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So Long Sandy // Grape Nuts Pancakes

So long Sandy, you were one heck of a storm!  Thankfully, we never lost power, no trees or branches fell on our house or cars, and we didn’t have any flooding…  We were very lucky.  Unfortunately, not everyone else was as lucky and there’s lots of clean-up to be done.  My thoughts and warm wishes go out to everyone on the east coast that was affected by Sandy.


On a sweeter note, I woke up this morning in the mood for pancakes.  Surprising, right?!

For some unexplained reason, I’ve always thought of Grape Nuts as the cereal for grandparents.  Was there ever a commercial with older people eating Grape Nuts?!  I don’t know…  Maybe it’s because of the high fiber content?  Or because of the small pebble-like “nuts” that don’t require much chewing?  Again, I don’t know…


What I do know is that my nutty idea to combine pancakes + cereal was a hit 🙂 These ‘cakes are fluffy, hearty, full of fiber, packed with protein, and will keep your belly full until lunch!

Grape Nuts Pancakes

¼ cup white whole wheat flour

¼ cup Grape Nuts cereal

1 teaspoon stevia

a few shakes of cinnamon [as much or as little as you’d like, I like a lot]

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg [or 2 egg whites]

¼ cup water

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients. 
  2. Whisk the ingredients together until combined.  Note: There will be some lumps because of the Grape Nuts.
  3. Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  4. For each pancake, spoon 2 generous tablespoons of batter into the pan. 
  5. Cook each pancake until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. 
  6. Flip the pancake and cook until browned on the underside, about 1 to 2 more minutes.
  7. Serve the stack of ‘cakes with your favorite toppings!

toppings: coconut Chobani + maple syrup + chopped dates



Question:  Do you ever relate food with age?

Question:  Have you ever tried Grape Nuts?  I think they’d be a tasty yogurt or ice cream topping!



Filed under Breaking News, Food, Recipes

Marvelous in My Monday [MIMM] #3

Welp, as expected, we woke up to rain and wind.  Thankfully, it’s not too bad but according to the news, Sandy is just getting started.

For breakfast I made a stack of pumpkin oat pancakes and offered to share them with Sandy [hoping to bribe her to stay out at sea] but she didn’t accept my gracious offer…  How rude!

After breakfast I swung by Whole Foods, the post office, and snuck in a sweat session.  The thought of being stuck inside all day makes me super antsy…  I prefer to be moving > sitting.

Sandy may not be so marvelous but many other marvelous things have happened over the past week 🙂 Marvelous in My Monday [MIMM]

Marvelous…  No work.  The federal government is closed today and tomorrow = no work for me!  My agenda includes baking, cuddling with Charlie, reading, watching the news, and keeping dry.  Maybe a few canned goods bicep curls?

Marvelous…  Customer service.  A couple of weeks ago I made my first visit to Wegmans.  Holy moly, that store is glorious, it’s like a grocery store + a restaurant + a home goods store all in one!  Unfortunately, I picked-up some spoiled Chobani but didn’t notice until I opened the tub and it smelled sour.  I checked the date and sure enough it had expired 4 days before I purchased it.  Bummed that my money went to waste, I hopped onto Twitter and within minutes, both Chobani and Wegmans responded apologetically and were happy to refund my money!

Marvelous…  VitaTops.  In honor of Halloween, VitaTops offered an awesome BOGO deal earlier this month that I happily took advantage of.  Our freezer is now sufficiently stocked and we should be set for a few weeks!

diced pear + plain Chobani + cinnamon + stevia + Apple Crumb VitaTop

Marvelous…  Coffee catch-ups.  Saturday morning I caught up with a girlfriend at Starbucks.  The past two months were pretty busy for the both of us since we both got married in September!  As you could imagine, we had a lot to talk about and before we knew it, 2 hours had passed.

Marvelous…  Free bike.  While I was chatting away at Starbucks, Ryan was busy at home working, or so I thought until I received this picture…

Ryan said he saw one of our neighbors wheeling the bike out to the dumpster so he went to check it out.  Our neighbor said that she had no use for it anymore so she was giving it away.  Winning!  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Marvelous…  Belated birthday bash.  Saturday night I celebrated my belated birthday at Legal Sea Foods.  I didn’t take many pictures but I did enjoy a tasty dinner with great company.  I started with a glass of champagne and a house salad, shared a shrimp cocktail with Ryan, and ordered grilled scallops for my entrée.  Dessert was enjoyed at Pinkberry!

Marvelous…  Wedding gifts.  Last week Ryan and I received my momma’s wedding gift, a 10-piece knife set from Cutco!  My momma swears by Cutco and has used them for years [ever since I can remember cutting my own meals] and I am psyched to have a set of my own!  Sunday afternoon Ryan and I used a few wedding gift cards to purchase a pizza stone, a pig egg pan, and a pumpkin stew starter- a few “essential” kitchen items [haha]!  

Marvelous…  Blog updates.  I’m so excited about all the updates happening on LAB!  I really would like to share them with y’all but I’m trying my best not to spill the beans.  I’ve never been good at keeping secrets when it comes to exciting things [i.e. Christmas and birthday presents].

Marvelous…  Pumpkin spice bran eggie cups.  Last week I match a batch of veggie eggie cups and this week I made a batch of sweet eggie cups.  Regardless of whether they’re savory or sweet, eggie cups are great to pack in lunches or to grab on-the-go!

Pumpkin Spice Bran Eggie Cups: TJ’s bran cereal + egg whites + pumpkin spice + stevia

Marvelous…  TNT training.  Ryan and I are scheduled to start TNT training tomorrow night [assuming it’s not cancelled].  I hope after 13 weeks of getting my butt kicked, I have some meaty muscles on my bones!



Question:  What’s marvelous about your Monday?

Question:  What’s your favorite rainy day activity?


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Five Things Friday 1.27.12

Thing 1:  My brain felt like mush last night so a good laugh was much appreciated  🙂  Here are three “corny” foodie riddles  Purchase Order of Miami, Inc. left me [scroll down to the bottom to see the answers]…

A)  You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

B)  What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?

C)  What did the grape say when he was sat on?


Thing 2:  I am 100% confident that yesterday’s snack [PB & Cottage Cheese Jelly Roll-Ups] and this morning’s bfast [Cereal Berry Cobbler To-Go] will be repeated.

old-fashioned oats + Kashi Go Lean + PB puffins + Silk Light Vanilla Soymilk + cottage cheese + cinnamon + Stevia + frozen mixed berries

Thing 3:  I am SO excited for this weekend!  It’s a 4-day weekend [Monday and Tuesday are teacher workdays] and I’ve got some fun things planned…

-Attending my first BodyPump Class

-Coffee catch-up dates with a few girlfriends

-Date night with Ryan

-Working at the housing development and sitting in the new model home [my part-time job]

-Celebrating my momma’s birthday!

-Sleeping in Monday and Tuesday morning

-Attending a professional development workshop titled “Coping with the Challenges of Adolescence: Privacy, Safety, and Physical Development”

Thing 4:  I seem to be sucked into trashy, reality TV this season…  The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Bachelor, and Jersey Shore- they’re so bad, they’re so good!

Thing 5:  A few recent reads worth sharing…

An aspiring chef lost her sense of smell in an accident, but rather than letting it shatter her dreams, she learned how to rely on her other senses and her passion for cooking only intensified…

-More than a dozen of teens from a school in upstate New York school are experiencing mysterious, Tourette’s-like symptoms?!

-I type with my 2 hands and 10 fingers, this guy types with a 10-inch chopstick

-As if her life wasn’t already going to be filled with enough prosperity, Jay-Z and Beyoncé chose Oprah as Blue Ivy’s godmother!

-A pair of high heels sure can make a woman feel sexy, but are they also harmful to her health?

[these crystallized high heels are for sale on Etsy]

P.S.  It was a productive day at school…

Daily Memorable Moment January 27:  Completing [and surviving] the first half of my first year teaching!

Question:  What TV shows are you hooked on?  Besides the trashy reality shows, I’m hooked on My Fair Wedding and Storage Wars [and Seinfeld reruns, it’s Ryan’s fave]…

Question:  Have you ever had a dream that woke you up in the middle of the night?  Last night I woke up around 3AM from a scary dream that I was in a car accident…  In my dream, I was driving over a little hill and when I got to the top of the hill, a car was coming straight towards me and hit me head on…  I woke up this morning all shook up and ironically I saw an accident on my way to work :/


The answers to the riddles…

A)  Corn on the cob- you throw away the skin [or sheaf], then cook it, eat the corn, then throw away the cob.

B)  Pumpkin pi.

C)  Nothing, he just let out a little whine.


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