Fancy Breakfast Friday: Camping 2.0


Remember about 3 weeks ago when I said I had officially covered all the versions of blueberry and cornmeal and I had found the solution and now I could move on?  Well my friend Laura commented “but have you tried the Martha Stewart ones?” and I didn’t answer, but in the back of my head I thought, hmmm.  Then when I was eating cold oats on a camping trip and looking at my phone I saw on instagram that she had made the Martha Stewart muffins with some sort of fancy tall muffin maker and they were beautiful and glorious.  I thought, OK, fine, I see how it is.  Now I have to make those.

But when I looked up the recipe I thought, “actually that looks like a hassle” and I made a different version of the Martha Stewart muffins, oh, and I was out of flour, so I had to use whole wheat.  Why was I out of flour?  Because Luke made these pancakes earlier in the week, and they were totally amazing. I would have just photographed them and called them my own, but I have already made them.  Luke did a great job, these were so yummy.

IMG_0398But still, we were out of flour.  These muffins were nothing to write home about, so I won’t bother sharing the recipe that I didn’t really follow.  I did allow everyone to pick out their own cereal for the camping trip, but we were at the new Lucky’s and I said the cereal had to cost $3.00 or less so the boys choices were limited.  I had already purchased Dave’s fave – Captain Crunch.  I had an idea about making cookies with captain crunch in them, but there wasn’t any left.

Fortunately I packed three boxes of cereal and a dozen muffins because guess what I forgot?  Lunch.  When we go to the campground I started to make sandwiches and all I had was bread.  No one complained about cereal for lunch though.

I did serve an amazing dinner of meatball bahn mi subs from cook smarts that were seriously the best things ever.

Long story short, we camped for 10 days, then were home for 3 days, then camped again for 1 day, and had a fancy breakfast of muffins and cereal.  Oh, and we saw a lot of shooting stars.  It was quite beautiful.  And cold.  But also beautiful.  Even with forgetting lunch, and not bringing warm enough clothes, it was way better than last year.




Fancy Breakfast Friday: Camping

This week’s late FBF post is sponsored by Mother Nature, specifically RAIN.


Last Friday Dave dug a trench to divert the rain around our tent and our picnic table while the boys and I ate bowls of Honey Bunches of Oats.  We camped for 10 days, and I have to say, Dave was the real star of the camping breakfast scene.  There is just something about camping that makes me not want to make breakfast.  Dinner, I can sometimes handle, and I did make these pulled pork tacos the first night.  This was easy because I had made the pulled pork and the pickled onions at home the night before.  I was so hungry by the time we ate that everyone is just lucky to still be alive, and yet I paused a moment for this photo before digging in.


For breakfast, I packed oats, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cereal, milk, pancake mix, bagels and cream cheese.  I was more than happy to put milk and oats together the night before and eat them cold for breakfast because I was too hungry to heat them up and too lazy to want to wash extra dishes.  Others found this to be gross.  But one night I did plan ahead and cook all the bacon, and Dave cooked eggs and made breakfast sandwiches.  (Bagel, cheese, egg, bacon.)  Those were a huge hit and our go-to breakfast for the rest of the trip.  Dave also made pancakes one morning, and after everyone had had one, I offered to make the rest while Dave ate. Of course I had to fancy it up by adding some oats and sliced almonds but then Dave started to micromanage by telling me, “Make sure to wait until it’s all the way cooked before you flip it.”  To which I said, “Um, no duh,  I know how to make pancakes.”  And then I flipped it too soon and it was a huge disaster.  I had to then make this redemption pancake that no one even wanted.


It was so pretty.  I ate it for lunch.  I’ll have another camping breakfast for you next week because we camped last night too.


Book Club: Summer Reading Check in!


How is everyone’s summer reading coming along?  Have you read anything amazing or trashy or trashy/amazing or educational or fun?  Have you checked off all your summer fun activities?

We have done a lot of fun things, but we have less than 2 weeks until school starts and I haven’t taken Jack to Dinosaur Ridge yet.  That was the one thing I told myself I would do this summer.  Time flies!

One thing we learned this summer is that you can grow chia on your chia pet with seeds from costco.   Question asked and answered!  That was some investigative research right there.

I have also read a lot of books.  I procrastinated Barkskins forever, because I didn’t want to start it and have it take the rest of the summer and leave me no time for anything else.  Makes sense to play 2048 on my phone instead, right?  So dumb.  But once I got into it, it was so good and tragic.  The 4 pages of family tree worried me when I noticed them while trying to figure out how many pages I was up against, but after I got a generation or two into the story, they were a necessity.  Recommend.IMG_0405

This is Lucy posing in front of the books and magazines I just unpacked from our camping vacation. I had also planned to read a bunch of books on my kindle app, but that didn’t work out for two reasons.  The first was that moths were flying into my screen when I tried to read at night, and moths are horrible creatures that freak me out to death.  The second reason was that Luke brought only one book and read it on the first day.  So I just let him read e-books for the rest of the trip because I am a mom and I make sacrifices.  My favorite vacation read was Fangirl, and not just because it was recommended to me by my sister at 2:30 am at a bar on an island with a sandy floor while we were sitting on a swing.  What happens in Put in Bay stays, etc, etc unless it’s a book discussion and that must be shared with the world.

I do have a mild sense of panic about two books I still need to read, and I kind of should have had them done by yesterday.  One is the 4th book in the Neapolitan Series, because I borrowed them from a friend who was gone for the summer and I think she’s back. But worse than that, she read Queen of the Night at my recommendation this spring, and I hadn’t read it yet and I owe it to her to also read it.  But I procrastinated and now I am out of time.  She’s back from Sweden!  Maybe if I promise to read it by the end of the year?

What was your favorite summer read?  I think mine are:


But here is the complete list of books I have read so far this summer:

Fangirl -Rainbow Rowell
Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner
I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) – Pittacus Lore
Eligible (The Austen Project #4) – Curtis Sittenfeld
Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) – Sylvain Neuvel
LaRose – Louise Erdrich
Barkskins – Annie Proulx
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels, #3) – Elena Ferrante
The Girls – Emma Cline
Liar & Spy – Rebecca Stead
The Round House – Louise Erdrich
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Maestra – L.S. Hilton

I’m feeling too lazy to link everything today, but you should be able to get more info from my goodreads account, and that is linked in the sidebar.

Please enjoy another perspective on my chia pet and have a great last few days of summer!


Fancy Breakfast Friday: Cornmeal Pancakes


I chased that cornmeal and blueberry dream combo one more time and at last I found the perfect recipe.  (Note – I gave up on the lemon aspect.  See other attempts here.)  But these pancakes were very good.  Easy to make, I had everything on hand, they were delicious and everyone liked them.  I have also been very interesting in recipes that don’t require an oven, because it has been as hot as the surface of the sun lately and we don’t have air conditioning.

These pancakes are based on the cookbook Feed Zone Portables which I have been using a lot lately!  (Waffles, baked eggs,  and frittata)  I highly recommend this book for homemade snacks you can eat at school or for breakfast or on runs/bike rides/hikes if you want to avoid a prepackaged bar and you are not a fan of peanut butter and jelly.

Usually with cookbook recipes I say to just buy the book but I am going to share my version here because I changed a lot and I want to remember this one.  You’ll definitely want the book if you want to make this dairy free and not gluten free, but made with interesting flours.  I’m also going to share my method for using the least amount of tools and dishes. (When a recipe says to whisk, 99% of the time I use a fork. Why get the whisk out for stuff that doesn’t need to be fluffy?  Whisk dry ingredients?  Never.)

Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Blueberry Sauce

1/2 Cup Frozen blueberries
2 T sugar (or to taste)

I just defrosted the blueberries and then mixed in the sugar and let it sit while I made the pancakes.  Pretty easy.

Cornmeal Pancakes

1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 egg lightly beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter

Add all dry ingredients to a bowl and mix with a fork.

Measure the milk in a glass measuring cup and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave.  Crack the egg into the measuring cup and stir well with a fork.  Melt the butter in the microwave (make sure it isn’t too hot, you don’t want to cook the egg.) and add to the egg and milk.  Stir well with the fork.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with the fork until just mixed.  Allow to rest for a second while you heat the griddle.  It may seem a little runny.

I make these pancakes in a cast iron skillet, adding a little butter occasionally to get that yummy pancake look on top.  Ladle about a 1/4 a cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet, flipping when you see a lot of bubbles and the sides look a little cooked.

Serve with blueberry syrup, but offer maple syrup for weirdos who don’t like blueberries.





Fancy Breakfast Friday: Grandma’s Oatmeal

imageI’m not going to lead with the oatmeal pic because it is not very glamorous.  But please enjoy these water lilies that I observed while recovering from a crazy weekend.  Speaking of crazy weekends, I should have written this blog post immediately after breakfast last Friday because at this point, almost a week later, the details are hazy.

I went to be the night before with a lot of ideas for breakfast, but each had a high chance of going horribly wrong.  I finally settled on a concept of “bananas foster as an oatmeal topping, but without alcohol or fire, or a recipe for bananas foster.”  But that was too long a title for this blog post.

I melted some butter in a sauce pan, and I added brown sugar and cinnamon.  I was going for a caramel type syrup and I got more of a crust.  But the crust tasted exactly like cookies my grandma used to make by mixing butter and brown sugar and baking it over graham crackers.  So it was a win for me.  I mixed milk and oats and heated them in the microwave, then topped them with bananas and brown sugar crust.  I thought it was very yummy! Luke said it was “good” and Jack said it was “fine I guess.”  I was happy with the surprise-grandma-cookie memory and the easy breakfast.


Fancy Breakfast Friday: Liège Waffles


Last Friday I planned ahead for the first time in a while and made Liège Waffles from Feed Zone Portables.  These are raised waffles (contains yeast) and they rise in the fridge overnight.  In the morning I split the dough into 12 pieces and rolled them in turbinado sugar before putting them in the waffle maker.  I cut up all the strawberries I had (overbought at Costco and then had to use before they went bad.. Or as they were going bad.) and added a little sugar to make a syrup.  Waffles were served with strawberry syrup, strawberries and a mint leaf.

I woke up early enough to make my own waffle and do a little reading before anyone was up.  (I was reading LaRose by Louise Erdrich.)


I had a pre-bachelorette party hair appointment early that morning, so I started to leave instructions so each person could make their own waffles as they woke, but everybody was up just in time for a waffle before I left.

Poor Lucy had to wait until I took photos and ate before she got any breakfast.


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