It is Saturday morning and the weather is beautiful. The predicted temperature for this afternoon is 67 degrees, but the “Bear” is very unhappy. He has a very bad cold, and with his lung issues, he has to stay in and resting. According to the “weather guy,” the temperature will fall to 29 degrees this evening and tomorrow, so I am going to be dealing with a very grouchy bear that is going to be whining, growling and unhappy.

It is Saturday morning and the weather is beautiful. The predicted temperature for this afternoon is 67 degrees, but the “Bear” is very unhappy. He has a very bad cold, and with his lung issues, he has to stay in and resting. According to the “weather guy,” the temperature will fall to 29 degrees this evening and tomorrow, so I am going to be dealing with a very grouchy bear that is going to be whining, growling and unhappy.

 He does not like to be inside, particularly when I am telling him what he can or can’t do. Guess I will probably make him biscuits and gravy because his staying in means he cannot go to his Sunday School class. He is going to be impossible to live with.

Breakfast is my least favorite meal to cook, so I am looking at some different breakfast recipes. As most of you already know, the Bear would request biscuits and gravy every day, but that is not an option. If you think bad weather makes him grumpy, try a bowl of cold cereal. So the menus for the next week will include a few of the recipes I am sharing.

 
Honey pancakes

This recipe makes 28 4-inch pancakes. You can freeze what you don’t eat.

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup egg substitute

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Vegetable cooking spray

Combine the first 3 three ingredients in a large bowl. Combine milk and next 3 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto a hot griddle coated with cooking spray. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and the edges look cooked. 88 calories per pancake 2.2 g fat (saturated fat 0.4 g, 14.3 g carbs, 1 mg cholesterol).

When you get desperate for a good recipe, grab a Paula Deen cookbook. Her husband looks happy and well fed. He always has a smile on his face. Of course, she is pretty, rich and a great cook, so he has a lot to smile about.


Skillet coffee cake

Streusel topping:

3/4 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Coffee cake:

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter

 1 12-ounce tube buttermilk biscuits

1 cup blueberries, fresh or thawed (frozen)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. To make the streusel, combine the almonds, sugar, butter, flour, and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until large crumbs form. In a 9 inch cast-iron ovenproof skillet, cook the butter and brown sugar over medium heat until melted. Arrange the biscuits in a single layer in the pan; scatter the blueberries over the biscuits and the streusel topping over the blueberries. Bake until the biscuits are golden and a tester inserted in the center of a biscuit comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve from the skillet. These are great!

 See you next week.