Posts Tagged ‘pancakes’

Monday Things (on a Tuesday)

I know, I know – it’s Tuesday. But it feels like a Monday, so… just roll with it.

1. Happy Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday.


The latter is celebrated by eating lots o’ pancakes. If you need some pancake makin’ inspiration, check here (fav), here, or even a Paleo version here. {More on my recipes page, but with hideous photography. 😉 }

2. This weekend, I had my very first acai bowl and ate it at the beach, topped with a heaping of peanut butter. 


Delish and the size of my head, although pretty sure the toppings were my favorite.

3. “Acai” — proper pronunciation please? 

To be determined, but I may have been mispronouncing it/embarrassing myself all along………..HELP.

4. This is southern California right now.


I ran Saturday near the beach and I was sweating far more than necessary for a February morning.

5. As always, late to the party.


Episode one down, and now obsessed.

6. Can someone PLEASE tell me why people feel inclined to reply all to mass emails?


I’m currently getting one that will.not.stop. and has a distro list of approximately 100.

7. This is now my new normal, and guysssssssssss… I do not hate it.

studyI secretly would love to be a full-time student. #nerdalert

8. Is anyone else watching the train wreck that is “The Bachelor?”430.1x1


It’s like I can’t not watch….

9. Turns out making a heart-shaped pizza is HARD. 


The end. 

Now go eat some pancakes! xo


How was your long weekend? Anyone else hoping to eat some pancakes today?

Review: Kodiak Cakes

Someone recently told me that if I was a food, I’d be a pancake. It just about made my day.

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Honestly, there is not much I love more in life than pancakes. I mean, certain people and running and sunshine top the list of things I love too, of course, but pancakes…. Gah.

We go waaaay back.

Needless to say, I was beyond excited when Kodiak Cakes asked if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their new pancake mixes. I nearly leaped for joy when their special delivery arrived on my doorstep. Better than Christmas, you 1

Although homemade pancakes are always number one in my heart, I’ve been a fan of the original whole wheat Kodiak Cakes mix since I first learned about them about a year ago. They’re truly one of the most nutritious (and tasty) boxed mixes I’ve ever tried, and I’m no stranger to the pancake/waffle mix aisle in the grocery store. Let’s be honest – mixes require a whole lot less bowls to wash after you’re done cooking.

As you may recall, I ate pancakes just about every week on the nights before my long runs for my past two half marathons.  90% of the time they were made using Kodiak Cakes mix (that I bought with my own money, unbeknownst to the Kodiak Cakes powers that be).

Pancakes = running fuel. Even Ryan Hall agrees with me on that.

The mix that Kodiak Cakes sent me last week, though, were for their new “power cakes,” aka pancakes packed with protein – 14 grams per three-pancake serving. photo 5Um, awesome! Even more perfect for pre-long run fueling.

To be honest, I was a little nervous about trying the mix, because a lot of times products that promise to be jam-packed with protein actually taste like chalk. These power cakes (<–catchy, right?), though, do not taste the teeniest bit like chalk. Quite the opposite actually. They’re pretty darn delicious! My boyfriend even enjoyed them and he usually says he hates pancakes (I know, I KNOW).

In fact, I think I like this protein mix even better than their regular, old fashioned one! The pancakes are definitely more filling per serving, and the taste was a little bit more complex. And per usual, just the right fluffiness level and flavor — not too sweet, not too dry.

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I made a batch on Saturday morning after going to Body Pump class and devoured my stack  within seconds, paired  with a runny egg and some syrup.  I used unsweetened almond milk per the alternative directions on the back of the box for even more protein and flavor, and added some banana slices into a couple of the ‘cakes, just because. Breakfast Brunch of champions.

Big thank you to Kodiak Cakes for sharing their new product with me! As always, all reviews are 100% my own honest opinion. (Full disclosure: I even told the kind Kodiak Cakes folks that I had to try it and like it before I’d recommend it to you guys. 🙂 )

Have you tried Kodiak Cakes mixes before? FYI, they’re running a special 25% discount on orders if you use promo code SHARKTANK through May 4! 

Pancakes Make People Happy

Happy Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/BEST DAY OF THE YEAR.1902710_10152044552578152_1884169739_n


It’s National Pancake Day! Celebrate like you should, folks!

As anyone reading this blog for more than 5 minutes probably knows, I’m a HUGE advocate for pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner (they’re my pre-long run fuel!), and I’m a firm believer in the ol’ “everything in moderation” adage.

You can find lots of yummy pancake recipes (inluding Paleo ones!) on my Recipes page.

As far as my favorite mix, I always turn to Kodiak Cakes. They are a delicious (and relatively nutritious) option for making a stack at home without dirtying up my kitchen too badly. Pssst – I just checked their website, and they’re offering 30% off at checkout with the code “PANCAKE.”

In case you want to sneak out for some flapjacks at lunch, IHOP is giving away free short stacks today to celebrate this special day, too! You’re encouraged to leave a small donation for a charity while you’re there.

And don’t worry, I’ll be having all the pancakes today. 😉



Will you be having pancakes today? How are you celebrating Mardi Gras?



 {Disclaimer: I do not have any affiliation with any of the brands I mentioned… I’m just a pancake fan.}


Eat Your Pancakes

You guys!


Apparently today is the best day of the year – National Pancake Day!

I have to admit, I didn’t know about this until a number of people brought it to my attention earlier this morning. It’s good to know people are looking out for me and my pancake obsession. Anyways, there’s also a a National Pancakes Day in February, so I was surprised to hear about today’s holiday…….. this is just extra incentive for eating my favorite food.

I honestly have no idea which is the real Pancake Day, but I also don’t particularly care…. Everyday of my life pancake day, and I’ll most likely be celebrating with a big stack for dinner (or lunch, if I get lucky). In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the pancake recipes saved on my Recipes page for some inspiration of your own. Pancakes are really the happiest food, you know…. It’s a fact.

Pssst – my favorite pancakes recipe saved on the blog is for the sweet potato chocolate chip ones. Amaze-face.

In case you don’t have time for homemade but still want to celebrate (because really, why wouldn’t you?), my favorite pancakes mix is Kodiak Cakes! That’s what I used to whip up a lot of my pre-long run meals during half marathon training, and they’re delish as well as not terrible for you nutrition wise. What more could you ask for in the best food EVER?



Happy Thursday! 😉

Sunday Field Trip

We could all use a little more weekend, am I right? IMG_7974 IMG_7975IMG_7971 IMG_7972

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Brunch: Claire’s On Cedros in Solana Beach, CA

Eats: Claire Cakes, aka the restaurant’s highly acclaimed pancakes {they live up to the hype – I had the multigrain ones!}

The Rest: Work event at the Del Mar Races* (it’s adjacent to the town of Solana Beach in San Diego County, north of San Diego); Samantha, my old roommate from college, was my date and placed a few bets, while I cheered on the horses with fun names and ate the fruit garnish on the hors d’oeuvre platters. 😉 #notwinning

What stands out from your weekend?

*Note: I’m not an avid horse race goer (this was my first and probably last) and do not bet on horses; I’m personally not a fan of animal races, but had been told the Del Mar Races are a local San Diego “experience” 

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