(Alternate title: Have you eaten your hydrogenated oils today?)
I may or may not be known to have some rather strong opinions about certain foods. Ask me my opinion on butter vs.margarine, for example, and you will never wonder how I feel about the issue…or sugar vs. aspartame, or bacon vs. just about anything. I also have been known to picket in the grocery aisles that contain pre-made mixes of any kind, and to spend hours on end making something I could buy simply based on the principal that homemade is always better. Yes, I’m “that girl” and I sometimes hate me too.
Except sometimes, I break my own rules. Sometimes for good reasons, other times not. Some might say I’m fickle; I say I’m human. Shh, don’t tell anyone, ok?
In case you don’t believe me, here is an excerpt from real conversation R and I had recently:
babbling intelligently discussing something of high importance)
R: You’re so funny.
Me: Me, funny?!?! What’s that supposed to mean?!?! I’m not being funny!!! I’m being serious, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
R: You’re very funny. All the time. Including right now.
Me: I don’t agree.
R: Well, you are. You’re always either “haha funny” or peculuar funny.
Me. Hmm. Please pass the margarine.
(end of conversation, beginning of heart disease)
In all seriousness, while I DO believe that homemade is best, I also sometimes cheat and use something out of convenience, cost, and/or Scottish guilt. This recipe I’m about to show you is what happens when all 3 of those things get together for a party (In other words, when sleeping in is important, cake mixes are on sale for 88 cents each, and you feel guilty throwing something out). Go ahead, put your pride, common sense, and health-conscious ego aside and join me for breakfast…you know you want to!
Go ahead and raid your pantry for Bisquick, cake mix, milk, eggs, vanilla, sprinkles. Don’re pretend you don’t have those items on hand at all times!
Pre-heat your griddle to medium-high heat while you introduce all of the batter ingredients to each other.
1 c Bisquick, please meet 1 c cake mix, 2 eggs, 1 c milk, and 1 t vanilla. Go ahead and mingle, but don’t get too friendly.
Oh look, the sprinkles are here! All 3T of them!
You know the drill from here on in – ladle the batter onto the preheated and greased griddle, being sure to have some touch the sides of the griddle and therefore diminish any hopes, dreams, or aspirations of perfectly round pancakes.
And when the surface is dotted with bubbles, flip the pancakes over and continue cooking until they’re golden brown.
Stack these babies up high, and dust with icing sugar and more sprinkles (obviously) before digging in. Or, if you’re not watching your girlish figure, drizzle with an icing-sugar glaze, too.
Oh look, it’s a party on my plate!
And a perfect breakfast in celebration of a certain someone’s 1 month birthday…
… even if this post is 2 months late going up and the birthday girl doesn’t have teeth :)
And on that note, please pass the margarine and Diet Coke. I’m a little thirsty.
P.S. If you feel guilty serving your family cake for breakfast, give them Cheerios and eat these once they’ve all left the house. Take it from me, it’s sometimes worth it.