WIAW + Brownie Batter Pancakes

I normally try very hard not to wish away time. In the grand scheme of things, I don’t have a lot of it, and I like to try and live in the moment and be thankful for what I have every day.


This is my last full week of classes (they give us next Thursday and Friday off for “studying”, even though I’m pretty sure 97% of the college population spends that time drinking or sleeping), and I have:

16 real days,
4 school days,
3 days of work,
2 weekends,
3 poems and 1 short story to revise,
2 exams,
1 fifteen day unit plan,
1 inquiry project presentation,
1 critical analysis essay,
and 1 intervention research paper

before summer break!!! Hooray!

Actually, typing all of that out totally freaked me out. I didn’t realize I still had that much to do. Haha.

But considering all that I’ve done over the last four years, that list up there is nothing. Plus, now that I’m actually excited to student teach (I really like my coordinating teacher), I’m actually looking forward to the end of the semester for more than one reason!




Thanks for hosting, Jenn!


I actually had a different and exciting breakfast this week! On Sunday I woke up and decided that, gosh darn it, I was going to have pancakes.


I usually try and stay away from them because they’re little carb disks, but I was craving them, and I found this amazing recipe on Skinny Taste from Chocolate Covered Katie!

I did make a few adjustments to the recipe, so here is my version:

Brownie Batter Pancakes (egg, nut, dairy free)
serves 1
very slightly adapted from this recipe

– 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
– 1/4 tsp. baking powder
– 1 1/2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 tbsp. brown sugar
– pinch of salt
– 1 1/2 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 5 tbsp. coconut milk


  1. Stir together dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Add in wet ingredients, and mix everything together.
  3. Heat a griddle (or skillet) over medium-low heat. Coat with cooking spray.
  4. Dollop a few tablespoons of batter (per pancake), and cook until small bubbles appear in the middle, or about 3 minutes. Flip, and cook for a few more minutes.
  5. Serve with fresh berries, butter (or margarine), and/or sugar, and enjoy!


One amazing thing about this recipe is that it isn’t going to hurt you if you slightly undercook the pancakes…which I did and they were fudgy and melty and delicious. πŸ™‚


That was one good breakfast.


At school last week, I made a huge amount of this Sweet and Sour Veggie Stir Fry that I’ve been enjoying as leftovers over the last couple of days.


On Friday, my mom and I went to Panera for lunch. For some reason I wasn’t really digging the thought of chicken, so I ordered a classic salad and a Caprese panino. OHmygosh those panini are incredible. A word to the wise, though: if you go there and are allergic to nuts, be sure to order the panino without the pesto!


Then later that night, my mom baked up some pork chops for dinner and I sauteed bell peppers and onions as a side. For some reason, I forgot to take a picture ofΒ that meal, but on Sunday, I incorporated the leftover peppers and onions in a bowl of quinoa pesto! I also chopped up some string cheese and topped the bowl with some Parmesan. Yum.



I had probably a gazillion tortilla chips over the course of the weekend, but I also whipped up this Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie…


…recipe can be found here!

I also had a few servings of M&Ms over the weekend. For some reason, when it comes to M&Ms, I can actually restrain myself from having more than a serving by portioning it out. When it comes to pretty much any other food (especially crackers…help me), I can’t stop after just a serving, but I guess with M&Ms it’s different…?


As I mentioned in this post, my parents and I enjoyed a nice evening in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Before the show, we went to Lena, a Cuban restaurant for dinner. There was a wait, so we went downstairs to the bar, which seriously reminded me of a pub I went to in London. It was so cool! (Although I’m a bit confused as to how “Cuban” this looks?)


This unexpected style was at least coherent throughout the restaurant…the upstairs looked like a modern lounge, and it was playing club music. Definitely not what I was expected from a Cuban restaurant!

When we were finally seated, we had to quickly order dinner because we were running late for the show. My dad and I both ordered the grilled pork tenderloin with apple puree, creamed spinach, caramelized apples, bean stew and pork jus“.


I may or may not have started eating this before remembering to take a photo…

It had deep flavor, mostly from the beans I think, and was really pretty good overall. My only complaint was that I don’t think there were any apples on the plate (I think they must have run out and thought I wouldn’t notice if they put sauteed mushrooms instead? I don’t know..) and I really missed that hit of sweetness. Anyway, it was a good and different meal overall!

That said, on Sunday night I made Savory Apple and Onion Pork Tenderloin, a variation on a previous recipe I’d made. Yes, there is pork under all of that topping.


I could have this meal once a week a never get sick of it!


As if the pancakes and my “snacks” weren’t enough, I also enjoyed a few bowls of chocolate ice cream with crushed pretzels and mini chocolate chips over the course of the weekend.

photo-2(Recycled photo.)

And on Monday, Dan baked me a 3-Ingredient Chocolate Berry Cobbler, which is super delicious. I’m not used to people baking me things, so the thought was very sweet as well.


Workouts April 14-20
Sunday: rest
Monday: 35 minutes elliptical trainer + strength training
Tuesday: 28 minutes jogging + 22 minutes walking on treadmill
Wednesday: off
Thursday: see Tuesday
Friday: P90X Yoga
Saturday: P90X Kenpo

In other news, thank you all so much for your support and well wishes regarding the test I took on Saturday! Despite all the love, I really did not do well (I don’t think). The questions were completely unexpected, and it was more a matter of you know it or you don’t know it. It spanned a wide range of subjects outside of English, like computers (what?), social studies, math, and psychology, and was 100 multiple choice questions. Which I hate…part of the reason I went into English is because we don’t take tests, we write papers! Ugh. What a nightmare. The bummer is that until I pass the test, I cannot be certified to teach anywhere, so it looks like I’ll be taking it again this summer and possibly even next fall if I don’t do well.

I’ll end this post with my favorite photo of the week:


Haha. I love dog noses!

Questions for the day:

What are your favorite kind of pancakes?

How about smoothies?

How do you feel about standardized tests? Yay or nay?

Have a wonderful Wednesday! πŸ™‚


  1. pickyrunner · · Reply

    I’ve never tried a CCK recipe but those do look really good!!!! I hope they taste as good as they look πŸ™‚
    also your countdown is making me soooo jealous!

    1. So far, I love all of the CCK recipes I’ve tried! Hopefully your countdown isn’t looking too terrifying!

  2. jessielovestorun · · Reply

    Crushes pretzels make the perfect topping for any type of dessert!! And girl those pancakes look incredible. You reminded me that it’s been a good while since I’ve had any. Need to change ASAP!

    1. They really do! And thanks! Pancakes are the best. πŸ™‚

  3. Brownie pancakes!!! I want some πŸ™‚

  4. those are awesome countdowns, you are so close!

    1. I know!!! πŸ˜€

  5. Brownies for breakfast?!? I’m sold. πŸ™‚ Looks delicious!

    1. Haha exactly! Thanks!

  6. Lift, Sleep, Eat · · Reply

    mmm everything looks really good, especially those brownie pancakes!

  7. Oh my word do those pancakes look amazing.

    Is that your doggy? So cute!

    1. Haha yes! She came up really close to the camera and I got this great shot out of it. πŸ™‚

  8. holy shite those pancakes look good. Sorry about your test. At least it’s almost summer!!

    1. Thanks, and yes, that’s definitely helping ease the pain! πŸ˜›

  9. Love how simple that pancake recipe is- all basic ingredients. I might just get around to FINALLY trying a chocolate pancake!

    1. …Now that you mention it, I think this was my first time, too! I guess I was missing out!

  10. That is a great dog nose photo; so adorable, although it can’t compete with all great and tasty dishes. Your veggies and quinoa bowl sounds delicious, and those pancakes…wow, just wow.

  11. I love chocolate pancakes, I practically make them every Sunday! This recipe looks great πŸ™‚

    1. Really?? That’s such a cool tradition! I’d never tried them before last week.

  12. Love the doggie nose! What are you going to be student teaching? I was once a 5th grade teacher. Loved it! Not a fan of standardized tests. My son is actually taking the ACT this month. He has a goal of beating my score, which he most likely will. I am making those fiber cookies weekly now and they are gone in an hour. Now I must try the pancake recipe.

    1. I’ll be teaching high school English, probably American lit to 10th graders. I’m excited! That’s funny about your son…it’s good that he has that sort of attitude about it! I can’t stand tests of any kind, especially not the standardized ones. Ugh.

      I’m so so glad to hear about those cookies! It makes me very happy to know others are enjoying my recipes. πŸ™‚

  13. I totally just halved the brownie pancake recipe and made myself a late night “cookie”… Mmmmmm.

    1. Oooh, good plan!!

  14. Oh your pancakes LOOK SO GOOD! Almost to summer break! Congrats!!

    1. Thanks! I’m so happy! πŸ˜‰

  15. OMG…. that pancake… just wow!

  16. Summer break being not far away anymore must be heavenly but wow, you do really have a packed schedule until then. Good luck with all of the work you have to finish! Presentations are my downfall as I’m super nervous when speaking in front of others. What is yours about?
    The dog nose picture is really cute. Makes me wish I had a pup, too.
    Sorry to hear about the test, though. Those “know it or don’t know it” ones are worst. Why can’t there always be some wiggle room where you can try and work in all you know getting at least some points?
    Hope you’re having a nice and sunny Thursday!

    1. It really is super busy, but I don’t mind being busy. πŸ™‚ The presentation is about reading comprehension in struggling readers. It’s for one of my teaching classes. I used to hate being in front of people but I’ve kind of grown used to it, which is good considering it’s going to be my career!
      Exactly! That’s why I like short answer or essay tests instead of multiple choice. Those have no wiggle room!
      Thanks, I hope you had a great day too!

  17. Summer break being not far away anymore must be heavenly but wow, you do really have a packed schedule until then. Good luck with all of the work you have to finish! Presentations are my downfall as I’m super nervous when speaking in front of others. What is yours about?
    The dog nose picture is really cute. Makes me wish I had a pup, too.
    Sorry to hear about the test, though. Those β€œknow it or don’t know it” ones are worst. Why can’t there always be some wiggle room where you can try and work in all you know getting at least some points?
    Hope you’re having a nice and sunny Thursday!

  18. I’m sorry to hear that your test might not have gone very well, but either way I think you should be proud and not let that get you down because you have accomplished so much! My dad said to me yesterday, “If you really want something you’ll find a way to make it happen.” Or something inspirational like that πŸ˜‰ Wish I had a pen. Sounds like a Ghandi moment. haha.

    So much wonderful food, but I’m transfixed with your first meal. Brownie batter pancakes. Just sound and look great.

    I may be the lone one out but I kind of like taking standardized tests. I’m not saying I always like the outcome, but there is just something about the monotony of filling out all of those bubbles… Gosh, I sound like a freak! 😦

    1. Aw, thanks! That’s nice to hear. And your dad does sound very full of wisdom. πŸ™‚
      Yeah, those were probably my favorite eats over the week!
      Hmm that’s interesting. I can see your point though. I used to love multiple choice/standardized tests when I was younger for the same reason but then they started getting difficult haha. And filling out bubbles is fun. πŸ™‚

  19. This look DELISH! Totally just pinned it πŸ™‚ Need to try!

    1. Thanks! I hope you like them!

  20. These look DELISH! Totally just pinned it πŸ™‚ Need to try!

  21. With all that on your plate- you deserve that breakfast! And all your eats looks SO good! Thanks for sharing this delectableness on Ladies holiday Photo Friday blog hop!

    1. Aw thanks! And thanks for hosting!

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  23. Oh my goodness those pancakes look divine!

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  26. Angela · · Reply

    I tried the pancakes, but they did not come out looking as delicious as yours. They never really seemed to cook in the middle. Do you have any tips?

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. I would try a couple of things the next time you make them (and I hope you do try them again!). First, you could try cooking them over lower heat. Maybe the outsides cooked so fast, the inside couldn’t keep up. You could also try thinning out the batter. Baking is such a picky science, so maybe just a splash more milk would help to thin the batter out, and help them cook more evenly.
      I hope you give those two ideas a try and everything works out for you!
      Thanks for the question! πŸ™‚

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