His and Hers Pancakes

Guess what time I woke up both Saturday AND Sunday?  8:00 a.m.!!  This is unheard of for me.  Weekends it’s not unusual for me to get up and around any earlier than 10:30!

But, I liked it.  The house was quiet.  Tony was sleeping.  The dog woke up with me and after going outside for a while, slept at my feet while I did some computer work.  I may or may not have deleted like 3000 pictures I’ll never need again!  Still have more organizing to do on the photo front, but it’s a significant start.

Both mornings I munched on a big bowl of the tangerines my PIL sent me – I have only one grapefruit and one tangerine left!

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Saturday morning I had a taste for pancakes for breakfast.  Sadly, I knew if I even uttered the word “pumpkin” in front of pancake to Tony, he would be out.  So, I did what every loving wife would do and I made two sets of pancakes.

His Pancakes


  • 1 cup milk (+2 tablespoons for thinner pancakes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix everything together in a large bowl.  Here is my secret to fluffy pancakes – I let my batter sit for a minimum of 15 minutes before making the pancakes – you want to let the baking powder have a chance to let it do its magic.  The batter will look like this:

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I’ve found that a full 1/3 cup is too big of a pancake, but 1/4 cup is too small, so I fill the batter 3/4 full in the 1/3 cup.  This makes 12 pancakes.

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I actually made the whole batch, thinking Tony could eat some during the week, but he shook his head, that was probably not going to happen, so I sent the leftovers to my SIL’s house for her grandson. Open-mouthed smile

My version?  Well, I knew I wanted pumpkin and chocolate chip, but I wanted to keep the calories in check.  I decided to sub some of the flour for ground oats, and while I didn’t get as thick a pancake as the ones above, um, these are amazeballs!

Her Pancakes

  • makes 12 pancakes: per pancake – 117 calories, 4 fat, 17 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 4.2 protein


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 12 tsp. mini chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons splenda
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup oats, ground in a coffee grinder
  • 1/2 a cup of flour

Add dry ingredients in a large bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix well and let sit for 15 minutes.  Since there is less oil in this batch, I did need to use Pam so they didn’t stick.

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I took this picture because typically, this is what my counter looks like when I cook.  My handwritten recipe and notes.  The coffee spoon, still with a touch of coffee, next to the coffee creamer that’s probably been on the counter for two hours, and my phone is always in reach.  Sometimes Tony walks into the kitchen to get some water and just shakes his head! Hot smile

Once I poured the batter for the pancakes, I sprinkled one teaspoon of chocolate chips over the pancake, then flipped – the chips kind of got a little crispiness to them somehow.  My store sells these containers of mini chocolate chips for about $2 – so much cheaper than the bagged chips.

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I had three pancakes – this was my breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  One of my goals this year is to get better at food styling (as well as to learn my camera better!).  Case in point – this first picture looks okay!

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I liked how the pancakes are in focus, and the syrup is fuzzy.  But then I decided to kick it up a notch.

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Just by adding a few mini chocolate chips and a fork wakes up the photo so much.  Of course, when I downloaded the picture I thought “a nice touch of fresh mint on the side would have added some nice color to the photo!”  Oh well, at least it’s an improvement. Open-mouthed smile

I was actually a bit shocked that the nutritional information for both recipes were almost identical!  The only read difference is that my version provided 33% of vitamin A (probably from the pumpkin) and had 2 grams more fiber per pancake. 

Sunday Tony made me his wonderful eggs for breakfast.  Saturday night I checked my blood sugar before going to bed.  We had some cheese and crackers while watching t.v.  It was 210, a bit on the high side, so I took some fast acting insulin and went to bed.

I never checked it first thing, but I took insulin for the tangerines that I ate before Tony woke up.  He made me eggs, hash brown and some toast with pepper jelly.

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I calculated the amount of insulin to take, took it, ate this deliciousness with the perfect amount of spice, and all was well.

A while later though, I was cooking up some raspberries to make a sauce for a breakfast parfait later in the week, and my hands got all tingly.  It was weird, but I just brushed it off.  Half hour later though, the sensation was still there so I decided to check my blood sugar.

It was 512!!!!

Holy shiznet, I have absolutely no idea how that could have happened.  I just shot up a bunch of insulin, and within an hour and a half it was back to normal – so weird!

So, lucky for me (and you – ha!), I didn’t die yesterday.  Although I don’t think I could die from just one high blood sugar day?  I plan on keeping an eye on it though – and testing before I go to bed AND as soon as I get up.   I see my diabetes doctor in February for my semi-annual check up. Open-mouthed smile

Alright, I’ve got my gym bag packed – I haven’t figured out what I will do yet.  We’ll see!  Off to do my 30 minute stretch before work.  My upper thighs are still killing me from the 100 Workout!

Oh, and Tony thought it would be funny when I was at the grocery store yesterday to put Kath Eats up, (I am not linking to Kath Eats directly, just at a blog that gives the recaps of her daily oatmeal!) so when I went back to the computer, it would be on the screen.  Not funny!  (In case you want to know what I am talking about, you can go to this post)

Happy Monday – make it a great day!


34 thoughts on “His and Hers Pancakes

  1. Holy shit, I’m glad you got your blood sugar back down!!
    Those pumpkin pancakes look amazing—I’m definitely going to need to try them soon!

  2. Strangely enough I would prefer Tony’s pancakes, mostly because of the pumpkin in yours of which I’m not a huge fan.

    I always get up between 7 and 8 am on Saturday and Sunday, this way I have a long day ahead of me to do lots of things. Sleep to me is necessary but I don’t want to do it longer than necessary (i.e. 7 to max. 8 hours a night)

  3. mmm i will take his AND hers, thankyouverymuch

  4. Glad you are ok! Love those “hers” pancakes…pumpkin and chocolate chips is such a good combo, that’s an awesome breakfast!

    • I know, right? The first time I made pumpkin bread for Tony, I put chocolate chips in them and he thought I was crazy bat shit for doing it – but it is a great combo!

  5. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds

    Glad you were able to get your blood sugar under control! Scary!!!

    Keep at the 100 workout! The more you do it, the less it will hurt. I promise! 🙂

  6. Glad you are alright!! Love the pancakes – especially with chocolate chips! 🙂

  7. Weighting For 50

    Yikes Vat. Glad the blood sugar reading was a “one off”. Love the idea of “his and her” pancakes. Like Tony, Dennis is a “classic” pancaker, but I love add ins. Have a great day.

  8. I love thinner pancakes – your look perfect.

    What’s up with your blood sugar? That was a scary number, and I hope it was just an anomaly.

  9. I always have to make separate pancakes, too! I don’t mind it, though, either.
    Haha, Tony’s a riot. I love it!

  10. scary about your bs. I had a 400 once after getting a prednisone shot and I was scared shitless. Since I’m on the pump, I wasn’t sure what to do and of course the doctor never called me back. I googled it and took some insulin with the pens I keep for emergencies. I gotta say though, since starting the pump, I’ve had much better control. My A1c is 6.5. If your insurance covers, I’d look into it.

    • I am jealous of your pump Randi! My A1C is typically between 6.0 and 6.5, and since I am considered a “controlled” diabetic, my insurance won’t pay for it. My blood sugar has been fine all day today though! 😀

  11. mmmmmmm! Pumpkin and chocolate together are perfect! Josh didn’t like pumpkin for a long time, but has recently started eating it. haha-oh Tony!

  12. Pancakes are my life force… LOVE… now those pumpkin pancakes are OMG!!! A must make! I wasn’t hungry until I saw that picture – not good! :p

    Thankfully you got your blood sugar down. Rich’s sugar was like that before the latest pump he has. The old one, if he did a lot of strenuous activity would pop out or bend at the site, so he wasn’t getting the insulin he thought he was. I think one time it was in the 600’s! yikes!

  13. Oh man……that would scare the living daylights out of me to see my blood sugars at 512!!!
    I get nervous when it’s 200!!! I wish there was a happy medium, having to watch everything that goes in the mouth sure can get frustrating. Then there’s the battle of weight, sodium and hidden high frutcose, carbohydrates (that turn to sugar) sometimes its a losing battle!!!

    Liked those pancakes, made me want to try your recipes…..need a pancake pan though. Looked at that blog about “Kath” I prefer your cooking and picture taking to hers any day!!!

    Tony…..have a great day……it’s sunny in Wisconsin “the land of the Green Bay Packers”

  14. This is the time of year where I’ll make pancakes for dinner. I just love breakfast for dinner. My favorite pumpkin pancake recipe I got off Allrecipes – funny enough Mr. Helen will not eat pumpkin pancakes either so I always end up freezing mine in groups of 2 to have at another time.

    That sugar number was not good, but you know that. Hope it doesn’t happen again any time soon!

  15. That blood sugar incident is scary, thanks for not dying!! 😉 Oh and my kitchen is always cluttered too, especially my cutting board.

  16. His and her pancakes – I think Tony is spoiled! 🙂 I would have to go with the pumpkin chocolate chips ones myself.

    I am always an early riser – love the peace and quiet of early morning when most folks are still asleep. If I sleep until 7:00 that is a late morning for me! But then of course I crash early in the evening.

  17. Still in the land of the living….yahooo! I was a KERF fan but then stopped following her, can’t remember why. I’ll give her credit though, she was the first food blog I came across 3 years ago who showed me you could eat healthy and enjoy it.

  18. I would definitely pick your pancakes but then again you know I love my pumpkin 🙂
    Glad you got your sugar down. Wowsa’s that was high!!! No Kerf fan here.

  19. Mmm, those pumpkin pancakes look good. And even though my bf is a picky eater, he does love pumpkin, so he would be all over those. Might have to make them for him one day 🙂

  20. […] did a few things right off the bat, and around 9:00 I went to reach for my lunch bag to heat up my pumpkin pancakes, but it’s not there.  So I think I left it in the car.  Um, no such luck.  Then I […]

  21. Your photos look awesome! I really need to learn to use my camera better this year, especially with no sunlight available. Sadly I have been using my iPhone more than my real camera these days.

  22. Pumpkin chocolate chip please. What no nut butter or chia seeds?

    Your blood sugar worries me because you had taken insulin. I’m glad you checked your sugar when you did. Do you just follow a sliding scale at meals and covering with short acting insulin or do you also take a long acting insulin at some point during the day?

  23. Oh your pancakes look so yummy! We can’t get canned pumpkin in the UK though sadly. Might have to have a look to see if I can get a real pumpkin out of season to try it

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