Bacon Pancake Dippers

I love that Tony likes to make me breakfast over the weekend.  He’s an awesome cook once I let him into the kitchen!  But he’s not shy about using butter, oil, cheese, etc.  I used to try to hover around him so I could see exactly what was going into my breakfast, but about a month ago I finally decided not to care.  He knows I am trying to lose weight, and while he may add a touch more butter or oil than I would doesn’t matter.  It’s a loving gesture, and I appreciate it.  So thank you Tony for my amazeball breakfasts you make!

Saturday’s was no exception.  He said he thought about it while he was waking up – savory french toast with hot sauce syrup!!  What?!  There was actually a teaspoon of Parmesan cheese in the egg mixture.  The syrup was a mix of sugar free pancake syrup and hot sauce – holy shizz, was it good.  Just on the brink of being too spicy, but the sweetness from the syrup was the perfect balance of heat.

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Another thing happened on Saturday.  I had my Cleaning Pants on.  Cleaning Pants are when you actually are in the mood to clean.  Hannah and I always talked about it – and while she was a neat freak, it would always work out that the days that I had my Cleaning Pants on, she didn’t really want to clean.  Our house is never really messy, but you know every once and a while you have to go the extra mile to clean – I actually had dust on the top of our mirror in the bathroom!  So I spent a couple hours cleaning the bathroom and kitchen.  I always love the smell of a clean house.

I took Friday off from working out, so I had to get back at it on Saturday.  On the strength menu was biceps/back/abs/sprints.  The strength portion took me 50 minutes!  Now this was the first time that I did cardio right after strength, and I have to admit, it was tough.  But I stuck with it.  30 minutes of sprints, this time 30 seconds on, 30 seconds on the rails, at an 8.0 mph pace.

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I have to admit, doing a 90 minute workout all together was a bit rough, but I am proud that I pushed through even though 10 minutes into the sprints I kept telling myself to stop.  But I have all my friends on my Healthy for the Holidays page cheering me on, and I can’t be a good role model if I say it’s okay to quit, because it’s not.

Holiday weeks are always a weird grocery/menu planning week.  I decided I only needed to pick up a few things and to use up what I have at home for our dinners this week.  I ended up picking us up a really big baked potato and two sirloin tip steaks.  Check out the price of these two steaks!  The price for regular sirloin steak was $8.99 a pound.  And since we split one steak, it our steak was only .82 cents per serving.  Love it!

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Because these steaks are on the thinner side – I adjust my rule of 2x2x2x2 – meaning 2 minutes on one side, 2 minutes on the other side, then flip direction and cook 2 more minutes per side.  This time I did the first 2 minutes per side, but then just 30 seconds on the each flip.  I served it with sauteed mushrooms and blue cheese (for me) with half a baked potato with bacon.  We ended up splitting one of the steaks and the baked potato – a few years ago we both would have eaten a whole steak and potato each!

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The blue cheese made the dish for me!

I sent Tony a picture from Pinterest on Friday and said “I am going to make these for you this weekend.”   Yup.  Bacon Pancake Dippers!  The only difference was that I made my buttermilk pancakes from scratch – so easy!

Bacon Pancake Dippers


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. I am lazy and just throw everything in a bowl and mix JUST until combined. Let batter sit for 15 minutes before cooking to let the baking powder do its magic.

 I wish I had a squeeze bottle to squeeze out the batter, but I ended up just ladling out just enough batter to cover the length of the cooked bacon, put the bacon in the center, pushed down a bit, then covered up with a little more batter.  These probably turned out bigger than I intended – I ended up with exactly four dippers (two each!) with the pancake batter above.  This actually turned out to be both my breakfast and lunch, so I am okay with it.

I used a pie pan and a pitcher to weigh down the bacon so it would stay flat.  I put that on facebook and my friend Christina recommended baking the bacon – it stays flat that way!  Thanks for the tip Christina!

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Holy shizz – so good!  And this would be perfect for a crowd if you are having a bunch of people staying with you over Thanksgiving.  These can be made ahead and then just warmed up in the oven.   And again, this ended up being my breakfast and lunch!

I made a goal of 125 miles of something for the month of November.  I still had 79 miles to go after my sprints on Saturday, so decided to ride the exercise bike at the gym for 60 minutes, and just see how far I got.

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I only had it on Level 4, so it was more like a sprint, but not bad to be almost 16 miles in 60 minutes! 😀

After a busy day and working out, I wanted a super simple and easy dinner.  My Company Salisbury Steak.  So good, so simple and pure comfort food on a chilly Sunday night.

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I have to give a HUGE shout out to my brother Charlie for moving my blog over to a self-hosted site.   With five years of content AND 25,000+ photos, it was not a quick task by any means.  I am still nervous, because I really still have no idea what I am doing, but I think this post will turn out alright.  Next step is to get Live Writer over to the new hosting site – I can do a blog post in like 20 minutes using Windows Live Writer!

And I am so happy to say that my blog friend Veronica had her baby boy over the weekend.  V and her husband Den had been struggling with infertility for 10+ years.  She’s insulin dependent diabetic like me, so any pregnancy was going to be high risk, but she maintained her blood sugars throughout the whole pregnancy and actually had one of her lowest A1C numbers while pregnant – 5.3 (which is amazeballs in the non-diabetic world!)


Even though he’s just born, don’t you see a smile on his face as if he’s saying “I’m home!”   V – you are going to be the best Momma!  So happy for you!!

Alright, let’s get this show on the road.  Just because it’s Thanksgiving week doesn’t mean you can strap on the feed bag already!  I have a few indulgences I am going to partake in on Turkey Day, but until then, it’s sticking to the program – and I need to get out the door to start WEEK 10 of my strength training – can’t believe I only have 3 weeks left of this program!

Make it a great day!

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  • Charlie Hills
    November 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Your first post on the new site worked! My guess is LIve Writer should just work as-is, without any modification. But we can talk about that later.

    Are you still singing the Bacon Pancakes song?

    • Biz319
      November 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

      I’ll check tonight about Live Writer again. And yes, I had that song stuck in my head most of the day! 😀

      • Biz319
        November 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        Live Writer worked perfect this morning Charlie – thanks!!

  • Jacky
    November 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Welcome to self-hosting, nice to have a brother to help out! You probably already realize, but the old feed isn’t posting the new updates. You are going to have some worried readers out there. 🙂

    • Charlie Hills
      November 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Those who subscribed via email need to be migrated over by WordPress: that’s out of my hands. Can you tell me what particular “feed” you were using, Jacky? I’d like to make sure I didn’t miss something else obvious.

  • Helen
    November 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I’m seeing your post as usual so I guess that your conversion worked!

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Helen! I am going to email you because I can’t log into your blog even though you invited me – I think I need a blogger account or something? 🙁

  • SkippyMom
    November 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I don’t know if it’s because I am tired or what, but the story of Veronica and her new son made me cry, Happy tears. I don’t know you Miss V, but I want to say a great big CONGRATULATIONS – and let you know we can feel your happiness right through the screen. He is a handsome lil’ fellow. ::skippyhappydance::

    And Biz, I know I don’t come around often – but giiiirl – you’re in skinny Minnie land these days. I can so see it in your face. Do I need to start sending you my wardrobe from last year [pre Prednisone]? heehee Talk about amazeballs – YOU ARE!

    Hugs to y’all and have a blessed Thanksgiving! [Snowman countdown? T minus 3 days. . .wootwoot!] xo Love you!

    • Biz319
      November 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Janine!!!! I got teary too – she’s prayed for a child for so long, I am just over the moon happy for her and her husband. His name is Joshua – so cute!

      Aw, thanks – still have a ways to go – I don’t think I’d ever fit into your skinny clothes!

      And you are correct – T minus three days for snowmen – shhhhh – just don’t tell Tony!

      Love you! xoxoxo

  • Kym
    November 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Bacon Dippers, whew you are a life saver. I was trying to think of something easy for Turkay day morning. I usually do quiche but I having that this week. Great job on the spicy syrup Tony! So creative.

    • Kym
      November 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Ooops… Turkey day.

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I think we need to bottle that syrup! FYI, the woman who originally made these kept her oven at 200 – and kept putting them on a cookie sheet until it was time to serve so they were all hot 😀

  • Shelley B
    November 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Nice to have good technical support – mine are coming home for Thanksgiving, and I’ve got a list going for them, lol.

    I was thinking “I could never workout for 90 minutes” but then I realized that I’ve run for over 3 hours, so I guess it’s possible…good job!

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I was going to say – you’ve run longer than that! So glad both of your boys will be home – I love seeing all the smiling pictures of you all!

  • Roz@weightingfor50
    November 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I must be tired, but I welled up at the pic of mum and baby! Yay for good news!!! And yay for self hosting and tech support! I think bacon dippers deserve a yay as well. Have a great day Vat.

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I am just so happy for her – her dream finally came true of being a Mom!

  • Louise
    November 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

    You blog looks pretty much the same to me, except your pictures are so gigantically large, the only normal looking pictures were the ones of you and of Veronica and baby. Otherwise the food pictures were blurry and large. Well, I am reading this in IE, maybe I need to go to google chrome….probably my computer is the problem.

    Have a great week…I already made my turkey dinner yesterday. So we will have turkey all week. Yummy!!

    • Louise
      November 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      It’s me again….I am in google chrome and yes your blog looks good here. Pictures are normal size. Guess I have to come to Google for now on.
      Yes, those pancakes and bacon look really good. And oh yum steak and mushrooms 🙂

      • Biz319
        November 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

        Thanks for letting me know Louise – I talked to Tony after I read your comment and he said “they look okay to me!”

        I am really liking mushrooms now – who knew?!

  • A Life From Scratch
    November 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    That is so wonderful for your blogging friend, CONGRATS to her….! Bebe is beautiful.

    My sons would DIE over the bacon pancake dippers. Sounds perfect for this weekend, so creative!!!

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      I think I will get a squeeze bottle though for the batter – using a ladle was a bit messy – but yep, your boys will love them!

  • Sam
    November 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Yay for being up and running again 🙂 The bacon pancake dippers look amazing!!!
    I’m so happy for Veronica and her husband as well 🙂

  • Lisa
    November 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    One of my favorite at home dinners is a juicy steak topped with bleu cheese and caramelized onions. Damn! So good!

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      You can keep the onions Lisa, and I’ll take extra blue cheese! 😀

  • Kim
    November 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I didn’t have on my cleaning pants but I didn’t have a choice – it had to be done!!! And, I had dust on top of my mirrors (and door frames and pictures and….) – 8 hours later I’m happy to be done!
    Way to go on those sprints!!!

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Well, with all the company you are having, you didn’t have a choice about the Cleaning Pants! I love that you decorate your whole house for Christmas!!

  • Erin
    November 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I have the bacon dipper pancake things saved on my breakfast board, but I haven’t made them yet. Need to get on that, stat!

    OMG am I the last one to know that Joshua came into our world over the weekend!? Eek! I am so excited; off to email her now!

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      I am so proud that I actually MADE something I’ve pinned off of Pinterest! 😀

      Yep, so excited for V and Den!

  • Amber
    November 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Mmm, bacon. I would very much enjoy that.

  • Heather
    November 26, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Those pancakes look delicious – Jay and Colin would LOVE them. Totally making them soon!

    • Biz319
      November 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Colin would totally love them – its total kid food! 😀