Weekend Wrap Up [Valentine’s Day]

I must say, this was one of my most favorite Valentine’s Days EVER. Mostly because we were involved in saving Stella, but also because we had lots of time together. Friday was mostly spent crying over dogs at the shelter but we did have a yummy dinner at a new local restaurant and ran into some of our neighbors (goal this year? Spend time hanging out with the neighbors).

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On Saturday, we started the day with a stack of pink pancakes, a side of eggs, and lots of smiles because I had confirmation that we could bust sweet Stella out of the shelter. Next time, I’ll add more food coloring to the mix. I was going for ombre but it was a little off; although, still delicious.

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My husband got a record player for Christmas, so he’s slowly been building his collection. We don’t usually do Valentine’s Day gifts (just a nice dinner and some quality time together), but I surprised him with two new albums: Bruce Springsteen (Tunnel of Love) and Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman). The Springsteen album even had a song called “Valentine’s Day” on it. I also got an adorable bottle of wine called “Monogamy”, which seemed fitting for newlyweds.

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After we got Stella out of doggie jail and to her foster’s house, we decided to stop in Ass Clown Brewery in Cornelius. We had a few flights of their super creative beers (I can’t believe how many they have!). Even more so, I can’t believe we ran into my husband’s cousin and his wife who live in Charleston at the brewery. Small world! We had a great time catching up with them and may have indulged in a few more beers while we chatted.

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My pretty pink Lilly Pulitzer “Elsa” top got RIPPED by the crate for Stella before we got to the brewery. Of course, I didn’t notice until we were in a public location and then I wanted to cry. But my hubs made it (somewhat) better when he told me our dinner was at Passion8, which has been one of our favorite restaurants to go to as a couple.

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They had a special menu for Valentine’s Day and only three seatings for the evening. My favorite courses were the soup (it was cold outside) and dessert. I passed on their creative cocktails because of the beer we had earlier in the day. Everything was delicious, as always, but again… that desert. It had NUTELLA. Always a winner for me.

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Like I said, it was a perfect Valentine’s weekend, with my perfect Valentine. I love this Walt Whitman quote (and print by Makewells). Hope your weekend was filled with love and happiness, too!

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Guyday Friday [Perfect Pancakes]

Creating pancakes for breakfast seemed hard for the longest time…. and then I actually tried. And they weren’t half bad. And they’re actually quite easy (which I can say now that I’ve been making them for years, but trust me, they’re not that hard!).

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To make the easiest pancakes you’ll ever make, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (or 1 cup white flour, 1/2 cup wheat flour)
  • tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 TBS coconut oil (can use 2 TBS vegetable oil if coconut oil isn’t in your pantry!)
  • Griddle (I love this one that we got for our wedding!) or hot non-stick skillet with 1 TBS melted butter

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Directions:

  • Mix the dry ingredients first
  • Pour in 1 1/4 cup milk (you may need more but hold off for now), mix in with dry ingredients
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and oil, use whisk to mix  (it shouldn’t be totally smooth)
  • IF you want to add in fruit (or chocolate chips, now is the time – add and mix well

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  • Griddle should be heated to 350 degrees, or skillet on med-high heat
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  • Use 1/4 cup measuring cup to drop pancakes on skillet/griddle

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  • Once you see bubbles start appearing on side that’s facing up, you can flip to the other side
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  • It should take about 2 minutes on each side but depends on how big/thick your pancakes are
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  • Serve immediately. If you have extras, put them in tupperware or a sandwich bag and refrigerate them.

PS – we’ve been drinking almond milk for a while now and recently discovered this disclaimer on the back of the carton:

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“SILK ALMOND MILK WILL STAY FRESH 7-10 DAYS IN REFRIGERATOR AFTER OPENING”

…even though the expiration date is in December? Gross. Now we write the date in permanent marker on the cap once we open the carton. So, yeah.

Anyway, give the pancakes a shot. The first one is always the trickiest. And your whole first batch might be a fail, but you’ll get the hang of it. And you’ll love them. Also? It only takes about 15 minutes to make a batch of these babies!