Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cake Batter Pancakes



 Cake Batter Pancakes

I found the most perfect way to celebrate a Birthday Breakfast called Cake Batter Pancakes.  Yes, they are as delicious as they sound.  I used the Betty Crocker Bisquick Recipe because it seemed like the easiest way to go but there are several variations out there.  The pancakes were tried and tested by my family and I and they got high approval by us all!  I can't wait to make more on my sons' birthday.

Ingredients
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup yellow cake mix
3 tablespoons candy sprinkles ( I may have used a little more because we are BIG sprinkle fans)
1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (regular milk will do)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Organic Eggs

Glaze & Garnish*
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla  

*we skipped the glaze and just used whip cream



Directions

1.  Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with cooking spray, vegetable oil or shortening. (Surface is ready when a few drops of water sprinkled on it dance and disappear.)

2.  In medium bowl, stir together pancake ingredients until blended. Pour by slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until pancakes are golden brown. Stack on serving plates.

3.  In small bowl, beat powdered sugar, milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with whisk until smooth.

4.  To serve, top each serving with glaze and additional candy sprinkles.  You can also have fun with it by adding chocolate syrup, whip cream, candles, ect.  You can also try making them with different flavored cake mixes.  I heard red velvet is really good. 

I stacked them up with chocolate syrup, whip cream, and plenty of candy sprinkles and they barely even needed syrup.  We sliced them up like a cake and enjoyed.  This was a real treat for my husband and son when they got home from Baseball Practice.  I should have captured the look on my sons' face when he saw them.  They were delicious and I can't wait to make more and maybe try some different variations.  Leave me a message and let me know how you like them and if you've don anything to make yours unique.

Luvs,

Alice

 link to the original recipe- http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cake-batter-pancakes



Monday, June 3, 2013

Blackboard

I was recently going through some old Domino decorating magazines and came across a blackboard table cloth.  I instantly fell in love with this idea and began a search for one of my own.  I bought this one at JoAnn's Craft store for $3.99 a yard.  Although it wasn't wide enough for a tablecloth it made a great runner.  This websight actually sells a wider width for a little more.

Since the fabric is made of a thick vinyl there is no need for a hem, because it won't unravel, so it's pretty easy to use.  Once you get your desired length you have to cure the cloth by rubbing chalk all over and then wiping it away. This has to be done two times before use.  This is such are so fun idea for the kids!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Oh Mother


me and my pretty mamma 
circa 1976


  I hope you all had a beautiful Mother's Day.  Becoming a mother 8 years ago was one of the greatest, if not the greatest blessing ever to happen to me.  Having a child changed my priorities and gave me a whole new outlook on life.  My days are now spent constanly cooking, cleaning up, helping with homework, listening to books being read out loud, and sports of all kinds.  I never followed nor paid much attention to basketball and baseball but I do now and I am so grateful for it.  I thank God everyday for my little family.

      Before becoming a mother, Mother's Day had a different meaning.  It was a very special day in honor of my own Mother and how important she was in my life.  Now that she has passed on, Mother's Day has a new meaning to me.  I no longer have the beloved relationship that I had only with my mother but now I am making that relationship with my own child.  The first Mother's Day without mamma was so hard, I remember being tearful most of the day thinking about her.  Today, Mother's Day is still bittersweet but I am so grateful for being a mother and making new memories with my son.  Life doesn't always work out how you expect it and at times it may be full of sadness but we must be strong and carry on to live and enjoy the moments that bring smiles to our face and memories not to be forgotten.

He makes me smile...




My Baby Boy 
circa 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wake Up Breakfast

This is my favorite breakfast from a plant based whole grain diet.

Whole grain shredded wheat
Fresh organic blueberries
Walnuts
Chia seeds
Whole grain oat flakes
Organic vanilla almond milk

Yum! This gets me energized and keeps me satisfied for hours.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Grunge Monday

I love being comfortable and wearing comfy clothes.  It's just me.  Here I am wearing a striped maxi dress in a rust color paired with a vintage flannel.  I'm ready to meet a good friend for lunch. 


Happy Monday.  I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday.  Ours was wonderful, exhausting at the end of the day but we had a great day.

Hearts,

Miss Alice

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Back On My Feet



My walking cast was taken off mid March and I am just now getting used to being back on my feet.  My foot is still off balance and needs some work but I'm getting there.  I had never broken anything in my life before this injury and I had no idea what to expect.  My whole leg was useless for a solid 6 weeks and I did everything I could to keep from being completely miserable.  I used my crutches a lot and tried to do as much as I could do given the condition I was in.  I went grocery shopping (I rode the scooter, yes I did), which was interesting and I went to all of my sons games and functions.

While off my foot, I became very concerned about my fitness level because I had been very active prior to this injury, hence why I broke my foot in two places.  I ended up watching a lot of documentaries on plant based and whole grain diets, vegan diets, juicing...you get the idea.  I began to eat mainly plant based and whole grain, not 100% because I do have a little boy and a husband that has not grasped this concept yet but for the most part I modified my diet.  I recommend that everyone see Forks over Knives it will change your life for the better.

I also saw a much kinder side of humanity.  I had many doors opened for me and many people that came to help me load groceries or carry packages.  Everyone was very kind and sincere.  I also heard several horror stories of broken legs and feet that never heeled and looked quite scary once removing the cast.  However, I have healed well and will keep praying for a full recovery and no more fractures. For the record, my leg was very normal looking once removing the cast...I carefully followed all of doctors orders and never got the cast wet.

As for living on crutches it was not easy.  I still have marks under my arms from carrying my weight and perhaps holding the crutches wrong. Using crutches is a lot of upper body strength that I was not used to.  I have a whole new respect and empathy for anyone that is missing a limb or anything like that.  Everything is so hard to do. Most days I just watched documentaries and did not do much else.  But there are people out there that don't have a choice and live out their lives without the use of a body part and they are amazing.  I am so thankful to have my cast off and able to be back to my old self.  In a way, I think it was a nice break to take it easy and slow down for a change.  My husband has become quite the cook and my son was always happy to help.  I'm now going to the gym and have begun running a little bit at a time.  I still get achey but I'm more more aware of my body and now know the importance of taking it easy.  We all need little breaks from time to time.   

Miss Alice

Monday, January 21, 2013

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss is so adorable and I'm so glad she decided to cut her locks into this cute little bob.  I am completely envious of it.  I'm very tempted to chop all of my hair off right now.


photo credit
http://www.bellasugar.com