Hello! How was your weekend?
My Saturday started with pancakes and biking == awesome.
I had my eye on this tempting combination of coffee pancakes for a few weeks. I only had one packet of instant coffee so I used that plus 1 tablespoon chai latte mix. They still turned out great, but I would love to make a really coffee-y batch sometime.
My pancakes were also a little thin, but cooked well…less fluffy than other ‘cakes but still a delicious breakfast.
Recipe from Eat, Live, Run
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk, well shaken
1 large egg
2 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Combine, in a medium bowl, the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Combine, in a small bowl, the buttermilk, egg, instant coffee granules and melted butter.
Beat until well combined and coffee granules have dissolved.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Mix until just combined (batter will still be slightly lumpy – be sure to not overmix).
Scoop batter onto a preheated, non-stick sprayed skillet using a 1/4 cup measure.
Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side and flip.
Serve with butter, maple syrup and more coffee.
After my carb-loading, I biked along the Raccoon River Valley Trail — while enjoying the bright, sunny weather and enduring the terribly depressing latest episode of This American Life. Being open to the good and bad in the world all at the same time makes you feel terribly alive, I suppose.
The rest of the day was relaxing with David and then girls night with my friend Kate.
Here are the highlights:
Free noodles and unexpectedly free giant Rice Krispie bars
East Village wandering that led to the discovery of the Arrested Development Workout Plan with exercises like The Buster Bluth One-Arm Row, The Bluth Family Chicken Dance, and the “Way to Plant, Ann” Wall Sit.
LOST viewing and realizing how many stories, plots, and characters we forgot
Hair dying – just like the good old college days
Sunday, David and I walked and walked! It was so nice out, we took three walks totaling around 2 1/2 hours. We have been enjoying so much outdoor time with the cooler-than-normal summer we’ve had.
We couldn’t help but talk about what a fun summer it has been…last week we went to the Adel Sweet Corn Festival, starting with a parade just a few blocks from our house.
We got free ears of sweet corn, with butter, salt, pepper, and complimentary toothpicks for the inevitable tooth-picking needed afterward.
After a particularly warm Sunday afternoon walk, we decided smoothies were needed. I wanted to try out coconut milk in my smoothie for a tropical twist. It was so refreshing!
Coconut Fruit Smoothie
2 large handfuls spinach
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
Blend all ingredients until liquefied. Enjoy.
By no means pretty, but light, fruity, and refreshing. I’m not the hugest coconut lover, but I will be making this summery drink more often.
I’m also looking forward to my next recipe:
from Shugary Sweets
Don’t those look amazing?
Well, David and I are off for another walk…talk to you later!