Friday, June 10, 2016

Pineapple Upsdie Down Pancakes and UYW

Hey everybody, how are you? I'm fair to middling. It's what my grandma used to say. I'm okay, not great and truth be told, not really okay but no one really wants the truth so we Southerns say we are okay or fine even when we are less than stellar. Now what the heck does "middling" even mean? Funny you should ask: Webster's Dictionary defines "middling" as: moderate or of average size, bulk goods of medium grand, rank as in middle class. hmm wonder who started using it to describe how they felt? AnyWHO... there's my rabbit trail for the day.
On this second Friday of the month we (myself and a great group of bloggers) participate in UYW aka Use Your Words, it is during this time that I delve into the world of Pearl and William. However, I'm taking a Pearl and William break. See it's a love story and life is too stressful, hectic, sad and I'm just not feeling the love right now. So as to not kill off all my beloved characters I will be doing something different this month. Hope you're not too disappointed and will come back next month to see if our Amish lovebirds have returned.
Potato May loves and I mean loves pineapple upside down cake and we had discussed doing it in pancake form. Well, I did it. And let me tell you, it was a one time thing. What a pain in the butt! Or maybe it's because I'm impatient. A beautiful pancake, delicious too but not as easy as you would think. The first one was a bust, the second one much better. I made 6 and said I'm done. BUT if you would like to do these flavor packed pancakes, here is what you do...

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes
pancake batter
pineapple rings
brown sugar
Use your favorite pancake batter, pour a small amount in a pan with a dab of coconut oil, butter or whatever you use. Allow to cook on low heat. Sprinkle with brown sugar, place a pineapple ring in the center and a cherry. Pour a small amount of batter on top. Allow it to set. Then gently flip over and cook.
I tried putting the butter, brown sugar and pineapple ring in the pan first and covering with batter. Even cooking on low heat the syrup that cooks out of the pineapple will burn and make a mess. I also tried making them on the griddle and it did the same. So I chose to stay with my nonstick skillet.
On Memorial Day weekend W and I went to his brother's home to care for H grandchildren. H widow was in need of a break. An 18, 9, 5 and year old were what we were expecting. We wound up with two 18 year old kids and a 9 year old.
While there they were watching COPS. Not something I normally do but it wasn't my home or television. During one of the episodes, filmed in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. If you're not familiar, Mardi Gras is a huge public gathering to celebrate which can be traced to medieval Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. Many things have changed since the celebration of the "fatted calf", society balls, dances, carnivals and now the big to-do on Bourbon Street.
During this celebration there are parades with dancing, joyous people partying and lots of unmentionables will be seen on floats, from balconies and walking proudly down the streets. Actually, you'll see more boobs during Mardi Gras than you will on the beach! I'm told it's how you get the beads. The more strands of beads you're wearing, the more you've flashed your boobs and men have enjoyed it. Guess I'm getting old but even as a teen or in my early twenties I would never ever have lifted my top in a public display and flashed my boobs for the world to see. I'm a little old fashioned when it comes to things like that. I also think alcohol is a BIG contributing factor to the boob flash.
I have never been and after watching the episode of COPS I really have no desire. I would however like to visit New Orleans sometime. It is a beautiful historic city with colorful entertainment and locals. Plus the food is to die for, or so I'm told.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

Here at the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado              
Southern Belle Charm                                     
Not That Sarah Michelle                          
Spatulas on Parade                                  
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver  
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy      
My Brain on Kids                      
The Bergham Chronicles          
 The Angrivated Mom                
Confessions of a part time working mom  
Your words are:
gathering ~ public ~ unmentionables ~ joyous ~ dancing
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  1. Yes, you must get to New Orleans. I was there once but I was pregnant. The food is to die for, but the drinks are so much a part of the fun. And btw, a "virgin" drink costs just as much as one with the booze in it!

  2. I love pancakes, and I love pineapple, but after reading about your experience I'll probably keep them separate.

    We've had some crappy weather, and I came across a recipe for rhubarb gingerbread. Now that's an interesting combination!

    Now, New Orleans... We visited in 2003. Not really prepared, just with Sting's song in my mind, we went to Bourbon Street. expecting exactly what you describe: beautiful historic city with colorful entertainment and locals. It felt more like a never ending bachelor party! I Seafood dinner at a life music restaurant was delicious, though! And the colonial architecture is really beautiful.

    I hope you'll go from middling to fine to excellent soon!

  3. I've been a few times and it just isn't like it used to be. So much is still damaged and rotting. There are beautiful spots like the garden district. You just have to be very careful there, but I guess you have to do that just about everywhere these days. I couldn't imagine being there during Mardi Gras. That sounds like a nightmare!