Saturday, October 2, 2010

Last night of freedom

Since I'm re-taking the GRE next Friday, I only allowed myself to make plans last night. It was a fun night filled with relaxation and some of my favorite things...

Brie, fig preserves, the Enjoy cracker sampler, strawberries, and 2 of my favorite inexpensive bottles of wine (shared of course haha). It was the first time I tried the President Light Brie...it was great! Since it was 30% fewer calories and 50% less fat, I was a little skeptical. However, it was just as creamy and delicious as the full fat/calories version:) I'm definitely getting that again! A few years ago, I was introduced to pairing brie and fruit...such an amazing combination! Since then, brie is not complete without a little fig preserves or pear jam to top it off! Be sure to try it next time you have brie! Since we had some sparkling wine, I thought strawberries and chocolate (for me) would be a nice combination. Our grocery store has such a nice organic aisle so I decided to get some of my favorite chocolate instead of ice cream. I chose the Dagoba Beaucoup Berries bar: 72% cacao, with pure vanilla and dried cranberries and cherries. My FAVORITE Dagoba bar is the Lavender Blueberry bar:) Unfortunately, grocery stores don't typically carry it. I bet they'd have it at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods.

Here are a few pictures from last night:






I decided that I would wake up early this morning and make something fun for breakfast! Breakfast food is one of my favorites probably because most Saturday mornings growing up, I'd wake up to the smell of my Mom's famous pancakes and warm syrup :)  Since fall has finally arrived, I have been craving anything and everything pumpkin...so I decided to make Pumpkin Pancakes! See below for the recipe....

Pumpkin Pancakes (Vegan)

Mix together dry ingredients:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Mix together the wet ingredients:
1 cup canned pumpkin (make sure it's not the pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.....and then you have your batter! Make sure you taste it before you start making the pancakes. You might want to add more pumpkin pie spice depending on your taste. These weren't too tricky to cook, but my normal pancake recipe is very thin (think crepes) so these definitely take a lot longer to cook. There were REALLY good!! :) I will be making these again soon.

5 comments:

  1. I'll drive 4 hours to try your yummy pancakes. Put these on the menu for my next visit. Mom

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  2. We are going to try these in the morning. I'll try to let you know how they turn out! Hopefully I will have more luck than I did with my Pumpkin Pies yesterday!

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  3. that sounds great, i hope they turn out well!:)

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