Sunday, October 28, 2012

31 days: being ok with imperfection {apple pie pancake recipe too}

A few weeks ago I wanted to make apple pie pancakes but I didn't feel like doing it all from scratch.  It seemed silly to spend an hour peeling apples, making the sauce and then cooking the apples just to pour over pancakes Scott and I would inhale in about 10 minutes.

So, while at Target I grabbed a can of apple pie filling, a box of pancake mix and headed to check out.

As I was driving home I began to feel like I was taking the easy way out. I quickly stopped this train of thought and said "screw it". I don't have to make everything from scratch, I don't have to spend an hour on saturday morning making breakfast from scratch when I really want to spend 20 minutes cooking and then the rest of the morning sipping coffee and catching up on blogs. 

After I gave myself a pep talk about being ok with not being Martha Steward I decided I was going to do a quick and easy recipe post. The next day, after laying in bed with the hubs I got up, made coffee and got to work on my quick and easy apple pie pancake recipe. 

I made the batter according to the box and added a bit of vanilla extract for an extra bit of yumminess. While flipping my flap jacks I slaved over the can opener, opened the pie filling and dropped it in a sauce pan to let those babies warm up. 

After plating my pancakes and pie filling into a mound of goodness I grabbed my dslr and snapped a few pics. I didn't really pay too much attention to the pictures as my mouth was salivating from the smell of cinnamon, apples and pancakes, oh my. 

Scott and I devoured those pancakes.  As he raved about how good they were it hit me, to him they would have been the same amount of good had I spend 60 minutes making them or 20 minutes and a can opener. 

Fast forward to this past weekend when I grabbed my SD card to edit pics for the week. I decided I would share the simple Apple Pie Pancake recipe. As I pulled up the pics I quickly realized the top pancake looked a bit burnt in all the pics. Great, now what do I do?

Again I said "screw it".  God was clearly trying to tell me something; this post that was supposed to be as simple recipe was going to be a post about imperfections. {and a perfect post to my 31 days to a better me}

He is reminding me to let go of this idea that everything needs to be perfect. Only He is perfect. I will never be perfect so why waste time trying to attain perfection? Who cares if the apple pie filling isn't made from scratch, it still tastes amazing. 

-box of pancake mix {or from scratch if you prefer}
-can of apple pie filling {or from scratch if you prefer}
-vanilla extract to add to pancake batter

Make batter according to box, add in a bit of vanilla extract. I'd guess I added 2 teaspoons for a batter that made 6 pancakes. Heat apple pie filling in a sauce pan over medium heat. Drench pancakes with pie filling an enjoy. 



Sassy Lemonade said...

The pancakes look amazing, I would have never known they weren't from scratch.

Beth @ the city said...

Yum! I don't think I've ever had such a creation :) thanks for the recipe, Jen!

The Students Wife said...

Those pancakes look so delicious! I am hungry just looking at them :)

I"m your newest follower from the Monday Mingle

Angela Magnotti Andrews said...

Until you mentioned that you burned the pancake, I didn't even notice. It is a beautiful picture. Thank you for giving yourself that pep talk and sharing it with us here. I needed to hear it, too. I've been hiding and need to stop. Thanks.

SEL said...

What a great idea! I never would've thought about just adding the can! And, who cares if it takes your 20 minutes to cook breakfast versus 60. I bet hubs was just happy you made breakfast!

Great post!

Found you from the linkup. Newest follower, friend!


Julie said...

Hello! Stopping by to thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe on Marvleous Mondays! I often make pancakes on the weekend but I never thought of going this route with them. Looks like I will be trying this this weekend. I have both Apple and Cherry pie filling!

Have a great week.


Holly McDonald said...

I am the queen of "semi-homemade" in my family... no one ever complains! =)

Found your blog from the Mom's Mingle. Its great and I am now a new follower!


Sage Grayson said...

Yes! I completely agree. I have too much else going on to make all my meals from scratch. Good for you for embracing your imperfections. The pancakes look delish! :)

Kimberly Montgomery said...

I'm working on letting go of asking myself to be perfect too. :)

Kristin Cho said...

preach it girl. my whole life's struggle is to rid myself of the pride that drives me to keep up with everyone and try to be perfect.

i just may have to whip these up for lunch~ they look amazing!!

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