Monday, November 12, 2012


"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"
"What's for breakfast? said Pooh. "What do
you say, Piglet?"
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting
today?" said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
"It's the same thing," he said. 
 The Tao of Pooh
Why did mom put this quote on the blog today?  It is because she needs to De-Stress and Winnie the Pooh is a great source for information de-stressing (plus mom agrees with Pooh on a good breakfast being all the excitement you need, particularly on a Sunday).

Now Weasley looks all calm and sweet and de-stressful in the above picture but  he caused some major excitement (not the good kind) and stress Sunday morning.  Mom and Dad had us all suited up in our harnesses for our morning walk and presto Weasley managed to slip right out of his and was standing naked on the sidewalk in front of our  house which is not far from a busy street.  Now mom was totally flipping out, Dad was calmer thank goodness.  Even in her fear though mom remembered what to do she sat down on the ground and called Weasley to her calmly (never ever chase a loose dog) and then she turned around and walked  into the house.  Weasley followed and by the time we got to the door he got close enough for Dad to pick him up.  Mom was shaking like a leaf.

The culprit seemed to be Weasley's harness

which had loosened a bit from being put over a sweater.  Dad tightened it and mom and dad tested it multiple times to make sure it couldn't slide over a pug head and then we went on our walk.

After all that stressful excitement, mom needed a nice calming breakfast.  Delicious simple buttermilk pancakes (and she even slipped some to us).

Plain and Simple Buttermilk Pancakes form Food 52

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups well shaken buttermilk (you can make your own buttermilk by adding 2 tbsp of white vinegar to the plain whole milk if you don't have any buttermilk and letting the mixture sit for five minutes).
2 eggs 
2 tbsp melted butter (plus more for frying the pancakes)

Its really important to let all the wet ingredients come to room temperature for this recipe so when you get up in the morning take out the eggs and the buttermilk and let them sit out on the counter (you can do this while you walk your dogs, just try to prevent any stressful leash malfunctions).   

Measure the dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir well with a fork.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

In a smaller bowl beat the wet ingredients together until well combined.   Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients by pouring them into the center well in the dry ingredients.  Mix well with a wooden spoon.  Let the batter sit, covered, for half an hour.

Put a large pot with 4 inches of water in it on to simmer and cover with a plate.  You will use this to keep your cook pancakes warm.

Heat a griddle skillet over medium high heat until a drop of water sizzles nicely.  Add a tsp of butter and coat the pan well.  Ladle the batter in by 1/4 cup amounts.  Cook the pancake until bubbles are forming in the middle (it should be bubbling quite a bit) flip the pancake and cook 1-2 minutes until nicely browned.  As you finish pancakes put them on the plate over the simmering water to keep warm.  This works better then warming pancakes in the oven which will dry them out.

Serve with maple syrup and maybe some bacon, you'll feel much better.


  1. That must have scared the heck out of your Momma! she would have needed a de-stresser for sure and those pancakes look like they could do the trick!

  2. Slipping out of a harness would be scary with traffic near by! Glad there was a happy ending!

  3. Yikes you must have been scared but at least not witless. Glad you got Weasley back. There is nothing worse near busy roads. Yummy yum yums by the way. Have a lovely Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Woof! Woof! Same here ... "What exciting thing will be doing today?" YUM Pancakes. Happy MM. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  5. Yikes! I'm so glad he's safe. Nola can't be walked on a collar or any harness besides Puppia cause she slips them
    Nola's MOm

  6. Oh my, Weasley..that is so scary!! I'm soooo glad you are okay!
    I love the quote. So cute and true :-)

  7. OOOPH!!!! We're glad that your Mom knows just what to do, Weasley, to get you back to safety! We hope you got some of those pancakes too :)

    Meredith & Scarlet

  8. Totally agree that Winnie the Pooh is excellent for de-stressing.
    Toodle pip!
    PS Gail wants me to tell you that her Dad (aka HGD) grew up in the village of Hartfield, Sussex, just by the Hundred Acre Wood. His Dad was the village butcher and AA Milne was a regular customer. Oh yes and in WW2 Gail's Uncle Jack was in the Home Guard with 'Christopher Robin'. These days there is a Pooh shop in the village (but sadly no butcher) and you can follow a footpath to the the bridge where you can play 'Poohsticks'.

  9. What a good lesson: check the harness! I'll be remembering this when suiting up Jeffie and Rudy. Thanks!

  10. Thank goodness you have Pooh to help you de-stress, much better than all those gobbledegook self-help books!
    Ooooh, the pancakes look yummers!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  11. Oh, very scary! We agree though - nothing like a little of Pooh's wisdom and a lovely breakfast to help with de-stressing. Happy MM.

  12. Glad every thing worked out okay and nobody got hurt! Next time you have those pancakes, can I come over and help you eat 'em?

  13. Mama knows the feeling. Our Lily broke a flexie leash and ran through a parking lot filled with cars last year. It is so stressful. So glad everyone is okay
    Benny & Lily

  14. This is soooo scary. I'm glad you remembered what to do and that all was resolved quickly. Weasley...don't do that to your momma, please.

  15. That would have scared the poop out of me! I'm so glad you guys managed to stay so calm during a stressful situation.

  16. Oh that is stressful! Glad all turned out ok!

  17. Whew. We could use a double stack of pancakes after reading this. Well, Jan is the one stressing over it since the same thing has happened with us at one time or another, but we'd like the pancakes, thanks.

    Oh, when we hit publish, word verification popped up. We are among those who can't read it! We hope you will consider turning it off.

  18. Oh my, Mom would have been trying not to freak out too!
    She doesn't like me to get too near the yard gate when someone is going in or out cause I am so quick. Glad it turned out OK. And mmmmmmmm the pancakes look yummy!

    Greta, Bailey & Hazel

  19. Oh my gosh, that's one of my assistant's biggest fears! Glad everything turned out OK and you are safe.

    Your pal, Pip

  20. Whew! After that harness episode I see why a relaxing Sunday was on the agenda! Glad Weasley is ok.

  21. I am pleased everyone is safe and sound!! It is an awful feeling when a lead misfunctions!!

  22. It is very scary when a pup slips out of a harness!! We got to try a little bit of mama's pumpkin pancake today...we thought it was GREAT!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  23. Weasley should be called Houdini BOl.
    Glad he's OK xx

  24. how scary! i'm glad your mom was able to remain calm. i need to learn that. i would probably panic and run after one of my girls if they got loose.