A hurricane story, a breakfast giveaway, podcasts and much more

Hi, friends! Well, let me start this one off by saying that I’m very hopeful that my friends and family in Florida have better-than-expected weather conditions this weekend with the pending hurricane. Hurricanes are no joke …

In fact, I lived through a pretty scary one at my parent’s house in Southwest Florida in Port Charlotte in 2004. I was home for the summer from college (University of Florida — Go Gators), and Hurricane Charley made a significant turn before deciding to come onshore right where we lived, when we weren’t really ready for it. During the worst of the storm, I actually hid in my Mom’s closet with my parents and our family dog, listening to the loudest and scariest wind noises ever above our heads — not having ANY idea what was really going on outside our walls. I thought we were going to lose our roof and be exposed to the elements, although we only lost pieces of it. Our pool-cage blew away, our neighbor’s roof tiles broke through our windows in our living room making the worst crackling sounds, and it was major destruction all over the place. We were without power for a couple of weeks and really had no ability to communicate with the outside world. The National Guard came in to our neighborhood to try to stop looters and criminals and manage the streets, which had to be operated with no stoplights. Basically a nightmare.

The timing of the storm (August 13) was such that I had actually already planned to head back to school in Gainesville for the fall semester, so a couple of days later, I left my parents to live in that mess, and I sought electricity and comfort in my apartment about three hours away. But it was awful. Our neighborhood was never the same, and my parents have actually moved from that original house where my brother and I grew up since that time. Although, I will say that some of the areas that had the worst devastation near us in Punta Gorda have been rebuilt better than ever.

I guess this is a seriously somber way to start a “Friday Favorites” post, but it’s worth noting that natural disasters happen, (much like the one that took place in Texas last week too), and they aren’t pretty. It behooves you to prepare as much as you can, even if the storm misses you and you are left with extra bottled water and batteries. And if you choose to leave the area, you are not a paranoid chicken, you are smart. Better safe than sorry is always the case. 

I’m thinking about the Southeast right now (from the safety and comfort of the Bay Area, thank goodness with this big ol’ baby bump), and I will be anxiously watching the weather and staying in touch with my parents to know what is going on (they are staying put, but have properly prepared with storm shutters, etc.). So what do you say we move on and lighten it up around here? Switching gears to the faves …

My favorite weekend breakfast and a GIVEAWAY for Foodstirs Pancakes

We’re due for a little giveaway on the blog, so here it is. One lucky person will get two boxes of Organic Sunday Stacks Pancake Mix from Foodstirs. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post! Thanks to the Foodstirs folks for sending me complimentary samples and offering the giveaway.

In the past, I’ve always made my standard simple five-minute protein pancakes from a few ingredients I had laying around, but lately, I’ve been making pancakes from a box, and not just any box. My latest favorite kind is from Foodstirs, and the mix is organic, and there are no artificial flavors or preservatives either — high-quality stuff. Foodstirs is based in Los Angeles, and they have a variety of products and can be found at Whole Foods, Sprouts and The Fresh Market, to name a few, as well as online.

Foodstirs Pancake Mix by A Lady Goes West

To make the pancakes, you add an egg, butter (I used coconut oil), milk (I used coconut milk) and yogurt (I used plain Greek), and that’s it. It’s super easy and quick, and the pancakes come out nice and fluffy. In fact, I really like the addition of the yogurt, because I think it makes the pancakes all that much more moist. I’ve topped them with honey, maple syrup and even almond butter, depending on my mood. And yes, I like them a little burnt …

Foodstirs Organic Pancake Mix by A Lady Goes West

Because pancakes always make the morning better, I thought one of you lovely people would want to try a couple of boxes of this mix. So leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win. This giveaway will close on Tuesday of next week, and the winner needs to live in the U.S.. Good luck!

My favorite new addition to the home: A plant

You know how I’ve been talking about getting houseplants? Well, we finally got a plant! We’re starting with just one, and I’m crossing my fingers that I can keep it alive. Dave and I got this baby on Sunday from our local Ace Hardware (as detailed in my weekend recap), and it wasn’t cheap. While this guy was labeled a rubber plant, it doesn’t really match the appearance of other rubber plants online, so it’s a bit of an unknown variety right now. Is anyone out there an expert and able to identify what we’ve got? It said it lives best indoors with indirect light, so at least we have that knowledge.

Houseplant by A Lady Goes West

Nonetheless, I LOVE the way it looks in our little living room, and I love to know that it’s helping to purify our air. I’m now in the market for a couple of smaller plants for our bedroom too, to aid in creating a great sleep environment, of course. In case you were wondering, Rudy was terrified of the plant at first, but has moved on to ignoring its existence, so we’re all good. Where are all my plant lovers at?

My favorite podcast: Mindbodygreen

Being that I’m such a fan of the Mindbodygreen website (and had my piece about my book published on the site over the summer, YAY!!), you’d think I would have listened to the Mindbodygreen podcast already. But I hadn’t downloaded an episode until this week. Then, this week, I listened to multiple.

Mindbodygreen podcast by A Lady Goes West

The host of the podcast is the CEO and creator of Mindbodygreen, Jason Wachob, and while I wouldn’t say that he has an appealing “radio voice” at all, he does a good job at trying to keep the podcast interviews conversational, rather than formal. The best one I listened to this week was with Sarah Robb O’Hagan, the current CEO of FlyWheel (you can read my class review on FlyWheel and FlyBarre, by the way). She used to be the CEO of Equinox when I worked there as a trainer, and she came to the grand opening of the Marina club in San Francisco, and I got to meet her. She’s a fierce lady, for sure, and that comes across in her interviews and when you see her in person. Nonetheless, there’s a great line-up of interesting health and wellness experts on the MBG podcast episodes right now, and I look forward to listening to more.

My favorite links of the week 

Here are a few good things from around the Web …

  • FITNESS: I posted this workout video in the A Lady Goes West Friends Facebook group earlier this week after trying it, because it’s a great burn in a very short amount of time. The workout is only four minutes and requires no equipment at all, so you can do it anywhere. I challenge you to get up and do it right now!
  • FOOD: People ask me all the time what they should be snacking on, and the answer is that it depends on what you like and what your dietary preferences are. I tend to like nuts, yogurts and healthier bars. I got to add my favorite current snack to this list of the top 30 healthy snack ideas on Spark People along with a few other fitness and health experts, so check it out. 
  • FERTILITY: I try not to harp on hormones and fertility in every blog post, because I’m sure some of you are sick of hearing about it. But if I had only known sooner what a mess you could get into if you didn’t pay attention to those things, well, I could have avoided a lot of heartache. Check this one out about why you should question your use of birth control pills. And while you’re at it, check out my book for more on this too!

In case you missed the latest around here …

Let’s talk Instagram: I try not to spend too much time on there, but have been posting a little bit more lately and showing more than just my food. Are you following me on Instagram? I would LOVE it if you do! And could you comment on one of my latest pictures to say hello, so I can see what you are up to as well?

That’s it for now. Think some good thoughts for Florida, friends! Have a nice weekend, and I’ll see you around here soon! I’ll leave you with a picture of Rudy from a walk earlier this week, in which I looked down and saw that my shoes matched the flowers. Love that …

Rudy and pink sneakers by A Lady Goes West

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Questions of the day

What’s your favorite weekend breakfast?

Do you use Instagram? What’s your favorite thing to see on Instagram?

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster?

(GIVEAWAY REMINDER: I’ll choose one winner from the comments below, who will get two boxes of Foodstirs Organic Pancake Mix, so make sure you say hello, and don’t worry, your email will not be made public.)



  1. Hey we have to have a balance of the serious and the frivolous in our lives–we need pancake Sunday because if we thought about hurricanes every day… well, we wouldn’t make it!

    1. Hi Susie! AGREED totally! There are always scary and bad things going on in the world, so we may as well take joy in our pancake breakfasts on the weekends while we can. πŸ™‚ Happy Friday to you, lady!

  2. Your hurricane story is so scary! I can’t even imagine hiding and hoping for the winds to stop. Definitely thinking about everyone in FL, I had an aunt and uncle evacuate and said traffic was horrible and hotels were all booked, but they made it to Atlanta where my cousin lives.

    And literally eating breakfast now wishing I had some pancakes, lol. Happy Weekend!

    1. Hi Patricia! I’ve heard the same from friends that trying to leave Florida right now is a nightmare. AHH! Hoping for safety for all of those people, that’s for sure. And I mean, I’m not having pancakes this morning either, but definitely wishing I was heheh! Happy Friday, my friend!

    1. Hi Emily! They sure are scary! But now I live in a place where earthquakes could happen — and I’m not even slightly prepared to have to deal with that one day. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  3. Make a spinach mushroom Egg frittata and my kids donuts or pretzels. Instagram is great to see pics and info on people.

      1. no the pretzels come from local bakery when we go to farmers market and they get some fresh cheese to put on the Pretzels.

  4. Every Sunday my boyfriend and I make either waffles or pancakes to enjoy. I love that little tradition we’ve started, it makes my heart so happy to have be making our own traditions πŸ™‚
    That’s so scary to hear about your hurricane story. I grew up in the Midwest and have lived through plenty of storms that set off the tornado sirens so my family would get set up in the basement with flashlights and a radio to hear the news. Natural disasters are scary! Sending good thoughts that your family and friends in Florida are safe!

    1. Hi Maureen! Okay — tornadoes really scare me because of the speed of how they come through, so I bet that was not fun growing up. As far as your tradition — I LOVE IT! We’ve gone through a few traditions — usually Sunday night taco night or pizza night, which is always fun to have. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  5. My parents live near where the hurricane is headed, and growing up there I have certainly been through what you describe!

    1. Hi Charlotte! Oh no! Are they on the East Coast of Florida? I hope that everything turns out okay for them. I’m sure you’ll be nervous all weekend!

    1. Hi Allison! I feel ya, it’s easy to go to your usuals in the mornings, and pancakes definitely take slightly longer — maybe that’s what makes them special. Happy Friday to you! Hope you have a great day and weekend. Thanks for saying hi!

  6. Go to crustless quiche is always a good way to burn up extra veg. I’m not a big social media fan. Think there is way too much oversharing.
    Growing up on the coast of NC I’ve been through quite a few hurricanes & tropical storms. Also spending 1/2 my adult years in TN been way to close to a number of tornadoes.

    1. Hi lady! Ohhh now tornadoes seem scary too, because they come through so quickly. And I agree there is a lot of oversharing on social media! I’ve never made a quiche — good idea — is it hard? hehhe! Hope you have a great weekend!

      1. “Quiche” w/o a crust in the south is referred to as egg pie. Layering is the key. First veg and then cheese followed by seasoned egg mix ( I always add a few tbsp. of wet dairy, whatever is open, kefir, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese…).

  7. Ugh the hurricanes sounds so so scary. I’ve never been in any extreme weather like that before so I’d be a nervous wreck!
    In other news, those pancakes looks yummy….both my kids LOVE pancakes & request them every morning. haha!

    1. Hi Marielle! They sure are scary. Glad you haven’t had to experience any and hope you never do. But yes, on a lighter note — YAY for pancakes hehehe. That’s cute that your kids request them every day. The question is … do they GET them every day? hehhee

  8. All Floridians will take any prayers you have to offer for this storm to keep moving totally off the west coast. I remember Charley. I think he was a shock to everyone.
    Prayers your parents fair well during Irma.
    Good luck with the plant. I can never seem to keep them alive πŸ™
    Take Care

    1. Hi Dena! Agreed — the storm looks big enough to touch the entire state, which is not fun. I hope you and all your people will be okay too, lady! As far as my plant … it’s not looking good, I noticed a slumped over leaf already today … hehehhe

  9. I LOVED that podcast interview with Sarah – she is so smart and inspiring! I also loved Jacob’s interview with Tyler Haney, the founder of Outdoor Voices. She has accomplished so much at such a young age and truly passionate about redefining recreation. I’m really curious to see where she’ll take athleisure in the future. Do you listen to Almost 30 or The Melissa Ambrosini Show? They also are health/wellness-centric and have amazing guests on their show – love them both!!

    1. Hi Tiffany! How funny — because the second MBG podcast I listened to after Sarah was Tyler’s! I am not going in order hehehe. I will have to check out Almost 30 and The Melissa Abrosini Show, because I haven’t heard of either of those. Thanks for the tips, lady! Have a great weekend!

  10. I grew up in Tennessee so no hurricanes there. We did get tornadoes though. In highschool, one pretty much circled our house (they are always so random!) and took out a ton of power lines and houses. Our house was fine, but we were without power for a week. I now live in South Carolina but as far away from the coast as you can be. Still a little nervous about what Monday will bring. Guess we’ll see!

    Have a good weekend! You have me craving pancakes now πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Amanda! Tornadoes are very scary to me — did you have that siren in your town? Not fun! As far as South Carolina, hopefully you won’t have any issues over the weekend. Thanks for saying hello, lady! Have a good weekend!

  11. Wow, I think stories like that are actually important to share because the news can get a little overwhelming, but hearing a real life affected hits home. I am definitely praying for my two older brothers in FL–God is the God of weather, too!

    I love a big post-run breakfast of protein pancakes, too! Something about making a meal that I don’t have time for during the week makes it extra special!

    1. Hi Madeline! I know — you don’t want to live through natural disasters, but if you do, it’s good to share with others that it can and does happen. Hope your brothers are safe! And also — post-run or post-workout is the BEST time to eat a bunch of carbs or a big meal like pancakes. Good choice. Have a great day, lady! Thanks for saying hi!

  12. Last night my husband and I were debating which is more scary, a hurricane or tornado? Living in central Oklahoma we’re used to tornados. I think a hurricane would be scarier simply because of the duration.

    On a happier note, we’ve been all about matcha waffles for breakfast, lunch or dinner lately.

    1. Hi Sarah! I think both are NOT fun, but I guess the one that you haven’t experienced may seem scarier to you? hehehe. Anyways — matcha in your waffles? UMMM yes! I would like to know more about this. Do you have a recipe??? Happy Friday!

  13. Yay! Pancake Giveaway! πŸ™‚ My favorite weekend breakfast is a Bagel Sandwich! Everything bagel with egg, cheese, & bacon.
    Yep, I am on Instagram! I love seeing food product reviews! B/C I am always one to try new things, but wonder…is this actually good?!
    I am fortunate to not have experienced a major natural disaster. All though the ice storm in the mideast about 7 years back was no fun. Many cities were without electricity for days to weeks.

    1. Hi Jen! I haven’t had a bagel sandwich in far too long, that sounds yum! And I like food reviews on Instagram too! So glad that you haven’t seen much of a natural disaster — although I think an ice storm comes pretty close. Wow! Hope you have a great weekend, lady! Thanks for saying hi!

  14. Praying for everyone in the path of this terrible storm.
    I love pancakes, after my Mom died in those brutal organizing and doing days after I treated myself every morning to pancakes and they were very comforting. Now pancakes are a reminder of how I got through those terrible days of tasks. We are Insta pals. what I love most about Insta is not just the visual aspect, but the positivism and encouragement that we all give each other daily. Its so uplifting !

    1. Hi Lexie, Wow! That’s pretty cool to hear how something like pancakes can make you think of getting through something so very hard. Everybody finds something different to latch onto when they are coming out of a dark spot, and pancakes are a good choice heheh! As far as Instagram, I love the positivity too! I am seeing a lot more of it these days, which is nice. And YES — send lots of good thoughts and prayers to those in Hurricane Irma’s path! Hope you have a nice weekend!

  15. Hey Ashley! Long time no talk! (Almost 15 years now?! Wow times goes fast!) Anyways, I think your plant is indeed a virigated rubber plant! If you are looking for similar looking and easy to care for plants maybe a virigated philodendron would be perfect for you bedroom. You don’t even need dirt to grown the philodendron which is awesome! Plus your rubber plant and the philodendron will look very similar. They may even be in the same classification of plants (I would have to research more to be sure). I love reading your blog and your positive motivation has encouraged me to start going the gym again! Here’s to good health and also congratulations on your baby news!!! Looking forward to seeing his smiling face in pictures! Xoxox

    1. OMG — TEA! No way! How are you? It’s been FOREVER! I love to hear from you. I hope you are doing well. Thank you SO much for saying hi and for sharing your knowledge about my plant. I’ll look for the philodendron for my room. How’s life? Where are you living? What are you doing? hahaha! — okay you don’t have to answer all that. But I LOVE to know that you’re going to the gym. What type of workouts have you been doing? Hope you stay safe if you are in Florida right now. Take care XOOXOXXOXO

      1. Life has been great! I moved to Canada 6 years ago this past June. My family moved up here over 11 years ago now. I tried doing the whole long distance thing with my family but it became to hard to travel back and forth all the time for visits and lonely for me at the holidays so after 5 long years of distance I finally decided to move! Life has been wonderful ever since! My boyfriend ( a Canadian guy I met thru my brother when I first moved here) and I purchased our first home in June of this year in a town called Wasaga Beach. It’s actually the worlds longest fresh water beach! Apparently I just can’t shake living in a beach area lol. I’m working as a Pharmacy Technician and have been since before I moved from Florida. My boyfriend and I also have a small cleaning business on the side which keeps us pretty busy in the evenings during the week. We actually just signed up last week to start going to the gym again! I was going to the gym regularly but when we started the business that came to adbrupt stop. It’s been almost 3 years now and we finally have a system and schedule that we can work around! I am so excited to get back into the gym to start feeling great again! I miss having the energy and stamina I used to have but I know it won’t take to long to gain that all back! Our first day back in the gym will be tomorrow and my goal is not to be so excited and pumped that I over work myself into not being able to walk let alone workout the next day! (Yes I have done that in the past and it made for a very long week of recovery) Any first day back advise?

        1. Hi again Tea! Oh that’s awesome to hear that things are going well for you. And I love to hear that you are closer to your family know, I bet that was hard. It’s hard for me to be across the country from my parents too — but we’re making it work. As far as returning to the gym — YES — be careful not to do too much. I would say you may want to start with some incline walking on the treadmill (don’t hold on, but swing your arms), and do some light intervals there for like 20 minutes, then do some bodyweight moves like squats, lunges, push-ups on your knees and some planks. You don’t want to be there more than like 45 minutes to an hour your first time back. Also, spend some time stretching at the end too! Good luck to you!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Lauren! Oh cool! Don’t you love her accent? She kept it pretty real too, especially talking about getting fired. Love a good successful woman who is honest in her interviews! Hope you have a great weekend, lady! Thanks for saying hi!

  16. Great post! I was in NYC when Hurricane Sandy hit. I had to actually sleep in the hospital (where I worked) for a few days because we were so understaffed and no one else could drive in or take public transportation.
    Would love to try that pancake mix! I’m always looking to try new things πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Marian! Oh wow! Sleep in the hospital? That’s scary, but I have heard that hospitals are very safe places during storms and other disasters. I guess it’s tough to have to work during something like that, but clearly you were helping people. Hurricane Sandy was a big one too! Hope you have a great and safe weekend, lady! πŸ™‚ Thanks for saying hi!

      1. Yea, they reserved us some rooms in one of the ambulatory centers. Its where I learned that hospital beds are definitely not comfortable! I was surrounded by co-workers/friends so it made staying at the hospital not so bad. The bonus check was also niiice. πŸ™‚

  17. We eat Brinner at least once a week and 7 times out of 10 it involves pancakes! I love mine topped with caramelized bananas, walnuts and pure maple syrup.

    1. Hi Jeffrey! YAY for brinner! I love it! I don’t do it nearly as much as I used to, and I’m glad to hear you’re keeping it up. As far as caramelizing your bananas? NICE JOB! I’ve never tried that, but it sure looks fancy. Hope you have a nice weekend! πŸ™‚

  18. I am so sorry you and your family experienced that in Florida. I am from Miami but now live in Cali but have many friends and family in Florida. I am praying for miracles and for everyone to be safe.

    Those pancakes look ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!

    So happy for you and your family regarding your pregnancy. Such a beautiful blessing.

    Have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Donna! Glad you are safely living in California now — although the potential for earthquakes we have here is scary too. Thanks so much for the kind words and for saying hi. Hope you have a great weekend too, lady! πŸ™‚

  19. Wow! I’d love to try Foodstirs Organic Pancake Mix! I personally have tried other protein rich pancake mix brands and love them, so this being another healthy option to serve my family is great! Thanks for the potential opportunity!

    1. Hi Alaina! You are so welcome! I love that there are good healthy brands out there giving us options, so we can make yummy things like pancakes, but a healthier variety. Hope you have a nice weekend lady! πŸ™‚

  20. Mother nature is nothing is nothing to mess with. I hope your family weathers the storm so to speak. I have family in Florida and my heart and prayers will be with them this weekend.

    I’m not big into instagram… I like pinterest and twitter so much.

    I love going out for brunch on Sundays. If I’m cooking some special breakfast then it’s my specialty, waffles.

    1. Hi Lisa! Waffles are your specialty? Yum! Going out to brunch is fun too. And I used to be ALL ABOUT Twitter and am not as much these days, but it’s definitely a great place to get current events and pop culture news for sure. Thinking good thoughts for Florida with you! Hope you have a nice weekend! πŸ™‚

  21. Baked oatmeal with almond butter and cinnamon apples!! I can’t get enough!!
    On a plant note, try succulents for your bedroom. Low maintenance and bring life to a room. On a larger scale, fiddle-leaf figs are awesome! Maybe I can send you a pic of mine via Instagram ?
    Have a safe and happy weekend!!

    1. Hi Liz! Baked oatmeal? What a good idea — you know, I’ve NEVER made baked oatmeal. I really should. I have heard that succulents are good for the bedroom, so I’ll have to check some out. And I’ve never heard of fiddle-leaf figs — you are a wealth of information! Yes, send me a pic of your plants! Thanks, friend! Hope you have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  22. I love fluffy pancakes with cane syrup from Louisiana, my home. And wow, this hurricane is scarier than any I have been through.

    1. Hi Sharon! Cane syrup from home? Sounds delish! We always use the real maple syrup in our house — out of the glass bottle heheh! The hurricane is super scary! Hoping for mild conditions! And I hope you have a nice weekend, lady. Thanks for saying hi! πŸ™‚

  23. My favorite weekend (and weekday) breakfast lately has been avocado toast with eggs. I do love pancakes though – this post may inspire me to make some this weekend!

    1. Hi Morgan! I love avocado toast with eggs — I usually do that for lunch though. I’m more of a sweet breakfast person, but avo toast/egg is so healthy — may as well eat it any time — good choice by you. Thanks for saying hi, lady! I hope you have a great weekend!

  24. The natural disaster I experienced was in 1989, although it really didn’t do any harm to where I am. We were right between the two areas that got all the damage. I am referring to the 1969 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The damage was in San Francisco and Santa Cruz County and we are about 40 miles dead center between the two.

    1. That is really the last earthquake I’ve felt here and it’s been over 20 years. But with all the weird things going on, it wouldn’t surprise me if we had another one! Let’s hope not.

    2. Hi Carolsue! So scary! I’ve heard about that earthquake, and I’ve also heard we are due for another. πŸ™ Seriously, let’s hope not. Hope you have a nice weekend, lady!

  25. I hope your family and friends in FL will be okay! I’m so worried about Irma and the destruction. I’ve been in tornadoes, I can’t imagine a hurricane.

    Adding yogurt to the pancake mix sounds so intriguing! Interesting that you like your pancakes burnt….I prefer mine to be almost undercooked lol. Who knew pancakes were similar to beef (your fave burgers ?) in that we all have preferences on how well done they are?!?

    1. Hi Susan! Thank you for the kind thoughts — the storm isn’t looking good, so I’m hopeful for my Florida people, for sure. As far as pancakes — I actually like the crusts/ends burnt, and the insides battery/doughey hehehe. That’s hard to do! Burgers — I have to do medium while pregnant, but medium rare when not. To each his own! πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great weekend, and thank you for saying hi!

      1. That would be a hard combination to get for your favorite way to cook pancakes lol. I hope your friends and family in FL are safe and okay. I’m watching the updates…scary ?

        1. Hi Susan! Yes — definitely a tough order for pancakes, and it doesn’t always happen. So far Florida people are safe — although the worst is yet to come! πŸ™

  26. Glad that you are safe and thinking of all of those at risk in these storms, fires and other events. On a brighter note, these pancakes look perfect for a weekend morning!

    1. Hi Jen! I feel ya — I like some protein in my breakfast too, and the Greek yogurt and egg you add with this mix helps with that. Hope you had a nice weekend, lady!

  27. That is so terrifying! My best friend is in Orlando. I’ve been texting her to make sure they’re ok… I can’t imagine being as far south as you were.

    Those pancakes look amazing. I’m a big fan of making the for breakfast… or dinner!

    1. Hi Laura! Well, the good news is that I wasn’t there — and my parents are okay — because they rode out the storm in Orlando — a lot of damage ensued in Central Florida (where Orlando is), so hopefully your friend is okay. And on a lighter note, yes three cheers for BRINNER hehehe! Hope you had a nice weekend and are recovering nicely!

  28. I’m popping over from today’s post and have to add that my husband and I actually have a tradition of making breakfast sandwiches every Saturday morning. Always egg + cheese and we change the meat (regular bacon, turkey bacon, or canadian bacon which is really ham). SO good and we look forward to it without fail.

    Your hurricane experience sounds terrifying! I was actually in the path of Sandy a few years ago but luckily I somehow did not lose power and the worst of it for us was a broken-down fence at my apartment complex, a lot of debris/branches/fallen trees, and flooding near the beach. My office was without power for 2 weeks (and the servers in NYC were flooded) and I worked from home, and my parents were without power for a few days. Many people had it a lot worse in southern New Jersey!

    Glad to hear your family in Florida is safe. My in-laws live in Longboat Key and were evacuated as well and so far doing well. Waiting to hear on their condo since they’re not allowed back yet!

    1. Hi Traci! Okay — LOVE that you guys had a breakfast sandwich tradition and just changed up the meat. That’s fun! As far as Hurricane Sandy — that one was a mess, so it’s good to know you only had to deal with minor inconveniences. And I know exactly where Longboat Key is in Florida, hoping their damage wasn’t too bad. Thanks for saying hi, lady! Hope you had a nice weekend!

    1. Hi Ash! Tornadoes seem very scary because they come on so fast! No thanks! And yes — I like to find some inspiration on Instagram too. Hope you had a nice weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

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