Favorite Finds: National Pancake Day

I was planning to share my race recap of the Reston 10 Miler today, but I just finished eating pancakes and heard that today is National Pancake Day.  It’s like I have ESPN or something {name that movie?}.

My love affair with pancakes is no secret, they’re my favorite breakfast food.  Crisp around the edges, light and fluffy in the middle, silver dollar sized or as big as your head, thick as a board or thin as a sheet of paper, they’re the perfect golden brown canvas for all sorts of toppings.  What’s not to love?  Someday I need to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I can’t believe I haven’t done it yet.  Maybe it’ll happen today since we have another snow day…

The majority of the time I try to keep my pancake ingredient list short and light – granted, I typically eat a few stacks a week – but every now and then {hello weekend!} it’s fun to indulge.  Another reason why I love pancakes, they’re so versatile and can be allergy friendly.  Healthy, sinful, savory, sweet.

And if at the end you’re craving pancakes but don’t have time to make them yourself, there’s a rumor floating around the Twittersphere that IHOP is serving free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes until 10PM!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

27 Pancakes Worth Waking Up For via BuzzFeed


24 Pancakes from Around the World via BuzzFeed


Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes by Hot Chocolate Hits


Almond Joy Pancakes {Gluten Free} by The Lemon Bowl


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes by Iowa Girl Eats


Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes by Minimalist Baker


Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake by Averie Cooks


Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes by Hungry Healthy Girl


Coffee Pancakes via Eat, Live, Run {recipe from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack}


Banana Nut Pancakes by Skinnytaste


Not a recipe, but I love this The Perfect Pancake wall print by visualphilosophy.  It would be perfect in our kitchen/dining area!


Check out an old Favorite Finds pancake post here.  I know, I know some of the links are busted… I need to do some spring cleaning.

Question:  What’s your favorite flavor combo – apple spice, banana nut, carrot cake, or lemon poppy seed?

Question:  If you had to eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what would it be?

— Allison


Favorite Finds: Candy Grams

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!  Over the years I’ve heard numerous stories about how/when Valentine’s Day first started, so this morning I decided to research it for myself.  The History Channel has a fun Valentine’s Day page.

History of Valentine's Day

Let’s rewind…  In 2010 {my junior year in college} I had a 4-day weekend and planned to fly home.  Ryan planned a romantic evening for us, including dinner at Farmers & Fishers, which is now Farmers Fishers Bakers.  Unfortunately, much like this past week, DC shut down due to snow {which then traveled north up to me in Boston} so my flight was cancelled.  I still need to try Farmers Fishers Bakers!

In 2012 we took the train up to New York City – it was Ryan’s first time riding a train!  One of my girlfriends gifted us our engagement pictures and we couldn’t refuse her gracious offer.  The weather wasn’t cooperative {misty, biting wind}, but we had a fabulous time exploring the city, seeing my friend, dining at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, and we still love our engagement pictures!

Last year was our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.  We ordered takeout from Morton’s and watched a movie.  It wasn’t big, but it was perfect.  Regardless of where we are or what we do, what matters the most is that we’re together.

This year our Valentine’s Day celebration is extending over two days, so I’ll wait to share my recap on Monday.  One thing that I will share is one of my gifts to Ryan.  I’ve seen the idea numerous times throughout the blog world and it’s plastered all over Pinterest {especially around Valentine’s Day}…  Candy grams.

Candy Gram Candies


  1. Write/type what you want to say.  If you’re stuck, there’s tons of inspiration online.
  2. Buy candy.  Wegmans is our local grocery store and they have a ton of candy{!}.  Both large bars or snack sized pieces will work, it’s personal preference.
  3. Edit the message to substitute candy for words.
  4. Write the message on a poster board or if typed, print the message.  I printed one sentence per piece of computer paper – larger text makes it easier to read and adds more space between lines so no words get covered by a piece of candy.


  • Paper *to outline ideas*
  • Candy
  • Poster board/computer paper/colored paper
  • Tape or glue

Ryan absolutely loved his gift and kept saying “This is so creative!”  Candy grams would be fun for other holidays too since the messages are personalized.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Candy Heart by Kitchen Concoctions

Candy Heart

Candy Heart 2

Candy Bar Card by Repeat Crafter Me

Candy Heart 3

Candy Heart by Just Another Day in Paradise

Candy Heart 4

Candy Heart 5

Candy Heart 6

Question:  What’s your favorite candy?

Question:  Ryan and I are cooking together tonight and figured out what to make for dinner, but still don’t know what to make for dessert…  Suggestions?!

— Allison


Favorite Finds: Super Bowl Sunday

This is super last minute, but I tend to do things last minute…  I’m not alone, right?  I truly think that’s one of us women’s super powers – to fly by the seat of our pants, pull things out of nowhere, and somehow create wonders.  Even if it’s semi-homemade, it took effort and still counts!

In all honesty, I’m not a big football fan and it probably has something to do with the losing track record of our local team…  The Redskins.  Oye.  I know the basics of the game, like what a fumble, touchdown, and a field goal is, but I’d rather watch the Puppy Bowl and the Super Bowl commercials than the actual game.

Fun fact: one of my cousins (and his wife) create commercials that air during the Super Bowl!  I won’t say which, but one is really cute and involves a puppy ;)

Ryan and I were planning to watch the game with friends tonight, but that fell through so we’re switching gears.  We most likely will stay home and order pizza (which I’m more than okay with since I’d rather not be out late on a school night), but we may also stop by our community’s event – free drinks, free food, within walking distance…  Winning!

Regardless of whether you’re hosting a group or keeping it low-key tonight, enjoy!  And if you still have no clue what to make, no worries.  Pinterest is full of (p)inspiration!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Walking Tacos by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Walking Taco

17 Sweet Super Bowl Party Ideas via babble

17 Sweet Super Bowl Party Ideas

Super Bowl Recipes via Somewhat Simple

Super Bowl Recipes

25 Super Bowl Bites via Crystal & Co.

25 Super Bowl Bites

10 Sweet + Savory Super Bowl Snacks via A Mitten Full of Savings

10 Sweet + Savory Super Bowl Snacks

5 Chili Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday by Two Peas & Their Pod

5 Chili Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

The Big Game Commercial Bingo {Free Printable} by Flamingo Toes

Super Bowl Bingo

Super Bowl Party Ideas by A to Zebra Celebrations

Super Bowl Party Ideas

DIY Football Field Table Cover by Hello My Sweet

DIY Football Field Table Cover

And if you’re feeling really crafty (and hungry!)…

Learn to Make Your Own Super Bowl Snack Stadium via Neatorama

Super Bowl Snack Stadium

Question:  Which team will you be rooting for tonight?

Question:  What are your favorite game day eats?

— Allison