Monday, March 26, 2012

a little pancake love

I love pancakes.  And I love trying out new pancake recipes.  I recently discovered two recipes that have fallen into the pancake rotation around here.  They are both so delicious that I can't decide which one I like better.  

These ricotta pancakes leave me thinking about them for the rest of the day.  No joke.  The entire recipe has only about 987 calories in it, and it makes about 10-12 pancakes (1/4 c. size).  They are so light and fluffy, thanks to the beaten and folded in egg whites.  Really delicious - even cold the following day.  Those little pockets of ricotta that you bite into are truly delightful.  Make these.  You'll be happy you did.

I made these sweet zucchini pancakes this morning.  While they were cooking, I was a little disappointed in how thin/flat they were, but when I tasted them, I was immediately okay with that fact that they weren't a bit fluffier.  I do think that, next time, I will completely omit the 1/2 c. milk (as suggested by one of the commenters of this recipe on the original recipe source).  That will likely produce a thicker, fluffier pancake.  I'm tempted to whip up another batch right now to find out, but self-control, Allison.  Self-control.  Like I said, I love pancakes.  I love that these are as delicious as they are AND you get a bit of veggies right there in your pancake.  Plus these use Greek yogurt - I'm convinced Greek yogurt makes everything better.  :)  This entire pancake recipe only has 690 calories - that's about 77 calories per 1/4 c. pancake.  Good stuff right there.  Even better is that Callan loved them as much as I did!  (He loves the ricotta pancakes, too.  Possibly a bit more than these.)

Do you have a favorite pancake recipe?  Do you have a go-to recipe and never waiver from it?
Be brave, try these.  I'm pretty sure you won't regret it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pinterest pet peeves

I love Pinterest as much as the next girl, but I do have a few "pinner" pet peeves that drive me absolutely nutty.  You may get irritated at the same things I do, be guilty of some of these "pinning sins", or maybe you're totally oblivious because you're just a pinner and not a pin do-er.  But I highly doubt that last one is the case.  ;)

So, here's my list of what totally gets under my skin, at least on Pinterest.

Pinning an image of food without a title of what it is.  I see that it is a cupcake, but I want to know right off the bat that it is a "lemon raspberry cupcake with lemon buttercream frosting", I don't need to know that you think it's "mmm" or that it "looks good".  Seriously, help a fellow "pinner" out.

Pinning an image of food that has no recipe link.  I, passionately, despise when I see a food image, I click on it, and it takes me to one of those tumblr sites, or whatever, that is just a running "list" of images with no source or link to a recipe or where to find a recipe.  Drives my bonkers.  

A pinned food image (with no description of what it is, but it looks pretty tasty) that links to, with the pinned image of the food nowhere to be seen on that page.  For goodness sake, it's not that hard to pin from the original source. 

I guess I'm most annoyed by improper recipe pinning.  I've learned that I need to make sure an image actually takes me to a recipe, and then I pin from the original recipe source.  Lesson learned.

A beautiful image pinned from - it never takes you to the pinned image, but to a list of other, unrelated images.  Sometimes I want to see if there are more angles and details to that beautifully accessorized dining room...

Any image that has no source.

I love the style pins that come from  I really like that you can find where to purchase the articles of clothing, and accessories, and their price tags.  What I don't like, is a pin that looks like it comes from, but doesn't - and you don't get that bonus info on the outfit, or any info at all.

I'm sure there are a few more, but these are the ones that I run into most often.

Pintrest etiquette does exist - and here's a brief list of proper pinning practices that is straight up.
Pinterest, itself, also provides a list of pin etiquette.

So what are your Pinterest related pet-peeves?  Are any of the ones I listed on your list, too?
Love Pinterest, annoyed by careless pinners.