Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursday Update: The Single Lady Pancake

Hey y'all it's Thursday.  Let's all cry a little because another week of summer has come and gone.  Okay, it's not too bad because I am actually really excited for fall!!  I actually had to get out of bed the other night, because I had the most amazing recipe idea ever for a skinny Thanksgiving side dish / salad and I needed to write it down.  Now I am weirdly excited for Thanksgiving... lucky us Canadians get to celebrate it a month early.

1)  I painted my nails.  They are fun and funky, and probably not even the least bit work appropriate, but I couldn't bear taking the polish off on Monday and they actually haven't even chipped yet.  There are definitely more sophisticated versions of nail art, but this was my first foray... so all I did was dip the end of a bobby pin into the polish to make my polka dots. The colors I used are Essie Mint Candy Apple and Mod Squad.

2)  We had book club on Tuesday night this week.  We read "The Best Laid Plans" by Terry Fallis.  While I didn't technically finish the book, I did really like what I read and I'm planning on finishing it up this weekend.  It is a humorous look at Ottawa politics and won several awards, including the Stephen Leacock medal for humor.  I get to pick the next book, and I've already chosen "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed (I read Eat.Live.Run's review of it and knew I wanted to read it).  Except now I want to change my mind, because I really want to read this book.

3)  We've had so, so much rain lately.  Seriously, we only have a month left of summer, can we at least have some sunshine?!  I kind of dig the rainboots and cut-off jeans look though.  Luckily, this weekend we are expecting sunshine and lovely 75 degree weather! (Also, I'm obsessed with the leopard infinity scarf in the photo below.  It was $15 at Old Navy!)

4)  Yes. I am the last person on the planet to pick-up NARS Orgasm blush.  I am so glad that I did though, because now I know what all the fuss is about.  This blush is the best that I have ever used. It gives you a lovely, healthy glow.  I also got NARS Eros lip lacquer and I am a big fan.  It looks super dark in the pot, but it is just a really pretty natural lip-color enhancing gloss with a bit of shimmer.

5)  Joy the Baker is a genius.  Did you know that?  Oh, you've been living under a rock? Okay, you are forgiven.  Well, I wanted pancakes this past weekend.  But I didn't really want to make a lot of pancakes, so I Googled  for recipes for 1 or 2 people.  Well, this amazing, delicious recipe popped up and it was like Joy wrote the recipe for me.  It is called the "Single Lady Pancake."  Yes, that means that I'm a single lady again.  Is that weird to tell you all?  I don't know.  Maybe.  Maybe it means that one day I will learn to actually make meals that feed one person.  Until then, it's a good thing I like leftovers.  But enough of about my lack of a love life and back to the pancake.  This pancake is bursting with chocolate and bananas and topped with toasted nuts and maple syrup.  Even if you aren't a single lady, you should probably make it for yourself.  You don't even have to share it with anyone.

Single Lady Pancake

From Joy the Baker

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
1 tablespoon dried oats (quick cooking or regular)
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk (I used regular milk, all my buttermilk was gone)
Dash of vanilla extract
Small handful semi-sweet chocolate chips
15 banana slices
1 tablespoon toasted pecans
Maple syrup

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir to combine. The mixture will be thick. Fold in the chocolate chips and half of the banana slices.

Heat a small frying pan with a teaspoon of oil. Pour in the pancake batter and spread some with the back of a spoon. Cook over medium heat until bubbles form and pop on the surface of the pancake.

Flip your pancake. Then, cook until golden brown. Remove from pan and onto a plate. Top with the remaining banana slices, toasted pecans and maple syrup.

Pictures from my week:  Rain, Pink and Mint Polka Dot Nails, NARS cosmetics, and Book Club.  You can follow along on Instagram all week!


  1. Ooo I've been using that NARS blush forever - obsessed! Same with any Essie nail polish, you're just reminding me that I should probably pay some attention to my own.. cooking and dishwashing are not always so kind to the nails... :)

    1. I just started doing a base coat and a top coat when I paint my nails, and it seriously makes a world of difference when I have a busy week of cooking and dish washing!


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