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

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24 Pancakes from Around the World via BuzzFeed

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

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Almond Joy Pancakes {Gluten Free} by The Lemon Bowl

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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes by Iowa Girl Eats

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes by Minimalist Baker

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Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake by Averie Cooks

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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes by Hungry Healthy Girl

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

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Banana Nut Pancakes by Skinnytaste

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

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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

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Valentine’s Weekend 2014

cuddles.  snow.  surprises.  candy.  flowers.  take-out.  workouts.  shopping.  movies.

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Sleepless in Seattle

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Question:  What’s your favorite “classic” chick flick?  Have you seen Sleepless in Seattle?  Watching Meg Ryan made me wanna watch You’ve Got Mail

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison

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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

Directions:

  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.

Materials:

  • 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

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Candy Bar Card by Repeat Crafter Me

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Candy Heart by Just Another Day in Paradise

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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

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