You Never Know

So guess what – I didn’t have a muffin or sausage casserole for breakfast yesterday!  I had about 20 minutes left before I had to leave, and I thought “I think I have time to make Nicole’s banana bread pancakes!”

I of course modified to what I had on hand.  I started to follow her recipe and my batter was super thick – as in if I tried to scoop out some to drop in my pan I turned my measuring cup upside down and that batter wasn’t going anywhere.  So I upped the milk to 3/4 cup and added a container of Chobani honey yogurt.  I also subbed in pecans because I didn’t have any walnuts.

Banana Bread Pancakes

  • adapted from Nicole at Prevention RD

Makes 10 pancakes (1/3 cup measure size)

  • each pancake: 150 calories, 1.9 fat, 29 carbs, 1.5 fiber and 4.5 protein
  • B+ grade on calorie count


  • 2 cups white flour (Nicole used whole wheat)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (I added that)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup skim milk (upped from 2/3)
  • 1 container of Chobani honey yougurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (Nicole used 1/3 cup walnuts

I am a lazy baker, so I mix my dry ingredients first, then add the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients and mix until combined.  I like to let my pancake batter sit for 15 minutes, but there was no time yesterday.  Right now the batter is sitting on the counter and I’ll cook the rest of them off for breakfasts next week.

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They look plain, but they were very good – I liked the chunks of banana and the crunch from the pecans.  On the side I had some Canadian bacon.

I was able to leave work early yesterday to go to the Wedding dinner for my nephew and his wife.  So no lunch workout – so yesterday was a rest day for me.  I knew I would be eating an early dinner so I brought leftover chicken noodles soup that I froze – I’ve never tried to freeze soups with noodles because I thought the nooodles would taste like ass reheated after being frozen.

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Guess what?  The noodles were delicious!  And I used chicken from one I grilled so I could still taste the smokiness from the grill.

I swung by home, picked up Tony and we were off to the restaurant.  The lighting was horrible in the restaurant but I plan to get a ton of pictures tonight at their reception.  The bride and me – her name is Izzy.  I put this picture on Instagram last night and Stacie said “Izzy and Bizzy!”  Love it.

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We started out with saganaki – how can you go wrong with warm cheese and pita bread?!

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I had a burger – with extra pickles and pickled jalapenos.  I love when a restaurant isn’t afraid to make a medium rare burger – sadly it had no seasoning at all.

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Don’t panic – I immediately got rid of the red onions!  Whew.

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My other nephew Chris sat next to me – Tony wouldn’t take a picture with me – ha!!

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And then we finished off the meal with a strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting.  FYI, this was insulin worthy!

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Then we went back to my SIL’s house and hung out for a while.  We go to the reception tonight at Izzy’s parents house and then they drive back home to Tennessee tomorrow. Open-mouthed smile

Today is my step-son’s 24th birthday!!  I met him when he was 10, almost 11 so I am so proud of the man he has become.  I put this on Facebook this morning – the big picture was from a vacation in Door County – I think he was 16?

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I wanted to put pictures when he was younger but I could not figure out how to hook up the scanner to the computer – our printer is an all-in-one and it kept saying I didn’t have a USB plugged in – gah, I don’t even know what that is.  So I scammed some pictures off Facebook!  His wife Lizz (wow, Lizz, Izzy and Biz!) is surprising him with something today – one year it was zip lining, last year I think was the sky diving.  We’ll found out later today.

I have to give a shout out to blog reader Peggy – I hadn’t checked Facebook pretty much all day yesterday.  Her husband has diabetes, and at his last appointment his A1C was 8.7 – anything over 7 is not good.  (Still haven’t gotten my results in the mail yet – grrrr).

Anyway, at that point in May their doctor wanted him to start taking insulin and he asked for just 3 more months to get his act together.  They stuck with low carbs, cut out added sugars, started exercising.  Tried to figure another way if one thing didn’t work.  Their dedication and perseverance paid off – not only did he lose 17 pounds, but his A1C this last time?  5.5!

Peggy put this on Facebook and it nearly made me cry – you never know how something you say or do can effect another person:

Beth Hills Velatini BIZ!!! ( for those of you who haven’t checked her out, you should). YOU, ma’am, have NO IDEA how you have inspired me and help me better understand this illness. That for each one it is different, what works for one may not for another. I don’t think you will ever know how much you have done for us!!! Thank you is never enough!!

Just – wow.  I am so happy I could help in any small way – hugs to you and B and keep up the great work!

And on that note, I have to get my ass in gear – still need to make a carrot cake for Tony’s birthday tomorrow! Open-mouthed smile  Make it a great day!

20 thoughts on “You Never Know

  1. Jenn@Cooking Aweigh the LBs

    Ha! I made a carrot cake for my husband’s birthday earlier this month. 🙂

    Happy birthday, Joe!!!

  2. awww, that is an awesome comment. You really never know how you affect other people! Congrats on the birthdays and wedding. Carrot cake sounds really good right now…but only 5 lbs until I reach my goal weight!!

    • You are so close Kim! And yes, this carrot cake won’t help with the last five pounds – 1 cup of oil in the cake and 1 stick of butter in the frosting! 😀

  3. So cool about the impact you are having on other’s lives!!!
    Pretty dress on Izzy (I think I got the right iz).
    And, I must be more than a lazy baker because I didn’t know how your method made you lazy.

  4. You are amazing bc if I have only 20 min for breakfast, I’m eating a power bar – no time to cook!

    Hey, I don’t want to annoy you but it’s gotten really more difficult to comment on your blog. By the time I read the post and get to the bottom, there is no comment button. So I have to scroll back to the top. Then when I click on comments, it stays at the top and I have to scroll back down to the bottom to comment. I only mention it bc it’s probably more of a process than you want. Any chance of enabling the comments at the bottom?

    • Thanks for pointing that out Stacie – I had no idea! I switched up the layout so now the comments are at the bottom. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  5. Hi Beth, looks like you are doing great, I seem to be keeping very busy and find it hard to find time to visit Blogland, but I am trying to catch up a bit on some oft online friends. Take care keep in touch.

  6. Comments like that are so awesome! YOu just never know who you touch on a daily basis.

    And that saganaki looks to die for!!

  7. That comment is awesome – doesn’t it totally make your day when you read things like that? The wedding photos are lovely as is the food, as always!! 🙂

  8. So happy to hear Peggy’s hubby got his A1C in a normal range without meds! Yay! So glad you could help too! Comments like those make you realize how much of an impact you can have. Go Biz!

  9. I just love the new blog layout! It is fit, trim and chic just like you.

  10. Quite right about freezing noodles! I love italian cuisine and so I discovered that frozen pasta of any kind is great. I make my own lasagna with the wide flat italian pasta and freeze it with all the white sauce and tomato/meat sauce, ready to pop in the oven. A also freeze any leftover spaghetti. You can defrost in a pot with a little water on the bottom and a lid.. will try the banana pancakes tomorrow morning (am off to the store for the ingredients)..thanks!

  11. Season It Already! Ugh. I hate when they don’t season a burger. What’s the point, then? I can grab some raw hamburger, put it in a pan and slap it on a bun, too.

    We love our burgers medium rare as well, Biz!

  12. Wow! I open your blog and see a fresh new look. I love it!

    What a great day you had and a great lovely compliment. I can totally see why this day was fantastic for you.

  13. That is such wonderful feedback. I think you are a terrific role model not only for those whose lives are touched by diabetes. It is a very challenging condition to control and you have a great handle on it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others. I wish some of my patients were able to take better care of themselves because the long term side effects of mismanaged or unmanaged diabetes are terrible.

    Congratulations to the bridge and groom! Also happy belated birthday to Tony!!

  14. […] had leftover pancake batter from last weeks banana bread pancakes, so I cooked two off for breakfast with some Canadian bacon on the side – this may be my staple […]

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