Thank you all for the sweet comments and birthday wishes for Meeker! You’ll be happy to know, the fried chicken was a success. Turns out, it’s pretty straight forward…chicken, dip in flour, dip in egg, dip in flour, drop in hot oil. That’s it folks.

I served it with green beans and mashed cauliflower. Meeker says he likes the cauliflower just as much as mashed ‘taters – so why not make the substitution, right? It was absolutely delicious, but both Meek and I agreed that we’re glad we don’t eat fried chicken all the time – we both kind of felt like crap a few hours later. But it was very tasty. This could turn into a birthday tradition – I think once a year is enough for me.

Saturday was spent running (I’m getting faster and closer to my sub 14:00/2 miles!!) then birthday lunch with my parents (forgot the camera, I had a salad) and then at a birthday party at my in-laws house (forgot my camera again!! Don’t worry, I had birthday cake.) – I failed at food blogging this weekend, but it was extremely fun and fantastic to be surrounded by family.

This morning I woke up to use my new griddle pan!! CSN stores offered to send me this for a review and…um, I’m totally in love with this thing. Making pancakes has never been easier. Usually, my pancakes smash together making them hard to flip – but this pan gave me a big ol’ workspace that made it hard to mess things up.

I did, however, have a bit of a breakfast dilemma. I was craving pancakes (no doubt because I had the new pan), but was out of flour, and only had one egg. Hmmm…what to do. A trip to the grocery store at 6:30am on a Sunday was certainly NOT happening, so I improvised.

I started with HEAB’s almond flour pancake recipe, but modified it based on what I had:

  • ½ cup almonds (made into meal using my coffee grinder)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup seltzer water (for fluff)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbs. wheat germ (I only added this because the batter was too watery)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 packet nunaturals stevia

Heck yeah, this was PERFECT. I dare say that these were better than my usual floury pancakes. Not as fluffy, but every bit as satisfying. Also, Meek got a milk frother from his parents for his birthday (he actually put this on his bday wishlist just for me…what a guy) – so I also had a frothy coffee while I was pancake creating.

Why does frothed milk taste 100x better than regular milk?

And now I’m off to relish the last few hours of the weekend and maybe watch an episode of Lie to Me on instant netflix. Have you seen that show, it’s SO interesting! I keep wondering how much truth there is to the idea of “micro-expressions” revealing true feelings. Anyone out there know??

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