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Budget Running Wear Experiment Part 2...Shopping!

This is my 200th Post, woooo! Thank you all for sticking around. I had hoped to do another giveaway, but couldn't find any sponsors, boo. But you can still enter my birthday giveaway to win The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl or a signed copy of Half-Assed until July 1st.


As I said in my last post, I headed out shopping on my birthday hunting for cheap, yet functional running clothes, first...Walmart:



Disappointed, maybe need to go at the beginning of a season?


Skipped Target, whoops, will try them next time.


Next was JCPenney. Jackpot. Lots of 50% off sales and Doorbuster Specials. Regular price of the gear I got was double or more the price I paid. 





Now for the haul, this is what I got at JCPenney:





I'll keep ya posted on how the gear works out and will be hitting up Target and Ross, etc for future posts in this series!


Do you think $60 is too much for two running outfits..or a good deal?

Budget Running Wear Experiment

I am starting a new series on searching for budget running clothes. I truly believe that one should never skimp on running shoes and sports bras they are just too important, but can you get your running clothes on the cheap? 


I'll be shopping around at places like Walmart, Target, JCPenney, and maybe even clearance racks at regular running stores, sporting goods stores, online, etc and seeing where I can find the best deals. Then I'll be putting them through the paces as I half marathon train and writing reviews on how they do. Hope you enjoy this new series!




Monday Miles--Half Marathon Blogroll

I had planned to do a post about my training plan, but decided to pre-empt that post for a little half marathon blogroll.


Lately there seems to be a half marathon craze amongst bloggers. Everywhere I look is another blogger training for a half marathon. Or possibly I'm just paying more attention because I'm training for one too. Either way, I'm excited to be virtually training with so many of my blogger friends.


I thought it would be fun to put a list together of all the bloggers I know that are training for a half marathon. It seems everywhere I look bloggers are kicking butt and working hard to reach their goal of running 13.1 miles. My message to them: We got this!


Can I get a drum roll? 


Brandon, who is kickin' butt over at So Long, Fat Ass will be tearing it up at the Skinny Raven Half Marathon August 15th.


Mike, who blogs about his running adventures over at Mike's Running Blog will be running the Run to the Rock September 11th.

Suzi, who blogs about her weight los…

My Weird Cat

OK, this is just complete silliness and utterly unrelated to my blog, but it cracks me up. My cat doesn't like canned cat food and tries to 'bury' it like it's...well, watch:




Birthday Celebration and PRESENTS

Happy Birthday to ME, Happy Birthday to ME, Happy Birthday to meeeee, Happy Birthday to ME!! yay!


That's my Facebook Status right now and exactly how I'm feeling this morning. Regardless if there's a party or presents, or whatever the day may bring I am happy, I am celebrating me. 


I thought a lot about what I wanted my birthday post to be. Because my birthday is so special to me this year, this post by extension was special too.


I decided I wanted to not only celebrate myself today, but all of you too!


All of you who read, subscribe, and comment on my blog, all of you who chat with me on Twitter and Facebook. Those of you who put up with my silly-I-don't-have-a-clue-what-I'm-doing questions. All of YOU who keep me going doing what I do here. You are awesome! This blog has evolved into so much more than just talking about weight loss and products. I feel like I have a real community of support here. For that, I thank you.


Now, a birthday surprise! I thought and thought…

Why Diet is in my Blog Title

When people see my handle "katdoesdiets" or my blog title "Kat's Adventures in Dietland" I think they often get the wrong idea. I don't really 'do' diets. I have done a lot of diets in my lifetime, but currently I am searching for how I can nourish my body for life. I think the word diet has a lot of negative connotation. Most see it as some crazy strict thing you do until you lose weight then you go off of it. To me your diet is simply what you eat. Period. 
I was being a little tongue and cheek about reviewing diets when I came up with katdoesdiets. Anyone from Colorado remember Debbie Does Donuts...OK, no topless reviews here, but it was sort of a silly play on that.
I read a lot of 'diet' books. I love to research. I peruse a lot of articles on nutrition. But I don't really 'do' any of them. I think most of these things have their good points and their bad points. Even some of the crazy ones have a few pearls of wisdom deep dow…

Happy Birthday To ME

If you're on Twitter you might be aware that my birthday is this Friday, the 25th. Aware because I can't quit talking about it!


I was thinking earlier and tweeted about why I have no idea why I'm so excited about it. I mean, I turn 34, not exactly a milestone. We're pretty tight on our budget this month since I bought spoiled teen boy an XBOX 360 for his 16th birthday (which is the 29th so shhh, don't tell). There won't be any celebration or big to do. And likely presents only from my mom and mother in law.


But still, I am excited about it.


I can't wait. It's a big deal to me this year. But kept wondering why I felt this way. Then someone tweeted back to me:


losingmybehind
@katdoesdiets You are a different woman than last year!! You feel good!! You look good!! Your birthday will be a celebration of it all!!


Um, BINGO! She is exactly right. I want to CELEBRATE my life this year. I had to let that sink in a moment.


I WANT to CELEBRATE my LIFE this year. Wow.


Real…

My Response to Dr. Siegal's The Cookie Diet

Have you heard of this new craze The Cookie Diet? Seriously guys, this is nuts! Let's think about this for a minute. You are replacing a diet of good wholesome nourishing food with six cookies a day and a small dinner. A total of 1,000 calories a day?! Can you say...nuts?!
From his site www.cookiediet.com:
"The Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® suggested daily caloric intake is 1,000 calories but your doctor may raise or lower the amount based on your medical history. (Always follow your doctor’s instructions). On 1,000 calories a day (or even 1,200), everybody loses weight. Therefore, your success is guaranteed if you follow the plan."
I love how they cover their butts by saying see your doctor...um, what doctor is going to OK 1,000 calories a day?! Let's face it guys, there's no cheat. We gotta eat a variety of good whole high nutrition foods (in proper portions) to nourish our bodies so they are ready for good challenging workouts, and just life in general. Eat better, m…

Monday Miles--Half Marathon Chosen

Every Monday for a while will be Monday Miles here on my blog. As I'll be beginning half marathon training next Monday these posts will be dedicated to all things running. I am really excited to have an excuse to do more running gear reviews throughout my training process...and maybe even giveaways? We'll see if I can get any companies interested in sponsoring. 
THIS Monday however I want to say that I've chosen a half marathon...yay!
I decided budget-wise it would be best for my family if I picked a Colorado race. Plus, I found one that is only $35! Since I won't have to fly anywhere I am hoping that hubby and I can even go stay in a Fort Collins hotel and make a mini vacation of it as a late anniversary (our anniversary is Aug 31).
Who would've ever thought that I would think running a half marathon would make a fun part of a vacation?! Crazy how much our paradigm shifts.
So, without further babbling: September 19th I will be running the Crossroads Half Marathon in F…

Changing Others

Good morning! Happy Father's Day everyone.

I am up early at my sis's and the house is all quiet. Love it. I started thinking about what to write for a post for Father's Day. I kept coming back to thinking about unhealthy and/or overweight family members.  I have several of those, do you? It's always tough I think when we start making the changes needed to live a happier, healthier, longer life and our family doesn't.

I always want to just fix them. But we can't fix other people. We can't change other people. We just can't. It takes them wanting to change, choosing to change, then doing the work. We can be helpful and encouraging all along the way, but we can't (no matter how much we'd like to) do it for them or make them want to do it for themselves.

Several people in my family are overweight and I know from experience that preaching at them does nothing. I do still share with them what I'm doing. Talk about my running, talk about new books …

Lightning Bolt Moment

So, I'm at my sister and brother in law's for the weekend. We're running a family race tomorrow. Fun, fun!

I was talking to my bro in law about my writing, the book I'm working on, and the fact that I tend to start something and drop it after a few chapters. I talked to him about the possibilities of self publishing vs trying to get traditionally published, blah, blah, blah.

He said something to me that was so lightning bolt moment to me, yet should have been completely obvious. He said that I needed to write for me. Not focus so much on trying to write something people will want to buy/read so much or on writing something I hope will sell well, yada, yada. I need to write for me.

Um, duh! For some reason this just struck me. I have never thought of it that way before. He is absolutely right. I have no idea where this will take my (non-blog related specifically) writing, but I'm excited to find out.

My writing should be no different from my weight loss, my workouts…

The Positivity Project

As I mentioned in yesterday's post one of my new goals is to have a more positive attitude, and in specific to SAY positive things. Whether I particularly feel like saying positive things...or not.

I think a positive attitude is important. I also believe that speaking positive things is important. I really feel like when I say negative things my attitude and my day follow suit. Likewise when I say positive things, even when I really have to search for them, my day and attitude still follow suit. Words definitely have the power to build people up or tear them down, and that includes ourselves.

I envy people who are naturally more glass half full, sunshine, and rainbows. That's actually not my natural bent. I am more the one who will tell you everything that could possibly go wrong with your new plan. Most of my life I have spent negative, pessimistic, and even critical.

I am not sure when I decided to change that. But I did make a choice. I have to practice to be positive. It&#…

New Goals

I am huge on goals. I think they are very important in life. Without goals...how do you know where you're going? I am constantly setting goals, reviewing goals, reworking goals, reaching goals, tossing goals out the window...


Today I set some new goals for myself that I'm excited about and wanted to share:



I joined a challenge to post something every day for 30 days here on my blog and/or you tube channel. I have been getting slack in my posting and I think this was just what I needed to shake things up and help encourage me to be more consistent.I finally made a decision, I will definitely train for a half marathon AND do a 10k as part of the training...now to choose which one?! hmmm. I will probably do my local 10k, but the half marathon is up in the air...suggestions? I would love to run in Vegas for the #mizboorun or someone on twitter told me about the Eugene Women's Half Marathon which looks fun. Of course, there are tons here in Colorado too...ya, I'm bad with dec…

Courage

My word of the day on Twitter was courage. Why? Because I think it takes a lot of courage to start this battle and an extreme amount to win this battle.


Courage to get up every day and make better choices.


Courage to walk, or bike, or run, or dance, or swim...


Courage to push yourself farther than before in your workouts.


Courage to say NO to nasty foods that you know will make you feel like crap later no matter who is pushing them.


Courage to believe in you.


Courage to believe that you can do so much more than you've ever thought possible.


Courage to love you.


Courage to choose to take care of you.


Courage to know that you can live without that candy bar or piece of cake.


Courage to make time for yourself.


Courage to keep taking step after step after step even when you aren't seeing what you want to see.


Courage to get back up when we fall down and mess up.


Courage to forgive yourself.


Courage to see yourself as that healthier person (whatever that means to you) and GO FOR IT.


Courage to be…

Weigh in 06.16.2010 well....sorta

Not sure where this pic came from, but I just love it. This is how I feel right now.
Well, I was trying to do weekly weigh in posts on here. Lately however I am so much not obsessed with the scale that I just forget about it. I will call that a good thing.

I did weigh a day...or two...or three ago. Not sure. I weighed 172. Considering I was up to 177 after my Memorial Day Fail, that's awesome. However, I'm sure much of that gain was water weight etc, so really I'm down a half pound from where I was.

A half pound sounds like nothing, but it rocks to me. I had stalled out for over a month, I was getting stagnant and not progressing. It was beginning to affect my attitude, my drive to keep pushing hard. I was letting my eating and workouts slip because I felt discouraged. I am glad to realize that the changes I made recentlywork for me. Woo!

I feel very refreshed and ready to hit this whole weight loss thing right now. Feelin very ninja. That scale isn't gonna know what hit …

Crock-Pot Black Beans Recipe

OK, so I am in love with this whole clean eating thing. I feel great, I'm not famished all the time and...I'm losing weight. Bonus.


So, my son came down the stairs this morning and said, "mmm, what smells so good?"


Beans I said. Yes, I put some black beans in the crock pot first thing, and they smell friggin yummy...here's the recipes:


Crock-Pot Black Beans
1 lb (16 oz) dried black beans
water
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped very small
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder (or more to your tastes)
1/2 tsp ground hungarian paprika (I get this at Natural Grocers and LOVE it)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


Rinse the beans and sort out any funky non-beanness that can be in dried beans. Now, most people soak their beans overnight...I rarely get this done. I simply dump the rinsed beans in the crock pot. Add water until about 2 inches above the beans. (depending on your crock pot you may have to watch the water level closely and add more later if it cooks down too far). Add the r…

My Weight Loss/Getting Fit Journey in Pictures

This post has been a long time coming. It was inspired by my friend in hopes that it will encourage and inspire others.  It took a long time for me to want to post 'before' pics of myself and then it took even more time to find before pics. I was a master hider. Case in point. Hiding behind the kids...then craftily cropped most of me out. I was about 226 here, that shirt was a 3X. Wish I still had it, it'd be a dress. Those are my 2 youngest about 5 years ago. I decided then that they deserved a happier, healthier mommy. OK, hardest pic to find and to post. This is my before. I quote my highest weight as 226, but looking at this pic I wonder if I was heavier. I wasn't weighing. I started walking and doing yoga, and even joined Curves. At this point I went gung-ho low carb...it worked for a while. Then I stalled out about: 204, bad pic, but this is when I joined Sparkpeople. Started counting calories and adding some workout DVDs. me at 200 lbs. Cut my calories even more (some…

Cheribundi Review

The wonderful folks from Cheribundi sent me a four pack of their cherry juices to try. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and I receive no compensation for this review.
Now when I got their email I was like, sure, I'll try it. But in the back of my mind I was a little unsure. I love fresh cherries, but I don't love cherry flavored things, or even cooked cherry things, like cherry pie at Thanksgiving, blech.
This however I loved. I give the Tru Cherry and Whey Cherry Four stars and the Skinny Cherry I happily give Five stars.
A little info from www.cheribundi.com:
cheribundi™starts as Montmorency cherries grown in Michigan and New York orchards. We use a proprietary juicing process that was developed with Cornell University to make a drink that retains all the power and benefits of the nutrients and antioxidants found in the little round fruits.cheribundi™has more disease-fighting antioxidants than other juices and has been tested in the lab and field by athletes and people who jus…

FINALLY..and, suggestions?

Finally have internet again! That was rough. I've got reviews and things to do like crazy, and need to catch up on my blog reading since I haven't been on since last Friday. I was going through blog withdrawals!

Also, I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for product reviews. Obviously with a limited budget I can't review everything out in this overloaded fitness/weight loss market, but I want to try to do reviews that you guys are interested in!

Anything out there you've been wondering about...drooling over? Please leave me a comment about it.

My Day in Pictures

5 am laced up my Pumas and headed to the track. The track I run at. The high school track is literally a block and a half from my house. Love it. However, there's been a bear in town lately and when I got there all the trash cans had been dumped and scattered, eep. Very alert while I ran today! Came home and had coffee with hubby. Breakfast was a cup of egg whites with mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes. Yum. Midmorning snack was a chocolate shakeology and a handful of blueberries. Forgot to take a pic of that. Lunch was an Ezekiel pita with chicken breast, spinach, and mustard. Afternoon snack was a 2% Fage. I normally do the 0%, but the 2% is only 130 calories and so freaking good! I'm hooked. Sat at my computer and twittered and you tube'd a lot. So, ya...up to now, that's my day. OK, I cleaned house and did mom stuff too, but that's a given, LOL. 
How was your day?
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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the keto lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.





I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It…

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...



Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:


What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.


The BodyShred Workouts

Keto Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.




Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
Ingredients
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)





Directions
Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm). I generally splurge once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. Since going keto paleo, however, I'm not sure if I will. Sometimes the sugar just isn't worth it!


Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long!
So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.


Not only is this recipe Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free. Paleo Peppermint Mocha RecipeIngredients:
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.)
1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract(Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon Organic …

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:


Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

This list of 30 Whole30 Lunch Reci…

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

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Disclaimer: I received Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionfor review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

After three long months of testing this program I'm finally down to the review! I've had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here.
So, is it hype or help? Have a seat, let's talk about that...

What you will need for these workouts:
A set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights to suit your ability level.


What's Included with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: 15 Workout DVDsResistance CableFitness Guide BookFat Burning Meal Plan7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan90 Day JournalBookmark
What's in the box? My unboxing video if you want to see it all:
The Body Revolution Diet Plan I've had a lot of questions on what exactly the diet plan for Body Revolution is. Let me break it down... The diet for this program…

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.



Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

paleo, grilled pineapple burger, smoky grilled pineapple burger,…

Review: Jillian Michaels One Week Shred

Jillian Michaels One Week Shred
When I first saw Jillian Michaels latest DVD release on Amazon I immediately hated it. Just being honest. It looked gimmicky. It touted (what I feel are) unrealistic expectations. It splashily declared things like: "Lose up to 7 Pounds in 7 Days" and "Need to crash your weight loss for a special upcoming event..." Marketing. Blah, blah, blah.
I wasn't a fan. 
But I had people asking me about it and whether I'd review it. I know I always review Jillian's stuff and people expect to find those reviews here on FitViews, so I ordered it. Fully intending to continue to hate it.
Sadly...
I don't hate it! As a workout that is. As a 7 day "crash", meh, not so sure, but as a workout I think it's pretty good. OK, let's get into the review...


From the back of the DVD: Need to crash your weight loss for a special upcoming event--high school reunion, wedding, party, beach vacation in a bikini, etc.? Jillian Michaels new …

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…

KETO Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes

I have gone back and forth with low carb since I was 24. I feel better when eating keto and I definitely have good progress with weight loss when I eat that way, but it can be a challenge to stick with. As I get older I find that the feeling better part of being low carb has become my driving motivation for sticking to it. I'm completely committed to keto now and that has me finding new ways to stick with it!

Ways such as keto pancakes. Say what-what? Yes. Low carb pumpkin pancakes no less. And? They're pretty darned yummy...

Whether you're seriously bored with your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes are for you! With only 5 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for pumpkin spice season. Oh, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes a…
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