Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Saturdays

I’m taking life in right now.  Yesterday (Saturday), Paul and I had such a fun day.  He has been working extremely hard.  The week before last, he worked about 60 hours.  On Friday of this week, he worked about 15.  That was in addition to the 40+ that he had already worked this week.  I got up early as I usually do and he slept in so I decided that he deserved a little Saturday morning love in the form of pancakes. 

For some reason, I have been craving pancakes lately and we had some blueberries that needed to be used.  I love Sarah’s blog and went directly there for a pancake recipe.  She loves pancakes and has an arsenal of pancake recipes, a lot of which I have wanted to try for a while.  Although I adapted it a bit, the original recipe would have been extremely perfect too.  This one was really great.  One of my most favorite flavor combos is peanut butter, banana and honey, especially for breakfast.  So I forwent the syrup and dressed mine with PB, honey and some banana slices.  Paul went with traditional syrup and butter and he said they tasted like banana bread.  Pretty sure you can’t go wrong with pancakes that taste like banana bread! 

These were super easy to throw together.  They were really moist and really good leftover too!  Here’s a rundown of the rest of our Saturday:

Lunch at the Plaza at California Pizza Kitchen. Paul had BBQ Chicken Pizza and I had half Thai Crunch Salad with avocado instead of chicken.

Art of the Chopper exhibit at Union Station.  It was really awesome.  If you have any interest in motorcycles, I would recommend it, it’s very affordable entertainment!

A tour around Lake Waukomis in the Northland.

Some shopping and music at Zona Rosa.  We found Heavenly Olive Oils and Vinegars and purchased some 18 year-aged Balsamic Vinegar.  They had lots of oils and vinegars to taste!

Dinner at The Legends shopping center in Kansas City, KS. We had Cheeseburger in Paradise and heard some really good music and we decided that we need to make it a point to hear live music more often!

And one final stop at the campus of our church in Leawood, KS so that Paul could pick up something that he needed for today’s worship services.

By the time we made it home, we were pretty exhausted but feeling so blessed by our amazing day together. 

 

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Blueberry Banana Oat Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (use only 1 cup if you prefer whole-wheat)
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups 2% milk
2 eggs
2 Tbs. canola oil
1 cup blueberries, washed and rinsed
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed

Directions:

Pulse the oats in a food processor until they resemble sand.

Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, whisk and set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk vanilla, milk, eggs and canola oil. Slowly add into the dry ingredients and mix well. .

Fold in blueberries and mashed banana.

Preheat an electric griddle or large skillet on the stove. Butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon 1/3 cup of the batter onto the griddle or skillet. Flip when the edges begin to dry and bubbles form. Serve with syrup, peanut butter, more fruit, powdered sugar, etc.

 

23 Responses to “Summer Saturdays”

  1. #
    Parsley Sage — August 1, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    I love the Saturday you had! Sounds fantastic and a good way to de-stress after a crazy work week. Lovely pancakes too! Berrylicious :) Buzzed

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    Tina — August 1, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    I know the importance of making the time together special-my husband used to work 7 days a week. It looks like you both had a wonderful day together, starting with those tasty pancakes.
    I like the fact these have ground oats in them-Yum!

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    Bev Weidner — August 1, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    l.o.v.e.

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    Autumn @ Good Eats Girl — August 1, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Sounds like you guys had a great day! And those pancakes look amazing!!!

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    BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} — August 1, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    These look so good!! Love the banana-blueberry-oat combo!!

  6. #
    carlyklock — August 1, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    I've been craving pancakes like crazy lately, too!

    You guys had quite a day – Paul really rallied after such a long week.

  7. #
    Sandra — August 1, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    It seems like I am craving pancakes all the time:)) I love your Saturday, looks like you had some time to relax and enjoy! Love your recipe for pancakes..great combination!

  8. #
    claire — August 1, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    I have been craving blueberry pancakes like MAD lately! I guess it's a sign to make them!

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — August 1, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    Aw it's so great that you woke up early and prepared something of him. My boyfriend and I are very similar. He works so ridiculously hard. It's nice to surprise him with some of his favorite meals on the weekend. Glad to hear you both had a great time :)

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    Laurie@The Baking Bookworm — August 1, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Your Saturday sounds perfect! We're big pancake eaters here too. These look amazing!

    I'm also a balsamic vinegar lover. On a trip to Italy 4 years ago my favourite thing that I brought back was 21 year old balsamic. You'd have thought it was liquid gold!

  11. #
    Ann — August 1, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    Okay – I LOVE your Saturday! Sounds like great fun! Congrats for the Top 9 on your amazing pasta recipe!

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    Sarah — August 1, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Sounds like a lovely Saturday and perfect summer weekend! We soaked in some rare Seattle sun at the pool….dreamy. These pancakes look so, so gooood!! I have a huge box of blueberries that need to be put in some pancakes right away!

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    Erin — August 1, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    Love that you had such a great day, and got to spend time together! Sounds like you guys had lots of fun! These pancakes sound like a great breakfast! I love trying new pancake recipes!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 1, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    What a week! He definitely deserved these pancakes…and I love your adaptation! I will have to try your tricks this upcoming weekend :) Thanks for the shout out. Hope this week is calmer and still ends with an awesome pancake Saturday!

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 1, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

    Glad you were able to have some relaxing time together! And I bet Paul appreciated these pancakes as much as I will. They look killer! Blueberries are my favorite fruit with pancakes! Nice! : )

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    purabi naha — August 2, 2011 @ 2:26 am

    Pancakes are something I love to have anytime! Loved reading your post. I am happy that you have spent some "quality time" together!

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    Peggy — August 2, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    You guys definitely deserved that fun-filled Saturday! And so sweet of you to treat Paul to those pancakes while he slept in!

    I definitely feel ya on having your other half work a ton! Andy's been working pretty hard himself lately – but we've both got this upcoming weekend off together so we plan to make use of it!

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    meeshiesmom — August 2, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    What a great Saturday! Those blueberry pancakes look so good. I have a recipe for scratch pancake mix that keeps well in the pantry, now I know what I'm making for breakfast…
    Karen

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — August 2, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Yum! If I could have a stack of those every saturday morning my summer would be perfect! I'm so very tempted to try these now for brunch. Thanks for sharing!

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    kita — August 2, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Oh I have got to try this! Love me some blueberries lately and oats… oh yeah, this would be Sunday morning heaven!

  21. #
    Kate@Diethood — August 2, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Those pancakes sound fabulous!! I want your Saturday! :)

  22. #
    Butrcreamblondi — August 2, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    Sounds like you guys had a great Saturday! These pancakes sound so good, love the addition of oats!

  23. #
    lorna vanderhaeghe — August 4, 2011 @ 4:33 am

    Oats lend a thicker dough to the pancake recipe.

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