If you’ve been reading the blog since Christmas time, you know I am obsessed with gingerbread cookies.  Mmmmm.  I decided to give my pancakes a little bit of a gingerbread spin this morning.


I added pinches of ginger and cloves, a bunch of cinnamon, and a dollap of molasses to prepared Hodgson Mill’s InstaBake WW Pancake mix and…. viola!


Gingerbread pancakes!


These were soooo delicious.  They weren’t intense like I like gingerbread cookies to be, but the mild flavor worked well with pancakes.


Plus, a plum on the side.


And a coffee.  Ugh, Mondays.


What’s In Your Bag?


I always wonder what people carry around in their purses or backpacks.  There’s always a few surprises, and I think you can learn a lot about someone by what’s in their purse!


Here’s my purse:


And here’s what is inside:


Clockwise from the top:


  • My huge wallet that I really need to replace
  • My planner
  • A bag of pecans, almonds, and raisins for emergency snacks
  • Travel Tiger Balm
  • The Husband’s Wallet
  • A matchbook
  • A ziploc bag of the Husband’s supplements
  • Lotion
  • Lipstick
  • A hair fubby
  • My cell phone


What’s in your bag?



  • Erica March 30, 2009, 4:06 am

    mmm the pancakes sound wonderful. In my bag- chapstick, wallet, gum, probably another chapstick, pens, my to do list, usually some smoothing cream (so my hair doesn’t fly away), Josh’s wallet ;), cell phone.

  • talesofexpansion March 30, 2009, 4:07 am

    mmmm gingerbread pancakes!

    in my bag … a book for subway readings, mints, lots of hair elastics and bobby pins, phone, wallet, coupons, expandable bag, chapstick, my camera/charger, and quite a bit more more!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) March 30, 2009, 4:20 am

    Gosh, your bag seems so much neater than mine! I have so much in there! A book, my camera, my cell phone, my wallet, pens, chapstick, keys, papers, planner/calender, ipod, and too much junk than i’d like to admit!

  • Erin March 30, 2009, 4:27 am

    You are the pancake queen!
    My bag is a mess. There’s a wallet, loose change, post it notes, various medicines, checkbook, receipts, pens, lotion, keys….

  • Abby March 30, 2009, 4:50 am

    Mmm, plums – I can’t wait for summer fruit!

    By the way, I’ve never heard the term hair fubby before 🙂 The things we learn in the blogosphere.

  • Mica March 30, 2009, 5:07 am

    Ugh, I don’t want to even look at my purse because I know it’s a disaster in there.

    Haha, why do you carry the husband’s wallet? If Harrison asks me, I’m going to tell him to get a murse (man+purse) of his own!

  • Sarah W. March 30, 2009, 5:09 am

    planner, pens, tampons (LOL), hearing aid batteries, bobbypins, keys, cell phone, wallet, sunglasses, inhaler, hand lotion x 2, lipgloss x2, power for mah face

  • VeggieGirl March 30, 2009, 5:15 am

    MORE FABULOUS PANCAKES!!!!!!!! I always love them 😀

    I carry my life in my bag, haha.

  • jenngirl March 30, 2009, 5:52 am

    Great pancake idea!!

    Cute purse…my bag always has an emergency snack, my wallet, ipod, gum, PHONE, pens, and usually a thousand crumpled up receipts! haha

  • inmytummy March 30, 2009, 5:52 am

    wallet, phone, chapstick, lip gloss, random change, birth control pills, and a bag of dog treats.

  • Lynne March 30, 2009, 6:00 am

    My bag is such a mess. I have my wallet, lip gloss, chapstick, lotion, ibuprofin, a small brush, hair ties, bobby pins, floss, pens, cell phone, iPod, my keys, and usually some paper where I write stray notes.

  • Brandi March 30, 2009, 6:05 am

    what a great idea for pancakes!

    oy – my purses are HUGE so I can put tons of stuff in them. Wallet, keys, cell phone, snacks, lots of pens/pencils, lip gloss, epipen, my color swatches for clothes, aleve, eye drops, gum/mints, hair ties, ….sometimes books 🙂

  • Joy March 30, 2009, 6:25 am

    I realized i carry way too much in my bag.. I’ve trid to cut down. Wallet, gum, keys, phone, pen, hair tie/bobby pins, chapstick, mascara, maybe some hair smoothing cream, and some type of bar.. just in case 😉

  • Wiggs (The Beholder) March 30, 2009, 6:26 am

    Hee hee, “hair fubby.” That’s such a cute turn of phrase!

    And can we talk about how delicious gingerbread pancakes are? My stomach just groaned in sadness that we don’t have any.

    I’m one of those people who has a Mary Poppins bag with a TON of weird stuff in it. Highlights include: a spare bra; three forks; a toy duck, pig, and cow; and a can of black beans. All of those things have been in there since before the holidays.

  • Jen March 30, 2009, 6:44 am

    My bag has my wallet, my check book, a list of books someone recommended I read, a pen, some blistex and my cell phone. I keep resisting a larger bag that would allow me to fit more in there!

  • jane March 30, 2009, 6:45 am

    a hair fubby? haha i’ve never heard that before!

  • Trish March 30, 2009, 6:47 am

    I like your bag! 🙂 I usually carry my wallet, phone, keys and lip gloss.

  • Leanne March 30, 2009, 6:48 am

    I need a bigger purse, first of all… But I cram in my wallet, 2 lip glosses and 1 burt’s bees chapstick, cell phone, 2 check books, a pen, sunglasses and sometimes my camera. I can’t close it!! ha ha

  • Siobhan March 30, 2009, 6:50 am

    Hmm..my wallet, camera, keys, jelly beans :), coupons, the electric bill, a pen, and a few chapsticks!

    ps. whats a hair fubby!? lol

  • Kristie Lynn March 30, 2009, 6:55 am

    When I’m using a smaller purse it always has: wallet, planner, pen, cell phone, chapstick, lotion, bc pill case, and hairbrush w/ hair-tie wrapped around it. When I’ve got a bigger purse… well, then all hell breaks loose. 😛

  • ksgoodeats March 30, 2009, 6:57 am

    Yay gingerbread! Cute bag!! I have the usual: wallet, cell, PENS!!, lip gloss

  • Bec March 30, 2009, 7:11 am

    i have way too much stuff in my bag, camera, cell phone, wallet, lip stuff, note book, agenda, various pens and highlighters, moisturizer, my ipod,basically everything but the kitchen sink!

  • teacherwoman March 30, 2009, 7:13 am

    Your bag is sooo much cleaner than mine. I might have to check mine out and post something similar. LOL. I am afraid of what’s in mine! HA!

  • Graze with Me March 30, 2009, 7:16 am

    Oh man, my bag. It’s a mess, ready for this?? Wallet, checkbook, pen, stack of my fiance’s business cards, mints, gum, lotion, camera!, hand sanitizer, eyeliner, eyelash curler, mascara, chapstick, lip gloss, face powder, bobby pins, blueberry Z-Bar, book….I think thats it, oh and any outgoing mail I happen to have that day!

  • runsarah March 30, 2009, 7:40 am

    Cute bag! I usually carry a large messenger bag with books, etc but in my purse I keep it to wallet, keys, cellphone, lip gloss, concealer and random mints/gum.

  • Sarah March 30, 2009, 8:10 am

    I love big bags! And mine is full of stuff:
    * wallet, planner, cell phone, lotion, checkbook, lipstick, lipgloss, chapstick, granola bar, coupons, receipts (need to clean out!), gym schedule, pen, pencil.

  • Danielle March 30, 2009, 8:12 am

    Those pancakes sound great!
    I actually just cleaned out my purse the other day nd switched to springier one, so it’s really clean with not many things other then wallet, cellphone, camera, and chapstick, other stuff will work it’s way in there though.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK March 30, 2009, 8:32 am

    first your fridge and now your bag!!! You are ONE BRAVE girl!!! LOL

  • lauren March 30, 2009, 8:38 am

    I just saw a feature on food network about a diner serving gingerbread pancakes with sliced bananas in it!! yours look great.

  • Danica's Daily March 30, 2009, 8:57 am

    Wow – I am so impressed with your purse. It is so organized and there is nothing straggling lol. My purse has way too many things in it – my friends always tease me that I come prepared for everything.

    Your breakfast looks delicious.

  • LizM March 30, 2009, 8:59 am

    Hi! I love your blog and have enjoyed reading it over the last couple weeks! I am Liz and working hard to get in better shape health wise by eating healthier and adding exercise! Thanks for the inspiration! My purse consists of: my wallet, my ipod, gym tag, extra diapers for my one year old, wipes, planner, lots of pencils, checkbook, phone, and snacks for my daughter!

  • Anonymous March 30, 2009, 9:04 am

    I love that you showed the inside of your purse– I think it’s so interesting to see what people think is important enough to carry around with them all day! Although I wouldn’t want to show the inside of mine… it’s everything but the kitchen sink!

  • tfh March 30, 2009, 9:07 am

    I’ll have to try gingerbread pancakes! They sound ingenious. As for my bag– I’m like a man. If I can, I just shove everything in my pockets. 😉

  • Kelly March 30, 2009, 9:27 am

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  • Megs March 30, 2009, 9:45 am

    Love the purse – what kind is it?

    Oh by the way – isnt Charlotte lovely? And think how close you are to South Carolina and the beach!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 30, 2009, 9:46 am

    meg – its tignanello.

  • Sara March 30, 2009, 10:42 am

    Your pancakes look so great! I rarely make pancakes, but you’re inspiring me to start.

    Cute purse! The typical contents of my purse is: wallet, gum, chapstick, lip gloss, lotion, cell phone, sunglasses, birth control pills (good to see I’m not the only ones who keeps these in her purse) and tampons.

  • livelovelaugheatlearn March 30, 2009, 3:50 pm

    Oh those pancakes look so good.

    My purse contains: wallet, cell phone, camera, hand cream, chapstick, lip gloss, water bottle, glasses, sunglasses and keys.

  • Macrae March 30, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Hi! I’ve never posted before but you mentiond Tiger Balm. I love Tiger Balm, works wonders! Great to hear someone else uses it- haha

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