When Only a Pancake Will Do

Happy Humpday!

I woke up this morning STARVING and knew exactly what needed to be done, asap:


Mmmmmmm a pancake made with Kodiak mix topped with a little vanilla oikos, almond butter and banana. Seriously, this might beat out oatmeal and everything else as my favorite breakfast ever. It keeps me full for hours! (ps–that is NOT a hair on my pancake, that’s a piece of banana “thread”…looks sort of unsanitary though!)


Trying to pack right now for California….any Northern Cal readers care to inform me about the current weather situation?! I’m guessing it’s still hot during the day and chilly at night.

About to spend the next hour and a half answering my emails— have NOT forgotten about you!

Power yoga class at noon!

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  • kay (eating machine)
    September 23, 2009 at 9:33 am

    i looked at that picture and thought it was a piece of MY hair on the screen! lol

  • Ellen @ peaceinmotion
    September 23, 2009 at 9:36 am

    mmmm pancakes are the best cakes!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    September 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Have fun at yoga – and I loved that you addressed the ‘hairy photo’ 😉

    Good luck getting all your packing done!

  • Meg
    September 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

    yumm…now I am craving pancakes!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 23, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Love pancakes so much…they remind me of Saturdays as a kid. 🙂

  • Jen Trinque
    September 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Oh my gosh that looks delicious. I think I could eat pancakes every morning for breakfast!

    September 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

    🙂 lol i thought it was a hair!! 🙂

    Have fun at yoga!!

  • maria
    September 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Just like Kay, I thought I had a hair on my screen, which wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for me, since I shed like a crazy cat! I don’t eat pancakes a lot because I find that they are more work than I’m willing to commit to in the morning when all I care about is, “Where’s the food” and “How long until I can eat?”

  • christie, honoring health
    September 23, 2009 at 9:53 am


  • Aynsley - WrenLife
    September 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I did the same thing! I wiped my screen and when it wouldn’t come off I was confused 🙂

  • Lizzy
    September 23, 2009 at 9:57 am

    My comments haven’t been showing, but hopefully today it’ll work, but i wanted to ask how much mix you use for pancakes for yourself!? you might have already said it, woops!

    hope packing goes well!

    • jenna
      September 23, 2009 at 10:15 am


      1/2 cup! 🙂

  • Pam (trailmomma)
    September 23, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Sacramento area here . . . it is HOT HOT HOT. Upper 90s to 100s here. If you’re near the bay area though it will probably be in the 80s and yes, definitely cooler at night.

  • Stephanie
    September 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I live in Southern California, but I was in NorCal last weekend and it was HOT HOT HOT! The coolest time is the mornings (early), but I went on a power walk in shorts and a tshirt. And, I believe it has gotten hotter this week (it sure is hot in the LA area). Have a fun trip!

  • Kristie Lynn
    September 23, 2009 at 10:05 am

    LOL I totally tried to get the hair off my screen when I first saw it on the picture! Good luck with packing.

  • Victoria
    September 23, 2009 at 10:07 am

    That looks like the yummiest breakfast, ever! xxx

  • Courtney
    September 23, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Um, I totally just brushed off my laptop screen assuming it was a dog hair on my screen since everything in my house usually has some dog hair on it! :>

    Once I knew it wasn’t hair I decided your brekkie looks phenom! Should fuel you up for a busy day of answering emails!!

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Nicole
    September 23, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I need to make pancakes ASAP!!! That looks so good! Have fun in yoga, I have a yoga class in about 2 hours, and I can’t wait!!

  • skinnyrunner
    September 23, 2009 at 10:13 am

    i also thought it was a hair… still thought the breakfast looked good though, even a little hairy1
    im from kodiak where that mix gets its name. practically famous right?!
    have a good, fun trip! california is toasty right now.

  • Evan Thomas
    September 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

    It’s been too long since I’ve made a proper pancake I admit
    Have fun in California!

  • Mellissa
    September 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I totally thought that was a hair too, my first thought was Oh No Jenna don’t eat the hair!

  • Donna
    September 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I wish it was cool in the evenings! It’s been upper 90s in the day, with no delta breeze in the evenings where I am (I’m just outside of Sacramento). I get up and run at 5:30 because it’s the coolest part of the day!! According to the weather, it should be Highs in the upper 90s, lows in the low 60s (although I doubt it will get anywhere close to that!). Yesterday it was 102 degrees. What a way to start the first day of fall!!

  • brandi
    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Ha, I thought it was a hair or crack/scratch on MY screen, too! 🙂

    hope the packing goes well!

  • Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs)
    September 23, 2009 at 10:32 am

    lol I thought it was MY hair too!! Though my hair isn’t blonde….

  • Kat (kats daily plate)
    September 23, 2009 at 10:34 am

    What kind of pancake mix do you use? Looks great!

    • jenna
      September 23, 2009 at 10:50 am


      I use Kodiak mix…you can find it online or at your local store!

  • ~carolynB
    September 23, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I am in the Bay Area. We are having some heat that is for sure. Not sure how long you are here for, but Friday – Sunday is the low 90’s. In San Francisco it will be cooler around 70’s and the evenings tend to be cooler…just depends how much of the sea breeze kicks in! If you are going to be in the wine country and I think you mentioned that…expect 90’s. San Francisco is it’s own micro-climate…you can be 20 miles away and it can be 20 degrees hotter than the City…thanks to our famous fog…oh and we don’t have humidity here!!! Yea.

    Enjoy your time in the Bay Area.

  • Stacy
    September 23, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Here in the Bay it’s not quite as hot as it is in Sacramento. I think this weekend it should be in the 80’s and it is cool in the mornings and evenings! Like always layers are the best!

  • Teresa
    September 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Haha, yep I thought it was hair on your pancake too, and was relieved to learn it was just a banana thread! Looks delish!

    Have the best time in Nor Cal! I lived in SF for college and absolutely love that city. I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years since I graduated and had to move :(. Just remember- no stress and enjoy yourself!

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life
    September 23, 2009 at 10:54 am

    haha I was tyring to figure out what was wrong with my screen.. I thought there was a hair stuck to it..

  • kristina
    September 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

    hey jenna,
    i’m in northern california – in the bay area, the weather’s been pretty nice lately, not too hot and not too cold – typical for the bay area. we are due although for a few hot spells in the upcoming weeks… you’re going to be up in sonoma right? it’s always pretty much warmer up there…

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    September 23, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Pancakes are my fave breakfast too! I love that there’s so many ways to healthify them. My favorite variation is with a mashed banana or some pumpkin in the batter. Makes them almost raw in the middle which I think is great :O).

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    September 23, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I definitely thought that was a hair on my screen and spent a good 30 seconds trying to pull it off…

  • Julia
    September 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Looking good! Even with the ‘banana hair’;)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Angharad (Eating for England)
    September 23, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I have been craving pancakes this week – banana and chocolate chip with walnuts. I don’t know why, but it’s been calling my name (I’m lying, I DO know why – because it’s fan-freaking-tastic) and now your pancakes have tipped me over the edge! Must make them before the week is out!

  • Jessica
    September 23, 2009 at 11:10 am

    mmm that looks so amazing!!!!

  • Matt
    September 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Good looking cakes! Where do you buy that pancake mix? Whole Foods?

  • Angharad (Eating for England)
    September 23, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I have been craving chocolate chip and banana pancakes w/walnuts ALL week and now you have tipped me over the edge!! Must make them before the week is out!

  • Stacie
    September 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Hi Jenna, safe travels to my part of the world!
    Northern Cal has a ton of very different microclimates–even places 5 miles from each other can vary 10 degrees in temp! I am not sure specifically where you will be. This time of year it’s generally hot inland and cooler by the Bay (SF can be quite cold although this is also the time of year when the fog can retreat and it can be warm if that happens). Best thing to do is bring a lot of layers. Even at night it will just be in the mid to upper 50s. Have fun!

  • Kirsten
    September 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I love packing, so exciting anticipating a trip!

  • Rachel
    September 23, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Your breakfast looks sooo good! Is it weird that I’m excited for your trip to Cali so I can hear all about it??? lol

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    September 23, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Lol – if I had to count the dog or cat hairs that I’ve probably ingested over the years – well that would be really gross, ha!
    Breakfast looks yummy.

    Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness

  • Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance
    September 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Ooh those pancakes look amazing! Must find time to make some this week!

  • Amanda (modernation)
    September 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Jenna – too funny. I thought there was a hair on my computer screen and I was trying to get it off. Hehe. It is going to be pretty hot until Monday here. But is has been cool in the morning and evenings. Layers is what it’s all about.

    PS – are you ladies planning a meet up anytime? I emailed Tina and she said she was going to chat with you guys and see what the plans are.

  • natalie
    September 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    looks yummy! what recipe do you use for your pancakes or is it a mix??

  • chandra h
    September 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    lolz banana threads. I always pick them off 😛

    I’m currently in WAY northern california (like up by oregon) and the weather is beautiful. 70’s-80’s. sunny. 🙂

    have a wonderful day! good luck w/ all the emails & packing

  • Jade
    September 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    HI Jenna!

    I have been “stalking” your blog for a while getting all kinds of wonderful tips. I’ve just gotten brave enough to start my own blog AND post on others!

    The main thing that got me to post though was seeing you were listening to THE NATIONAL yesterday! OMG…does he not have the most amazing voice? I love that band. You clearly have good food AND music taste!


  • Allison
    September 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Ugh pancakes are to dieeee for!! HOW excited are you to get to go to California!? 🙂 Hope you have a fun trip!

  • Stephanie
    September 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Yay for a yummy breakfast!! Good luck packin’ today 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I swiped my screen twice thinking it was on my screen and then I thoght I had a scratch in my laptop screen….LOL!

  • amber
    September 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Pack for the heat when you go to Sonoma it’s been in the 90’s. For your days in San Francisco I would pack jeans, tank top, light cardigan type of outfits. It will be a nice San Francisco weekend but it won’t get much over higher then 80 (most likely). Wish you had time for a meet up but have a fabulous time!

  • Amber
    September 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    oh a defiantly chilly at night and mornings when the fog rolls in.

  • Stephanie
    September 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Yay for yummy breakfasts!! Good luck packing today 🙂

  • Julia
    September 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I totally thought it was a hair..haha
    I live in Sacramento, CA about a 1.5 hours from San Francisco. This morning and most mornings the weather is in the high 50’s low 60’s (it was about 64 degrees at 9am). By about noon it’ll be more like 85-90. It’s definitely very warm.
    I would recommend bringing a sweater or layering whereever you go, because places seem to be pretty generous with the air conditioning and I’m always cold when I just have a t shirt or tank top on.
    Are you doing any blogger meet ups while you’re here?

  • aron
    September 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    depends on where you are going in norcal 🙂 SF is cooler right now I think, but the east bay where I am at is hot! I’d bring something for every temp hehe

  • Kristin
    September 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    It’s pretty hot in the Santa Rosa area this week, but not unbearable if you’re used to it. The mornings/evenings are nice and cool, though. If you haven’t already, check out Annadel State Park (and Spring Lake and Howarth Park next to it) when you’re there. It’s my favorite place to run! I wish I could run there every day, but I don’t live there anymore. You might also like to take a walk or picnic if your shin needs a rest. Happy trails!

  • Carly
    September 23, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I usually make gluten free pancakes and layer laughing cow light cheese, non-fat greek yogurt, and banana = amazing! The weather in California, Napa Valley specifically has been in the 90’s… Typically foggy in the morning and by noon it burns off and its super hot… Try and make it up to Yountville if you get the chance… I know you love food… Sometime you should make a reservation to the French Laundry (its world renown). Also stop by Hill Family Estate Wine tasting room and grab some Carly’s Cuvee Chardonnay and take a look at all the french antiques we sell! Enjoy you weekend in Sonoma it is going to be a nice one and you may even see some of the workers out harvesting the grapes, since it is crush season! 🙂

  • Liz
    September 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    It’s been foggy and cool in the morning, hot during the day then almost freezing cold when the fog rolls in. That’s for SLO county. But, what I have learned from living in CA has been layer, layer, layer! Have fun packing!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    September 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I do love pancakes! I want to work them into my rotation, perhaps for Saturday or Sunday mornings so all I need to do is find a vegan recipe and get to it 🙂

    September 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    hi Jenna,
    I’m going to my first hot yoga class this weekend, and was wondering what tips you have for a beginner? Anything in particular I should do before/after the class? Should I bring my own towel?
    I just have no idea what to expect.


  • Brianne
    September 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Hey Jenna! I can’t wait to see you on Saturday! The weather here has been warm in the south bay (and warm – relative – in San Fran too). They are saying nice in the city, about 70 on Saturday … but depending on where you will be headed otherwise it could vary by 15 degrees. Typical Bay Area weather for you! 🙂

    See you soon!!

  • Marie
    September 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    sf has been sunny and in the 70’s for the past week but it’s going to be cooler this next weekend i heard on npr this morning! san franciscans live in layers!

    have fun!!

  • Taysa
    September 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I have been going to work in the morning (6:50am) without a coat and have been fine. But I’ve found over the last almost two years living in SF that the weather is pretty much the same every day. Layers are good, but you won’t need that heavy of a coat/jacket.

  • Jenna
    September 23, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    breakfast looks so yummy!
    have fun packing for cali 🙂

  • mikey
    September 23, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    i’m really northern cali and it was about 40 degrees at 7 this morning and highs about 88. i loooooovvveee pancakes,lol 🙂

  • lizzy
    September 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Hi! I live in NorCal…in the Sacramento area and it’s been so hot! It’s 100 here right now, and isn’t cooling off at night! It’s supposed to be in the high 90s this weekend, so I suggest packing shorts and tee’s…even cute summery dresses! You might need a light sweater if your staying in the Bay Area in the evening, but for the most part this weekend looks very hot! Goodluck with the packing and I wish you safe travels!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    September 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Ah, when WON’T just a pancake do? (I mean pancakeS of course!) 🙂

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    September 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Haha I tried to scrape that “hair” off of my screen! So jealous that you are going to CA. I am highly tempted to go to the Food Buzz Festival. I have been dreaming of Napa since we returned home a few weeks ago!

  • jamie
    September 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Weather = HOT! It was 100 yesterday and today… cools off later in the evening.
    WAY too hot for fall =)

  • Katie S
    September 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Jennaaaaaa! I saw your facebook status! When are you going to share with us, girl?? 😉

  • Brittany
    September 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I’m ready for whatever adventure you plan to bring to us. Can’t wait to hear all about your new job and life on the west coast. I’ve always said I wanted to live on the west coast but I think living vicariously through you will work for now!

    Have fun lady!

  • Alyssa
    September 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I saw your facebook status too…ssssssooooo EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to hear the news!!!!!!!!

  • Jenny @Scar Tissue, healthy living blog
    September 24, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Yummy pancakes! I’m keen to try out that recipe 🙂
    My fav breakfast is definitely french toast using wholegrain bread with real maple syrup and blueberries on top. nom nom nom!
    Good luck with the big California move!
    And have run at yoga. 🙂

  • Tina
    September 24, 2009 at 9:08 am

    haha I totally tried to brush off my screen too. That breakfast looks so good! Someone gave me a box of pancake mix before I left for college and I’ve been dying to try it out.

  • meagan
    September 26, 2009 at 1:54 am

    i’m in trinidad heading to garberville and right now it’s high 80s/low 90s in the afternoon and cool in the evening.