A weekend just isn’t a weekend for this working family without pancakes!
Because I’m super lazy I always use a mix (I mean really, who has time for this shit from scratch? Not I!). I’ve tried the usual Aunt Jeremiah, and the somewhat better Bisquick pancakes, but they aren’t amazing really, they just fill the void with dough.
Awhile ago The Man decided he wanted to try going gluten free, much to my dismay. Tell the grocery shopper of the house you want to completely change your diet and watch the look of horror pass over their face. Try it, it’s fun!
He’s since given up on it, but for a time I brought home all kinds of disgusting gluten free shit, not on purpose, it just worked out that way cause I had no idea what the hell I was doing! Out of everything I brought home, kinnikinnick pancake mix is the only thing I still buy regularly. It’s my kids favourite pancake mix, it always tastes fantastic, the box doesn’t lie!!! If you prefer using a mix for your pancakes I can’t recommend this shit highly enough! If you can’t find it in your local grocery store you can order it from them online.
Now I’m going to give you some tips on making the most of your pancakes.
Tip #1. Always collect your bacon grease! I realize that maybe if you’re the type of person to use gluten free pancake mix, you’re maybe not the type of person to eat bacon. But if you are, and you’re just dumping that grease out, it’s a wasted opportunity for using it as a pan lubricant for pan frying pretty much anything. Save the butter or oil for other things! I have a small glass jar with an air seal lid I collect it in, you can usually find something similar in a dollar store. I pour it though a kitchen funnel lined with paper towel and then store it in the fridge.
Tip #2. Use a cast iron pan on almost low (if your cook top has it numbered, like a one or two setting). If you don’t have a cast iron pan, get one! It takes a bit to get it seasoned properly and it’s a bit of a learning curve to use, but once you’ve got it you’ll wonder why the fuck you were ever cooking on a “non-stick surface” in the first place. BONUS: Cast iron is great to take with you camping too, if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m not, but I go anyway.
Tip #3. Make more mix than you require. Leftover pancakes are a godsend on a busy school morning!
Tip #4. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and rubber spatula to pour your pancake batter into the pan. I know this sounds a little neurotic, and possibly OCD, “All my pancakes must be of uniform dimension!”. But it’s for a really good reason, and I’ll explain more in a moment.
Tip #5. Because you’ve made all of your pancakes to a size that stores perfectly in a medium Ziplock bag store your leftover pancakes in a medium Ziplock bag! Keep your pancakes separated with some wax paper, or parchment paper to avoid them sticking together when you’re ready to use them.
Tip #6. Because you’ve made all of your pancakes to a size that fits perfectly in the toaster, put them in the toaster to reheat them. I guarantee they taste even better than when you first made them!
Now go forth and make pancakes bitches!
So I started going to the gym and trying to eat
right better. Part of my routine now is mixing this smoothie up for “second breakfast” every morning. Ya, that’s right, weight training has turned me into a Hobbit! My first breakfast is a chicken drumstick while I walk the dog at 5am.
Blend it all till you don’t hear the blades catching on any chunks anymore.
I found a bag of organic frozen strawberries on sale and I think it’s ruined me for the regular ones. I don’t care how much people say there’s no difference, the organic ones taste and smell better!
I like using Bolthouse for a little extra protein (they also have Protein Plus Chocolate I’m thinking I might try), but if you can’t find Bolthouse anywhere just sub it with any libation you think might taste good or you have handy. Rum works, I won’t tell anyone ;)
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My friend Amy gave me a bottle of this stuff last night citing that she just couldn’t handle having this stuff on her nails, so I thought I’d give it a spin tonight.
First off this stuff is fricken THICK as it’s a textured polish that’s supposed to (somewhat) resemble the caviar manicure (but for lazy people I guess? I dunno, I’ve never done it cause I’m lazy!). It kind of looks more like lava rock or something, definitely NOT caviar though, unless that fish it came from has some sort of disease!
Because it’s so thick you kind of have to resist the urge to remove excess off of the brush like you would with a normal polish. Don’t be shy with this stuff, slather it on!! Once I got over that it went on fairly easily, but it’s really messy. This stuff only needs one coat and dries really quickly which is nice. You also can’t really use a top coat since it’ll ruin the effect so yay, one less step. I just did clean up with an orange stick and some nail polish remover and it actually cleaned up really easily considering how dark it is. It chips off super easily too though so don’t lick your fingers or pick your nose with this stuff on. Touch ups are really easy though since you can just dot a bit more on and it blends seamlessly. I can see why my friend didn’t like it though, it feels WEIRD!!
I’ll most likely wear it again, as long as the bottle doesn’t glue itself shut.
I saw a commercial for this and thought to myself “Oh this sounds like a good idea. Maybe with this stuff I won’t have to use sensitive toothpaste everyday?” I was wrong, so very very wrong!
Do you like using AJAX bathroom cleaner? How about using it in your mouth? Do you like involuntarily triggering your gag reflex while brushing your teeth? Well then this toothpaste is for you!
If you do decide to torture yourself with this toothpaste then I suggest using a very SMALL amount of it. Using a normal sized amount is going to make you feel like you just started some awful internet challenge!
I’m posting this over a week late. Meh!
I drew a piece of broccoli on this one since its one of the few vegetables everyone in my house can agree on. I love how it’s leafy eyebrows turned out!
A lot has changed in the past couple of weeks. The Man is back to work but still recovering from his herniated disk, the kids both learnt how to ride their bikes with no training wheels and make their own breakfast, and I got a major batch of RFQ’s out to my suppliers at work. I feel like a huge weight has lifted and I can slack off a little AND finally sleep in (it only took 7 years). PHEW!!
In other news, I’m on Google+ and for some bizarre reason all of a sudden people are circling me at a way higher rate than usual. 3000 people had me circled about two weeks ago and it’s shot way up to over 12,500. I don’t know what witchcraft is happening here but now I’ve felt compelled to start posting publicly which I rarely do.
I haven’t been posting publicly cause I’m a control freak who uses Google+ as an escape, news source and way to connect with like minds and I didn’t want that sullied with people who were just going to be there to start shit. So far everyone has been very pleasant though which is a nice surprise. This sudden jump does seem to line up with me posting a lot of dick jokes lately though. I’ve been dubbed “The Queen of Peen” which is both hilarious and sad. Maybe I should stop posting dick jokes?!?!