I wonder why some ice cream companies dye their mint ice cream green and other companies make white mint ice cream. Personally, I don’t think the color affects the flavor–I love a few scoops of white mint ice cream from Breyer’s as much as I love a green mint Klondike bar. This month, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make green mint chocolate chip cookie bars for St. Patrick’s Day.
Simple Joy Saturday will look a little different in 2019. Instead of posting 3 “simple joys” every Saturday, I am going to post a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. My hope is that the content of these posts will be more substantial and that I will post more consistently.
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie
My mom bought me a “100 Books Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster” for Christmas. Since then, I have been listening to audiobooks like my life depended on it, and I have only listened to two books that were not on the poster: The Year of Less by Cait Flanders and Shouldn’t You Be in School by Lemony Snicket. In my opinion, those two books should have made the list, and a few other books should be removed from the poster.
My favorite family tradition is Christmas morning breakfast. We devour homemade waffles, bacon, and fruit before we open presents. Christmas morning at our house is slow and peaceful.
If your family tends to have a more rushed Christmas morning, then this is the perfect Christmas morning breakfast for you. You can bake these pancake bars a night or two before and warm them in the microwave on Christmas morning. They are dense, chewy, and slightly sweet, just like an extra-thick pancake.
3 cups of pancake mix + the extra ingredients listed on the package (water, eggs, milk, oil, etc.)
1 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare pancake batter according to the directions on the package.
Stir in cocoa powder, 2 tbs peanut butter, 1 banana (mashed), and the powdered sugar.
Pour batter into a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.
Microwave remaining peanut butter about 30 seconds, until drippy. Use a spoon to pour peanut butter in a zig-zag pattern across the top of the pancake bars.
Cut remaining banana into slices, and arrange the slices on the top of the pancake bars.
Bake pancake bars for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.