Peanut Butter + Pretzel Crepes

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So how can the government just be, like, ~shut down~?

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Don’t we elect these officials to govern?

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Isn’t that a little hard to do when the elected officials shut down the government…?

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Perhaps I’m simplifying things. I don’t know anything about politics. I don’t believe in them, as a rule. I just wonder what our representatives are doing up there in DC this last, I don’t know, month or so? I imagine them roping off little sections of the Capitol for various game stations. There’s obviously a poker table with a professional dealer and  those little see through poker visors. Then there are your classics – Monopoly, Scrabble, Operation, etc. For those inclined to keep the mind agile during the shutdown, there are puzzles and crosswords, too. For our more active ladies and gents, there’s a couple of Twister mats and Bop-Its. They’ve gotta pass the time somehow.

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Honestly, I wonder if they could use some of the funds they’re saving not paying federal employees and pay to live stream this thing.

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 2 cups of flax milk
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 6 tbsp. of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of pretzels, crumbled
  • 1 pint of raspberries, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of pure cane sugar

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine flour + brown sugar + baking powder + milk + extract + olive oil, mix well
  • Heat a large skillet sprayed with nonstick oil over medium heat
  • Meanwhile, combine raspberries + lemon juice + sugar + 2 tbsp. of water in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, reduce + simmer for a few minutes, remove from heat
  • Strain raspberry sauce if you don’t want seeds, but it won’t be as thick that way
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of batter at a time, spreading it in a thin, layer all around the bottom of the pan, cook 2-3 minutes, flip + cook another 2 minutes, remove + repeat with batter
  • To serve, spread 1 tbsp. of peanut butter on one half of the crepe + top with a handful of pretzel crumbles + top with a lil raspberry drizzle, roll up + top with more raspberry drizzle, serve warm, room temp or cold
  • Grab a couple of these handheld babies + do the hokey pokey all around the kitchen

 

Crepe batter from here!

Blueberry Pancakes

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I made Garrett do yoga with me tonight.

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I need to set the scene for you.

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My husband is the ultimate hunk-asaurus. He’s just a built, beautiful, big ole bear of a man. He’s full of energy and is literally always moving. Even when relaxing, he’s moving, i.e. biting his nails, shaking his legs, tapping his toes – the man cannot sit still.

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Lately he’s been talking about needing to stretch more. I capitalized on this opportunity by suggesting an activity I can beat him at – YOGA!!! Marriage is fun. Anyways, we’re all set. We’re on our mats (the carpet) and our minds are right. I turn the video on and the nice little woman calls us sweet little muffins or something and he bursts into a giggle fit and threatens to quit. I pull him back in, though, and we’re rolling. We’re in mountain pose and he starts bouncing. I’m all “stop moving & breathe!” and he is all “I can’t I love mountain pose!!!!” Happy baby pose is also a crowd favorite. I’m thinking this could be our new thing when all of a sudden, the toots start to roll in. My bubble of zen has popped.

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We finish the session and he’s like, “wow yeah I think I just found my chi.” He doesn’t know what that means and still cannot pronounce namaste.

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: Like a dozen cakeypans!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of blueberry Greek yogurt (I even used the kind with REAL BLUEBERRRRRRIEESSS)
  • 1 1/2 cups of skim milk
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. of butter, melted + cooled
  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries, rinsed

How to:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour + baking powder + baking soda + cinnamon + salt
  • In another bowl, combine yogurt + milk + syrup + eggs + vanilla
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry + whisk
  • Whisk in butter
  • Fold in blueberries
  • Coat a skillet with cooking spray + heat over just under medium heat
  • Using a 1/4 cup scoop, scoop some batter into the pan
  • Cook until lil bubbles start to form in the top + flip, cook another 2 minutes
  • Repeat
  • Stack cakeypans as high as possible + body slam self of top of pile + let them explode everywhere

 

Y’all know I can’t bake. Adapted from this!

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/01/16/whole-wheat-blueberry-pancakes/

 

PB&J Stuffed Pancakes

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Another weekend, another freakin’ fair I end up at.

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The Washington state fair is happening and it’s the biggest hillbilly parade I think I’ve ever seen.

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I know I’m from Tennessee & I have very little room to discuss this topic, but I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer. We walked in & our friend was like, “We gotta watch the Mutton Busting!” I’ll give you all a couple of seconds to guess what that is before I reveal to you the disturbing answer.

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We walk up to this miniature bull riding pit sans all of the bulls. Instead, there is a herd of sheep in the corner. (Is it a herd if it’s sheep? Idk). There is an obnoxious announcer in leather chaps. He blows his horn & out comes an angry sheep with a HUMAN CHILD ON IT’S BACK. The child soon falls off & gets physically trampled by the sheep. The parents of said child are hooping & hollering like their spawn has not just gotten run over by a farm animal. I’m not a mother, but who willingly signs a child up for this? There are literally one million other activities that are safer than Mutton Busting.

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I did, however, get some gnarly popcorn shrimp out of a trailer so it was a good day.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 5 stuffed pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp. of cornmeal
  • 3 tbsp. of rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. of granulated cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1.5 cups of skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. of butter + more for cooking
  • Peanut butter, for stuffing
  • Strawberry jelly, for stuffing

How to:

  • Whisk together dry ingredients through salt in a large bowl
  • Add milk + egg + butter, whisk
  • Heat some butter in a nonstick pan over low-medium heat
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan, cook for 2-3 minutes or until it starts bubbling
  • Flip pancake + cook another 2-3 minutes, remove from pan
  • Add another 1/4 cup of batter, cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Meanwhile, spread other pancake with plenty of PB&J
  • Add to the pancake in the pan + flip, cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Repeat until all of the batter is gone
  • Must rub pancakes all over face – do not skip this the warm PB is exfoliating

 

Idea came from last month’s Cooking Light: http://www.cookinglight.com/food/everyday-menus/make-ahead-breakfast/pbj-stuffed-multigrain-pancakes