Makin’ Banana Pancakes

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First of all, sorry for all the technical difficulties this weekend.  However, now the blog is aliiiiive and well.  I hope so, at least.


I woke up this song stuck in my head.


So, of course, I had to make banana pancakes for breakfast!  This beauties are definitely worthy of a serenade.


We had a nice Saturday.  The weather was gorgeous, so we went to a little outside bar with the dogs and got drinks (well, non-alcoholic drinks) and artichoke dip and enjoyed the sunshine.  Then, we had the bright idea to tackle IKEA on a Saturday afternoon to look at cribs – and had a total “OMGwhatthehellishappeningisthisreal?!” moment as we tried to pick one out.  After debating our selection for 30 minutes and Googling crib safety recommendations until we made ourselves sick with worry, we finally decided to just come back another day.  It was too much!


Instead of a crib, we ended up buying new knives (that sentence is an odd juxtaposition).  I bought our old knives at a dollar store when we were 21 and had just moved in together, and they needed to be replaced very, very badly.  Let me tell you – real knives are AMAZING.  


Sliced through those bananas like buttah!


I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free pancake mix and topped it with Greek yogurt, raspberries, and sesame-seed cashews.


The perfect Sunday breakfast, if you ask me.


Have a WONDERFUL day!



  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 29, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Perfect Sunday breakfast indeed!
    Hope you had a great weekend 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed January 29, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Bless your heart for cooking with bad knives for so long!

  • Greta @ Staying Lost January 29, 2012, 10:34 pm

    I’m glad the blog is back up! I was kind of wondering what was happening this weekend, with no new posts. Those pancakes look great.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 29, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a tasty morning! I need breakfast for dinner tomorrow. I’m craving blueberry pancakes. I love breakfast for dinner…

  • BethT January 29, 2012, 10:49 pm

    I have an Ikea crib (the Gulliver) and one of their crib mattresses. I have been 100% happy with it. Bought the matching changing table as well. I highly recommend both!

    • CaitlinHTP January 30, 2012, 8:12 am

      We were considering the Sundrik or something. It was cute. I need to do more research for sure.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 29, 2012, 10:54 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m seriously craving pancakes after seeing those now. No matter that it’s almost 11pm. I’ve been ravenous all weekend with no explanation why.
    Real knives are seriously the best investment ever. I don’t know how you lived this long without them with all the cooking you do!

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted January 29, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Did you buy the knives at Ikea?? My mom was buying me a Henckels knife every holiday until I got a Cutco set at my bridal shower so now I’m set!

    • CaitlinHTP January 30, 2012, 8:13 am

      Yes! They are really nice too. They weren’t IKEA cheap though.

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 29, 2012, 11:06 pm

    I love how you plated the pancakes. Beautiful!!

  • Mark January 29, 2012, 11:32 pm

    Do you go gluten-free due to an intolerance? I feel like I’ve seen your post on the issue before, but now I can’t find it!

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy January 29, 2012, 11:46 pm

    Those pancakes look delish. You’ve been really tempting me to buy the sesame cashews from TJ’s. They always look so tasty for some reason.

    I don’t blame you about feeling overwhelmed with the crib decision. I was reading this Skinny Bitch book about home, healthy, etc and it was freaking me out with all the toxic things that we have in our homes in general. It’s like “UGH, how are we supposed to know what we buy is safe?” You guys will figure it out though and pick a great one.

    Ooh, and I love the texture on the background of the blog. I don’t always pop over to read the blog outside of google reader.

    • CaitlinHTP January 30, 2012, 8:15 am

      I loved Skinny Bitch but it is VERY overwhelming.

  • Taya January 29, 2012, 11:51 pm

    I think I have a crush on your pancakes! It’s almost 11 pm, and it’s a good thing I don’t have any pancake mix, or I’d be making them right now!

  • April January 30, 2012, 12:26 am

    GL finding and deciding on a crib. We bought both our girls beds at USA Baby and opted for a 3 in one bed (Crib, Toddler Bed, Double Bed). It was just as difficult as buying a house. DH had one set of standards and me another both times. Both our daughters are now in their double beds, and we haven’t had an issues with the cribs or otherwise. My friend got her nursery furniture from IKEA and it fits them well.

  • Elisabeth January 30, 2012, 12:29 am

    The pancakes look delicious! What knives did you end up buying? I have a set of Furi knives & also a couple of Wustof ones – I love both brands. Henckel are nice, too 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP January 30, 2012, 8:16 am

      the nicest ones at IKEA – i can’t remember the name!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 30, 2012, 12:34 am

    Your breakfast looks so beautiful and yummy. Much better than my boring breakfast this morning. Also, there is nothing like new knives- they make SUCH a difference. Enjoy.

  • Lynne January 30, 2012, 12:36 am

    Thanks for the idea. There are 4 bananas hanging out in our kitchen that desperately need to be used soon. I also like the idea of yogurt on pancakes, which I had never considered before.

  • Khushboo January 30, 2012, 1:04 am

    I haven’t had pancakes in so long..I think I know what breakfast tomorrow will be :)!

  • January 30, 2012, 2:44 am

    Ah! I love that you got your first knives at the dollar store when you were 21, I’m pretty sure our first knives were from Wal-Mart or the dollar store, too…it’s part of what makes the first years together so special and fun, I think 😉

  • Kristen January 30, 2012, 3:31 am

    Mmm banana pancakes….great way to start the day!

  • Tracy January 30, 2012, 5:33 am

    Baby Bargains. It’s a book and it will be your lifesaver. Just make sure to get the latest edition. (PS…The book recommends the Ikea Gulliver crib for value/safety)

    • Jen January 30, 2012, 6:17 am

      I was just going to comment that you should buy this book! It really helped when we were getting baby stuff. It’s kinda chunky to read but it’s worth the time!

      • JenRD January 30, 2012, 6:23 am

        I also was going to suggest Baby Bargains! It has great consumer tips for new parents. Those pancakes look delish!

        • CaitlinHTP January 30, 2012, 8:17 am

          Thanks guys!!!

  • Shannon January 30, 2012, 7:01 am

    You are bringing back memories with all these pregnancy posts, Caitlin! 🙂 We had a moment JUST LIKE THAT ONE when I was pg with my first and we went into our first Babies R Us store. OMG! Freakout. I know this probably means nothing right now, but trust me when I say ANY crib will be JUST FINE. 🙂

  • Heather January 30, 2012, 7:04 am

    Consumer Reports does a great review of baby stuff in terms of safety, and several of their top rated safety picks are always affordable too. I don’t know about their cribs, but I know IKEA has had recalls lately on other baby things. They made me nervous, and they also are MUCH less sturdy when fully assembled. We went with one that transitions into a toddler bed and then a twin bed, and it’s sturdy enough to hold me too (though it never needs to.)

  • Hillary January 30, 2012, 7:07 am

    For a gluten-free mix, those are some fluffy looking pancakes!

  • Lauren January 30, 2012, 7:15 am

    Every time I make pancakes on the weekend, I have to play that song. Love me some JJ!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 30, 2012, 7:31 am

    I agree – baby shopping is totally overwhelming. I spent 2.5 hours one day in Babies R Us just trying to read, google consumer reports, and decipher between brands and what I really need or don’t need. AHH! I quickly realized I need to go with one or two tasks at hand – not a ton!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 30, 2012, 7:36 am

    Sooooo where is that pancake recipe? Those look incredible!!!

  • Anna January 30, 2012, 7:44 am

    Don’t buy a crib! I think every pregnant woman fantasizes about a nursery but you don’t even use your nursery for its intended purpose for MONTHS. We bought a crib (natural wood – not pressed wood), non-toxic finish – I think DaVinci brand for like $200, soy mattress with wool cover off amazon for $70, organic crib sheets) AND I HAVE YET TO USE ANY OF IT WITH MY 9 Mo. OLD!!! They say ‘never say never’ and it’s true. We co-sleep/bed share since we BF lots at night. We weren’t sleeping for the first week and our pediatrician recommended it (reduces SIDS risks if you exclusively BF actually). I just started using a pack and play for naps since my daughter likes to crawl/stand and it was getting dangerous with her in the bed (video monitored). The crib is known as the ‘divorce-maker-3000’ in our house since we unexpectedly decided to sell our 1 bedroom waterfront cottage 2 months ago and we had to dissamble/re-assemble in our new place. Since you don’t own a home and plan on moving, get a pack and play (I got a nearly new one off craigslist for $60 that was top-rated). Same idea, breaks down easily, portable, etc.

    • CaitlinHTP January 30, 2012, 8:18 am

      Good advice! thank you!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 30, 2012, 7:47 am

    I was wondering what was going on when I logged in to my bloglovin account and there were no posts for the weekend haha. Also looking forward to that announcement you mentioned on FB!!!

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 30, 2012, 7:58 am

    Yum, those pancakes look delicious, so doughy!

  • Kelly January 30, 2012, 8:02 am

    Real knives are the best!! My husband sold Cutco knives in college and bought himself a set. The best part is they have lifetime warranty and we can send back whenever we want to have them resharpened. I love it!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In January 30, 2012, 8:25 am

    That song always reminds me of vacation! beautiful breakfast:)

  • EL January 30, 2012, 8:50 am

    Our son slept in the Fisher Price Newborn Rock ’n Play Sleeper for the first 3 months and then we moved him into his crib. I BF exclusively and slept on an air mattress in the nursery until my son slept through the night.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 30, 2012, 8:51 am

    Those pancakes look so fluffy and delicious!!!

  • Michelle January 30, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Thats our wedding song! During our wedding the priest’s homily included him telling us the secret to a successful marriage was…. “Banana Pancakes”. And then he went on to clarify that he meant the song and from time to time, shutting out the world and enjoying each other – he even sang it! So that song, and actual banana pancakes always make us happy. If you haven’t listened closely to the lyrics in a while, go back and listen, you’ll like the song even more. 🙂

  • Amber K January 30, 2012, 1:43 pm

    Those pancakes look absolutely delicious! I keep thinking I should invest in some knives, but I’m definitely going to have to save up. Luckily the ones we got for our wedding are still holding out pretty well.

  • Angela January 30, 2012, 2:43 pm

    Get yourself a knife sharpener as well. That and a new knife set are my top kitchen purchases. They made life so much easier!

    I went to Ikea one time on a Saturday night and every other woman in the place had a bump. It is obviously the in thing to do when pregnant!

  • Emily January 30, 2012, 6:39 pm

    I love that song!!! Reminds me of my sophomore year of college. I love when songs can just bring you back like that. The pancakes don’t look half bad either : )

  • Sarah January 30, 2012, 7:05 pm

    those pancakes DO look amaazzeeeeeee

  • Jolene ( January 30, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Love that song, and banana pancakes 🙂

  • Jillian January 30, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Hi! I’m a new-ish reader and wanted to share how much your blog has helped me in the last few weeks.

    I’m also pregnant, I’ll be 14 weeks tomorrow and I’m already overweight. My doctor advised me to not gain more than 10 more pounds, which is obviously ALL baby.

    I was struggling for meal ideas bc I was getting bored of my normal options and I needed to find some motivation to workout, even just a few times a week.

    I created my own “Remember who you’re doing this for.” chart and have started adding my sparkly stars for each time I workout and I started making some of your meal ideas. Today I tried the cheese sandwiches on crusty bread it was just AMAZING!!

    Anyway – Thanks for sharing your journey, please know how helpful it is to so many of us!

    • Caitlin January 30, 2012, 8:55 pm

      Congrats on your pregnancy 🙂 I am so happy for you and wish you the best!

  • Leila @ Spinach and Skittles January 30, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Good luck with the crib hunt – that sounds totally frustrating. And I can’t believe you went this long as a blogger who has a large focus on food/meals and didn’t own real knives! Craziness.

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