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Sooo… What? // Salted Caramel Pancakes

Posted Feb 16 2013 11:37am

Sooo…  I know that yesterday’s post was anything but peppy and perky, but we’re all entitled to some drab days every now and then, right?  As much as I wish that everything was always butterflies and rainbows, the reality is that it can’t be.  You gotta take the bad with the good and just roll with the punches.

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Sooo…  What’s going on?  In short, no one was hurt, I still am employed, there’s still a roof over my head, and I am very thankful to have a supportive group of family and friends surrounding me.

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Sooo…  What is it then?  I’m not at a point yet that I’m ready to share every nitty-gritty detail, but I will share that this past week has been tough in regards to health, for both me and my momma.  The past few weeks, after experiencing unusual symptoms, we both have received some less than stellar news.

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Sooo…  What’s next?  Next week I have 2 procedures [a HIDA w/ CCK and an ultrasound] scheduled that will hopefully shed some light into my tummy troubles.  We’re still waiting for the biopsy results from Monday’s endoscopy to come back, but my doctor thinks that it has something to do with my gallbladder.

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Sooo…  What is a gallbladder?  I’ve heard of the gallbladder before but I could not tell you where it was located or what it’s purpose was.  Taking some help from the online medical field:

The gallbladder is a small pouch that sits just under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. After meals, the gallbladder is empty and flat, like a deflated balloon. Before a meal, the gallbladder may be full of bile and about the size of a small pear.

In response to signals, the gallbladder squeezes stored bile into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts. Bile helps digest fats, but the gallbladder itself is not essential. Removing the gallbladder in an otherwise healthy individual typically causes no observable problems with health or digestion yet there may be a small risk of diarrhea and fat malabsorption. [ source ]

But just because my gallbladder [or whatever it may be] has been a bit wonky, does not mean that I cannot still enjoy my favorite things.  Pancakes, puppies, laughing, late nights, family, friends, chick flicks, cappuccinos, reading blogs, running.  I’ll take all of the above, please and thank you :)   I’ve been teasing you with a recipe.  So without further ado, my go-to breakfast as of late…

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Salted Caramel Pancakes

¼ cup white whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs whites

2 – 4 tbsp water *use less water for thicker pancakes, more water for thinner pancakes*

1 tbsp SF Torani Salted Caramel Syrup

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Directions

1.  In a bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth.  Note: I add the dry ingredients first, then the wet ingredients.

2.  Spray a medium-sized skillet with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium heat.

3.  For each pancake, spoon 2 generous tablespoons of batter into the pan.  Cook each pancake until a few bubbles form and burst, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

4.  Flip the pancakes with a spatula and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 more minutes.

5.  Serve the stack of ‘cakes with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Notes:

  • Add a teaspoon of apple pie spice to the batter and the flavor is reminiscent of apple pie
  • Sprinkle raisins on top immediately after pouring the batter – they will plump up while the pancakes cook
  • Half the amount of flour and add ¼ oats to make oatcakes
  • This recipe makes 1 serving [my sized serving] – if you’d like to make more than 1 serving be sure to double, triple, quadruple, etc. all of the ingredients
Question:  What’s your go-to weekday and weekend breakfast?  Sweet or savory?

Question:  Have you heard of the gallbladder?  Know anyone who has experienced trouble with theirs?  Since this is all still new, I’m very interested in learning more about it…  Also, if you would rather share privately, feel free to email me at lifesabowlblog@gmail.com.

— Allison

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