I just realized that my local library closes at 9pm Monday through Thursday. I thought it closed at 6pm, which is about when I get back from work.
This knowledge is a game changer. For months, I have planned my library visits on weekends or days I had off of work.
In celebration, I have already reserved a few books. This is a wonderful discovery just before the weather gets chill and unpleasant. This will not help me be more social during the winter, but it will keep me entertained.
There are a few things I'm doing to make this winter more bearable. I have a stockpile of herbal teas. I have six different flavors. Today I bought a heading pad for my bed. My parents have one at my bed at home, and it is glorious. It makes the bed so much more inviting and toasty.
Pancakes are a great winter breakfast. They are filling and a little more naughty than oatmeal. This gingerbread pancake recipe came from allrecipes.com. I added toffee bits and chocolate chips. I reduced the amount of liquid and used almond milk instead of water.
The ingredients are 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup chocolate chips, and 1/3 cup toffee bits.
I combined the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ground ginger into a bowl. I whisked the dry ingredients together.
In another bowl, I combined the molasses, vanilla, egg, almond milk,
I poured the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture and whisked the batter together.
I mixed in the chocolate chips and toffee bits. I scooped about a third of a cup of the batter into a greased and hot skillet. I cooked each side for a few minutes. The pancakes were golden on each side.
I ate these with greek yogurt, but whipped cream and caramel sauce would be more delicious. My sister in-law has a caramel syrup that would be amazing on these as well. Yum!
These were yummy and festive pancakes. They tasted just like gingerbread. They were warm and spicy with a kick of molasses.
The texture was fantastic. It was fluffy, light, and hearty. I like a thick pancake.
The toffee bits dissolve in the batter, but the chocolate chips were sweet, melted, and creamy.
They made a satisfying and delicious breakfast.