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i heart the snow

Posted Jan 12 2011 9:17pm

I fallen deeply and maddly in love with snow.  Every time I look out the window and see WHITE, a huge grins spreads across my face and I get as giddy as a little girl on Christmas morning.  Surprisingly (and somewhat disappointingly), I have not made a snowman.  I prefer to leave the snow untouched…pure…glistening in the sunshine of the day.  I went as far as to use the back door of the house the morning the snow first feel so I wouldn’t taint the front lawn with my footprints!  Not a day has passed where I have not gone for a walk in spandex, wind pants, 3 shirts, gloves, a hat, and UGG boots.  Lame?  Completely!  But that’s me.

I also happen to be the most cold blooded person who has walked the face of the earth.  Proof?  1) I wear sweat pants and a sweat shirt at home All. Year. Round.  2) My scarf collection is so large you would think I bought L.L. Bean out of stock year after year.  I go as far as to wear these scarves in the house…in the summer!  3) I heat my water up in the microwave because drinking it cold gives my body the chills.  4)  Warm, fuzzy, Christmas socks are an essential, no what the season. 

So it may surprise that I LOVE this cold weather.  But I do!  At least then I have an excuse for looking like an Eskimo when I am at home or out-and-about!  What does a cold-blooding, winter-loving girl like myself do on a snow day like today?

1.  Attempt to make her own pancake recipe. 
This was not a complete success.  They failed to produce the WOW factor.  I prefer my pancakes fluffy, but dense.  Flavorful, but not odd tasting.  It fell short in both departments.  They were not terrible or unbearable by any means.  I ate 4 of them!  They just require some adjustments.  Feel free to play the recipe and see if you can make it work.  You must share if you have a success!

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Even though this recipe did not turn out as expected, I was glad I tried.  Julia Child wasn’t always successful on her first recipe attempt!

dry ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup oats (microwaved in 1 cup water for 1 1/2 minutes or until water absorbed)
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground cloves

wet ingredients

1 banana mashed
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk + 1 T vinegar)
2 egg whites
2 T maple syrup

  1. Mix together dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls until well combined.
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  3. Heat a griddle to low/medium heat and spray with cooking spray.  Scoop the batter onto the griddle using a 1/4 measuring cup.  Cook until browned, flipping once. 

2.  Make two varieties of Roasted Walnut Butta’.
A few weeks back, I broke down and made my very first batch of nut butter.  Specifically, Raw Walnut Butter.  To say it was incredible would be an understatement.  I actually (don’t hate me when I say this) preferred it to Raw Almond Butter!  So you can imagine how I was feeling when I finished my jar the other day.  No worries, though.  I used the snow day to make not one…but two different varieties of walnut butta’. 

The first variety was a Plain Roasted Walnut Butta’.  The second variety was Maple Roasted Walnut Butta’, which did not meet my expectations.  Of all the walnut butter’s I have made, the Raw Walnut Butter comes in at #1, followed by the Plain Roasted, then Maple Roasted (which I would not make again). 


[A Spoonful of Life...or Walnut Butta']

Raw Walnut Butter

Grind any amount of walnuts in a food processor until they reach your
desired consistency. Use a spatula to wipe down the sides during
grinding.

Plain Roasted Walnut Butter

Roast walnuts in a 300* oven until lightly toasted, about 10 to 13 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Once cooled, grind in a mini food processor until smooth.  Wipe down the sides of the machine with a spatula several times during grinding to ensure everything gets incorporated.

Maple Roasted Walnut Butter

Toss walnuts with the maple syrup.  Roast walnuts in a 300* oven until lightly toasted, about 10 to 13
minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Once cooled,
grind in a mini food processor until smooth.  Wipe down the sides of the machine with a spatula several times during grinding to ensure everything gets incorporated.

Is there something you could buy at the store, but prefer to make yourself? 
You probably know by now I love baking bread.  It gives me a sense of satisfaction at having accomplished something.  Something to be proud of!  That is not to say I don’t buy bread from the store.  My favorite sandwich bread is Pepperidge Farm Whole Wheat Bread (Hearty Texture).  It makes for an amazing Almond Butter Sandwich!


I just found out I can do a frightening imitation of Julia Child’s voice.  My mom and I are cracking up!!


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