This weekend was just what the doctor ordered: fun, relaxing and LAZY. On Saturday we took Jack to a birthday party and then he spent the night with my parents so Brian and I could have our belated Valentine’s celebration. I’m usually a control freak about where we go and what we do, but this time I asked Brian to plan the whole evening. We started off at Cafe Izmir, where we ordered our usual- one veggie meal and one meat meal.
Basically they just bring you a sampling of almost everything on the menu: hummus, pita, tabbouleh, Russian chicken salad, dolmas, falafel, lamb roll, beef, chicken, grilled veggies, rice, cucumber-tomato salad and tzatziki. We were stuffed. The best part was that we used Scoutmob to get half off the meal… if you haven’t downloaded the app yet, you definitely should. There are a bunch of great restaurants on there right now (and hello? It’s FREE).
After dinner we caught a showing of This Means War at Studio Movie Grill. I didn’t really know what to expect, but the movie was super cute- perfect date night pick.
So today was weird. My parents brought Jack home around 12:30ish, and he was so worn out when he got here that we basically had to put him down for his nap right away… meaning that we were essentially childless until 4:30 this afternoon, when I finally broke down and woke him up. Let me tell you- it was BORING. What did we do before he was born??? By some freak coincidence, the laundry was done, the house was clean, and I didn’t have any errands to run… which sounds awesome, but in reality involved me staring at a bunch of House Hunters episodes and trolling Pinterest for hours. After three hours of nap I got him up, we went for a family walk, and all was right with the world again. I missed him!
We DID manage to create a pretty awesome breakfast this morning.
It’s based on a recipe I found on Pinterest, but I had to change it up a little. The initial batter was just way too dry.
Banana Nut Bread Pancakes with Oats
Inspired by Six Sisters’ Stuff Banana Bread Pancakes
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 Tbs vanilla extract
- 3 large, ripe bananas, mashed (I thawed frozen bananas in the microwave)
- 2 Tbs butter, melted
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- Maple Syrup
- Crunchy Peanut Butter
1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
2. In a measuring cup, combine milk and vanilla extract. Add to flour mixture and stir to combine.
3. Stir in bananas and butter. Mix until batter is somewhat smooth. Add in oats and pecans and stir to combine.
4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Spoon batter (about 1/3 cupful each) onto skillet and cook until bubbles form on top, 2-3 minutes. You may have to spread the batter out a little using the back of a spoon. Flip and cook for another minutes or two.
5. Serve warm, topped with maple syrup… or, if you want to be REALLY awesome, spread a little crunchy peanut butter on top and then add the syrup. Mmmm.
Brian’s the pancake cook around here (I just assemble the batter) and they turned out great. A perfect wholesome, FILLING breakfast. And seriously, try them with the peanut butter.
I leave you with Jack’s latest performance, Wonderwall by Oasis:
He really has a whole arsenal of songs right now, and I need to be better about recording them!!