Football Hero by Tim Green: Book Review

I hate not finishing something I started, which is why I just read the second book  in the Football Genius series by Tim Green. I was hoping that this book would fill in some of the holes from book one. Maybe Troy’s dad would show up and explain why he left. Maybe the team would vote for him to quarterback permanently and Jamie and his dad would be out of the picture. I was sadly disappointed.

The second book, Football Hero, has nothing to do with the first book in this series.

Similarities:

  • Both main characters are 12 year old boys who like football
  • Both main characters have a bully whom they also play football with
  • Both kids have an unconventional family situation

That’s it. These are stand alone books; not what I consider a series. 

Ty Lewis is the main character of this book. Hey Mr Green, Ty Lewis is the name of an NHL hockey player. Find more imaginative names.  He is sent to live with his aunt and uncle after his parent’s are killed in a car accident. They don’t particularly like children and resent having to care for him. He is forced to sleep on an old mattress in the back room, use and outside port-a-potty and work for his uncle’s cleaning company.

All Ty has to get through his miserable days are memories of his brother Thane, a big shot college football star. Seriously? Why would his parents make angry relatives his guardian, instead of his older brother? Makes no sense to me. Thane is a first round draft pick for the Jets. This is great for Ty, because they can have more brother time, but bad because the uncle wants to use him for insider information for a gambling ring. 

While this book is better written than Football Genius, I still was not very impressed. It does not seem realistic that loving parents would choose angry, dysfunctional relatives to raise their child. There are also random facts thrown out that make no sense and only leave questions within the book; like why are we told Ty’s mom has a brother in Chicago whom she stopped speaking to around the time he was born? Is he the biological father of Troy from the first book? If not, why mention it and what is the significance of Chicago being mentioned in each book. 

Maybe it’s just me, but I dislike books that leave too many questions unanswered. That said, I did find some quotes I liked. Read it and tell me your opinion. 

Chapter One

Turning twelve didn’t matter to Ty. Birthdays, like Christmas and every other holiday, had lost their thrill.

This is from the first paragraph of the book. It sets the tone for how miserable and sad the main character, Ty, is. I think it clearly shows how grief can change the way we look at things. I feel bad for the kid.

Chapter Three

It doesn’t matter what someone else thinks of you or what they say about you. You have to know what you are, who you are. That’s what matters. 

This is the pep talk every parent gives their kid. Don’t let other people define you. Know who you are and what you’re worth. Then prove all the naysayers wrong.

Chapter Five

It’s what’s inside that counts. 

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. 

Again very good advice. It seems Ty’s brother, Thane, is full of these little snippets of wisdom. Starting to get redundant, though.

Chapter Thirteen

What makes you a football player is getting up after you get knocked down, or going out to catch another pass after you just dropped one. The harder the hit, or the worse the drop, the more important it is to keep going. That’s the game. that’s what a real football player does. If you can’t do that, then you shouldn’t play.”

This is true about any sport. If it was easy, everyone would do it. The great ones are the ones who push through the struggle.

Happy Reading.

Kristie 

Chicken Tikka Masala

I made Chicken Tikka Masala for dinner tonight. I normally think of this as an Indian dish since the sauce is made with traditional Indian spices. When I researched the dish before writing this post, I was surprised to learn it is commonly considered a classic British dish. 

India was previously ruled by Britain, so it makes sense that some of the flavors of the colony would become part of everyday life in England. It is claimed that the yogurt marinade for the chicken is based on traditional Indian cuisine, but the addition of tomato puree stems from the British preference to eat their meat with gravy.

I don’t care where the dish was invented. All I know is that this is a simple dish to prepare before work. It reheats easily and can be served on Naan like a pizza, or over rice. If you enjoy other Indian curries, keep reading and I will tell you how to make this one at home. 

Before frying the chicken in peanut oil, it needs to marinate in a yogurt and lime marinade for between 30 minutes and 8 hours.  This adds a tanginess to your chicken that balances well with the spicy seasonings.

Look at all the spices. I use ground coriander, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, paprika, cayenne, garam masala and grated ginger in my sauce. 

This is the sauce. It is lighter than spaghetti sauce, because contains cream. The addition of all the spices give it a brownish hue. As it simmers, the sauce thickens. Then you can add your cooked chicken cubes. 

This is the lunch I packed for work. Normally I serve this over Basmati rice, but I needed to use up the leftover rice my chicken thighs last week. I know carbs are not currently in fashion, but I love the Naan bread, so I took a half a piece and dipped it into the sauce. It was so good. 

Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 TBSP peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP coriander
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 TBSP grated fresh ginger
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 3 c tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 1 c heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Trim any leftover skin and fat from your chicken breasts. Cut them into 1 1/2-inch cubes. Set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, 2 TBSP peanut oil, lime juice and garlic. Add the chicken cubes, and stir into the marinade so that each piece is coated. Allow it to marinate for 30 minutes while you make the sauce or overnight. 
  3. In a separate small bowl, prepare your seasoning mixture. Combine the coriander, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, paprika, cayenne, Garam Masala and ginger. 
  4. Melt the butter in a heavy stock pot. Add the onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until light brown and caramelized, about 5 minutes. 
  5. Reduce heat to medium and stir in the spice mixture. Add the tomato puree, water, cream, salt and pepper to the pot and bring to a boil. 
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce starts to thicken. 
  7. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 TBSP peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken cubes and saute until the chicken is cooked through and browned on the outside; about 10 minutes. 
  8. When all the chicken is cooked, transfer the meat to the sauce pot. Continue letting it simmer for another 5 minutes. 
  9. Serve over cooked rice or on Naan bread. 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving 
Calories686
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.7g42%
Saturated Fat 13.6g68%
Cholesterol 207mg69%
Sodium 792mg34%
Total Carbohydrate 21.7g8%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g10%
Total Sugars 12.3g 
Protein 74.8g 
Vitamin D 12mcg59%
Calcium 323mg25%
Iron 5mg27%
Potassium 1124mg24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

This is truly on of my favorite recipes. It can be made ahead of time, and will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. 

Let me know if you make this recipe. Fell free to post pics or ingredient changes in the comments.

Kristie 

Bestiary: Poems Book Review

Today’s book review is a little different; not because I am changing my style of writing, but because I am changing my style of book. All of my previous books have been light-hearted fiction. They are easy reading books meant to be fun. 

Today I am reviewing a book of poetry. That means symbolism. It means exploring the emotions of the author with minimal amount of words. It means melodies on my head that move with the imagery of the poem. I am so excited to read Bestiary: Poems by Donika Kelly and share all of that with you. 

Bestiary: Poems by [Kelly, Donika]

The introduction to this book, describes it as a migration story. It is described as the story of a black girl who does not see everything as all black or all white; she does not see everything as all male or all female. The author takes us into the murky waters of gray and dares us to swim. 

Let me assure you the swim is worth the risk of cold, rapid waters. That’s what this book was like for me. I found beautiful imagery in the author’s words, but those images were all attached to real human emotion. A lot of those emotions are dark, but they are also real. 

Where she is opened. Where she is closed. is a gut wrenching poem that made me want to cry and hug myself just based on the strength of the words. Bower is actually more than one poem telling the story of hope, rejection and the aftermath. Handsome is reveals a fear and a sadness that you feel as you read. 

The only poem I truly struggled with is What Gay Porn Has Done for Me. What drove the author to start watching this? Is there really a difference between how men and women “perform” for the camera? Or is she simply telling a story about how she is allowing herself to enjoy sex like she thinks the men in the videos do? 

There are 80 pages in this book. I recommend you read them all. This is not a book of happy rhyming limericks, but that is part of what I like about it. These poems let you see a glimpse into the authors painful childhood, and how that shaped her future. You can feel her insecurities, sadness and distrust. Yet she keeps moving forward, and there is beauty in that.

Quotes: 

Out West: 

Do not wander. We are all apportioned

a certain measure of stillness. 

I think this is reminding us to be true to who we are. When we focus too much on our image or pleasing others, we lose ourselves. It is only when we look within ourselves that we can find peace with the world. 

Self-Portrait as a Block of Ice

be a thing that breaks

before it bends.

Ice doesn’t bend. It cracks, it breaks and it melts. As a person, we can allow our plans, ideas and hopes to be influenced by others or we can stand firm like the ice and be true to ourselves. Always be true to yourself. 

How to be alone

Home is where your dogs are. Home is 

where your gods are.

I’m not sure if she is equating her dogs to gods or what. What I do know is that a house without a dog feels like there is something missing; that’s why we have three. And is home is where I do my most heart felt praying. I know religion tells us to go to church, but some of us are better alone than in groups. 

Happy Reading,

Kristie 

Friends: The One with the Sonogram at the End

It’s been a little over a week, so it is definitely time to get back to Friends. Season 1 Episode 2 is called The One with the Sonogram at the End. While it does not mention a particular cast member by name, I am choosing to focus on Ross since he is the one who’s child is involved in the sonogram. 

Why is does Ross look like an 1800s farmer going to church?

So in this episode, Ross’s ex-wife Carol shows up at the museum he works at (we are going to ignore the fact that this is not the same woman we see through most of the series, although I like this actress better) to tell him that she is pregnant. Ross is clearly shocked. 

The shock continues from his job to Monica’s apartment. He is confused as to how to handle the situation. Monica wants him to tell their parents in order to stop them from picking on her. (The parents are clearly nuts. Who talks about their children like that. Be happy your kid is employed and living on her own. Sheesh!) Their parents are obviously shocked, but seem to blame Monica for not telling them sooner. 

Ross Quote: Hey, these people are pros. They know what they’re doing. They take their time. They get the job done.

Referring to his parents being so rude. 

The next day, Ross joins Carol and her partner Susan at the doctor’s office for the sonogram. While waiting for the doctor, Ross learns that he is being kept out of the discussion of the baby’s name. Even worse, Carol and Susan are not planning to allow the baby to have his last name either. The resulting fights are too much for Ross, so he attempts to leave, until he hears the heart beat. 

Maybe I have old-fashioned ideas, but this seems wrong. If Carol and Susan don’t want to treat him like an equal parent, they never should have told him about the baby. He should have just as many rights to the child as the mother, IF he is willing to step up to the plate. 

In this episode I have a hard tome feeling sorry for Ross. He is terribly whiny and self centered. It makes me wonder how he deals with people and situations he can’t control everyday at the museum. But maybe that’s why he deals with dinosaurs, because fossils don’t change much or talk back. 

Worse sonogram picture ever. They made my baby look like a voodoo doll.

Let me know your opinions and ideas about this show. And share your sonogram pics in the comments. I am always happy to celebrate everyone’s baby joy. 

Kristie 

Bridget Jones Baby: Book Review

I debated whether or not I wanted to read this book. While I love Bridget Jones, I was confused as to how this novel would fit into the series. At the end of book 2, Bridget and Mark were together and about to start their happily ever after. Then in book 3, we learned that Bridget and Mark had been married with 2 children before he passed away suddenly. So how on earth could Bridget be pregnant and not know who the baby’s father is unless it was some sort of bad dream scenario? 

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Well it’s not a bad dream, although it still messes with the age timeline, which I can let slide since I grew up in a house that watched daytime soap operas and they fudge timelines all the time. It turns out that Mark and Bridget broke up again after Daniel made a pass at drunk Bridget at her engagement party and Mark got the wrong idea. Years later, Bridget hooks up with a recently divorced Mark after the Christening of  Magda’s newest spawn. Then, three days later an emotional Bridget hooks up with Daniel. The timeline is too close to know who the father is. 

I ended up liking this book a lot. Bridget is still her neurotic self, bubbling along and making mistakes, but we also get to see where she finally gets out of her own head and stops over-thinking everything. With advice from her dad along the way, Bridget learns to tell people no instead of trying to make everyone happy. She learns to take chances and tell people how she really feels. And she gets her dream baby as well. 

These are my favorite quotes that give a glimpse into the life lessons of Bridget from the book. 

Intro

The thing is, just as there is a big gap between how people think they are supposed to be and how they actually are, there’s also a gap between how people expect their lives to turn out and how they actually do,

But if you just keep calm and keep your spirits up, things have a habit of turning out all right

     I love the positive message of this quote. Sometimes dreams don’t come true, but sometimes things turn out better than you had dreamed instead. Just have faith.

Saturday 14 October

We’re all just an impulse away from the Jerry Springer Show, love

      Sad but true. I went to college with a girl who wrote the names of her one night stands on the calendar, just in case. My personal “Springer” issue would be the brawling that results from the mean things that go through my head when I am upset. It’s a good thing I actually use the filter between my brain and my lips, or else I would be in BIG trouble.

Saturday 28 October

“It’s the expectation which undoes everyone. Every time. It should be like this, it should be like that. The trick is to deal with what is.”

      People who live in the moment are happier and feel more fulfilled by their lives. People who live in the past and dwell on what might have been, wallow in regret and tend to become depressed. I’m not saying don’t have expectations. I am just saying, learn to accept that sometimes things don’t go as planned. Find the silver lining and move forward.

Monday 20 November

“One of the best things you can learn in life is how to say no. Or better still, ‘Absolutely not.'”

This is hard for me. When I tell someone no, I feel like I am letting people down. But when I say yes all the time, I end up exhausted and irritable. Finding the right balance for myself and my family is hard, but worth it.

I’m glad I read this book and I encourage you to check it out as well. It’s a fun, light read, that will make you laugh and tear up as well. Let me know what you think. 

Kristie 

Jerk Chicken Thighs

Accountability Check: 

      Weight: 207.8 (down just over a pound)

      Exercise: 0 minutes (Toddler Terrorist is still not feeling well and has planted herself firmly up Mommy’s keister.)

We are still focusing on small changes and healthy eating in our house. While my weight is not coming off as quickly as I would like, I am focusing on the other positives I am seeing to keep me motivated. 

Since I have started meal planning and focusing on healthy cooking, both my husband and my mother in law are noticing their blood sugars staying in a healthy range. This has been a huge struggle for us. We are also having an easier time falling asleep at night. And my stress levels are going down. I love being in the kitchen and playing with new recipes. I can bang pots and pans around and get out whatever frustrations I have, and end up with a great meal for my efforts. DOUBLE WIN!!!!

Today’s recipe is pretty simple. It is just a spice mixture to put on your chicken, but it tastes amazing and is easy on a busy weeknight. I served mine with Zataran’s Cilantro Lime Rice and steamed peas and corn. 

I used all dry seasonings today. You can use fresh thyme and garlic if you prefer. 

Jerk Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp dry thyme
  • 2 tsp dry garlic and parsley
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Set aside. 
  2. Spray your grill or broiler pan with olive oil. Heat to medium-high. 
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 of the seasoning mixture onto one side of the chicken. Rub it in. Flip the chicken and repeat with the opposite side. 
  4. Broil or grill your chicken over medium-heat for 6 minutes on each side, or until the center is no longer pink and juices run clear. 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving 
Calories334
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.8g16%
Saturated Fat 3.5g18%
Cholesterol 151mg50%
Sodium 382mg17%
Total Carbohydrate 2.2g1%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g2%
Total Sugars 0.8g 
Protein 49.7g 
Vitamin D 0mcg0%
Calcium 42mg3%
Iron 3mg18%
Potassium 455mg10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Recipe analyzed by 

Chicken thighs are a dark meat and therefore have a little more fat than chicken breasts. They also tend to be juicier and are great for portion control. The steamed corn and peas (1 cup serving) added 189 calories to my meal, and cilantro lime rice (1/3 cup serving) added another 200. That totals out my entire meal at 723 calories, which is high but still very reasonable. It was a total of 63.7 grams of protein, 79.7 grams of carbs and 18 grams of fat. Let me know if you like this recipes or if you have any other suggestions for sides. 
Kristie

Football Genius Book Review

Believe it or not, I do read books other than ones with Bridget Jones in the title. In all honesty, I will read just about anything. Most recently, I started reading the Football Genius series by Tim Green. As the mom of five kids, I am exposed to a lot of juvenile literature, and I like to know what my kids are reading. Plus, I am planning to finish my English degree and am debating between a focus on children’s literature and a focus on classic English lit.

Football Genius (Football Genius series Book 1) by [Green, Tim]

The name of the series is also the name of the first book, Football Genius. It is about a twelve year old boy named Troy. He lives with his single mom, and is obsessed with football. He and his best friends, Tate and Nathan, even play on team, although Troy rarely gets to play. His mom just got a job working for the Atlanta Falcons, and that’s where everything changed.

Troy has a gift. He can watch a football game, and after a couple of plays he is able to predict what the offense is going to do. He shares his ability with Falcons linebacker, Seth Holloway, and convinces him that he can help the team win. It takes a lot of effort, but eventually Troy gets his chance to prove what he can do. 

My son and his friends enjoyed this book. They are thirteen. I was not as impressed. I didn’t feel a connection to the characters. They weren’t developed enough for me to feel their anger or excitement. There were also a lot of things left unexplained. I am all for a cliff hanger at the end of a book that leaves you speculating, but I against reading an entire book where a kid is upset about a dad who walked out on him, but we never learn who he is or the reason why. I will give the next book in the series a chance, and hope things start to fall into place. 

Favorite Quotes: 

Chapter 30

I oughta punt, pass and kick that Coach Renfro in the astronaut.” 

Tate’s mom cracks me up. I fully support her choosing not to curse. I’m pretty sure she is using “astronaut” to signify the coaches backside, but initially I thought she might have meant his man parts. I think I leave with too many teenage boys. 

Chapter 43

He was singing the national anthem so loudly that his gut shook like a mountain of Jell-O.

In the next cell, Tate sat in the corner with her hands over her ears. Nathan had a tin cup in his hand and was rattling it against the bars, shouting at the drunk to be quiet.

I totally picture a small Western movie jail in this quote. A drunk at football game makes perfect sense. A teenage girl not wanting to listen to the drunk, also plausible. My question is, where in Earth did Nathan get a tin cup from?

Chapter 46

“I can’t see paying you fifty dollars a game, though”, Mr Langan said, staring hard at him. “I was thinking ten thousand.”

Holy Moly! This kid could earn more money in three months than half the high school graduates earn their first year in the real world. Great for him! I just hope his mom is smart enough to set it up as a trust and not let him start buying ridiculous things and flashing money all over the place. 

I would love to hear other people’s opinions. Even better would be if someone could tell me whether or not continuing the series is worth my time. Let me know in the comments. 
Kristie

Shrimp Kebabs with Parsley Vinaigrette

Accountability check: Weight: 209 (Down .2 lbs)

                                      Exercise: 0 minutes (sick toddler)

                                      Overall Feeling: Fatigued

Today’s healthy recipe comes from the May issue of Eating Well Magazine. On page 12 there is a recipe for Shrimp & Pepper Kebabs with Grilled Red Onion Slaw. My husband is not a huge fan of peppers, so I added some baby rainbow potatoes to the kebabs. I also skipped the red onion slaw and substituted a bag of broccoli slaw with creamy poppy seed dressing. 

This is my Ninja processor. It is great for individual smoothies and dressings. This parsley vinaigrette is made from fresh parsley, green onion, feta cheese, red wine vinegar and olive oil. 

It looks like ogre snot, but tastes amazing. The feta adds a creaminess to the vinaigrette. It also balance the tang of the red wine vinegar. I enjoyed it on all the components of the kebabs, but especially the potatoes. 

Each of the kebabs consisted of 4 pieces of shrimp, 3 baby potatoes and 1 to 2 mini bell peppers. It was a rainy day, so instead of cooking out on the grill, I just used the broiler in my oven. Make sure to spray the pan with oil before you put the kebabs on them. You don’t want the kebabs to stick. 

This is my broccoli slaw. It is 12 oz bag of Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw that I bought at Meijer. I added a 1/4 cup of Marzetti Sweet Poppyseed Dressing and tossed it. 

You can either serve the meal as a kebab, or off the stick. Just pour a couple tablespoons of the Parsley Vinaigrette over the shrimp and veggies. You will end up with a colorful plate of fresh spring flavors. It doesn’t even feel like diet food. 

Shrimp Kebabs with Parsley Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 c chopped green onion
  • 1/3 c crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c olive oil 
  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1.5 lbs rainbow baby potatoes
  • 15 oz mini bell peppers
  • 12 oz broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 c Poppyseed Dressing

Directions

  1. Preheat the broiler to HIGH heat. Put your potatoes in a microwave safe boil, and heat for 5 minutes to soften them. 
  2. Place parsley, green onion, feta cheese, vinegar and oil in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Set aside.
  3. Thread 4 shrimp, 3 baby potatoes, and 1 to 2 mini peppers onto each skewer. Spray your broiler with olive oil. Place the kebabs on the broiler pan, and cook 3 minutes on each side; until shrimp is pink and peppers are charred.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the broccoli slaw with the poppyseed dressing. 
  5. Serve the kebabs with the parsley vinaigrette in the food processor, about 2 kebabs per serving. 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving 
Calories561
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g31%
Saturated Fat 4.9g25%
Cholesterol 255mg85%
Sodium 581mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 51.6g19%
Dietary Fiber 7g25%
Total Sugars 11.4g 
Protein 35.5g 
Vitamin D 0mcg0%
Calcium 237mg18%
Iron 3mg18%
Potassium 1469mg31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Recipe analyzed by 

The entire meal is a total of 561 calories. When dieting, I try to keep my meals at 500 calories or less, but I feel like this meal stayed pretty close to my goal. I know the original recipe had less carbs, and that’s great for some people, but my hypoglycemia needs the carbs to help keep my sugars balanced. I hope you enjoy my modified recipe. If you make it, let me know how you like this one if you prefer the original from the magazine. 
Kristie

Yogurt Pancakes with Strawberry-Mint Topping

Accountability Check: Weight: 209.2

                                      Exercise: 24 active minutes

                                      Miles Walked: 3

This recipe comes from the May issue of Shape Magazine. They called them Silver Dollar Yogurt Pancakes with Strawberry Mint Topping. The recipe makes 4 servings of 3 pancakes each. I added a slice of ham to round out the meal. 

Mmmm. Look how tempting that is. If I had breakfast this pretty every morning, it would be far less tempting to skip it. I also added a tablespoon of pure maple syrup to each serving to balance the tartness of these strawberries. 

Notice the recipe underneath the bowl.

1 pound of strawberries, hulled and quartered with 3 tablespoons of fresh mint and 1 tablespoon of sugar. I love how the colors pop. I found the mint to be over-powering and will skip it in the future though. 

Simple pancake batter, using eggs, vanilla fat-free Greek yogurt, and all-purpose flour. The yogurt gives you more protein than if you had used milk. I love how creamy this batter is. 

Melt butter on a skillet and then make 3 batches of 4 pancakes. They don’t swell up as thick as Bisquik pancakes, but they puff up a little and get nice crunch around the edges.

The magazines showed all the pancakes in a giant stack, making it look like the reader would be eating more food than you are likely to actually want. A little goes a long way, and 3 pancakes with a side of ham kept me full for hours. Here’s the recipe with the changes I made. 

Yogurt Pancakes with Strawberry-Mint Topping

Ingredients

  • 1 lb strawberries
  • 3 TBSP torn fresh mint
  • 3 TBSP sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 TBSP maple syrup
  • 4 slices ham

Directions

  1. Hull and quarter the strawberries. Then toss them with the mint and 1 TBSP sugar in a medium bowl. Then set them aside until you are ready to serve. 
  2. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth. Add the remaining 2 TBSP sugar and yogurt and continue whisking. Add the flour salt and baking powder. Then whisk until smooth again. 
  3. Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt 1/2 tsp of butter on the pan, and rub it to coat. Measure 2 TBSP of batter for each pancake. 
  4. Cook until bubbles pop on the surface, about 2 minutes. Then flip carefully and cook until the bottom is lightly browned, about another minute. Repeat with the remaing batter. 
  5. Serve the pancakes topped with 1 TBSP of maple syrup and 1/4 of the strawberry mixture for each stack of 3. Add a slice of fried ham to finish the meal. 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving 
Calories279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.4g7%
Saturated Fat 1.6g8%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 656mg29%
Total Carbohydrate 44.5g16%
Dietary Fiber 5.6g20%
Total Sugars 29.4g 
Protein 15g 
Vitamin D 15mcg75%
Calcium 68mg5%
Iron 2mg13%
Potassium 434mg9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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At just 279 calories per serving, this is an indulgent breakfast, you do have to feel guilty about. Again, in the future, I will cut the mint down to 1 TBSP, because I feel like it over-powered the strawberries. I use the vanilla Greek yogurt, because I like the vanilla flavor in my pancakes, but you can use plain or ever strawberry Greek yogurt if you prefer.

Shape did a great job with this recipe. If you make this recipe, let me know what you think. Happy breakfasting.
Kristie

The Zombies: Odessey and Oracle

I have an eclectic love of music. My children refer to my iPhone music library as Pandora’s box. You never know quite what to expect when I hit play.

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My current favorite album is Odessey and Oracle by the Zombies. It was originally released in 1968.  Wikipedia says the album received indifferent reviews when it was released and later developed a cult following. Pretty sure I didn’t join a cult, but who knows. Maybe I am in denial. Maybe you have to buy the book to know for sure.

Favorite Songs from the Album:

Maybe After He’s Gone

       All the days

       And all the nights

       Are time just passing by

       And all the dreams I’m dreaming now

       Hide the tears that I cry

These lyrics express the emotions of grief and loss for me. There is no seizing the moment of each day, because the person you lived for is no longer in your life. You put on a brave face for the people around you as you break inside. 

Brief Candles

What makes it all worth while

      Her sadness makes her smile

So many songs talk about how loss makes us stronger. This just happens to be one of my favorite versions of that theme. 

This Will Be Our Year

This will be our year, took a long time to come

I think of how my husband and I were friends when we were kids. I think of us dating in high school and then losing touch when he joined the military. I think of him being my sounding board while I went through my divorce. I never pictured my life turning out like this, but we have been having “OUR YEAR” for the past 4 years, and I can’t imagine it any other way now. 

Time of the Season

It’s the time of the season

     When the love runs high

     In this time, give it to me easy

    And let me try with pleasured hands

Simple, beautiful, romantic lyrics to end the album. Happy tunes for summer. What more can you ask for. 

Do you love this album? Do you have a favorite song from it? Let me know in the comments. 

Kristie