I have made so many different variations of pancakes and go back and forth between recipes, but I like this one a lot. It is fairly healthy (greek yogurt, woot!) and so easy to change the mix-ups. Instead of blueberries, I also love a dollop of peanut butter and banana slices on top. Get creative – I fully support adding Nutella to the mix and sprinkles just because you made it to the weekend.
Libby’s Blueberry Pancakes
Makes 4-6 pancakes, depending on size
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- ¾ c almond milk (regular milk works too)
- 2-3 tablespoons honey
- 1 egg
- A dash of vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Eyeball some cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon)
- Blueberries – fresh or frozen
Mix together the wet ingredients and then add the dry. Carefully fold in the blueberries. Melt a little bit of butter in a pan and drop in 2-3 dollops of batter.
Cook over medium heat for 6-7 minutes total, flipping in the middle. Every stove is different, so don’t take your eyes off them.
Add maple syrup and enjoy!
Winston was not feeling very well this week.
5 LIBBY APPROVED SPLURGES
Flowers are expensive, not necessary and they die, but it makes me oh so very happy to see fresh flowers when I come home from work. This is especially important during the winter and I have a $7 or under policy. Trader Joe’s is my go to for a quality bouquet for $4 and their sunflowers and tulips can’t be beat. In the warmer months, check out your farmer’s market for great flower deals.
Shoes should be comfortable and make you happy every time you look down at your feet. I do not discriminate – I have shoes from Old Navy, Gap Kids (a 7.5 = their size 6), and (to my surprise) I just bought sandals from Urban Outfitters. However, I have a weakness for Tory Burch, Ferragamos and anything else calling my name in the Nordstrom shoe department. I have been known to wear a pair of $10 pants with $200 shoes and while some may say this makes no sense, I say it’s all about balance. Good shoes take you good places.
3. YOGA/GYM MEMBERSHIP/ROAD BIKE
Anything that makes you want to get out there and be active is worth the price. I have become the ultimate yogi, I love pure barre, and I bought a road bike a few years ago (Trek Madone) that cost more than my first car. I paid for it in fifteen (not so) easy payments, but when I get on my bike after a stressful day, the wind blowing in my face, and forcing myself to power through just one more mile, it is SO worth it. The closest I ever came to an athlete was ten years of swim team at the country club, but now I crave exercise. I have to have it for my own sanity. I also mix it up with free activities. Take a walk with a friend, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or stream a YouTube yoga video. After taking enough classes, you’ll also be able to do the routines from anywhere and at your own pace. Side note: Lululemon. I prided myself on not owning any ‘Lulu’ and said it was overrated. Then I tried on those wunderunder magical pants and before I knew it I handed over my paycheck. You’ll also be more motivated to work out if you like what you’re wearing.
Audible has replaced my newspaper fund. When I lived in DC for a semester in college, I got the Washington Post every morning. When I first lived in Indy, I got the Indy Star. Sunday mornings were the best when I heard the loud thud of the newspaper hit the floor outside my door. Now, I read all of my news via email in the morning (although there’s still something great about holding a newspaper) and use my ‘nerd fund’ to support my book habit. Audible is great for traveling, getting ready in the morning, the commute to work, and multi-tasking. A good narrator makes all the difference and you can listen to a snippet before purchasing. Subscriptions are based on how many credits (1 credit = 1 book) you want. I just finished the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I loved it.
5. SYMPHONY TICKETS
Do yourself a favor and go to the next show at your symphony or concert hall. Mahler, Bach, Brahms, I could go on and on. Even if you are not familiar with the music, go anyway. I have learned so much about different genres and it transports you to a different era and place through the music. Call and ask for the cheap seats. I try to spend less than $20 a ticket and the seats in the first few rows tend to be the cheapest. These seats are great for watching the conductor’s hands or the tapping of the musicians’ feet.
A little quote to leave you with. Have a great weekend and get out there and treat yourself to your little splurges!