Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Last week week was super busy with Kids Crusade and a trip to the Georgia Aquarium. Most of this week was spent at the hospital with my mom. We have ate so much take out and junk food ya’ll! When I mysteriously ended up with a quiet evening to myself I went for comfort food, chocolate chip pancakes. The combination of chocolate and maple are heaven. Seriously!! If you’ve never had chocolate chip pancakes, you’ve got to try them.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 c milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted

Combine the milk and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium high heat. Pour the batter onto the griddle, making pancakes the size you desire. Sprinkle chocolate chips onto the batter. Flip pancakes when bubbles start to appear. Remove pancakes when lightly browned.

All I can say is Yummm!!!

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Breakfast for Supper

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After a long week, and an extremely long day, what could be better for supper beside breakfast? The simplicity of a quick meal is not to be underrated, plus anything that includes bacon is ok with this girl.

I crave the simple things in life. We get so busy doing “good things” that we fail to move slow enough to enjoy the everyday pleasures. The pleasure of the laughter of your child, the comfort of a good cup of tea with a friend, the contentment of a chocolate chip cookie made by Mom, these are the kind of things that I don’t want to miss out on. You see that laughter means your spending time with a precious child, that cup of tea means you are stealing a moment with a good friend and that cookie means your with your Mom. These are the things that are important,  important enough to slow down and pay attention to.

Blueberry Syrup

I think we may finally be done with the stomach virus here. It has seemed like as soon as one person was well the next person caught it. Now that it has gone through the entire family maybe we can move on with life.

Anyhow, those of us who are better need something to eat. Something easy on the tummy. We had crackers, toast and soup but wanted something else so we decided on pancakes for dinner. Pancakes hit the spot. But for those of us who were totally over the stomach virus, a little something extra was wanted. Blueberry syrup was the something extra.

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Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 c blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 c sugar
  •  1 c water

Place the berries, water and sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Once the berries start to simmer mash some of the fruit up. You don’t want to squish all the fruit, you just want to help release some of the yummy blueberry flavor. Turn the heat to medium and stir often. Simmer until the mixture thickens.

There’s something comforting about pancakes and syrup, especially when it’s blueberry syrup.

The Gift of an Adventure, Part 1

For my mom’s birthday my sister and I gave her the gift of an adventure. This weekend she cashed it in. We had an incredible weekend full of great sights, phenomenal food and very little sleep but most of all a weekend full of wonderful memories that I will cherish forever.  We started out bright and early so the first order of the day was breakfast.

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We made a decision to try new things and new places, to stop whenever we saw something that interested us. First Watch was our breakfast stop. None of us had eaten there before. We soon discovered that we were in for a real treat.  I ordered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Fresh, whipped ricotta cheese added to a multi-grain batter topped with marinated berries and creamy lemon curd served with pure maple syrup. These pancakes could be eaten without any toppings. Yes, they were that good but the berries and lemon curd added so much flavor. All I can say is incredible.

We were so busy enjoying our day that we skipped lunch but we definitely didn’t skip snacks like this. An old fashioned ice cream soda, chocolate flavored of course, served at a cute little drug store named Gilchrist Drug. Chocolate, milk, soda water and ice cream all combined to make an afternoon snack worth stopping in for.

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When we finally got around to eating supper we were famished. Spit Fire Shrimp and mushrooms filled with seafood dressing, bacon and jack cheese were the first things to arrive at the table. I ate so much that I didn’t think I’d have room for my meal. I was wrong.

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Speegle is as good as it looks, actually better. Simply put speegle is pasta with roasted garlic cream and grilled shrimp topped with cheese and the perfect amount of seasoning. I was stuffed, Mom was stuffed and so was my sister and since it was after nine, and we had several hours drive to get home, we decided to call it a day. Oh but what a day it was. It was a birthday treat for my mom but I think all three of us lucked out.