After my Grandma Shea died I took her cookbooks and hand written recipes home. I was 18 and a senior in high school; I put them in a box and forgot them. When my Mom moved to an apartment I found them. At that time,1975, I was a new mom with time to look through the box. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my Grandma had written notes by many of the recipes. Most were "good" a few were "not good" but some were "very good."
This recipe is inspired by one of her "very good" notations. It was called French Pancakes. The eggs are separated and the whites are beaten with a mixer until peaks form. After mixing the rest of the ingredients the egg whites are gently folded into the batter. This causes tiny air bubbles to create light and fluffy pancakes that melt in your mouth.
I added different ingredients until the flavors were scrumptious and there was enough batter to make pancakes for both my husband and me. It was also important to keep the points as low as possible.
Each serving - 4 pancakes - 2 Freestyle Points
French Berry Pancakes
Preheat griddle sprayed with Pam
2 eggs, separated - whites beaten to peaks
Yolks in separate bowl
Add to the yolks:
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
1/4 cup Kodiak Pancake mix
By hand gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Do not over mix.
Spoon batter onto hot griddle and if you want berries add to each pancake after they are on the griddle. It doesn't take them long to brown, so work quickly. Then flip the pancakes.
Since beginning Weight Watchers on May 21st I have done pretty well.
My cholesterol medicine dose was cut in half. Hoping adding exercise this last month will get it taken away completely. We go to the Freeland Sportszone every morning for 35-45 minutes of biking, walking and some of the machines.
I've had a bit of a glitch since the program changed in the beginning of December, but I think I've got it figured out now.
So I'm ending this year with a 56.4 loss. Still a long way to go but it has been amazingly much easier than I thought it would be and I feel so much better.
We looked to Bishop Ken's homily from the first Sunday in Advent - 2003 for inspiration for our worship space at the SS. Peter and Paul site of St. Dominic's in Saginaw, Michigan. The empty manger at the cross.
"The calendar that affects us today is the Catholic liturgical calendar. In that calendar, the New Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which we are celebrating today.
Our liturgical calendar revolves entirely around Jesus Christ. Every single year, we celebrate the whole story of Jesus Christ. We begin with the Advent and Christmas seasons, which revolve around his birth. The Christmas seasons ends with the baptism of the Lord by John the Baptist, and we begin his public ministry. So we start listening to Gospels telling us about the early days of his ministry. After that comes Lent, when we begin looking toward his arrest, his suffering, his death. Lent leads up to the three-day Holy Triduum, when we meditate on his passion, death, and resurrection. Then we have the fifty day Easter season when we celebrate the truth of his resurrection, leading up to Pentecost when we celebrate his pouring of the Spirit upon us. Finally, we spend the rest of the year proclaiming all that he did and said.
We do that every liturgical year, the same sequence. Then when it ends, we start over.
So here we are at the very beginning of another liturgical year - the first Sunday of Advent. There's an interesting thing about our beginning. Every year, on the first Sunday of Advent, the Gospel is about the end of the world. At first that might seem strange - to begin with the ending. On the other hand, that's the way we map out a trip. If we're trying to figure out how to get somewhere, we start with the ending - our destination. Then we figure out how to get there."
I love how the angle of the sun changes in the fall. It changes the landscape with shadows. This afternoon we drove through the countryside, stopping lots of times so I could take pictures. A great afternoon.
I'm sitting on my couch in my PJ's and it's after Noon! We have been on the go for weeks. Even if some of that time was fun time it was part of the nonstop pattern.
So today I'm watching an NCIS marathon, tipping my neighbors on Bakery Story, planning the cooking prep for 24 Thanksgiving guests (it may sound like work, but I love making a timeine) and not getting dressed until we have dinner with friends later tonight.
One last look from the living room before leaving for dinner.
So the result of the last post is that Pat and I slept most of the afternoon. I know that means I'll be up most of the night, but the dream I had makes it worth it.
I NEVER remember my dreams. But today was different. My best friend, Janet died several years ago and I really miss her. Today in my dream I was organizing our classmates to go to Grand Marais to see Janet. (Something I did when she was alive.) In my dream I forgot to tell Janet we were coming. Lots of stress when I couldn't get her on the phone.
Finally we all got there and Janet was nowhere to be found. My cousin, Jon, also a classmate, came in looking like a hippy with an afro! (I can't wait to tell him that!)
Then I went in the living room and there was Janet. She was laughing. It made me so happy to see her. Then I woke up and I can't tell you how happy I am I got to see Janet.
Pat has a cold so it's a good excuse to stay in my nightgown all day long! Haven't done this in ages. We watched a movie and now are watching the rerun of the Astro win last night because we both fell asleep before it was done.
Earlier I cleaned out the refrigerator. I zoodles the zucchini and took all the meatballs and sauce out of the freezer for our family dinner tomorrow. Can't wait for everyone to come over.
We've spent a lot of time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the last few weeks. We went to Marquette a few weeks ago. Nice trip. Won enough at the casino to play for awhile and pay for dinner. Saw some color, but this just isn't a great year for color.
Then Mary Berkshire said they were going to Mr. Lepeak's and maybe we could come up while they were there. Mary and I are friends on Facebook, but I had never met her. A few years ago she married Janet's husband, Rod.
So we made plans to go up on Sunday. I cooked all day on Friday. I made marinara sauce and a ton of meatballs. And chicken in the slow cooker. So I took 8 small Ziploc containers of meatball's and 6 of shredded chicken for Mr. Lepeak's freezer.
It rained most of the way up there. High wind warnings on the bridge. But we made it. We had a nice afternoon. It was so good to see Mr. Lepeak even though he seems much older this visit. It was so good to see Rod again and to finally meet Mary. She is very nice.
We drank a bottle of Mr. Lepeak's raspberry wine with the warning there wasn't any made this year because the mice ate the bark on the plants!
On our way back to St. Ignace i made the hotel reservation and didnt notice i made it for Mackinaw City. So we crossed the bridge and watched our first sunset on the bridge.
We stayed at the Comfort Inn and slept until 8 am. WE NEVER SLEEP AFTER 6 AM! We both awakened with no backache - another first. I had given our mattress to Joanna on Friday and was dreading looking for a new one. I pulled those sheets out of the foot of the bed and found they were made in Grand Rapids. Looking on the Internet I couldn't find a retailer. So I called the company and the man I spoke with said I was the 3rd person to call from Mackinaw City that morning. I ordered one. Should be here in a week.
Also a beautiful sunrise from our room.
We drove home 33 going through our favorite back roads in Atlanta. Saw more color there.
Today we went to see the Sharma's. Another nice day. Pat and Barb and I went to Lumberman's Monument - still not a lot of color. But a nice day anyway. I took her a dish towel I had transferred a recipe of her Mom's on.