June 2011 Archives

Jude's party this year was a PVZ (PLants vs. Zombies) themed party.  You would think that since the game is fairly popular on a number of platforms and it features common plant, I would be able to easily find things to meet the theme.  I t was a bit more challenging than I thought.

Kudos to PopCap for giving a free template for party invitations, envelopes, and thank yous instead of licensing them.  I took there design and modified my own in Photoshop:
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My sister Lisa couldn't resist buying Jude this shirt as a birthday gift. This photo, as well as others of the partygoers (with PopCap zombies showing up) were our thank you notes...
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We also had road cones (which Aunt Cathie enjoyed) for conehead zombies and attempted a game...
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Cathie was responsible for the brain jello mold.  She said the invitation said we were having ice cream and brains, so we had better deliver...
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The cake was created with food-colored pistachios, walnuts, hand-dipped chocolate sunflowers, gummy cherries, and gummy chili peppers.  Party favors included similar items...
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As I mentioned back with the White Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes, Chris loves to tease me that my pancakes are too much like candy.

I decided to make this flavor like his favorite brand of ginger snap.  He likes Stauffer's Ginger Snaps for two reasons: first is the last of preservatives and second is the addition of chili powder and red pepper for extra kick.

Dry Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp table sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 pinch chili powder
Wet Ingredients, Beaten Together
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

This recipe was a combination of traditional pancakes, gingerbread cookies, and a the inspiration from the Stauffer's bag.  It's got a kick, so serve with milk or whipped cream.
I think that what we get for putting up with all the other stuff of Central Pennsylvania (like the allergens) is that we have Gardner's Candies

If you have never had a Garnder's peanut butter meltaway, I feel very, very sad for you.  If you have, but have moved far away and know what you are now missing, I feel worse.

So here's a pancake to make you feel better...

Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Wet Ingredients, Beaten Together
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
Mix wet and dry together.   You may need to mash down the pancake batter as it is rather thick. 

And if you think this recipe is just a tad to sweet, the next recipe kicks it up a notch with crushed red pepper and chili powder...
Me: Karenna, I always wanted a daughter.  You turned out to be everything I could have ever wanted in a daughter and more.  I couldn't me more proud of you.  Everyone I know gives me compliments on you.  But [weeping tears of joy] these pancakes are the best thing that has ever come from me.
Karenna [stuffing mouth with pancakes whilst giving me a dirty look]: Hey!

Dry Ingredientsvanilla.jpg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp real vanilla (do NOT under any circumstances go all cheap on my recipe with that imitation crap or I will personally disown your work)
Wet Ingredients, Beaten Together
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
Combine wet and dry ingredients and smell the aroma that I can't even begin to convey here. Know the joy of creating something akin to parenting.  Then eat it.  If you want a pancake that is a bit more rich, try the Peanut Butter Meltaway Pancake...

Anyone can do plain old chocolate chip pancakes, but replace a little table sugar with brown sugar and you've got chocolate chip cookie pancakes:

Dry Ingredients
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Center: Chocolate Cookie Spice Pancakes, Left: Pumpkin Pancakes, Right: Banana Pancakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Wet Ingredients, Beaten Together
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
Combine wet and dry ingredients for cookie goodness!  But if you really want a pancake that will make you weep, a pancake worth trading in your firstborn (sorry, Karenna), try the Brown Sugar Vanilla Pancake...
Chris turned me on to this recipe for White Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes: ...and yet he make fun of my Chocolate Chip Cookie flavored pancakes. Hmm...
Much like the Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from yesterday's post, banana pancakes are a flavor I make when I have leftovers. 

I'm not sure how I make them. It varies every time.  I either make it up as I go along.  Combine a regular pancake recipe with a banana bread recipe.  Use an actual banana pancake recipe.  Or use the pumpkin spice recipe and substitute bananas, like so:

Dry Ingredients
Tip: Use an ice cream scoop to drop pancake batter evenly onto your griddle.
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Wet Ingredients, Beaten Together
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and you have another pancake that is great for using up excess fruit and can be good with or without syrup.

Up next, White Chocolate Blueberry Pancakes...


So if you follow my on Twitter (@nikkimk) or are my friend on Facebook, you know I have been crazy for making flavored pancakes lately.  So I thought I'd blog my pancake recipes here for all of you.

Let's start with a recipe that is not my own but once that I've found and bookmarked from other sites:DSC00914.JPG

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from The Comfort of Cooking

In Fall of 2009 there was a pumpkin shortage,and my local grocery store limited the amount of pumpkin I could buy.  So this meant that I had a major craving for pumpkin and stocked it like a fiend in Fall of 2010.

What did I do with that leftover canned pumpkin?  I made pumpkin pie.  I made pumpkin bread.  I made pumpkin cake.  And then I found this recipe for pumpkin pancakes, which is divine with maple syrup or just with a little powdered sugar.

And it would have remained my all-time favorite pancake flavor, if it hadn't been for another flavor on the list...

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