Replacement Bears

July 30, 2010

So fun to wake up to a clean house!! Looks like our manual labor has come to a close, but we have plenty of tinkering labor to keep us busy. And a few trips out to stores. And a beer date!

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Whaddya do when you don’t have cooking spray? Use the good stuff.

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Chia + Banana + Almond Butter flavored pancakes!

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Yesterday I got this message in the comments about the Bears:

The Bears like the looks of the new house, but they are refusing to come unless they have their own room, their own TV and computers, and a trampoline. They said a chair in the corner was not enough reason to leave Grammy’s.  I told them they were acting like very spoiled bears to be so demanding, sweet as they are.

Well let them know there are other bears waiting to take their place!

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Christmas Blend!

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Topped with Biscoff, Oikos, banana and some more of that almond butter

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We shared this guy :)

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Coupla iced coffees to drink!

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We are having some mega internet issues at this new house. It’s making me grit my teeth!

I’d rather be gritting my teeth on Buckwheat Granola…which I now have the ingredients to make!

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1 Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

Flight of pancakes?!?! Can I take the bears place and come live there?!?


2 af @ .the food. July 30, 2010 at 8:43 am

this coming from an interior designer – you’ve done a wonderful job with your new home!
very cozy and tidy!


3 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

We did french toast this morning! Really starts your day off right when you have a special breakfast! I hope it is a great day for you two!


4 Katelyn July 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

The new house pics look great, as do your flight of pancakes for breakfast! Good luck with the working out the internet problems.


5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

Internet issues…grrrr! At least you had a great breakfast!


6 Camille July 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

The first couple days of a new move are always the worst. It gets better!


7 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews July 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

Great idea to put chia seeds in the pancakes! I never thought of that before!!


8 tanyasDailyProductReviews July 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

now you can enjoy the weekend in your new home


9 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

yummy breakfast!


10 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes July 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

Pancakes look amazingly delicious, per usual! Makes me want to leave work, go right back home and make my own!



11 Daniel July 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

The little bear / Mickey Mouse pancake is adorable. :3

Are you using raw or toasted buckwheat for the granola?


12 Kath July 30, 2010 at 8:57 am

Pretty sure it’s raw


13 Esse July 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter! Does it taste as great as it sounds?!


14 JenATX July 30, 2010 at 9:11 am

i’m jealous of your beatifully shaped pancakes. I can’t flip them very well so mine end up lopsided.. any tips?


15 Kath July 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

Sounds like you need to crank the heat up a bit – and get a nice, wide flipper.


16 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

The pancakes look divine!!! I love making each one a different flavor :)


17 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

Those pancakes look amazing – as does the almond butter!!


18 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

Aaaa pancakes :) Can’t wait for Sunday … pancakes day! :)


19 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

Awww man! Now you’ve gone and got me craving pancakes. :) YUMM!


20 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

i love the idea of honey on pancakes…how have i not tried it?!?!


21 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

Oh man I’ve been thinking about pancakes all morning! Must make must make.


22 Kerri @ Kerri Turns into a Zombie July 30, 2010 at 9:24 am

The bears better come back for those yummy pancakes.


23 Heather July 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

I love the new house pics!

Pancakes are a weekend treat for us – glad tomorrow is the weekend!


24 Meg July 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

What gorgeous pancakes! And I love honey bears – they seriously make eating honey 100x more fun and happy 😀


25 Cathy Breit July 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

I’ve been eating the buckwheat granola atop my oats and green monsters all week! Can’t get enough of it! Thanks so much for a great recipe!


26 Rosey Rebecca July 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

That comment is ridiculous! Haha! Your pancake pics are making me want some. I love the way you ended this post. I just actually love all of this post. It made me smile! :-)


27 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

Those bears are too much!!! Houseguests should not make demands like that — wait, housebears? I’d cave and give in to their demands though, they are just too cute!

I love banana slices in my pancakes too — they just add a nice creamy sweetness.

I’m loving your new place!


28 Heather July 30, 2010 at 9:43 am

love the bear comment, too cute!


29 Mom July 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

The bears are a little worried, so they said yes, they will come back. Bocker is worried you are going to enroll him in UVA, and he doesn’t know his times tables yet. I told him, no, you would find a suitable school just right for a young bear.


30 Amelia July 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

Internet issues drive me crazy! I had problems with my connection the other day (T-mobile was doing maintenance at 8:30 am on a Tuesday!). It didn’t end up getting resolved until late afternoon, so I had to hit up B & N as well as Earth Fare for internet. Blah. At least it has only happened once in the past year…knock on wood!


31 Marty July 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

I made the buckwheat granola and it was good. I put it into a flatter pan so it would not take three hours in the oven (too much in the summer!). I also substituted dried cranberries and apricots for the currants. My recommendation is to up the amount of fruit in the granola significantly. I also cut the oil in half and used water in place of it. Granola still came out crunchy and nicely browned. Enjoy it, the recipe makes a lot.


32 Kate Z. July 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

I love iced coffee in the summer too, but hate how diluted hot coffee gets when poured over ice. Solution? Make your coffee the day/night before, then put it in a Ball jar after it’s cool and stick it in the fridge. In the AM, pull it out, ice it and enjoy! The finishing touch? A splash of vanilla extract. Yum!


33 Pat Kilmain July 30, 2010 at 11:50 am

My mom loved iced coffee, and hated when it got diluted, so she made coffee ice cubes! Yup, just froze coffee in the ice cube trays. :)


34 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 30, 2010 at 10:25 am

Uh oh, better listen to their demands! We need to see them back soon! 😀 Love that Mickey Mouse pancake 😉


35 Jen July 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

That bear pancake is just too cute! Love it!


36 Lea @ Healthy Coconut July 30, 2010 at 10:47 am

Is it a bear pancake? I call it mickey mouse pancake :) My fiance likes making pancakes on the weekends and he makes mickey mouse shape pancakes. I need to get some Kodiak products, sadly it’s not being sold nearby. Can you only purchase it online?

Your house looks adorable, very warm, clean and organized and welcoming.


37 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write July 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

Nice. I really love pancakes. I might have to make them this weekend, actually. I have a quaker oatmeal pancake mix that’s been in my cabinet forever now.


38 Kim July 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

I love that you have such a great relationship with your family! I do too and it is the best feeling knowing we are there for each other. Have fun and enjoy your new town!


39 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

first batch of pancakes in the new kitchen look amazing!!!


40 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun July 30, 2010 at 11:06 am

Your pancakes look great. I loved the bear-shaped one – too cute! 😀


41 R @ July 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

Those look delicious!


42 Megan (Braise The Roof) July 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

Yummm, butter. I think it works better when coating a griddle for pancakes anyway. 😉


43 [email protected] Nation July 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

hahahahaha. It must be pancake day because I made them also, and I never make pancakes! I love the little bear. So cute!!!


44 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

Oh my goodness, your pancakes always look so heavenly. Mine never turn out pretty, haha. Cute about the bears, and I love the bear-shaped pancake!


45 Ilana July 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

Very cute post. I hope you enjoyed your first pancakes
chez KERF, VA style!:)


46 [email protected] July 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Those pancakes look SO good.


47 The Wife of a Dairyman July 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Breakfast looks delicious on your cute little porch:) What type of internet issues? I feel your pain because all we have access to at our house is satelite (which we have) or dial up.


48 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Shaped pancakes are so fun when my cousins come to visit. Since the first time I made them they refuse to eat the round ones.


49 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Good luck on the internet issues! They are a freaking pain.


50 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Those bear-cakes look absolutely delectable. I love the addition of chia seeds to them. I can’t get over how lovely your outdoor dining porch set-up is!


51 ActiveEggplant July 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Wow those pancakes look good – I’m never brave enough to actually put anything in the batter…just always wait and “top” them. I may have to change this now.
by the way – I think you made every woman on the internet want her own Queen Room with your previous post! :)


52 Sarah for Real July 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I went to my local Great Harvest this morning to buy some bday treats for work and thought of you! Question… will your GH have cinnamon rolls ready to go when you open at the butt crack of dawn? This one didn’t.


53 Kath July 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Well they are made from scratch!! I’m not sure what time ours will be ready, but they are ready at the time they are for a reason.


54 Sarah for Real July 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Ah yes, good things come to those who wait :) The goodies I got instead were are fabulous anyway. Scones, croissants and danish. The only problem was that I ate way too many!!!


55 Brittany July 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm





56 Lauren July 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Sounds like those bears need some discipline!


57 Lauren @ 40Apples July 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Kath – your house is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats on completing the bulk of moving in; it really is looking wonderful.
I spotted some Kodiak mix while I was on vacation in California last week – was so tempted to pick it up because I’m not sure it’s available around here (NY)? But those pancakes sure look delicious!


58 Laura July 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Those pancakes look absolutely mouthwatering xx


59 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Pancakes are a good way to kick start a Friday! Love the bear shaped one – so cute!


60 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I love pancakes, and these look especially delicious. Especially the bear shaped one. :mrgreen:


61 Allison O'Mara (Girl in her kitchen) July 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Love the new pad! And, those pancakes look delicious! I think I am going to have to make some for breakfast tomorrow. Yum!


62 kristy @ ksayerphotography July 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Yay for cute pancakes!

I don’t actually like pancakes, but when I was little I’d beg my mum to make me Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes with our “special disneyland pancake ring” just so I could have a mickey shaped breakfast 😛
I’m a little bit disney obsessed – and proud!


63 [email protected]:// July 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

It’s a micky mouse pancake. Great toppings it looks so good.


64 Lindsay in Indy July 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm

That’s what I thought too! :)


65 Niki (Running in Pink) July 30, 2010 at 8:31 pm

It’s just after dinner as I’m reading this, and I’m perfectly stuffed, but those pancakes look so darn delicious!!!


66 jessica July 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

There’s a bear on the Kodiak cakes box too!


67 KC July 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Naturally Nutty!!! OMG, I’m in love with the Vanilla Almond Butter. They are not to far from me in Michigan. I should see if I can buy wholesale. I swear I go through this stuff way too fast.


68 Hannah July 30, 2010 at 9:21 pm

It’s so funny to me that I never used to be interested in pancakes, but you make them look so good that I’m going to give it a go tomorrow!


69 Zoe August 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Hey Kath,
Can Kodiak Cakes only be bought online, or are they available at Whole Foods? Are there other pancake mixes you recommend that are available at Whole Foods if Kodiak Cakes aren’t? Thank you!


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