The Pineville Grill {Pineville, MO}

If there’s one thing I can tell you about myself on this rainy morning, it would be, I like Breakfast food. There, I said it. This coming from the person who is not now nor has ever been a morning person. I seriously can’t tell you my favorite breakfast food either. I like biscuits and gravy, I like omelets, I like pancakes, I just like breakfast food and sometimes it is difficult to go eat breakfast and make up my mind what I really want. I’m glad we got that out of the way :).

I woke up this morning and laid in bed watching it storm like crazy. Last weekend we were under flash river flood warnings and this weekend we are too. The only difference is we live on top of a hill here and last weekend we were camping at the Trails for Kids held at Crag O’Lea in Pineville, MO.

My husband Mark and I along with a bunch of our friends are on the Trails for Kids committee so we started camping on Wednesday evening so that we could be there to help check people in. Little did we know what our weekend was going to have in store for us. WOW!

But Thursday morning we woke up and we were all hungry so we decided to drive in to Pineville and eat breakfast at the Pineville Grill.

The Pineville Grill

Like I said, the girl who isn’t a morning person likes her breakfast food! This was an omelet that had pretty much everything. eggs, bacon, sausage (although I had them hold the sausage), ham, cheese, onions, bell peppers, and more cheese. Mine came with a side of either toast or biscuits and gravy or something else… I went for the biscuits and gravy. I’m actually glad I did because my darling little ate quite a bit of my biscuits and gravy. Apparently she’s a biscuits and gravy fan too.

She also likes pancakes so that’s what we ordered her. She even got it in the shape of Mickey Mouse… one of her favorites. Now this wasn’t a bad pancake but it wasn’t my favorite either. Yes, I tried a bite. It wasn’t nearly as sweet as normal pancakes. Like I said, not terrible but not the best either.

Mark and Jared got something called Skuttle Browns. It was a skillet that had hashbrowns and cheese and sausage and ham and eggs your way. They also got pancakes as a side. They weren’t impressed with their pancakes either. I didn’t try a bite of theirs… I didn’t need to, I could eat the little’s if I wanted pancakes. Hey, she was eating my biscuits and gravy.

Other than that, I’m not sure what else to tell you. I like breakfast food but we already established that. Today is another soggy wet day and we’re under another flood watch, maybe even warning now. Luckily we live on a hill, so we just have to worry about the bottom of our driveway because like the olden day phrase, I walked up hill both ways to school, I really did. down the hill to go up it to meet the bus then down the hill to go up back to the house. Does that make me old? Just a thought….

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Banana Bread {National Banana Bread Day}

I would like to start out this post by stating that today is National Banana Bread Day. It is also National Toast Day. So if you Toast your banana bread, does that have you celebrating both holidays? Just a thought… Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

I was one of the lucky kids who grew up knowing not only my grandparents but also one set of my great grandparents. My great grandpa died in 1998, 10 days shy of his 108th birthday and my great grandma died in 2002. Both in November. Great Grandpa was the 13th and Great Grandma was the 1st. Some people make fun of me because I remember dates really well and I sometimes really wonder how I do it. But I can remember my great grandpas because of a story. In October of that year he asked my great grandma if November had a Friday the 13th. She told him no, she thought it was Saturday the 13th. Then the week before Friday November 13th, he asked her again if next Friday was the 13th. She said, yes I believe it is. His response was, That’s a good day. He passed away on Friday the 13th.

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Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

I’ve been trying all morning to get a picture uploaded and it won’t upload. It really isn’t of much other than the fact my iPhone is obsessed with where my vehicle is parked. Every morning and even multiple times per day my phone gives me a message that it knows where my vehicle is and it’s marked. I giggle every time. I can’t help myself. That has nothing to do with today’s post other than it is a funny, random, daily fact.

In other news, it’s morning. Morning means breakfast. When we woke up this morning, we were hungry. Now my toddler seems to think that eating chocolate candy bars for breakfast is all she needs to survive. I’m here to tell her differently… And I always have to be the bad person, telling her that.

She does like pancakes, you know, unless Frozen is on tv, then nothing matters. This morning I thought I’d try out one of my old favorites. When I was in college I got in to watching Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals on Food Network. One day she had a recipe for Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes. Now if there is something I can tell you about when I was younger, we didn’t always have staple ingredients in our house like say my grandma would have or even some of my friends parents. One of those staples I’m talking about is milk. I have to say, having a toddler and a husband who both love milk… that helps with that staple ingredient… as long as the 2 of them haven’t drank it all.

This morning though, I decided to make these delicious pancakes. Throughout the years, I’ve learned to sub this out for that if I didn’t have that. Remember, we didn’t have the “staples” like the people on Food Network assumed you kept at all times. This recipe calls for milk. I had milk but didn’t want to have to walk to the other fridge to get it, so I had buttermilk handy. I thought I’d sub that in. That gave these a tang to them.

Really, I thought the tang from the buttermilk would be okay because it called for sour cream. Now the sour cream… well I had a tub in the fridge that said good through March 17, 2017. Good right? NOPE! Oh no, when I took the lid off, there was mold on it. No bueno so that immediately went into the trash. Yuck!

I just decided to leave the sour cream out. I know you can sub in Greek yogurt, but we didn’t have that either.

And if we’re keeping score I left out the raisins and walnuts. I’m not a fan of walnuts.

So here’s the original recipe in all its glory. YUM!

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes – Rachael Ray
1 cup oats
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 oz,1/4 cup, chopped walnuts
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 really ripe bananas, smashed
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 stick butter, 1/4 cup, melted
Maple sugar or honey for drizzling

Mix dry ingredients, first 7, in a bowl.  Mix wet ingredients, next 4, in another bowl.  Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, then fold in the bananas & raisins (optional).  Stir in the melted butter.

Heat the griddle over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.  Cook pancakes, each about 1/3 cup, until bubbles form on top, then turn.  Cakes will cook in about 2 minutes on each side.  Serve with honey or syrup.  Keep cakes tented with foil as they come off the griddle to keep warm.

Helpful hit: If you cannot find really ripe bananas, just nuke them in the microwave for about 15 seconds and they will become super soft.

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Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread

A few weeks ago we actually had snow… can you believe it? Snow. Last week we had an ice warning and a couple weeks before that we actually had snow. Okay okay so it was a light dusting, but still…. We had snow. I think we had one snow day last winter too. So far this winter, I think I’ve warn my heavy coat twice maybe. Once was in Texas and the other was up in Kansas City. Not even around here, granted we’re only 2 1/2 hours south of Kansas City. And I just got a new heavy coat for Christmas. Anyway, I have it so I’ll be ready!

That morning when I woke up, I was in the mood to bake. I had a bunch of bananas that needed to be used for banana bread or cake or muffins or something of the sort.

When my parents went to Hawaii they brought back a banana bread mix. Now I never had enough bananas for the mix because usually I had 1-2 and this called for 5 but this day I actually had enough.

I even followed directions and mashed the bananas before adding to the mix. Usually when I make banana bread and it says to mash them in a separate bowl, I usually just peel and mash in my hand as I’m adding to the banana bread mixture. Yup, that’s me. I follow directions real well sometimes. ha! Hey, they get mashed I just don’t dirty up a bowl that way. All I have to do usually is wash my hands. But this particular day I was feeling real rebellious and mashed them in a bowl. Look at me go.

Now it called for 4 mini loaf pans but I don’t think I own mini loaf pans so I made 2 regular sized pans and just separated between the two. I had to bake a little longer but it worked out perfectly!

And this stuff was friggin awesome. Now I want to know how they made it. It was strange all I added were the bananas and some melted butter. No eggs… wonder if they used meringue powder in it? Who knows… all I know is YUM!


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Greek Omelet

I get made fun of a lot for reading recipes to cook and for the fact I can make difficult things but when it comes to the easy stuff, like eggs, I don’t have much experience there. Strange right? I guess I taught myself to cook with the help of both of my grandma’s from recipes though so that easy stuff that you don’t have recipes for I’m at a loss.

Back in December when we went to Ft. Worth, we ate at a restaurant called Ol’ South on University that is known for their German Pancake. I can’t say I’m just a huge fan of the German Pancake though so I went with a Greek Omelet. It was nice too, that it kind of fell along with the “diet” I’m doing. And I know I know, you’re not supposed to call it a diet these days… that’s why the quotes 😉.

My Greek omelet was egg whites, spinach, Feta cheese, and black olives. I decided I could probably recreate that at home, right? You know, no experience making eggs and all but surely I could, right? Enter my latest cookbook… Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls. I got it sometime after we got back from Ft. Worth and I was flipping through it. I happened to see an Egg White Omelet recipe so I decided to read through it, and then add my own fillings/toppings.

My first thought though was to wilt my spinach and cook my mushrooms.  A couple swirls around the pan of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the spinach/mushrooms. I had 2 pans going. My Mushrooms I actually put in a separate pan with the spray butter that is like no calories, no fat, something or other. I don’t exactly know. There are different types, one is a blue bottle and one is I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter… yeah that stuff you know what I’m talking about right? If you lived in the 90’s surely you do because they had commercials like crazy!

My mushrooms I sprayed with about 8 pumps of that butter and let them do their thing. Once they get started I salt them.

The spinach I just let it wilt down in the EVOO (thank you Rachael Ray for that terminology) and at the very last minute I added the mushrooms and then black olives.

So the recipe on making the egg white omelet said to use 1/2 cup of the liquid egg whites and whisk quickly. Then put 2 tbsp of the EVOO in the pan, swirl around and then pour your egg whites in after you’ve whisked them. Now, the cookbook said to put over medium high heat to cook the egg. I’ll let you know I wound up with scrambled eggs. Whoops. See, no experience with the easy stuff….

My second attempt I went to YouTube for help. It said to do it on medium low heat. It also said you put the eggs in the pan, move the pan back and forth over the eat while running a spatula through the eggs for a few minutes and then let it start cooking. Take a rubber spatula and run around it to keep it from sticking.

I placed my ingredients in the middle, flipped the side over, and pressed. Then I pulled it out onto a plate. So, they may not look the best, but they sure tasted good. And make sure not to forget the Feta Cheese… that’s what makes a Greek Omelet!

So… while mine didn’t look pretty, it tasted GREAT! Any tips on making eggs I’ll take them, remember, I don’t know how to make things that are easy… I’m still learning. I’m the one who wants to write a cookbook. Wish me luck!!

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Dude’s Daylight Donuts {Joplin, MO}

I’ve been on the hunt for the best donuts. Have I found them? Maybe…. But I can tell you one things for sure… these donuts are AWESOME! And they’re Daylight Donuts so they should be like the ones we get from Daylight Donuts in Carthage, but they aren’t.

A while ago I asked my dad where his favorite donuts were from and we got into a huge discussion. Then last week he had to be in Joplin for some work training. On his way from training to work, he brought a donut by for us to try from Dude’s Donuts. The next day was Wednesday. That’s Donut Day :). So we decided to try donuts from there.

OMG, they were all warm. Can you believe that? Warm Donuts. Wow! I got a Maple Bar and hubby got a Chocolate Bar. Then we got donut holes, then donuts. No they aren’t all for us. We share. But neither of us shared the maple/chocolate bar. We’re not that nice :).

The place we get donuts at in Carthage only has enough donut holes for the number of doughnuts they make that day, but Dude’s makes donut holes special. OMG. I love donut holes.

These were even Excellent.

One thing to note… this is another one of those donut places that only accepts cash. Make sure if you go, you have cash or you’ll be crying!

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Barton County Rescue & Recover and Smokin Joe’s BBQ

I have friends on the Barton County Rescue and Recovery team. Do you know what they are? Go get lost… they’ll find you. ha! Just kidding. They are a search and rescue team that is funded through donations and fundraisers. It is comprised of volunteers and they are part of the Barton County Emergency Management system. They specialize in swift water rescues, public safety diving, and land based search and rescue.

I mentioned that they run off donations and fundraisers. Well Smokin Joe’s BBQ located in Liberal, Missouri, is teaming up with the Barton County Rescue and Recovery team this Saturday during the Lamar City Wide Garage Sale to help keep people fed while they’re out finding their bargains!

They will be set up at Lamar First Assembly Church at 1200 Mill Street in Lamar, Missouri, from 6am until 4pm. Now who wants to eat BBQ at 6am you might be thinking… well, I’ll bet you can get some good smells from the BBQ

but, from 6am until they are gone you’ll also be able to try a Hurt’s Donut. Then at 10am until 4pm, the smells you’ll get will be able to be purchased and eaten all while helping your Barton County Rescue and Recovery team out.

Lamar First Assembly Church is located on the corner of 12th Street (hwy 160 which is the main drag in Lamar) and Mill Street. They’ll have your eating needs covered before, during, and after the bargain hunting!


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Daylight Donuts {Carthage, MO}

It seems like at my house, Wednesday is known as Donut Day. As a treat, we go to the donut shop in town, get a dozen glazed donuts and then… eat them. No, not all of them, we share with friends. But my daughter, when she sees the donut shop starts going crazy yelling Donuts, donuts! I think she likes fried dough!

Oddly enough, we always get glazed donuts. We never get anything else. It’s our treat. That’s what matters. We are always willing to try donuts from other places, but these are still at the top of our list, although Haskell’s in West Monroe, Louisiana gives these a run for their money. Haskell’s, if you read this… you might want to move here so we can eat yours too, or maybe not so we’ll still continue to eat these. I guess we’ll see.

It is always fun when the donut shop gives my baby some donut holes. She loves them… but she always eats the glazed donuts as well.

Anyone have any suggestions on better ones we should try? We’re always willing. haha.

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Easy Peasy Pancakes

Conversation at my house with a toddler:

Me: what do you want for breakfast?
Toddler: Pancakes
So I dig up all the stuff for pancakes. While they’re cooking we have a breakdown of “I Want Pacakes!”
Me: Okay they’re cooking.
Pancakes are done. I put butter and syrup on them and cut them up. Place her in her high chair.
takes one bite, “I don’t like pancakes. I done.”

These pancakes are so easy and luckily she’s cute, I just said okay, ate mine, and let her down. These pancakes, they’re awesome, I promise. Toddler’s are just finicky. One minute she “loves” sweet tea and the next minute she doesn’t like it, yet all she’ll drink is sweet tea. I don’t understand.

These pancakes are so good, they should be illegal and really no recipe is needed, they’re that easy. They’re better than that box mix you get at the store. Just looking at these, maybe we’ll have pancakes for breakfast… or maybe I will and the toddler can have some fruit snacks or something. Maybe she won’t like those today either….

Easy Peasy Pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
1 tbsp butter, melted

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together. Mix well, then make a well in the center of the mix and add the milk, egg, and melted butter. Combine until smooth.

Cook pancakes over medium heat on a stove or use a griddle (my fave way).

Add butter and syrup. Enjoy!

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