Wednesday, 22 February 2012

FOOD: Pancakes and Treats

I never knew there was so many terms to call one day. Pancake Day. Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Paczki Day. Parts of metropolitan Detroit's cities have large Polish communities so they celebrate Paczki with doughnuts. American pancakes are often made with some raising agent like baking powder so I stuck to making what we know as pancakes in the UK for my pancake day!

Whatever you name yesterday it's now the countdown to Easter. Which means sweet goodies. Not being raised as a child in the USA means getting the chance to try what American children get as their Easter candy. Much to Joe's great delight when he shouted "omg you never grew up with Peeps!" in the middle of the store at the weekend. Thus started the huge multi wide store search for said goodies which he came home with on Monday night!


Peeps are marshmallow sweets covered in a huge amount of sugar and insane colouring in pink, purple, yellow or blue and are shaped as Easter chicks. They would probably be banned in the UK due to said sugar and colouring content [as many American goodies like Mountain Dew use to be] but oh my they are good! Oh so sweet and sickly, but oh so tasty!

 
Joe also signed us up for some Girl Scout cookies. I'm not sure if a similar project exists in the UK but the Girl Scout Cookie Program allows young women the chance to develop financial, organisation and money management skills all through raising funds for the Girl Scouts whilst selling cookies. As a result it's America's largest girl led business. We got four different boxes - thin mints, samoas, savannah smiles [lemon cookies] and tagalons [peanut butter patties]. I think it's a great course to support and we get tasty goodies out of it!


It doesn't look like we'll be giving up goodies or chocolate for lent! Are you giving up anything for lent? Also a big thank you for all the support from yesterdays post, sorry if I was being a bit melodramatic but it helped just typing it all out - that and buying things on clearance in JoAnns!

39 comments:

  1. When my American friend was over visiting a couple of years ago she brought a box of Peeps and OH MY GOD they are so good! I'm looking forward to getting some Easter Eggs soon, as much as I love candy you really can't beat a good bit of chocolate!

    Gillian x
    elevatormusik.com

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    1. That is true! Luckily we get creame eggs over here too so I can get my fill of them goodies!

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  2. I love the idea of the Girl Scout cookies, but those Peeps def look like they'd be banned in the U.K.!

    I've done a little post on what I'm giving up for Lent this year, if you'd like to check it out :)

    http://smallestsarah.blogspot.com/2012/02/giving-up-on.html

    Keep up the great blogging!

    Sarah x

    www.smallestsarah.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I can;t wait to break open into the girl scout cookies, they look oh so tasty, don't know what to have first!

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  3. My favorite Easter candy is definitely Cadbury Creme Eggs, I can eat those every day! :) And Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookies, maybe you should give up veggies for Lent. :)

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    1. Yeah and the creame egg bars too! Haha don't tempt me with giving up vegs - that could be done way too easy lol

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  4. Those Peeps look so pretty but almost radioactive in colour! x

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    1. For sure! The yellow ones look like they could glow in the dark.

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  5. Wow, those marshmallow birds look yummy, but I always feel guilty about eating food in the shape of animals! Probably more than actually eating an animal, which is er, weird. If chicken was shaped like a chicken and they put a little face on it, I would become a veggie again xx

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    1. Haha! I felt sad because some of their eyes are wonky!

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  6. Woah. Now those birds look amazing. Little bit of jealousy going on here! Why can't the UK sell those :(

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    1. I can imagine them being a hint if they were!

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  7. I've never heard of peeps either! They look SO good, and it must be so much fun discovering different stuff to here in the UK. I keep forgetting it's Easter soon xxx

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    1. Yeah it's the little things that make you remember just how different the UK and the USA can be especially things like foods or what you even call them.

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  8. Aw, what a cute post. I can't believe you hadn't had a peep before. I personally hate the way they taste (too sweet for me), but they sure are fun to watch them grow in the microwave, haha. Also - Girl Scout cookies are so yummy!! Now you can see why America has a weight problem (kidding, sort of).

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    1. They are rather sickly if you have too many of the Peeps for sure! Peeps in the microwave sounds interesting?!

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  9. Those peeps made my teeth hurt thinking about all the sugar!

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    1. Yeah I can only managed eating one at a time, they can get a little much i've found.

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  10. Omgosh those are just too adorable to eat! But at the same time...not sure if I want to be consuming all that sugar

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  11. Yum I love pancakes, especially America ones. Those mallow chicks look AMAZING! xx
    Ella @ Belle Vintage

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    1. Yeah American pancakes are a lot more filling!

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  12. Oh wow, peeps sound delicious, damn uk government! X

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    1. Haha you could totally see them being banned couldn't you?!

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  13. Oh my, those peeps look amazing, and look very tempting to eat. Silly UK for it's banning of foods. I was thinking of what to give up for lent but didn't know what to lol.

    xxx

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    1. Yeah it's so hard to think things up, I mean I could give up little things like not eating fries but I hardly eat them anyway!

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  14. Lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

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  15. Tee hee!! The Peeps are so cute. I just want some so I can ask someone if they want a "peep", what fun!!!!
    Love v

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    1. Haha I could imagine you getting some odd looks!

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  16. He he those peeps look crazy!! I really loved milk duds when I was in the US I wish I had brought more back with me. x

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  17. thin mints are my absolute favorite cookies!

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    1. Totally can't wait to try them! Being good and finishing my peeps first!

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  18. wow. those chicks look amazing. you should start an import business for all the goodies you think we ought to try! xx

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  19. Girl scout cookies! I love them, all of them :)

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  20. those marshmallow bunnies look amazing!

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  21. I only like one kind of girl scout cookie: Samoas. I'm not sure what the PC name is now, but I heart them to death! Peeps, not so much ;)

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