Road Trippin’

My friend Erin was heading to Calgary to see Russell Brand with her cousin last Friday and since we have our good friend Lindsy who lives down there, I thought I would tag along. I ended up luckily getting Friday off so we had all day to get there and have a fun drive. It’s only a 3 hour drive so I don’t know if it constitutes a real road trip but I treated it like one.

Er bear and I hitting the road!

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I’m a traditionalist with coffee, just drip medium roast and milk – that’s all I want. Now I don’t know if I’m just a bimbo and I totally missed this or if it’s new and weird like I think it is, but Starbucks is doing this thing where if you order Iced Coffee they automatically sweeten it with a syrup. This has happened to me twice now and when I say something to the “barista” (please), they seem to think I’m a total idiot for not ordering unsweetened. Like, WHY would they do this. Why  would they serve cups of hot coffee like normal people, just black and ready to go, but when you ask to add ice just throw 18 pumps of syrup in it? It’s gross and I don’t like it! Help me understand someone. Also, did you know that iced coffees are more expensive that regular hot coffee? How dumb is that? You’re charging me more for ICE and LESS coffee. Do not tell me it’s for the cups because they have to be one of the most profitable companies in the world and their coffee prices are already outrageous. Starbucks is trying to take us for a ride and I’m not gonna let ’em! Starbucks was already on my list of places I try not to go to  and it is rapidly rising up to first place!

When I travel I am Queen Casual. I always wear the same uniform, Lululemon wunder unders (I have six or seven pairs of them – it’s a sickness), some sort of loose tee with a sweater and flip flops. Maybe I’ll change it up if I’m leaving for somewhere during the winter and put some toms on so my toes are covered. I don’t want to have a bunch of bulky stuff on when I get to the hot place! No room for jackets. I’ll always be freezing when I get home and the car will have been sitting in the lot for a week turning into an icicle, but that’s why we have husbands!

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Leggings: Lululemon

Tank: H&M

Sweater: Hurley (no longer available, and a smidge wrinkled!) Similar here.

Sandals: Havaianas

Ring: Louis Vuitton (Black no longer available, but other colours are and they’re cute!)

My friend Lindsy has the cutest baby I have ever seen! He was an angel while I was staying there and I am full in love with him.

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Angel! Looks like he just binged on sweet potato. He was drunk on Vitamin A. The weather was great while I was staying with her that weekend so we would walk to coffee and the grocery store because we wanted to do a delicious fancy breakfast! Cinnamon Sugar Pancakes. Yesssssss.

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Very easy!  This recipe fed 4 people.

Stir together 1 1/4 cup of flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda and a pinch of salt.

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Mix an egg with 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk separately and add to the flour mixture, mix until smooth, if using an electric mixer don’t over beat. Add two tbsp of melted butter and 1/4 cup of sugar all to the mix.

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I made the pancakes about silver dollar size, they expanded when they were cooking so they ended up being a good size to do they cinnamon sugar portion. An ice cream scoop was the right size tool for this.

I like to cook things over long and low heat, that way it never burns and they’re easier to flip and cook consistently throughout. It takes a little longer, but I did them on medium low heat and I think they turned out just right.

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While you’re doing the pancakes you can mix 1 cup of white sugar with just over 1/4 cup of cinnamon. When you’re almost done making the pancakes (we made 16 pancakes so lots were keeping warm in the oven while we made more), you can melt 3/4 cup of butter.

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Now take the butter and paint both sides of the pancake (you can use one of those rubber ones or hair ones for barbecuing, if you don’t have one you can pour it but I think it makes the cinnamon sugar too saturated with butter, you want it to loosely cling onto the pancake) and dip both sides of your pancake in the cinnamon sugar.

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Sprinke however much more you want, and I put the mixture out on the table so everyone could add what they wanted.  So good, so easy!!

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Two little breakfast chefs!

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We also went to see The Butler while I was there, so awesome – I loved it. Then back to work but I’m loving my new job and its so nice because the office is five minutes away from home so I can go home at lunch. This is what my lunch break looks like….

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Enjoying the last days of summer. Have a great long weekend!

4 thoughts on “Road Trippin’

  1. Starbucks ice coffee no syrup trick

    Order ice coffee, wait till they get the plastic cup and the marker, then say no sweetener, pause, and an extra shot of expresso (optional)

    Wait, taste it, if with syrup (often) get it remade and ask for the free one next time coupon for screwing up!

  2. ALEX!! you stop talking bad about my starbucks right now!! PS I miss you come back!! And why do my nails look soooo horrific in these pictures!! i need a mani asap!!

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