high school years.

And finally, the fourth, and most important, Valentine’s Day.

My first real date with Nick.

Nick and I met through mutual friends – he was roommates and best buddies with my guy friends in college from back home, so we knew each other for over a year before we started dating.

Nick wouldn’t ask me out because I had a bad perm (I did) – or so he says ; )

So a few months later, after hanging out as friends, I got rid of the perm and we started hanging out more. And one night, we were at a basketball game with a group of friends and he was telling me how cute he thought my roommate was. Well, I was against that. I wasn’t sure at that point if I thought we would date, but I certainly didn’t want him dating her – if he was going to date anyone, it was going to be me!

When I went back to my room that night, I told her that Nick thought she was cute but that she shouldn’t date him. Turns out, she had just started dating someone else anyways, so it didn’t matter.

But as soon as I thought he liked her, I wanted to date him instead.

So his trick worked. We started hanging out more often and, finally, our first date just happened to land on Valentine’s Day.

He cooked me dinner. Chicken and homemade biscuits.

And that was that. I was a goner.

He could cook! He was funny and sweet and incredibly handsome and he was friends with my friends and he did cool things like rock climbing and skateboarding and I fell head over heels for him in, what felt like, a matter of seconds.

So, yes, I guess you could say good biscuit baking runs in his family. As does tricking girls into going on dates with you and being too cute for their own good.


And while I’m not making chicken and biscuits for our Valentine’s Day breakfast, I did want to do something bigger if for no other reason that it’s Monday morning. But it is also the 9th anniversary of our first date, and that calls for something special.

Besides, when you marry into a family that thrives on breakfast foods, you have to learn fast to hold your own.

I think I’m getting there.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp light oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Mix the oats and buttermilk in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes, or, ideally, overnight.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Add the beaten egg and oil/butter to the oat and buttermilk mixture and stir together.
  4. Add the oat mixture to the flour mixture, and stir to blend.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brush or spray with oil. *Tip: To make sure it’s hot enough, wet your fingers under the faucet and sprinkle a few droplets of water onto the pan. If they sizzle, it’s ready.
  6. Scoop the batter, 1/4 – 1/3 cup at a time onto the pan. *This is where I added the chocolate chips – just drop a few onto the top side of the pancake while the batter is still wet. You could also add berries, nuts, bananas, or any other mix-in you’d like at this point.
  7. When the bottoms are browned and the top is set around the edges, flip the pancakes. Cook until the second side has browned.
  8. Re-spray/grease the skillet if needed, and repeat with the remaining batter. If the pancakes begin to brown too quickly, lower the heat just a bit.
  9. Serve hot, with maple syrup and raspberry sauce.


Raspberry Sauce

  • 5 oz. frozen raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp water
  1. Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. Let cook until raspberries have thawed and broken down and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  3. Serve warm over pancakes, crepes, or ice cream.



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Happy Monday morning!

First, regarding the lentil cake recipe – it’s in the Clean Eating magazine with the ice cream cookie sandwiches on the cover. Other than that, I don’t think I can post it online, can I? I’m not sure of all the copyright laws, etc. I know they have some recipes on their website, but I’m not sure if that one is up.

I know I’m having a redo of a breakfast I had last week, but I just wanted it so bad this morning!


Yup, I had cannoli-cakes again, with all the same toppings!


The amount was a bit different since I only had 1/3 cup of egg whites left, but it was still perfect.

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp or so baking powder


Cook in the pan then top with ricotta, peach, raspberries and a drizzle of local honey. Yum, yum, yum.

With all this ricotta, you would think I was Italian!

But I’m not.

I know that I’m American Indian, French Canadian (I think) and North Carolinian  🙂

Coffee is brewing and I’m working!

What about you? What’s your background / heritage?

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I cannot stay away from these oatmeal pancakes!


I can’t remember now why I bought ricotta this week, but I’m glad I did! I love using it on my breakfast cookies, so I thought I would try it out on the oatmeal pancakes.


I love how ricotta just makes you feel like you’re having some type of danish or cannoli. The cinnamon and vanilla in the pancake batter went really well with the ricotta, fruit, and honey on top.


The pancake batter was my usual:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • couple drops of Honduran Vanilla

After cooking the pancakes, I put about 2 Tbsp of ricotta on each one, topped with some peach + raspberries and drizzled about a tsp of orange blossom honey on top.


Yup, this one will happen again. I love the honey + ricotta combination!

I also ate the rest of my peach on the side and had 2 big glasses of water.


Next Honduras post at lunch! I had to finish some stuff up after my computer turned off on me last night and erased part of it  😦

How do you start off your day on a good note?

I try to have a big glass of water, no matter what, as soon as I’m up and out of the shower. I’ve found that if I don’t, it’s really hard for me to drink a lot of water during the day, but starting out with it makes me thirsty for it for the rest of the day.

I also listen to our favorite morning radio show and watch a little of the news to find out what the weather is going to be.

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Hi everyone!  I’m Ange and know Brandi through Weight Watchers.  Although I don’t have my own blog, I do follow quite a few and love getting recipes and ideas from them.

When I saw Brandi’s post about oatmeal pancakes, I knew I would have to try them out.  I LOVE oatmeal. I could probably eat it for two meals a day and not get bored.  For the longest time I always had apples in it, but for a while now I’ve been a huge fan of bananas.

The thought of oatmeal pancakes intrigued me. How would I like this new way of having oatmeal?

I decided Saturday morning was a great time to find out since it was lazy and not rushed like it is during the week.  I got all my ingredients out and mixed them up…


* 1/2 cup oats

* 1/2 cup egg whites

* splash of vanilla

* a few shakes of cinnamon & pumpkin spice

* drinking coffee in a large Wheeling Jesuit University mug, is optional

(I forgot the baking powder & salt from the original recipe, but no worries, they turned out okay)

And then I decided that Gena’s banana soft serve would go PERFECTLY on top of my oatmeal pancakes.

I had some bananas already in the freezer so I took them out and found my little food processor.


Then I realized one of my roommates was still sleeping, so I moved to our catch all room off the kitchen that has doors on it so I could whip up the banana soft serve and not wake anyone else up.


It’s hard to tell, but it looks uber yummy!!!

Then I put it in the freezer while I started on making the pancakes.


I sprayed my small pan with some EVOO and put in half the batter, cooked her first oatmeal pancake and then put in the rest of the batch in the pan.  While the second pancake was cooking I topped the first one with banana soft serve and strawberries.



And then…..


The second pancake goes on top, more banana soft serve, strawberries, blueberries and the rest of my coffee on the side.


I LOVE oatmeal… and I really enjoyed the oatmeal pancakes and banana soft serve together!

The heat from the pancakes melted some of the banana sot serve, but it tasted wonderful anyways!


That was a wonderful way to start off my weekend!

What’s your favorite breakfast?


Thanks Ange! Great idea  🙂

Make sure to check out these giveaways today!

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Well, I don’t know what happened this morning but I could not get out of bed! I guess I turned my alarm off, so I was rushing around this morning just trying to get these made.


I’ve been waiting to make these again. And even though the contest is over, it was still fun deciding on my toppings AND eating them.


Today’s short stack had:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • cinnamon
  • Honduran vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Topped with 1 Tbsp cinnamon raisin pb and some farmer’s market peach.


I almost mixed up a muesli or breakfast cookie last night for this morning, and I guess I should have since I didn’t get up on time.

The good thing about these pancakes is that they don’t take long to make or cook….or eat 🙂  So I was still fine, just a little rushed.

What’s your favorite fruit/nut butter combination?

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Ah! I’m having major computer issues this morning – here’s hoping it actually posts correctly! My laptop won’t load my profile/screen with all my folders, etc? Anyone know how to fix that?


Alright, I’ve been working on overdrive on what to do for my last set of pancakes for this challenge. I’ve been making lists, crossing stuff off, changing my mind…

This is basically what I’ve been thinking for the past 2 days:

Another sweet one?

But what else would I do?

I did Strawberry + Nutella.

I did S’mores.

I did Cinnamon Roll.

I did PB & J.

No, not another sweet one.

But what then?


It has to be savory! I know I love a good Bob’s Breakfast, so what else could I do to jazz them up?

You probably know my obsession with eggs anyways, so what was I waiting for?


I think I’ll call these Fiesta Siesta Pancakes.


The basic pancake recipe was the same I’ve been using but without the cinnamon:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup egg whites (all I had left) plus a splash of milk
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

In between the pancakes are 2 slices of turkey bacon, sliced avocado, and some peach salsa Nick’s sister brought with them a few weekends ago.


Top with an over easy egg and slice of avocado, plus a little crushed red pepper + salt?

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I may like these just as much (or more!) than all my sweet creations!


I cannot help but love runny eggs. I don’t know what it is about them, but that + pancakes + avocado + sweet and spicy salsa all in one dish is perfection.

Why the “siesta” in the name? Because now I need a nap  🙂

Happy Friday!

Do you talk to yourself (or others) about how good something while you’re eating it? I could not stop talking while eating my pancakes this morning. Every bite was “this is so good!”. Of course, that was inbetween the “what’s wrong with my computer?!?”  🙂

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Back At It

Good morning!

You know, I enjoyed my eggs yesterday for breakfast, but I sure did miss my pancakes  🙂

What’s on the menu today?


PB & J Pancakes



This morning, my pancakes included:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • baking powder – hey, I remembered!

Then I topped them with 1 Tbsp crunchy pb and 1 tsp fig jam.


Yum. I love when peanut butter gets all melty.

Pancakes, fruit on the side and a cup of milk is quickly becoming my favorite breakfast  🙂

Only a few more days in the pancake challenge!!!

What’s your favorite flavor jam or jelly?

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On A Roll

What could possibly make Monday morning better?

No work? Yeah, but that’s not happening.

Start of a vacation? Sure, but that’s not happening either.

Pancakes? Oh yeah.


But not just any pancakes – Cinnamon Roll Pancakes for another challenge entry  🙂

I made the oatmeal pancake recipe again this morning but forgot the baking powder! So, they’re not as fluffy as normal, but still tasty  🙂  I guess forgetting an ingredient is what makes it a Monday morning breakfast, right?


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch salt

Then I topped the pancakes with 1 Tbsp cinnamon raisin pb and “icing” made out of fat free plain yogurt + 1 tsp maple syrup.


Oh yeah, and some fruit.


Breakfast was great – let’s hope it spills over into the workday!

Have you made your pancake entry yet? What are you waiting for?!?  🙂

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Good morning! It’s humpday – are you excited?

So, Katie has issued a little pancake challenge and I decided I needed to participate.

I had never made oatmeal pancakes, so I decided to start by trying it out and adding some fun toppings.

Honestly, what could be better than Strawberry-Nutella Pancakes?


Not much.


This batch of pancakes was:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Since I wanted to make a little stack of pancakes, I split the mixture into 2 and cooked them in the pan. After cooking, I topped each pancake with:

  • 1/2 Tbsp Nutella (1 Tbsp total)
  • layer of sliced strawberries


It’s so strange eating oats in new ways when I’m used to just having them cooked in a bowl, but it was fun having healthier pancakes this morning.

Do you the think the nutella cancels out the goodness of the oats/fruit? I don’t  🙂  I’m going to say that it just enhances it.

Are you going to do the pancake challenge? I already have another idea brewing…or two  😉


Call for Guest Posts!

Although I’m not sure if our trip to Honduras is going to happen at the end of July like planned, I’m looking for some guest posts to have while I’m gone. Laptops will not be going with us, and while there are a few computers and internet at the hotel, we won’t be there very often and there’s usually a line to use the 2 computers.

If you’d like to do a guest post, put your post together in Word and send me that along with the pictures you’d like in the post and please have it to me by July 15th. And please send clear pictures! I want people to clearly see your awesome pics  🙂

If our trip does get moved/cancelled due to the political happenings there right now, I’ll still post the guest posts over the next couple of months, so they won’t be wasted!

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On The Road Again

Happy Friday and first day of May! I can’t believe April is already over – it seems like this year is flying by!

Thanks for all your comments on my post last night. It’s nice to know that there are other people going through this same thing about this time, or some of you that have been through it already! I guess it’s just a part of life everyone goes through at some point.

This morning has been nice and relaxing – we’re about to get on the road and head to Nick’s parents for the weekend for their huge neighborhood yard sale – I will try my best to get some pictures tomorrow of how crazy it is!

No alarm clocks set this morning, no rush…it was nice. Nick suggested a dutch baby pancake for breakfast this morning, so I looked up the recipe last night so we could make this puffy wonder. If you have never made one of these, you should. I had never had one until Nick’s dad made one at their house.


Nick’s dad usually puts canned peaches or apricots in his, but we didn’t have either so I just cut up the rest of our fresh strawberries and used them instead. It was really good with the strawberries!

The recipe is super easy, but you do need a deeper cast iron pan or oven proof pan because it puffs up so much. We actually had a strawberry go overboard during the baking process – by the time we saw her, it was too late to save her. The oven is a cruel, cruel thing.  

We used the recipe found here and made the 2-4 serving recipe, cut the butter to an even 2 Tbsp and added the fresh strawberries before we poured the batter in the pan.


Yes, the pancake does deflate a bit once it’s out of the oven and cut, but it is so good and light. It would probably be good with any fruit you put in there. The batter is super easy to make and it only takes about 20 minutes to bake.

We also cooked up some bacon, and Nick and I split a banana for a little more fruit action.

Of course, coffee was also in the mix – we used our new Mill Mountain blend from a coffee shop here.



I’m off to finish my coffee, watch a little more No Doubt on The Today Show (!!!) and get ready to get out of here.

I hope you enjoy your Friday! Not sure what the schedule will be today, but it should be fun.

What’s your favorite pancake topping?

I love real maple syrup, but one of my favorite pancake toppings is an over easy egg. Strange? Maybe. But check it out.

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