Weekend Mornings

Good Sunday morning!

I love mornings, especially weekend mornings. Never in my life have I been able to sleep in; sleeping until nine as a teenager was very rare for me. As I get older, I find it easier to wake up earlier and even more difficult to sleep in, even when I don’t get to bed until 12:30am (ahem, last night). But aren’t Sundays made for naps? I think a little cat nap on the couch is in my future.

Yesterday morning, I took advantage of the quiet morning to sit on our back deck and finish reading The Atlas of Love. Considering I started this book Thursday afternoon, you could say I really liked it.

This morning, I used my free, quiet time to make breakfast: zucchini bread pancakes. Smitten Kitchen has incredible recipes (including Brody’s favorite cookie recipe) and I stumbled upon this post yesterday. Her witty commentary about zucchini made me chuckle and nod my head in agreement.

Besides accidentally using three eggs instead of two (I spooned a little out), I followed the recipe exactly. As she suggests, I used half a cup of whole wheat flour and half a cup of white.

The recipe yielded twelve pancakes for me. They were thick, slightly doughy, and golden. I topped mine with plain yogurt mixed with maple syrup and blueberries.

Eight pancakes remain for Brody (if he ever wakes up).

Have a wonderful Sunday!

What do you like to do weekend mornings?
How do you use the abundance of zucchinis in the summertime?

Friday Favorites in Fives

Happy Friday folks! We made it though another week, and now it’s time to relax, lie on the couch, make tacos for dinner, and be in bed by 10pm. That is my plan and it sounds glorious. I have to physically and mentally prepare for running eighteen miles tomorrow morning, which means doing as little as possible in both senses.

Before I totally zone out, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things. As an English teacher, I just can’t help myself; I have to use alliteration whenever possible.

Friday Favorites in Fives (in no particular order)

1) Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream
2) Any kind of frozen yogurt
3) My mom’s sugar cookies
4) Pecan Caramel torte from The Tornado Room
5) Dark chocolate anything

1) Real Simple
2) Shape
3) Fitness
4) Women’s Health
5) Runner’s World

Books (adult)
1) East of Eden by John Steinbeck
2) Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
3) Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson
4) The Help by Kathleen Stockett
5) Kindred by Octavia Butler

Books (young adult)
1) The Hunger Games series
2) 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (not exactly young adult but taught to that age)
5) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Books (nonfiction)
1) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2) Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
3) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
4) Columbine by David Cullen
5) The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner

1) Brody’s eggs with bacon and onions
2) French toast (as obvious from my WIAW this week)
3) Omelet with goat cheese and vegetables
4) Overnight oats
5) Power bagel with honey butter (Einstein’s or Breugger’s)

TV Shows
1) Modern Family
2) The Voice
3) Best Thing I Ever Ate
4) Happy Endings
5) Basically anything on HGTV

1) Goat cheese
2) Blue cheddar
3) Wisconsin cheddar (Bucky Badger brand)
4) Cottage cheese
5) Gruyere

1) Ale Asylum Hopalicious
2) Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
3) Guinness
4) Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
5) Vintage red ale

Now it is your turn! Share one of your favorites fives.

Have a nice evening!