Every day, I think about blogging at least once or twice.
I really want to be able to write about what goes on in this house. I’ve got recipes that need to be typed out, pictures to share, weight loss progress/fails to get out there and quite possibly a post or two about watching hockey playoffs.
I’m going to try to get better about posting more. Even if they’re just short posts. I miss writing and sharing. I miss the comments from all the cool ladies I’ve met over the last year.
But how can I fit it in? Lauren rarely, if ever, sleeps later than I do. In fact, her being up is why I get out of bed as early as I do. She no longer naps every day and by the time she goes to sleep at night, I can maybe sit up and watch an hour long show I’ve squirreled away on the DVR while I’m folding laundry. But very rarely can I accomplish more than that. I’m beat. I have no idea how single parents do it. I’m so tired by the end of the day and I have help for a few hours on Saturday and all day Sunday.
The point of this post? I am completely in awe of the Mom bloggers that can do it all. Take care of babies/toddlers, the house, errands and blogging. Is there a trick to it?
Blogging Mama’s – how do you do it all? Please share your wisdom with me. I need all the help I can get.
Yesterday afternoon, I got a craving for pancakes. Since last night was leftover night, I decided to give in and make them. Why not? Lauren loves pancakes, I love pancakes and the man of the house, who doesn’t love pancakes, wasn’t going to be home for dinner. Perfect!
I have never made them from scratch before. I’ve always depended on mixes. But after making these, I don’t think I’ll ever buy a box of pancake mix again. It took maybe 3 minutes longer, tasted infinitely better and uses pantry items I almost always have. They were light and super fluffy – except for the first two. They fell victim to the first pancake curse and were flat, misshapen and just not quite right. But, the others? They were perfect.
I found the recipe here and the only change I made was to add vanilla. But now that I know they were good? I’m excited to play around with it and make all sorts of variations. I think the first will be adding some lemon zest and blueberries. Nom!
Makes 8 pancakes, counting the first 2 funky pancakes
ProPoints per serving (2 pancakes): 7
1 1/2 all purpose flour
3 1/2 t baking powder
1 T sugar
3/4 t table salt
1 1/4 c milk, I used whole because I have it in my fridge and we don’t drink it as quickly as low-fat
1 t vanilla extract
3 T melted butter
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
- Add milk, egg, vanilla and melted butter.
- Mix well.
- Heat a nonstick skillet (or warm a griddle if you have one) up over medium heat. I sprayed mine with cooking spray. However, I think this is why my first pancakes never turn out.
- Using a 1/3 c measuring cup, add batter to pan and cook. I used a 10″ skillet and could cook two pancakes at a time. Also, feel free to make whatever size you want, I used a 1/3 c and got 8 pancakes from it.
- When the edges start to look dry, flip ’em over.
- Cook a minute or so on the other side.
- Keep warm in the oven while you’re finishing off the rest. Or give one to toddler who is excitedly jumping up and down screaming, “PANCAKE!”
I abandoned my linky for some reason ages ago. But I miss seeing all the posts. I’d love it if you’d link up!
We briefly visited Lake Taupo last month.
Lake Taupo is 380 km from where we live in Wellington and it took us about five and a half hours to drive there. It was the first stop on our tour of the North Island with my in-laws. It is the largest freshwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere and totally breathtaking.
We stayed at Oreti Village, which are lakefront rental apartments on the southern side of Lake Taupo. We arrived late so we didn’t get to enjoy the place as much as I would have liked but the unit had a full kitchen, roomy lounge and two bathrooms. This two bedroom unit was great for two couples or families and without a doubt, I would have happily stayed there for a week if given the chance. The beds were comfortable, there was a large deck area and the view was just spectacular.
It was quite cloudy and cold in the morning but it made for quite an amazing sunrise. Sadly, I was too busy staring at the lake to take many photos but I did take some. I ended up with some favorites from this day and I’m super happy to be sharing them here.
Since our visit was so brief, we didn’t fully explore the area on this trip. We absolutely will on the next one. Some of the things we’re thinking about doing next time:
* Maori Rock carving cruise and if we make it in the summertime, we’d love to take the one offered at twilight. Unless Lauren is older when we go. If that’s the case we’ll…
* take a guided kayak tour of Taupo. I love kayaking and I suspect that this would be knock-my-socks-off gorgeous.
* checkin’ out the hot springs
* walking (or biking, if possible) the Great Lake Walkway
My vacation from my blog is over.
The last 7 weeks in a nutshell:
• I entertained my in-laws for 3 weeks. So much fun. So much to write about.
• I lost just over 10 pounds with Weight Watchers online. That’s right, 10 pounds. With guests and vacation eating. I’m really close to my first goal and am hoping to hit it on my birthday weigh-in.
• I thought about this blog and if I wanted to keep it going. In short, I do. But things are going to be different around here.
• *TMI* I had my first after-baby period. Holy shit what a bloodbath that was.
• My husband working 80 hours a week. That has proven to be quite challenging for all three of us in many ways. Expect a post or two about that soon.
Regarding this blog, I needed to figure out if I’d miss blogging and Kiwiverse. I did miss writing here. What posts did I miss the most? Hands down, recipe posts. My love of recipe blogging was discovered when I was posing over at Soup or Salad Blog. I absolutely adore it. It brought me a lot of joy. I also pinpointed the posts I didn’t enjoy so much. So they’re out. I may change the name of this space to a more foodie name, I may not. I haven’t decided yet. I’ll get it sorted in due time.
My feelings got hurt right before my blogging hiatus. It was bad. Really, really bad. And I had to get over it before I started up again. Or I would have talked about what a raging asshole this person was being for the entire internet to see. Which I do not have much of a problem with, it’s not like I have thousands of readers. But, it’s not nice. And I don’t want to be an ass because someone was being an ass to me. That’s not how I roll.
All I will say is you got lucky, ass-hat. I can hardly wait to hear that karma caught up with you and gave you a big phat dose of your own medicine.
This post is a few days “late” because I took the advice of a WW leader and switched my weigh in day. After a little bit of talking she suggested making the actual weekend the beginning of my weight watchers week. If I go over my daily points, no big deal because I still have all my weekly points to fall back on and she believes that binge had a lot to do with J being home and my wanting him not to have to “suffer” for me being on the program.
Since it made sense, I decided to switch my weigh in day to Thursdays.
She also told me to log everything from last weekend. To “make it real”.
And I did.
I logged everything from pizza & fried stuff Friday. Plus the drinks from Saturday. And the big mac on Sunday. And I didn’t go over in points. It’s true. I had enough in my weekly bank of points to cover it. I didn’t even have to use any of my activity points, which was a nice and unexpected surprise.
I lost .2 of a pound.
I’m sure that my loss would have been better without that crap but it wasn’t as catastrophic as I thought it was going to be. I ate it, I spent a couple of days feeling all bloaty and nasty from all the salt and it’s over.
I’m glad it happened. I focused on moving more this week. And I learned that a couple of off-days aren’t the end of the world.