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Short-stack Sundays: Banana Bread pancakes

There is nothing quite like ending a happy/relaxing/lazy Sunday with a stack of fresh, hot, homemade pancakes. Since I started college (three years ago now..ohmygosh) I have made pancakes every weekend. And not for breakfast.

I never (except camping) eat pancakes for breakfast. I think it’s because my family likes to have breakfast for dinner more than we like breakfast for breakfast. If you think about it makes sense…

If you’re going to eat a big breakfast you:
1) want to be able to eat as much of it as you can
2) don’t have the energy to make it in the morning (at least I don’t)
3) don’t have the time to make this feast before running out the door for work/school/errands.

Solution? Brinner or dinfest. Breakfast4Dinner.

Let’s break down the word. Pancakes: essentially cakes cooked flat in a pan; therefore, acceptable to eat as a meal. I am most certainly okay with that and let’s be honest..who doesn’t like pancakes?!

My mom makes some mean (as in crazy delicious) pancakes. So I took her recipe and created a ton of variations. Wouldn’t want to have the same type of pancakes two weekends in a row, now would I? That would be preposterous. Through these weekends, (filled with a lot of trial and error) I have come up with quite a few pancake recipes that I will share with you as time goes on.

I thought it would be appropriate to make a “Short-stack Sundays” series since that’s when I usually eat them..and eat them often, I do. (Yoda…what?)

So we will start the series off with…drum roll….Banana Bread Pancakes!!!
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Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

So it was my birthday on Saturday and it was ah-mazing. I never like to have big birthday celebrations, probably due to the fact that I’m a homebody who doesn’t like to be the center of attention. Anyway, it was absolutely perfect!

I  had breakfast at this little beach cafe (it’s literally part of the boardwalk next to the beach) with my family. It was so GOOD. I got to hear the waves, feel the ocean breeze, and look out at nothing but endless sea while in the best company possible.
Then we went for a long walk by the water, did some shelling, took pictures, basked in the sun. AH, sweet perfection.
When we got home it was lunch time, but we were all still ridiculously full from breakfast. Therefore, my mom and I did the only sensible thing to do…we went shopping. TAX FREE WEEKEND, y’all! I do love a good bargain 🙂

For lunch: cake. Hey, it’s my birthday and that’s what I wanted. I feel like that is definitely an acceptable meal on one’s birthday. I sort of just threw caution to the wind because I certainly don’t celebrate my birthday every day!
Back to the cake. It’s my favorite cake (in the whole world) that my mother, the ever-fantastic-baker, made for me ❤

It is fudge-y, chocolate-y, gloriously delicious, birthday-perfection. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
It has so much flavor, and so much depth. The combination of chocolate and espresso is one of the finest inventions on Earth, if I may say so myself. This cake is like the love child between a decadent fudge brownie and fluffy chocolate cake.

You may be chastising me in your mind “I thought this was a healthy food blog.” You would be correct, it most certainly is. And would I ever lead you astray? Most certainly not! This cake is what I deem a “healthy cake.” However, it is not sugar, dairy, or gluten free, but it is pretty darn healthy as far as cake goes! So do read on and brace yourself to behold the perfection that is this cake.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Everybody loves tacos, right?
You can pile loads of toppings on that taco meat and either eat them in a crunchy shell or a soft tortilla (or both).. Most of the time my tacos are a little too piled and I end up eating them as crunchy shell nachos or with a knife and a fork. It would probably be much easier if I just put the tortilla on the side and ate my taco like a burrito bowl, but I digress.

Making taco meat is so easy, you just cook the meat in the pan, add pre-made taco seasoning and water then let it finish cooking. DONE.
Have you ever taken a second to look on the back of that taco seasoning bottle to find out what you are pouring all over your meat? No?
I did and I was baffled that it could be more than just the normal spices I have in my spice drawer. They put things like caramel coloring, corn meal (most likely GMO), sugar (what?), and some put dairy based powders in there.
Well, that just won’t do for me. So I decided to make my own and it’s so simple. You can make a huge batch, pour it in a spice bottle, and then you’re set for a good long while.
Now you can crunch down on that taco like nobody’s business! Success 🙂
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