Dec 3, 2012

Pancakes & A Snow Day


Sunday marked our first official snow day here in Wiesbaden, Germany for 2012! We'd had a few flurries the last of week of October, but on December 1st, old man winter made his grand appearance by laying down about an inch of white precipitation. I was overjoyed, mostly because I was afraid I wouldn't get to see snow in Germany before I went home for Christmas, but also because who doesn't love snow? I'm sure people who hate the cold hate snow...and we should lock them in boxes and mail them to outer space because they're crazy...but I, on the other hand, adore it. North Carolina isn't known for massive snow storms (the last time I remember getting a heck of a lot of snow was the Christmas D was deployed in 2010...of course it would snow on Christmas when he was gone), so when it snows...and then keeps snowing, it's something to be celebrated in the Coté household. When D got up to pee at 6am (TMI?), he peeked out the window, then scurried back to bed to give me the good news. Of course, sleep was irrelevant after that. In true blogger fashion, I hopped up, slipped on my boots, and made my way out on our balcony to take a bagillion photos of the snow to share with you all. And then we made a piping hot stack of Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes to celebrate. It's your lucky day, because I'm sharing that with you, too. You can thank me with virtual hugs. ;)

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Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes
Adapted from Annie's Eats
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
dash of ground ginger
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Directions:
In mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, & spices) together with a whisk. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the milk, pumpkin, egg, and veggie oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together just until they're combined. Do not over mix (batter may still be a bit lumpy, and that's ok!). Heat a greased skillet or griddle on medium. Once hot, add 1/3 cup of the batter to the center of the skillet. Let cook on one side until bubbles begin to form on the surface of the pancake batter. Take a spatula and FLIP! Then allow the pancake to cool on the opposite side for another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Keep re-greasing the skillet in between each dollop of pancake batter to ensure even browning. 

Top these yummy flapjacks with a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar, a slurry of maple syrup, or a drop of Cool Whip. Or you can do as I did and eat them topped with all three. I have no regrets. ;)

Happy Monday, friends! I'm off to enjoy our second round of snow! YES...it's snowing again! Coincidence? 
Nope. Just another opportunity to make pancakes. Toodles!

41 comments:

  1. oh my gosh I am getting cold looking at these pics, it is GORGEOUS!! 80 here today uGH! and yummy pancakes!

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  2. These photos looks so amazingly beautiful! And the architecture looks really pretty. I wish we had snow often here in Spain, but sadly some winters we don't even see a random snowflake.

    The pancakes look delicious!

    Laura
    http://casetadepaper.blogspot.com.es/

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  3. Oh my goodness! I absolutely LOVE these pictures!! You live in the most beautiful place. It looks like a fairy tale...

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  4. gorgeous photos! magical! i can't wait for it to snow again here. we had some snow a month or so ago but then it started raining and no snow anymore.

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  5. Ahh, I miss snow! Some of my friends in Scotland posted photos of their first snow day this year.. and we're stuck in hot Arizona. :)

    Rachel
    http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com

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  6. beautiful pictures! question on your pancakes- do they tend to me really thick? every time I make pumpkin pancakes they won't cook all the way through!

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  7. allllll of the pictures are gorgeous. in a strange way, has me hoping for snow too!

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  8. So jealous of those amazing looking pumpkin pancakes and even more jealous of the fact that you're in Germany!! I'll have to visit next time I make it out to Europe!

    Did you see my makeup giveaway? It's so easy to enter, feel free to enter to win girl :) I'll ship it internationally too!

    Cathy Trails

    Revlon Just Bitten Giveaway


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  9. Gorgeous photos! So, when does the box to outer space leave? Just kidding! Although I'm not a huge cold/snow fan. Well, watching snow is OK, but cold is no friend of mine. Have an awesome week!

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  10. you should open your own little bed and breakfast : )

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  11. How have I not found your blog before? Love this, girl! Love finding other military wives (never thought that would be my title..) living on the other side of the world! Can't wait to follow along on your adventures. And these pictures make me envious for cold, winter days.

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  12. Also! I forgot this part. We are North Carolina people too! Love us some Carolina Panthers.

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  13. Wow, nice job on the photos! The focus and everything is beautiful! It really looks like a dream morning! And I love that wooden moose :-)

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  14. beautiful pictures, sometimes winter can be a good thing :)

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  15. Your neighborhood is so unbelievably beautiful! Love the architecture with the snow! Wow!


    Mmmm, pancakes!



    =)Brooke

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  16. Pictures are so pretty in snow. Perfect to get everybody in the Christmas mode. I'm in Canada and we had a bit of snow last week and it was so nice. After some rain on the weekend, it is all green again :(

    Awesome blog you have here. Following from the blog hop!

    http://mui28.blogspot.com

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  17. So inviting! Thank you for the goregous snow images and I'm tasting those pancakes right about now!

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  18. Fantastic pictures!! Stopping by from GFC blog hop.
    Thanks
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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  19. Wow. Great pictures love! It's so pretty there!

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  20. great photos! looks like the perfect time!

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  21. I'm equal parts loving the snow and pancake pictures..just lovely! :)

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  22. What AMAZING pictures! Photography is not my strong suit so I am always in love with blogs that have good picture taking skills.

    That snow makes me happy inside. NY better get some soon because Christmas time just isn't the same without it.

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  23. I live in the Southwestern United States so I totally understand the love of snow:) These pictures are just gorgeous! Perfect breakfast for a snow day:)
    Now following via GFC
    Would love for you to visit anytime but Fridays are awesome, I have a blog hop. (no rules and goes live on Thursdays at 7pm mst)
    Your pancakes would be so awesome there!

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  24. how beautiful; i love the way the snow makes everything look so pretty! :) xx

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  25. Cute blog you have!I come from the Follow Me Wednesday Blog Hop:)

    www.dreamingisbelievingreally.blogspot.com

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  26. I wish it snowed here, it's about 70 outside right now...i'm your newest follower, would love if you could come by and follow back?
    Erica
    www.ericastartwalking.com

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  27. Those pancakes look soo good!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  28. Your snow photos are beautiful! It makes me long for snow here in the states :).

    I love pumpkin pancakes too! Thanks for linking up on Follow me Wednesday!

    New follower!
    Melanie @ keepitsimpleandfun.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh my goodness - can I move in? I'm dying to see snow like that this year, but since we just moved to Georgia, I'm not counting on it. But snow and pancakes? My two favorite things in the world. Thanks for sharing all of these pictures :) xoxo, eliza

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  30. I found your page from the Grow Your Blog Party. I am so glad I did. My mother is German and my father was in the Army and we were lucky enough to live in Wurzburg for 3 years. I loved it there. Your photos are stunning and your pancakes look pretty darn good too!
    I would love it if you would consider bringing this recipe (and others) to a recipe link up that I co host. It starts tonight (Thursday on the East Coast) and runs Friday and Saturday. It is called Foodie Friends Friday and can be found on my blog http://FeedingBig.com
    Thanks so much and nice to meet you!

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  31. I've been browsing your blog (came from the blog hop) and I have to say I love the photos! And pumpkin pancakes look yummy!

    Hope you find time to return the visit.

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  32. Beautiful photo's!! Yum, your pancakes made me hungry. I love Germany but I've only been once a few years ago. Be careful on the trip to NC, ya might not like the weather though. It was 52* today but it's supposed to be 70* all weekend. You've gotta love that North Carolina weather huh. I'm stopping by from Living in Yellow's blog. I hope you have a great Friday!

    Nikki
    www.TheCraftySideOfSarcasm.com

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  33. Gorgeous pictures! I am from Darmstadt and have been in Los Angeles for three winters now. I miss miss miss seeing the snow and the mornings waking up to it! I'm glad you seem tone enjoying your life in Germany! Enjoy the lead up to the holidays, it's the best time!

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  34. i want to see snow so so so so so bad! i wish we could have made it to brussels.. i am so freaking sad and dissapointed

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  35. I have to admit...I hate the cold. But, I LOVE snow! You captured some beautiful pictures of the snow falling...magical isn't it?

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  36. YUM! Going to make these today- looks so good!

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  37. I actually gasped when I saw your snow photos on Instagram -- too gorgeous! And I'm jealous of the pancakes, too. What a cute, fun and cozy post -- I love it!

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  38. Loved the snow pictures - makes me miss a snowy Christmas... And your pictures also make me miss Germany! I am born in Frankfurt :D
    Cheers from Melbourne, Kristina

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  39. Beautiful place, beautiful photography, delicious looking pancakes!

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