A few of my favorite things


When the dog bites,
 When the bee stings,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember a few of my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad


 And that is why we don’t have a dog or keep bees.  But I am prone to the occasional bout of sadness.  Thankfully those episodes do not last long and I do have a few favorite things to comfort me.  Wearing pajamas all weekend and watching silly movies helps.  Meditating with Katie and writing gratitude lists can lift my spirits.  Reverting to my girlhood and playing with my Barbies in my room is a therapy unto its own.  And I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that I have some special comfort foods that sooth me in my time of need. 


I know, right?

Next time you have the morning blues, I highly suggest these Blueberry Pancakes.  This has been a rough emotional week for Katie and me and I really wanted blueberry pancakes for breakfast this morning.  Alas, we had no blueberries, fresh nor frozen.  My brilliant spouse suggested I go next door and bribe Snowie with some butternut squash spice cake, a butternut squash from our garden and a bag of fabulous fresh dates.  It worked.  I returned with a quart of frozen blueberries  from our wonderful neighbors garden!


Blueberry Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk or soy milk

1 egg

2 tablespoons canola oil


Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.  In another bowl or measuring cup, combine liquids.   Pour liquids into the center of the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.  Heat griddle until a few drops of water dances across the surface.  Oil the surface and ladle the batter onto the griddle.  At this point, sprinkle a few berries over the cakes. 

yeah, like that

When the edges are slightly dry and little bubbles are popping, flip ’em.


That's what I'm talkin' about

Ok, that takes care of the morning blahs.  But what if I’m just not feelin’ it later in the day?  Well, a big bowl of Katie’s spicy popcorn and that silly movie I mentioned is good for starters.  A good veggie BLT or Reuben sandwich also works wonders when the blues hit.  But what if you are a major sugar junkie, like me?  I love candy, cake and pie, but nothing makes me happier than a freshly baked cookie.  Or 3 or 4 cookies…….


Grab a cup of coffee, tea or a cold glass of (soy) milk!

When people discover that I bake for a living, the question that is put to me most often is “What’s your favorite thing to bake?”  That’s always a stumper.  But if they were to query  “what’s your favorite cookie?”; that’s a snap!  Ginger Molasses cookies are my absolute favorite.  Not as hard as a ginger snap, but certainly spicy and flavourful.  They also make a great gifts as they are easy to stack and hold up well to travel.


Ginger Molasses Cookies

adapted from “More of  Magnolia” 

by Allysa Torey

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup canola oil

1 cup sugar plus more for rolling

1 large egg

1/2 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.   Set aside.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat together the oil and sugar for 2 – 3 minutes.  Add the egg and molasses, and beat well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Put a small amount of sugar in a small bowl. Using a small disher or teaspoon, scoop dough and drop into the sugar bowl.  Roll into a ball and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  I always use a Silpat, but the instructions in the book call for an ungreased sheet. It’s your call.  Leave several inches between cookies to allow for expansion.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Once again, the recipe in the book says 12 minutes, but you know your own oven.  12 minutes will yield a crispier cookie.  I prefer crisp edges and chewy center.


True confession: I just ate two of these as I was writing this post

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling much better now.  That’s not to say that I won’t be stealing back to the kitchen later for a few more of those cookies, just to make sure I’m good and happy for the rest of the evening.  Life is good!

15 Responses to “A few of my favorite things”

  1. October 25, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Man, this was a pain in the butt putting this post together. I don’t know what the hell WordPress was doing, but I apologize for the inconsistent fonts and all of the italics. The more I tried to fix things, the worse it got! I need a cookie and a hug!!!

  2. October 25, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Yup, and a few racks of pool in our beautiful Barbie’s Billiards Room (complete with bubblegum pink pool table and super hero Barbie collection) almost always does the trick for my blahs on a rainy day.

    Thank you for taking such good care of me, my Beloved!


  3. October 25, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Yum – what delicious and comforting food this all is! Looks fabulous too. Hope you have a better week, Patty.

  4. 6 cat.
    October 25, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I think the full moon may have something to do with your funk?? I had a bad week last week, so the rain FEELS right now, and is comforting…like your pancakes…transitioning into fall/winter…and then there’s Halloween!! Yes, gratitude lists and diversions do help. Keep up the great work! ‘Always enjoy your posts and pics. Thank-you for that!!

    Now where’s my bite?

    – Cat.

  5. October 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    And for the record… this brand new week is off to an amazing, wonderful, stellar start! This autumn and winter, my Beloved, is going to be the best of our lives so far… just you wait and see!

    Also, you know that it’s still raining outside… do we really need to wait until we have the blues before we get more comfort food? Veggie ruebens… mmmmmmm…..

    I love you with all my heart, Miss Patty!

  6. 9 Kelly Caldwell
    October 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I love everything about this post! The song, the photos, and you!

  7. October 31, 2010 at 1:35 am

    To me, tat reads like a good recipe.
    And the results look divine

  8. November 5, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Oh dear, this seems to have put me into a food frenzy. I need to eat the closest approximation of this as possible. …Looking through my kitchen I may just have to mash some grapes into a loaf of bread and just use my imagination.

    • November 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      I love it when my blog puts people into a food frenzy. I’m kinda evil in that way. Funny that you should mention mashing grapes into bread. Mashed grapes are used in making starter for bread baking. Bon appetit!

  9. 14 Angel Kelly
    November 15, 2010 at 6:17 am

    i just made some healthy fig muffins that were getting hard into bread pudding muffins. Divine.

  10. 15 Angel Kelly
    November 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

    i just made healthy, getting hard muffins into breadpudding muffins

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