Monday, October 2, 2017

Brendan's Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Greetings faithful blog readers,

First of all, what happened in Vegas last night was a horrible tragedy. I hope our nation will make changes in order to become a safer place. I believe that laws will do more to protect us than words. I believe our current system is not okay. Other than these simple thoughts, I'm extra grateful for my loved ones today. I can't imagine the loss many families are facing; I wish no one had to endure such a thing, and I believe such a country is possible. It's easy to feel powerless, but we do have power when it comes to electing our representatives, and I hope people remember that.

On a much lighter note...

Brendan and I just enjoyed a lovely working weekend. We worked on conference papers, did school work in preparation for our upcoming absences, and caught up on laundry. Even though the weekend was about working, Brendan treated us both to an amazing breakfast on Saturday morning. It set the tone for the entire day (it was another rainy one, but after a week of rain, we're finally back to sunny skies). Since it's the perfect fall breakfast, I promised myself I'd share it with you.

Ingredients:
Pancakes:
1 cup pancake mix (we are currently using Kodiak Cakes) mixed with 1/4 cup apple juice & 3/4 cup water (instead of plain water).
1/2 cup of apples, diced.
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Syrup
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves

Directions:

Before starting, you can pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees, so you can keep your pancakes warm.

1.) Heat a pan to medium/high heat and use non-stick spray or oil to grease the pan
2.) Mix pancake mix with water, apple juice, cinnamon, and diced apples
3.) Prepare pancakes according to package directions on mix
4.) Whisk together syrup ingredients
5.) Top pancakes with syrup
6.) Try to get over how delicious they are (you can't!)

Cook and Prep Time (with eggs): 30 Minutes
Deliciousness Factor: 4.625 out of 5 stars (Brendan always gives these a complicated rating because he thinks he's funny).



If you are going for the spouse of the day award (which Brendan won on Saturday!), serve with a homemade pumpkin spice latte.



We also checked out Mother at Cinergy in Odessa on Saturday. I was surprised the tickets were a little more expensive until we got there and I realized it is because the new Cinergy has fancy reclining seats...not going to deny that it was the most comfortable movie seat ever. Watching Mother is a disconcerting experience, but we both enjoyed talking about it afterwards. Would not recommend it if you don't like allegories or are easily offended.

Working weekend status:
Conference paper: almost done (Stacy), 1 paper done and 1 still getting there (Brendan)
Discussion Board: Graded
Sub Plans: Prepped
Groceries: Obtained
Laundry done: 4 loads (you know I left the last one in the dryer...)

Tulsa, Oklahoma, here we come! Any recommendations? We'll be staying in the downtown area.

Wishing for everyone's week to brighten. Happy October.
<3

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