I have no appetizers to offer on this Sugar Bowl Sunday. That is what my child calls this day, the Sugar Bowl. Do you know why I do not have any appetizers to offer? Well, because I am going to hang out with some chicks today- my monthly meeting of four friends that I hold dear to my heart. They are good woman, who never criticize, only uplift. How difficult is that to find? Good friends who support you are so difficult to find. I count myself fortunate to have called them friends for over 12 years.
Last night my husband says to me, "I can't believe you are going over your friends house today instead of hanging out with us on Super Bowl Sunday. I look at him incredulously and say, "Are you kidding me? Me, who never watches football, knows nothing about the sport is going to stay home, missing an opportunity to hang out with my fabulous friends". And to beat that my husband really isn't a football fan at all either. Then I say to him, "honey, can you tell me what day we all have a party and watch some chick oriented show on television and celebrate?" (Mind you I know that a lot of you chicks out there watch football and get into it- nothing wrong with that - but you are in the minority). He looks at me, thinking he is slick (I know exactly what he about to say) and says what about Valentines Day? That's totally chick oriented. I look at him, he is somewhat right, but not really. Valentine's day is geared toward couples. What I want to see is a food, decorating, romantic extravaganza, with lots of appetizers, parties and commercials geared to those of us of the female persuasion.
And you know most of you men out there would be rolling your eyes and running to the nearest bar or golf course to get away. Ha.
And because this is a food blog may I present oatmeal pancakes... Fabulous pancakes. These are currently my favorites. I like to eat one with an egg over top- dahlicious!
First spied on Smitten Kitchen, click here to go to the site.
3/4 cup oatmeal flour (I ground mine in my spice grinder starting with a cup of rolled oats)
1 cup flour
1 cup cooked oatmeal
1 1/4 cups milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix wet ingredients and set aside. Mix dry ingredients and stir with a whisk. Mix in the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix as this may make your pancakes a little tough. Heat skillet on medium high. I use a cast iron griddle, I do not use any oil to cook the pancakes and have no trouble with them sticking. The trick is to have your skillet warmed. One trick my cousing taught me, besides looking for air bubbles int he top is making sure the shine to the batter is gone - then you know they are ready to be flipped.
Weight Watched Wednesday will be on time this week! Stay tuned.