Granola Yogurt Pancakes, and Mishaps at Target

targetToday we had a very unsanitary snack time in the family restroom at Target. My play date for the morning cancelled so off we went to browse the electronic section to waste time. And at 10:30 a.m. just like that the melt down happened. At the same moment I needed to pee, so the family restroom seemed like a good idea.

Once inside, I one-handed an 8 oz bottle to Everett in his car seat, feeding myself a banana in the other. Meanwhile, Asher devoured a new purchased snack bag of Oreos, running his hands all along the walls and sink as he did so just out of reach from me so I couldn’t stop him. Jokingly, he threw the bag in the trash only to find that’s where they would stay, and then spent 5 minutes trying to fish it out screaming “MY COOOOOKIES!!” As we walked out 10 minutes later to a bewildered looking family waiting their turn, Asher happily asked me “Are we going to the pancake store??” Which, of course, we were not because no such thing exists. But it did remind me of the greatest pancake recipe from the aptly named Pancakes and Waffles cookbook by Lous Seibert Pappas. These are especially good because they are so simple, and seem so fancy if you are serving brunch!

1 1/2 cups granola
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups plain yogurt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola or nut oil, plus extra for greasing

In a bowl, combine the granola, flours, sugar, baking powder,
cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In another bow, beat or whisk
together the yogurt, eggs, and oil. Add the yogurt mixture to the dry
ingredients and mix just until combined.

Heat the griddle or large skillet over medium heat and grease lightly.
For each pancake, spoon or pour about 1/4 cup batter on the hot
griddle. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look
dry, about 2 minutes. Turn over and cook until golden brown, about 1
minute more. Serve immediately or transfer pancakes to a baking sheet
and keep warm in a 200 degree F oven. Top with syrup.

Take It With a Grain of Salt, and a Smile

Amanda Profile PictureI am not a gardener. I do not sprout my own peas, grow upside down tomatoes, blend my own toxin-free home cleaners or room sprays, nor do I buy bulk dried beans and store them in mason jars. I have never marinated olive oils or made a wreath. I would love nothing more than to be that person. But I’m not. I don’t water plants. I don’t recycle containers in clever ways. I don’t follow directions well. I spend hard-earned money on unimportant items like a soap dispenser at the Container Store. And by the time I usually get around to finishing the almonds at the bottom of that $8 bag, they are stale. So why am I writing a food blog??

What I AM is a mom on a budget, a home cook, a full-time worker who spends two mind-numbing hours commuting on a train every day, a Virgo thrown into the mix, and a vegetarian. So I have the challenge of feeding three adults (we also feed our world-class nanny who deserves a medal for Best Nanny Ever Period so here you go Alisha – it’s official on my new blog!), and two young boys for around $100 a week.

Making sure that my family is stuffed and eating healthy, nutritious food is vital to me. Cooking the most amount of food in the least amount of time. This is essential. Meal planning.  I have First World Problems, I know. But I thought I would share with you my family and my part-time hobby that consumes me for more hours than I care to admit every week: FOOD. While life is chaotic, I always have the grocery store to look forward to. I take life and my cooking with a grain of salt and a smile, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

So kick up your feet if you don’t have kids… or spend 20 minutes cleaning up spat up pears like I do and THEN kick up your feet after the kids are in bed because you’re now too exhausted to enjoy a hot bath, and read my blog!