banana nut pancakes

7:26 AM Posted by Roo


(link to original recipe from with complete nutritional information)

Servings: 6

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 large banana, very ripe, mashed
1 cup 1% milk (I used skim)
3 large egg whites
2 tsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)
butter flavored cooking spray

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Combine milk, egg whites and mashed banana in a bowl and mix until smooth. Combine wet ingredients with the dry and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots. Don't over-mix.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Spray oil to lightly coat and pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter. When the pancake starts to bubble and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter.

Makes about 3 cups of batter which yields 12 pancakes.

We topped ours with extra walnuts, banana slices and syrup! Delicious!

do i have an accent?

11:26 AM Posted by Roo

Ok so here goes. The Accent Vlog!

Do YOU have an accent? I don't think I do but others have said that yes, in fact, I do.

I'm trying to remember where this originated but can't recall. The accent vlog has been done by several friends including - Mel, Melissa, Kirsten, Bari, Brooke and Tiffany - that I can recall as I'm typing this. Anyway, I had so much fun watching my friends I decided to join in. Even if I do feel silly posting it. (And apparently LOOK silly, too, as proven in the still shot below.) :o)

WARNING: I say "ummm" a lot.

Words I read:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

Questions I answered:

•What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

•What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

•What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

•What do you call gym shoes?

•What do you say to address a group of people?

•What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

•What do you call your grandparents?

•What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

•What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

•What is the thing you change the TV channel with? I have an accent? Have you done this yet? If not, what are you waiting for? DO IT. Cave to the peer pressure. All the cool kids are doing it, k?

i'm still here

7:46 AM Posted by Roo

I'm here but don't seem to have too much to say. Life is busy. So busy. Everyone was sick for a few weeks straight. We're all better now.

My daughter is still giving me a fit but I finally found the one things she hates and that has worked. Time out facing the corner in the kitchen. The first round took a whopping 30 minutes because she kept laughing at me and getting up and turning around but once it clicked, it clicked. {BIG SIGH OF RELIEF}

I had the lumbar ablation (3 shots to burn the nerves) in my back and it feels nothing like the diagnostic results. Yet. I am soooo disappointed. It might take up to 4 weeks to completely get there but the doctor still thinks this will fix me for 6+ months.

I got an iPhone. I'm in love. Yes, it's possible to be in love with an electronic device.

Today is a snow day.

My daughter would not sleep last night which means I didn't sleep and now I'm tired.

The end.

why must my child pee everywhere but the toilet?

6:19 PM Posted by Roo

Being a mom is tough. So tough. I had no idea when I had my 2nd child that she would be so drastically different from my first. Everything he is she is the opposite. Don't get me wrong, I love them both. Unconditionally. But my baby girl (who is 3) is going to send me to the loony farm. And not the kind that houses her beloved "happy cows".

She's potty trained. Or was. Whether it's a power struggle, her being stubborn, being too busy to go to the bathroom, whatever. It's driving me absolutely crazy. I've done time outs and after being mad about it the first few times she's all "okay mom" when it's time to sit in the corner. She does her time and does it all over again. Today I started taking favorite things from her. She didn't care. About an hour before bedtime I had taken everything and the TV. Her brother had to go into my bedroom to finish the show he was watching. Again, she didn't care.

When I ask her if it's an accident or if she's doing it on purpose I'm getting mixed replies. Once it's "I'm sorry I promise I didn't mean it; it was an accident, mommy." or "I no want to go in the potty. I'm the boss." (The last comment makes me think she's trying to prove a point but I refuse to let her be the boss.)

I'm being consistent. There are consequences each time (time out and today started with her toys) but it just doesn't seem to faze her. Tomorrow she will clean it up herself. I'm not even sure if that will work. I don't understand and I know a power struggle with potty issues isn't a good thing but I'm at a complete and total loss here. This is the *only* thing we are struggling with right now and I just don't know what to do next.