Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I’ve been busy all week sending in applications. Applying here and there. But still no calls, nada, zip. It is quite frustrating. Sad even.
But while I wait for that call… it helps to think about my dream jobs. For example, I wish I could work for Google. I already google so much, SO much that at the end of the day I’m all googled out! Why not get paid for it?! (I’m only kidding) But on a more serious note, Google is listed as the number 1 best company to work for. I just love how they treat their employees. They actually encourage their employees to have fun which in turn motivates and encourages more creativity. I like their way of thinking! And they get to ride on a slide indoors!
Unfortunately, I don’t quite meet their requirements. But I do DREAM of a job like that. A job like that, with that kind of friendly-fun environment. A job that would not only allow me to further develop my skills but that would motivate and encourage me to be creative.
I also dream of working at Disneyland. I’m serious! Even if it’s just sweeping the floors! I love that place. It totally is the happiest place on earth!
There’s just so many places I would love to work at. Just having ANY job at all would be great. And if being creative is not a requirement then I could always go home and release my genius creative skills in the kitchen. Right?
Food blogger. Part-time job. I’m my own boss. I have the freedom to make what I want, add what I want, explore, imagine, reinvent, etc. Then I get to eat it!
I’ve only been blogging for about 5 months. But I’m really liking this job, well IT IS a job. It sure has its difficulties like any other job. And I get paid! No, it’s not a paycheck at the end of the week. But this “job” pays in many different ways. It’s more of a inner-spiritual kind of thing. It’s emotionally rewarding seeing my posts at the very LEAST just being viewed. Then just for the fun of it, I like googling my recipes and seeing my pictures listed within the image results, it makes me smile big time. Then there’s this little excitement of finally clicking on the “publish” button and seeing my post up on my blog. Finally and most rewarding of all is the sense of connection with fellow food bloggers and being accepted in the food blog community. That is certainly a super-nice feeling!
But I do need a job. We all need money, don’t we? Especially since this week I went to Michael’s after not having stepped foot in one for ages! I saw all these new cool stuff for baking that I didn’t even know existed. All types of pans, decorations for cakes, and cupcake liners… and even the art supplies got me excited. I felt like a little kid at a toy store. But there was nobody to cry to and say “I WANT THAT!”
So I’ve rewarded myself this Sunday morning with these St. Patrick’s Day pancakes. Green! Green is for St. Patrick’s day and shamrocks. (green is for money too!)
I used green sugar crystals that I had leftover from Christmas cookie decorating. That worked well since I was missing green food color. I just stirred in a few and got a nice green hue out of it. Then I added a tiny drop of peppermint extract. Actually I have peppermint oil, which is a little stronger, so I barely added maybe less than a drop. Then I threw in some mini chocolate chips. Finally, I topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate ganache, still had some leftover from the Chocolate Chip Pudding Bread that I made a month ago. But you could use chocolate syrup or sauce. Whatever rocks your boat.
And these pancakes taste fantastically delicious. They remind me of Thrifty’s Mint ‘N Chip ice cream. Which is perhaps my favorite ice cream ever! My brother is the biggest chocolate mint lover ever. BUT little does anyone know… I like mint and chocolate too. Yes. I hid a box of Andes in the fridge so he wouldn’t know… SHH!
Oh and these are totally good any day. It doesn’t need to be St. Patrick’s Day to have these for brunch/breakfast/dessert/dinner!
Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 large egg
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- peppermint extract
- green food coloring (I used green sugar crystals)
basic pancake recipe from King Arthur Flour's Simply Perfect Pancakes
|Beat the eggs and milk for 3 minutes at high speed until foamy. Stir in the oil and add the chocolate chips and extract.|
|Whisk the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.|
|Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and give it a quick stir. Then stir in a little food coloring to give it a slight green color. Let the pancake batter rest for at least 15 minutes.|
|Preheat skillet, pan, or griddle. Lightly grease. Drop 1/4 cupfuls of batter and flip when the edges are bubbly, cooking the other side until nice and golden.|
|Serve with chocolate sauce or syrup. And top with (optional) whipped cream!|